Monday, September 20, 2010

The First Day of School!

So, the first day of school felt kind of weird this year with only two kids... two kids that just happen to be brothers, and who happen to live about fifty feet from school! But either way, it was a great first day!

We took our traditional first day of school pictures in front of the school house. (Please notice how much these stinkin' kids have grown!)

Trying to get the pups in the picture!

I don't know about these guys, but I was pumped to start another year at the Monhegan School! And by the look on their faces they don't seem to mind much either.

Probably my favorite part of the morning... water delivery by Kole... and what else do you have in that truck of yours!?

Isn't stacking water crates apart of every kids first day of school schedule!?

We spent some time creating new signs for the kids offices with our new sparkly paint! Man, I love school supply shopping!

Then it was time for the first test of the year! WHAT!? A test on the first day of school!?

Don't worry, it was just a test about how well they knew me. Then for homework they had to write a test about themselves that I had to take. They both aced the test about me and I failed both of their tests. Ut oh.

Time for break. Notice our new flag pole!?

We did some goal setting for year... which included "keeping desks clean", "not breaking the school rules," and "writing more advanced stories".

Ah, the kids favorite part of the first day... reuniting with their laptops!

Lunch time! A special at Carina! Are we the luckiest school or what!?

Yummy, burgers and fries.

And look! Our Monhegan School Alum joined us for our celebratory meal!

And another sign around town for us. Boy did we feel special!

Monhegan First Day of School Tradition: Free Ice Cream at the Novelty!

Silly faces.

Our alum being embarrassed by his former teacher and classmates.
The afternoon brought a hike that I have been dreading for three years. I promised Gabe a long time ago that I would go through "the lemon squeeze" which is this teeny-tiny cave on the back side of the island. I thought I might get out of it with him leaving for boarding school... but he remembered and thought it would be the perfect afternoon activity for the first day.

Most kids on their first day of school do some kind of trust building activities where they stand in a circle and tie themselves in notes or pass a ball around telling little secrets about each other...

At the Monhegan School our trust building activities include rock climbing...

on the backside of our island....


This is me coming up through the "chimney cave" in my first day of school dress, with no shoes on. The chimney cave is easier than the lemon squeeze so the kids thought we should start with that to build up my confidence. At this point I was feeling pretty good. Little did I know what was to come.

Taking a rest before the lemon squeeze. What a handsome high schooler.

And my handsome middle schooler!

And my handsome fifth grader (in his new pair of skinny jeans!)

Time for the lemon squeeze.

This is it. I am not kidding. It is so small that the only way you can fit is going down and sucking in all your breathe and hoping to God you don't get stuck. Gabe and Dalton went down first and then they talked me and Quinn through the whole thing. I thought I might cry and I definitely panicked but D & G kept me calm and told me where to step and to keep breathing. They were amazing!

Quinny coming up the other side of the "squeeze". I think he was a little scared too, but not as bad as me.

View from the "Lemon Squeeze". Not too shabby.

We ended up staying late after-school to do the chimney cave one more time. I love these boys so much and I never thought I could trust them more, but cave/rock climbing proved me wrong.

And one last celebratory act on the first day of school....

Pizza Dinner at the Novelty with the rest of the school community!

Some good looking parents! Now we know where the boys get their silliness.


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