Before I left, I was able to attend Meet the Teacher for both of their schools. Violet is at Bramlett Elementary for kindergarten and Jeremy is at Della Davidson Elementary for 3rd grade. I really wanted to be able to be at this day, since I knew I would miss their first actual days and weeks of school. I was able to talk to their teachers and explain what is going on. I think I threw the teachers for a loop with my little bombshell, but this was my only opportunity, so I had to take it. I feel good about both schools and sets of teachers, and the kids seemed excited as well.
|I can't help it - the Student Affairs and Housing professional in me has to note that the bulletin boards at Della Davidson were on point. SO cute.|
Here are my photos from my last day with my kids. Violet came in and snuggled me, which she does every weekend, and then later I said goodbye to my monsters and was so proud that I did not cry.
Jeremy's first day of school was Monday, and Brian sent me this picture. I cannot believe how big my little man is. I feel like we were taking him to the UT Early Learning Center for preschool yesterday. He is at that funny age where school starting is only mildly interesting. He is excited to see friends and learn "cool science experiments", but he is also aware that homework, earlier bedtimes, and no phone privileges are also part of school days. He is such a good kid, but this year I am hoping to see him grow in his penmanship, critical thinking skills, and verbal communication with adults (proper eye contact, less stammering, etc).
And my Violet started kindergarten a day later on Tuesday and was SO excited. She has been playing school with her dolls and pretending to do homework for weeks. My fears with her are that she is building it up in her head to be something that it probably is not - constant playtime with kids who will follow her orders, fun snacks, recess, and songs. She will probably have a rude awakening regarding the strict schedule, lack of being the center of attention, doing what she is told, actually sitting still and learning things, you know, all the school parts of school. My hopes are simply that she grows in her interpersonal skills, gains confidence in her academic abilities, and learns to follow the structure set out for her while also making some good friends.
So far, the reports from Daddy have been good. Jeremy has been very enthusiastic about school and is enjoying the experiments with worms. Violet comes home exhausted and takes a nap(!) to get out her grumpies before even attempting her homework. This is a big transition for our little spoiled kiddo. But, she will be good once she gets the hang of it. And shoutout to Brian for his own transition to being a single parent trying to get the kids to and from 2 different schools each day with all their supplies. Other than the 1st day lunchbox snafu, he is doing such an amazing job!!
|The poor left behind lunchbox on the very first day of kindergarten. Oops!|
|They look so tired! And I think Daddy gave up on even trying a headband in her hair after one day. Oh well.|
|Who is this incredibly handsome young man?! I saw this on my phone and my heart literally skipped a beat. This kid.|
|I had to give Violet a pep talk to get her through brushing her teeth one night. It is so very traumatic that we make her actually use toothpaste! So unfair!!|
This past weekend, Joey, Megan, and Dani (who are also rotating to keep Penelope since Cheri is here with me) grabbed the kiddos and took them to Megan's parents' place to swim and play with the model train set. They had a fantastic time and luckily were well-behaved and sweet to the Travis family.
|How sweet are Joey and Megan? And how exhausted must they have been at the end of this day?|
I simply don't know what I would do without so many amazing family members who were falling over themselves to step up and help when we were suddenly hit with the immediate need. I hate all of this, but it has reminded me once again of how lucky I am to be a part of the best family in the world and married to the absolute best and most selfless partner and dad.
Tomorrow morning I have my follow-up appointments with my team of doctors, so I will have some treatment information to both process and share.