As an adult, once you are finished with school and off in the working world, you measure your years January through December like a normal person on a normal calendar. That said, I’m beginning to remember what it’s like to measure years August to July. Things are so much different for school aged kids (and their teachers and parents too), and this time of year is so busy and just humming with excitement. It’s nearly impossible to resist the sort of “fresh start” feeling that comes with a new school year. Awhile back my sister-in-law, Kelly, asked on her blog “what’s your favorite back to school book?” [Kelly wrote an awesome post this week about a token economy she set up for my three year old nephew, check it out.] For the record, this is it. Kinley loves “My Brave Year of Firsts” and I think that the many times we have read and reread and gone over every detail of every picture is a major contributor to how smoothly this week has gone. Thanks Jamie Lee Curtis, I owe you one.
This week Kinley had her first, second, and third days of preschool. They mark the longest amount of time she has spent away from me (and not with a grandparent or auntie). On her first day, she did not cry though a tear might have welled up for both of us, they were quickly swallowed and replaced with brave faces. We talk a lot about being brave as Kinley is really slow to warm up. She has been incredibly brave this week, and although she is still reluctant to be away from mom, she is pretty determined that she will be a big kid and will one day soon drive and drink coffee. She will be having a first ballet class next month, so stay tuned.
Emery had her first book club meeting, Kindermusik, and Tot Art classes this week. She, on the other hand, loved every second… waving to everyone, trying to steal sippy cups, and climbing everything in sight. Her favorite things to say lately are “ouch,” “no,” and various animal sounds (“moo,” “baaa,” “woof,” “grrrr”) usually matched with the correct animal. Ya’ll are in for a treat this week, real camera pictures (huge step up from the usual iphone snaps I give you).