Monday, August 15, 2011

First Day of School

Jared and I took FIVE kids to school today.  All five went to school last year too - but the twins just had 1/2 day Kindergarten.  This year they're ALL in full-day elementary school.  Craziness.

Heading out the door
Driving to school
Saying good bye to the big boys at the 5th and 6th grade building
Ashton doesn't care for photos, can you tell?

Liza and the twins at the K-4 grade building
Look at all those cute first graders.  I do like uniforms a lot.
Wasn't sure if I would but they are easy and the kids really look sharp.

They were all really excited.  I remember being apprehensive every first day of school - but these kids of mine strutted on into school with only Oliver stopping to look back and yell, "I'll miss you mommy!"

The after school reports were glowing and excited chatter reigned as we enjoyed cookies and milk and tried not to get chocolate or milk on the piles of school papers and homework that needed to be sorted and signed.  They loved seeing their friends they've missed all summer.  Everyone was excited about their teachers.  The twins loved learning a new song and dance their teacher taught them and were thrilled at the worksheets they got to do for homework.  Eliza has 6 friends from last year in her class and loves the new school planner she was given today.  Isaac was really excited he gets to switch classes and have his own locker this year.  Ashton enthusiastically explained some details of how different teacher operate to Isaac who has many of Ashton's teachers from last year.

We made it to school on time this morning after going over our morning routine in detail last night (Ashton even made lists of the different things that need to happen in the mornings accompanied by pictures to make things extra clear - the kids all put the routine lists on the back of their doors so they could remember everything and get into good habits).

After dropping the kids off, I went on a 6-mile run and made my best time ever and I'm feeling as ready as I'm going to get for the Grand Teton Relay this weekend.  I get to run about 17 miles over the course of 26 hours with very little sleep and it's going to be a bit crazy but I'm feeling like I can really do this!

So life is good.

And life will be even better after I finish doing this live segment on the TV show, Studio Five, tomorrow morning.  I've been stressing about this for quite some time.  I'm sure it will be fine but new things always make me feel pretty unsettled...Wish me luck!


emily ballard said...

Rachel was crazy excited about her planner too. Good luck tomorrow morning!

Rachelle said...

You'll do fantastic! You have such a talent for public speaking and everything you do is great!! Have fun!

Rebecca said...

Good luck tomorrow! If I had tv I would be watching! That is awesome you ran 6 miles! Nice work! My friend Natalie who lives here is also running in the same race you are running in.

I think they look adorable in their uniforms! I love uniforms. Sydney and Talmage used to go to a Spanish immersion preschool in Texas where they wore uniforms and it was so cute. That must be a crazy feeling to have all of your kids in school all day. I was thinking ahead to what that will be like for me in two years and I just can't believe it.

Nashina and Nate Jagielski said...

Saren!! I hope to see you at the GRAND TETON RELAY...look for our team, "The Dynamic Dozen". We will be all decked out in Camo, hunter orange tutu's, orange bandannas..etc! What is your team called, who are you doing it with? I will look for you and cheer you on!! Also what leg are you running? I am runner # 6. Have a blast...see ya in the Tetons :) -Nashina

DomesticDiva said...

We LOVE uniforms too! I spotted my son in the next line over in the photo. Glad someone snapped a pic of him on the first day of school :) My camera bit the dust a while ago.

Becky said...

Thank you for posting pictures of an organized first day of school line! Our school needs to learn from this; now I know not every school has all 6 grades out there together with the resulting pandemonium! Love your blog.

Eyrealm said...

This didn't show up on my blog reader last week! Can't believe how cute these kids are!


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