Monday, August 25, 2008

Another First Day of School

A kindergartner (gasp!) a fourth grader (gasp!) and a middle schooler (gasp, gasp!). Jackson's face tells his whole story...not excited to be going to school. Jordan looks pretty happy and actually did seem pretty excited about today. Jensen has kind of a pained expression on her face but in actuality she was very excited to be heading off to Shadow Forest. She has her fisher price camera in her hands and asked if she could take it to school today to take a few pictures. Of course!! Girl after my own heart. Here are a couple of her photos:

Here's Jackson with his new bike he just got yesterday:

A couple of classroom photos and Jensen's new teacher, Mrs. Clift:

This was the moment of the day that pained me the most. Dropping Jordan off at middle school. When I took Jackson and Jensen I got to walk them into the school, go into the classroom, meet their teachers, see the other kids in the class. With Jordan going to 6th grade you get none of that. You drive them up, drop them off, and say goodbye. I don't know all the kids in her classes anymore, I don't know her teachers. I don't love that, I have to say, but I have to come to grips with it.

At the end of the day, all the kids seemed to be okay. Jensen had a great day and really seemed to like being at Shadow Forest. She's already scheduled a play date for tomorrow!

Everything seemed to go well for Jordan too. She got to all her classes okay, sat with friends at lunch and made it through the crazy, free-for-all dismissal process that's so unlike the orderly, sane elementary school dismissal.

Jackson had his typical first day..."horrible" was his exact word when he got home today. But that's okay. I've come to realize that Jackson does not transition easily from summer to school. It's hard for him and takes a good couple of weeks to get in the groove. I feel comfortable, though, with his teacher and his class. I think he'll end up having a good year even though he completely disagrees right now!


Kaity Mackenzie said...

Aww! I can't believe how old they are getting! That makes me feel REALLY old. am actually sitting in my first class of the semester right now... Process Analytics... fun fun.

Heather said...

omg I tried not to laugh, but I really just couldn't help it- Jackson looks so pitiful! Glad the other two had great first days! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the first day memories, Rita. Gotta tell you though--what caught my eye was Jim's outfit. I think Tom has the exact same shirt/pant combo! Cindi

Anonymous said...

Great pictures Rita. If you have prints made up, I would like one of the three of them ready for school.

I'm hoping that by the end of the week Jackson will have a happy face!!


Brandy said...

jackson is the funniest boy i know!! he really makes me laugh with that face and my guess is the week will be horrible out of principle!! everyone looks great and i love that pic of jordan walking up, which in her mind must've still been too close of a shot!!

Kaity Mackenzie said...

So how are things going since the beginning of school? How are the three Js? Well make that four Js? How are you? What are you doing? I will be sending a detailed email update soon... like today probably. You should update your blog!