I set the table using some of the darling items included in a mailing from Trix and Little Miss Party, in addition to letter magnets spelling out names and grades, a few Dr. Seuss books and my favorite Coton Colors Happy Everything plate!! The party box included not only fruitier tasting Trix, but also the darling placemats, napkins, straws, milk bottles and paper bowls. I set aside even more cute things for our first day of school snack so stay tuned :-)
As much as Honey despises early mornings, he was a trooper to turn out first day of school flap jacks!!
Needless to say, they gobbled up breakfast and I’m pretty sure the fanfare of it all helped to ease a few of those first day butterflies.
Of course, we had to take the requisite first day back photos.
And after a quick ride down the driveway, it was time to head to the bus stop.
Things went South a little once the big yellow bus pulled up. Whit hid behind me and didn’t want to get on. Of course, John ran off without a look back or a thought for his poor baby brother (Mother says I was the same way…). Mr. R asked if he was coming and I replied not today. With a big smile to cover the tears in my eyes I assured Whit that it wasn’t a problem at all and that Mommy would LOVE to take him to school. *truth*
So with both of us welling up with tears, I put him in the Jeep and we raced off behind the bus – beating it there in fact :-) We walked over to the bus entrance and waited for his bus to arrive so that we could watch the kids getting off and take the same route he would follow to his classroom. Meanwhile, this kid could barely be bothered for a smile (MOMMY! I’ve GOT to get to my classroom and start my morning work!!!)
Once we turned down the Kindergarten hallway and he saw Mrs. H, all fears were forgotten and he smiled from ear to ear. No tears, no more hugs, just an excited “bye Mommy” as he started unpacking his bag in his kindergarten classroom.
So far I’ve held it together pretty well – making sure I had errands to run, breakfast with bestie S and a fabulous after school snack to orchestrate. I am going to miss both of my boys, but saying goodbye to the baby today was hard. Heart-wrenchingly so. I had the years alone with John in the beginning when he was an infant and toddler, and they primarily revolved around naps, meals and the playground. My years alone with Whit were ages three to five – he was a kid. Our days were filled with playing, shopping, lunches, snuggling, reading, traveling, learning and real conversations. He’s been my best friend for three years and we’ve literally done everything together. I will be counting down the minutes until they get home…