Obligatory First Day Front Door Picture (FDFDP):
I'll admit it. Wednesday I was A Mess. A big ol' weepy mess. I got it out of my system and today I was okay. I held it together quite well if I do say so.
Vance was excited until we arrived at the bus stop. We saw the school bus coming down the street and the tears started flowing. We did all we could to pump him up but nothing could stop the tears. My dad offered up his lucky quarter so Vance could keep it in his pocket and rub it if he got nervous. Still tears.
The bus came and he was very reluctant to get hop on. We introduced him to the driver and gave him a loving push up the stairs and watched him find a seat.
We then ran (Ran!) to get in the car and beat the bus to school. We made it and saw him get off the bus (he wasn't crying anymore, phew!). Here he is getting his hand marked, sort of an ID thing.
The nice man in the white shirt offered to take a picture of all of us. (See, Kindergarten isn't that bad!) And then the principal herself walked Vance and 2 others to their classroom. (Proving the very system that we were so wary of actually worked! We didn't lose him!)
We picked him up after school and he had a smile on his face. He hopped in the car and said, "My teacher has a fishbowl! And a fish!" and "I didn't have to use my quarter at all! Well, only on the bus, but I can give it back to Grandad! Maybe I'll keep it and use it again tomorrow though." He had a good day and wants to go back tomorrow.
We celebrated afterwards and met his buddy for snow cones. (A first for Vance, who like his mother, does not like them. Too sweet!) And of course pizza for dinner, because it's Thursday.
We're officially parents of a kindergartner. I can't believe it.