It’s finally here.  The first day of school.  We’ve had a couple of months to recover, reboot, and rest; now it’s time to tackle those new grades, new schools, new teachers, and new projects.

This year I have a sixth grader, a fourth grader, and a first grader–so yes, as people always note, I do have my hands full.  My sixth grader is looking forward to band, a locker, and an ipad.  I’m actually looking forward to that ipad myself.  I’m curious to see how her teachers use it in class, and hope to “steal” a few ideas for my own class.  My fourth grader is looking forward to not being the “littlest kids” on his hall.  He thinks having a binder means he’s practically in college, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he manages to organize himself.  I’m hoping and praying that I have a one in three chance of an organized offspring!   My first grader is actually looking forward to “learning!”  I’m holding my breath as I type that, but for the last week (since the purchase of the new “school” tennis shoes), he has been waiting on pins and needles for the First Day.  He was overjoyed to meet his amazing teacher last week, and was giddy when we placed the “magic confetti” she gave him under his pillow tonight (genius by the way-GENIUS).  I hope and pray he keeps his cool, uses his inside voice (although I’m pretty sure he doesn’t have one), keeps his hands to himself, and most of all–enjoys the day.  One day can spill into another… and another.  Before we know it, it could be Halloween and we’ve accidentally enjoyed a couple months of school!

I’m also thinking of those kindergarten and high school senior moms–sending their babies off to their first and last first day of school tomorrow.  I’ve done the kinder thing, and barely made it through, so I know I’ll be a sobbing basket case when their senior year rolls around.  I think all moms are in the same boat on this one–good luck!

And finally, good luck to everyone else waking early in the morning and starting the new routine.  Fresh starts are nice, and tomorrow is one for all of us!  Have a great First Day!