Let's Remember Well

Do I remember where I was on September 11, 2001? Absolutely.

A lot has happened since then, and tomorrow I'll board an airplane headed for Washington, D.C.

I haven't forgotten. I never will. But if I'm going to remember, I want to remember well.

Burke Goes to Kindergarten!

Burke, you've done it! You've gone to kindergarten, and, believe you me, it's a miracle we ever got you back! 

You absolutely love going to school, and you're thrilled with your new teachers and classmates. Each morning, you're the first one dressed and often have your backpack strapped onto you back a good 20 minutes before we actually need to leave. I'm so thankful you're enjoying it so much.

So, let's talk about your First Day of Kindergarten! You finally got to use your new lunchbox. :) I packed your specially requested lunch: 

Ruby Goes to Second Grade!

My dearest Ruby,

It is hard for me to believe that you are already a second grader. I remember, so clearly, the day that I learned I was pregnant with seems impossible that more than eight years have already passed since that morning. I was so excited...totally and completely shocked...but totally and completely excited. I had *always* wanted to be a Mom.

What I didn't know was how incredible it would be to be your Mom.

Burke's Kindergarten Countdown: T Minus 9.5 Hours

And so we're here... The Night Before Kindergarten.

Nonna bought that book for Ruby two years ago, and I held on to it knowing we'd need it at least one more time. Tonight, I almost couldn't find it, and I panicked for a hot second. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's go back to the beginning of today.

Burke's Kindergarten Countdown: T Minus 1 Day

(I think. I'm horrible at the whole "Countdown" thing. I never know whether to count the actual day we're in or the actually day of the event or... Anyway. You have one more day that you have to be at home with Mommy without getting to go play with friends at school. So I'm going to say "1 Day to Go.")