Today was a big day for us. Julia had picture day at school and Emma has her first day at pre-school. Last night we spent a bit of time before bed time to pick out the outfits for today and it was fortuitous that we did since we had torrential rain complete with a power outage this morning with our power finally returning around 8am.
Emma slept soundly while Julia and I had breakfast by candlelight. We have been watching some Little House on the Prairie episodes together lately and our conversation centered around how people on Little House didn't have electricity and used candles to see in the dark. We were having a lovely time until the power came back on and Julia promptly blew out the candle and announced that she wanted to watch her morning episode of Mickey Mouse Playhouse (the girls watch this in the morning while I'm gathering everything for the day and loading up the car). So much for living like those on Little House!
Once the girls were all ready to go for the day I decided to take a few photos because the girls looked so darn cute.
Then it was time to mosey on over to Emma's school to finalize some changes to the IEP, turn in all our completed registration forms and start school! I stayed with Emma today and plan to stay for the first week or two to make the transition easier on Emma. It's important to us that she has a positive first experience at school and doesn't cry in the beginning because Mommy isn't around. Emma played in the pinecones, acorns, and other Fall items in the sensory table, made a Fall wreath at the craft table, joined in circle time for the songs and had a snack with her classmates before it was time to go home. The positioning and equipment in the room didn't really suit Emma so the team is going to find other equipment that will fit Emma better. In the meantime, I'll be bringing some items from home to try in the classroom on Tuesday to see if what we have will work well in the classroom and, if so, the school will order them for Emma to use during school hours.
Here are a couple of photos from Emma's first day. Her name was already up on the classroom door and, as you can see in these photos, she didn't have any interest at all in looking at dear old Mom even when I took a photo of her with her teacher Miss Jackie. It was all the kids that she was focused on and that is the way it should be. I think she is going to love it there.