All ready for the first day of school! The boys were both so anxious but had enough happiness in them to smile for the picture. Even Sommer was excited to get back to the bus stop routine.
Cannon's nerves really got to him and he almost cried while we were waiting for the bus to come. We had to move bus stops for the first week -- this one was 3.5 blocks away -- and that didn't help him feel any less nervous. But he got on the bus without tears and made it through the day. Thankfully, the transportation department didn't call me crazy for not wanting to trek an additional 2 blocks and they fixed our dilemma so we'll be back at our old stop for the rest of the year. Ridge started at a new school, he tested into our district's highly capable program, and he was just as nervous to get on a new bus this year. His closest bus stop was the one farther away and it intersected with the next stop for Cannon's bus. They moved Ridge's stop up to our old one so they'll intersect there instead. A bit confusing to have the busses come to the same stop but it will all work out.
Laine started preschool the day after the boys. She goes 2 mornings a week. She loves it and is so happy that she finally gets to go to preschool too! She's watched the boys go all her life and has been waiting for her turn. She has asked me more than once why she can't go to preschool everyday like the boys go to school everyday. She's going to have a great year.
Cannon was happy to jump off the bus and be home. He did have a great day. First he told me a tall tale about his day that involved everything but going inside his classroom. I replied that it sounded like a fun time then he said, "okay, now I'll tell you what we really did." He was still reluctant to go back to school the next morning but he did it without tears or tantrums. He is going to be super excited that we get to be at our normal bus stop again.
And isn't this a happy picture? Ridge got off his bus and had a smile on his face. He happily greeted the girls then sat on Cannon (we picked him up in the van). So far so good. He hasn't complained and I know if he didn't like it he would find something negative to say about his experience. I'm really excited for this school year for him and I think he is now too.