with the teen's help, we managed to check off all of the items on the school supply list and get to the uniform store to pick up the bean's new wardrobe. it was a lot easier to get through it this time around, having learned from my mistakes during our rookie year. and to the bean's delight, we scooped up a new backpack, lunch bag and thermos adorned with her obsession of the moment - my little pony.
realizing that this was my only chance to start some fun traditions for the annual back to school process, i turned to pinterest for ideas. i'd come across a handful of super cutesy pins that my sappy ass loved, and i went hunting for supplies around the house. i spent less than five minutes outside with this:
this stuff is my new best friend. i kinda want to turn everything into a chalkboard now.
i would've loved to take her on one last pre-school disneyland outing, but the timing didn't work at all. instead, we just hung out at home, playing in her room and getting some quality time together. after an easygoing summer with no schedule or rigid nightly routines to follow, it was a little tough to get back into the groove.
as i often do on days like this, i woke up even before the alarm went off. i tiptoed around the house, gathering things together, pulling supplies out, and getting this ready:
while she attempted to wake up and drag herself out of bed, i went into the kitchen to make her some breakfast and pack her lunch.
yay for old friends!
just one more pinterest-y shot.
as she joined her classmates outside for the morning lineup, i had to have at least one shot with her.
guess what? i didn't cry! are you so proud of me?? and i was in such a good mood, when i got to the window at the starbucks drive-thru i told the barista that i was buying coffee for the person in the car behind me. that was fun.
when i picked her up, there was a little surprise waiting for her.
from what she tells me, it was a pretty fun first day. she found a few of last year's classmates in her class and made some new friends. it's definitely different this year - there were only 9 of them in the transitional class, but now she's one of 24. yikes.
but i'm not too worried. she's got all that confidence she gained from last year, so she knows the ropes pretty well. and it was lovely to hear some extremely positive feedback from her new teacher as she helped her climb into the car.
back to school night was just a few hours later, and i've already volunteered to be one of the room moms, classroom photographers, and field trip chaperones.
it's gonna be a GREAT year!