Back to School 2018!
Oh man. Yesterday was the first day of school for my ladies.
I barely could settle down to sleep Wednesday night thinking about how Valentina was off to all day kindergarten. Gabriella was moving up to second grade. Both of them gone all day from the bus pickup at 8:20am until the bus returns around 3:40pm. It is a long day.
I still have Anthony at home with me until he starts back to preschool three days a week after this long Labor Day weekend. I thought about how he would handle not having his sisters around all day since we’ve been together 24/7 the past 8 weeks of summer. He was use to having Valentina home with him in the afternoons after we picked her up from preschool last year. They are so close in age and the best playmates.
I thought about how Val would make it through the long day. She is my girls who LOVES to sleep. She will still take a nap at five years old! Not every day, but if I sense she needs rest and tell her to go lay down she will. She had been mentioning looking forward to having one on one time with me again once school started. Last year I had her alone two mornings a week while Anthony was in school. Kinda broke my heart a bit. I was gonna miss having our days one on one too! It’s okay though because I like to pull the kids out of school for non-sick days and spend some time with them! We all need to have a bit of spontaneous mental health breaks for fun!
Another concern of mine thinking about Val was how she wasn’t paired up with any of our neighbors or her fellow classmates from preschool. There are three kindergarten classes this year and some how she was put into a class without knowing a single other friend. I had hoped the classes would get shuffled up over the summer as there were talks about adding a fourth class. That happened when Gabriella started kindergarten. But not this year.
Luckily Val had made a friend with a girl at the pool this summer. We found out they would be in the same kindergarten class and that set my mind at ease. They would be on the same bus together too which definitely helped yesterday when Val became quiet while putting her sneakers and backpack on before heading out for the first bus ride. I mean sure Gabriella would be on the bus with Val, but then I reminded her that she had met a friend and would see her on the bus too!
I don’t worry about Valentina socially. She easily makes friends and is outgoing. I knew her kindergarten teacher was fun and great with kids because Gabriella had her as well. So, I didn’t try to get her moved into another class.
Summer felt short this year too. The kids all got out of school late because of the insane weather we had from January through June. They didn’t get out of school until the week before July. I even withdrew them from their favorite outdoor summer camp because they would have gone from school right to camp the following week. Blah. We all wanted some down time. And we DID A LOT this summer. I knew that first day of school would come fast so I made it my mission to make the most of our summer days.
And with all this swirling around in my head along with don’t forget the school supplies and needing to make the sandwiches and get us all out the door on time I could barely sleep. But, I must have fallen asleep because I woke up yesterday morning and we successfully made it out the door on a very hot and sunny first day of school.
I hosted the neighbors for make your own ice cream sundaes after the bus dropped everyone off. The kids were hungry and pumped for the cold and surprise treat. It also gave them and us Moms a time to let the worries of the day slide by and let loose. Everyone slept well last night. So well we barely made the bus. Kids slept in until 7:45am and bus is 8:20am! I just can’t manage to wake them when I know how tired they are and how important sleep is. I’m glad I’m here in case we need to drive in for school after missing the bus.
Hope your kids have a healthy, happy and safe school year.