Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Rock Star

Today is Alivia's first day of the 3rd grade.

Seems like just yesterday she was born.

Tomorrow our 15 year old son Aaron will start his sophomore year.

I'm beginning to think these kids are the reason I feel so old.

Here are her new kickers...decked out in stars.

This morning, Gene was packing her lunch and I pulled out Alivia's lunch pail from last year.
The one with the 3 Disney Princesses on it.
The one she loved in 2nd grade just a few months ago.
Much to my surprise, Alivia freaked out.

"MOM! No! I am not a baby, Mom!
I am in 3rd grade now.
I am not taking a lunch pail with characters on it.
I'm a rock star girl now Mom."

I'm pretty sure she was talking to me.

Then she waved her hands as if to tell me just forget it Mom, you don't get it, as she said,
"I will just take my lunch in a Wal-Mart bag."

Ummm. No.

(Amazing what visual aids you can find on the internet.)

While Gene was slapping Hellman's on the bread for her sandwich I heard him mumble, "Oh brother".

I found this to be a new challenge.

Before going to work, must find a lunch box worthy to be held by a rock star girl.

I quickly assured our former princess turned rock star that she will not take her lunch in a plastic bag.
Obviously her Dad wasn't concerned with his daughter's cafeteria status, when he put her lunch in the Wal-Mart bag and tied it shut.
Truth be told, the Princess lunch box smelled like old food so I didn't mind buying her a new one.

Arriving to school, I started walking her to class, but my escort service was shortened in the entrance of the school when she again informed me she is not a baby.
"Goodbye Mom. I love you."

So, there I stood waving goodbye to my baby princess rock star 3rd grader.
Even though she never looked back at me.
Satisfied I could still kiss her in public and get an I love you, I left the school grounds with my unhurt feelings and went on my mission.

A mission with specific instructions:
No characters.

After two stores and no success, Alivia finally went from this lunch box apparently suitable for babies like Amiyah and Juliana,
to this 3 dollar find at CVS Pharmacy...perfect for a pre-tween Hannah Montana wanna be.
Apparently Alivia is not the only one striving to let go of Sleeping Beauty, Belle and Cinderella.
This was the last one, hidden behind about 5 Princess Lunch Boxes.

Two words: Mission Impossible.
With a smile on my face and a skip in my step, I left the new "I'm not a baby" lunch bag in the office, so I didn't get to see her reaction.
I'm pretty sure when she sees it, I will receive the Mother of the Year award.
At least in her big girl Rock Star world.

I can't imagine this child as a teenager.
Lord, have mercy on me.

Hi, this is Alivia.
My first day of school was so awesome. So was my teacher and friends.
And my lunch pail is SO me.
I had to walk all the way to the office to get it, but I LOVED the lunch pail.
My friends said that it was pretty too.
Alright, goodbye.
I'm going to eat my milk with brownies in it and it is soooo good.
Alivia E'Lise Chealey

~Many Blessings~


Rachel B said...

Toooo CUTE!!!

I remember one year my mom decorated an old basket with a lid for my lunchbox. I was so embarrassed with it, but didn't want to hurt my mom's feelings. At least your daughter told you what she thought!

Another year, I got a Barbie lunchbox. I was so excited! I loved Barbie, but when I took it to my Christian school they quickly told me that I could not carry it to school because Barbie's shorts were waaaaay too short. (UGH!) My mom didn't ahve the money to buy me a new one so my big brothers got out their model paints and painted pants on Barbie!!! :) I was then kind of embarrassed with that one too. Makes me laugh every time I think about it now!

Wendy said...

Oh how I can't wait for the Princesses to be gone from our house, but I'm soooooooo not ready for the rock star girl either. LOL. I can't wait to hear what her reaction is/was. :)

Jennifer said...

I love her new kicks and the new lunchbox!! It was our first day of school too and my new 6th grader walked himself in. It's just not cool to have your parents walk you into middle school. I thought I too would at least get a look back. NOPE, NOTHING! My 3 year old at least gave me some tears! And my 5th grader couldn't get to his friends fast enough! So we are off..... another school year begins!!


Andrea said...

She is adorable! and I love the shoes and clothes! Glad she had a great day at school.
They definitely grow up tooooo fast!
Blessings, andrea

Danielle said...

We still have about 2wks before school starts. Which I am glad for, but at the same time, I wish it would just hurry I want some more order to our days.(should I say that.haha)

Love her new sneakers!

Walking on High Hills said...

That is soo cute! Thanks for sharing...yes our 3rd graders are a handful of joy aren't they??!!

Hugs from us here (())

Kelly said...

Good job, Mom!!!! ;)

Paula said...

Oh you poor Momma! I got "don't say that again Mummy" when I called Jasmine "sweetheart" at after school care on Monday. And she is only in Prep (pre-Grade One)!!! Jas is into Dora the Explorer, but I'm sure that will change soon enough! Love ya! xo

Heather said...

She is SUPER cute!

Jennifer said...

She looks great for her first day of school... glad to hear she had a great first day!! Good job finding the perfect lunch pail!

HisPrincess said...

Alivia is such a delight!

I can't wait to watch her grow into a young woman, I'm sure there will be many many stories to tell!

Mari said...

Lelia, you done good! LOL I;ve got a 14 and a 13 year old "rock star" so I know of what I speak!

LisaShaw said...

She's beautiful! I pray a wonderful school year for her.

I was thinking of Randy and Shalana today and praying...praying also for your husband and for your entire family.

Blessings to you and your family.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sis
Awww she is too cute!!! My Youngest just started middle school :( where did the years go!!!

Hugz Lorie

Paula (SweetPea) said...

How sweeeet. Alivia is so cute in her new outfit. I'll keep this short but I must say that I laughed outloud when you said that the lunch box was hidden behind FIVE princess ones. That is too funny.

Love the update from Alivia.