She was SO ready. I was SO not ready.
I woke her up this morning, thinking that she would take a while to wake up. She is not a morning person at all. You know those stories about Mom flipping back the covers and turning on the light to get their kid up? Yeah. That's gonna be Kate in a few years. We're a bit nicer to her for now...
Anyway, I thought it might take a while to get her up, out of bed, and to the table for breakfast. Well I was wrong. When I first said "kindergarten", she was up and ready to go! She breezed through breakfast and was ready to head out the door. Too bad silly Mom had to get a few pictures. :)
And then it was time to go! I planned to get to school early so I could park and walk her in. Well... I had no clue how bad the traffic and car line would be. I got near the school a little before 7:30 and they were so backed up, by the time I got up to the school itself and parked, it was 7:55. Kate kept telling me to just drop her off in the car line. She said "I know where my class is!" Of course I walked her in anyway.
Her school had a sound system and DJ (who I'm sure was the assistant principal or another staff member) by the front doorway and they were blaring Pharrell's "Happy" and had a strobe light going. Kate danced her way down the hall to her class.
She showed me her desk, gave me a thumbs up, a quick kiss, and then told me it was time for me to go. Ha! This girl is Miss Independent for sure.
I did great until I was walking out of the school and then it hit me that my baby (who isn't a baby) is in SCHOOL. I said a quick prayer in my car for Kate- that she would have a great day and year, that she would love school, that she would be a good friend to others, and that she would remember the most important thing (to love Jesus). And then I drove to work.
I won't be picking her up from school normally, and the original plan was for my mother in law to pick her up, but I changed my mind and decided that I wanted to do it on the first day. I mean, your kid only has one first day of kindergarten ever! And besides, if I didn't pick her up, by the time I got home from work and asked her how her day went, the only answer I'd get would be "good".
She had a GREAT first day, but was less than thrilled when I picked her up. They put a sticker on her shirt with her car number, and apparently she thought it was a BUS sticker. She did not want to get in the car with me because she said "I was gonna ride the bus, MOM!"
I told her she would probably get to ride the bus on a field trip and that temporarily resolved the problem. She is super excited to go back tomorrow. I'm hoping this enthusiasm lasts all the way through May. What are the odds? Love my girl and am so thrilled for her new adventures.
Here's to a great K5 school year!