Today is the first day of school - Kiki is ready to start 3rd grade and Yaya is ready to start 5th, which is mind-boggling. We've been getting ready for awhile, and the kids had meet the teacher last week. Yesterday we went over our favorite memories of summer (Beach trip! Week of surprises! More time just being together! Apple Camp! Swimming!) and after dinner we celebrated with an ice cream cone.
Then it was time to sprinkle the "Ready Confetti" Kiki's teacher gave her at meet the teacher night. The confetti was attached to a really sweet poem (scroll down the page to the poem). To me (and maybe to Keeks, too) it was a big deal - 3rd grade was such a horrible year for Yaya that I think we all have much anxiety about it, and the poem (below) showed that that teacher has a lot of empathy for the kids and is pretty creative, and hey, she reads Pinterest, too, so she she's doing some things right. :) I told Kiki she must be pretty nice if she did this, and Kiki said, "Yeah, I was thinking the same thing." So tonight, we poured that confetti out and made silent wishes for a great year. A wise person once told me that you can often tell a lot about how things will go later on from how they go at the beginning and this seems like a promising year so far. (Yaya is switching classes and all 4 of her teachers are seem super nice). My friend, Jennie, recently said "Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and adventure." Bring on the adventure! Happy back to school time, y'all!
We're trying to milk the last days of summer for every bit of freedom & fun. This week is Camp Cousin - fun for everyone! This day we spent hours and hours at the huge indoor playscape - the part in the picture is only a small part of the whole ginormous thing - super cool! There's also an arcade and a toddler room - I think we could spend every day this week here and the kids wouldn't get tired of it.