What to do

8 Sep

Man, it’s quiet around here.  Almost too quiet.  Almost.

The kids are back in school.  The oldest three started yesterday, and today was BigHug’s kindergarten debut.

*Mr. T had a pretty decent first day of 9th grade, declaring two of his teachers “really cool” (“My English teacher is like the guy from the old Willy Wonka!”*) and only one “kinda scary”.  He’s at a brand new high school that’s divided into smaller learning communities, so he has all of his classes except one in the same building.  It’s a beautiful campus.

*DynaGirl had a crap first day of 5th grade.  She really likes her new teacher, but has none of her old friends in her new class.  The one girl she thought she’d get along with was moved to a different class.  She tried hanging out with her old gang at recess, but they ditched her.  She’s feeling very lonely and insecure.  I hope she finds someone to connect with soon.

*Goose is giddy with excitement over 3rd grade.  She has her same teacher as last year (who is awesome) and plenty of friends.  I’m relieved to not have to worry about her.

*BigHugs has been waiting to go to “real” school forever, and is very excited her kindergarten days have finally arrived.  I felt like a jerk this morning, being the only parent without a camera to document this milestone.  I took pictures at home before we left.  Do I really need a picture of her walking into class for the first time ever? (That wasn’t a rhetorical question–lie if you have to.)

I have two hours until BigHugs bus brings her home and then another hour and a half until it’s time to pick up Mr. T.  And then another hour and a half until it’s time to pick up the girls.  So what to do in the meantimes?  What to do, what to do…

*Who wouldn’t want Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka for their English teacher??


8 Responses to “What to do”

  1. foo4luv September 8, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    I didn’t take any pictures at all to document BratzBasher’s first day of Kindergarten.

  2. cheryl September 8, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Taking pictures of them walking into the school is way overrated. So, you’re fine.

    I think you should call me!!

  3. Amanda D September 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    All the parents that take pictures of their kid going into class for the first time will look at them someday and think “why did I take this?”

    So, no worries.

    Happy school year!

  4. Boquinha September 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    I can’t even imagine. What’s quiet? 😛

    That stinks about Dynagirl. Speaking of . . . is it her penpal’s turn to write her? Or the other way around? It’s a long distance friendship — not the same, but it’s something. Those girls are missing out on how great she is. Dumb girls.

  5. bythelbs September 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    Foo—I knew I could count on you.

    Cheryl—Maybe I will!

    Amanda—I think that’s a valid point.

    Boquinha—I think it’s DynaGirl’s turn. We talked about it just the other day. She was writing a letter to her cousin in college last night, so maybe she can stay in letter writing mode and do it tonight. And she loves the letters. Long distance friends are the best! (I should know!)

  6. Alison Wonderland September 9, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I’m pretty sure I forgot to take pictures at all on the Pea’s first day of school and the ones I took on the princess’s were all double exposures (that’s right, actual film, no digital cameras for me yet) so ummm I get a big fail on first day picture taking altogether. But my kids are still speaking to me so I guess it doesn’t matter too much.

  7. madhousewife September 9, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    I can’t remember if I’ve ever taken a picture of any of my kids on their first day of school, at home or at the school or otherwise. No, wait–I have a vague memory of SD videotaping PZ’s arrival at her first kindergarten. Haha! That’s so lame, I’d totally suppressed it. I think his mother asked us to do it. She asks us to take pictures of the kids’ first days in Primary, too, but we never do.

    Every time I forget the camera, I think, “It’s better for me to just experience the moment instead of being distracted by the task of documenting it.” Do you like that? You can use it if you want.

    I’m sorry about DG. I will send her new-friend-making vibes. I may have to borrow some from someone else who’s good at making new friends, but by gum, they shall be delivered!*

    *(I used “by gum” specifically for your benefit.)

  8. Flipflopmama September 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I guess I’m in the minority. I took pictures of Big Sister’s first day. But then again she is my first child. I’m sure I won’t be so picture happy with the rest. Although I do love taking pictures so we’ll see. I’m not making any promises.

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