Friday, August 19, 2011

First day of Kindergarten

Today was a monumental day for our little family. The girls went to their first day of kindergarten. They were so anxious this morning, they kept trying to hurry us up for fear we were going to make them miss it.

When we picked them up, I asked them what their favorite thing about kindergarten was.

Izzy: recess
Liza: eating lunch

Eliza also said her teacher had cool clothes.

The girls are in separate classes again this year. I think it's a good opportunity for them to develop independently of each other. It's good for both of them to take care of themselves rather than taking care (Eliza) or being taken care of (Isabelle).

When I picked them up from school, Eliza had a really sad face. I was worried she had had a hard day. It turns out she was disappointed she didn't get to ride the bus home. I told them I wanted to drop them off and pick them up the first two days and that I'd let them start riding the bus on Monday. Whoa, did I get an earful this morning! I think more than anything, these girls were excited for kindergarten because that meant they get to ride the bus. They talked about it all last year during Pre-k (when you're not allowed to ride the bus) and have been anxiously awaiting the chance. I'm not sure why they think the bus is so great. I wonder if they'll get tired of it once the newness wears off. We only live about a 3-minute car ride from their school, but if they take the bus, they have to be at the corner to catch the bus at 8:10am, 50 minutes before school actually starts. That will be a long day for them.

Today, I kept waiting to cry. It didn't happen. I did get emotional when I was upstairs by myself getting ready before breakfast. I thought about the girls at lunch having to open all these packages and drink boxes and wondered, who's going to do that for them? I'm not going to be there for them. Is anyone going to help my sweet, precious angels or are they going to sit there, with food in front of them, and starve? It was at this moment that my chin quivered. Kind of silly, I know. If Taber hadn't been around all day today (his day off), I'm sure it would've been worse. I would've been so lonely.

Showing a little sass

Liza with the sassy hands
Isabelle all ready to go

Outside their classrooms. Eliza was done with stupid
pictures and wanted to get inside her classroom.
That's where she's looking.

Eliza's face in this picture cracks me up. I know
exactly what she's saying without her saying a word.
Do you?

My babies are growing up.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sad day

My parents moved this afternoon. They loaded up the truck and headed to Missouri. My dad was offered a tenured professorship at the University of Missouri-Rolla. It has been a lifelong dream of his to teach at a university. They are letting us stay in their house for as long as we're here and they're there.

The house is very quiet tonight, too quiet.

We'll miss you. Good thing we're only 3 hours away.

My beautiful girls

Taken at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
July 2011