Today was Zach's very first day of ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education--sponsored by our community's school district) class. He was incredibly excited and couldn't wait until 11:00 when it was time for his class to begin. Thankfully, we had a busy morning taking Allie to preschool, putting together a roast in the crockpot for dinner, and finishing up some other household chores before it was time to leave. And, Zach also managed to consume the biggest snack EVER (applesauce, string cheese, graham cracker, a whole banana, and 3 pieces of rolled up ham) prior to us taking his obligatory first-day-of-school pictures.
Those top two were the best ones I could get of him "smiling" (and that was after I practically begged him).
When I told him we were going to take pictures before his first day of ECFE, he insisted upon taking "grumpy" pictures. So, this is what we ended up with, for the most part (which, nowadays, the look depicted below is pretty close to the face I get whenever I ask him to do just about anything that he isn't in the "mood" to do....ahhh....the joys of an almost-3-year-old):
He informed me that this was his "meanest grump face" -
Yikes! Run, RUN for your lives before being attacked by the dinosaur-camo-clad scary preschooler!! In all sincerity, he was most proud of this photo when he got to see them all.
Anyway, Zach enjoyed his first day of class immensely, even suggesting to the teacher that we sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Three Little Fish, Swimming in a Dish" during circle time (two songs that we sang frequently at last year's ECFE class and I am still in shock that he remembered them because I don't ever recall him actually singing in circle time last year). He also had fun playing with play-doh and digging in the sand table that was filled with uncooked rice. They had a painting table set up, but he told me several times that he was just not "into" painting today, preferring to instead run around the classroom in pursuit of all the motor vehicles.
Although we have different teachers from last year, they were actually the same team of teachers that taught Zach and Allie's very first ECFE class two years ago. The teachers barely recognized Zach now that he is officially a little boy (and no longer that roly-poly, chubby, barely-crawling baby they remember from the last class) and seemed excited to have him back in class.
It should be a fun year in ECFE for Zach. He is already excited to go back again next week. There seems to be lots of boys around his age in the class, so I'm sure he will have a great time making new friends as well.