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First Day of School

Jet was up at 5:30. He didn't say that it was from excitement at school, but... one wonders.

One of his friends threw up at 5 a.m. so I'm thankful all Jet did was wake up and it wasn't like he's at all anxious.

There were actual crowds at the bus stop this morning. I guess a few kindergarteners were going for their first time and a few other kids that didn't normally ride the bus, but since all the kids in our neighborhood are going to the new school that's a mile further than the old one, I guess they all decided that the bus would be a good idea or something.



So it was a huge gathering at the bus stop with a lot of newbie parents and kids that didn't know the protocols of getting in line at the stop, or, for that matter, even where the dang stop *was*. That made the old-timers giggle a lot, as the newbies were standing at the street corner, while the old-hand kids dropped their packs under the marker tree. But the younger new kids just crowded in *front* of the kids that had their packs in line when the bus came and the older kids just rolled their eyes.

Better than the usual wrestling matches, I guess, but I'm sure the new ones will be disabused of their ignorance when there aren't quite so many parents around.

Poor Jet got cut off by a few clueless Moms that just stood in his way when their kids had gotten on the bus, and we had to make some not quite so polite noises to make them let him through. He grinned out the window and waved the whole time he could see us.

Then the Old Guard had a nice chat about our summers and the fact that at least one of the mom's was grateful not just for getting the kids out of the house, but getting her teaching husband out of the house as well. Whew. She said she had no idea how John and I managed to be together all day. *laughs*

We don't, really. As John went off to do Food Share this morning, so I stayed at home and read and ate, and caught up on comments and stuff. Then, when he came home, I took off on my bike to deliver paintings to the post office for amberley and buildingafuture. Yes, the pine tree, chibi sparrows, the tree on the way to the mountain, and one of the orchid paintings have all been taken. *grins* It was fun to ride fast and hard and go all the back ways and run through traffic with the mobility and acceleration I can have with the vehicle that has no protection for me whatsoever. *laughs*

Then, when I got home again, I reread Old Man's War again after finishing it because... well, it's my way with books I really like. I like reading them twice, the first time through the second time with the stuff I really liked. And I actually reread a few scenes five or six times simply to get the cadence and texture and wording and what really made it work for me.

Then Jet came home and we met him at the stop and he held both our hands to walk back to the house. He said that Mikayla was going swimming with Mr. Dean, so we went swimming too. Then the boys said that we were riding to Noodles and Company to celebrate Jet's first day at school. That made a full 7 miles of bike riding for me today and I'm a little sore, and tired. It was a good ride, though FAR more nerve-wracking as the Mom behind her kid following the Dad whose back is to everything the very-much-a-Boy does rather than just get-somewhere-girl. But it was a great dinner.

During dinner Jet said, "I don't get it, we didn't have a party or anything! No cake, no movie, and it's the first day of school! I guess second grade is harder."

I guess he's been a little spoiled by his other teachers. Jet and I played Lego StarWars II when we got home. And when it was bed time, Jet actually fell asleep easily.

I'm really hoping that he'll sleep all night, as if he wakes up it'll be *my* turn to be up with him at 5:30. *grins*
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sounds like it was a good day overall ... I miss being happy about going to school ... back then, it was so much fun.
It's very nice to get back into that mindset again, I'll have to admit. *grins* The best thing about being a mom is getting vicariously experience all that childhood excitement again, but not have to *do* it all again. *laughs*
Yay for first day of school!

On our first day of school, the bus is always running late, because of all the new parents questioning the bus driver about return times (there are no scheduled return times - the bus gets there when it gets there, so you just get to guess based on the route) and picture taking. :)
Yeah, the picture taking. *laughs*

Especially the one mom that had to get *ON* the bus to take a picture of her darling in her seat. Wow.

That makes a lot of sense. Still haven't been through this enough times, yet, to predict this stuff. *laughs*
Hmmm. I haven't boarded the bus to take pictures of any of my kids yet! Must consider...

...although if I try to pull that stunt with Robert going into 7th grade, he will either murder me or die of embarrassment. So maybe not. :)
Yay for Jet going back to school!! "Second Grade Must be Harder" It's only downhil from here kid LOL

He is so sweet and so smart he going to do amazing (as you KNOW LOL)

is noodle and company good? we just got one and I am planning to go there for my birthday lunch with my mom. What do you reccommend!?!

also YAY for paintings!! That means w hen I get them I will have to run to a store to get some frames! *is so excited to have some of your work because it is so beautiful and it is from you who are also beautiful and very special to me*
We all like Noodles and Co. 'cause it's got a little of all the things folks want to go out for, i.e. some Asian-like, some Italian-like, and some down US stuff.

I really like the strogenoff when I'm in the mood for it, with the braised beef, really rich and creamy. I love the Thai curry soup when I want hot spicy soup with good veg. I really enjoy the Penne Rosa with the Parmesan chicken and a Ceasar salad when I want Italian. I'll get a "regular" mac and cheese when I'm in need of comfort food.

Jet will only eat the buttered noodles. *laughs*

You might have to mount the paintings, too, which is probably the harder part of it all, but I'm sure you'll figure out how. *grins* I only sent the raw paintings, rolled up in a tube. I hope it works out!

*hugs*
Our first day looms... we start Sept. 2nd. Fortunately, it's just a walk down the hill--the walk back up will be harder.

Your first day back sounded pretty good. 2nd grade! Wowza!
*grins*

Yeah, it still bemuses me that he's already in second grade. *laughs* Wow.

Yeah, that hill of yours is pretty intense.
Sounds like a relaxed 1st day. :D

I'll be sending a 1st grader on the bus this fall so I'll be meeting the bus at school to help her make it to her class. XD
XDD Yeah, we did that when we sent Jet to Kindergarten on the bus, but John hid by the buildings rather than let Jet see him. And Jet made it just fine. So John took a long-distance picture from his hiding place, and that's about all we have of Jet's very first day in public school. *laughs*

But I understand the need to meet them off the bus at the school. *grin*