Well, we made it.
Today’s the first day of Kindergarten and the first day of an amazing adventure.
The morning started pretty early when Claire came to wake me up at 4 a.m. She had a bad dream and just wanted to tell me. I tucked her back in and she fell back asleep. Then again at 4:45 with another bad dream. Then Grace at 5:15 with a bad one of her own.
Claire dreamt that she was on the wing of a plane and fell off. Grace’s involved her getting run over by a car. I think their subconscious was running wild with all of the anxiety of the first day.
At breakfast, Scott asked them if they were going to Kindergarten today. Grace smiled and said “Nope! College.” I think she knew what I needed to hear to put everything in perspective. (Sorry parents of college kids. My heart is hurting for you.)
After breakfast, we snapped a few quick photos (it was raining outside, so we’ll have to snag our traditional outside ones later) and with minimal rushing, we made it to school.
And it rained. And rained. And rained. I told the girls rain was good luck. Here’s to hoping I’m right.
My parents and Scott’s Mom (Scott’s dad had to work) came to wish them a happy first day. The girls were so excited to see them, but unexpectedly, I felt equally as grateful. The emotion kept welling up inside and trying to find its way out through my eyes. I needed my parents there for me, too.
We walked them inside and they were simultaneously nervous and bubbling with excitement. We watched as they lined up with their class and step by step, walked to their future. Or less dramatically, Kindergarten.
In honor of today, I decided to take a moment and ask the girls a few questions.
Grace, Age 5
Favorite Color(s): Pink, Blue, Purple, Red
Least Favorite Color(s): Green, Yellow, Orange, White
Favorite Food: Steak, Chicken, Tomatoes, Salad, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Corn on the Cob
Least Favorite Food: Green Beans, Tacos, Burritos,
What do you want to be when you grow-up: Farmer, Rockstar, Ballerina Teacher, Pet Shop Girl who takes care of animals and takes them to the hotel and sorts outfits for them
Favorite Book: Aurora, Princesses, Ballerinas
Favorite Game: Dress-up Games and hide-and-seek
Favorite Restaurant: The pancake place, Old Chicago and Sonic
Favorite Animal: Cows, horses, ducks, sheeps, kangaroos, baby deers and cute rabbits and dogs and kitties
Favorite TV Show: Littlest Pet Shop, Strawberry Shortcake, Horseland
Favorite thing to do: Hang-out with my family: wash dishes, do laundry, pick-up the house, make the beds
Favorite thing about Dad: When he dries my hair crazy after bath time and he gives us big hugs and he’s very funny.
Favorite thing about Mom: I like it when she snuggles up with me. Hugs and kisses before bedtime. And in the morning, she’s great.
Favorite thing about Claire: She’s kind of funny. And we argue a lot. I like it when she says yes and I say no.
Favorite thing about Henry: When he talks a lot. When I give him hugs and kisses.
Claire, Age 5
Favorite Color: Orange and yellow
Least Favorite Color: Black and gray
Favorite Food: Spaghetti & Green Beans (and salt)
Least Favorite Food: Tomatoes, Corn and Meat
What do you want to be when you grow-up: Do you mind if I tell you that later? It’ll take awhile. Take care of puppies and dogs and cats and kittens. A hotel to dress-up baby and grown-up animals. My salon will be at the pet shop (not Grace’s) and I’ll take the bus and a pet jet. (Do you want to know one of my hobbies? Be a farmer.)
Favorite Book: Princess, snow books, cook books, even cookie books. Candy books. Ice cream books. Cake books, too.
Favorite Game: Candy Land and matching and puzzles and playing with stuffed animals and real animals.
Favorite Restaurant: Old Chicago
Favorite Animal: Puppies, kittens and other kinds of baby animals (horses, cows, all kinds of farm and house animals. Except for bugs. I don’t like bugs)
Favorite TV Show: Strawberry Shortcake, Horseland and other horse movies and all kinds of puppy and cat movies. I like snow movies with cookies, cakes and ice cream in it.
Favorite thing to do: Throw bones for Zoey. Do you want to know my responsibilities that I want to do when I’m a big kid? Feed the cat and the baby.
Favorite thing about Dad: He’s so silly.
Favorite thing about Mom: She has a baby and her heart.
Favorite thing about Grace: That she laughs like this (buzzes her lips).
Favorite thing about Henry: That he is so cute and he talks and smiles.