I'm married to a Guardsman, Joel, and am a proud momma to two sweet girls - Grace & Autumn. My life is, for better or worse, dictated by the military. In our 9 years of marriage, Joel's been on three deployments. This blog is about my journey as a wife and mother as we ride through life pre, post and during deployment. I don't pretend to have answers - often I'm just surviving. I hope to pour out my highs, lows, share my weaknesses and some victories - and I hope you can teach me something, too!
Grace started 1st grade on Monday. Each year, from preschool to now, I'm surprised that it's possible that she's old enough for school. Why is my baby growing up??? It's a hard thing for me, as I'm gathering from all your Twitter and Facebook posts, is a hard thing for most of you, too.
Grace and I packed her school bag weeks ago - carefully reading and re-reading her list, labeling her name on about a thousand different items and packing and re-packing, until her bag was just right. Her clothes have been washed and hung up in her closet. Shoes have been bought and put aside so they aren't marked up until the last-possible minute. All of this planning and organizing, and you would think that I would have remembered earlier than a week before school that I planned to work on her spelling and math with her this summer. I bought a workbook the first week in June to go over with her... and now school has started, and we haven't even begun her "summer" workbook. Oh, well. We had fun at the pool, the park and New Hampshire... and fun is what summer is about anyway.
It was a good first day. She goes to a very small school, so all but two of the students this year were in her Kindergarten class. Grace seems to love her new teacher and is loving being in a school routine again. That girl THRIVES on routine.
Can't wait to see how much she learns and grows this school year. I can't wait to see her continue to grow in confidence.
And since her first day of school was a great success, I thought she deserved a treat...