Thursday, September 1, 2011

The First

The first day of September.

The first day of school.

I had been dreading this day for the last few weeks but when Tommy woke up this morning his excitement was catching.  The minute I walked into the room he said, "Mom!  I've been waiting for this day all of my life!  Now I finally can stay at school ALL DAY!"  I was so excited for my little 1st grader that I couldn't help get a little skip in my step too. 

It is usually a fight every morning at the breakfast table when the boys insist on having a chair inbetween each other so that no one is "sitting next to me", "chomping in my ear", "spitting on me", "staring at me", or "touching me".  Ben, being the youngest, is usually treated the harshest and neither of the older boys ever wants to sit by him.  This morning, without prompting, the boys both went and sat next to Benny. 

"I want to sit next to you, Ben, 'cause I won't get to see you all day!  I'm gonna miss you!  You are a very special boy, Ben!"  Tommy said Ben.

Then Joey chimed in, "Yep.  You a very special boy, Ben.  And we'll be so excited for you when you get to start school next week!" 

It was so sweet that it actually made me tear up.  I know how much Ben appreciated it. 
After those loving words of encouragement from his brothers Ben was more than willing to let his brothers have their moment in the spotlight and didn't even want to get in their "First Day of School" picture. 
Then the whole family packed in the car to see the boys off on their first day. 
Tommy was very anxious and of course took the lead.  Wait for us, Tommy!
We went to Tommy's 1st grade classroom first and got him all settled in.  The kid was bursting at the seems, he was so happy.  I was so thrilled for him that I didn't even get emotional. 
Then we went with Joey to his 3rd grade class.  Joey was happy to see all of his friends again, but not quite as excited about school as Tommy.  After all, Joey knows that school means work.  Tommy isn't keen to that just yet.  Still, I think it will be a good year for Joey.  He has a super cool male teacher (that Joey just adores) and I think he is going to have a lot more fun than he realizes.
We said our goodbyes and headed back home.  After I cleaned the house up a bit and started the laundry it was time to make some fun for my homies (my babies still at home with me).  We decided to make "First Day of School" treats.  Everyone got to help.
And then, of course, the best part.
Licking the beaters! It was just enough to make the day fun for my homies. 
The day whizzed by and soon it was time for the bus to drop the kiddos off at the end of the street.  Their cousin just started going to the same school and she takes the bus with the boys back to our house after school.  I know they were excited to ride the bus again, and having their cousin with them made it even more fun.
I just had to get a pic of the kids coming off the bus.  First off the bus was Joe.
And then Tommy.  I think it would be a safe assumption to say he had a good time.
The boys thanked me for the surprise notes in their lunches as they munched on their snacks and told me about the rest of their day.  Then Tommy and Ben played outside while Joey finished up his homework.  Afterwards it was time to relax before dinner.  I think everyone was really worn out because the house was eerily quiet. 
Tonight we are having a special dinner, watching a new movie the kids have been wanting to see, and then we'll enjoy our special dessert.
All in all, it was a good day.  It went pretty smoothly for a first day.  I just hope the rest of the school year goes just as smoothly. 

Now if you'll excuse me.  I'm getting a little emotional.


ROBIN said...


Jessa said...

Glad they had a good first day! I think I forget this every year, but I didn't realize my Lorelei was in the same grade as your Joey.

Mom24 said...

That sounds wonderful! I hope the whole year goes as well.

Rima said...

Aw, this post kinda makes me wish I had a new backpack and some freshly sharpened pencils!

Jayne said...

So sweet! I love first day of school excitement!

I also love Gracie's tiara while cooking....even when working, she's a princess!

Kat said...

Jayne- I know, isn't Gracie funny? I didn't even notice she was wearing it until after I took the pic. Silly girl. ;)

Brittany said...

Oh man, bittersweet, isn't it?! Here's to a wonderful school year!! :)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Awwww.... Sweet pictures!

Robyn said...

Don't you love the excitement of the first day of school.

Jeni said...

The grandkids had their first day of school this past Wednesday and both Mandy and I were concerned that we'd both get a case of the weepies after they left but surprisingly enough, neither of us did get all sentimental. I think it was maybe because both kids were uber excited about going to school. Maya is an old hand at this school stuff now as she started 2nd grade this year but for Kurtis, it was really a new, very big adventure as he's in kindergarten now, and it's an all-day affair too! Six whole hours of sitting still often and behaving himself -quite a challenge for him, for sure. (His TSS, Miss Dawn, is with him at school all day though to help him if there are any things that would upset him -like loud, sudden unexplained noises and such.) So far, no major problems have cropped up with him and Maya's having an adjustment to her new teacher this year but she likes her -or did -until she realized she had homework tonight and had to write a "paper" on "The importance of listening!" Now there's a darned good topic for her, for sure!

Hilary said...

Ha.. Tommy's disembark is wonderful!

Kelly said...

Mmmm, that treat looks yummy!! I love Tommy jumping off the bus! That's excitement!

Riahli said...

Awwww, so sweet. I'd get emotional too.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Sounds like it went really well for all of you. I'm so glad! (Love the shot of the boy with both fists raised as he gets off the bus.)

Tonya said...

I'm hoping our first day of school goes as smoothly as yours did :)

Krystyn said...

So glad it was such a fabulous first day! And, you had such a good first day, too!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

What great pictures to capture that first day! :) And that special dessert - yum!!! Recipe, please??? :)

Mona said...

I LOVE picture stories with a delicious end :)

lime said...

just love that shot of tommmy jumping off the schoolbus. that is just a sweet as the dessert. :)

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