Our school district is starting a modified school year for the first time. This means that we start school early, while it's still too hot to be outside, but then we get 2 weeks for fall, winter, and spring breaks. What all that means is that on July 27th Mariah started school!!!
The week before school I told Mariah she could pick what we were going to do each day for fun. Her first request was of course to have a party. This girl looooves to plan parties! We invited a couple of her friends over to have a "Welcome to Kindergarten" party. I set up a simple photo booth for their "first day of kindergarten" pictures.
|Here she is pulling Clayton through the car wash on the double tricycle.|
|Playing with the brothers at the grocery store.|
|Escorting Zach through the noodle maze.|
With the last weeks 'bucket list' behind us, she was ready for school. A few days before I had to take her to have an assessment done by her new teacher, Mrs. Arnold. After the test the comment made was "Wow, she's more than ready". I've always known the girl was a smarty pants but hearing the teacher validate that made me a little too proud. I laughed when the teacher asked her to count as high as she could...
Mariah: 1, 2, 3, .... 34, 35, [sigh] I can count to one hundred
Teacher: I've gotta hear it
Mariah: [sigh again] 36, 37, ... [countinues flawlessly], 97, 98, 99, [long pause], 99 [pause]
Teacher: What comes after 99?
Mariah: I can't remember
Mariah: Awwww! 100! [giggles] I remember now!
When Monday finally came Mariah was awake, dressed, teeth brushed and backpack on before I even got out of bed. When I asked how long she had been up she said she had watched 3 shows on TV already. It was only 6:30 so you do the math! I think she was a bit anxious. After snapping a few pictures we were on our way.
Finally 3:20 came. She had a wonderful first day. Two kids from the ward are in her class and one who lives down the street. Her reaction was "I hope it gets harder" because apparently she didn't learn anything new. But the bus, oh the bus was awesome!