Friday, June 8, 2018

That's a Wrap

The last week of school was so exciting!
The kids have had a great year and I'm proud of them for all of their growth--particularly emotionally.
They've adjusted to two new schools, had a cross-country move, and welcomed a new baby brother.
They've made new friends, Talmage was baptized and started Cub Scouts, Wesley switched from half-day to full-day Kindergarten, and Lincoln learned to read.
I have been anxiously awaiting Summer-I love having control over the day and having the extra time and fun outings with these kids!

It was fun to attend the boys' end-of-school programs.
The music program here is amazing and the Kindergarteners belted out darling songs that kept us all smiling.
And Wesley's teacher made each of her students a personalized scrapbook with dozens of photos and various schoolwork throughout the year. I was shocked by all the work she put into them--not only in assembling them but also in having the presence of mind all year long to get pictures of every child at every activity! We weren't even here all year and Wesley's scrapbook had 30 pages. It is a priceless treasure.
Talmage had an awards program and I delighted to see him with his friends afterward, doing tricks and horsing around and appearing fully adjusted after a rough start. The cutest thing was to see Maxwell set eyes on him in the school cafeteria as we sat watching and have him dash over and give him a huge hug. Then when he walked across the stage and down the stairs Maxwell started bawling because he wanted to be with him. They have a very sweet relationship.

We started a new last-day tradition by grabbing bagels from Panera on the way to school,
and then we enjoyed our traditional root beer floats with about 30 friends at the park after school.
The following day we got together with friends for dinner and games,
and then the day after that was Sam's birthday and we celebrated all day.
Then we had a peaceful Sunday together and then it was Memorial Day and we had a gorgeous family bike ride in the morning and then went swimming and had dinner with more friends.
All in all, it was a delightful beginning to Summer.
We miss our family, but we sure are grateful to have so many friends here!

Happy Weekend!

(First day, last day pictures)

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