For all teachers and students who started school this fall…for fun!

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Finn’s first day of Kindergarten.

We arrived early to school early.  After a photo and video shoot, we went to wait in the office.  He made 2 friends before school officially started.  He’s not great with names, so they were from then on referred to as his friend with the Thomas the Train backpack and his friend with the Batman backpack.

When the teachers came to get the walkers/dropped off kids, he didn’t see his teacher so he booked it back to me (she was getting the bussers).  I was so proud of him – he knew who to look for, who was in charge of him, he couldn’t see her and so he came back to ask.  I assured him that he should go with the other Kindergarten teacher and he would get to the right classroom.

After he walked out of my sight, it has to be one of the very hardest moments of my life to turn around and walk back to the van and drive away.  I felt like I was leaving without a limb.  I informed Josh we were going to be back by 3p (school’s out at 3:35) and he was giving me a hard time (just teasing) – so I did the mature thing: burst into tears.  I explained it was super important to me that as soon as he walked out that he could see us so he didn’t have to worry for even a minute where we were.

When the first day was done, he walked out like such a big kid in a single file line with his body not flailing around.  It was amazing.  He had a great day so it was everything I could have hoped for on his first day of school ever!

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Meet the Teacher/Kindergarten Orientation

We went and met Finn’s teacher.  She seemed nice enough.  All of his things were labeled with Finnian instead of Finn.  He can write and recognize his full name, but it doesn’t have the immediate recognition he has for Finn.  Hopefully she will change it.

It is SO MUCH FUN to sit in Kindergarten chairs, might as well be sitting on the floor – good workout for the quads. When we got home we packed up his backpack, he’s all set to go.

School supplies packed in Spider-Man backpack, snack packed in an easy open container, extra set of clothes in case of an accident, batteries in camera charged along with blank memory card, no less than 3 notecards stashed in his backpack and folders with 9 separate phone numbers, new school outfit laid out, and an overstock of hugs and kisses when we send him on his way. My goal – not to cry in front of him. Really am not ready…so I apologize in advance to his teachers for the next 13 years and ask you to please care for him and fuel his love of learning, as he’s my heart walking around outside my body.

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Kindergarten stories coming soon…for now I wanted to share this…

August 1, 2013

History made.

Unfortunately, the same day, Westboro Baptist Church decided to picket in Rochester and St. Paul in protest of equal rights for all.  The only thing I know for sure is they want attention and that’s why they spout pure hatred.

I will not link to their website nor their Facebook page in refusal to give them what they so apparently desire.

However, their hatred did not take one iota of joy from this historical day in our state.  Instead there was an outpouring of love and even tolerance of their intolerance.  There may always be a handful of people full of hate, but everyone elses brightness outshines anything and everything that is less than pure.  In some ways, we can only appreciate the good in contrast to the darkness.

Here’s a whole lot of beautiful, bright light.  It will be a great day when marriage is legal for all citizens in all 50 states, no matter their sexual orientation.  Until that day, I’m proud to be from Minnesota and we’re one state closer to that day.

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Still alive…

Yep, I’m still alive.  We are busy, work is crazy, and our focus is getting Finn ready for Kindergarten in less than 2 weeks.  Please excuse me while I go cry…

 

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