Look out, second grade.

Ava started second grade today. We made a back-to-school breakfast casserole from a recipe Ava clipped from the paper, and she prepared her summer reading report, which included a whopping 144 books. Tears were shed, but only by Olivia (unrelated) and me (related).

I love the shirt she selected, as I think we both are pretty hopeful this year will be smooth sailing. Ava seems very self assured and grown up, and so I believe we stand a pretty good chance of a remarkable year filled with progress and growth. We’re not longer elementary school rookies, at least.

I walked her up the hill to class, baby nestled in a sling and with a cup of coffee in hand. I have to admit, the pace of the morning (which didn’t include me rushing off to my monthly strategic communications cabinet meeting at 9 am) was quite nice. I can’t say I’m ready to permanently trade in my heels for these flip flops (not to mention sparkly purple nail polish and a much more relaxed daily schedule), but I do feel really fortunate to have this time at home.

School ends early today, and I’m looking forward to meeting Ava this afternoon and hearing about her first day.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Doug Smith on August 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    You have such a knack for making us feel part of your lives, Rebecca. This is newsy, hopeful, and I feel like this young lady is really poised for great things. What a wonderful personal essay as well!

  2. I agree completely! And I don’t doubt for a moment that Ava IS poised for great things… just look at that confident, ready smile!

  3. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on August 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Cute! Thanks for making my day!

  4. Posted by Karyl on August 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    We can’t wait to hear about her day – does she like her new teacher? She does, indeed, look so grown-up!

  5. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on August 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Ava is just so beautiful and grown up. Thanks for a great post!

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