Sunday, August 24, 2014

Five First Days

I already posted about Sammie's first day of Kindergarten, and we now have one week of Kindergarten in the books.  My heart has been weepy and nostalgic all week, but at the same time, joyful and optimistic about the promise and potential ahead for our girl.  And last year's school experience really showed us that with the right community of people around us, school really can be a wonderful, incredible part of this girls' (and our family's) journey.  It takes a village and all that, and this school . . . well, this school is a pretty incredible village.  They've already gotten two different walkers for her, and been trying them out in ways that don't disrupt her day or her time with the other kids.  She has the support she needs while still being included with her peers in a real, meaningful, seamless, inclusive, way.  The way inclusion should be done.  I truly nearly dissolve into happy tears a million times a day.

This little girl.  Oh wow.  She's gone from a sweet little baby, to a sweet little toddler, and now, just a sweet, cool little girl that I adore more than words could say.  Heart so full it could burst kind of adoration.

December 2010 (Starting an EI Pre-School Program at 2 years old)
October 17, 2011 (First Day of Preschool, 3 years old)
[Also, much to our surprise, her last day as an only child, baby sister Mia surprised us all and arrived the next day!] 

August 2012, 2nd Year of Preschool

And her last year of preschool; September 2013

Ready for Kindergarten; August 2014
From our little baby in the lavender glasses, to our little girl in the fuchsia ones.  It really does happen in the blink of an eye.

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