We like to bring summer in with a bang and this year that included buckets and buckets and even more buckets of water balloons. We had arranged for all the kids on the bus get off at our stop to get popsicles for the last day of school. They were in for a larger surprise when their parents and the rest of the neighborhood were all waiting ready to ambush them with balloons.
Parents filled balloons and dropped them off. Parents dropped off balloons to be filled (Thank heavens they dropped off the quick fill Bunch-O-Balloons (aff link). If you haven’t seen these in action, they are amazing. We had 1500 balloons filled in no time. If you do try these – note that they need to be filled within an hour of using them. Costco has them in a large party pack!)
I don’t think anyone escaped this event dry (except, of course, for the camera woman!) and I’m convinced Steve enjoyed this more than all the kids. In fact, I think all parents enjoyed throwing balloons at their kids – and the kids had no problem fighting back. It was an epic battle.
Someone had the genius idea to have all the balloons picked up before popsicles were given out and that was probably the best move of the day!
Here are the kids willing to pose for the photo. Happy summer to all!
School is officially out and we’ve got final report cards to prove it.
I’m not sure who grew up the most this year but everyone is looking a little older. Some are missing additional teeth. And some are counting down the days until braces are off. Judging from the first day of school pictures, everyone is in desperate need of haircuts!! Hunter has been trying to keep his hair out of his face for over a month now and I just never made time to cut it. He’s long past due!
Tennis shoes are officially trashed and we’re lucky they made it to the end of the school year (Thank you adidas superstar shoes for passing the 2nd grader test. He wore those shoes every day the whole school year. The rubber toe was a lifesaver this year!) Lunch boxes are officially disgusting and possibly growing something. And we were down to the final pages in their spiral bound notebooks.
It’s a good thing the year is done. We are sleeping in tomorrow!
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We have one very excited boy for kindergarten next year, but first he had the pressures of graduating from preschool!
Singing those songs, the dance moves – it was a tough gig and took a lot of practice and patience on part of the teacher. But he sang with all his heart and he was ready. Man I love his smirk!
He worked hard reading his books. Every day he came home from preschool with 15 new books. He’d read them to us on the couch, over breakfast and in his bed. He read and read…and then read some more. Towards the end of the year, he realized there were girls ahead of him that he would never be able to catch up with. We had to remind him, it didn’t matter how many they read because he read so many which was an accomplishment for him. He didn’t realize fourth place (out of 50 kids) would still get a trophy and as you can tell he was proud of that little frog trophy.
He has the same teacher that Hunter and Bennett had and I absolutely adore her. She loves my kids and teaches them so much. Not to mention she’s way more fun than any mom would be!
My parents happened to be in town and I’m pretty sure this is the first preschool program they’ve ever attended!
He is ready for Kindergarten. He’s ready for lunch at school. Riding the bus. And he’s been practicing the monkey bars and he’s confident in the next two months he’ll be ready in that as well. I adore him. And Briggs has no idea the changes that are about to rock his world when his playmate/buddy goes to school all day.
Bennett had his parent showcase for his after school Spanish club and he was only mildly excited to see us sitting in the audience! Things like this are really important to him and we’ve learned over the years it’s moments like this that fill his little love bucket and we brought the whole gang to show our support. He was beaming.
For 20 minutes I couldn’t understand a single thing that was said – they sang some songs, they acted out a play and recited a poem – and even though I couldn’t understand a word, I enjoyed watching Bennett light up. He was in his element.
Cannon was anxious to show his support by wearing this shirt – he planned it days in advance. And as we were heading out the door to go to the school he looked down and realized he didn’t have his special shirt on. So he ran back inside and dug it out of his closet. Hopefully he loves Spanish just as much as his older brother!
I was going to lump Cannon’s Christmas preschool program with the rest of the random events that I have pictures from in December. But after going through the photos I realized it needed it’s own post. Simply for the fact that there were so many costume changes and every song was my very favorite. Perhaps it was Cannon’s cute face beaming – he was so proud that he knew all those songs and throughout the month of December every time a song came on the radio that he was learning in school he would proudly shout with excitement from the back of the car, “I know this song – this is from my program!” Needless to say, he stood on that stage and sang with pride.
Bless his sweet preschool’s teacher’s heart for all her effort and coming up with all those costumes. She goes above and beyond!
Every year the teacher does two songs where previous students can come and sing with their siblings. That morning, Bennett was begging us to let him go. How could we deny such a sweet request – I loved watching those two sing the songs together and Cannon couldn’t have been more excited to have his big brother by his side.
And just when I thought we were done with crying on Santa’s lap – Briggs surprised us. I don’t think it was Santa as much as he really wanted a cupcake and instead got a cookie. You can’t reason with a two-year-old!