Today is Aditi’s first day of kindergarten. I thought I’d be able to resist taking a picture with the cheesy little signs but I could not. Roll not your eyes, lest ye be eye rolled back or something like that.
Someone was very excited. She’d already been to school twice, once for a kindergarten screening and the second time to meet her teacher. Her teacher interview went really well I think because after that she’s been so excited about all the things they’re going to do. There’s library day, there’s gym and there’s show and tell! So many things to do, so many friends to make!
After we took this picture, Ro went inside to get sunglasses. Hint: not because it was a very sunny day.
Did I mention she was excited? I asked her if she was more excited about school than Disney World and she said yes! Take that Magic kingdom!
You’d think she got on the bus without even a backward glance right? Nope! She turned around once to show us her happy, happy grin but that photo was a little blown out. She didn’t hesitate at all though, she got on the bus and sat right in front, just like she said she would.
A picture of two Padinjarekara men, who cannot believe she just went to school all by herself without even shedding a single tear. Hahaha! Advaith is going to start preschool two days a week in September. I promise that will be a very different scene.
My big girl! I’m so proud of you!
This fall Aditi will move from her montessori preschool to the public school kindergarten. Its quite a big move emotionally, she has to ride on the bus, no one from her preschool will be going to this school, so she’s starting over. She is excited about her move in theory but we all know that kids are excited about all sorts of things in theory only to have full on tantrums when faced with reality. So, I’m glad of her bond with Arjan, who she informed me is her BFF – that’s best friends forever Amma! – and hopefully we will all continue to meet up and have fun playdates like these in the future even when they’re both in different schools.
(There’s some potential her for some budding BFFship too :))
p.s. I know most of these photos are slightly out of focus but I love how they capture a typical playdate, so I decided to put them up anyway.
Here are some pictures of the kids. After we came back from India, Ro surprised me with a new camera, so I have been trying to take some pictures of the kids after a very long dry spell. I’m posting Advaith first, and hopefully I will post Aditi’s pictures soon.
Mt Rushmore was one of the planned stops on our way but like many of our stops, Advaith was asleep and we opted to just drive by instead. I’m not sure what we missed but it was still impressive and it definitely checked a box on Ro’s bucket list.
Advaith by this time was just beginning to really, really hate getting into the car seat. Aditi was more resigned.
We opted to go on the Enchanted Highway but I think we were more fascinated by these elaborate sculptures in the middle of nowhere than Aditi. (Advaith of course had no opinion of them whatsoever.)
The Dakotas were actually really fascinating to me. SO empty and SO lonely. As Rohit said, how do you get married here? Where do you meet people?
I can’t find a set of photographs I took of the kids in a dinosaur park or at the Flintstones Park in SD but one of the things we did do everywhere was to stop at a lot of theme parks. This one was taken at one called Fairy Tale Village and it was really cute.
The last place of note that I can find pictures of was Jamestown, the birthplace of Louis L’amour. I haven’t read much Louis L’amour but my brother in law is a big fan and we were so excited to stop there and check it out on his behalf. The whole place is st up like an old time-y western town. You can walk up and down the main drag and see an old school house, an old church and ye old saloon of course. They also had some cute little antique and souvenir shops and we bought two cute little ceramic pigs, made by an artist who doesn’t even a website to link to. Amazing huh?
We’re on to our last leg now – Minnesota to Chicago, so we’re almost done with this enormous photo dump :)