OK, friends. I know this is just first grade, but I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when my girls go off to middle school, high school, college, etc. etc. Does it get easier or harder? I'm not devastated or anything, but I am sad. Sad that my little girl is growing up so quickly. Sad that I won't get to spend as much time with her during the school year. But at the same time, I'm happy for her. Leila truly loves school. She loves being around other kids her age, she loves learning new things, art class, music class, recess - pretty much everything about school. So, while I'm going to miss my baby, I know this is a great thing for her and I'm trying to keep my thoughts focused on the positive.
Digital Kit: Shabby Miss Jenn's Back 2 School
I just did the math for Mia last night. She misses the cutoff date for kindergarten by just two weeks, so she will be home with me for three more years. She will start kindergarten in the 2011-2012 school year, when Leila will be in fourth grade. (Of course, they may change the rules by then.) Looking at the year 2011 seems so far away, but it will go by so quickly, too.
Leila has gone to a day care 2-3 days a week for more than four years. We have always called it "school" and she has never known it as day care. Her best bud, Allie, goes there and since they go to different elementary schools, they only see each other at day care "school" or during play dates. She has several other good friends that she has been with a few days every week for the past four years. Since Leila is going to school full-time this year, she no longer needs day care. This means goodbye friends, goodbye teachers, goodbye to her other school. I thought it was going to be a really sad day for her, but she really didn't seem bothered all that much. When I mentioned that she wouldn't be seeing Allie once school started, she simply replied, "Sure we can. We can just schedule a play date." The only thing she wanted to do on her last day was take cupcakes. And yes, they are store bought. It's four dozen, people!