Sophia has been dying to go to school since she was 18 months old. Preschool was pretty great, but she hated that she only went a few days a week and especially that she didn't get to ride a bus like her big sisters did.
Then she finally got to start Kindergarten, but she still had to watch her sisters go to school a day before she got to. It was pretty hard on her. But when the morning of her first day of school came she was READY! She moved so fast and was so excited to get going that I barely got her to stand still for a few pictures.
Back in the spring, they did Kindergarten readiness testing for all the children born after a certain date (which I don't remember, but Sophia had to do it). The Kindergarten teachers at the Elementary school performed this testing and Sophia fell in love with the teacher that worked with her. She talked all summer long about her teacher and how pretty she was and how she couldn't wait to start school. I didn't have the heart to tell her that she wouldn't necessarily be in that class, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when we got our teacher assignment last month and she was signed up with the teacher she loved. Hooray!
Of course, she chose a Princess backpack.
For Sophia's first day, Chloe helped walk her to her classroom. I wish I could explain to you just how thrilled this child was to be in the big school. Not one ounce of trepidation!
We got to her classroom and I had time to take exactly one picture of her next to her cubby and then she was off to recess with the other kids. I had to run after her to get my goodbye kiss, because leaving her at Kindergarten was a heck of a lot harder for me than it was for her, apparently!
I snuck around and watched her on the playground for a while. I just love this picture...it is so Sophia. She is probably telling the aide how she lost her tooth or some such thing. Then, when I left the building, I cried. I kind of hate dropping my babies off at Kindergarten. And she's my last one! How could this happen?
The next morning, Sophia got to ride the bus to school with her sisters. Our morning bus takes all high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary schoolers at once. I haven't loved this in the past, but now I am happier with the arrangement since it means Bria is still riding the same bus. Riding the bus is the BEST part of Sophia's day. She thinks it's the greatest thing EVER!
Around noon, she gets dropped off right at our front doorstep, which I love. Actually, Bria's middle school bus does the same thing in the afternoon, so I only have to walk up to meet Chloe's bus. And yes, same bus in the morning, but three different ones in the afternoon. Again, she thinks it's the greatest thing ever to be on that bus and you've never seen a happier kid when she gets off.
And I hope that excitement never wears off this year. I just love it.