Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Kutter's 1st Day of Kindergarten

Prepare yourself for a novel:

Kutter's official 1st day of school was August 6th, 2008. It has taken me a week to come to grips with this whole new life so now I am able to talk about it.

Kutter was so excited. He bounced right out of bed and was ready to walk out the door. I made him a "special" breakfast of waffles and eggs. I think he only ate about 3 bites. Our family is not used to waking up so early so it was hard to eat breakfast that soon. Not knowing how long it would take to get him ready, I jumped the gun a bit on when I woke him up. We ended up having nearly a half an hour to spare so I quickly filled that time with picture taking. I think I took over 50 pictures just to make sure I got one good one. My neighbor nicknamed me the paparazzi. Here are a few samples:

We had gone to meet Kutter's teacher the night before school started so we were feeling more comfortable with the idea of Kutter being with her all day. She resembles Ryan's grandma but she reminded us of Ryan's mom because she had the sweetest and most patient temperament. She seemed to have the demeanour of a grandma and acted as though her students were more her grand kids than her pupils. That made us feel pretty good about Kutter's first year in school.

Ryan and I both took him in and our neighbors stayed with Payton and Maggie in the car. Ryan ran the video camera while I snapped the still pictures. I think I got every one of his first steps in the classroom, I may have overdone it a bit. Kutter said his cheeks hurt from smiling for so many pictures. He was a good sport though, he knows his mama is a bit looney toons. I had a hard time leaving him but he was ready for us to go. I think he has been looking forward to this day for a year. He was a bit sad that he did not get the same teacher as his "best bud" Connor but it brought him comfort knowing they could play together at recess. The day actually went quickly for us at home because we took Payton to get her cast off. YEAH! (More on that later) We ended up getting home from taking care of her and basically loading back up in the car to head to the school to pick up Kutter. I am certain we were there way too early but I could not help it. I wanted to be there for him to see me right away when he came out of school. It took all my strength and will power to not run and tackle him when I saw him come out of his classroom.

The next day seemed to be much worse for me. Ryan had to work and I had nothing to do. Payton went to a friends house and I literally just sat on the couch and stared most of the day. I knew I had so much to do but I could not figure out how to go about doing it. I felt so lost! I love my little Kutter Man and he is so great to have around. It has been fun getting to spend time with Payton and Maggie but it just does not seem right without big brother around.

Here are some funny things Kutter has said since starting school:

When asked what his favorite thing about school is, he proudly answers "Lunch!"

As he was preparing to leave for school on his 3rd day, he said "Mom! You need to have this house cleaned up for when I get home from school." He then explained that he gets to be the one to mess it up when he comes home but he expects it to be clean when he arrives.

He came home on his first day and said "I do not know how to read yet!"

After his second day of school, he proudly proclaimed "I have been to school for 2 days and have not been sent to the principals office yet." Kutter always gets a kick out of me telling him that my dad was my principal so when I was bad, I had to go see him. I am not sure why, but he thinks that is the funniest thing ever. He always says, "that is so weird!"

He makes sure and lets me know every day which kids were bad and what they did. It is like the little kindergarten soap opera. But he lets me know "I don't break any rules! I am being a good boy mom!" You are a good boy Kutter J!

I am so proud of my little guy. He is being so responsible. He is making sure he has his blanket, backpack, and water every day. I watch him fold his arms and walk to class so he does not break the "turtle" rule. I hear him tell me stories of how a kid at his table could not do his work so Kutter helped him. He says he always says hi to a boy in his class that does not know anyone. And he makes sure and lets me know that he plays with everyone he knows at recess. Then he proceeds to name them all so I understand that he did not leave anyone out. He is an amazing son and I am honored to be his mom. Love you buddy!


Barnes Family said...

OH! That's so cute! Kutter is such a good kid. It's so fun that he loves school so much.
I can totally picture him telling you all about school and how he gets so excited when he is telling you. Cutie!

It's all about Family! said...

Kutter, you said the same thing my dad said after his first day of school. He was looking very sad, so his mom asked him what was wrong. He said, "I've been at school a whole day and I still don't know how to read." Don't worry buddy. By the time you finish kindergarten you will know lots of words and you will learn more every year. Grandma is still learning words. Keep working hard. School is so important. Love, Little Grandma

It's all about Family! said...

Dear Payton: I didn't see a place to comment on you getting your arm out of your cast. I loved the pretty flowers your mommy painted on it, but I bet it's nice to have it off. Be a big helper for dad and mom while Kutter is at school. Maybe he will teach you some of the things he learns. My big sister would come home from school and she would teach me everything she learned that day. We would play school. I loved it. Love, Little Grandma

Nik said...

It's so hard to send your first to school! I'm so glad he enjoys it, makes it so much easier. I can't believe he is so big! You'll make it through. Call me when you feel like staring. :)

Cherie said...

Oh Tif! How hard to have kindergarten a full day! At least with half day kindergarten you can ease into it!

I'm REALLY having a hard time with the thoughts of school this year (we start next week) because Dre will be gone ALL day and Jaiden will be gone 5 days a week in the mornings! UGH!

Kelly and Megan said...

So fun. Kutter is really a great kid. He is sure to love school! I thought it was so cute that he helps the little boy who didn't know how to do his work. What a great friend!

Buckeye Bosleys said...

Kutter is such a great kid! He always makes sure everyone feels included. He looks really spiffy in his first-day-of-school clothes.:)

The Adams Family said...

Expect more drama as the year wears on. Taycee would always come home and tell me everything and my thought was exactly what your thought was a mini soap opera. I am certain it will only get worse as the years go on.

Hang in there. I remember feeling the exact same way you did, only bonus was I had to be at work and focus on something else. It is still hard for me when Taycee leaves and she has been going to school for 4 years now (that is counting pre-school. Which I count because she started at 3 and took the bus to pre-school each day, not to mention, her pre-school schedule was actually 30 minutes longer than her kindergarten schedule?).

Hang in there.

Bridgette J said...

How sweet is he! I love that he plays big brother & watches out for others. That certainly is Kutter! Love the picts. Cute shirt on him!

The Karafa Family said...

Yeah Kutter! I can't wait to hear all his stories in Primary!

Shawn said...

How fun to have a kid in school! I think I actually cried when my son went to school for the first time. Now he is going to start 2nd grade on Monday and I can't wait to kick him out the door. :-) It'll grow on you and you'll get used to it and one day you'll actually like it when they head off to school...maybe I'm just a bad mom. :-) Kutter is cute. I love seeing all your family pics.

Braden and Melanie said...

I knew Kutter would love school. Is K still his favorite letter? (remember the k book that had spills in it?) Anyway I am very proud of the Kutter Man! I am especially proud of how nice he is to everybody! He's going to be a ladies man becuase he is a lover and not a fighter!

Cheryl said...

Kutter is so nice to say hi to that little boy. I hope Ty's doing the same thing :) I love the comment about the reading. I'll have to write down some of Ty's comments so I don't forget over the years.

Wesselman Weekly said...

How exciting for Kutter. I do not know what I will do this year with both my kids gone all day......maybe actually get some scrapbooking done!! Love all the pictures, I need some pointers!!

Grandma Vincent said...

Kutter J - Mommy's little man. What in the world will she do without you all day long? You are such a big help to her and your little sisters. PayPay - you will have to be the little lady and help your Mommy with Maggie! You are such a big girl! Grandma loves all of you so much! I miss you tons! Kisses and hugs to all! Purple Grandma