Sunday, June 13, 2021

Keep Moving

Life does not have a pause button around here. It just keeps moving and moving. We are jumping from one emotional week to the next. 

This past Tuesday Ben graduated from 8th grade. Now, I realize this is not normally a momentous occasion but my kids attend the same grade school from prekindergarten through 8th grade. That is a long time to be at the same school. It is a big part of their lives. And now my Ben is moving on to high school. Crazy how quickly time flies.

Ben was also chosen to give the class speech at the graduation ceremony at church. He did a wonderful job. 

It was a very hot day and a long mass and graduation ceremony with no air conditioning. At this point the kids were very happy to get out of church. I think we were all thankful that we made it. It was HOT.

So weird taking family pictures with one of us missing. We were all wishing Joe could have been there too.
I think the heat was starting to get to us. Such a lovely family. 

After the ceremony all the families gathered together for dinner and a graduation slide show. It was nice for all the kids to get together one last time. They really did not have a great last two years at their school. They missed out on a lot of fun due to covid. Their 8th grade year is supposed to be a pretty great year but they had no sports, no musicals, no concerts, and no trip to Washington D.C. as previous 8th grade classes had. It was nice to end a tough year with a fun gathering.

As I said, there really is no time to rest around here. On Friday and Saturday Grace had her dance recital. Last year the dance recital was cancelled so Grace was happy to be able to perform this year. 

All I can say is that my girl was aptly named. She is one graceful and lovely dancer. I just love watching her dance.

This has been a tough two weeks, month, year... nevermind. I've been pretty emotional for a while now. If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you know that I have always dreaded my kids growing up. In my heart I know I am very lucky that my kids are growing into responsible, caring, capable people. It is how it should be. But I hate that it all goes so quickly. 

Life just keeps moving and rolling along. As it should. And I'm trying to soak in every moment as much as I can.


betty said...

Congrats to Ben! I had to laugh when I saw the picture of you and him together. I didn't realize it was you when I first saw it and I am thinking "wow he has a girlfriend in 8th grade!" You look great Kat!

My gosh Grace is indeed very graceful looking as she dances! What a joy it must be to watch her!

Everyone is just growing up so nicely. I do wish we could stop time when they are young. It does go by so fast!

Hope the summer is a fun one!


Bijoux said...

Aww, yes, time does move on. Grace looks so grown up now! I’ll be getting my third grandchild soon. Now I’ve moved on to not wanting my grandkids to grow up!

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