Friday, June 10, 2016

Good-bye, Kindergarten!

How is it even possible that I can be typing that?
Good-bye, Kindergarten.
How is it possible that my "little man"
has finished kindergarten?

Whether I like it or not...
it is true!

It seems like I was just writing about his first day.
You can read all about it here.

Principal extraordinaire, Mrs. Erickson

He entered as a shy, quiet, little boy.

Who...even though he could already read
a few words...
was convinced that he was never going to be able to read!

Fast forward a month or so...
enjoying a donut at Donuts with Dad...

showing his American pride at the All American Jog-A-Thon!

He even got to hang out with Auntie K.K. and I
at the Clovis East Pigskin for Pink!

He went on his very first field trip...
pumpkin patch or bust!

I survived my first field trip as a parent chaperone. :)

That shy little boy, quickly became a silly,
confident, social butterfly!

He tried a new!

He learned a TON!
He reads everything in front of him,
asks me about signs he sees...that most of the time I don't :),
can add, subtract, count in patterns, and
even glue 100 M&Ms down for the 100th day of school!

We went to our first...
and possibly last :( ...
Mother-Son Dance!

He was a much bigger fan of the frozen yogurt
afterwards then he was the dance part.

Next up...Muffins with Mom!

There were many "life lessons"
learned...especially during lunch time.
He even had to sit at the "naughty table" one time.

If you are in have to celebrate Rodeo Days!

I took my favorite 6 year old out to lunch
on his birthday...
to his favorite place...
McDonald's of course.

Of course elementary school isn't complete without

This past week was a week of fun.
One of the highlights...Olympic Day!

Thursday we got to come to
his classroom and learn a little bit
about what it is like to be a kindergartener.

His class sang, "The Grand Old Flag."

Yes, it is kind of hard to see him in these videos...sorry!

The kids also showed us their two favorite dances...
The Tootie-ta...

and nothing says kindergarten like a little Whip and Ney, Ney!

For some reason I wasn't able to load the video directly here...
don't know why...
but you can click HERE to see it. :)

After their performances we watched the sweetest slide
show that was put together by Landry's teacher.
Here he is...
our "Little Man" who isn't so little anymore.

He and his buddy, Cruz.

He was so lucky to have a wonderful aid
in his class, Mrs. Solley...
who happens to know Auntie K.K. ;)

Landry and his "O"mazing teacher,
Mrs. McFarland!

We couldn't be more proud of how much he has grown
academically, socially, emotionally, and
how his confidence has soared.

He started the year hanging out with me before school
when I had cafeteria duty...
and then he got to the point where
he would take off to class without even saying good-bye.
As much as I was hurting that he hadn't said good-bye,
I was so proud of him for having the confidence to take off on his own.

Yesterday was his last day of kindergarten.
He cried himself to sleep the last three nights
because he didn't want kindergarten to end.

His class performed a song in the talent show...
complete with sign language.

He is convinced that 1st grade is going to be too hard. :)
He is sad to say good-bye to two of his closest friends
who are moving on to other schools next year.
Oh, Landry Tigh!

You have a heart of gold...and according to your teacher...
are quite the "heart-breaker" with the ladies. :)
We know that you are going to do GREAT next year.
We love you more than you know
and are more proud of you than you can imagine.
could you please slow down just a bit? 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lofgren-Gunstream Annual Zoo Trip

It's Spring Break...
so you guessed it...
annual Lofgren-Gunstream zoo trip!

Five years ago Erin and I decided to take these two...

to the zoo for the first time.

Fast forward...
here we are with twice as many kids,

none of which will look at a camera,
and we are keeping our tradition alive.

We started in the Reptile House...
and Lexie was already in heaven.

When we were finished there...
we of course had to make a stop 
by Landry's favorite...

Side note...
to try and take a picture of FOUR 
children...and get them to ALL to
look at the camera...
at the same time...
with their eyes open...

In my defense...
Carter is AMAZING 
at making awesome faces...
on purpose...
to add to the flavor of the picture. ;)

We made a quick visit to the petting zoo.

Lexie was in goat heaven!

This girl LOVES animals...
I can still hear her squeal of delight.
So many close!

While Lexie was trying to get a goat...
Landry was busy...
brushing a log. HA!

We made our way through the zoo to Stingray Bay.
This has always been a "hit or miss" place
for Landry. We have shed many a tear here.
all smiles!

no children were
lost in Stingray Bay. :)

After our fun at Stingray Bay...
we were headed to Africa!!!

We got to meet the newest members
of the zoo...meerkats!

All morning Amy was DYING
to see and feed the giraffes.
We kept promising that we were making our way
there. Imagine our "surprise" when we 
found out that none of the giraffes, rhinos, etc.
were out because of a "gate issue." :(
Amy took it like a champ...
and later we joked that at least she got to see one giraffe. :)

We made it to Sea Lion Cove just in time for the
zookeeper talk.
How cute are they?

Eeek...four cuties.
We "may" have left some fingerprints behind.

Oh how I love the way that he loves her!

Cue the super adorable picture of
my kiddos and me...

Let's try that again!

Speaking of cute...
how cute are these three?
Don't mind my photobombing baby.

Again...Lexie was in LOVE!

She "may" have licked glass.

And who would have thought that one 
of the highlights would be the railing?

And...that's a wrap!
Another Spring Break zoo trip in the books.

I love this tradition of ours...
and I love our friendship!

You know I couldn't end without some reminiscing...
Our littles through the years...

Our group through the years...