Aug 24, 2014

back to school

And....we made it through the first week of school.  Big sigh of relief.  Cara went off to kindergarten like a champ, and of course, I cried.  She was so big and awesome sitting in her tiny chair chatting up the little girl next to her.  Her teachers seem like the most wonderful, kind people--actually, everyone I've encountered at Cara's school seems like a kind, wonderful person.  Without a doubt, I know she is in good hands, but I think it's hard to let go at any age. 

I left Cara's school with tears in my eyes and a few on my cheeks, but I didn't have time to think much because I had morning duty in the main lobby of my school on the very first day.  I encountered at least three parents walking in their new freshmen who were so afraid that their babies would be lost or overwhelmed in the big world of high school that they were hesitant to leave.  I hugged one mom, telling her that I completely understood how she felt; I had just left my baby in a new school too.  It's hard to let go at any age.

For Cara's back to school dress, I went with the Oliver and S Jump Rope dress, view B with short sleeves.  I originally bought this fabric with the Library dress in mind, but the Jump Rope dress is such a classic school dress.  I just love the contrast fabric on the pockets, placket, and collar, but it meant that I had to redo the placket when my first attempt looked a bit asymmetrical.  It was an easy fix though.  I also had a bit of trouble with the collar, which is strange because the collar on my first Jump Rope dress went together like a dream.  Fortunately, the less-than-perfect parts are hidden, and I'm not worrying about it.

I don't know if you can tell, but Cara was super-excited for her first day of school.  She actually only went for two days last week, but I can tell those two days took it out of her as this weekend has been a struggle.  I'm sure she'll adjust over the next few weeks (and I'm sure I will too).


  1. She looks so sweet! The first day of school is such a milestone...Sounds like you coped very well, considering!

  2. So glad her first days went well! I saw lots of tears that first day- mostly parents :) She's adorable and so is that dress.


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