Saturday, June 16, 2018

End of 3rd Grade and Pre-K 4

Both kids had a "fun day" before the end of school.  I am so thankful (and don't take it for granted) that I was able to be there for both of them.  I've missed my fair share of events over the years, so I'm always over the moon when I get to be there with them!

First up was LL's Field Day.  Her teacher texted me this before I was able to make it there - LL got an owl painted on her face.

I didn't know for sure if I was going to be able to make it for LL's Field Day or not, so I didn't say anything to her.  I didn't want her to be disappointed if I wasn't there.  That made it even better when I surprised her and showed up!  She was completely not eexpecting it and so happy!

When I got there, she was participating in Tug-of-War.  After that, she pretty much sat out every other event - haha.

Her official "Last Day of School" picture (taken on the day of Cooper's graduation)!

3rd grade wasn't the best year for our girl.  It wasn't a bad year, but it just didn't live up to some of the amazing years she's had in the past.  All of her close friends have moved, so she struggled a little in the friendship department.  We also had some academic struggles.  She is a smart girl (who makes great grades), but she just had to spend some time really putting in a lot of effort in some areas.  We're praying that 4th grade is a better year for her!

First day (left) and Last day (right)

Cooper's fun day was his "water day".  This fell during my post-planning, so I was able to be there for it.  They have their water day at the local YMCA, so he and I headed there in the morning.  

They always celebrate the summer birthdays during the water day, and Cooper was so happy to see his picture on the cake!

He also got a birthday crown to wear!

This is a picture of Cooper in his happy place: outside, playing in water, with his friends.  It doesn't get much better than this for him!

The kids got to swim for about an hour, and then they had lunch/snack time.

We both were so happy that I got to come!

All the birthday kids stood up front for everyone to sing.

Sporting his silly glasses from his treat bucket.

His official last day picture!

Cooper also didn't have the greatest year this year.  He had quite a few struggles that we worked really hard over the course of the year to overcome.  We're thankful that he gets the summer to relax, and then a new school in the fall to start Kindergarten at.  Sometimes, the best thing for you is a fresh start!

First day (left) and Last day (right)

Here's to a fun-filled summer with my babies!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

LL's Awards and Cooper's Preschool Graduation

To close out the school year, both kids had ceremonies for us to attend.  First up was LL.  She had an awards ceremony one afternoon, and Matt and I were both able to go.  Grammy and Pop asked if they could come to any ceremony she might have, so they were able to come and support her, too!

She got an award for being on the Honor Roll all year!  She was *so close* to Principal's List, but a few huccups along the way prevented that.  Regardless, we are so proud of how hard she worked this year, and the great grades that she ended up with!

More importantly, she was so proud of herself - which is what means so much!

We have been blessed in the teacher department every year since LL entered public school, and this year was no exception.  LL loved both of her teachers, and she wanted to get pictures with them before we left.  

LL's principal goes to church with us.  She started the year being super scared of him, but now she loves him and isn't scared at all - haha.

Next up was Cooper's day!  He had his preschool graduation, and the whole program was so cute!  Cooper did a great job in his program, and all of their little songs were adorable.

Interesting fact about Cooper: whenever he has any sort or program or presentation, he does amazing during the program, but he loses it immediately afterwards.  Literally he's done this every time for 3 years of preschool.  It's like he holds it together so well during the performance, that he just has a huge emotional release when it's over.  Proof:

All of his grandparents came to see his ceremony and to support him!

There was a little reception afterwards with cake, and Cooper said goodbye to his teachers.  Mrs. Tish taught both Cooper and LL in their last year of preschool!

They sang several songs at Cooper's graduation:

They also went around and said what they wanted to be when they grew up:

They also did a song with handbells - I was impressed with his whole class for this!  (although, if you watch the video, I did get a serious case of the giggles at the end - haha)

No more preschool for any of my kids!  What?!

The school gave these to the parents as gifts, and I'm so glad!  It took the stress off of trying to get a perfect picture the day of, and it is such a cute picture!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mother's Day Tea

At Cooper's preschool, the 4 year old classes always host a Mother's Day tea party for the kids and their moms.  Since it was at the end of the school year, I was able to sneak away for a little while and attend the party.

When I got there, they had a big presentation wall set up with pictures that all the kids had drawn of their moms.  I found myself right away, and I have to say, the resemblance is pretty strong.  ;)

All of the kids also painted flower vases for their moms.  I love this!!  So much better than real flowers!

Our last present was a book that the kids filled out all about their moms.  I love these things, and Cooper's answers were so adorable (especially when he said I was awesome at using a glue gun - haha).

We got a picture with Cooper's drawing.

Cooper also wanted a picture with his best friend!

On the way to the car, he asked to take a picture with the new turtles the school got this year.

This boy is so good to me!

We didn't do much on actual Mother's Day (hello packing a house!), but I did get this picture with the kids while we were at church!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Moody Mud Run

Since Matt and I started our weightloss/fitness journey a little over 2 years ago, we've really gone from "hey - lets just lose weight" to really focusing on getting healthy and strong.  That being said, we've really tried to find some new ways to exercise and challenge ourselves.  The gym is nice, but it can get boring and repetitive.  Neither of us is really a "runner", but we both were really interested in doing the mud run hosted by the local Air Force Base.  We looked into it and knew that it was more exercise/obstacle based and less of actual running.  We signed up and put an open invite on facebook for anyone who might want to "run" with us. 

The kids went to play with grandparents for the morning, and we headed to the course!

We did the 10:15 start time, and while I don't think it was a bad time, I would do a little earlier of a time next year.

Casey signed up to do the race with us, and it was fun to have someone else slogging through the obstacles with us!

We didn't take our phones on the course with us because 1-no way 2-so dirty 3-so busy - haha.  It took us about 2 hours (we had to stop and wait in line for several obstacles), but we all completed it and had a blast doing it!!

Dirty and tired, but we did it!

The shower afterwards was so disgusting.  And I literally just threw away my clothes and shoes - haha.

So proud of my first medal!

And my race shirt!

If you've never done anything like this, I highly encourage you to try it!  Even if you not "in shape" or a "runner", just give it a go.  It was so hard at times, but it also felt so good to push my body and see what I was capable of!  We will for sure be doing this again next year!