today we went back to school. i returned for the 4th year to my office and students and a job i truly enjoy. harper started her second year of preschool, and crosby her second year in the infant/toddler room. last year in preschool, there were many tears and lots of hand holding and not wanting to let mama go. this year, just a kiss and a hug and a wave good-bye, and then giggling off to play with her friends. last year, crosby was just under 6 months, one of the many babes that filled the room. this year, she toddled in on 2 feet, talking away with the other littles, and getting called harper more times that not. (i get it. i was called heather by my middle school language arts teacher so often that she started giving me a piece of candy each time she made the mistake. i ate a lot of candy those 2 years.)
i love back to school. new pencils. new crayons. a fresh start. reading, writing, arithmetic.
thanks to pinterest, i think lots of mamas started off this school year with pictures of their babies standing next to an easel, or holding a chalkboard, or a printed off sign with their grade, the date, their handwritten name, their future dreams.
i am one of those mamas. and yes, she wants to be a mermaid. and she can write her name fantastically well at 4 years old.
i see lots of changes in harper from this year to last. i see pride in her work. i see more trying. i see more independence. i see love and happy.
in crosby, i see love and happy. i see determination. i see wonder, and that is my absolute favorite thing in a child. i continue to strive for it in my own life even now.
i am so thankful and lucky that my girls go to school in the same building that i work in. i get to peek in on their daily activities, most times without them knowing i'm watching. they grow and learn, and i get to see it happen.
wishing all of you a happy and healthy school year!