We were so happy to have Maw Maw come visit! The kids had a chance to show off gymnastics moves, reading capabilities, singing songs, talking about superheroes and favorite YouTube videos and generally immersed her in their world. I know it was loud from both upsets and joyful laughter as well as all around chaotic!
These two cuties love to be together! Olivia wasn't so sure about anybody new, so I didn't get a picture of her with Maw Maw.
She had the chance to go to kindergarten awards and SG's last gymnastics class. The Graves in Sarah Graves' name is after her (and my Maw Maw Graves) and I feel so blessed they have a chance to know each other.
The reading series that kindergarten and first grade use is called Superkids! There are characters associated with different phonics sounds and they work through them all over the course of the year and to mark having met all of the superkids they have a special day to dress up like their favorite one! Sarah Graves chose Etta Betta, which thank goodness is a girl who wears a green shirt, blue bow, glasses, and a khaki skirt! Something we could handle.
St. Benedict's hosts a May Day festival that is a lot of fun for the kids. There are bounce houses, festival food, and crafts. There are also auctions and a bake sale to raise money for the school. The best part is seeing how comfortable the kids are being at an event where they feel confident, know the people around them, and are part of a community. I love that for them!
It is hard to believe that these two sweethearts just finished preschool and kindergarten! We had a great year at St. Benedict's!
Sarah Graves loved being in the woodland critters class with Ms. Rice and Ms. Dehart. Her favorite subject was math, her good friends are Caroline and Mallory, and she wants to be a gymnastics teacher, dancer, doctor, and nurse when she grows up!
Charlie loved being in the speckled frogs class with Mr. Peter and Ms. Ashley! He loves superheroes, his favorite thing at school is building with magne-tiles, and his good friends are Logan, Evan, Julia, and Chloe!
To mark the end of the school year, the kindergarteners had an awards ceremony to celebrate something special about each child followed by a class party to celebrate the end of the school year. The awards were all themed around candy! Each child got a different type of candy that related to something special about him or her.
Sarah Graves received the symphony award for humming and singing while she works!
Sarah Graves with her teachers Ms. Dehart and Ms. Rice.
These are some of Sarah Graves' buddies at school - Caroline, Lana, Mallory, and Jillian.
SG was very fond of her teacher, Ms. Rice, and will definitely miss her!
SG just adores Caroline! You can tell by the look of genuine joy on her face being with her friend.
Something about her finishing kindergarten really drives home for me that she is growing up and not a baby (always my baby though). I can't believe how fast the time is going. I am enjoying having her as my buddy. We enjoy watching TV shows together (she loves The Middle, Tiny House Hunters, say Yes to the Dress, and Fixer Upper) and she likes to pick out accessories and makeup for me. I love her Americsn Girl books and her creative ideas for her dolls. So grateful for her in my life!
The kids do not always act it, but they like the ritual of sitting down together for dinner. If we don't sit together, Sarah Graves asks why we aren't having family dinner.
Most dinners are served family style and include a food item that the kids will eat (often that is buttered pasta, garlic toast, or yogurt). We also serve the treat as part of the meal and the kids can eat it whenever they choose. When they ask to get up, my one question is if they got enough to have a full tummy. They pretty much always say yes, but I feel like I did my part!