Well, I learned my lesson. Note to future self: BUY THE PREPACKAGED SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT!! For some unknown reason, a certain someone in our family, not me, had the grand idea that taking M shopping for his school supplies would be a wondrous and glorious bonding time that would stay with him for many years to come. Sounds nice enough. The reality? Gone are the days of picking out sparkly pencils and Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers. In our district, at least, the kiddos need to bring a cartload of very specific items - like 6 Expo dry erase fine tip BLUE markers. No, they aren't sold in packs of 6. No, they aren't even sold in packs of 1. In any case, M and I went off to Wal-Mart to purchase said school supplies. Little did we know that pretty much everyone in the metroplex was heading to our Wal-Mart to engage in the very same bonding moment with their children. It took a little while and a lot of cart maneuvering to find most of the supplies. *drumroll please* Ta-Daaaaaaaa! M's first batch of school supplies. (not pictured: 6 Expo dry erase fine tip BLUE markers)
In addition to our recent school supply spree, yesterday afternoon we me met up with some of the other kindergarten kids and moms. The kids had a fun time playing on the school playground, while the moms chatted and sweltered in the shade. M seemed to fit right in with the other kids - I suppose it's their herd mentality.
Last night was "Meet the Teacher" night. M got to see his classroom and, obviously, meet his teacher, Mrs. K. She's new to kindergarten this year. She's been teaching third grade the past few years and WILLINGLY chose to teach kindergarten this year. The room was very cute - everything looked so small, to me, but I'm pretty sure M was slightly overwhelmed. Fortunately, M already knows a few of the kids in his class, so that should help his first-day jitters. He had a fun time exploring the classroom. He found the Legos, the computers, and his very own seat.
On our way back to the car, we kicked off what will probably become a yearly tradition.