Tuesday, September 02, 2008

first day of preschool

Today was Eva's first day of preschool. She has been so excited about it, but this morning she became very nonchalant, verging on reluctant. Nerves, I guess. She wore this cute apron-style dress that Marc brought her from Paris. It was so chilly this morning that she had goosebumps and was shivering during my attempts at taking photos. A couple of shots and she decided it was time to retreat to the warmth of the car.

(Incidentally, the weather has been so delightfully cool for the last two days -- it's the first time I haven't been hot in months! Well, that's not quite true. I wasn't hot in Oregon. It's the first time I haven't been hot in Utah in months!)

I tried to hook her up with a new backpack. She insisted on wearing this fleece one that Grandma Susan bought her in Paris last year. (She adores robots.) While it is cute, it is not really that functional -- note the folder sticking halfway out. I don't know how long this is going to last.

(I have to say, I did not really get to enjoy myself during preschool. I had to teach a piano lesson, which went very long... then I showered and got ready and picked her up! Plus, Max was still home sick. Gypped. I really want to change that lesson time so as to maximize my alone time and productivity potential.)

When I went to pick her up, all the kids were walking up the stairs to their parents. I could hear Eva inside saying, "I don't want to walk!" (one of her favorite annoying things to say). I commented to her teacher that I hoped she hadn't been like that the whole time. She replied, "Oh no, just a few times". Okaaaaay..... great. Am I going to have the problem child?

She said she had fun, but other than that, mum's the word. We were all excited to ask her about her first day, but she just said, "I don't know," "I don't want to talk about it," and even "Leave me alone". Okay, then.

We had to go over and check Lucas out from school to go to the doctor, because he's been complaining about ear pain the last couple of days. It turns out his ears are fine, but he has a sinus infection! See? Our family specialty. Good grief.

It was just a crazy day of driving around, Scouts, piano lessons, and Mutual. But check this out:

We had an opening social and went up the canyon to play games and have Mexican s'mores. (I had never heard of them, either. Basically, wrap up any combination of peanut butter, chocolate squares, marshmallows, bananas, etc. in a tortilla; wrap in foil; cook over coals for a few minutes. Surprisingly tasty! When it's done cooking, you can even add a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup and no one will complain.)

The Young Men were in charge, and they had determined to show the Young Women that they know how to get things done right. They had tablecloths, a centerpiece, and even wipes to clean up sticky hands! We were duly impressed.

Here's hoping for a much calmer day tomorrow.


marc said...

Peanut butter? Chocolate? Ice cream? I want a Mexican s'more.

melanie said...

First day of preschool here too. Sorry you didn't get a day of freedom, one day right? You definitely deserve it.

The Mexican smores look good. I think we'll try them when we camp in a couple weeks. Their centerpiece is hilarious.

Jill said...

Eva is a mystery wrapped in a riddle for sure. I thought she'd be over the moon excited for preschool, so it's very strange that she was so quiet about it. She sounds like a teenager already!

I can't (and yet I can) believe Lucas has a sinus infection too! It's very fortunate that you guys have such good insurance or you'd have start pawning furniture to keep up with the copays and meds.

I really hope Thursday proves to be more "free" for you during Eva's preschool time...pesky piano lessons!

Elisa said...

Oooh that s'more idea is great, filing that one away for future YW activities.

Determination and a strong will is a good thing. That's my mantra when I am at my wits end with my littles. Moody or not Eva sure is cute.

patsy said...

Eva cracks me up! My chloe used to be a lot like this & has ended up being an absolute dream (since three/four anyway...) so maybe she'll grow out of it ;)

definately change that piano lesson! preschool time= mom time!

April said...

David always wonders what I do with "all that time" (2 hours!) that Ethan's gone to preschool...yep, it just gets sucked into nothing...I do the dishes, straighten the beds, run a load of laundry, shower (on a good day) and he's back. I always think, "This week I'm going to get really organized and use that time" but it just doesn't work that day. As a mom you are at the mercy of everyone else's needs and wants.

By the way, I love all the shopping in Paris you do...very chic!

Liz said...

What an interesting concept...Mexican smores. I'll have to remember that!

Eva sure looked cute on her first day of preschool. How many days a week are you going to have this luxury?

Denise said...

I wanted to comment on Eva's darling photos, but I am left speechless by the account of the Young Men bringing table cloths and a centerpiece to an activity!

Rachel said...

I think the Mexican S'more kickis the American S'more's booty!!! Yumm-o!

Oh, and there has got to be a woman behind those center pieces - really!

Rachel said...

Oh, and I would pick the robot bag, too! What a cute little pupil!

Robyn said...

That sounds like a good activity. Those mexican smores sound delicious. I agree with Marc!

Eva is so adorable. I love her sassy personality (maybe b/c it reminds me of my girls) I wouldn't be surprised if one of mine said "Leave me alone" In fact, this morning Ashley said "Don't touch my bag" while we were playing. So sweet. I am sure Eva will settle in just fine. Hope you get to enjoy that time more in the future!

jenn said...

Our preschool experience is quite similar- Ethan tells me what he had for a snack and if he jumped on the trampoline or not. That's it. Nothing else. It also doesn't help that Ethan is anti-social and would rather stay home- so at school he does his own thing instead of interacting with any of the other kids! And I take him when I take my other kids to school which means the two hours are lost in kitchen clean up and getting myself ready for the day. sigh.

Mom said...

Way to go Young Men with the decos!! Cool! I'm stashing that one away for an event!

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