September 5, 2012

It's Here...

...The week I've thought about for years.

Early on, I thought about it during the witching hours. Any SAHM or WAHM knows the time of day I'm referring to: post-naps, simultaneously making dinner + nursing the crying baby + feeding the dog + keeping the rambunctious toddler from climbing her dressers.

A year ago, I thought about it when starting up a business. I wondered what it would be like to sit down to work at 10 a.m. instead of 10 p.m.?

And last week, I thought about it when I wasn't sure we'd survive the final days of summer, with one incessantly taunting and the other incessantly screaming.

But now that it's here, I'm equally relieved and heartbroken. This week, we've put one baby on a school bus and dropped the other off at preschool, and both days, the only tears shed were my own. But I'm blessed to have a husband who stayed home to make his kids breakfast and see them off; I'm grateful for a special 2nd-grader who's looked out for my kindergartner; I'm comforted by the familiar faces of well-loved preschool teachers. And I'm so proud of my big (little) girls. ♥♥

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I'll admit, it was pretty nice working on this post in a quiet house, alongside a cup of coffee I actually had time to finish, without 500 distractions along the way. But my very favorite part of their first days away? When they came back to me.☺

Kindergarten Wonder
by Wendy Silva

I wonder what you're doing right now,
And if everyone is treating you kind.
I hope there is a special person,
A nice friend that you can find.

I wonder if your teacher knows
Just how special you are to me.
And if the brightness of your heart
Is something she can see.

I wonder if you're thinking about me,
And if you need a hug.
I already miss the sound of your voice
And how you give my leg a tug.

I wonder if you could possibly understand
How hard it is for me to let you grow.
On this day know that my heart breaks
For this is the first step in letting my baby go.


  1. Wow!! This brought tears to my eyes! Such a beautiful poem - and what gorgeous photos!!

  2. I was OK, until I read this post! Soren started preschool on Tues, and goes again today. We miss you guys! I miss the Novi preschool too! Our new school is great, but they don't have community preschool like they did in Novi.

  3. Oh Christina i don't know whether to hug you or hit you this morning LOL! This was such a beautiful post with such lovely photographs but it brought back my still-fresh pain at sending Evie into Kindergarten just 2 weeks ago and that poem just finished me off! :*(
    Hugs to you and your beautiful girls - i hope they have a wonderful year xxx

  4. Good grief, Christina!!! This made me cry!! Oh my goodness gracious our babies are growing way too fast. :( I love this set of images. They tell such a sweet story. Your girls look so happy and proud! I adore that last one of her getting off the bus!

  5. What a special week. Your girls are lucky to have such a thoughtful and creative mommy. xo

  6. You're killing me, Christina! :) James starts preschool next week and I'm becoming more of a mess as it approaches. Your words and your images are simply beautiful.

  7. This whole post brought tears to my eyes, Christina. What a special tribute to your girls, and what a beautiful poem. Hope they both have a wonderful school year!