Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well, it is official, we now have a freshman AND a senior living amongst us. I didn't think the first day of school would affect me this year..... but it did.
First of all, Leslie doesn't need me to drive her to school anymore, Anthony drives her. This was the first year of school where I didn't take her.
Secondly, it hurt more than I thought it would watching my baby walk into the high school for his first day. High School! I think we should have thought a little harder about having a third child. But, then I would feel the same way when that child walked into the high school too. Something about reaching the "last stop" before college and knowing how quickly those 4 years will go is what it getting me.
Regardless, I am so thankful our children are healthy, strong and continue to grow academically. As hard as it is to watch them grow up so quickly, I wouldn't want it any other way.
My good friend Linda (you guys are probably sick of hearing me talk about "my good friend Linda", but she is full of great advice so I take it) (smile).... she once told me she has her kids put up fingers for each grade they are in for their first day of school pictures. I thought that was a GREAT idea and there is no doubt down through the years what grade her kids are starting in each picture.
Soooooooo, my kids have done this for years now thanks to Linda. I didn't start it until Les was in 4th grade so my pictures are not uniform as I would like, but better 4th grade on up than nothing.
Here are some first day pictures from this year....
Leslie has a great schedule for her senior year. Here is how she spends her day.... Faculty assistant, Poetry, Pottery, Creative Cooking, Environmental Literature and her block class Environmental Management. I asked her if she needed any book covers and she replies "No mom, I don't have any books this year." Currently she is learning how to make Smoothies in her Creative Cooking class..... kinda redundant since she has worked at Tropical Smoothie for a year now. She will make the world's best smoothie by the time she goes to college. Important stuff! :)
Nick walked through the door after his first day with THE biggest smile on his face. He loves high school and better yet he loves his teachers. It doesn't get any better than this for a parent. He had his schedule memorized by the second day and knows the high school like the back of his hand. He is taking great notes in class and is on the ball......YAY!
All is good in the Jergens home, we are back into a routine which is always nice and it is a routine everyone is happy with. Ahhh, the sound of contentment is in the air, let's pray it lasts!
Hope your first day back was as good as ours.
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