Thursday, August 19, 2010


        Today was Ben's first day of pre-school.  He is in a Tuesday/Thursday program and he absolutely LOVED it. We started the day with cinnamon rolls and fruit.  He was super excited about the JUMBO rolls.  He raved about how yummy they looked.  When he walked into the kitchen he saw his 'first day of school surprise' taped to the wall....a Super Mario Brothers poster. He saw it at Wal-Mart the night before and went crazy. (I decided that night that  I was going to be the mom who lets her kid hang super tacky posters on his wall....he is only a kid once).  When he walked in and saw it he was shocked.  When he got dressed he put on his backpack and wore it around the house with his Toy Story lunch box (again, they are only kids once...and yes I really liked the solid  red and gray lunch box that matched his backpack from Aunt NayNay, but.....Buzz Lightyear it is).  He was so excited for school.  So much so that he couldn't eat his yummy cinnamon roll.
         Yesterday we had a "practice lunch" so I could show him how to eat from a lunch know, like taking the food out of the baggies and then throwing the baggies away...and asking someone to help him with his juice box. Ok, let's be real.  I wanted to make sure he knew that even though Mommy wasn't there, he still needed to eat his sandwich and fruit before his gummy snack.  (When I asked him later today how his lunch was he said, "I ate my fruit before anything. And I ate my whole sandwich." When I opened his lunch box there was still a triangle of peanut butter and honey left...but everything else was gone! Thank you, practice lunch.)
     So, we get to school pretty early and Ben got to put his backpack in his locker. (He really likes his locker...I think it makes him feel professional).  He handed his teacher the extra set of clothes they asked us to bring in case of an accident.  He said, "This is for when I peepee."  The look on her face was priceless.
      He walked into the class and went right to his "desk".  (I made the mistake when I picked him up from school of calling it a table which is what it actually is and he quickly corrected me.)  His teacher had smartly put a worksheet with the letter 'A' and some fruit loops on the table.  She told Ben he could glue the cereal on the polka-dots that were on the 'A.' She is now his favorite person.  Ben loves to "cut" and glue.  As Ben started to glue I gave him a hug, told him I loved him, and said good-bye.  He stopped what he was doing and very quietly whispered, "Can we eat these?"


       When I picked him up he was a sweaty, grinning mess.  He had an amazing day! Thank you, Lord! He talked and talked about how much fun he had.  He told me that they had TWO RECESSES!!! (He was super excited about that).  And that they got to play whatever they wanted during recess.  I asked him who he played with....he said, "The girls. I followed them around. Cade followed  me and I followed the girls." And so it begins.
         On the way to the car he said very matter of factly and out of the blue, "I love you, Mom."
                                                      I love you, too, Ben.


Bobby said...

I can't believe my grandson is in pre-school....but I can believe he had a great time!

alicia said...

Love your blog!! Seems like just the other day I was taking Jacob to his first day of pre-K! Sound so cliche but it's true!!

Jenn said...

So precious!

Chuck & Chels said...

How precious!!! Thanks for sharing all the details with us. He's so grown-up.

Abby said...

This is adorable, Alli!! I have been reading your blog lately to catch up on your life...and I think this is my favorite entry yet! You have one sweet boy and he has one good mom!

Anonymous said...

Ahhh!!! So cute!! Loved every bit of this. (And LOVE that you're blogging too!) I'm hoping to get more active on mine again now that things are "settling" (yeah right)

Jerri said...

Thanks for sharing this special day with us! You're such an awesome mommy! Who would've thought of a "practice lunch"? Kudos! The story about him saying "these are for when I peepee" reminds me of yesterday, while at the dentist...Addy matter of factly, told the dental tech, taht her sister Ava is 4, has Down Syndrome, is potty training, and Mommy gives her MM's because she won't tell her when she needs to peepee. LOL! Kids are so honest, gotta love it!