I NEVER used to be able to sleep as a kid on Christmas Eve, preparing for a big vacations, and always the night before the first day of school. I remember on the first day of 3rd grade, I was really nervous and I was curling my bangs in the bathroom, and my mom walked by and told me not to lock my knees or I would pass out. Well YES if you have read my blog before, you know I am prone to passing out, and that is exactly what I did.
Hot curling iron in my hand and passing out, burning my forehead, for the first day of school.
So I have been a little anxious while my firstborn (Ella) had her first day of school today. KINDERGARTEN to be exact. Yikes. Well I always call her my mini me, not because she looks like me (more like Ned, for sure!) but she has a LOT of my personality. Which is sometimes hard for me to deal with (OK often times hard to deal with).
So we put her to bed at 7pm and by 11pm when I went to bed she still was NOT asleep. It broke my heart! With all the sincerity of her heart she said, "I really am trying mom, I promise I am, I'm really sorry!" So we were worried all night how the today would be, exhausted & emotional.
The day before, checking out her teacher, we got the one we wanted & requested: Mrs. Padilla.
The morning of, she was excited! She was up with her new alarm clock, pumped & ready to go! YES! Dad even took the morning off work to walk with us all to school (& we (Asher, Ned & I) went to Mimi's for breakfast after)... not celebrating, OK just a little! But shh, she doesn't know that!
We then got to meet her teacher (again) prior to class, who already remembered Ella's name. We could tell this made Ella's day. And you can see it in her SMILE! (with her upside down tag & all)
She then waited in line with the other students, and would NOT put down her backpack or lunch pail, even though she kept complaining about how heavy they were.
AND MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE MOMENT & PICTURE OF THE DAY! The school had all the students walk through the front gate where they had music playing, balloons all over, teachings greeting, AND A RED CARPET! How AWESOME is that! Well Ella (in her MISS ELLA BELLA personality & typical way) after smiling her time away, WOULD NOT smile or pose for the camera on the red carpet. So my favorite shot of the BACK TO SCHOOL BLITZ!
|Then to make it an extra special day. When she got home I had helium balloons for her & a bunch of school supplies! She was thrilled & LOVED every minute of it.|
I think I was more ready to cry about school starting in the middle of the Summer though, what happened to back to school in the FALL (remember the day after Labor Day)!