i. am. not. going.

all over the blogs, instagram, Facebook… you see these kids holding up signs about what grade they are starting… with big smiles, a fresh new outfit, tamed & clean hair. and the moms talking about their tears about their big kids off to new grades.  well… not around here folks.

not so pretty or cute here.  we heard things like:

“i am not going.” “i’m gonna throw up.” “don’t leave me.” “i. am. not. going!!!”  ”it’s going to take my whole day.”  ”no!!! i won’t go!!!”  ”really… really! i’m sick!”  and tears. it was not a smooth day.

so i tried to re-create a little taste of summer for our few hours after a full first day of kindergarten.

homemade cookies & pool time. and it was a success.  smiles and laughter and sweet moments.

at the pool, a sweet neighbor asked, “what was your favorite part of your first day of kindergarten?”

his answer:

“coming home and seeing kai.”

sweet indeed.  except according to him, he is not, not, not going again tomorrow.

on the brighter side, he will get to come home and see kai again tomorrow.



sianne - August 27, 2013 - 9:14 pm

ohh gavin! you survived & got cookies + pool time…not bad!! i love his response about coming home to see kai!!! such a little sweetie. hope he has a great 2nd day!!

stacy bostrom - August 27, 2013 - 9:20 pm

sianne — yes i love his response too — although, i wish he hadn’t had hated the day so much, literally couldn’t think of anything good about the day…

Tahnee - August 28, 2013 - 5:28 am

oh bless him stacy! and you. it’s never easy, but it will get easier.. I know everyone will tell you that and it will feel shitty for a while yet until he turns that corner.. it’s the steepest learning curve in my parenting journey so far – learning to be without them for such a long period – but it gets a little easier xx

Emily - August 28, 2013 - 8:59 am

Sweet Gav. “it’s going to take my whole day” is my favorite :) and yes, how wonderful that sweet baby brother will be there every day to greet him!

Sandy Dacus - August 28, 2013 - 9:53 am

I love seeing pictures of your beautiful family. Your photography is the best!

jaana - August 29, 2013 - 11:08 pm

oh he is a tender-hearted boy. and they are the best kind. hope he comes around soon.

flor - August 31, 2013 - 1:42 pm

oh, bless his heart! he just misses his mama and his brother..
so so sweet. I don’t have much advice for you.. other then bribery.. which works very well for us :)

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