Today was the big day...the first day of school! It's so hard to believe that Jacob is in fourth grade now. Seems like just yesterday that we were putting him on the bus to Kindergarten. And five years ago today we announced my pregnancy with a porch photo of Jacob in his big brother shirt. Carter is now older than Jacob was that day, and a year from now he'll be doing his first official picture as he heads off to Kindergarten. Holy crap.
But here is Jacob's official picture:
I just looked at last year's, and wow, does he look older. Next year will be his last at this school, and then it's on to middle school, though the jury's still out on which middle school that will be--public school or a rather pricey Catholic school with a great lacrosse team. The price tag on that one is a little scary, but the experience could probably serve him well if he's up to it. I can't quite fathom Jacob managing changing classes, having a locker, or having to remember which books to bring home, but it's coming soon no matter what.
Next year both kids will ride the same bus, though they'll get off at different places. I can't believe Carter is only a year away from Kindergarten. We have a long way to go before I will see him as Kindergarten ready, but again, it's coming. Since Jacob had a four-year-old picture on the porch, I figured we'd take Carter's picture today, too...
Nothing is really changing for Carter as he's been in the four-year-old Pre-K since February, but apparently we're starting a new curriculum and five little homework projects are coming home each week, with the goal of doing at least half per month in order to get a prize. Many of them are going to be more like "parent homework" than something for the kids to worry about, but we'll see how he does.
So, we're off to the beginning of another year. Let's hope it's a good one!