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I have to be honest…I am still so overwhelmed with emotion, that this post may make no sense… Our baby girl did it. She went to Kindergarten.  All by herself.  All day long.   The good news..she’s doing awesome. Loves it!  Me, well, like I said…overwhelmed.

So, in our district, the first day of Kinder is “Orientation Day” in which a parent accompanies the student for the shortened day.  The was awesome for Cate (and for me).  We got to know her way around school, got a good feel for her teacher.  It was wonderful.  Here is our baby big girl (um, excuse me…weren’t we just dealing with colic and diapers, naps, stroller rides and potty training like, yesterday?!) on the first day of Kindergarten.

As we were getting ready, Cate said that she was “this much” (little pinch) excited and “this much” (arms stretched out) nervous.  🙂



Cate biggest worry was/is walking down that loooooong hallway (top left) by herself.  This was the first day, so I was with her the first time. But let me tell you, on the first “real” day, watching my little girl walk down that long hall by herself, was like watching someone walking my heart down that long hall. I was so proud of her, but so, so overwhelmed.

So, after the first day, we went for our traditional “First Day Of School Donut” where she told me that now! Now! She was “this much” (arms wide open!) EXCITED and “this much” (small pinch) nervous. Yay!  I knew she’d get there, I was just so thankful to see it!

So, then…the first “real” day of school.  She was so excited and proud. And I can’t remember the last time I cried that hard (after she left, of course). 🙂

Wow. Just totally overwhelmed.  (Have I mentioned this is overwhelming for me?)

The first “real” day was great for Cate.  She LOVES her teacher, she loved recess and made a few friends already. Corey and I just couldn’t be more proud of our girl.

Anna cried before Cate left for school, and she and I did a lot of cuddling yesterday. 🙂  We missed Cate. A Lot.  Change is never easy. I pray that we’ll all adjust and be better for it in the end.  When Cate got home yesterday, she went straight to her sister’s room to tell her about her day.  Cate talked a mile a minute, ate a big snack, and pooped in her own bathroom (TMI?).  🙂

We are excited for this journey and have so much faith and confidence in this little girl. It’s going to be a good year, really it is.  Tomorrow…Anna starts back to preschool (just how much is one Mama supposed to be able to take in one week?)



September 1, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Savanna Letcher - AWWW (: I’m so proud of her!

September 1, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Alissa - Man! That is a LONG hallway! I got a little anxious myself looking at it and we still have another year! =) Great post and, of course, amazing pictures! Your whole fam is beautiful!!!! Glad you all survived the first day. =)

September 1, 2011 - 4:58 pm

JMorgan - You and Cor are such good parents….and that is why that little girl (and her siblings) are confident and secure. Well done…to all of you! I love you.

September 1, 2011 - 9:11 pm

judy lenhart - It’s a lot to take in and so emotional for everyone. You are doing a great job, there’s proof in the pudding but there isn’t anything easy about it. I am so proud of you all too.

September 2, 2011 - 9:31 am

Shari - Love your post and Cate is looking so pretty all dressed for school! She has a great little personality and will be a great student and meet lots of new friends. I agree, it does seem like yesterday when she was a baby.

September 2, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Aunt Nanc' - I’m so proud of Mama for not crying in front of Cate 🙂
You knew Cate would like school, of course.
Don’t forget to breathe…. And big hugs for all.

September 4, 2011 - 10:49 am

Amy - You have prepared her well & she’ll be a rick star in kindergarten! You’ll get through this too jusr like you do everything else. Great pics and post!

September 4, 2011 - 10:51 am

Amy - You have prepared her well & she’ll be a rick star in kindergarten! You’ll get through this too just like you do everything else as a fantastic parent. Great pics and post!

September 6, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Carol - I guess now you realize how hard it is for parents on the first day. She will do wonderful. She has a family who loves and supports her in anything and everything she does. Don’t blink, she will be going to middle school before you realize it. This time goes so fast. Enjoy each moment.

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