We just got back from school orientation. What a joy it was to walk with Sarah from classroom to classroom knowing the path she has traveled to get to this point in her life. I got a little teary eyed a couple times but that’s okay—moms are allowed tears at weird times.
Usually the most stressful part of any school year is getting one’s locker open for the first time. Sarah showed that ol’ locker who was boss!
Halfway through the rounds of meeting teachers and finding classrooms, the intercom burst forth with the news that the first day of school would not be tomorrow after all; school has been cancelled until at least Monday, due to to the impending storm. So when we left for the evening, it wasn’t to return in the morning as we’d originally thought. At this point, no one knows quite when school will actually start.
And now, backing up a little (sorry this isn’t chronological--my brain can’t seem to find Chronological Mode tonight) here are a few scenes from a special birthday.
On Monday, Sarah spent the day with her grandparents who were visiting for a few days. They went to Jockey’s Ridge which Ken (who is eighty years old) climbed to the top of.
Sarah and Vernie stayed behind to engage in scintillating grandma/granddaughter talk and also to gaze at the scenery. (Sarah took this picture which I thought was rather lovely.)
From there they went shopping at Claire’s, one of Sarah’s favorite stores, and then it was on to lunch and to the aquarium. Nice to have such fun grandparents to hang out with!
That evening, we were joined by Jim and Ann who are blog friends turned into real life friends. They were in the area celebrating their wedding anniversary so we invited them to join us for a pre-birthday dinner at a local restaurant.
After we’d finished eating, we drove up to the north end of the island to enjoy the sunset.
Here is Sarah with Ann, who is also an avid photographer.
Then it was back to the house for Sarah’s birthday dessert, chocolate éclair torte. (The recipe didn’t call for all the decorative effects on top; I just couldn’t seem to stop myself from adding confectionary bling.)
Sarah opened a few gifts and we all enjoyed just sitting and talking and celebrating our lovely young lady.
Although I have yet more birthday stories/pictures to share, for tonight I’ll close out with this one which I really love.
A beautiful girl looking at a beautiful future.