Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kindergartner at Last!!!

IMG_1021 Kindergartner web
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.
IMG_1015 Sophia first day web
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.
IMG_1028 Kindergartner web
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!
IMG_1024 Kindergartner web
Of course, she chose a Princess backpack.
IMG_1032 Sophia first day web
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!
IMG_1035 Sophia cubby web
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!
IMG_1037 Sophia first day web
I snuck around and watched her on the playground for a while. I just love this 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?
IMG_1046 Mornning bus web
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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. There she is! The Princess! I adore Sophia! Her conversations are so much fun and she is such a happy kid! Sophia will do very well in everything because she is fearless! YOU just have the greatest kids and I LOVE THEM ALL!

  2. Can I just say that I will probably melt into a puddle of tears when P goes to school. It's a big change, although having her home 1/2 day is probably nice too.

    You're so grown up. :)

  3. Her boots crack me up! I think we have the same pair. children's place? Super cute!! I don't want to think about Evyn going to school. I still have 5 years so it's okay to let Elodie grow up knowing I have a baby at home. But what happens when your baby is gone? Craziness!

  4. Aw, that is so cute! I hope she always has that same enthusiasm. It is adorable. And good luck to you, with your baby in school now! :)

  5. What a doll. I can't believe that will be me next year. I'll miss my Benster. (However, no bus for us. We have to drive.)

  6. I want a pair of boots like hers! My youngest goes to K next year, and I'm just not sure how I'll feel about it ...

  7. Oh, so cute! Sophia is now a big girl like her sisters!

  8. Oh, that toothless smile is too adorable for words! I can't believe all of your girls are in school now?! Give them kisses from me!

  9. I am in LOVE with those red boots. Seriously good style choice Sophia.

  10. This is precious! Gabi also has a deep desire to ride a bus like the big kids! Your girls are all so beautiful, just like their mama!

  11. She looks SO cute! I love her missing tooth and her boots :)