Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Back To School

Marlee's first day as a Junior.

Jake's first day of 8th grade.

Max's first day of 6th grade, Zane's first day of 3rd grade, and Gus's first day of Kindergarten!

In all honesty, I've never been sad to see any of my kids off to Kindergarten thus far.  

Until now. 

This one was kind of hard.  My littlest guy......
He wasn't terribly thrilled either.

But he put on a brave face & gave me a wave.

I think I would have been crying if it hadn't been so bleepin' hot.

Then Caroline & I walked back home. 

Just me and her. 

It was so quiet!  It was awesome!!  Until I started realizing how much I depended on the other kids to keep her entertained.  She doesn't want to be in a room by herself, so I have to be right by her side all the time.

So this is our routine......

While I'm cleaning up after breakfast/school-lunch-making, Caroline gets into her toy drawer.  And she literally gets into it.

When she's done, I pick it up while she starts on the arts & crap cupboards.

She helps herself to a little snack while she's at it.

So then I clean up that mess.

Meanwhile, she's moved on to the book basket.

She loves books.

And they all must be pulled out every time.

Then comes the very popular party-plates-and-napkins drawer.....

Yes, I know I need to dig up some of those cupboard lock thingys.

And then there's the bathroom cupboards, with fun things like tampons to unwrap, and the bandaid drawer, and the laundry basket, which is a favorite.

And so goes my day.

I love it.


ellen said...

Looks fun to me!

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valerie said...

I'm so sorry...but I have been lurking here for awhile. You are real and you are FUNNY. I love your photos. The Big Island is also our favorite place on earth. So I almost commented then. But when I saw your post today I was laughing out loud. And PS we have a baby Caroline too. LOVE that name. :)

Jaime said...

Nicole... What a great post!! =) Caroline is such a DOLL!! I can't believe how much she's grown!

I've always said - one should have a teenager before they have additional kids! lol... I know I couldn't handle Nic by myself. lol

Jill Ison said...

that looks like my kind of day. if she needs a friend she can call me, i can toss plates, napkins and tampons around with the best of em. i can even sit in drawers, if no one cares if they ever work again.

Laura said...

Oh, you are patient. PHEW.

chestnutmocha said...

so cute!!!

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