Tomorrow marks the first day of school for Thomas, a missed first day of preschool for Maia, and a double-knee surgery for Sofia.
In passing, we've already started to receive get well cards and packages for Sofia. We haven't shared them with her yet, but you've made my heart swell, and I know that you will brighten her day when she opens them...
For now, I thought I'd share the back to school photos I took of the kids last week. This is my third year posting these back to school photos of the kids on the blog. It's unreal, when I go back, to look at how much they've grown (click and click to see what I mean.)
Sofia will rejoin her peers in 3rd grade sometime in November if everything goes well with her rehabilitation. Until then, a tutor will come in a few hours a week and I will take on the role of homeschooling mama. This will be a very different back-to-school time for all of us!
My Thomas is growing up so fast! Something happens between kindergarten and 1st grade to make them look so much older: he lost his chubbier cheeks, and demanded cooler hair-cuts. (the verdict is still out on that one, but I do the best I can!) He is minus a front tooth, and looking forward to learning how to read this year so that he "can do it myself because you don't want to read my star wars books, like, 100 times, but I want to." Sorry, buddy. ha.
I'm still having trouble getting Maia to cooperate with the camera, but I can't get enough of those yummy cheeks. She wouldn't give back the giant pencil and scribbled on my "complete works of Shakespeare." harrumph. Maia will be starting back at preschool with a new teacher, and without any of her friends from last year. For a kid who shies away from change, this is a big deal. When we talked about it, she resolved to "tell Marlene that I'm nervous, and she will hug me." I think she'll be just fine.
The backdrop for our little photo-shoot was simply a doodled frame on our chalk-wall, and some bookprint apples, with the color sponged on. The book pages are so thin that I was able to cut 4 apples out in one pass.... yay!