Monday, September 3, 2007

Three-day-Threes! (EDITED)

This is a happy post. A h-a-p-p-y Post!

I can hear the collective sigh of relief from the blogosphere. No lamenting, or tears, or apologizing. Just giddiness.

Ben started 3 year old preschool today.

Oh, I know you are all apprehensively recalling the tear laden post from Allison's first day of school, (it was an emotional month wasn't it?) but you will find none of that here. Ben and I have been counting down the days until he could start 3-day-threes. 2-day-twos was a roaring success last year and he couldn't wait to go back. In fact, his excitement last night was so overwhelming he couldn't stop jumping. Everywhere he went he was jumping. And saying "I don't want to wait til tomorrow, I want to go to school today!" He even told his father all about the grapes I was packing in his tacky "Cars" lunchbox. (Oh yes, I totally caved.)

He won't eat the grapes. Not a one. But they will be not-eaten at school. And that makes them marvelous.

And who could be unhappy in the midst of such rapture? And 3.5 Ben-free-hours, 3-days-a-week. Oh yes, there was a momentary twinge as he hopped out of the car and waved goodbye this morning. A twinge of "There goes my big boy. Sigh. He won't miss me at all" but a twinge was all it was. Because he is a big boy. And he won't miss me at all!

Here's the pictures of him this morning. They aren't the best. He wasn't really all about the pictures as they were delaying the moment he was going to get in the van.



To go to school.
Hurray!

(Edited to add silly pictures taken when he returned home from school and was reunited with Clara. A morning apart did them a world of good!)

19 comments:

Christine said...

one week until my boys goes to 3 year old pre-school. yippee!

Sarah said...

Yay Big Ben! My Middle started preschool this morning too! He didn't even look back. He was sooo ready to be a big boy!

Kyla said...

Awwww! What a CUTIE! Wow.

Enjoy it!!

Heather :) said...

Too fun! It is amazing how big they are! My Claira starts next Tues. She is thrilled as well! :)

Beck said...

What a sweet little guy, and he's going to have SO much fun!
I've been a bit down lately, too. I think it's just the time of year.

Lisa writes... said...

My kids never missed me either...I always told myself it was because they were secure in their relationship with me that they were always ready to GO ALREADY.

Or something like that...

slouching mom said...

Oh, I'm so so glad he had a great day! Awesome!

VDog said...

What a big boy! He looks SO adorable in his first day outfit, too. And SO CUTE in the after photo.

Congratulations on the milestone.

Thanks for stopping by earlier. :)

Christine said...

i meant boy in the singular. ;)

Kyla said...

Awesome photos. They have the same adorable expression!

erin k said...

What a handsome grown-up boy!

erin k said...

What a handsome grown-up boy!

Lori said...

What a cutie pie!! You are so lucky he is so happy to go to school!! My Baby Girl is starting preschool for the first time next week, and I know for a fact, she will not go off so happily. But, that is also because she is only 2 1/2 and it is all new for her. I am praying it will only take a few times at school and then she will love it!!

I understand your happy feelings. Once I get my girl settled and happy in her preschool routine, I know I will love it too!

Joy, of course said...

Lori-When Ben did 2 year old preschool last year he did not love it the first couple weeks. He cried. But as you can see that passed and I am sure it will for you too!

Don and Lynn said...

Fashion police give Ben a perfect "10" on the wardrobe! What, is that Clara trying to look like a tough girl? How cute!

AmandaD said...

I am blowing up that shot of Clara and passing it around my office...the lightness of being she radiates.

painted maypole said...

so cute. And check out his fly shirt!

Michelle said...

Joy - Your comment about the grapes just cracked me up! That's exactly how things go around our place. My daughter has 'food issues' too and it's so funny when she gets excited about a packed lunch that I know she has no intention of eating. But like you said, I guess it's the 'not-eaten-at-school' part that makes it so doggone exciting! : )

Crystal said...

Oh how proud Ben looks. I love it.
Clara looks like she is just full of ornery.