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Friday, March 7

In School...Not in Attic

Miss Isabella Dei Seales did have a first day of kindergarten. My lack of photos and posting about this momentous occasion in our lives does not indicate a lack of schooling or excitement about her education. For those of you who may have wondered if we decided to keep her hidden at home in the attic, that is not the case. It was a special day in our home but very different from that of her sister's first day of kindergarten.
Here is Isabella all dressed up in her chosen attire. Not really thrilled that we have decided to "abandon" her to the evils of kindergarten. It was a challenge to get her to smile.






Rebecca's first day was full of "See ya! Mom and Dad! I'm going to school!" And Bella had a tough time with the idea of being in a big school without Mommy or Daddy or the teachers that she knew from pre-school. It was a hard day for her.




Here we got her to force a smile but she was still telling us that she didn't really need kindergarten. She could just stay home with mommy, and that was good enough.




As she walked down the path to her bus stop she had her head hung down. Both mommy and daddy were there to encourage her.

  • Rebecca would be at school...yeah but in a different class.
  • The teacher is really nice...yeah but she'd not my pani (teacher from pre-school).
  • She met the principal, and he was nice...but the school is too big and what if I get lost?
  • She already knew 2 kids in the class...but not all the other kids.

Sometimes when you're scared, you're just scared and there is nothing anyone can say to make it better.She clung on to daddy's leg, saying "I don't want to go".

Her daddy cuddled her but she still didn't like this idea.

Bella found a safe place to wait for the bus.
The big moment arrived and she summoned the courage to step into a whole new world.

Still unsure, we waved good bye. Then ran down the street to our vehicle to follow the bus to school.At the end of the day, she stepped off the bus like a seasoned student. Her back pack was hanging from one hand, and she was full of stories about what had transpired at school.

Isabella has not looked back since. She is growing in every way possible. She has oodles of friends (some of them are even boys...ooooooooo!) and is quite the social butterfly. She loves la gymnase and les artes. She loves to report on the wrong-doing of two little "naughty" boys in her class. She is impatiently waiting spring break because AFTER spring break, the kindergarteners can go outside for recess with the big kids. A whole big world will open up again.
My baby girl is not a baby any longer. She is a force to be reckoned with. She is lovely. She is loud. And she is no longer afraid of school, boys, or voicing her opinion on everything. She is just what little girls are meant to be.






Erica at 2:28 PM

9 Comments:

Blogger Carol-Ann. said...

Ahhh! You followed the bus!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

that picture of her walking away with a back pack just as big as she is is just tooooooo sad!!!!

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you would have preferred she stay in the attic (I am assuming you do not keep the children there permanently though -isn't there a sick and twisted book about that?) a little longer too...
She is a brave and wonderful Bella!
C

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it took you THIS long to write about it, It was probably more traumatic for you than for HER!!
MOM

5:06 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I think you're right Bevy . Those pictures are wonderful Erica.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

You are too good of a mom to leave her in the attic since September! Loved the photos.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool pictures! Beautiful memories!
Sorry to hear about your mom in law. She sounded wonderful.
What a lovely tribute to her.
You still rock!!
Luv and prayers
Diane

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

back locked up in the attic, eh?

seano

8:03 PM  
Blogger Catherine West said...

Those pictures are amazing!! She is just gorgeous.
And you will survive this season...
:0)

10:41 AM  

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