I have at least 2 more State Fair posts to share but there is something weighing on me today that I need to sort through. And blogging always seems to be a good thing when I 've got something to get off my chest.
I'm feeling very unprepared for First Grade.
Today is Teagan's last day at Little Explorers. She has been going there for 2 years. This was the first non-home based place we chose to take care of our kids while we are at work. This is the place we chose as the first place of education for our kids. And today is her very last day there.
Thankfully, we aren't leaving the school behind since Zach will still attend.
The next week or so is cram packed with activities and preparations for changes. I'm not sure I can keep it all straight.
Tonight, there needs to be some shopping. One of the many transitions happening in the next week is that my baby brother, Daniel, is starting college. He'll be 2 hours away from home (that's the farthest any of the 3 of us went). The school housing is like apartment- 6 guys, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. He's going to need cleaning supplies. Big time. I'm also wanting to hit Goodwill to see if there is a lockable trunk or something similar. Maybe a few other odds and ends.
Tomorrow, there is a big family gathering/dinner at my mom's house. I have aunts and cousins traveling from all over the country to be there. I'll get some time with Daniel to work on some preparations for going off to school. My kids will have plenty of fun time with Grandma since 2 of my aunts will be taking over the kitchen to do all the cooking.
Sunday, I am teaching Sunday School at church for the very first time. I'm not nervous but I am excited but also feeling a little stretched with taking on a new ministry at my church. I have to sacrifice time with music team to do this but there is a need and I do love these kids so...
Next week, I'm out of the office all week. I'm on vacation Mon, Tues, Fri and in all day, off site training Weds, Thurs.
Monday is prep time for Teagan. Haircut, inventory of clothing and possible shopping for things still needed, organization of stuff to make the week ahead as smooth as possible. Monday evening is an ice cream social at the school where we will finally learn EVERYTHING we need to know about first grade. We currently know nothing. We don't know how the before and after care program works (even though we're signed up and paid for). We don't know how the cafeteria works. We don't know who the teacher is. We don't know about bus schedules. We don't know anything. It's very frustrating to have Teagan asking me questions that I can't answer.
Tuesday is our Final Fun Day of Summer Break. Do you even have to ask where we're going? Duh! The Indiana State Fair for another $2 Tuesday!
Wednesday. *GULP* The first day of First Grade. It will be a new morning routine. Thankfully, my boss is very understanding and I've got a pass to be late for that training. After Monday night, we'll have a better idea of what Weds morning will look like.
I'm anxious and excited for Teagan. I'm worried for Zach. He's expressing a lot of unhappiness about Teagan not being with him at Little Explorers. Thankfully, I know the teachers and staff there are well aware of his feelings and will take good care of him during this transition.
Friday, I'm off on an overnight trip to downtown Indianapolis with a big group of women from my church for the Women of Faith conference. I won't be home until end of day/evening on Saturday. It should be fun but the timing is stressful.
What's funny to me is that I am personally feeling stressed about how Teagan will get along with a whole new set of peers. I'm worrying about things that don't usually matter to me- Does she have cool enough clothes? Do first graders even worry about that? Will it matter that she doesn't care about Justin Bieber? Is she going to feel awkward, shy, or out of place? Is there something I should be doing to help with that?
I don't think there is a way to fully prepare for this. Or to even capture all of the transitions and changes and adjustments that will be happening in the coming few weeks.
All I know is that we're taking it all one step at a time and that I'm doing my best to only focus on the true priorities and on the things I know I have at least some control over. For everything else, I'm just going to pray!