Last Day of Kindergarten / 2nd Grade

It’s that time of year again – last day of school!

My kids are SO excited, and I’m emotional! Look how big my babies are getting:

First and Last Day of School 2018

Top: First day of 2nd grade and kindergarten / Bottom: Last day

I’m ending the kindergarten era: both kids have been in 4K and 5K, so four total years of kindergarten.

This morning my son read me a book at breakfast time.

Last night I read to both of my kids, though many nights they read to themselves.

I’m so stinking proud of these kids and feel so blessed to be their mom.

I expect to be a complete mess when they move onto middle school and graduate high school.  That’s a lot for a mom’s heart to handle!  This year I even cried watching a video of 5th graders leaving their school – kids who are not even mine. Yikes! Good luck parents, if you’re celebrating a big milestone or just a bit emotional about the end of the school year like me!

I’ve written about these emotional days before in case you want to look back like I did this morning:

Have a wonderful summer!

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Yes, He’s Still my Baby

Ever since my son started 4 year old kindergarten this year, I have been thinking that he is definitely growing up a lot. School can do that to kids, and it’s a good thing, right?! And then this post, Be my Baby for a Little Longer, came up in my newsfeed in Facebook. Isn’t this picture of my then two year old so timely?

2 yr old running by 2 year old crossing sign

Not going to slow down for your picture! And not slowing down on growing up either!

Those days of post-bath snuggles and even morning snuggle are long gone or slowly fading away. Nowadays we can be found sort of snuggled up together with a book. He still loves being read to and still wants to be picked up, especially when he’s upset. It’s me who is joking, “Awh, my baby.” And he always will be my baby and mama’s boy.

At dinner recently, we were asking the kids about their favorite part of the day. My son chimed in, “My favorite part of the day was Mama.” I asked, “Well, was it something you did with mama?” His reply was precious, ” No, just Mama!” Melt my heart…

As he continues to grow up and become slightly more independent, I am learning more about how he sees and experiences the world around him. Take this, for example, as I found him waiting for the bus one day.

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Got mail?! Oh wait, there’s an echo if I yell through here.

It was too cute! I hope this sweet, goofy little baby of mine will always keep his curiosity and sense of fun. Even if he is getting bigger, he is still my baby in my mind and heart.

One Beautiful Back to School Book

We love reading together as a family! It’s my go-to activity to calm the kids (and myself). We are in the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and are approaching 700 books read! Whoohoo! To read 1000 books in 1 year, you need to read 3 kids books a day – easy, right?

With my daughter in 4k, we started receiving those awesome Scholastic flyers with good deals on books. Being a book-lover and frugal gal, I couldn’t resist buying a few books by Mo Willems (for less than the bookstore’s price) and this gem of a book for $1!

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The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is such a beautiful story about a mom sending her little racoon off to school. She’s a clever mom (like we all try to be) who comes up with a way to help her son feel loved when he’s away at school. It’s so sweet and one of those books that makes me get a little choked up at the end! 

If you or your child is having separation anxiety, this is a wonderful book for you!

Happy Reading!