today was the first day of school. katelyn started 2nd grade, and annie started kindergarten. we were all very ready for school to start. last night after the girls showered and got all ready for bed derek gave them each a father's blessing. i'm so glad i have a husband who can do that for our family. the blessings were very sweet, and they calmed some of the nerves i was having about turning my sweet girls over to the public school system!!!! both the girls wanted to go into the school alone...of course! i told annie i wanted to walk with her on her first day, but i let her lead the way. she was so excited...she had a hard time falling asleep last night. a couple of kids in her class were crying when their parents left and when annie gave me a hug goodbye she asked, "why are they crying?" apparently she had no tears on what she considers the best day ever!!! samantha and i have been having a very noneventful day. she's got an ear infection, but i don't really think that has affect how are day would have gone!! every now and then she asks where katie and annie are...she's going to have to learn to entertain herself a little bit! i shed a few tears after dropping the girls off, but i'm over it now!! it's going to make things a little easier around here, especially after the baby is born.