Morning prep for school went smoothly. Everyone was up on time, ate breakfast, and brushed their teeth by 8 a.m. This is a far cry from our up-until-yesterday lounge-around-in-bed-until-nine-or-so routine.
Alex even took the time to comb Jack’s hair.
“Be good, okay, Jack?”
We took the cheesy first day of school, stand awkwardly on the porch photo that everyone does. And then my munchkins gave me some love.
I dropped Sam and Jack off at school with my fingers crossed that they would make it to their lines to go to class. I began my six hour vigil of waiting for the phone to ring with news of disaster by heading to the local coffee shop with Quinn and some friends from my moms’ club.
It occurred to me that you if you have a small child with an obvious black eye, it’s probably not a good idea to yell at him in front of strangers or jokingly raise a threatening fist if he misbehaves. I kissed Quinn and called him “sweetie” in public a lot today. (His face and Jack’s head ran into each other yesterday.)
Quinn and I played, baked cookies, played, irritated each other, and played more until it was time to head off on our first walk to the bus stop to pick up Sam and Jack. Only 179 walks to go.
Both kids were tired, but both reported having good days. Jack had great reports in his communication notebook and both guys looked happy. Well, not in these photos, but in real life.
Alex had also been worried that after drop off Jack was going to wander off school property and we wouldn’t know until only one of our children got off the bus after school. He called after we got home and asked, “Do you have three kids?”
“No, I have five,” I answered.
Shortly after we got home, the doorbell rang. It was Jack’s friend E (and her little brother). Sadly, E is not in Jack’s class this year. Clearly she still has love for him though.
I tried to take a photo where E wasn’t kissing Jack, and couldn’t get one.
I did, however, get a couple of photos of Jack wiping off her kisses.
After E and her brother left, we did some more work on our summer packets, which are due Friday. Sam had already finished and turned his in, so while Jack did his math, Sam and I played a game of Rat-a-Tat Cat
My kids have been wanting to go to Burger King, where they have an indoor playground. So I took them there to celebrate a successful first day of school.
I’m happy and relieved. After last year’s first day of school
, I’d been so worried about how this day was going to go. I was prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.
I got the best.