School Days

Jack started kindergarten yesterday and Casey started preschool today!  Jack is liking his class but it’s Casey who is very excited.  Although I’m not sure if she is more excited or if I am.

Jack is going back to the same preschool he went to last year and has the same teacher for kindergarten as he had for preschool.  She moved up with the class.  He has several friends back from last year and some new friends to make.  He starts 20 minutes earlier than last year so he told Pat he was worried that he might not have time to play in the morning before school.  So far that hasn’t been a problem.

Casey has been talking about going to school all summer.  If ever anyone was ready for school, it was her.  I think she would rather have started yesterday when Jack did, but she had her first Little Gym class of the year yesterday and a new haircut and a donut from Dunkin Donuts to make her feel better.

When we met her teacher a few weeks ago, Casey was very shy and wouldn’t play with the other children or talk to the teacher.  She was so excited today that she just walked into the classroom and couldn’t wait for me to leave so she could start school.  She practically pushed me out the door and waved goodbye enthusiastically and that was it.

When I picked Casey up, she skipped out the door and was so excited to tell me that she got to go to the playground two times today and she met a girl named Olivia.  Interestingly Olivia is not in her class so I guess she met her on the playground.  She made a picture of a school house, had snack and someone gave her some cheese.  Overall, I think it was everything she had hoped it would be.  She can’t wait to go back on Friday although she thinks we should go shopping tomorrow while Jack’s in school.

And now I have some time to myself for the first time in 5 years!  I have a bazillion things planned for all this time – which is really going to be less than 9 hours a week.  I plan to make the most of it.  Today I did some grocery shopping in peace and went to the dentist without having to ask someone to watch the kids.  Boring, but so much easier without kids!

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