I struggled to go to sleep last night, so when it was time to get up, make Ellie’s lunch and wake Ellie up, I didn’t even hear Ryan until he was walking down the stairs with Ellie. She got into bed with me and we snuggled for a little while, but then it was time to get up, brush her hair and get dressed. Normally, Ellie goes to school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so she wears the uniform for that day — navy polo and khakis. Since we have Dragon*Con this weekend, she had to go to school today, so she wouldn’t miss out on any of the three days for this week. Well, Tuesday’s uniform is a maroon polo and black bottoms. We completely forgot about the black bottoms…and put her in her khaki jumper. We did this for a couple reasons: 1) She loves her jumper and 2) we could only find a size 4/5 maroon polo, so we needed something that would cover most of it up. In the end, it looked like she had two dresses on, because the polo was longer than her jumper!
We also had a bit of an ordeal finding her jumper…but eventually found it in the last place we would ever look. Isn’t that always how it happens?
We drove to the school and Ellie wanted to take morning photos by the school sign. When we walked in the back, she sat down and took off her shoes. When Ryan didn’t close the shoe bucket all the way, she went and closed it properly. Ryan got scolded a bit. Ellie walked up the stairs and for the first time, we ran into other parents as they were leaving. Tuesday is a much busier day! We put Ellie’s lunch box and water bottle away…and then she automatically attached herself to me. She knew I was going to leave soon and she was extremely upset. I held her for a minute or so and gave her bunches of kisses, but then I gave her to the director of the school and we left. It was hard…but I know that the minute I leave, she’s fine!
We drove home and I went to work. We hit some gnarly traffic thanks to a combination of a train, construction and school starting. Before I knew it, lunch time was here and we had to head back to school to take photos for their website. The school eats up natural light, so we had to get creative when taking photos of the kids. We placed them next to the door, so I could open it and get more light or moved their tables closer to the window and opened the blinds. Whatever was needed to get the light I needed for the photos. Also, while I know I’m a good photographer, it was weird to take photos for someone else. When it’s just for me, I know exactly what I need…and I know how to achieve it. I don’t think I am a fan of doing photography for hire. Too stressful! But, the kids were wonderful and it was so nice to get to see Ellie in her element, especially before she knew we were there.
We went into her classroom and they were going over counting and working on which number is bigger and which number is smaller. Ellie then went to work on her fractions. She did 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/5. We all moved into the main room and worked on different math problems, as well as sorting. I’m happy to share that Ellie did not throw all the beans in the air this time. It was time for the kids to eat lunch, so we left quietly. We heard Ellie crying, but she only cried for a moment.
When it was time to pick her up and bring her home, she was pretty excited to come home with us, although I think she would’ve preferred to play outside all by herself for an hour or so. She asked to take her end of day photograph with a new pile of rocks.