Yesterday was the first day of school. With Sr. Jr. going to middle school this year, we have to adjust to a whole new morning routine. He must leave the house at 7:20 in order to get to school on time, whereas the elementary school bus picked him up at 8:20. He's definitely heading into those tween/teen years where he sleeps more, so I anticipate some rough mornings ahead. For now, however, the novelty of middle school is enough to wake him up quickly in the mornings. Here he is, walking away:
I walked with him up our street. Rather, I lagged behind, as he practically ran ahead of me, saying, "Mom, you're embarassing me!" When we were a little more than halfway to the main street that all the kids take to the middle school, we saw some friends of his walking by, so I hung back even more to allow him to catch up. This is a picture of him running to catch up with his friends.
And here's Jr. Jr. as his bus arrived to take him off to second grade. He was awake and bouncing off the walls almost before I was awake that morning. The first day of school is always a bit of a shock. It's so quiet around here during the summer, and then all these kids show up at the bus stop! There are between 20 and 25 kids, just at our stop, not counting younger siblings. Add in parents and dogs, and it's quite a scene.
One of our neighbors has a party every year after the kids go to school, with bloody marys and mimosas. It's another fun way to catch up after the summer. It's also a way for some of us adults to expend some of the nervous energy we have on the first day of school.
I was quite anxious for most of the day. Partly, it's just a big shock for me to go from all the noise, chaos, and action of having the kids around to a completely quiet house. But there was a bit more to it yesterday, because of Sr. Jr.'s first day of middle school. I couldn't wait for the end of the day, so I could hear how his day went. Was it hard finding his classes? Are his friends in any of his classes? How did he like his teachers? He's finally out of the nurturing embrace of elementary school. I know how scary it can be.
He put his new cell phone to good use by calling me on his way home from school to tell me about his day. It takes all of 15 minutes to walk home from school, but I guess he was excited and wanted to share with me (yay!).
He had a great day. He's excited about middle school. He was really happy with his science teacher, who made getting doused with dangerous chemicals sound fun. He's been placed in a 7th grade math class for now (in 6th grade), and will take a placement test to see if he should be moved into the 8th grade math class. I'm happy he's in the class he's in, even if he doesn't move up. I'd rather he be where he needs to be than move up before he's ready (if that's the case). If he tests up, that's good too. He's just excited about finally being able to move ahead in math.
His only complaint was that the cafeteria ran out of ice cream before he could get any.
Jr. Jr. had a nice day, too. His teacher is very nice and most of the kids get good marks in his opinion. After a summer of complaining about reading, he picked up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and has been reading it every minute he can.
I didn't knit much. I went to the party and the supermarket, and baked some back to school cookies for the boys. I started swatching a stitch pattern I like, but I wasn't happy with it in the yarn I was using, a light grey/green Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks.
I think what I really want is a brown sweater. I haven't had a good dark brown sweater in a long time. I have several yarn options -- a bulky Annabel Fox tweed, an aran weight Sierra Aran from Elann, and a worsted weight Wool of the Andes. I think the Annabel Fox might be too chunky for what I have in mind. I used Sierra Aran for my Equestrian Blazer last year. I loved knitting with the yarn, but it is very warm, so I think I'll stick with the Wool of the Andes.
Sweater or vest? Cables, definitely. I don't have any vests, and one might be useful, but how much wear would I get out of it? Any opinions?