Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Day of PreSchool

Isn't it funny how when I plan to NOT be able to make a post, it DOES happen... yet when I try to set aside time to get a post done, it takes WEEKS for me to get around to doing it!

The pictures and stories from Reagan's first day of preschool today were just too precious to not post immediately for all the world to see. She woke up this morning, and she was NOT her normal happy self. She was crying, whining, and really acting out. It took me a few minutes to figure it all out, but I finally clued in that maybe she was nervous. I gently asked her if she was excited about her first day of preschool, and she sat down beside me in tears and admitted that she was scared. Auntie Anna and I both sat with her and talked it out for a few minutes. We reminded her that school was fun and that she had already met and liked her teachers. We told her of all the new friends that she was going to make, and even reminded her that both her Momsey and her Pops were also once school teachers. I think it was once we started talking about all the times that she had gone to visit Momsey at her school when we would visit in SC that she started to relax. She got really excited once we began reminding her of the times that she would go play in Mrs. Mary Jane's kindergarten class! So, once she was settled and ready, we got dressed in the special dress that she had chosen WEEKS ago to wear for her first day of school. Of course, a photoshoot by paparazzi Mommy & Auntie Anna immediately followed!Reagan and Mommy decided to give her two teachers a little gift as a "back to school" surprise. Thanks to the Semi-Slacker Mom's idea, I had the perfect gift for a pre-school teacher... EXTRA LARGE PERSONALIZED HAND SANITIZERS!You can go to The Preppy Polka-Dot to get your own!

We made it out the door with just enough time for one more picture before we drove the four blocks down the street to Church that houses Reagan's preschool.
We chose this particular preschool because of their solid reputation in our community for being not only a place for children to grow socially, but also to learn more than just the basic fundamentals that are normally taught in preschool. They have an extremely heavy educational curriculum for the three year olds, and they also incorporate Christian values and attitudes. The fact that it is located only a few blocks from our home was just the icing on the cake! On the drive there, Reagan said in a very quiet and shy voice, "Wow, I'm still a little nervous, Mom." So much for Mommy not crying or getting emotional! I gave her a big smile and told her that Auntie Anna and I would be right there with her each step of the way, and that I knew she was going to have so much fun. By the time we got out of the car, her nerves must have settled. You probably can't tell it in this picture, but she is actually RUNNING down the hallway to get to her classroom!
After only just a few minutes, she told me that it was OK for Auntie Anna and I to leave, and she joined the group for circle time.
Auntie Anna and I both had tears in our eyes as we walked back down the hallway to the car! We went to Starbucks to pass the time away before it was time to go back to pick Reagan up. I'm not even sure if Reagan even realized that we had left! Class was only an hour long today, and will be an hour long next week as well. After that, Reagan will go to the normal schedule of 2.5 hours for 2 days each week. And if every day goes as great as today did, then I can guarantee that we are going to have a FANTASTIC school year this year!

To Reagan:
I am so proud of you sweetheart! You were such a big and brave girl today, and my heart was swelling with both love and pride as I watched you enter into this next chapter of your life. You are growing up way too quickly, and I am already so impressed with the beautiful young lady that I know you are going to be. I love you, my little preschooler!

23 comments:

Chic Mama said...

Oh she looks so gorgeous. I hope she had a fab time. Presents for the teachers?On the first day? Hehe, Are you hoping for an *A* miss Paging Doctor Mommy? LOL ;0)

Tiff said...

Aww, I even had tears in MY eyes reading that one! What a big girl she is, Reagan, I'm so proud of you! Now you go to school just like your friend Emma!

Erin said...

Oh my gosh ... too cute! Those pictures are absolutely adorable! I know I'll be a mess when Griffin goes to school! Keep us updated!

Ashley @ {Let Go, Laughing} said...

she looks so adorable and grown up!

love this post and love the little gift for the teachers! as someone who has worked with kids for awhile now, i know how great this gift is! :)

Mighty M said...

SO CUTE, love her outfit!! And those gifts are great ideas!!

Mammatalk said...

You're getting me teary eyed here!
Sniff!

Brandi said...

Aw, what a little cutie... and I'm telling ya the hair is working for her. She has such a pretty face! :)

Tina said...

How exciting! Your baby girl is growing up. :) She looks precious!!

Loukia said...

She is the cutest little girl ever! I LOVE her hair and that bow in her hair and her dres is adorable! I also LOVE the hand santizer idea for the teachers - brilliant!
Isn't it bittersweet, to see them going to school? My big boy starts kindergarten on Monday, and my baby goes to playgroup next week, too! I'm a nervous wreck, to say the least! Glad she had a great time!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

She looks so adorable! I'm glad she did so well. Dylan is in a very similar school to the one Reagan goes to. I hope she has a great year!

WhisperingWriter said...

Aww how sweet.

I love her dress. Gymboree, right? :)

Life with Erin said...

I'm so glad she loved it :) What a sweetheart! And, being a preschool teacher I know her teachers will use that gift a lot!

Mama4Real said...

Her hair looks adorable after the great mishap:)

E @ Scottsville said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! And how did it go????

She looks just as cute as a button and those hand sanitizers were DARLING as well. Great idea, Mom! Bribe those teachers so they'll like your daughter best. =0)

j/k of course!

Kameron said...

She looked adorabloe and I'm glad she had a good first day! Yeah for preschool and those gifts were too cute!

{Kimber} said...

Could that kid BE any cuter?!
adorable gifts too--very neat idea :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

She is so precious. I'm glad she came around & had I great first day. And what smart gifts! :)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Oh my! That was so super sweet!!!She is such a doll Tiff!

Anna said...

What a little sweetie pie! I love the bow in her hair, and her dress of course. :)

Miller Racing Family said...

Reagan has to be the cutest little girl. I love the little dress and of course her hair is adorable. The teacher gifts were also very thoughtful.

forever folding laundry said...

How cute is she?!? Glad school is going well and that you're all adjusting to your new schedule! :)

~Keri

Mama4Real said...

ONE MONTH. It has been almost ONE MONTH since you've blogged. WHERE ARE YOU LADY? Did CAnada eat you?

A Southern Accent said...

So cute! I love the idea of the hand sanitizers - would make great Christmas gifts too!