This morning went amazingly smooth. Both kids woke up in good enough moods, we synchronized the eating with a new episode of "Curious George" - and -gasp- there was no fighting between the two of them. I praised Brayden over and over for his part in starting the day with a good attitude - what a difference that makes for all of us.
While they were eating, I suggested to Brayden that because he is currently seated next to one of his best friends, he'll really need to work on focusing - and if he finds that difficult to be "pro-active" with the teacher and ask to be moved. (Not because of the other student, but because it's just too much temptation to have one of his best buddies next to him and not mess around). I explained the meaning of pro-active and I think Brayden got it.
Later, as we stood out front and took the obligatory "first day of school" photos, I asked Brayden what he was supposed to do if he found that he wasn't able to pay attention with Tanner sitting next to him. He yelled out, "I'm supposed to be radio-active!". It stumped me for a second until I realized he was being genuine - "No, not RADIO-active, PRO-active!" What a goof ball....and I'm so pleased I caught that with the videocamera (thanks Heather, I've been using my camera now as a videocamera as well - it's because of your advice that we'll have video memories in the future!).
Mikayla settled right into first grade and Brayden was fine to take off to the 4th grade wing on his own. Unfortunately, one boy who adores Brayden linked onto him as soon as he saw him, virtually mauling him with his affection. This is a boy that I just shake my head to, a sweet heart, but not an easy route in life which leads to some poor decision making in class and in behavior. When asked why he wasn't invited last year to Brayden's party, Brayden point-blank responded, "because my mom says you're a bad influence" (I was horrified!), but this boy's response was, "your mom is right". So, we'll see how it goes this year - how well Brayden can extend love to him without getting too immersed in the friendship.
As for me, I'm actually doing okay. As with so many things, the dread was worse than the reality. I'm willing to admit publicly that August's "break from exercising and watching what I ate" resulted in ten extra pounds (and no, I'm not exaggerating) - so it was helpful this morning to go straight from the school to the gym and exert some energy in that direction. The "break" was a lotta fun, though - I gotta admit. I was also able to visit two grocery stores without anyone asking for a doughnut, a treat, or a special sugar cereal. Yes, this new era will take some adjusting, but there are some definite positives to the whole thing.....