Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A New Adventure (Or School Begins)

We finally arrived at the first day of school.  The boys left this morning before it was even light out.


They have about an eighth of a mile walk to the bus stop, and unfortunately it was raining buckets when they left.  The worse thing is that the movers lost all of our really nice, large umbrellas, although the boys assure me they wouldn't be caught dead with an umbrella.

Emma left at a more reasonable hour, and the rain had stopped by then.


Emma shares a bus stop at the end of our driveway with a neighbor girl who is just one grade above her.


About 40 minutes later it was finally Sophie's turn.  She didn't seem to be shy or nervous at all about hopping on the bus.  Maybe it helps that our neighbor on the west side is also starting kindergarten.





Now it's just Henry and I. On nice days we will take a walk around the neighborhood, but it was starting to rain again so we came in to have a snack and do some work.

I can't wait to hear how everyone's day went. Hopefully a warm cookie and tall glass of milk will get them sitting in the kitchen long enough for a rundown.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Adieu to Summer

To celebrate the kids' last few days of summer, we went to a local butterfly garden this morning.  Unlike many of the history field trips we have taken this summer, I knew this was one they would all love.

When we first walked in, Henry was pretty nervous, as the butterflies were plentiful and zooming all over, but eventually he warmed up to them.

There were so many beautiful specimens.



(I thought this one on the bottom was especially beautiful.)

Eventually the butterflies started alighting on the kids, which was lots of fun.



Apparently Ethan was an especial favorite with the butterflies!



Poor Emma was really hoping for a butterfly to land on her.  She wore pink and red just for the occasion, and even borrowed Ethan's cap in the hope of tempting a butterfly, but they didn't take the bait.


All in all, it was a fun morning.