Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Road to an M.D. least that's what Noah says he wants to be - a Pediatrician. Cool! :) He LOVES his doctor and always says he wants to be one when he grows up. I hope it sticks! He's also planning on being a chef and a firefighter. Can't say he's not diverse. :)

Well, here he is. My little baby all ready for his first day of Kindergarten this morning. He did SO well, too. David and I walked him in, helped him get ready for his day and followed the morning routine posted on the chalkboard. He was very proud of himself and was walking tall. Then I said, "we'll see you later, Noah. I love you," and his smile disappeared. His eyes got red, his mouth drooped, and he started to cry just a little. Oh boy, this is NOT what I needed to see. So we hugged him, told him Mommy would be back after Art class and that we were SO proud of him. He seemed ok and his teacher walked over to talk to him. She said, "I prayed for him last night." (he had cried a little at parent orientation) Wow, what a huge blessing to have a teacher say that to me the first day of school. Then I cried my eyes out when I got into my car to drive away. Seeing his empty carseat in the back seat wasn't helpful either. I'll just miss him but am SO excited about all of the things he'll learn this year. I was fine after about 30 minutes. :)

I've taken the video out of my blog. I think the linking site is causing problems on my computer. Plus I don't want it to be something that keeps you from reading my blog if the video is crashing your system. are some more photos from today if you are interested:
Noah and Daddy walking in to the school together
Noah and his new teacher :) (isn't everyone in love with their Kindergarten teacher?)
Noah "signing in" at the teacher's desk
Me hugging Noah when he started crying... :(
Noah making the face he WANTED to make before we left this morning :)

Alrighty...the recipe I'll share today is really easy and simple but YUMMY. Noah loves it when I make this for dinner. :) It's great when you want something like lasagna but don't want to take all of that time to make dinner.

Baked Ziti

8 ounces ziti
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. dried parsley

1. Cook ziti in boiling, salted water according to package directions; drain.
2. Lightly brown beef and onion in a saucepan. Pour off any excess fat. Add garlic, tomatoes with can liquid, tomato sauce and oregano. Simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
4. Mix cooked ziti and sauce together in a 2-1/2-quart baking dish. Combine Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; sprinkle lightly over ziti mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Yield: 6 servings
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of raising our son. Thank you for trusting me and David to care for him, raise him, and share with him your precious gift of Jesus.

Bless all of my friends!
- Jennifer

"God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to."
- Elisabeth Elliot


Janet said...

Awwww. Jennifer, as a Kindergarten teachers aide, I can so relate to your first day with Noah. God bless him !!
He will learn sooo much this year, it is fun to watch them come to Kindergarten knowing nothing, and they leave READING books !!
His teacher is very blessed to have him, and to have a mommy like YOu in her class ! Take care, Janet ... I loved your pictures by the way !

Teresa Wilkins said...

I am so proud of you and your guys. It is tough the first day but just think of how smart your little guy is and how he will be the star of the classroom.

I make that same ziti recipe! YumYum. Have you ever made spaghetti pie? It was one of my boys favorites when they were all home!


Heather said...

Loved all the pictures.. . and hoping his day was wonderful and that the crying doesn't continue.

A little side note about kindergarten teachers. . .

Mine was at my wedding.

Totally didn't know it, but her dh was my sil's dad's business partner (that make sense?) and when they got married the year before we did, there Mrs. Lee was at the wedding. I saw her and instantly knew who she was. I went and told her I was engaged (it was a secret as I hadn't had my candle ceremony at school yet) and she said "Make sure to send me an invitation". And she came.

You can bet I made sure that the photographer took a picture of Mrs. Lee and I on that day. . . .I don't know if I've got one from when I was in K, but I've got one from then.

My kids love that story . . .and always want pics of them with their teachers, just in case.

Lorry said...

Jennifer you and David have done well with Noah, he will shine in Kindergarten for sure! I cried right along with you reading this entry, I remembered putting Josh on the bus for Kindergarten 11 years ago and cried all the way to work. I gets easier, and sounds like he has a great teacher already!

Heather said...

Hey there Jenn! Just had to tell you I may not always leave comments...trying to get better at that! Promise! But I LOVE your blog...I have tried a few of your recipies and YUM...keep sharing...I LOVE to cook and your have been a inspiration for sure! And so cool on your little guys first day of glad it went well..great pictures too! ;)

stephanie said...

Made me want to cry too! It is such a sad sight to see the empty carseat on Tues and Thurs and am so happy to fill it back up with Emma at 2:15! :)
The recipe sounds yummy-guess what we're having for dinner tonight!

Stephany - Louisville, KY said...

I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog. I used to post on the OT board but things have been busy so I haven't been there lately.

My 5 yo little guy also started kindergarten this year - and it's tough. He's supposed to walk in by himself - but that has only happened once since school started last Tuesday (I'm not sure if he's having a hard time or if it's me! LOL). My dd is in 5th grade and it's much different for her - I barely get a kiss from her as she goes out the car door (she really loves school).

I just cherish all these things - my one child who doesn't want to leave me to go out into the world and my other one who can't wait to get out of the car! I'm not sure which is harder......sigh

It's just amazing what parenthood does for ones prayer life!

Have a great day!

Jill P. said...

Oh yeah for Noah! What a big day! Makes me want to hug my little Sammy close and tell him never to grow up though!!! How fast it goes. Way to be brave Noah, good for you!

Jana said...

Oh, now I'm getting teary-eyed too! I hope Noah has a wonderful first day & what a blessing to know his teacher is praying for him too. I'll miss your videos by the way!

kelly edgerton said...

Okay girlfriend, thanks for making me cry right here in the hotel room in St. Louis. You are such a great mom. This is a very difficult day for Noah and for you... but it is also a HUGE day when it comes to the passage of the child to the young man. Noah looks like a young man in the photos. He is so handsome. And, you are right, he is holding his head high - he is proud and I know you are too. HUGS, my special friend. This is the beginning of an exciting time in your life.

Kellie said...

OK...I am crying AGAIN, Jen!! :o) I so relate to how you felt today. I am finding my moments of crying hit me when I least expect it...or maybe it is when I am not hearing my school name all of the time from 25 students! LOL

Mary said...

Wow Jennifer - congratulations on making it though a tough one with such grace. Although my daughter is 12 and had her first day of 7th grade today - I have been lifting her up in prayer all morning and your entry has blessed me. Thanks girl!!! Your son is a cutie and he blessed to have such a loving mom. I'll be thinking about you though the transition. Have a great day - Mary

Diana said...

Isn't it so much fun to get them ready for school. I loved fixing the girls up and having them look so nice and having their COOL supplies. Noah looked like he was much older. What an awesome statement of faith to hear the that the teacher prayed for him. He is definately starting out on the right foot with her as a teacher.

I remember my youngest going off to school 19 years ago. She cried and the teacher made a smar remark about kids who didn't go to play-school be immature and the ones who cried. I told her that she had no problems with that and she asked my DD what was the matter and I cried when I heard her say "Mommy won't have anyone to play with today". It still brings tears to my eyes. I was around alot because I was Homeroom Mom for 8 years. I hated when they went to High School.

Enjoying your mornings will make you appreciate his return each afternoon so much more.

Have a great Day,

Robin said...

Awww, what a little sweetie! Love that photo Jen!