h.e.h. & baby brother
watch us grow

I don’t know if you watch the show Parenthood, but last Monday night was a crier. One of the main daughters on the show said good bye to her parents at the end of the episode to go off to college. I know we are only in week 3 of Kindergarten but some days it feels like we will be those parents next week. I’ve heard and always thought it was so obvious that our job as parents is to prepare our children to leave the house, to face the world and do it to the best of their ability. I believe that. I just didn’t think it could possibly be something I am already dreading when she’s only 5! (actually since she was 1 hour old)

On a much happier note…our girl loves school! She goes to school 2-3 days a week, takes off on the bus around 8:30 and doesn’t come back to us until 4pm. Matt and I love to go to the bus stop. When ever he thinks of it, as we walk back home in the morning, he says “that was fun!” So far there are more days when she just jumps right on, holding the hand of her fellow kindergarten friend and neighbor so they can sit together. More days when she forgets to even say bye. It makes me sad a bit but so so happy to know that she can do it, she isn’t scared and that confidence she possesses will take her far.

She loves her teacher and was most excited about riding the bus before school started. Today she told me that the bus is a long ride and very loud with lots of kids telling stories. I think she might say her favorite thing now that school has started is punching in her lunch room code and getting cold chocolate milk.

(H getting off at school. They let the K & 1st off first while the others waited and then there were helpers all over to get her to her teacher – I was so thankful)
Last week she told us a long elaborate story of an in school field trip her class took looking for the alphabet around the building. “We even went into the inchargeible’s office!” I don’t think I’ll ever forget that one.

(United with Mrs.Dau)
She practices each day saying the names of the kids that she knows from the 20 in her class. As of Friday she was up to 12, including herself and reported to me that for the first time a students behavior went down to Yellow and he got a note sent home to his parents! Drama in the classroom!

(Her owl and official first piece of homework due on the first day of school, she decided on her own the things that describe her and picked out the picture)
Matt seems pretty indifferent most days as to her leaving. The first days he asked me 3 times where she was, and he mentioned that he missed her. Since then, he’ll check in with me, confirming where she is…at the new school, not the old school. Other than that I think it’s a lot like last year when she was in preschool to him.

This is my favorite picture from the day. I think there was a tiny bit of hesitation in her eyes but overall, she was brave & excited to start Kindergarten. We are so proud of her and love to see her smile each day as she gets off the bus. There is so much knowledge to gain and this is just the tip of her ice burg! We love you H and are proud to be parents of a kindergartner!

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