Monday, May 30, 2016

Chloe's School Year Wrap-Up

I officially have a second grader!

Chloe just finished her first grade school year. We attended an Honors Program where she was recognized for good conduct and all A's for the 2nd semester.

In addition to that, she received the Principal's Award for all A's for the year! That's two years in a row. I'm super proud of my girl.

Aunt Dana, Uncle Tommy, and Jack made it to the program. Here is a picture that I snagged of the kids.

Chris and I also took our turns posing with our smarty!

We took last day pictures. I didn't make a chalkboard sign. Although, now I'm wishing that I had because I love to see how much she has grown in comparison to the sign. Between Evan's gymnastics spring show and making a last-minute decision to let Chloe miss the last official day of school, time just got away from me:(

First Day-Last Day Comparison

The biggest physical changes are Chloe's hair and her new smile. Both are adorable. The short cut suits her personality. She chopped off her hair last fall and donated it to Wigs for Kids in honor of her Granddaddy, a leukemia survivor. It definitely makes her look more mature. In addition, she has been losing her baby teeth like crazy these days. The tooth fairy is making another visit tonight! She practically has a whole new set of front teeth than from beginning of the year.

However, she'll always be my bold, independent, quirky, and beautiful baby girl. Great job, Chloe, on another successful school year! I pray and hope that you'll always strive to do your best and make your mark on this world.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Evan's School Year Wrap-Up

It's the end of another school year for Evan. He just finished his last year at preschool and his first Kindergarten year...yes, there will be a second.

We started the month of May with great news! Evan has been accepted to the academic magnet elementary school that Chloe also attends. It was a huge relief and I couldn't be prouder. We're excited that several of Evan's school friends were accepted as well. I think it will make the transition from a nurturing environment to a stricter (but not too strict) academic environment easier.

Speaking of a nurturing environment...

At the last chapel of the school year, Evan's 6th birthday was recognized. He was allowed to go on stage. When asked by Mrs. G if he wanted to say anything to his Daddy or me, he said, " I love you." So very sweet.

He was also allowed to stay on stage and sing a song with the other birthday kids.

I was full of emotions as I watched the kids in their last chapel on the last day of school. It was the last chapel that Evan would enjoy with his friends. I even caught him getting emotional as the Kindergarteners sang "Our God is an Awesome God."

The following day was Evan's Kindergarten graduation. I revelled in this, especially since I knew that he wouldn't be having a Kindergarten graduation at his school next year.

Evan with his teacher, Mrs. E

The Kindergarteners put on a sweet performance with many of the songs that they sang during chapel, reciting scripture, and a bell choir.

Evan strutted on stage, one hand in his pocket, to receive his diploma.

Afterwards, we took some family pictures.

Evan will sure miss his bestie, Chloe, next year. He was always so excited to see her at school. Chloe played a big role in Evan overcoming his shyness and becoming more confident. It hurts my heart to see this friendship break up.

Evan's class had an end-of-the-year party at Rockin' Jump, the same place that Evan celebrated his 6th birthday a week later. I was able to get much better shots on this day.

What a difference a year makes! I have watched Evan blossom socially and academically in this past year thanks in large part to his sweet and exceptional teacher, Mrs. E. It's bittersweet to watch this chapter in our lives close. We will miss the staff and our friends at school dearly. Thank you to Nana, Granddaddy, Lola, Aunt Dana, and Uncle Tommy for celebrating this special occasion with Evan. We love y'all!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Evan's 6th Birthday: A Superhero Party

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Super Evan celebrating his 6th birthday!

When we heard the news this past winter that a couple of trampoline parks would be opening up in the spring, we knew where Evan would be having his next party.

Evan celebrated his 6th birthday at Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park.

Here were a few of my blurry/out-of-focus shots of the party. These kids were on the move!:)

We took a quick group shot before a game of dodge ball. A couple of our party-goers were missing from this shot, but funnily enough, a few randoms made it into this picture. Evan's party had crashers. Ha!

After an hour or so of playing, we sat down for pizza and cupcakes in the party room.

We decided on cupcakes instead of a traditional birthday cake this year. And for all you hardcore comic fans, I mixed DC and Marvel characters. Oh, the shame!;)

Much to Chloe and Evan's dismay, we stopped to take a few family pictures before Evan blew out his birthday candles.

Then, we got to Evan's favorite part, present opening.

We had a great time celebrating with our friends and family. Thank you to everyone that came! We enjoyed your company. We missed everyone that couldn't make it and hope to see you soon. It's hard to believe my baby boy is now 6 years old now. I'm so proud of my little man. He makes my heart burst with happiness and pride. Happy Birthday, Evan!