Today Liam became a kindergarten student.
He's spent the entirety of the last week quizzing me on how many days he has left until school starts and randomly announcing how excited he is to start school. The only problem was that today was an orientation day and we didn't go to school until 1:00 pm.
It was like telling a kid that the stockings on Christmas morning were to hang where they were - stuffed to the gills - and were not to be touched until after Christmas dinner. You can imagine what that made my day like. I tried to keep him busy (Hello, Costco run!) but really, all he was focused on was school.
Finally, it was time and he was ready to go.
We headed off to school and met with other parents and kids and then met his teacher. We went to the classroom and he found his seat and he got to color while the teacher talked to the parents about various administrative points.
Once we were done with that, the teacher gathered the kids together and read a story with them.
After that we went outside to find a bus waiting. They got to meet a bus driver and a police officer talked to them about bus safety. Then, it was onto the bus for a quick jaunt around the neighborhood!
With all that excitement out of the way, it was time to come home. Tomorrow is his first day of school on the regular schedule and he's all ready to go. He has his backpack ready and we know who his bus buddy is - an older child at school who will help him get on the bus and get off at the right stop. It's one of the neighbor kids so he knows her.
He's so tired from all the build up of going to school that he's just exhausted tonight. I'm proud of him, though. He did fantastic! Tomorrow, Jamie and I will be waiting for him when he gets off the bus and I bet he'll be all smiles. I can't wait.