I knew this day would be hard for me, but honestly, the months leading up were harder. I feel like I did most of my worrying, crying, and questioning before hand and today was met with a smile and joy for my big boy. Now yes, I have to admit I have this dull achy feeling in my heart, but that is my personal issue with seeing my baby turn into a big boy and run off into a school not looking back once! It fills my heart so much to know he's so happy, filled with joy, and ready for this phase. And if I just stay busy enough today I won't notice that achy pain too much :) (did I mention my dishes are all clean, garage organized, and laundry going already? ha!)!!
With a new school and new season of life come some new traditions. Take a look at our last couple days and our new kindergartner! Welcome to school, Jaxon! We know you're gonna love it here!
I decided I wanted to begin each new school year with a back to school cake. Each year the kids and I will bake it together, decorate it, and as we place more kids in school... more names go on it and so on. I decided very last minute that it may be fun to have the grandparents come over the night before for "back to school" cake and wish the kids a great new school year. We'll add the extra family next year to our little tradition :) Above is Jaxon mixing up our chocolate cake!
The night before school was Jaxon's choice of foods for dinner and the "You are Special" plate. He choose my homemade meatballs, hashbrowns, and peas. What a good eater! I was prepared to make pizza, chips, and hot dogs!! Ha! We also shared our theme verse for him for this school year at dinner. This years verse is from Galatians.... "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." We discussed each word and what it means... I predict we will have many opportunities to use this verse as we walk through many new experiences with him and school and new friends and new responsibilities. Our prayer is that he will build on each of these characteristics as he learns.
We did call grandpa Jon last minute and he came over for some back to school cake and to read some bedtime stories. Gotta love Jaxon's helmet!
Morning of... chocolate chip pancakes in the shapes of "k". K for kindergarten! He dressed himself the minute he woke up!
He found his line to place his backpack in and then took off for the playground... like I said, he never even looked back until it was time to line up. His teacher is in the back in a pink dress and the student teacher in his room is a gal from church that we know (in the blue top in the back). We're really happy Amy will be in there!!
As we started to leave and he walked into the building he looked back twice... once to say goodbye and once to wave at Austin. Still smiling and still ready for school!! We were so happy he wasn't being peeled away from us like some little ones... oh, that broke my heart to watch :( Our prayers are with all the students this year, the teachers, the safety at school, and the families that make up our new elementary school!
As Dave said as he dropped me off at our too quiet home... "see ya at graduation next..." Not really, but it is time to hold on! It's gonna be a short ride I'm afraid!