Well, it's here: the first day of school. In some form or another, everyone's been counting down to this day for a long, long time. If Bridget could have made a paper chain with 400 rings on it, she would have—that child was ready to go. If only she could spend a day or two a week at her beloved preschool AND go to kindergarten full-time, life would be perfect. All three of them were starting to show their Australian Border Collie tendencies these last ten days... time for school. And of course, there is The Great Big New Chapter of Life I stepped into this morning. Whew. Not to worry, I have an overly optimistic list of 9 billion things to do. I am never bored : ) A little out of sorts today, but not bored.
Maddie is so excited for fifth grade—especially for her teacher. Her class is very small this year—it's a 5/6 split, and there are only 13 kids. She intends to win the spelling bee again, and can't wait for French Horn. And math : ) She is less excited about science, but I'm hoping her very science-focused teacher will change that. Because who doesn't like science? Well, let me amend that: as long as it isn't molecular biology, who doesn't like science? She already misses her 3/4 grade teacher terribly, but is happy that we'll still get to hang out with her at book club every month. I sure do love Maddie's book club.
Gracie ran into my room at 6:10 am like it was Christmas morning, unable to contain her excitement for second grade. Second grade was my absolute favorite year of elementary school (thank you, Mrs. Starner!!) and I'm hoping she will have an equally wonderful year. Poor Maddie had a bum year in second grade : ( Gracie is excited for more reading, more writing, more art, and maintaining her status as Fastest Girl in P.E. She misses her kindergarten and first grade teachers terribly. Poor kid is just like me (minus the being Fastest Girl in P.E. part).
And this one. Oh, this one. She couldn't be more ready for kindergarten, and I can't wait to hear all about it. She is most excited for all of it, she said. She has the same teacher as Gracie had two years ago, and we couldn't be more thrilled. She is reading already, and can't wait to make the jump to chapter books. It was difficult for me to put her on the bus, but she didn't even look back (just like her big sister Maddie). Gracie has been charged with making sure the bus never leaves without Bridget on it, and doesn't take off from the bus stop after school with her on it. Dillow girls have a small but storied history of falling asleep on the bus on the way home : )
I also like to take a "good luck with that, teachers" photo. Except this year, the monkeys broke the camera. As I took this I heard a very strange popping sound from inside my camera. Matt was standing next to me, and while my reaction wasn't as bad as the panic I involuntarily exhibited upon our return from Miller Farms last year, it was still a little on the panicky side. Because the next picture I took looked like this:
Instead of a large-scale freak out, I calmly set my camera inside and calmly walked them to the bus stop, then calmly walked to the parade ground for what was supposed to be my first daytime-in-the-sunshine run in a very, very long time. [Aside: OH MY GOSH, WHEN DID THE SUN GET SO HOT at 8:10 am? I would way rather run at night, but I am working on my new schedule and it involves getting used to running under the flaming, overly bright sun. I walked 2.5 miles instead of running this morning, daydreaming of colder weather.] I calmly walked home, then I picked up my camera from where I calmly set it down and took the lens off to take a peek inside.
And instead of responding to my very calm reaction by fixing itself while I was gone, the mirror proceeded to fall out into my hand.
BIG. GIANT. SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH.
I spent about 35 minutes on the phone with Canon after spending about five minutes whining about it to Marie and Jill; Canon assured me they would have my camera back to me in a little under two weeks and it's probably caused by a newly discovered glue defect in 5D models from 2005 and 2006 and not because of silly monkey faces : ) (Heads up, 5D users) I had to send it in before long anyway because rodeo is very hard on cameras and it needs a good cleaning. But still. Instagram pictures for the foreseeable future! I am @edillow or just click on Instagrid up there on the navigation bar if you're so inclined to keep track of us. I certainly have plenty of Cheyenne Frontier Days photos to work on in the absence of anything new, anyway.
Happy School Year : )