Here is my darling daughter as she poses nicely for her very first day of school pictures. Isn't she adorable?? She was SO excited to get to school, she could hardly wait.
F-i-n-a-l-l-y, we get to school and Malia gives her a quick farewell hug (notice how Joelle is already eyeing the classroom, but still takes the time to indulge her little sister) and into the class she goes. No hesitation. No tears. No worries. She got her shoes out of her little cubby, put on her name tag, and headed straight to "the learning circle" to put on the shoes and start looking at books until all the kids arrived.
We watched her for a few minutes, and then were on our way. Malia wasn't the least bit phased that we were leaving Joelle there (I can thank last year's pre-school experience for that, I suppose). And 2 1/2 hours later, we went back to pick up our kindergartener. Wow -- what an experience!
Today was also another very exciting day as it was Joelle's first day on the bus (yesterday was the second part of the staggered entrance, so no kindergarten students took the bus until this morning). Again, she was thrilled about this and kept reminding Malia while getting ready that "you won't be coming to pick me up from school anymore, 'cause I'm taking the bus!"
Here she is, waiting to get picked up by the big yellow vehicle. She can hardly contain her excitement! I was excited for her too -- until I saw the bus coming down the street; then I got a bit choked up.
And here she goes, up the big steps. She looks sort of nervous, but it was just one of those "Hey Joelle -- look here" kind of pictures, where she's caught off guard. I didn't have a lot of time, since there were a lot of kids getting on at this stop, so I couldn't make her pose all nicely. So I just took what I could get.
As soon as she got on the bus, she plunked herself down in the front seat (beside a girl she didn't even know!) and started grinning from ear to ear, waving like crazy. It was a bit sad watching the school bus drive away, my little girl inside.
The morning seemed to d-r-a-g by, but eventually 11:30 came around, and Malia and I headed back to the bus stop to greet her. She came bounding down the steps, the grin still plastered on her face (okay -- maybe it was a new grin...but either way, I was happy to see her all smiles).