My heart and emotions have been doing a lot of flip flopping today, and even last night. I could not believe how fast Kindergarten has come to our home! It seems like it did a sneak attack on us but lets be real, we have had 5 1/2 years, or 2,051 days, 293 weeks, 67 months, 49248 hours, 2954880 minutes and 177292800 seconds. It does not seem like this day can possibly be here. The saying, "The days are long but the years are short" has never rung more true in my life than today.
How can it possibly be time for my whole world (other than John of course) to leave me and go to a school with really big kids for 8 hours a day. Our little girl has grown up and is starting to take on the world without her mama (or dad). It is crazy to think that this is just the beginning- before we know it it is going to be middle school, high school graduation and then college! Time is flying by way too fast and I just want it to stop. I was her to smell that irresistible baby smell, learn how to walk again. It is so hard for me to let her go, but I know in order for her to soar, to learn, to be taught and to become the amazing woman that I can already see her being, school is a major part of that.
Mikayla picked out her outfit last night before bed. For anyone that knows Kayla, they know she is NOT a girly girl at ALL. Give her dinosaurs, hot wheels, star wars and she will be content as can be. So when she picked out her Pineapple dress to wear on the first day today, I was so excited; she even let me put a bow in her hair!
I decided to do something a little bit different than the super popular boards that you fill the stats and interests, grade, etc. on this year. I have been wanting to get a felt letter board for awhile and this is the perfect excuse; now I just need to go buy 10 more! Ha!
Family Picture before heading up to the Elementary School.
We had just gotten to the school and I needed one more picture of Mikayla and I together. This is such a big day and I wanted to try and document as much as I could with pictures.
We got into her classroom and she immediately put her backpack away. I am grateful that on the first day she is starting to get into a routine of exactly what to do when she gets inside the classroom.
In front of her locker
Mikayla rode the bus to preschool at LPS for whole year, and absolutely LOVED it. I was fine with that bus, it only went about 3 miles away from where we were living. This bus she is on for a half hour if not more and they go on grave roads and the highway. After talking it out with John, my mom and praying about it, we decided to let her go ahead and take the bus. It will help her gain more independence and confidence in herself. She dashed off that school bus so fast! The driver said she did wonderful; listened well and followed the instructions. She will now ride the bus to and from school which she is just so darn excited for!
After she got home and was telling me all about her awesome first day at kindergarten. I was so incredibly excited to hear all about how it went- which thankfully was "awesome" in her words. I very much look forward to the adventures she is going to have, the new friends that she will make and all the growth and learning that comes along with school.
"Kindergarten children are confident in spirit, infinite in resources, and eager to learn. Everything is still possible" --->Robert Fulghum