Friday, September 6, 2019

Back to School!!!!!! Also, Liv is 14. Holy Crap.

I have to tell you this week has been B-A-N-A-N-A-S. We have all four kids in school this year, all four started on different days, and while that's kind of good, it also would have been nice to just have them all go on the same dang day.

I am also grateful I had the forethought to schedule a therapy session on the first day of school this week because I have had a VERY rough three weeks. Month. It's been rough. I am really struggling with a lot of things right now and yeah, I am so very glad that I am in regular therapy.

I'm sure my family is as well.

First off, Olivia is 14. As of 8:58 a.m. this morning, this girl is 14 years old and I have some feelings about it.
It dawned on Matt and I that not only are we going to have to start thinking about a car option for her NEXT SUMMER, but she's going to be 18 at the start of her senior year. Which is kind of cool. It's also kind of terrifying.
She also is just looking so much older to me lately. Every once in awhile I look and I think, holy crap, she is a young lady. She isn't a little kid anymore. This is a girl who is going to start having big things come her way and I'm just... I'm not ready. I am, but I'm not. 
I always love her and am proud of her, but sometimes I just look at her and I'm really blown away by how great she is. She is so smart, she is incredibly kind, she's a good friend, she is such an amazing help to me, she's a great sister, she wants to do everything, she's always so happy, and she's so focused on her future career (she wants to be a psychologist). She's already focused on which scholarships she's going to apply for, narrowing down college options, and worrying about how to be an adult. I literally could not be more proud of her. 

Anyways. She's in 8th grade this year. 
She went through the application and interview process to be on the 8th grade leadership last spring and she was selected so this year she's a leader and that has some cool responsibilities. Apparently one of those is getting to school super early so I think I'll be doing a lot of driving in my pajamas this year. 


I'm going to be honest, it's really weird for me to think he was my "baby" but he isn't anymore. It's really weird to think that if we didn't have Penelope or Lucy we would be fully done with elementary school. It's a strange feeling, it's like being in two different worlds, really. Anyways- Jackson is a 6th grader this year. 
Olivia's first day of school was for 7/8 grade only and that night they had an open house for the 6th graders (Olivia was at school from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. - she was EXHAUSTED!) and it was absolutely adorable watching Olivia show her brother where his locker was, where all of  his classes were, etc. 
The next day when he went (7/8 graders didn't go, but Olivia had to because she's a leader and they spent the entire day helping the 6th grade kids find their way around), I was a nervous wreck. He was pretty anxious and I could tell a little bit worried, so of course then I worry. 
After school he said he had a great day, and that he felt OK about it. Granted, it was an abbreviated day because they had assembly so it screwed the day up, but overall he was OK. (Olivia said she walked like 7 miles according to her fitness thing and they were both in bed by 8 p.m.)

Can we talk about how old he looks here? It's like this kid aged 5 years over the course of a day, it's crazy. 

Well Miss P is moving on up to 4K, and she is pretty dang excited about it. She's at a new school (where Olivia and Jackson did elementary school) and we're really hoping we can open enroll there for kindergarten and beyond because it's great but also because I'm familiar with it. The process of going to a new school and learning and everything new for me would be VERY difficult and I'm not sure if I can really handle that. That's a topic for another day. 
Her first day is called "Smart Start" and it's basically a meet your teacher/do your school photo/vision and hearing tests, etc and it takes about an hour and that's it. She was very excited to go. We get there and she says, "I'm feeling a little bit shy" (which is adorable) but we went to do the school photo first because I'd rather get it done with first before she trashes her outfit and hair.

Hilariously, the photographer says to her, "Oh, look at those horses on your dress!" and Penelope, completely deadpan, says, "Ugh, they're unicorns, duh".

So that's how that went. I can't wait to see what the actual photo looks like. 
When we went to her actual classroom she was pretty shy and didn't want to cooperate at all. THANKFULLY they had a bird craft set up and one of the assistants were in her 3K class last year so Pep went to the table willingly while I spoke with the teacher and put supplies away.
Her actual first day was yesterday and she went in far more confident. She wanted a hug before I left but she hung up her stuff like a champ and she had a really good day and said she wanted to come back. At the end of the day she was SO excited to see me so that was really nice. 

You guys, Lucy is in 3K. She's doing the same program that Penelope did last year (same teacher, even!) and I could not be happier. She's going to have her speech therapy there, and that will be really great for her. She has been very excited about starting school but it seems so strange that she is old enough to be in preschool. I honestly have no sense of time anymore so if you ask me about Lucy I see fragments of baby Lucy in my head and think of that as now. It's hard to explain my memory and working memory. But to say my baby is in preschool.... that's so weird to me. I feel like I just came home with her. 
Her first day also was just a meet and greet and she was pretty excited to go, despite her face. This was before we went... 
... and this was her when we came home. Trust me, she was excited about school. 
Her first day was also yesterday and she basically ran in, threw her jacket and took off. I had to bring her back to hang things up and take a picture, but then she took off again. I guess she had a really good day, and she didn't want to leave at the end. I think she's so grateful to get out of the house. 

As for me, I had a really good first day being kid free for 2 1/2 hours. All I did was get some groceries and run to the craft store to get something for a project, but it was glorious because not once did I hear "mom" and it was really great. I had my music as loud as I could, I watched the rain, it was so great. I'm not kidding. 

I'm sure the novelty will wear off by next week for for now, I'm going to enjoy this little slice of freedom. 


Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

I'd definitely enjoy that freedom mama, you deserve it! I can't believe you have a 14 year old! Crazy town! She seems like a pretty awesome kid. All of your kids are pretty darn awesome. I hope it's a great school year!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Gah, your kids just look so old, it's crazy! I'm glad school started off well and they all seem to be doing okay. That's insane Olivia knows what she wants to do for a career and is looking at scholarships, etc. That's awesome though - it's great she's so smart and prepared. Omg, I love the story of Penelope and the unicorns. Hilarious. And Lucy in school - what a cutie pie! I'm glad she's loving it.