School’s Out for Summer!


Somehow we went from the first day of kindergarten to the last day of kindergarten in the blink of any eye.  Yesterday was Wildman’s last day of school.

It was also his teacher’s last day of work before retiring.  Her room which is normally visually overwhelming was pretty much empty.  Nothing on the bookshelves, nothing on the bulletin boards, nothing on the chalkboards, no art hanging from the ceiling, even the tables had been cleared of name tags.  Everything had been taken down.  It was really sad to see.  But don’t get me wrong.  I’m thrilled that Mrs. Lacy is entering a new chapter of her life after 42 years in the trenches of public schools but I’m sad that her light won’t be lighting up the school anymore.  Her hallway and room just won’t be the same without her.  She is an amazing person and a truly gifted teacher.  Cutie Pie will have one of the other wonderful kindergarten teachers in a couple of years but she will not be Mrs. Lacy.

The class had a little party for Mrs. Lacy yesterday.  There were gifts, pizza and cupcakes.  One of the parents the manager at the Publix sushi counter and brought in a huge tray of samples for the parents.  YUM!  The afternoon was bittersweet and lovely all at once.  Yearbooks were signed, hugs were given, and a few tears were shed.  Wildman and I pried ourselves away from the party with many of the other parents who were checking their children out of school early.  I had less than an hour before a bunch of Wildman’s friends were coming over for an end-of-the-year pool party at our house.

We had ~15 kids ages 6 and under in our pool that afternoon!  Even though most of the parents stayed to hang out, I was happy that I hired a lifeguard to watch the crazy kids in the water.  You just never know.  It was pretty chaotic, as you can imagine, with children splashing, swimming, diving and running around.  An extra set of eyes keeping tabs was just what we needed to watch the kids of varying skill levels swim.

In 15 years, this picture will probably look totally different with those colorful ice pops being replaced by beer or Zima (do you remember that) or something…  But for now, don’t they look adorable?  That’s not even all of the kids either.  It was such fun.  All of the children got along really well like they have all year long.  I’m looking forward to hosting another party like this sometime this summer.   Maybe a back-to-school party?

For the record I didn’t heat the hot tub very much since it was so darn hot outside.  It was set at 95 degrees.  I think the kids just like the bubbles and the idea of it being slightly warmer than the pool 🙂

These sweet girls crack me up.  I just love them  The three on the right were in Wildman’s class and the two on the left are little sisters.  So cute!

J went into work super early so that he could come home for the party in the afternoon.  He was one of three dads who came to hang out.  Here he is chillin’ in the blue floaty probably contemplating how murky the water is…  Ha!  He ended up cleaning the heck out the pool the moment the party was over.  He found all sorts of tiny toys, ice pop stick, mulch, etc. at the bottom.

The get-together was a nice distraction from thinking too much about how grown up everyone seems and how our sweet little class will be broken up into several first grades and the TK-1 class in the fall.  I only know of one child who will be joining Wildman in the class that Mrs. Lacy recommended for him.  Ugh!  I hope there are more familiar faces than that.

Anyway, today is the first day of summer break!  The kids and I slept in and now I’m off to get dressed.  I think we’ll take a bike ride somewhere before lunch.  The day is ours!!!


Splatter Paint

Guess who got roped into helping 15 kindergartners splatter paint t-shirts for this Friday’s field day?

Yep.  Yours truly.

I took all the shirts home over the weekend to accentuate the stars with puffy paint.  LOL!  The shirts look great but, man, was that ever a messy project!  The clothes I wore are ruined.

Teacher Appreciation

In honor of teacher appreciation week, Wildman and I signed up to bring his teacher breakfast this morning.  I got the boys up early and we headed to Starbucks for Mrs. Lacy’s venti sweet tea and chocolate chip banana bread.  We had breakfast there too.  The boys each got a slice of lemon pound cake and a kids hot chocolate.  They sat at the bar looking so cute.

I also worked with our class mom on a gift from the children.  We decided to make a shadow box with all of the students’ initials in it.  We wanted something that wasn’t over-the-top teacher-y because Mrs. Lacy is retiring this year and will not have a classroom to display the gift in anymore.  The shadow box ended up being understated and kind of abstract.  Something she could possibly hang in her home.  Also, I found the cutest owl gift wrap at World Market to wrap it in!

Wildman and I also spoiled her with this cute flower arrangement.  Mrs. Lacy really is a tremendous teacher!  I’m very sad that Cutie Pie won’t get the opportunity to be in her class.  The elementary school just won’t be the same without her.

In other news, the children are hosting a Mother’s Day Tea at Wildman’s school on Thursday afternoon.  Mothers only was on the invitation 🙂  Luckily, my mother-in-law is available to watch Cutie Pie.  Wildman has a couple of lines to learn for the program that he’s doing with his class.

“S is for snacks, we’ve tried quite a few”

“P is for puppets and playing rhythms on drums”

I cannot wait for Thursday!  Isn’t the classroom Mother’s Day bulletin board adorable?  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it this morning.

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