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End of the year…

We’ve come to the end of yet another school year.  Like all of the Mama’s and Dads posting adorable pics of their kiddo’s last days (I love seeing all of those pics, by the way) I too can’t believe that we’ve managed to once again complete another year of school or how time seems to be on hyper-speed these days.

It seems to me that parenting pretty hard.  It is relentless love and care and worry and hope.  It is the struggle of figuring out when to let go, when to step in and when to push along.  I think Kenny Rogers may have been talking about raising children when he said, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away and Know when to run”. (Yes, he was definitely talking about kids in that one.)

We are grateful that we are surround by so many knowledgeable people to help us with this crazy important job of molding these kids into something great. Grandparents, friends, family, teachers (oh man, these teachers are SO amazing!!) all put in the time, dedication and love into our kids and we could not do it without them.

As we look back at this year, Corey and I are deeply proud of our kids. We are proud of the work they’ve done, proud of the integrity they have shown and proud of the friends they have been.  We will embrace the summer as a break from THE SCHEDULE and a time to let kids be kids. We will sit in the sun, swim in the pool, travel to the beach, practice math facts and read good books (sorry about that, kids) and try our hardest to be ready when next school year calls for them again in August.

Our 4th (?!?!!) Grader…

lastday-1Our 2nd (don’t even get me started…TWO of our kids in the grade I used to teach, what?!!!) Grader…lastday-2lastday-3

(That’s not a stick it’s a lightsaber, duh.)lastday-4


School’s out!lastday-5lastday-6lastday-7


After the girl’s last day, Cate went swimming with some friends and Anna and I met Sofie and her Grandma for lunch at Taggarts.  Speaking of being proud, this little Sofie did great this year.  We are so proud of her and love her to pieces!


Then, it was William’s last day. The girls were already done with school and they were thrilled to get to take Will on his last day. lastday-8lastday-9lastday-10lastday-11


If I may, let me say a few words about the amazing preschool all 3 of our kids have been fortunate enough to attend. Westbrook is a special place where little people get exactly what they need: love.  It is a preschool full of amazing, loving, kind ladies who believe in the power of play and who are experts at fostering relationships among the children and listening, really listening, to what they have to say.  I have learned so much from them.  I also have to mention, that each of our kids have formed bonds with friends that will be, we are certain, forever friends.  While we were sad (and cried and cried) (okay, I was the one crying) about leaving this amazing place, I know that the special time spent here will live in our hearts forever.  We will be forever grateful that all three of our babies got to experience the love here.        lastday-12lastday-13

Will’s best buddy, Sam.  ♥lastday-14lastday-15

After school, we wasted no time getting the party started!  Such a gorgeous afternoon…kids-33

And then! Then! After all of these endings, which are actually great beginnings of course, Thursday was also the High School graduation of our niece, Makayla.  I was so thankful to attend the ceremony and see that smarty-pants receive her diploma. I can NOT wait to see what the future holds for this amazing girl.   kids-30

So…phew…what a week. Let the summer begin!



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