Wow. It’s been a BIG week in the Tripp house. I have no idea how it happened, but the (not so) tiny baby we brought home last week (ok 5 and a half years ago) started KINDERGARTEN! I really don’t know how it happened. Daryl and I literally go into her room every night to peek at her to make sure she’s not getting any bigger. Sometimes we peek three or four times. We have NEVER actually seen her growing! Nevertheless somehow she managed to turn into a full grown kindergartener!
As she seems determined to continue growing, we took lot lots of pictures to try to capture her in her big moment.
Thank you to Pinterest for the sign idea. The plan is to take her picture with a sign marker every year she’s in school. Hopefully she’ll never have to use the same one twice!
Here she is with her first day teacher gift. As a former teacher, I highly recomend teacher gifts at any point in the year! (As a mom I am very impressed with myself that I actually followed through with a gift idea.) We tucked a $5 Starbucks card in with the flowers Brynna picked out. The pencil vase is another Pinterest idea. I made it by hot gluing the pencils to a mason jar. Easy and cute, if I do say so. Have you noticed that mason jars are the hottest thing in crafting, cooking, and baking right now?
Out of nowhere during our little photo shoot she popped this cute little pose. Um, hold up little girl. You may not start school this cute and sassy! You will be a nerd just like your mom and dad. Tone it down a little.
Next up: a sibling shot. Um, when did Piper turn into a giant baby? We’ve been peeking at her too and witnessed no growing. How are they doing this??
Posing with the teacher. Yes we were those parents… Ok, I was that mom. Daryl was content to stand back simply let her walk into the classroom without fanfare and photos. I think the teacher’s face kind of says, “Come on crazy mom, let’s hurry it up. I’ve got work to do.”
as if my baby girl starting kindergarten weren’t enough to make me want to somehow halt the Earth’s orbit around the sun (thereby stopping the passage of time and solving this growing up problem), our baby boy started pre-school this week too! No sign for him. I decided the tradition will start with kinder for each kid. Cop out? Maybe.
I am so happy and feel so blessed that Lane has three of his best buddies from church in his class. I am excited to see how this little group grows and learns together this year. First up: Play-Do!
Lane tired of Play-Do and moved on to… the TRAIN table. Mega points for pre-school.
And a picture with the teacher, of course!
Here are a few other things we’ve done to mark the week:
-Special family dinner Sunday night. Brynna got to use the special “Celebrate” plate.
-Cooked family favorite breakfast casserole. It’ll last us through the whole week.
-All five of us went up to the school Monday morning to drop Brynna off.
-Went to McD’s for Cherry Berry Chillers after school the first day.
-Lane got a special first day gift from Mommy and Daddy, two books about pooping. A boy can never have too many poop books, right?
My heart has been bursting with emotions this week. I love being a mommy so much. It’s such a strange feeling to love each moment and milestone my kids hit but want to freeze them in time and hold them right where they are. I have been trying to drink in every minute, and it’s been a sweet week for all of us.