I can tell because everything else is put on the side burner while we get back into rhythms. This year we have two kids in school. I am surprised by the deafening silence of our home when the two older ones are away and the baby is napping.
Here are the photos of them before school with the exception of the last, that is after school. I did make S's first day of school dress. She chose the fabric and and did the sewing. T wore his crochet necklace with a little guy inside for "good luck". There is also a photos of S with her best bud B who stays with us during the middle part of the week while her mama is at school. Little BB badly wanted to go to school. Alas, all too soon, Dear One.
S LOVES school. I cannot emphasize that enough. All reports I get are that she is simply perfect and a model example in class. I think she uses all her energy doing that because she gets home and the house is no longer quiet or still. T is starting to feel shy and is having a bit more difficulty adjusting to his new class and teacher. He loved first grade and his teacher so much I just think for this little guy it's going to take some time anytime there is a big change. S has the same teacher T had for kindergarten. We all adore her and every day of school is the "best day EVER!!!"
I have started volunteering in S's class. I'm there once a week and will be tag-teaming art with another parent. I am also apprenticing to take over the art program for the entire school. That will begin next year. I was in first grade every week last year. I don't think I'll be able to be in second grade all that much. The need is so restricted that I don't think I can fit into those parameters. However, I think between art and kindergarten there is plenty to keep me going. Plus, we're back to having our morning breakfast crew two days a week and B three days a week.
B and S start dance this upcoming week. They will go in the morning before kindergarten. T is still doing taekwondo two night a week. S is also doing gymnastics 5 hours a week. She's quite talented and that's not just me being biased. We're busy but it's going smoothly. We are all quite happy and content.