Today is my kids' second day of school. Yes, I know we start early, but we also get out before the end of May. J loved his first day of Pre-K, although he was mosted excited about getting to ride the bus. He didn't blink when I left, but it was all I could do not to shed a few tears. He's so big, but still my baby, although I'm not allowed to call him that anymore.
M & E are enjoying the second grade and I am pleased with their teachers. The first struggle of the year is transitioning to "real paper" from the stuff with the red/blue lines and the dotted center line (you know the stuff). They used it all through first grade, so the change is a bit of a struggle.
C is in 5th grade - so far so good, but the home work hasn't started yet. This is the last year that C will be in the same school as M & E until he's a senior and they are freshmen (and even then the high school here has a seperate ninth grade campus).
As for P -- she is on day 5 or 6 of living without a pacifier. She was down to one last pacifier, and we explained that we weren't buying any new ones. One day last week she couldn't find it when she woke up, so we knew it had to be in her room, but we didn't search very hard. She has gone from only taking the thing out of her mouth to eat to not having one at with very little trauma. She occasionally asks for it, but it hasn't even been a problem at night. I found this missing paci last night, and rather than throwing it away, I put it in my nightstand drawer -- the last paci, a final reminder of the time when my kids were babies.