I kind of can't believe that we just started our 2nd school year here! Wow.
I'm kind of hoping for a new front door by our 3rd school year. It's our tradition to take the first day of school pics in front of the front door and this one is not really my taste. Brassy.
Back to the kids . . . . they were cute as always!
Conner started 7th grade
(the photo on the right was taken on the 2nd day of school)
He has had a great week so far. I won't lie, 6th grade was rough. But he has had a really good attitude so far this week. He wakes up early with his alarm and gets ready for the day, makes his lunch, and practices the piano before leaving for school at 6:45am. Getting the piano done in the morning helps a TON. And in the afternoons he has been on top of his work (not much so far), and he is more organized and pro-active which will really help out this year (too much experience with assignments that got lost in the abyss we call his binder). Plus, it doesn't hurt that Scott has given him a little incentive . . . . if he completes his homework by dinner everyday, then he can play Diablo 3 for an hour on the weekend. Talk about the ultimate carrot for this boy. He was surprised and happy to see that he has the same locker-neighbors this year, and his lunch group found each other pretty easily the first day and have continued their routine. Whew, in middle school it's such a relief to have people you can sit by at lunch!
Payton is now a 5th grader
The big man on campus! Hard for me to believe that next year he will be in middle school. Uh, I'm just going to erase that from my brain and we'll revisit the thought in June. This year things get amped up a little bit. Throughout the day he rotates (along with his classmates) to 6 different classrooms - Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Specials (PE, computers, music, library, art). I wasn't sure how he would do with the constant change in classroom setting, and hauling his backpack from class to class, but he has done great. In fact, he loves it and he is really excited about some of the projects the teachers have planned for the year. He was excited to have one of his friends in his class again. This year we are reminding this boy to strive for excellence! He's a smart kid, he just needs to start really applying himself and putting his full effort into his work -- then we know he will do great.
And then there's our 2nd grader
Her transition has been seamless. Her teacher was in 1st grade last year and she even combined with Anna's class on a few projects/units. So she knows her well. Anna's only disappointment was that she didn't know anyone on the class roster. (Except 1 boy from last year, but she didn't really like him.) But I have no worries -- she is an extremely outgoing, friendly girl. She will make new friends in no time. In fact, last week after visiting the classroom and discovering she wouldn't know anyone she later said to me, "I can't wait to find out who my new best friend will be!" What a great attitude. Anna was excited for school to start but I think she was even more excited about her new shoes. The day before school started she said, "I'm so excited to wear my new shoes! Everyday I would open up my closet and it was like, torturing me!!" And then she went to school and discovered that one of her friends had the exact same shoes and that made it even more awesome.
What did I do the first day of school?
I exercised. Showered. Went to a Relief Society Presidency meeting (I'm the secretary). Took care of Relief Society emails, phone calls, and typed up my notes. And made cookies.
And before I had a chance to read or blog or whatever, it was 1:30 and time to begin the pick-up rounds.
Can you believe it rained (well, sprinkled) on the first day of school?