Back to School!

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We have had SUCH a fun filled summer! Timing worked out great to have a baby due at the very end of the summer. While it was tough being pregnant, it was great to get to do so many fun things rather than being stuck at home with a new baby! The last week of summer was pretty boring for the big kids with a little sister at home and Mommy being exhausted. They were both excited for school to start!

I have always been the parent to go to alllll school functions. So it broke my heart that I couldn’t take the kids to their Open House. But Tess was only 8 days old and we had our newborn pictures the next day so she needed to stay in her routine at home and I didn’t want to risk messing that up. I knew FOR SURE I was going to their first day of school so I missed out on the Open House. 

Zach and Mrs. Charlotte took them together. I went last year by myself and it was rough so I knew it’d be good for Zach to have some reinforcement! 

While I feel bad that Kye and Britt were NOT happy that morning, it also makes me feel good b/c they were bummed that I wasn’t going with them. My heart hurt so, so bad that I couldn’t take them and couldn’t see their classes and meet their teachers. But that’s part of having a larger family: I will have to miss some things sometime. And that’s okay. They know I love them and that’s not going to change if I have to miss a few events from time to time. 

Sad babies!

 Forced smiles from us all that morning!

I asked Zach to take pics for me and he did a pretty good job! I heard later that they forgot to take some and then went back and did it 😉 But I still appreciate the effort!

Kye’s class

 With his teacher

 Britt’s class

 Excited for the first day!

It ended up working out really well that Mrs. Charlotte went too b/c Kye’s parent meeting was long so she brought the kids on home to me and Zach stayed for the meeting. I was eager to hear alllll about everything. When they walked in the door this is how each conversation went down:

Me: Britt! How was your class?

Britt: I had popcorn!

Me: Kye! How was your class?

Kye: I had an apple!

Me: Zach! How did Kye’s parent meeting go?

Zach: He isn’t going to have too much homework and they have a good discipline system.

Don’t you feel like you were there after that GREAT run down from everyone?!?! 

We did SO MUCH this summer that there wasn’t really anything left we hadn’t done. Kye had mentioned wanting to have another fire in the backyard and doing s’mores. I already had all the s’mores stuff so we thought it’d be a fun thing to do on the last night of summer. OF COURSE it rained and we couldn’t use the fire pit…so we made it work and used the grill. haha!

 Britt decided right away that she doesn’t like s’mores and just wanted to eat the marshmallows

The first day of school was a big day for us all. We ALL had to get up, get ready, and get out the door! I’m so, so thankful I was able to go with the kids and it was also Tess’s first official outing! Big day for the Parker family!

It’s hard for me to believe that my sweet little girl is already old enough to be going to school. She has been looking forward to it for such a long time. While she’s a totally different personality than Kye, I think she’s going to do amazing in school and will enjoy it so much! Kye’s whole first year at school I remember having one outfit come home with stains but with Britt? I’m busting out that spray and wash every day haha. She comes home with paint or marker on her each day and has her “good day” stamp smeared all over her face too usually. She says her best friends at school are her teachers and her favorite thing is snack and playing outside. I know as the year goes on I will hear more about the songs and games and other fun things she is doing. I am excited to see her grow in her walk with the Lord as she also learns social skills and has a fun time in school!

 My baby girl…so grown

Britt picked out her book bag (ordered online from PBK) and she wanted the blue book bag with a dolphin on it. I bought it way back when they were on sale and she has talked about it SO much since then and has been so excited to take it to school! 

It’s crazy to believe Britt is starting school…but it’s even tougher to believe that Kye is starting KINDERGARTEN!!! We prayed about it and talked a lot about it and decided to keep Kye at the same school this year. It’s a private preschool that includes kindergarten. It’s still a half day program (5 days a week) but they actually cover a full days worth of work and academics into the half day. I LOVE his school and wish they went further than just kindergarten. His class this year only has 10 kids in it and he’s not having to ride a bus or skip his naps. We are able to have our lunch together still each day and he LOVES that he gets to show Britt the ropes at school. I’m so happy in our decision to keep him there and know he will continue to do amazing things this year. He loves learning and has a passion for the Lord that shines so brightly! 

I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it! I found the Class of 2027 shirt from Cafepress and bought a men’s Large. I debated getting an XL but for the picture purpose it’d look better if when he’s a senior that the shirt is too small than to be too big still, ya know? I plan to take this picture every school year on the first day to see how he grows into the shirt the closer we get to his graduation year! It’ll be here before we know it. Boo 🙁

 BIG thanks to Rachael for making the signs for me 🙂 

Mrs. Charlotte is SUCH a great G-Mama! She asked if she could meet us there to see the kids on their first day. So sweet and thoughtful! 

 First outing as a family of FIVE!

It was all very quick. We got there, snapped some pics, and then they were in a RUSH to get to their classes. Kye lead the way and we decided to drop him off first. I thought Britt might have a tough time leaving us (she kept talking about how we were going to stay with her…) and that maybe helping take Kye to his class and see him doing so well with us leaving would help her do better too!

Kye has yet to get embarrassed about anything but I feel like I need to start being more aware of embarrassing him? I didn’t linger long and just snapped this quick pic of him at his desk, only after I saw other mom’s doing it. I gave him a quick kiss and told him I loved him and to have a great first day! He was excited and ready for the school year ahead!

 Britt was ADORABLE with her little book bag and did a good job walking to her class. When we got to the classroom she didn’t say bye or anything and just raced in to play with the toys. But once she saw that we were leaving her lip stuck out and her eyes got big. So we made it MEGA fast and tried to bolt. BUT we had the baby. And, since this is our 4th year at the school, know a lot of people who wanted to look at her. So we were slow in getting away and Britt could still see us in the hallway. She didn’t cry out or call for us. She just stood, frozen. Staring at us looking sad. It was tugging my heart for sure but we left and she did awesome! Her teacher was Kye’s assistant teacher when he was Britt’s age and she has said nothing but wonderful things about Britt. I’m so proud of how well she’s adjusted but also so thankful I still have her at home with me two mornings a week 🙂

 She tossed her book bag on the hook like a pro haha

 It was a successful morning all around! Tess did great on her first outing and just slept happily the whole time 🙂 Before we know it we’ll be walking her in for her first day!

I kept looking at her in the review mirror on the way home and just reflecting on how much has changed since Kye’s first day of school. Now I’m leaving two babies at the school and heading home to take care of a third. My heart is so full and I’m so thankful to get to be their mommy. I’m beyond proud of them all and know this will be an awesome school year for everyone! PS: I didn’t shed any tears this time around 🙂

Growing up my dream was to always be a stay at home mom. I always pictured myself having freshly baked cookies waiting on my kids when they got home from school. Obviously, it’s not something I’ll realistically do every day but for the kids first day I wanted to fulfill my childhood dream 🙂 They were FOR SURE surprised to get home and see cookies waiting for them as an after-lunch treat! 

As an additional special surprise, Mrs. Charlotte gave Kye a very meaningful and special gift. Her dad gave her this coin when she was a child and she has kept it ever since and it’s very special to her. She has passed it down to Kye for him to keep forever 🙂 So, so sweet and thoughtful! 

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Back to School!

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After Kye’s 1st successful year at school last year, I was looking forward for him to get to go back to school this year. We debated about what to do this year…his teachers from his last year’s class moved up to teach the three year old class. BUT they decided to teach the 5 day class. Most of Kye’s former classmates moved up with his teachers to the five day class…we talked about it but in my heart I just didn’t see the need for him to be at school for 5 days yet. Being a stay at home mom I really, really love the quality time I get to spend with my kids. I LOVE how much Kye likes school and I think it’s awesome for him to have a place to go…but I also cherish his time home with me and think it’s important for him and Brittlynn to spend quality time together. After school we rush for lunch, rush for naps, then only have a little time in the afternoon before Zach gets home and we eat dinner then put the kids to bed. So the mornings really are the biggest chunk of time I get with the kids! I’m not ready to let go of my Kye yet for our special time together!!!

Kye adored his teachers last year and I truly believe they were the PERFECT “first teachers” for him. I’m thankful for them and miss them this year…but I also felt it was important for Kye to have a new teacher and new classmates. Meet some new kids…experience that change of environment. 

We got the letter in the mail for Kye’s Open House which they have the week prior to school starting. Zach decided to miss the first day (as Kye already had a real first day last year so there was no need for Zach to be there this time) but he wanted to make sure to be at the Open House. We both feel it’s so important for all of our children’s future teachers to KNOW US. We want to know what’s going on in the classroom and expect our children to behave as well as do their personal best in the classroom setting. 

Open House was at 11 so we rushed around that morning getting ready and made Brittlynn a bottle to drink for her feeding. Zach moved some work stuff around and didn’t go to work until that afternoon so he could be there. We got up to the school with Kye SUPER pumped up and excited and the parking lot was empty. Like empty. Ugh. My heart sank into my stomach…I pulled out the sheet and sure enough we were a day early. Oops. 

To my credit a TON was going on at the time. Zach had just been in the emergency room that weekend prior, remember? I was running on a super low amount of sleep and was struggling to catch up with everything. For some reason I had it in my head that the Open House was Wed Aug 8th when in fact it was Thur Aug 9th. Zach was NOT happy. I started to load up the kids and leave but then I turned around in the parking lot and decided just to give it a shot. I mean I would be embarrassed but honestly a little embarrassment would be better than taking home a crying child who was excited to go to school, a baby who was ready to eat, and a husband who really didn’t need to miss more work. 

We unloaded the crew and went inside and sweetly explained our situation. All the staff was in a meeting but, thankfully, Kye’s new teacher came out to meet us! We got to see his new classroom and talk with her about what to expect this year. I had met her at Colt’s Birthday party as she taught him last year so we already semi-knew each other.

Our biggest concern going into this school year was the fact that Kye and Payton are in the same class. We adore Payton, of course, but Courtney had the same concerns we did. Our kids get together and can be pretty wild with each other and I worried how that would carry over to the school setting. I KNOW Kye is a well-behaved child and I didn’t want his teachers to have a different impression of him, ya know? We discussed it with his teacher and felt a lot better about the situation after Open House!

Even though I was so beyond mortified and embarrassed, it did work out well that we were a day early as we were in and out a lot quicker than I’m sure we would have been the following day. Everyone left a lot happier than when we came in that’s for sure!!!

Kye got a hair cut the next morning…would have been perfect timing for the REAL Open House

All summer Kye said he wanted to do one thing: eat Chickfila, donuts and ice cream. I really wanted to give him his dream day before the end of summer but reality is he’d NEVER be able to actually eat donuts then still be hungry for Chickfila and ice cream. We went to Chickfila on August 1st to show our support and got done so quickly that we went to The Mix afterwards for some ice cream. So that took care of those two summer dreams of his 😉

On the last day of summer I wanted to complete his one true wish…so we went and got donuts. I ran the kids up to Daylight Donuts right after I nursed Britt and we were home in time for her morning nap. Kye was in HEAVEN. He was sooo pumped about it! I was done with my 24 Day Challenge so I got myself a donut too 😉

Brittlynn was the talk of the donut shop…turns out it’s a hang out for older people? They all LOVED seeing the kids there 🙂

Kye’s donut covered face 😉

This year I didn’t take Kye shopping for a book bag. I did last year and Zach wasn’t a huge fan of the one we picked out. I swear Zach stresssssses me out. He is SO PICKY about Kye’s stuff. I worked like crazy at hunting down a book bag that was the right size for Kye’s age yet would fit Zach’s “not lame” requirements. Good luck!!! It’s an impossible task. I ended up ordering one from Pottery Barn Kids that looked like a rocket ship. I really liked it but when it arrived it was too small. Turns out their measurements on their website weren’t correct so they let me return it even though it was personalized (whew!). I didn’t have much time to find another one and Kye LOVES firetrucks so this one worked. And it’s the least lame one I could find. Zach said it does not pass his test but oh well. I tried! And Kye likes it…and it’s HIS book bag!!!

Ready for the first day of school!

Tell me this child isn’t SO handsome?!?!

Excited about his new book bag!

It was TOUGH when I first had Brittlynn because of her schedule it made it tough for me to take Kye and pick him up. Thankfully I had a lot of help to get me through and now that Britt is on the 4 hour schedule it’s not an issue! I feel guilty that her awake time is taken up with driving to and from school but we get out of the car for a bit so she enjoys seeing lots of different people 🙂 

The first day of school Kye was SO excited to see Kailyn (his total girlfriend…she’s one of the only kids from last year who is in his class this year). He was also hardcore about the bag I sent with some classroom supplies the teacher had asked for. He refused to put it down. Michael is a friend from church as well but he’s in a different class than Kye. Hopefully next year all three of these cuties will be together!!!

It made me feel so much better to see Kye standing next to these two…Kailyn is 6 months older than Kye yet they are all three the same height. See…my child isn’t short!!! 😉

Buddies!

Now next to Colt Kye looks like a shorty huh?!?! Colt seriously looks like he could be a first grader he’s SO TALL!!!

Sweet Cousins!

His seat at the “Tiger Table”

So far school has been going wonderfully! It sounds like Kye has pretty much stuck by Kailyn and Payton all the time as those are the only two classmates I ever hear about (other than the ones who “make bad choices” I know all about that haha). He also gets to play outside with the kids in the other class and I love that he still gets to hang out with friends he made last year!

The big change from last year to this year is that in the three year old class they go to the bathroom completely on their own. Pants down, go potty, wipe, pants up, wash hands. All by themselves! At first I felt like it was a lot to expect out of a three year old then I realized that maybe school isn’t asking too much…maybe I need to let Kye do more. I’m all for raising an independent child and I think sometimes as a mama I tend to forget that Kye CAN and SHOULD do many things on his own. I need to raise the bar a little bit in some areas 🙂 I’m thankful for school for helping me learn that lesson!

I’m really excited for Kye for this school year! I didn’t shed a single tear when I dropped him off on the first day. I’m saving all of those for when he does the 5 day class next year. Trust me. I will be BAWLING!!!

2 Comments

  1. Mallory Thompson
    September 10, 2012 / 11:56 am

    As a preschool teacher, I can tell you how great you are in making sure the teacher knows both of you. Sometimes it's hard to have a connection between the parent and teacher when a preschooler is in between everything. I can say, as a teacher, the kids whose parents I truly know and have had conversations with are the ones I find it being easier to keep updated- those are the parents who I love to tell the funny stories of the day to along with the not so fun conversations when a kiddo isn't using nice hands, making good choices, etc vs. the parent who I don't know as well and maybe don't make it a priority to share both the great moments with the not-so-great moments – if that makes sense. Knowing a parent just makes communication easier and better. Not enough parents take preschool seriously and make it a priority for both parents to attend things like open house. We need more preschool parents like you and Zach!

  2. Rachael_Copponex
    September 12, 2012 / 12:59 am

    Looooooove the bookbag 😉

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