Monday, June 23, 2014

A Fun Summer Weekend

The weekend was perfect.

The weather was great.

The water was warm {or close enough to warm}.
The sun was shinning.


The animals were abundant.

The ice cream shop opened for the season.

The smiles were plentiful.
The giggles were contagious.

The boat rides were many.
The weekend was perfect.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Early Mornings on the Dock

One of my favorite times at camp is early in the morning when it's just me with all the sights, sounds and smells on the dock.  I think.
I think about good times and bad times, but mostly good.

I think about how I want to change the world, but more importantly how I want to change me.
I think of the ones I love and the ones who love me.
I think about gratitude and joy and special times.

I think about happiness and heartbreak, but mostly happiness because I am fortunate to have more of that.
I think about contrast. It's just me and my thoughts on the dock, but soon it is going to be all the ones that are very dear to me looking forward to a relaxing, fun filled days.

I think about all my blessings and I am thankful, so very thankful.

I think about my boys, how much I love them and about what their future holds.
But mostly, I think about nothing at all.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This and That

~ Griffin had Donuts with Dads to celebrate Father's Day. I love that he thinks Rob is years older than me, haha. I also love that his father is angry when "his face turns red". Haha. He also would not trade his dad for "Stitch". Now that is a big deal, Griffin loves Stitch.

~The boys had step up day to find out who their teacher and classmates are for next year. Trevor got the team he wanted! Nolan got the team I wanted him to get, but per typical Nolan "he has no friends on his team". I have verified some of his friends are actually on his team. Griffin has Farley, a teacher that I think will be perfect for him. She is energetic, sweet and warm. Looks like next school year is going to be great.
~ My first peony has bloomed. I love, love peonies. They make me so happy.
~ One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July. I have started putting flags just about anywhere I can.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Film Festival

Yesterday was the Oscars of middle school.
Trevor and his friends created an Imovie, Shadow Past. Yesterday was their opportunity to ride in a limo and walk the red carpet for their accomplishments.
The event was fun, the movie was great. Trevor played a villain, not sure he was cast well. He is far from a villain.
Although they did not win an Oscar, they should be very proud. I am very proud.
It was a very enjoyable evening. It is amazing what middle schooler's can create.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The {Kindergarten} Graduate

Griffin had a very exciting day yesterday. He graduated from Kindergarten.
He had a wonderful year. He is very skilled in math {he amazes his teachers with the computations he can do in his head} and has learned to read and write. He has learned how to work as a team and how to communicate effectively with his peers.
He has been at this school since he was 2. He has been so loved and cared for at the Little Dolphins School. I was emotional. I cried on the way to graduation and a little during graduation. Thank goodness it was just graduation and we are not saying bye to the school yet {he will be there through the summer} or I would have been an huge mess!
Yesterday had me thinking a lot about Griffin's short 6 years and what a difference this school has made in his life. He started at Little Dolphins because we had a HORRIBLE experience at a home daycare. His {unqualified} home daycare provided labeled my child as special needs. I remember feeling so scared, hurt and alone. Even with all the confirmations from family, friends and his doctors, I was still so scared and worried that my baby may not be "normal". Now looking back on it, I realize that daycare provider was right about one thing... Griffin is special. He is not special needs, but he is special. He is kind, loving, social, sweet, wise beyond his years, smart, funny, the center of attention, bright, happy, active, cute and SPECIAL. I am no longer mad at this woman who with one label filled me with fear and worry, I am thankful. So thankful that she made me realize that she is not a good daycare provider for my kid. Had it not been for her, we would never have found the Little Dolphins School.
Anyways, back to graduation. They had the sweetest little ceremony. The kids sang a funny little song about moving on to 1st grade. {tear}

Then they hugged their teachers and received their diplomas. {tear}
They ended the graduation with a dance to the song "Happy". {tear} It was very cute.


And as you can tell, Griffin was way into it. All the parents commented on how shy {not} Griffin is and that he stole the show. Silly boy- loves being the center of attention!
Here he is on the first day of Kindergarten
and on the last day of Kindergarten. He has grown so much physically and he has grown even more on the inside.
After graduation, we celebrated both Nolan's and Griffin's graduation with Gia and TG at Pat's Pizza.

Griffin, I am so proud of you. You amaze me every single day and I smile because of you. I can't wait to see what is in store for you because I know it is going to be great. I love you to the moon and back.

Kindergarten
The Little Dolphin School
Ms. Amy Howard

Thursday, June 12, 2014

5th Grade Celebration

Today we celebrated Nolan's elementary school years. In the fall he will be heading to the middle school.

Heading to the gym they had all the kids pictures with what they are going to do when they grow up.
No surprise, this is what Nolan's said. Of course, it had to be something to do with hockey.
Nolan had a great year with a great first year teacher. He was the key note speaker and he told the kids to take challenges...smart challenges. And of course, I suggested he should wear something a little nicer than his bright yellow Under Armour shirt, but you see where that got me. I am picking my battles and this is not one I wanted to take on this morning. Bright side, you can see Nolan in all the pictures.
I am sure there are big things in store for Nolan, because he will not settle for less. He is one determined boy and he is sure to succeed with his strong will and determination.
Nolan, we love you and are so proud of you. {Best picture I could get of my kid who hides from the camera. Where did my boy that loved to pose for the camera go?}

5th Grade
Mr. Choate
Great Falls Elementary School

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Recap {Lake and Concert}

We had a beautiful, warm weekend at camp.
It really felt like summer. The lake is starting to come alive after a rather long winter.
We spent lots of time in the water, especially Griffin. He spent most of the day in the lake and when he would get out, he would not be out for long.
And when we were not swimming, we were Day Store tripping, fishing
boating and animal watching.
We are so looking forward to the summer at Somerset!
Sunday night Rob and I took Trevor to his first concert, Fitz and the Tantrums. It was great and Trevor thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a long night. We did not get home until 12:45 in the morning and that is late for me. I think it might take a week to recover from that.
We have a very busy week. Tonight is Nolan's Dare graduation and Thursday is his promotion to middle school. Griffin graduates from Kindergarten on Friday. It will be a big, emotional week for this mom.
 
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