sharing a few photos today that we snapped early in the morning last week as we walked eleanor to her first day of kindergarten!!! she was so excited, she was almost skipping at one point. i held back my tears and put on my brave face inspired by her brave face, and off we went. it’s been a little touch and go since that first morning, sometimes she speaks so fast and excitedly about something at school while other moments she lets me know she doesn’t like school and doesn’t plan on going back. i think these next few weeks are going to be a big learning curve for all of us (any tips from those who’ve been there?). even so, i couldn’t be more proud of this beautiful girl and i’m so thrilled for the big incredible year she has ahead of her.
when her backpack is a big as she is! haha! she requested a starwars backpack as we began shopping for one and even though i’ve never seen it (although i feel like i have because this baby girl of mine can quote many of them), i have to say, it’s a pretty adorable backpack. (i found it on amazon here.)
these faces her brothers are making crack me up. it’s like none of us are totally sure how we feel about all of this just yet.
pictures with her papa! these two together is everything. they have the most special daddy-daughter bond and i don’t even mind that she is totally a daddy’s girl over a mama’s girl because witnessing their love and friendship and bond makes me the proudest wife and mother.
when i was taking a picture of her from the front, she turned quickly to her side asking, “mom, can you see my backpack?” haha! love how she wanted to make sure it was in the shot. :)
it’s funny how i can almost recall every single thought that raced through my head on that first walk to school. it’s like things were kind of in slow motion for a few minutes there. i’ll never forget dropping her off at her little desk, and seeing her face begin to panic a bit as she fought back a few tears. it was apparent we were both working hard at our brave faces. i stress daily about sending my babies out into the world where there is so much hurt and hate. but i know that there is also so much good and love, and i hope i’m preparing them well enough in this short amount of time to see that good and that love, and to contribute to it. it’s hard to let go and step back and trust, but i have faith in these kiddos of mine, and at the end of the day, i can’t wait to watch them grow and give and fly. it’s going to be a wonderful school year, i can feel it.