August 4, 2014

We are in the Big Leagues Now! {M's 1st Day}

Today was a very exciting day, M started Kindergarten!


We could not have asked for today to have gone any better than it actually did. M woke up in a great mood, got dressed and ate all of her breakfast! She was super excited to see a card on the table addressed to her. Thanks Nonni and Gandan for the card- she loves it!


Since we prepared as much as possible the night before school, we made it out the door with time to spare. We did not want to push our luck with a cute sign, so I designed one to pair with her picture. I still can't believe how cooperative she was during the rushed photo shoot- we have NO bad pictures from this morning!



Since we live super close to the school, there are no buses to worry about. The walk to school is about 8 minutes depending on how much dancing is done on the way there.


Once we arrived to the classroom, M was a little tentative. However, thanks to an amazing experience at Pre-K last year, she was more than prepared and excited for her new status as a kindergarten student. 


She walked in and put away her book bag before telling me, "Mommy, I do not think I can do this." We assured her that she would have fun and that she would do great. The hubby and I took turns sitting with her at her desk while she got situated. 


Again this year, the stars aligned and one of her classmates from the previous year was assigned to the chair next to hers! When she saw him come in the room, I think that it gave her the connection that she needed. She gave us hugs and focused on her first official "assignment" as a kindergartener- a beautiful garden scene.

Artwork by M

We slowly backed out the door, slow enough that she would not freak out that we were leaving her abruptly. She acknowledged that we were leaving and that was it. No tears-not even from Mommy! As we walked home with Peanut, we talked about how surreal it was to have just dropped off our first baby off for kindergarten. Where does the time go?

This afternoon, I walked back to the school to pick her up. She was excited to see me and has had nothing bad to say about her day. She is ready to go back again!

If you are a frequent reader, I know you have been expecting a throwback to Pre-K. I would hate to disappoint you- so here it is!



Proud Class of 2027 Mommy,

85 comments:

  1. Awww a very big congratulations M on your first day at Kindergarten,Hope you have lots of fun and your artwork is lovely :).

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  2. I am blown away that you guys start school so early down there. Congrats on her big accomplishment :)

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  3. So proud that she did so well! :) Yay, M!

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  4. Having lived in both regions, I like it way better this way. It gives you a chance to enjoy the nice weather before everyone else gets out :)

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  5. I remember my kids 1st days of kindergarten. time goes by so quickly

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  6. Oh my gosh. She's adorable in every photo! So glad she had a great first day!

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  7. Yeah!!! What an awesome story!!

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  8. How exciting!!! We have a few weeks until school starts, but it is coming fast. My middle child is going into kindergarten.

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  9. I love all those pics! She looks so happy, which I am sure makes it easier for you too!

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  10. what great memories you are putting together for your adorable sunshine!
    how exiting! two more weeks for us!

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  11. She looks so excited and is so adorable!

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  12. So glad to see you had a wonderful first day of kindergarten. Our first day is Monday.

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  13. Wow. You girls go back early!! We have one more month. Glad she had a great day!

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  14. My daughter started her 1st day of 1st grade yesterday. Last year I'm pretty sure I was more nervous than my daughter. I remember her telling me mommy I've got this and she went about her thing. Yesterday we walked her in since we are in a new town and new school. She was super brave and unpacked her bag and set down and was good to go. She is definitely braver than me, which I love. When I started kindergarten I was 4 and I cried for my mom until she finally said ok I was to young and held me back another year. haha

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  15. Awwww. She looks so cute going to school. I am so glad she had a good day.

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  16. I cannot believe summer is coming to a close, or at a close, for so many of us! I'm glad she had a good day! My son is getting ready to start his last day of elementary school. After that I won't have any in elementary school anymore. It will be bittersweet.

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  17. She looks so happy!!! We have a few weeks left. My youngest starts kindergarten this year.

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  18. The first day of Kindergarten is a big deal, glad to see that everything went well!

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  19. How exciting! The start of a brand new adventure, and great new friends! For the parents as well. We start middle school for the first time next month, I can't imagine what that means!

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  20. I love all the pictures! She looks so happy to be going to Kindergarten.

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  21. Oh, wow! School is already starting by you? It seems so early! I love your cute pictures.

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  22. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)August 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    So cute! They grow up so fast, don't they?!? Make them stay little for a while longer!

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  23. Her picture says it all. You have done a marvelous job of building up her confidence and feeling of security. The bright yellow sunshine, the bunny, and the flowers show it! Congratulations, Mommy and Daddy! And it doesn't hurt a bit to be in walking distance to the school! How wonderful! :)

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  24. Liz @ A Nut in a NutshellAugust 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I'm glad her seatmate made her feel comfortable. I have to laugh at the dancing on the way to school comment.

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  25. What a sweet smile! She looks so excited.

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  26. So cute! I will be at this milestone the first week of September! It will be bittersweet for sure.

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  27. Such a sweet post. Sounds like your little kindergartner had a great first day. I like the Class of 2027 thing at the end. On Friday my daughter starts 2nd grade. Time really does fly. Hope y'all have a great school year.

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  28. Amy @ Marvelous MommyAugust 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Aw such awesome photos! My oldest daughter starts preschool this year! They grow up too fast!

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  29. Oh wow a kindergarten students how amazing.hope she has a wonderful year ahead.

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  30. I love seeing the transition from half day to full day to this year. She is absolutely precious, glad to hear that she had a great first day.

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  31. What an exciting time! Now the years will fly by.

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  32. Congratulations! My baby just graduated college. It's shocking how fast the time went.

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  33. Congrats. So happy she had an awesome day.

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  34. Love it! Almost read this without tears until I saw Class of 2027.

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  35. Oh wow what an amazing first day it looked like and class of 2027 that is scary! x

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  36. Aww she is so adorable, I love all the pictures! My son starts preschool this Fall and we are so excited and nervous at the same time!

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  37. What a great day - I can't believe school started for her already!

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  38. What a great first day! Congrats to your daughter :D

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  39. She's a tiny, little you. That's so cute. She looks super excited. I was terrified on my first day of school. I thought we had to go seven days a week, and that I wouldn't be able to watch my Saturday morning cartoons.

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  40. What a great day for her. Congrats on the first day.

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  41. I think school starts here in 2 weeks, summer sure flew by! We used to do a checklist when kiddo was younger too. Now that he's in high school he's a back to school pro!

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  42. That sounds like an amazing first day of Kindergarten! It's amazing how fast time goes and how quickly they grow.

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  43. Congrats on a great first day. Impressed that Mommy didn't cry. I hid behind my sunglasses to hide that I was crying.

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  44. That sounds like an amazing first day of Kindergarten! It's amazing how fast time goes and how quickly they grow.

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  45. I just got done. I'm glad to be over with it lol

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  46. I haven't even started yet. Ughhhh! I will be getting it done this weekend

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  47. Thank you for the checklist. Every little bit helps!

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  48. Too cute! Ours are starting back now too and it's so bittersweet. I'm glad your daughter's day went well. :)

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  49. I liked your checklist. My favorite items on the checklist was the reminder to have the camera ready to use by the door.

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  50. That is so exciting for M! I have to say, I will definitely be crying when my daughter goes to school! I love the "throwback" preschool pictures!

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  51. Awww! I can't believe she was such a trooper for kindergarten :) I remember my first day of kindergarten, isn't that crazy? I remember I wore a dress, and I remember telling my parents to go away. Love it!

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  52. Congrats! She's going to have a great year!

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  53. I'm so nervous about my little one going next month. It's time, of course.I don't know that I'm ready though. She is for sure. lol

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  54. Wow, you guys start school early! Congrats on a successful start to a new year!

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  55. Your daughter is so cute and looked so happy on her first day. What an exciting time!

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  56. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.comAugust 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    How fun! The first day, always so exciting! Glad she had a great day:)

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  57. She is so cute! Love the pictures. my youngest starts K this year too, all four of my kidlets will be school bound in 2 weeks! Can't wait

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  58. Great list! We're a month in already (year round school) and our new school mornings have become a routine. Best of luck to all of those just starting the year! #typeaparent

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  59. How adorable and what a fun grade! We start in about three weeks and the kids have mixed feelings lol

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  60. Aww that is so cute. Happy first day!!

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  61. How adorable! I love it all. And I absolutely love the chalkboard. How cute!

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  62. Your daughter is so adorable! It looks like you guys prepared her well for her first day! I hope she had a blast and loves her school!

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  63. Your daughter is adorable. All 3 of mine will be in school this year.

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  64. it has been many years since my kids started Kindergarten. What a amazing time in there lil lives. Being well prepared is very important.

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  65. The first day of school is exciting. Your girl is so cute!

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  66. I'm so amazed that school has started already in places. We have three weeks left, it's going fast!

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  67. These are really cute pictures! I'm glad she really enjoyed her first day.

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  68. Wow, I can't believe your school has started already! We don't start for a couple more weeks. She is darling and I'm so glad she had a great first day!

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  69. Aww...a Kindergardener already! I'm so glad she had a great first day.

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  70. OurOrdinaryLife®August 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Great list! I love this prinatble, its great!

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  71. Oh that is really cute! I bet my son would like checking those off!

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  72. OMG Such cute pictures!! Great way to document her firsts days. Hope she has a great year in school!

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  73. I am so going to print this out for our back to school check list. I am always so overwhelmed with this so I appreciate this very much. Thanks again for sharing.

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  74. Such an exciting time in a child's life! She looks so cute.

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  75. Oh gosh, I'm dying over the huge grin on her face. So glad she's loving it!

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  76. QuestionableChoicesAugust 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I love these! Adorable and perfect for starting school! Thanks!

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  77. Wow - your kids start early there! Congats on her first big day of Kindergarten!

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  78. Yay for the first day of Kindergarten! My niece starts Kindergarten this year as well.

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  79. This is a great list! Perfect for a mom getting kids ready for school!

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  82. It's a relief to hear someone discuss later school start times - a conversation we desperately need to be having. Secretary Duncan can be a leader in setting some guidelines toward a more ideal time for learning based on the science about sleep needs and adolescent/teen biology. Thirty years of needless sleep-deprivation based on bus schedules needs to end now. Imagine a generation of learners well-rested, happier, making better lifestyle choices, retaining information and getting the best out of their educations. Ask the economist on your panel about the cost-benefit ratio of 1 to 9 in changing to later start time (Brookings Institute Hamilton Report on School Improvement). vimax-canada reviews

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