Monday, September 1, 2008

It's Official: Back to School

The kids are in bed (before 10 for the first time in 12 weeks), the backpacks stuffed with school supplies, the alarm set and the clothes ready for tomorrow. It's officially here, the night before school. We were able to get all of our shopping done despite numerous trips to the store.

I am anxious for this new school year. Mark had a truly terrible school year last year. By the end of the year his attitude was "my teacher doesn't care about me, why should I care about school?" It was the hardest school year I have ever had to deal with and it broke my heart. This year he has a teacher that is new to our school district, which also makes me nervous. I wasn't able to meet the teacher but my mom did and she loved her. One of my good friends works there and he thinks she's very kind. I really feel this year could make or break Mark. He deserves to be loved, he's one of the most kindest and most sensitive little boys I have ever met.

McKenna starts first grade and she has a lot of apprehension. She will do great, but the unknown is very frightening for her. Her biggest fear is the cafeteria. I'm sure she will conquer that quickly and since I am packing her lunches, she hopefully has nothing to fear tomorrow.

Amanda is going into 8th and is doing amazing. Things come easy for her and I know she will have a great school year. This is her first year of switching classes so she's a little nervous about that, but I know she will do great.

Here is a little back to school funny. Mark is very sensitive to my emotions and making sure that I am fine. He knows how tough mornings are for me and he always likes to make my life a little easier when he can. Tonight as he was taking a shower he said "Mom, I have a great idea. After my shower, instead of putting on my pajamas, I will put on my school clothes. That way I can get ready much faster in the morning and it will be one last thing you have to worry about". At first I was thinking "He can't be serious". But, he was very serious! I had to leave the room to keep from laughing at him. Before leaving I calmly thanked him for his idea, but I think we will continue to sleep in pajamas! LOL!
Well, this mama needs to head to bed. Back to a life of structure and schedules, I actually have to get up early tomorrow.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We did, completely with a little visit from Tim.

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  1. Oh, Heather! That idea of Mark's was so sweet! What a thoughtful guy. I pray that he has a good year with an understanding teacher who loves him and sees his potential. I've been there and I know what it's like to have a teacher who doesn't really care. It's makes a big impression on the child. Mark- loved and precious in the eyes of God and his family and friends- deserves better than that.

    I'm glad you got the gang all rounded up and ready to go! Hope you're deep in dream land right now!

    Love ya!


  2. that's so hard when your child has a difficult teacher. so! hard! i had one (or 2) of those. i remember pretending to be "sick" for a lot of the school year. my mom knew i wasn't really sick but she also knew my teacher and so she let me stay home.