Thursday, June 1, 2017

First Day/Last Day 2016-2017

I have no clue how this entire school year has already gone by. Seriously?! I think I was so sleep deprived and just trying to keep my head above water that somehow I blinked and and it's already summer again.

I feel like the thought of summer gives me slight PTSD considering last summer I gave birth to my fourth and and hardest baby, but I am so hopeful that this summer is going to be better than ever! (And I am PRAYING)

I think of how much the kids have grown in the last year and I truly can't wrap my mind around this! 

Jay has had an amazing kindergarten year. He has grown leaps and bounds not only from an educational standpoint, but from a life-lessons point of view as well. He has picked up things I wish he would never learn about (some yahoo in his class just showed him about the middle finger.. I mean, really?!), but he's also learned some very valuable things, too. I have loved watching his confidence grow, his friendships change and blossom, and his mind just take off! And it hasn't been an easy year... he has had THREE teachers! His teacher started the year pregnant, then they had one permanent sub, and then another. That much change in a kindergarten class is tough! But it didn't seem to phase him one bit! 

Charley Kate has blown me away! I watched her precious, nervous, tiny self walk into school on that first day. And the last day at her program, I watched her as she stood confidently singing and smiling and clapping and dancing. I cried big tears watching her that day. It made my momma heart burst to think of that transformation. Her teachers have been incredible and she has grown in every single way. Her academics have grown and her problem-solving skills are great to see. She has made some sweet new friends that she will get to continue with into elementary. Love seeing her so happy!

Molly! Sweet Molly started off the year screaming and crying every. single. day. They literally had to climb in my car and drag her out kicking and screaming. She was terrified to leave mom and her world was upside down from a new baby. But this girl has become so incredibly confident and happy. She would march in every day and just own that classroom. She made a TON of friends and became the teacher's pet. Not only that, but she begged to stay in extended day! Who thought this girl would ever ask to stay longer?! 

And sweet Kelsey. Well, she didn't go to school- ha! But she did change a TON over the course of the year! She went from a 2.5 month old to an almost 1 year old! Ack! She went from screaming and crying all the time to happy little wobbly-walking girl! I seriously sometimes can't believe we survived this year. She has been my little buddy- going everywhere with me all the time. But a little bit of freedom has come along and I feel like we are in such a great place! 

What a year 2016-2017 was! I'm not going to lie, it was harder than I thought it would be... but we all survived- and are thriving! 

Onto summer... I really am so excited to have all my people home again! 

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