Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Avery goes to school!

Avery had her first day of BIG GIRL SCHOOL on Wednesday, September 15. Well, I call it 'big girl school", but it's really a "Mother's Morning Out" program. She will attend every Monday and Wednesday from 9am-1pm. I was so excited about the "MMO" just so I could get a chance to breathe, have 'me' time, clean the house, run errands and get to use both hands, and do WHATEVER I WANT!!

She's attending Celebration Academy, a preschool program at Celebration Church in Hoschton, Georgia. Michael's cousin, Meredith, told us about it and sends her son Jonathan there (thank you Meredith!!!). Now they are both in the same class! It's for children 15-24 months old, and there are 5-6 children in her class, depending on the day.

I had to pack her a bag for her first day of school. She needed diapers, wipes, a sippy cup, 3-ring binder, an extra change of clothes, and a few classroom items for her teacher.

They have a snack break in the morning and then eat lunch at noon. I had to pack her lunch and found these itty bitty lunchables that are mini-sized. The teacher said she only ate her crackers! What a pitiful lunch.
Of course we had to photograph this big day for all of us. Avery had no clue what was going on, but Michael and I were a little emotional. She had a great time running down the driveway at 8:45 a.m. while I chased her with a camera.
Every year before she starts another school year, I want to photograph her in front of our door. This is the very first "First Day of School" picture.
We can't forget daddy, (since he is paying for "MMO")!!!!
"Give Daddy a hug before you go to school".
Now it's Avery's turn to have her picture taken. Such a cutie pie! And look how long her hair is getting:) She has to wear closed toe shoes for playing outside on their playground.
We loaded her up in the car and let her watch "Go Diego, Go!" on the way there.
Butterflies are swarming in my stomach as I pull in the drive way. I've never done a carpool line before. I've had to work them as a teacher, but this one was much more nerve-racking being the mom in the driver's seat, dropping off her first born at her first day of school!!
At school she will have a theme each month. This month they learn about a circle, the color red, and the number 1!
I pulled up to the church and a sweet lady came straight to the car and unbuckled her from her seat. They don't want the mom's walking in the children to avoid tears from the kids. They don't consider tears from the mom's watching their babies get carried away for the morning.

Take a look at this video of our morning taking Avery to school for the first time. Be warned....tears will be shed.


  1. You had me at "Bye Avery"!

  2. Your blog post made me cry! Your family is just so sweet and to hear you talk about Avery's first day of school made me teary-eyed too. What a great Mom you are!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sooooo sweet! Avery is such a big girl now! I'm thrilled that Avery and Jonathan are in the same class this year... they'll have a blast with Ms. Rachel. Very sweet post today... made me cry. Our babies are growing up. Awwwwww. ;-)

  4. Such a great post! I really enjoy reading about Miss Avery. She is a cutie!!! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thanks for sharing! Of course I cried.