Being Brickner : School So Far

Friday, October 6, 2017

School So Far

We are five weeks into the school year over here, time is flying and we are as busy AS EVER, but also are settling into a pretty nice routine.  I thought I would share an update on how each of the girls are adjusting so far, this is such a special time in their lives (as well as ours!), and I never want to forget any of it.

Our kindergartener!  Waverly's school went full day about a month before school started, so she leaves the house at about 8:15 AM and doesn't come home until 3:30 in the afternoon. Which just feels SO long!  She previously was in half day, three days a week, so going from that to her new schedule has certainly been an adjustment.  For all of us.  She is definitely more tired than usual, and has had her fair share of difficult moments which we chalk up to so much change, but overall, she has done incredibly well and is getting more used to things every week.  She loves getting on the bus each day (and insists on being the first one at the bus stop), loves setting out her outfits the night before school, and has made so many little friends -- including a "boyfriend" she told me about this week and also quite a few of the older kids at school as well.  Help us! ;)  It's been so much fun to hear her recite all the things she learns and to hear about lunch or PE, but also very bittersweet.   We are over one month in and almost every time I see her walk towards that yellow school bus with all those big kids, then yell "bye mom" and hardly look back, I get the biggest urge to run up, snuggle her back to her little newborn self and soak it all in just one more time.  I am even more convinced that watching your kids grow up is a constant battle of absolutely loving the person they are turning into and wishing you could just stop time and keep them little forever.

Avalon Elle, five weeks into her half-day, two day a week 2's class at preschool and told me this past weekend that "she was finished with school".  Ha.  She is so funny about it, as she is with most things, she will talk about how she is nervous to go all morning, and then goes and has the best time ever (then talks about how she can't wait to go back all afternoon).  She loves to list all of the names of her little friends in class and also to sing the songs she learned, her teachers tell us that she is happy all day and of course talks their ears off with her many stories.  One of her favorite parts of the day is walking Waverly to the bus stop and waiting there with all the big kids, watching them say bye to each other is the absolute sweetest and makes me melt pretty much every time.  She politely declined doing gymnastics like Waverly, and also has no interest in joining a dance class like the one we take Waverly to each week, but seems to eat up all the extra alone time she gets with me during that time (as do I!).  She is just so much fun right now, I can never get enough of her or her little vocabulary that is seriously mind-blowing, I can't imagine how much more she will learn in the months ahead now that she is in school!

A few pictures of our September, followed with some questions I asked the girls their first week of school that I never got around to sharing and definitely wanted to document!!


What is your favorite color?
Waverly -- Purple, Avalon -- Pink.

What is your favorite food?
Waverly -- Spaghetti & Meatballs, Avalon -- Chicken Nuggets & Fries.

What is your favorite movie?
Waverly -- Cinderella, Avalon -- Shrek.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Waverly -- Wonder Woman, Avalon -- Elmo.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Waverly -- Play with Superheros, Avalon -- Play with Cash.

What are you most excited for about school?
Waverly -- Playing on the Playground, Avalon -- Toys.

6 comments:

  1. School days are SO LONG, especially when you're used to shorter days, and less frequently. She's definitely not the only Kindergartner I know who is adjusting to that! Hope it gets easier and easier as her body adjusts!

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  2. How fun they are enjoying school, love the lil story about Waverly and the bus stop.

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  3. It sounds like they are adjusting well! Love the little interviews. :)

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  4. so glad to hear the girls are settling into their routine!
    my son also wants to be the first at the bus stop, and the first ON the bus. we have to remind him almost every morning to wait until the bus stops bc otherwise i'm worried he'll sprint IN FRONT of the bus!

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  5. play with cash!!! oh my word she is hilarious!!

    I just love that Avalon gets to go to school...I keep thinking about next year and how Finn will be two but our preschool isn't open until age 3. I guess I'll soak up all the alone time with her while Ellie is at kindergarten all day next year...how is she going to be that old already?

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  6. Liam is in full day too; it seems so intense. 8am-3pm... ridiculous! At least it has made for early bedtimes.

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