It’s blog circle time again! After you read my post I hope you’ll continue through the blog circle to see what my talented, fellow CMpros have been up to and what September looks like in their corners of the world, starting with Bay Area photographer Ava Hristova. I’m going to tell you about a comedy of errors that made up our first day of school for the kids. It was a doozy.
September is back to school month for us in Washington. I had visions and grand plans of how the first day of school would go. You all know how that’s going to turn out, right? So let’s start off with the fact that we woke up late, so the boys missed their bus (darn that soothing harp alarm, that’s so easy to sleep to!). We barely had time for a piece of toast, let alone a fancy, first day of school breakfast that I’d been thinking of. We didn’t even time for the traditional, smiling-in-new-outfits-in-front-of-the-house pictures before going to school on the first day. Yep, I’m feeling like mom of the year over here. We were in such a rush that I put a couple bobby pins in my greasy hair, grabbed Brooks from his crib and hurried the other boys out of the house (dressed, but un-showered and without having brushed my teeth). Oh, and Brooks was barefoot, in his pjs and without a diaper change. Seriously, why am I confessing all this?!
Fortunately I had time to grab my camera on the way out the door. But, on a morning when I was looking haggard and would have preferred to remain inconspicuous, people were staring at us all because I had my monstrous 70-200 lens on my camera. Of course! Of course I’d have the biggest lens I own on my camera at a moment I would’ve preferred to be in the background a little more. I ended up getting some really sweet shots of my boys as I was walking them in to school. Anders is a kindergartener, so he was excited but also a little nervous and it was heartwarming to see Arden give him hugs to bolster him up a bit before parting ways for the day.
Brooks missed his brother so much. After a full and fun-filled summer of playing together, he kept wandering around the house asking me “Where Arden go? Where Anders go?” It was a little sad, but so sweet at the same time. I thought I might get a lot done with the others being gone, but I forgot that Brooks is my child who needs to be entertained. So I had a 2 1/2 year old in my lap and in my face all day. Fortunately he’s my little love bug, so I enjoyed all the love, cuddles, hugs, kisses and squeals of joy he gave me. He may have enjoyed my undivided attention but he still missed his brothers, so he was super excited to go wait for them at the bus stop. And it being the first day (and it always takes a few days to get the routine down over at the school), we waited and waited and waited.
Then Arden got off the bus. Only Arden. He forgot that he was supposed to make sure that Anders was on the same bus as him, and he realized his mistake as he got off the bus and he was really upset. So I had to call the school, track down which bus he was on and hope that he wasn’t freaking out. It turns out that the kindergarteners got colored bus tags when they got off their buses the first morning of school, so they’d be sure to get on the right ones at the end of the day. Yeah…since we missed the bus that morning, he didn’t get one. So I just emailed the school and told them to put him on the same bus as his brother. But with all the first day commotion, he got sent home on the wrong bus anyway.
He ended up being fine (not scared at all), but he was mad that he didn’t get to get off at his stop and had to be brought back to the school. Thankfully, it was nothing a few graham crackers and some watercolor painting couldn’t cure. Fortunately this was the only day of the school year that was so hectic, but man! What a way to start the school year!