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Monday, August 25, 2008

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Today was an historic day in the Cow household: Da Boo started kindergarten! I thought I would really feel the pregnancy hormones and be all weepy. Nope! Maybe it was because da Boo was so excited to be going...

Don't get me wrong. Last night, she was in tears, begging us to not send her to school but things changed this morning. She wanted her "very best friend" to ride to school with her the first day (I offered to drive) but he was pretty excited about riding the bus and turned down the invitation. So I called our neighbor who also had a daughter in da Boo's class. My neighbor is a veteran mother and had some wise advice for me. She suggested that instead of driving my daughter to school (and catering to her fears of the bus), that she ride the bus where she would already have friends and then I drive to the school and meet her when she gets off so I can walk her to class. Genius, I tell you! Genius! She gets the experience of riding the bus with the security of having Mom at school. Once she heard that the neighbor girl wanted Boo to sit next to her on the bus, my girl was all grins and excitement. Whew...


The short trek to the bus stop. Hrmmm...where have I seen this before?


Oh yes...three years ago, on the first day of our little neighborhood preschool. She hasn't gotten much taller since then. But if you look back at that top photo, you'll see the Boy and his best buddy running ahead of the kindergarteners. It was at this point that the Boy decided to void his bladder (although he had gone to the bathroom not twenty minutes before). So we had to hussle back home while Boo continued with her friend.


So dang cute! I made a deal with her: I got to pick her outfit one day and she could choose the next day. I called dibs on the first day. I'm a little nervous about what she might choose tomorrow...


This has got to be my favorite picture! She got on the bus all by herself (although she probably could have used a boost) and was all giggles with her friends.

The Boy and I trudged home. It was time for him to be a pirate. After that, I let him watch a tv show that da Boo doesn't like. Then we baked cookies for her after-school treat. He thought this was awesome.


And she's back! Somehow, my day was a little less full and silly without da Boo around. And the verdict? She loved kindergarten! Recess was her favorite part of the day (of course) and she was amazed as she reported "Mommy! None of the kids were mean to me!"

14 comments:

Amber said...

Okay- That picture of our kiddies from their first day of preschool was SO cute! I think I'll put a link to your post on my blog. I was so impressed with myself that I got my pictures on so quickly, but you beat me by about an hour- Dang It! You win!

Bonnie the Boss said...

yay School!!!
On the denim, no I didn't die it red, I bought red jeans for a couple of dollars. yes I sewed the stars on.

Jan said...

So dang cute is an understatement Jessica. That was an adorable post. They are so cute and ready. I know what you mean about the heart.

♥miss~mattie♥ said...

Those are some cute pictures. First day of school is so fun. Did they have fun? We start school tomorrow. I'll post how it went.
Bye bye.♥☺♥

Jill said...

SO CUTE!
I especially like the picture of her standing in line to get on the bus.

I love her outfit. Will you post photos of what she chooses to wear tomorrow? ;0)

Today is Max's first day of pre school. We've already had several conversations today about how important it is for him to keep his pants dry at school.

Robyn said...

Jess, so cute! I really cant believe she is this old! She really is the funniest little kid, I bet her teacher is gonna love her! Kindergarten is tough but so nice too! She is gonna love it!

Emma said...

She is such a pretty girl. I am glad you are doing well emotionally. Is she in full day or half day? Audrey is anxious to start school in a year. lol

Kristie said...

The first day of school is always the best!! Those are such adorable pictures. I am glad that she (and you) had a good day. :)

Rupper Family said...

Sheesh! That's awesome that you have a bus, I guess we live too close for the bus to pick up in my neighborhood, but I'm calling the school today and starting a petition for it.

You're daughter is SO cute! Don't you love the energy these little guys have!?!

Debi said...

I was also wondering if kindergarten was full day or half day in the location where you live.

Lindy said...

the cutest kindergartener ever. seriously. I can just hear her giggling on the bus with her friends. I'm glad she had a great first day.

Amanda said...

LOVED this post! YEAH!

Janell said...

Wow, that backpack really is her same size. Be careful that she doesn't fill it up too much! Your pictures are great :)

Lyn's Musings said...

Awww Da Boo is growing up way too fast!!! Tell her to stop okay...cause Aunt Lyn Misses her very much. She's a doll. So Grown up!

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