Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten!

Somehow I convinced her to "sleep in"... until 6:30AM. I think I slept in until 6:45AM... that was nice... since Amaris was up from 11PM until 3AM... so, if I do the math, I think I got 3hrs. and 45 min. of sleep last night. Lovely!

But, today was a new day...

We waited and waited for the bus... guess it takes longer that first week of school...Gabriella could hardly wait for this day to come...

I had her read to help make the minutes tick faster until the bus came!

She really likes this "Bob" book because it is so easy... 

Here it comes! She always squeals in delight and kicks her feet!

I realized this morning, that I was pretty darn proud of myself... I sent my first Kindergartner in 13 years to school with OLD shoes and last years backpack and snack pack.  But, then I realized I had bought each of the girls boots from Nordstrom and princess backpacks when they are finally together... so, I guess it doesn't really count.

 I kept Amaris is the car so she could watch everything but be EXACTLY where I wanted her to be!

Gabriella wanted to ride the bus, so we let her... but, we drove to school as well.

This is her classroom... because it is a special needs room, it is pretty bare, but her teacher has a phenomenal way of tracking the kids and their progress through the use of 4 activities per child each day that go in the personal bins you see in the middle of the photo.  

We snapped this photo as her bus got to school... it was the last bus to arrive,
12 minutes behind the other very late bus. 

Here are a couple of the sweet ladies helping Gabriella out. 

 Here is Amaris when she first saw her jie jie... she asked to get out and "hug". So, I let her!

She is so excited that she points to her jie jie. 

Gabriella is one of 8 children in the class. 

Because her bus was so late, when she finally arrived to her Kindergarten class today, 
she sat in circle time for less than 2 minutes before she was whisked away for snack. 
She is wearing a school shirt right now to protect her clothes. We bought her a new blue smock after school.

After her 5 minute (literally) snack... which she ate 1 grape and 2 spoon fulls of  nuts, 
she had to go back to circle time. 
She will have to learn to remove the lids off of her snack... 
because she is the only one that brings her own snack. 
Because her body consumes ALL of her calories rapidly, 
she needs to have meaningful calories every time she eats...
 so, her diet consists of 90% organic food: mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and chicken... 

No fishy crackers and pretzels for this princess!

The teacher read Brown Bear Brown Bear... 
The kids were silent. Gabriella looked at me. I smiled and told her to say the words... 
she did... it was fun to hear. 

While Gabriella was at school, Amaris and I went to grab a latte and cookie 
and to check out a gymnastics class...

And, I discovered that my Super Powers are coming back... I TOTALLY forgot I even had any.
This last 3 months with Amaris has been A LOT of work... 
a newly adopted two-year-old needs quite a bit of guidance and correction. 

When I shared this with my husband, he asked which super powers were coming back... 
I am not quite sure yet, but I may know better tomorrow. I know I have them... because he is Superman... 
and there has to be a close proximity, power-sharing thing that happens when you are married to Superman.  Right?