Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Have a Kindergarten Kid!

 There was a bit of Bibbity-Bobbity, Frizzle-Frazzle-Hullabaloo at the Connelly household on Kindergarten Eve, and in the morning, when our sleeping preschool princess was transformed into a beautiful kindergartener before our very eyes, she was dredged in fairy dust.  The Backpack "Frizzle" Fairy had arrived last night on her flying Magic School Bus and delivered some loot.
 She does this every year, but this is the first year the fairy's revealed her real name, or allowed herself to be pictured on the card. The clothes she left Lorelei were all sparkling, and so were Lorelei's eyes.
(Notice the sheep shirt--I didn't like how the sheep that dared to be different felt "awkward", so the Frizzle Fairy took care of it and changed the word: BRAVE. That's more like it!)
Lorelei had confessed late last night she was secretly hoping the Backpack Fairy would be bringing a stuffed animal rabbit toy she'd seen on TV, which was long after the fairy had left on her journey--I did sense some disappointment as Lorelei dug to the bottom of her new backpack, and found the bunny must have come to life (fairy magic) and escaped, or otherwise never came at all.  I told her to take it up with Santa.
 Still, there was plenty to smile about! 

 Jazz hands!
 The magic was so contagious it took our Dyson to snuff it all out.
 She loved Ms. Frizzle's letter.
 The kids did breakfast and Lorelei practiced her violin before school.
 And just as soon as we stepped outside, look who was on our driveway, waiting for the kindergarten girl! Charlie (right) is just down the hall from Lorelei's half-day class. She's thrilled. Jack's on her left, a big second grader! These kids love each other. I'm so glad we're neighbors.
 Lorelei picked out this princess backpack and has been so excited to tote it to class.
 Lorelei Lou-Who, beside the Who-Ville tree.
 I swear that tree looks like Mary Poppins here in her carousel dress and hat.
Last night, Daddy said a special blessing for Lorelei's kindergarten year before bedtime prayers, and this morning, Gryffy escorted Lorelei to class.
You'd think we belong to a Heartland cult... Heartland Community Church, Heartland School of the Violin, Heartland Elementary School--all unaffiliated. No doubt we live in Kansas.
 The kids were all swarming to get inside. It was so much fun anticipating the day ahead!
 I didn't have my camera set correctly for indoors (still learning), but I was fortunate to have Bella's mom snap a quick shot before I dropped off my girl. I didn't think I'd get choked up, but I did. I managed to hold the tears back, though. Close one!
 I'm so proud of how Lorelei shows initiative. The teacher and I didn't even have to tell her what to do when she got inside. First thing she did was find a peg for her backpack. Mrs. Lien then informed Lorelei she actually was peg #3, so here she is moving it.
 Lorelei and her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Lien. They're both new to Heartland, so I'm glad they get to share this special year together. We really liked meeting Mrs. Lien and I know she's going to be a great teacher. Lorelei went straight in with her usual confidence, and didn't even look back.  It was a tear free first morning...
...almost. Poor Buddy, he was devastated he couldn't stay in Lorelei's class and begged the whole drive home to go back. He sure loves his Lorelei.
Lorelei, I am so proud that you are my sweet little girl. You fill up my heart everyday with so much joy and happiness and love. You have such a firm sense of who you are--a daughter of the Light--and that's why you're so radiant and beautiful. I love you more than all the stars in the sky, and I'm so excited to learn of your twinkling adventures in kindergarten!  ~Fairy Dust Wishes, from Mommy

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