Thursday, September 04, 2008

...and then other times

Thursday was a big day for Elaine. She has gamely gone along with the fact that she's not in kindergarten even though she desperately wants to be. Each day she goes with me to drop Lucy off and pick her up. Sometimes she'll say quietly, "I going to school, too." So Darren and I figure that she needs something of her own during the week since she's getting to be such a big girl.

[This was cute: in the morning on the way out of the carpool line, she asked, "Where's Mr. Smith?" (Mr. Smith is the assistant principal. He stands in the intersection and directs traffic.) "There he is," I answered "with the big blue and white umbrella." "I see him!" she said excitedly as he motioned us forward. "He's waving goodbye to me!"]

After we got home , we got ready for her big day. She was so excited.

Here she is...

Now, we've had Lucy taking lessons at the swim club for 2 1/2 years. I've seen all sorts of little kids at their first lesson (and sometimes not even their first)--lots of them cry or won't get in the water. I saw one little boy get out and run away and have to be chased down by his teacher. Some of them shriek with terror about getting their hair or their face wet. Some of them just want to play with the toys on the side of the pool. Most of them have no clue what they're doing.

Now here's my girl on her first day:

These two look like they're going to be good friends already...

And here she is in the dressing room afterward (she chose the Nemo room). I would say a pretty successful morning, no?


Alysa said...

Little Elaine - my, she's growing up and how fun that she gets to be a big girl and go to swim lessons. Too cute!

Ann-Marie said...

I thought she looked way more grown-up in these photos, too! I love the cute little suit, and her teacher looks very sweet - nobody wants a drill sergeant for their swim teacher. Confidence pays off!

Melanie said...

Yay! She looks like she's having a blast with that teacher! I love her swimsuit - too cute!