Around 12:30 pm EST?
Because that was the moment I put my babies on a yellow bus and for 3.5 glorious hours ALL FOUR OF MY CHILDREN WERE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL AT THE SAME TIME.
All you young moms out there scraping oatmeal-applesauce flavored cement off the highchair, putting stickers on the "Potty Chart," and pushing tantrum-performing toddlers through the check-out aisle at WalMart...hang in there. This day will come for you, too. I promise.
What did I do with my precious 210 minutes? Took a shower and took a nap, because, of course, the yin to accompany my school-starting-yang is the fact that early morning seminary started this week as well and I am exhausted.
Here are a few shots of the first week of school...
Luke is smiling so wide because he is IN LOVE with his teacher. Wouldn't you be? He is bummed that she's already married, but that does not stop him from sending her anonymous love notes.
Southpaw Sam likes the teacher too, but all he really wants to do is ride the school bus.
Fifth-graders don't get excited about school bus rides and writing love notes to the teacher. But they do get all the leftovers at school lunch! This is, apparently, a huge perk and I'm trying not to be offended that Jake gags on my made-from-scratch Beef Stew at dinnertime, but is thrilled with an extra cafeteria hot dog. Just happy he's eating.
Emily has a mean mom who, thinking it was just a case of first-day jitters, ignored her sore throat and tummy ache and sent her to school anyway. She came home before lunch and spent the rest of the week in bed with strep. BUT she had a really cute back-to-school outfit.
Hot pink to match her tonsils.
She is back to third grade this week and loving it!
Brad made it back safe and sound from a week-long bike trip in Whistler, B.C. with three buddies.
It is no secret that I was not in love with this idea.
Look what I did to him when he came home...
Kidding. Of course. Those are just souvenirs he brought home with him.
Having a husband who knows he "owes you" is the best revenge anyway.