We had an absolutely great weekend together as a family. Kevin and I both commented that this was the best time we have had together - traveling went well, the motel went well, the Mall was great. What memories!
And this morning, it was back to school. Or first day of school. Or whatever you want to call it. After bringing the school supplies to school at the open house last week, Jordan was finally ready to admit he was anxious for school to start. He's the big dog this year, 5th grade. I spent a while talking with his teacher at the Open House. He has the same teacher as last year, and we are excited about that. She will be recommending him for the gifted ed program, which is both humbling and exciting. He's anxious for that because, as he put it, "He's bored at school."
After fighting a ridiculous amount of traffic, we made it to school. Not much time for pictures outside because we ended up parking about 5 blocks away. I know, I should have just put them on the bus, but I couldn't do it.
She sat right down and was welcomed by Mrs. Greer. She jumped right to work!
And so now, here I sit. All by myself. Reflecting. It's really quiet. I didn't cry - amazing. She was just so ready to go to Kindergarten! Well, I guess I can't say I didn't cry. Not until I got to the van. But not because I was leaving my baby in Kindergarten. It was because as I left school, I ran into Kaylie's friend from baseball, Hayley. Her dad was videotaping her going into school and it just really hit me how blessed I am. As a mom, I was able to witness my daughter's excitement on her first day of Kindergarten. Hayley's mom is serving our country in Afghanistan and she had to miss that. Not only do those service men and women put their lives on the line every day for my family's freedom, but they have to miss these precious moments in their children's lives as well. I don't know Hayley's mom - I don't even know what her name is. I have never met her. Her dad was at all of Hayley's games. I did get to meet her Grandma (who happened to be Jordan's 3rd grade teacher in Viborg). So, I thank God again for her and her willingness to go overseas for my freedom, and will pray for her, especially today.
So it's quiet. Really, really quiet. Even the sound of The Price is Right in the background doesn't make it seem less quiet.
I think I'm going to go and have dinner with Kevin just to break up my day a little bit!