Wednesday, June 10, 2015

School's Out For Summer!

 It is the last day of the school year and I'm feeling that old familiar melancholy feeling.
(Left: 1st day of school/Right: Last day of school)

I am now officially the parent of a seventh grader, fifth grader, third grader, and a first grader. Wow. 

Grace's class had a lovely little graduation ceremony. It is silly how emotional it made me. I just can't believe she is now a 1st grader. Grace has had the same teacher for the last three years and she has been so lucky. What a fantastic teacher she is. I know Grace will miss her next year.
It has been a good year. A strong year of growth. Joey played tackle football for the first time, he received a nice basketball award, had a lead in the musical, and met his own personal goal by making the honor role. I am so proud of him. Tommy has learned to buckle down and focus and has pulled some good grades himself. He had an undefeated tackle football season, tried new things, and was on stage in a musical for the first time. Ben played his first year of football, showed that he is a math and spelling whiz, received his first reconciliation and his first communion, and won a few Boy Scout awards. Grace learned how to read, learned how to ride a two-wheel bike, read in front of the whole school for mass, and became more outgoing as a result of being at a different school for the first half of the year.

My kids have had a great year, all in all. I am so proud of each of them.

I hope we have a nice long summer together. Filled with fun and relaxation and adventures (and maybe not so much fighting, complaining, or whining).


Bijoux said...

Yeah for summer vacation! Enjoy!

betty said...

All definitely grew this past year, not just physically, but emotionally and mentally!! Wishing all a healthy summer!!


Tabor said...

Your melancholy reminds me if how I used to feel watching my little ones grow each year. But I was working full time by the time my youngest was nine so did not get time to dwell on that. Now I am going through this (with a little less pain) as I see my grandchildren greet the world.

Riahli said...

Yay, schools out for the summer!!!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I loved when school got out. The FREEDOM! To set our own schedules and go exploring. The library, nature hikes, swimming holes. Vacation to a lake where even more FREEDOM was found and then, having to drive with mom to weird places like the Field of Dreams, House on the Rock, or the American Gothic house.

Funny thing, they talk about that stuff all the time.

I hope you guys have a wonderful summer together.

Elaine Alguire said...

Such a great year for all of them! My how they've grown! :)

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson