We are one week into a new school year and settling quite nicely into Lincoln Elementary. The boys love being Tigers, and I am loving hearing about all of their new friendships, adventures, and classroom routines. And their teachers have already gone above and beyond to impress me and make me feel more than comfortable with where we've ended up!
As the big day drew nearer, Brandon seemed to get more excited, and Jaden seemed to be the one getting more nervous. While Brandon was becoming nervously chatty about the whole thing, Jaden was getting quieter. I was so anxious for Backpack night two nights before the first day so that we could see their classrooms, meet their teachers... and start to make that school building our home away from home.
It had been two years since we had gotten them new backpacks, and it was definitely time. While Jaden preferred a plain black bag, Brandon picked out a new Star Wars backpack - one that lights up in the back when he walks!
Backpack night was a success - especially when Brandon saw that he has his very own locker with a red Tiger paw on it - his favorite color!
And just as in previous years, when the first day of school came, I had anxious butterflies in my tummy - maybe even more so than the kids! Something about starting a brand new chapter and opening a door to a brand new year always makes me a little nervous and excited. I set my alarm extra early, we went to Village Inn for our traditional first day of school breakfast - and then headed to school a bit early in order to beat the rush, grab a good parking spot, and spend some time figuring out where the heck they are supposed to go when they show up every morning!
Right away the boys discovered something to love about their new school. Whereas they used to have go straight into their classrooms at the old school, at Lincoln they get to spend some time outside on the playgrounds before the bell rings. Brandon was so brave at drop-off. We found Mrs. Witt on the East playground, she gave him the warmest of welcomes, he gave me a super tight hug and then bravely marched off with his teacher so she could show him where to line up when the bell would eventually ring.
Jaden and I then walked over to the West playground - the playground designated for the older grades, found Mr. Rhoads, said our goodbyes... and that was that. They were quiet but courageous, and I just couldn't wait to see them later that afternoon.
And now that we're six days into the school year, we have nothing but positives to report. They have both eased into new friendships and a comfort-ability in their new home. I love our new routine in the morning - heading outside together to sit on the front deck, read our daily devotion, and wait for the bus to pull up right in front of our house. What a blessing that is! Their teachers are excellent communicators, have been so caring and helpful in our newness, and have already fallen in love with our boys, it seems! We were only a few hours into the first day of school when I received an e-mail from Mrs. Witt about how much of a sweetheart Brandon is and how happy she is to have him. And Mr. Rhoads shared with me that another teacher in the school told him he needed to request to have Jaden in his class as soon as the teachers found out we were moving into the school district earlier this summer. Jaden's classroom is decked out entirely in super hero and UNI Panther decor, and Brandon loves all the new books in the school library.
Proud of them!