Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kindergarten kids

So once again I'm behind on my blogging. Ugh.

This year the boys started kindergarten. I know, I still can't believe it myself. Our district only offers half day and while I sometimes think about them being at a disadvantage because so many schools offer full day, I'm selfishly glad. Brett is in school all day as he has been since he was 3 to receive the additional services he requires such as therapy. I feel like the half days with Jackson and Peyton are an opportunity to give them a little more time and attention they may not get at other times.

The boys were all excited to go back to school. But the night before the first day Jackson was nervous and said he didn't want to go and wanted to stay home with me. Peyton joined in and they were in tears. I didn't see it coming.
By the next day they were fine and only slightly hesitant. Once they were lined up on the playground they never looked back. It equal parts made me happy and sad.
They recently received their first report cards and were ridiculously excited to share them with me when I got home from work. They are all doing great. Brett is integrating into the same class as Jackson and Peyton part-time and I volunteered at the Halloween party and Brett is like a rock star when he comes in the classroom. All the kids want to come over and push his chair and say hi.
They've all made a lot of friends and it's so fun getting to know the other children and their parents.

Here are some pictures from the first days of school:

Aunt Brenda and Uncle Steve gave the boys a gift card to Target to pick out new backpacks (thank you!). I'm not sure who enjoyed it more the boys or me. I took each of them one on one to shop and they each used the gift card to pay for their backpacks themselves.

Brett narrowed it to two and then did not hesitate to pick this Transformers backpack when he saw that the eyes flashed.

Peyton just could not decide which one he wanted. He narrowed it down to these seven and then raced a car and it stopped in front of the Avengers backpack (the first one farthest from him).

Jackson usually takes a while to make a choice - really contemplating his options. But he saw this Mario Brothers backpack and had his heart set on it. 

We live about a mile from the school. There was an open house to see the classroom and meet the teacher and so we decided to walk and see how long it would take us. I thought we would never get there. They found a baby bird on the sidewalk that couldn't fly and were so concerned. They kept saying go ahead, don't be afraid and flapping their arms to show it how to fly. I kept urging them to move along and, as you can see, Jackson kept giving me the just wait a minute hand. 

Grandma checking out Jackson's cubbie and star with his name on it. Think he was excited?

The boys use the iPad to check the weather in the morning and wanted to see what the weather would be like for the first day of school. Brett gave a thumbs up when I asked if it was shorts weather.

Brett and his backpack.

Peyton, Brett and Jackson

Peyton, Brett and Jackson

I love this picture. Brett kept leaning toward Peyton and was trying to say something and Peyton gave his full attention. Wish I knew what he was saying.

Brett - ready to go.

Peyton - ready to go.

Jackson - ready to go.

Brett excited about taking the bus to school - seriously, it's one of the highlights of his day.

Jackson and Peyton with all of their supplies.

Jackson does not look too happy here, but once the teacher lined them up he was all smiles.