Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Go, Peter, Go!

Well, today is the big day! It is Peter's first official full day of Kindergarten!

He will be in school from 8:00am - 2:30pm. And I will easing my fears and worries with a little retail therapy in Wal-Mart.

I would go to Target but it's much further away and I want to be close by in case there are any problems - which I don't anticipate - but just in case.

And while I am in Wal-mart I will be getting a new hair dryer. Because even though it still runs, it only blows out cool air. So Sarah and I will be nervously pacing around in Wal-Mart, wishing we were at Target.

And Peter will be in Kindergarten away from his Mommy for 6 and 1/2 hours. But I know he will do great.

I've already written teary posts and this morning I'm more excited than sad. So instead of more maudlin words, I thought I would share some pictures with you.

This is Peter on his first day of 2-year-old preschool and he's wearing a cute little striped shirt.

This is Peter on his first day of 3-year-old preschool and he's wearing a cute little striped shirt.

This is Peter on his first day of 4-year-old preschool and he's wearing a cute little striped shirt.

And this is Peter on his first day of Kindergarten and he's not wearing a striped shirt.

He refuses to wear striped shirts any more. He has a closet full of them that he won't wear. I guess I like striped shirts more than he does.
And I guess I'm lucky he's wearing this plain shirt because he really wanted to wear a t-shirt with skulls and crossbones on it.

Here we are at the bus stop, nervously waiting. Isn't it cute how he was clutching my hand? I gave him a big hug after this picture and then the bus approached.
Jennifer's two oldest kids crossed the street and Peter grabbed my hand. He hung back and my heart sunk. I thought for sure he wasn't going to go.

So I said, "Go, Peter, go! I know you will do great!"

And he went.

And he will do great. And I'll try not to be sad.

Because I know that this is only the beginning for him, even though it feels a little like the end for me.

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3XMom said...

oh yay! congratulations. he WILL do great! I promise. I went through this last year, and I promise - when you see all he is learning and doing, you will be soo happy.

Christy said...

I felt the same way when we took Jackson to kindergarten. You'll be amazed at how much they learn and change this year. He'll do great because you've prepared him so well for this new adventure in his life. Your such a great mom!

Huse Blog is it Anyway? said...

You go girl! You did it!

He's going to have a great day and I can't wait to hear what he says about it!

Annikke said...

He'll do great, but I know how hard it is on us mommy's to let them go.

I bet he comes home all excited!

the dragonfly said...

Love the striped shirts... :)

Hope his day went well...and yours too!!

Way More Homemade said...

ohh i just want to pinch his darlin' cheecks.

Way to go Beth!


Anonymous said...

that hand holding was soo precious! awesome post!

MamaGeek said...

I'm sure he'll adjust much faster than the parents do but I SO feel ya. I'm ALREADY scared of this day and mine is only two.

HE IS SO stinking cute!

Mamasphere said...

I didn't see much difference in the pictures until I compared the first to the last, and wow, he's grown up so much since his first day of preschool!

6 and a half hours seems like such a long time, but I bet he's going to love it.

My Goodness said...

He is SO handsome!! Such a big boy...going to school on the BUS! WOW!

I hope you now have a fantastic hair dryer...please avoid all bodies of water with this one!

Hope it was a great day for everyone!!

Jennifer said...

Sweet post!
And I hear ya about the plain shirt. My nine-year-old is choosing his own clothes but I have the good separated from the bad in his closet. Or he would be wearing Ben 10 and stuff like that. Not this Mom's kid!!

Brittany said...

How did it go???

Ohh new hairdryer? I just had to do that too..sigh.

Denise said...

Woo Hoo, you go boy. He is so cute.

Mama Zen said...

He is so cute, and he's going to do great! Please note: first day of kindergarten requires at least 3 days of retail therapy!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

He looks so cute. Love the pic of the two of you and aren't you glad he decided on that solid shirt and not the Ayyy Matey look? ;)

p.s. what a fab mom you are for taking those annual photos each year!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh!! Now you've gone and got me all teary-eyed....the pictures are wonderful and your young man is very handsome, whether in his striped shirts or not!! I hope he had a wonderful day...make sure you post tomorrow and tell us! And show us what you got for retail therapy!!
bella x

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Peter is growin up... what with having a mind of his own about clothing, too!! The nerve!

On a totally different note, your hair looks GREAT!


Kelsey said...

Aww great post!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Mama!

Jen said...

This is THE hardest job, isn't it? Way to go, Peter and Mom!!!

Rebekah said...

Ahhhh. snif- made me think of my oldest when he got on the bus.

Funny that he didn't want to wear a stripped shirt. He way of becoming independent?

Hope you had a good day, Mom.

Jaina said...

::hugs:: he is so super cute. I'm sure he had a great time! Yay for retail therapy!