Wednesday August 17, 2011

As the first morning of 1st grade dawned, I couldn’t help but think back to last year at this time and the marked differences I saw throughout the morning.

On Jude’s first day of kindergarten, even with my alarm set for 5:30am, I barely beat him up.  He was standing there, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, right outside the bathroom door as I emerged from the shower.

This morning as I bustled around the house getting dressed and packing his lunch, I kept expecting to see him wandering out of his bedroom, but there was no sign of him.  Finally at five after seven I went into his room and gentle nudged him awake.

He was not the nervous bundle of energy that he was last year.  He took a few minutes to wake up and quietly began to get ready.

Same as last year, we snapped a few pictures on the front porch, but this time he was completely at ease.

This year my Dad was able to make it to the first day of school!  Eliza was delighted!  Grammy was there too but in all the hustle and bustle I never got a picture of her with Jude.

Grandma and Grandpa W. came too.  Two cousins were added to the mix this year as well!

The crowd that gathered to celebrate the first day of school, was double the size of last year.  Grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends poured out of every doorway and filled the small classrooms. 

Jude has a wonderful new teacher this year :)

A new classroom filled with fresh new books. 

So many new things, and in some ways so different this time around…

… but some things remain the same.

26 thoughts on “Wednesday August 17, 2011

  1. appalolly

    Wow! I am impressed at all of the people that showed up for the first day of school. Maybe I don’t make a big enough deal about that first day?? 

    And yes, I guess Jude is an “old hat” at school by now…he doesn’t even wake up early on the first day!

  2. Elizabethmarie_1

    The summer went by so quickly! I can’t believe everyone is posting their first day of school already!  We don’t start until after Labor Day…two of my kids have been asking to start their new books, but I am making them wait.

    Wow, that is a lot of people showing support for the first day, very sweet.
    I hope he has a Great day!!! =)

  3. ABAHM

    What an exciting first day.  He looks so handsome!  Wonderful to have everyone there, and show how much you value and love the kids, and their exciting year ahead.

  4. babyspiess

    Wow! School starts early for you!  I still have a week and a half to go!  

    By the way, I LOVE the backpack picture.  Being a sentimental person, I got a little teary-eyed when I saw the note (from you, I assume) poking out of his bag.  I only hope that if I ever decide to have kids, I can be as thoughtful and loving with my children.
     Good luck with the year ahead!

  5. sewscrapsing

    You inspire me to write notes….I’m far too interested in efficiency sometimes =(  Great pics, esp. the one of Eliza giving your father a kiss.  This little people keep growing up!  Hope your adjustment time is going well.  Sarah was bawling b/c John wasn’t here today =(

  6. grace_to_be

    my heart kinda did a nervous flip reading this~ thinking about OUR first day of school coming up. gulp.

    love the note in the lunch bag. all the support from family.and just the way you celebrated this new beginning.
    i’m inspired to do the same when our day comes. :)

  7. inanorchard

    @sailing5 - I didn’t grow up German Baptist but my husband did.  His family and all his extended family were and are still German Baptist.  We also have quite a few good friends who are GB.  Do you have a GB background?

  8. inanorchard

    @jamekablue - It is 2 minutes from my house!  The school is a small private/ family co-op. A very unique opportunity we’ve been blessed with.  Jude’s kindergarten teacher was also my husband’s kindergarten teacher :)

    @ofunlo - It is a type of private school.  I would describe it as a family co-op style school.  The children are taught in a classroom setting and at home and the parents/grandparents all take turns working in the classroom.  It has been an amazing experience for our family!


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