School started on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 pm. I learned my lesson from last year and left nearly an hour early this time. Since everyone drives their children to school on the first day the traffic is a mess and last year it took us 45 minutes to do what is normally a 5 minute drive to the elementary school.
But this year we were some of the first arrivers. Wonderful!
Of course, we had to take pictures on the front steps, first...they're my favorite pictures of the entire year, after all!
Here's my fifth grader. It's her last year at the elementary school!
Look how much she has grown from last year! She's standing on the same step in these pictures. That's a few inches, I'd say! (Incidentally, she's taller than Chloe's new teacher, which is kind of funny.)
And of course, we can't forget her totally awesome shoes!
Chloe's going into second grade this year.
She's not standing on the same step, so I can't really gauge growth. But she did graduate a pant size, so she definitely grew a bit!
Chloe has some pretty cool shoes, too.
Last year, the first day of school was hot. 85 degrees or so. This year, it was cold. 55 degrees and rainy. Last year, the girls wanted to wear their new hoodies anyway. This year, they didn't get new hoodies, so I had to beg them to please wear some sort of jacket.
Of course, Little Sis had to get into the action, too!
Fall is coming fast and furious this year. Not only is the weather showing it, but so are the trees!
All in all the first day went wonderfully. Chloe has been a little sad that her best friend isn't in her class, and she cried about it a bit when she came home that afternoon, but otherwise she loved school. Her teacher seems wonderful.
As does Bria's. Bria came home happier than I've ever seen her come home in all her history of first days of school. Sounds like she's in for a wonderful year. Of course, she does have her best friend in class with her. Something to that, I suppose.
And now I can start getting back into a good routine. Things are a little crazy this week, but I'm getting there. Slowly, but surely!