I'm not even going to talk about my lack of blogging...suffice to say, my Dad is good, life is good...I haven't blogged...the end.
Now... Todd started 3rd grade on August 24th and while it was not a huge milestone, by any means, I've felt bummed out that I didn't document it anywhere. I have blogged every first day of school since the beginning...Pre-School for the first time, Pre-School the year he busted his lip open before 10am, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade.
So I have to blog about Third Grade. After all, he will only (God willing) have a first day of 3rd grade once!
Tucked away in the way too many personal photographs that I take but do nothing with, were the traditional first day of school photos that I did manage to take that morning.
I didn't get any photos of him walking to school, because he is way too cool to have his Mom busting out the camera at the school path. I look at these photos and can hardly believe how grown up he is. We all know that he has seemed "grown up" since he was a peanut...and in many ways he is still a peanut...but he really is changing so much. I knew this, but going back through the blog archives to find the other "first day of school" photos really brought it home for me. Made me realize how important documenting everything really is...made me wince a little bit because I miss that 3 year old, and that 5 year old...made me smile too. Reminded me I should write about how much I adore this 8.5 year old...how much fun he is and honestly,that I just think he is freaking amazing.
So here he is on the first day of 3rd grade. I'm so mad at myself that I didn't get his shoes in the photos, because Lord knows my boy loves his shoes and they are a very particular part of any ensemble...but still, I love that he picked out his shirt, love that he is wearing his watch, and that he "gooped" his own hair...and that he was excited and ready to get to school.
About a week after this we went to "back to school night" and I am very excited about Todd's teacher this year. I think it is going to be a great year for him. I was also thrilled to see little pieces of him in the classroom...and which things he is choosing to share. I loved that I could whip out my iphone and grab some shots around the classroom...I find myself using my phone to grab photos so often and I love it. For example, they were able to decorate their names for their desk and I thought the fact that Todd put "jiu jitsu rocks" on his nameplate was awesome.
I also loved that he wants to improve his penmanship...because that is a Mommy pet peeve...and that his silver medal from Jiu Jitsu back in April (which I also missed blogging about...ugh) is so important to him.
One of my favorite things was this little number...now I know why he asked me if I thought it was ok to use "dude" as an adjective...since I use "dude" for so many many things, I said yes...clearly he went with it...
And finally...the greatest thing...his Summer Memory. He was so excited for us to see it because he worked very hard on it, and on his penmanship. Love it. Once I got past his intitial dissapointment that he didn't have any big trips to foreign lands to report on, or anything "really amazing" to report on. He decided to settle on a random day with Matt. He considered other options like the Giants game etc. but he felt like he had "more details" to share about this particular day. I literally guffawed outloud when I read the sentence about the funeral.
I love that in the end it was a simple little morning with Matt that meant the most to him...love it more than I can find words to say. Love that it is yet another reminder to me to document and remember the little things my little family is up to without giving a crap about any of the crap that keeps me from writing it all down here.
And now, speaking of school, it is my favorite part of the day...the part where school gets out, and I get to go wait for this beautiful boy to come bounding down the path...