“samson, this is the sign you make if you want a drink of water…” she motioned with her hand while she walked beside him, their backpacks bouncing up and down hitting their backs with each stride they took. “…and this is the sign you make if you need to go potty…got it?” he mimicked her motions with the biggest smile on his face and i swear my mama heart was all sorts of bursting as i walked along side them watching and listening as eleanor gave samson the last run down on kindergarten while we walked to school yesterday morning on their first big day. “wait. what’s the sign for water again?” he asked. she stopped to show him and he laughed. “right! i almost forgot!”
sending my kids off to school is not easy for me and i’m still not ready. i wasn’t ready last year when eleanor took those brave first steps into her kindergarten classroom and 365 days later, i’m still not ready as i watched my babies hug my hips and leave my side yesterday morning to enter the classrooms that will home them for many long days ahead this coming year.
but if there’s one thing i’m grateful for, in the midst of all the emotion, is that they have each other. i know they are in different grades, but that sibling bond feels rather strong at the moment and as a mother, it’s everything i ever dreamed of. knowing they’ll look out for one another and love on each other in such a sweet way; it eases the worry of watching them grow so quickly and enter into the big world around them.
yesterday, eleanor began first grade, and samson started kindergarten. their papa gave them blessings the night before to keep with tradition of what our own fathers did for josh and me when we were growing up. i sat there on the sofa looking at my beautiful big babies as he blessed them and all i could feel was such pride for getting to be their mama. they are so ready for this phase of life, and i can’t wait to watch them soar.
we had breakfast at home yesterday morning followed by a second breakfast on the walk to school, with just me and papa. we chatted, we hugged, we held hands and i took a few pictures. i cried only once, and i did my best to mask it through a smile. eleanor is brave. samson is brave. eleanor is kind. samson is kind. eleanor is smart. samson is smart. eleanor will conquer first grade, and samson will conquer kindergarten. with a million “one more time” hugs and kisses, i finally let go of their hands and walked away. smiling, too. because this is so very exciting. and they got this. they really do. and what’s greater, is they have each other. and that means everything to this worrier of a mother who doesn’t totally love the idea of her babies growing up. :)
a few photos from our morning…
kindergarten, i hope you’re ready! because here comes my handsome mister samson!!! and he’s SO ready!
second breakfast on a park bench!
you see what i mean!? SO ready! he kept saying, “we don’t want to be late!” haha. bless him. also, please note he made sure to wear ALL his googly eye clothing at once yesterday (eyes on his shirt and also his pants “to match my backpack!”)
this big girl who conquered kindergarten like it was nothing last year! i hope and pray first grade is just as good to her. i’m so excited to see all she learns and questions and explores this coming year!
the nicest papa for doing the majority of the backpacking lugging yesterday. all those back to school supplies are HEAVY.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
— one of our favorite books we love to read at the start of each school year, oh, the places you’ll go by dr. seuss!
for those who want clothing sources: my RED RUFFLE SWEATER, DENIM JEANS, and BOOTIES (similar color boot HERE.). samson’s MONSTER SWEATER and SWEATPANTS and BLUE SNEAKERS. eleanor’s NYC T-SHIRT, KITTY CAT JEANS and SNEAKERS. eleanor’s backpack HERE and samson’s backpack no longer available but from target.