Kaitlyn wakes up about the time Abby and Sam and Mike leave the house for school and work. She has afternoon kindergarten so in the mornings it is just the two of us (and Boo). It is quiet around here when most of the family is gone and we somewhat leisurely eat breakfast and get ready for the day.
I think we both like our routine. Kaitlyn watches Netflix while I get dressed and ready, then we clean her up and dress her for school. Sometimes she plays with a friend before school, but usually we just do some homework and eat an early lunch before we leave. There is never as much time as I think there is going to be and often we are hurrying at the end to get all the homework done. And yes, Kaitlyn has quite a bit of kindergarten homework. That’s okay- she is learning a lot and she is still determined to get into the Cookie Club.
I’ve been thinking that I need to savor these mornings with her. I will appreciate having more time to do other things when all three kids are in school, but I know these mornings are precious time we have together and won’t be frequent when she starts 1st grade later this year.
One morning recently I said to her, “Kaitlyn next year you will be gone all day and we won’t have all morning to spend time together”. She said, “I can’t wait! I will have so many people to talk to!” I don’t blame her for being excited. I always liked to talk too.
At the beginning of kindergarten, Kaitlyn’s teacher had all the parents trace their hand onto paper, cut it out, and write a note to their kindergartner. The “hand” was placed in their cubby and whenever a kid was feeling homesick for Mom and Dad, they could take out the hand and hold it and look at the message.
After Kaitlyn saw her paper hands from Mom and Dad, she came home and drew me a picture of her face and put it on the fridge. “This is for you, Mom. It’s so when you are lonely while we are all gone, you can look at my face and feel loved.”
I didn’t tell her I don’t have time to get lonely while she is gone. But I still love that picture and it is still on my fridge.
When it is time to head to school Boo always wants to go. Some days, like today, I let him. It’s hard to resist that face.
Our drive to school takes us straight through the BYU campus. On days like today we also have to avoid all the students coming out of the Marriott Center after Devotional. We drive back and forth across campus at least four times a day (often six). Next year we couldn’t even make this drive. BYU is tearing up the road we drive on to make campus more “pedestrian friendly.” Good thing we are moving to the other side of campus. It won’t be an issue for us. But as for this year, Kaitlyn really likes driving through campus and seeing what is going on.
And finally the drop off.
Can you remember your life as a kindergartener? I can. I had morning kindergarten and I walked to school.