It's times like this when it really starts to hit you. Do my kiddos rattle my patience every now and again? Of course, that's what little kids do. They love hard. They play hard. And they go super hard when driving you bonkers.
They do everything HARD ... which is what makes them simple and a complete enigma all in one.
Pearyn was excited to "go back to school." Sure, she's been attending her regular sessions throughout summer anyhow, but this is the time of year when she gets another "teacher" and goes to a "classrom" for two hours a day.
We like to get her pumped up for school, so we take her "back to school" shopping and let her pick out a new outfit, some new super awesome markers, crayons and a coloring book or two. What can I say, I'm a sucker for new school supplies. Even before I had kiddos, I still went "back to school" shopping for notebooks and pens, mainly because I just really dig that stuff.
The night before she didn't want to go to sleep - of course. So our "first day of preK" got off to a slightly bumpy start. It didn't help that being the obsessive mom that I am, I was up until some obscenely late time trying to put together Pear's pinterest-inspired back to school info board. It's super cute, wasn't THAT hard to put together, I just obsessed over the writing a lot more than I should have.
Not sure what I'm talking about? You can do it with whatever you want, but I used a dry erase board, then you make a bunch of cute pictures and write the date, school, grade and your kiddos name, not to mention tons of awesome facts about them (like what they want to be when they grow up or their favorite food).
Then, each year, you ask them the same stuff and watch how their answers evolve. Cute, right?
Once we finally stopped taking photos and got her to school (seven minutes late, NATURALLY), it was all a blur. She got to meet the class pet (a fish!), find her name to put up on the wall and then had to hang her bag up, wash her hands, conquer the world, the usual.
For her lunch she wanted a vegan cheese sandwich, in the shape of a school bus, of course, but it was so worth it to hear her rave about how cool it was and how she'd eat anything if it was in the shape of a bus.
She's already finished her second week and is coming home asking to do more. She wants to do chores to earn an "allowance" and she wants to learn to read everything, from books to the time. It's amazing to be able to see the different stages of learning both Pear and Brae are in. They're equally inquisitive and absorbing everything they possibly can, and yet, they're still more than two years apart.
Pearyn has also moved onto gymnastics, after a little trial and error we've found a place we really like, so I guess the rest is up to her! She's so excited to be doing her "big girl things."
I just wish I could keep her my little girl for a little while longer.
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