Monday, September 30, 2013

Back to School & New to School!

Well, the time has come for both of my babies to be in school. A real school. Elementary school.
I get sad even thinking about it and they have been in school since the 8th. Sheesh.
First, we had the Pre-K parent meeting. Here was Cohen's reaction to that. HAHA! He's in the same class Chy was last year... the Pink Pigs. If you know my manly man child, you would know that he doesn't like anything pink or girly or anything less than macho. LOL. Luckily, he loves his teachers.

Next, we had open house. I can't believe my girl is a kindergartener already. She has grown up way too fast. I also cannot believe my boy is a Pre-K student. It is amazing how quickly these years have went by.
Chyenne was ready and really excited to meet her teacher. She was also anxious to figure out which friends were in her class.

Cohen? Well he was much less excited about Open house. In fact, he cried in all of the pictures I took before we left the house. He fell asleep in the 4 minute car ride to the school. Poor buddy.

Chyenne started to get a bit nervous when we got there. It was open house for Pre-k through 5th grade so there were a LOT of people there and we had to park by the road. My girl is a bit like me...she does not like crowds.

Cohen finally woke up, after Daddy carried him up to the school. He was a lot more excited than he first was.

Here is Chyenne meeting her teacher. Oh boy she was shy. She barely spoke a word to her teacher, the teacher assistant, and the student teacher. It was too funny.

Cohen sat right down, ready for school! He talked to his teachers and told them all about his summer. He found his name easily on his table, his cubby, and his lunch tag. He acted so grown up. He had just turned four years old two days prior to open house! He shouldn't be this big! :(

Afterwards, Cohen was in good spirits as he showed off his HOUSE he drew for open house. Oh my boy, you are the best!

The night before school brought a lot of excitement. We had a favorite dinner of turkey spaghetti before our baths. After baths, we got ready in our favorite pajamas and read several stories about school. Cohen was so excited. Chyenne was excited, but very nervous. Mind you, she cried a LOT last year in Pre-K, so school has not been her favorite thing, despite how smart she is. We said our prayers and gave tons of hugs and kisses before they drifted off to sleep.

While they were sleeping, I decided I had to make the first day of school morning extra special. I decorated the kitchen in red and green apples and set up a great back to school breakfast of sausage biscuits, boiled eggs, fruit and milk.

They LOVED it. They both said it was a back to school party. Oh I love them!

Next, we got all ready for school. First day of school outfits, check! Fancy hair, check! Clean teeth, check! Cute signs, check!

Cohen: When I grow up, I want to be a firefighter! (and a soldier too, mommy!)
Chyenne: When I grow up, I want to be a veterinarian, that is an animal doctor!

They donned their backpacks and lunchboxes, ready to go.

Daddy and I both walked them into school, carrying all of their extra supplies and teacher gifts (not picture, but trust me, they were cute!)

They each led the way to their classrooms. We walked Cohen in first, so that Chyenne could give her old teacher a hug and we could all wish Cohen a very happy first day of school. He looked so small walking down the hallway with his backpack bigger than he was. He knew exactly where to go and almost sprinted to class.
 He put his backpack and lunchbox away and sat right down to get ready for school. I was so nervous that he would cry. I mean, he had just turned four only four days prior. But in true Cohen fashion, he surprised me and gave me the biggest hug as he told me he would see me later. I am SO SO SO proud of my boy.

Next, Daddy and I walked Chy to her classroom. She led the way, very slowly. She is in the green frogs class this year. Ironic that my frog-loving boy is in the pigs class while my pig-loving girl is in the frogs class. :)

She put her things away very quietly as she found her cubby and her place to sit. She refused to make eye contact with me or daddy as she hugged us goodbye. I just knew she would cry, but she gave us quick kisses before I told her I would see her in a few hours. She was so quiet. It sort of broke my heart.

Overall, no tears were shed from either one during drop off. Man, I am so very proud of my babies. I cried a little when we got back home to the eerily quiet house.

Pick up time could not come soon enough. Unfortunately, it was raining when it was time for school dismissal. I was worried about Chy as she is very scared of rain. Poor kid.

Luckily, they both had amazing days at school. Chyenne only cried once during gym time when she missed me. Oh my sweet girl. Cohen said he didn't cry at all because he's a big four year old.

They have been doing great every morning and every afternoon. They both love school. They are both making new friends. Oh school, please be good to my babies.

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