Well, here we are more than a week later...more than a VERY busy week later!!
The kids started school last week, and have surprised me with their courage, bravery and great attitudes! They all seem to like the friends, teachers and schools! Granted, there have been several meltdowns, but I guess something would be wrong if there wasn't...
The first day of school we dropped everyone off without a hitch. Keep in mind, this entails getting everyone up, and out by 7:20am and WALKING them to school up a very large bunch of hills. But we did it. The kids were nervous, but there were no tears and they marched boldly in to tackle the first day of the rest of their lives.
I got home about an hour later, after some shopping, and lo and behold there was a lunch lying forlornly in the middle of the living room. I had 13 minutes to get it up the hill in time for "Aruchat Eser" a weird Israel meal that they eat at 10am which is not breakfast or lunch. So, I called a taxi, and RAN to get it there before said child found he was without a lunch and had a (nother) reason for tears. I literally walked into his classroom as the teacher said, "Time to eat!" Peeked in on the other two boys who were both smiling and talking to other kids :)
I am still amazed every day by how surrounded we are by a Torah lifestyle here. As I was walking out, I passed two boys that looked to be in about 5th grade. They were talking about money. I missed what the first kid said, but as I passed, the other said, "Well, this month, I am giving all of my money to Tzedaka. Because we know that in Elul if we are Rachmanim to needy people, then Hashem will be a Rachaman to us!"
Needless to say, I walked out in tears, and most definitely not because I was sad to leave my kids! :)