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Yesterday was Bug’s first day of kindergarten. It was a huge deal for us. I posted some photos over at Alpha+Mom of our little before school photo session. (There’s also a FREE printable and the chance to win $100 from Target. Cha-ching! You might want to click over.)

So far she seems to like school. Her teacher is super nice and understandably a bit overwhelmed. There are 31 students in her class! Yikes.

This is all Bug has had to share with me so far:

1. The other kids thought the banana bread muffin I packed for her snack was funny. Apparently home-baked goods are not in style.
2. Milk comes in a bag that you poke with a straw and it doesn’t even spill!
3. They sit on a rainbow carpet and Bug sits on orange. This is very important.
4. She doesn’t remember her new friend’s name. But she likes blue!
5. She really needs to pack blue juice next time so the boys think she is cool.
6. Her teacher reads stories and does all the voices. (huge win)
7. I really need to fix the handle on her Hello Kitty lunchbox. It broke.

And that’s all she shared! So far so good. I didn’t know there would be so much peer pressure over what I packed for lunch but I think I can roll with it. I might have to pull out some mad bento box skillz.


  • Amanda

    Sounds like a good first day…and the lunch doesn’t surprise me in the least. I see it all the time at school…and yes, it appears only the adults love the homemade lunches. Most lunches seem to come in the form of lunchables…drives me nuts!

  • DeeJay


    Did you tear up?

    How was the time off? Were you able to accomplish all that you had hoped for during that time?

    You are such a wonderful Mommii to fix her banana bread. One day, she will thank you for stuff that you have forgotten all about.


  • gingermog

    Huge occasion ! Thank you for sharing it with us. Her new friends may chance their minds about home baked goods once the see the yummy cup cakes and theme biscuits you make.

    Kids always point out something different (French shrug).

    I have a hunch though that Bug’s birthday parties are going to become legend amongst her school peers in years to come. :D

    Hoping your day is a good one. Its sunny over here. Yehh xxx

  • Jaynette

    Thankfully my kids don’t like Lunchables. They like the concept though so we make Mom-ables. Crackers of our choice, real cheese slices and good lunchmeat. I usually include a treat and juice.

  • Susan

    This must be wrong! She’s in kinder and I remember emailing you peronally when she was still a newborn and you had some breastfeeding issues!

    Congratulations on a great first day. Hugs to you!

  • Amy

    THIRTY-ONE KINDERGARTENERS?! My goodness, that’s a huge class.

    My daughter starts K in 2 weeks and I’m so excited for her. She’s going to love it. She’ll be in a class of 18–9 K and 9 1st grade. I’m really happy that about 95% of the kids in our school (I’m a teacher there, too) buy school lunch–our cook is amazing and I don’t think I’m organized enough to pack us both decent lunches every day! We are lucky that school lunch is probably going to be healthier and made with better ingredients than a lot of the lunches I’d throw together while running out the door.

  • TexasLea

    Wow! I can’t believe that cute little Bug is already in Kindergarten. I’m glad she had a great first day and I hope you keep up the homemade lunches. You watch, in a week or two, Bug will be coming home with lunch swap stories where the other kids want her homemade goodies because they are sick of those nasty lunchables.

  • Janna

    I know it’s silly, but I am so sad that she is big enough for KINDERGARTEN. I have been reading your blog for years and it just doesn’t seem possible that your sweet toddling baby is now a school aged girl. It also brings to light how quickly our baby girl will grow up. Sniff.

  • KJ

    Oh, people, there is NO LUNCH SWAPPING in the modern era! Someone might be allergic to something, or cry, or feel treated unfairly. Lunch swapping is not allowed.

    I hope Bug learns to love her home-made snacks, but I”m glad it’s a no worries thing for you. It will work out!

  • BeachMama

    Oh my how sweet! I cannot believe Bug has started Kindergarten!! Is she going full day every day? Apple starts Junior Kindergarten in two weeks but she only goes for a half day (2.5 hours really) she will be so bummed to be coming home before her brother

  • Cathy

    My 16 yo’s friends ooh and ahh over the bento lunches I send to school with her! Except she won’t eat anything too cute. I love that pic of Bug, she looks sooo proud. Or maybe she’s a reflection of her mama? Congrats on this milestone!

  • Susie

    Wow. I can’t believe Bug is in Kindergarten. I’ve been a loyal reader since before you were even pregnant, and now she’s off to school! Crazy. She is really so beautiful and looks like such a happy little spirit. Congratulations on this milestone. :)

  • Susie

    Oh, one more thing —

    We do a first day of school photo every year with a sign saying what grade the kids are in too! I buy a piece of poster board, which I cut into two pieces (one for each kid), and they make their signs. It’s so cute to watch them get all excited and color them in, etc. When they were little, I’d do the lettering and they’d color the signs, but now they do it all by themselves. It’s a fun ritual, and I love the idea of making a composite of all of the photos one day.