On Monday August 13th, our kids headed back to school and Mark and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. Mark and I were both sad to see the kids head back to school and to see the less regimented days of summer end. The kids were all so excited for the new school year, so that made it easier to send them off.
McCall is starting the 4th grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to have her first "male" teacher. She told me she thinks "it will be a good experience to see how a man teaches." Mr. Gex is his name and he gives Jay Leno a run for his money. He is so funny. He had me laughing so hard at Back to School Night.
Parker gets two wonderful teachers this year as he heads into the first grade. He will have the opportunity to have the same teacher McCall had, Mrs. Cook. She just recently had her second baby in one year, so she is team teaching with Mrs. Smith. They are both incredibly nice and nurturing ladies. I swear Julie Smith is Joan Clever reincarnated. I love her!
Carson will be attending his little speech pre-school class at a neighboring elementary school with his same teacher from last year, Janet Bunje. The big news in his life this year is that he gets to ride the little yellow school bus. I guess the people at the district felt bad for me and took pity on us, by offering to pick and bring Carson home from school. Oh what a difference a bus makes. It has made life so much easier!
Gracie, Bayden and I are reading lots of books together at home and like to see all of the fun things the older kids learned while they were away at school. I'm amazed at how well Gracie knows the comings and goings of the other kids and I can often find her waiting anxiously by the front window for her best friends to make it home. I think she gets bored with me :-)
After soccer practice that night, Mark and I and the kids celebrated our anniversary by exchanging cards with each other in the aisle at Target. It was a classic! I guess in the end our kids is what the anniversary is really all about. We've had a great life together and that night was another fun memory to add to our collection.