Friday, October 5, 2012

First Day of SCHOOL!!!

After counting down for 1854 days, the BIG DAY finally out world, the quints are in KINDERGARTEN!!!

It is so hard to believe that my babies are in school!  They were SO excited!  We used a large paper chain to count down the days (not for the entire 1854 days...just the last 100 or so...) and they loved everything that brought them one step closer to school---buying school supplies, picking out backpacks, trying on new school clothes, Kinder camp, meeting the teachers. 

For the past couple of years, I have debated about how (or even if) I should split the kids into Kindergarten classes.  I have talked to several mothers of multiples who have done it different ways and in the end, Jayson and I decided to split the kids three ways.  We wanted to give them as much independence as possible without having five different classes/teachers/homework to keep track of.  With that in mind, we put Kassidy and Rustin together, Kaydence and Ryder together and Kyndall by herself. 

We were so lucky to get the three most fabulous Kindergarten teachers the elementary school had to offer :-)  So far the split is working great and all the kids are absolutely loving school!

Riley started his second year of middle school.  He turned 12 this summer and it is so hard to believe that only nine months, I will have a TEENAGER in the house!  I am already getting scared!

Kaiya is loving her 4th grade teacher and has been signing up for every extra curricular activity she possibly can.

Of course, I had to take a plethora of pictures of the momentous occasion!

Riley--7th Grade

Kaiya--4th Grade






Kaiya and Riley

By the school sign:  Kyndall, Ryder, Rustin, Kassidy, Kaiya and Kaydence

On their way!  Ryder, Rustin, Kaiya, Kaydence, Kassidy and Kyndall

One more picture in front of the school

The kids with Principal Villalpando

Kindergarten, here we come!!






As for me, I am still trying to find all that extra time I am supposed to have now that the kids are in school all day!  For the past five years, I have put so many things off, thinking "I'll do that when the quints go to Kindergarten", so I was excited to get started on my loooong to-do list.  However, I definitely over-estimated the amount of extra time I would have (go ahead, I know you are dying to say "I told you so").  I was a little (ok a lot) over-zealous and I agreed to all kinds of things---room mom, swim team board member, three part-time jobs, teaching extra classes and hosting book club to name a few.  So, instead of leisurely working my way through my mega to-do list, I have been frantically working on whatever project/assignment has the nearest deadline.  But, I think I am finally getting a better handle on things....and I can't deny that I LOVE having a few QUIET hours during the day---shopping ALONE, eating a couple of meals without constantly getting something for somebody, going the bathroom without someone asking me questions on the other side of the door, putting things away and having them stay there (at least until the kids get home from school!).   It may not be quite the nirvana I imagined, but it is still pretty great!

Rachelle & Mimi celebrating the first day of school at The Cheesecake Factory!



Spence Ohana said...

How awesome, I bet they all love school! My youngest started kindergarten this year too!

Jessica Brown said...

12 driineI feel the same way - just sent my youngest off to kindergarten and not getting near the number of projects done each day that I'd hoped for.

Congrats on making it to the big day!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Such a milestone moment! Congrats to you all. :)

Schauers Hours said...

I've had all three in school for three years and I still don't feel like I have all that much "free" time. Your kids look so grown up! Kaiya is such a beauty queen. I loved all the first day photos. Good luck with 3 part time jobs, wow!

tck4texas said...

wow, I remember sitting at your house at like 6am with a baby in each arm and one in a carrier in front of me. How time flies! Such a big day!!!! You inspire me!

Unknown said...

Poor kindall, I hope she will not feel alone in class, I'm sure that soon will make many friends. :-)

Leire said...

Hi Rachel!! your kids look so so happy :)
I am glad you have some 'quiet' hours, you are a hard working momma, hehe
I am curious about the reasons behind your choices to split the quints and specially how to split them. I know this may be private, but only if you would be willing too, I thin t would be nice to now for future parents.
Thank you! and I hope all your kids have a blast of a 'new' schoolyear!

Anonymous said...

Why have you stopped blogging for? I miss the updates. The children are so big now

Janet M said...

Glad to see a post and my the kids all look so grwon up for the first day. I'm sure those few quiet hours are a really nice break for you.

Wendy Jean said...

I can't believe that they are now in school. I remember taking the night shifts and holding each of them. It is really cool to see how they are growing!

Anonymous said...

The children look so happy, healthy and eager to go to school! I miss reading the updates but understand you have to prioritize from a to-do list that gets longer not shorter:o)
Hope you'll find time once in a while to keep us up to date. I enjoy your families' posts!