Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of Preschool…for the 3rd time! ;)

Yesterday was Dakota’s first day of preschool…for his 3rd year!! He is no newbie to preschool but for some reason this year was SUCH a different experience. Not sure if it is because he has progressed further and is more aware, if he is better at expressing and communicating, or if he is just more excited this year then the rest!!

The night before school we read a little book, “How will I Get to School This Year” that his grammy and poppy gave him to get him ready for that first day! He smiled at the silly pictures. After the story I began my 1 way conversation with him. “Guess what Dakota…tomorrow is your FIRST day of school!” I got a little grin. “You get to see Miss Kari again!” (he gets the same teacher this year and we are super excited) I got a big smile. “She told me there are LOTS of girls in your class this year!” Big smile stayed. It was like that all night as we talked about school and all of the new friends he will make and things he will do! I thought…maybe I just got lucky and caught him on a happy night and maybe he wasn’t really that excited about school…maybe he was just happy.

BUT the next morning when I had to pull him out of bed to wake him up to get dressed before the bus got there…it happened again. He was just waking up…barely opening his cute little eyes…stretching his arms above his head. I said, “Dakota…today’s the day…you get to go to school!! Remember !” That same sweet smile crept up and stayed the whole time we got dressed and talked about school…even while we waited on the porch for the bus.

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He can’t even stand it!

Just waiting for the bus…finishing breakfast! ;) He looks so big!!!

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He has his same cute nurses we love (Robin on the left) and his same 2 AMAZING bus drivers (Carol and Valerie)!! We are so lucky!!

That is when I knew…he REALLY was excited about school. He TOTALLY knew what was going on and he was ready! The last couple weeks until his cousins came last weekend he had gotten in a little ornery mood. He was more whiny and not so happy. I really feel like he was just like all the other kids that are bored of summer and ready for some stimulation and socialization of school!

I am SO happy he gets to stay 1 more year at preschool with Miss Kari! It is going to be a great year!

Dakota and Miss Kari!

He is going 4 days a week for 2.5 hours this year! I hope he keeps the excitement and enthusiasm ALL year!!

First day captured by Nurse Robin!

Back in the wagon again!!! Just flexing his muscles for the girls! (He asked me to where his muscle shirt the first day to impress the ladies! ;))

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Taking a tour of the school and giving the office people high fives!!

He loves them too!! :)



  1. Oh Tessie, he seriously melts my heart!

  2. Cutest smile ever, I hope he has a great year at school. He looks so happy!

  3. Oh, that sweet, little smile! I am so happy you were able to give him another year with wonderful people who love him, and he is familiar with! {{hugs}}

  4. I just started following your blog when I seen your guest post on the Sullenger's. Anyway, my little boy goes to the same school, ELC! I figured it out from the pictures. He has a different teacher but it was great to see familiar faces. My Preston goes in the afternoon to Miss Jill's class 4 days a week. My little guy is a Mainstreamer (all my kids were there), we LOVE the ELC. What a great program.

    1. Laura thanks so much for following our blog and for taking the time to leave a comment! That is SOOOO awesome that your child goes there and that they are mainstream! I LOVE parents and children like you guys that are willing to put their children in there to be such great examples and to love kids like Dakota!! The mainstream kids have been the sweetest to Dakota and I just love that about this school! So thank you thank you!!!

  5. I am sorry, but I CANNOT handle this cuteness! He is just a doll and what a relief to have such an amazing school/teacher/aides at his school. Hope he has another great year!

    1. Thank you SO much!! You are so sweet! Thanks for this sweetest comment!!

  6. He is just darling! Love Pam

  7. I am not even sure how I found your blog but here I am. I wish I was a better writer and better expressing myself because there is so much I want to tell you. I am sorry that life is not fair. I am sorry that you have to be the one to go through so much In order to teach us all more about life, love and what is really important. I want you and Zach and Dakota to know that there is someone out there that is praying for you daily, that is sending you positive thoughts to help you get through….especially on the tough days. I admire how hard you work with Dakota, even when I am sure there are days, weeks or months where it doesn’t look like anything is making a difference. I believe with all my heart that EVERY thing you do makes a difference, even when you are not seeing an immediate change. Just by looking at Dakota you can tell how well he is taken care of. Boy is he fortunate to have parents, grandparents and family that love him so much and who work so hard taking such great care of him. I believe that not everyone would be able to do as good of a job as you. You are my hero!

    1. Dear anonymous!! Thank you SO much for reading my blog and for this sweetest ever comment!! I appreciate every word so much! Thank you for seeing the love and work we put into being his parents. It definitely isn't easy but it is SO worth it!! Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement! Thank you for these sweet words, especially when you have never even met us! Means SO much to me!!!