She says that the first day of anything new is the most important.
The first day of a new job, the first day in a new class, the first day of school.
What you do on that first day is what you will most likely continue to do. The routine followed that day will most likely become habit. Where you choose to sit that day is probably where you will sit every day, the route you take, what you do during lunch. And I happen to believe this is true. (Hey, I always shower in the same shower at the gym, the same one I picked the first day.)
So, before the first day of school I wrote out how I wanted our days to flow and made sure that first day we stuck to it. We went through the morning routine verbally multiple times over the three days before school started and practiced it full on the day before, including making an 8:00 a.m. appointment, since that's the time school starts.
Truth be told I was a nervous wreck. I was committed to keeping my tears at bay. I was also having issues with my eyes that prevented me from wearing contacts so I couldn't even hide behind sunglasses. :)
At 6:30 I was up and I woke the kids up at 6:45.
We enjoyed pancake pencils with a ham eraser, chocolate lead, and big fat watermelon erasers.
And while they ate breakfast, I read aloud to them from The Friend, a children's magazine put out by our church that has articles on kindness, family, internet safety, health, etc. (I was so happy to see this picture my husband sneaked and sent to me late that morning.)
By 7:20 we were in the driveway taking photos, riding bikes, and just being together.
At 7:45, with my heart a-racing, I drove them to school. Truth be told I tried to stay as far away from anyone I knew as possible. Remember that whole not-crying thing?
The students were welcomed with great fanfare. Cheers and balloons and the school mascot and I swear there was music too. The boys asked if they could go and I told them to go for it. I snapped one photo and I high-tailed it out of there, with my little ones in tow. I told myself I could cry till I got to the gym then it was time to move on. (Which was a great plan but didn't really work out as well as I'd imagined.)
I was so eager to see the kids that afternoon. Hawk, Tigerlily, and I sat beneath a tree in the front yard and waited eagerly for them. When they arrived home they were all smiles and full of stories to tell. We ate Popcicles and shared highlights of our day.
And that's how we had a brand new first as we embarked on a new adventure for our family.