|Tim made her cute little sign.|
I loved getting away on a vacation the week right before school, and I wouldn't go back and change a thing, but .. it turns out that it would have made life a little easier had we gone to the school's open house which took place during that week. At the open house, parents filled out some important forms, and they also received the teacher's supply list. At the top of the paper the list is written on, it says to drop the supplies off on the day of the open house. But that list was not mailed to us before the open house. It ended up coming home with Delaney on the first day. That was annoying. We had used the generic 1st grade list provided on the school's website to do our last minute shopping trip the weekend before. Her teacher's list was a lot different, and some of the items on it could not be found anywhere. I've been out and back to several stores looking for things like marble composition books. And I've experienced a lot of confusion because many of the things I've sent in have been coming back to me in her backpack untouched. The start of kindergarten seemed to be a lot more organized and less hectic.
Tim didn't go back to work until Wednesday, and I was really glad to have him there to help get Delaney back on track.
Toward the end of last school year, I found it easier to just leave at 7:30 and drive her to school in the morning, and I believe I'll start doing that again. This way she gets a little more sleep since she doesn't have to get up until around 6:45. Tim and I disagree a little on this. He thinks that if I drive her to school, I'm letting her determine the routine since that's what she'd rather do. Furthermore, if the school provides a bus, why use our own gas to get her there? Another thing that just occurred to me is that if Delaney gets up later, she'll be missing that time in the morning with Tim before he goes to work, and his days can be very long. He is also better at dealing with them in those first few minutes, and motivating them to complete their chores (if Delaney's up, Annie is too). If they sleep until 6:45, Tim will already be out the door and I'll be on my own. But I did it on my own last year and it was fine. I also pack her lunch and pick her clothes every night, so that's always done.
On the other hand, her school is a seven-minute drive away, but her morning bus ride is almost an hour. An hour on the bus to go to a school that's just a few miles away seems excessive to me, and makes her day unnecessarily long. Once we start extracurriculars, those could be VERY long days. My neighbor says she's going to start driving her son to school after daylight savings time starts (or ends?), because that's when she starts having a hard time getting him up. But I see no reason to wait that long if I already know that taking her to school is the better option. As far as time with Tim in the morning .. hmm. As long as he's home for dinner most nights, they'll have enough time together. We gave the morning bus a try this week, and now I think I'll start driving her next week. I'm still happy with her afternoon bus ride since she's one of the first stops, and because I don't have to interfere with naptime. The new bus stop is about a stone's throw from our driveway, which is a bonus this year.
Yesterday she got off the bus and started running with a big smile on her face. It was so nice to see. She told me that they'd celebrated her birthday at school that day. She'd gotten to eat a cupcake and pick something out of the treasure box. She waved her little plastic butterfly excitedly. ".. And tonight is movie night! It's the best day ever!" I'd been holding my breath every day waiting to see which Delaney would get off the bus -- grumpy, happy, or just OK -- so it was a breath of fresh air to see her so joyful.
And now the long weekend begins. We'll do some shopping at the big mall in Durham and get her some running shoes she can wear with socks. She hated the cute closed-toe Keen-like sandals I got her this past spring that I thought would be perfect. Her feet sweated in them. Annie got a pair like them and her feet sweated too and got super stinky. Those two have the sweatiest feet around. I can't buy them those Croc ballet flats anymore either. Flipflops, completely open sandals, or shoes with socks, those are the options. We all need some new things so we're going to make a day of it. It's daunting, but we did it last fall and survived.