1. This is Maddie's sixth year of school (!!) counting her year of preschool in Livermore. She is excited to have the same teacher as she had last year, and so are we. She still has a ridiculous commute to her building, but hasn't been lost since the week we moved on base last October. Unfortunately, we may only have one chance to have all three girls in the same school and that's only if the next place we move has an elementary that includes sixth graders. For now, we'll do the three girls/three different schools thing for one more year.
2. Gracie had the best kindergarten teacher for her last year, and I was really nervous that this year would not compare—but I think the teacher she drew will be a very good one for her, albeit very different from Ms. S. Gracie has been so excited for school that she's appeared on my side of the bed at 6:10 am the last two mornings, dressed, to announce she will fix her own breakfast and can't wait for school. It was a rather painful wait this morning, as she didn't need to leave for her bus until 7:55.
3. I remember first grade like it was yesterday—it was a good year. A lot of fourth grade, too, though fourth grade was my least favorite year of elementary school because my teacher was a big meanie who yelled all the time and had a desk that looked like it had been ransacked by angry people every night. That was also the year Matt Dishong pierced his ear with a compass while sitting in the desk next to mine. EEEEEEEEK. It was as bad as you might imagine it to have been.
4. On the other hand, that was the year I cross-stitched the title on the cover of my Ohio presidents report. It's never too early to be an overachiever.
5. You'll have to wait until next Monday for Bee's first day photo, because she starts next Monday. She is none too happy about having to wait.
6. I haven't spent a full day with Bee alone since May, and let me tell you: that child can talk. And talk and talk and talk and talk. We had an awfully fun day, but I have to say I am enjoying the quiet house very much tonight.
7. An earthquake story related to school: I've only experienced one earthquake in my life; it happened when I was in Mr. Thomas's 7th grade social studies class at Kimpton. A globe fell off the counter in the back of the room, though the entire thing probably lasted less than 15 seconds and didn't win any prizes for strength. I only bring this up because of the earthquake in Virginia today.
8. The thing no one told me about having three children: the school year is like having a small part-time job for the mama. There are many things to remember and places to be and papers to sign and questions to ask to remain caught up, and I apologize if I wasn't fully sympathetic to this plight when I was teaching high school.
9. I printed the paperwork to send my camera off to Canon for a factory cleaning. My unofficial date for having this done was after the first day of school. I know they made the camera and all, but I'm still experiencing a small amount of panic about sending it off into the world without me. Currently, I'm working up the nerve to actually package it up.