He has had a great year at school, but I think he was ready for summer as I much as I was ready! The only reason I did not want school to end is because each day of summer means one day closer to him being in Kindergarten! I am not ready at all for him to go to Kindergarten. We have him signed up for Kindergarten at the same school that he has gone to for the past two years. He will go Monday through Friday from 9-1. Full day Kindergarten is available at the public school that he will eventually go to, but I am not ready for it and I don't think he is ready for it either. Public school would be 8:30 to 3:30, which I think is just a long day for a 5 year old. I know others do it, but since I can keep him in a half-day program and he'll learn just as much, we decided that it would be best for him! I stay home with them for a reason. I want to spend as much time with them during these few short years as I can, so I think half-day will be perfect for us. As a boy, he will most likely be in school or working full-time for the next 60+ years. So, I think one more year of half-day won't hurt him! But, I do hate the idea of him going to school every day. I've loved our time together on his days off. We often go to lunch with Jeremy during the week or we meet friends at the park to play and have picnics or we have playdates with friends at our house or their house. We won't be able to do that next year with Connor (at least in the mornings). That makes me very sad. But, I have to let him grow up. Little by little, I have to let him grow up...just not too fast, please!
So, as I said, Monday was the last day of Pre-K. I took a before school picture and I went into school to take a picture of Connor with his teacher, Mrs. Rich. Then, the parents went back to school at 11:30 to see a "portion of their day" and for Mrs. Rich to hand out "awards".
Before School Picture:
For comparison purposes, here is a picture from his first day of school in August 2012:
Mrs. Rich and Connor:
Connor sitting on the rug with his friends for the parents to watch "Circle Time":
Kyle did great during the presentations. He only spoke out once or twice!
Each child in the class received an award. Each of the awards were named after candies and then Mrs. Rich gave a description of each as she handed them out. One little girl received the "Bubble Gum" award for always being bubbly and sweet. One little boy received the "Life Saver" award because he was always quick to help others. It was a really cute idea and each of the kids received a special award!
Connor received the "Smarties" award. His award says that it was awarded "For your intelligence and hard work in all areas!"
We spent Sunday night at our with some good friends. Our friends, Annette and Jordan, invited us and another couple (Kristen and Eddie) over for dinner. We ate a wonderful steak dinner and the kids played and played and played! It was so much fun!
Most of these pictures are of our friends' children and not ours! I don't know why I didn't get many pictures of the boys, but I didn't. Oh well!
Lydia and Kaleb:
Lydia, Kaleb, and Bekah:
Kristen's newest little one, Levi:
Annette is practicing...she's expecting #3 in October!
We hope to get to do a night like this again soon!
It was a fun night, but we had to say goodbye to Jordan because he deployed the next day. Keep him in your prayers and keep Annette in your prayers because she is home by herself for the next few months with two little girls and she's pregnant!