It was back-to-school day for our county, and for many others as well it seems since my my facebook feed was blowing up with adorable pictures of kiddos today. And while I definitely drug my counting-down-the-minutes-until-its-time-to-leave first-grader outside to take pictures, I couldn't bring myself to join the trend of printing out a sign for her to hold. Yup, pinterest fail for this mommy blogger. :)
Last week Daisy and I escaped for a little back-to-school date where we got school supplies at Target, had a treat at Sherry's (her choice, wanting a make-your-own s'mores pie), and got a first-day outfit at Old Navy. (Why yes, I did have a coupon.) It was wonderful to have some one-on-one time with my eldest and realize just how long it had been since we had done this. Considering she told me "thank you" at least four times as we were wrapping up, I'm pretty sure she had a good time too.
This morning I was up early, thanks to a coughing and feverish Dani, and enjoyed the time to not rush and make Daisy a sack lunch. I'm sure these slow mornings where I have lots of time, and Daisy is ready 45 minutes early won't last long. But it was an enjoyable first day. Also, no one will be pinning this lunch creation, but I was proud enough.
Anyway, my baby girl is a FIRST GRADER! A First Grader with a large purple backpack and a lunch box. Because she is gone ALL DAY.
This was a hard one for both Dani and me. Dani looked at me a few times over the course of the day and said, "I miss Daisy." Trust me, I was missing her too. I can't believe she is off having a whole day without me. Having experiences she won't remember to tell me about. (When I was telling Darin this tonight he asked me if I was going to homeschool now. Not quite ready for that leap though!) But Dani and I did take those times we missed our girl to pray for her and I was thankful once again for the gift that prayer is. And the chance to teach my girl of the gift as well.
So now Dani is counting down the days until it is her turn.
And Daisy, well, she is my daughter. The girl is made for school. (Another reason homeschooling isn't in our cards right now.) She met her teacher for five minutes last week and was already in love.
Here is the picture I snapped while waiting in the hall for the classroom door to open. Do you think she's a little excited?
Thankfully for this Mama heart, she still needed me and wasn't ready to push me out the door quite yet. Thankful for the big hug goodbye, and the sweet look in her eyes as I promised to return that afternoon for her.
And with that, the first day of first grade is in the books.