Wednesday, August 12, 2009

jack's big day

7:00 am: jason wakes up to start making jack's favorite breakfast... pancakes. i crawl out of bed moments later to join him in the kitchen.

7:15 am: we march down stairs to awake the sleeping birthday boy with a yummy pancake breakfast in bed. jason carried the plate while i captured it on video. we awoke the newly sleeping 5 year old to the classic happy birthday song. he slowly opened his eyes and blew out his candle. not quite sure if he was still dreaming or if this was for real. later jason reminded me not to let anyone watch the video i took because of our amazing singing voices. i agreed.

7:21 am: shoveled down breakfast and began getting dressed for the big day.... first day of kindergarden! jack wanted to wear jeans even though it was a bazillion degrees outside. it was his birthday so what the heck.

8:06 am: on our way out the door to release my eldest into the wild.

8:13 am: arrived to Finley Farms Elementary where it was a madhouse. i had to park a half mile away.
8:15 am: began walking the half mile to jack's new school. jack stopped every 5 steps to try out his new fancy water bottle that can detatch from his new lunch box. i think at some point he may have regretted wearing those jeans. but who really knows.
8:22 am: arrived to the playground. i think jack was a little confused but mostly excited and in shock of how many kids there were. no matter what he wasn't letting go of his backpack or his lunchbox. 

8:24 am: jack found his buddy ryder and stopped to chat for the next ten minutes. they talked about backpacks and lunches and jack may have expressed to him several times how excited he was that they were going to be in the same class.
8:38 am: time for school to start. jack makes his way into his class room. i followed close behind realizing what a big day this really is. at this moment i got a little sad. all those days, good and bad, spent with jack are over and i am now turning him loose into uncharted territory. deep breaths.
8:43 am: arrive in mrs. mcgettigan's class room. i talk to jack for moment and we give each other one last hug and kiss. he looks at me as i'm walking away and says, "i love you mommy." my heart melts as i turn the corner and i feel my eyes filling with tears. i was able to hold back thank goodness. phew, that would have been pretty embarrassing. 

while jack was at school i ran, cleaned, birthday shopped, played with ava, didn't hear her cry once (awesome), showered, cleaned some more, and before i knew it, 7 hours had come and gone.

3:12 pm: back to finely farms to pick up jack where i waited in a long ridiculous line for over a half an hour and had to listen to eden cry and ava say over and over again "i want to get out." by the time i picked up jack i wanted to pull my hair out. but as soon as i say his big fat red cheeks all my not so happy thoughts went away.

3:59 pm: back at home where i started to prepare jack's special birthday dinner: cheese rice, mashed potatoes, chicken, and french bread with homemade strawberry jam. all requested by the birthday boy himself.

6:25 pm: finally jack got to open up his presents. he had been staring at them ever since he got home from school. i told him he had to wait until after dinner and only if he ate all his dinner. he had been begging for the UP video game...
*other presents included army men, a brand new bigger mater, and tractor. more disney pixar cars to add to his collection. well, its sort of both of our collection. i secretly enjoy buying and collecting them maybe more than he does :)

happy birthday jack!
we love you so.
p.s. we hope you had a super fabulous first day at kindergarden.

1 comment:

S and K said...

Is it sad that I got teary eyed during this story?!! At least it makes me realize I have one more year to enjoy the good with the bad! Thanks for the perspective & first hand account! As we can see from just reading this, I will NOT be as strong as you & I'll be the dorky Mom sobbing in the hallways. :(
AND A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JACK!!! 5 oh 5! I can't believe it!
(I'm ending my novel NOW!)