I posted an emotional letter to HJ’s teacher last week. Sorry if I made you cry. Since I was a little emotional, I wanted to share how the first day of school went.
HJ woke up in my bed and I told him he was going to be going to school. He got a huge smile and said, “Already? Today?”. “It’s finally here!” I told him.
He was even thrilled to be posing in front of his chalkboard, knowing it was all about “him”.
Here is the convo we had about what he wants to be when he grows up…
Me: Hey, HJ, what do you want to be when you grow up?
HJ: Animal trainer, of giraffes and dinosaurs, big ones.
Me: Oh, and what do you train them to do?
HJ: Um..sit and clap.
Me: Can dinosaurs and giraffes sit and clap?
HJ: No, that’s why me need to train them.
When I brought HJ to school he walked in and said hi to the teacher. He also told her everybody should be nice to everybody. She agreed that it was a good rule. And off he went.
I did get a hug and a kiss, but he was not nearly as concerned as myself.
I took the day off to help him celebrate after his 11am dismissal. On the way to our pool day, I asked HJ if he met new friends. He told me he did, Brody. I asked if that was by chance our neighbor. It was. I asked who he played with outside, he said “my friends”. That person was also named Brody. Not sure if they met any other kids or not?
We went to the pool to celebrate the day, but it was a little chilly and we didn’t last long.
We then decided to head to the local Arboretum after hearing great things about it. We had SO MUCH FUN.
When we arrived, we were given a map. The map led us around the gardens in search of gnomes. Each gnome had a name that we wrote down, and once we found them all, HJ would get a prize. He took this seriously.
He also got to feed some fish in a pond.
And check out the amazing Children’s Garden. There were enough things in here to keep us busy all day.
He played a bit in the cottage (which holds a weekly story hour), and got to dig in the sand pit.
He also took a break in this cute hut of vines.
We were successful in finding all but one gnome. And we searched and searched for that thing. When I went to turn in the map and admit defeat, we were told, “Oh yeah, someone stole that one”. Would have been nice to know that before running around in search of it. HJ was given a little candy bar for his prize, and fell asleep on the way home.
He told me his favorite part of the day was preschool, and couldn’t wait to go back.