Thursday, August 2, 2007

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off to School We Go

The boys had a really good time at their first day of school. Dropping them off was a little traumatic; all four of us left with tears in our eyes. But when I picked them up 3 hours later, they were all smiles and excitedly talked about their new friends and their new playgrounds. Chipmunk's teacher said that he was the leader of the class all day. This surprised me because he is usually the one to hold back and follow the other children. He tends to be very reserved and shy when faced with new experiences. Part of the reason we wanted him to go to this 4-year-old program was to build up some confidence in his social skills before kindergarten. Looks like we're off to a good start!
Of course, I have to include a picture of them before school this morning:

(I thought it was ridiculous that preschoolers have to wear uniforms to school but I think it will really make getting dressed in the morning so much easier.)

So while I was a bit upset after dropping them off, I was so productive during my open 3-hours. I'm not sure if I'll manage to be this productive on my 3 open morning during the week, but it is so nice to have this extra time to run errands without the boys.
One big thing I did get started was some of the paperwork for updating our homestudy. Yes, our homestudy is only good for one year so we need to do an update. Ugh. I didn't realize that updating a homestudy meant that you have to update EVERYTHING (medicals, financials, etc.). I really thought it meant just writing a paragraph saying that nothing had changed since the original along with another visit from our social worker. Oh well. I did make good headway with the new paperwork today though. I think I'll be able to knock most of it out over the next week. Then it's on to updating some of our dossier paperwork. I'm really hoping we get a referral sometime in September so we don't have to redo our entire dossier.

Stu and I are off to St. Louis for a grown-up weekend tomorrow! We're going to a surprise party/weekend for a friend's 30th birthday at the lake. Yeah!! We love our boys but it is always nice to get a weekend away occasionally.


Michael and Carrie said...

Your boys are so cute!! I'm glad to hear that their first day went well! I have not yet heard of a preschool where uniforms are required. That is a first! Enjoy your grown up weekend!

Anonymous said...

Chipmonk and Monkey are such cuties!
Have fun at the party.

Becky and Keith said...

How cute! And they actually look SO happy to be going to school. Wait until their 15... let me tell you! :-) Have a GREAT adults weekend - those are absolutely needed once in a while!

Carey and Norman said...

The boys are adorable. Yes, we've been following your blog for about a month or so now. We started our adoption with CHI in May and began to venture out into the blog scene shortly thereafter. We are trying to just stay in contact with CHI families at this time, because I've gotten a little scared when I ventured out to other adopting families. I kept asking Amanda all these questions about others experiences. I just wanted to know up front what to expect. Since you are going through this for the third time, I figure that you aren't scared or you wouldn't have done this three times.

We too are wanting a girl. We have a 2 1/2 year old son and have asked for a girl 36 months or younger which will ensure he remains the older child. We hopefully will be given the choice for our region within the next two weeks. We are looking forward to knowing where our little girl will be.

Thanks again for the comments!!

Dana said...

They look so very cute! I can't believe they are already in school!

M- said...

I love the uniforms, they look so cute. And talk about making school shopping easy! Have a great weekend!

Debbie said...

What a great first day of school.
Good luck with all the updates in paperwork.

Troy and Rachel said...

Adorable - enough said!! Glad you enjoyed your free time!!

Christen & Frank said...

Have a nice weekend! Grown up trips are always so much fun! haha. I should know.... that's all we have ever had (so far). lol.

The boys are cutie patooties - as usual. By the way, you think preschool uniforms are ridiculous - try being in grad school having to wear them! lol.

Ryan and Amy said...

Wow - your boys are adorable! I am glad you got away - it is no necessary. Thanks for the comments on our blog! Best wishes with the HS updates.

Adrienne and Jim said...

They are so precious and look so happy going to school. I can't believe August is here already.

Congratulations on being so productive during your free time today!

I hope you get your referral soon too. I hope you don't have to do much dossier paperwork again! I think about you so often, knowing you've been waiting so long.

May you receive good news very soon!