Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The end of kindergarten

I know this post is a little late in being written but I wanted to write it anyways. Friday, June 12th was Trotwood's last day in kindergarten. The night before his last day, he looked at me with a very sad face and his eyes full of tears and he said, "I don't want to leave kindergarten." I gathered him up in my arms and held my sweet boy on my lap and asked him what he was feeling. He said he felt sad because he didn't want to leave his teacher Mrs. Wiles. I am sure he was experiencing many other feelings and worries as well, but as a parent, I could see how much he loved his kindergarten teacher. And I was so grateful that he had a teacher whom he loved and who loved him back. Here's some photos of Trotwood on his first (left and top) and last (right and bottom) days of kindergarten. I can't believe how much he has grown!
The week before Trotwood's last week of school, his kindergarten class led the school's Rise and Shine assembly and then also had a kindergarten celebration where they recognized all the kindergartners that were moving on to first grade. I don't think I cried (shocking, I know), but I have mixed feelings about how big he's getting and how I just want to protect him. Over the past year, our family has been through so much and he has grown up so much. We are so proud of him and wanted to celebrate him and his accomplishment. So, Friday night we had a special family night with him where we did some of this favorite things like watching a special movie, eating pizza, and drinking soda. We also bought him a cake and a small gift to congratulate him on his success. It was just the game Jenga and we thought it would be fun to play as a family. And it was. Even Little Dorrit enjoyed herself in her jumper although the evening may have ended in tears from one very tired little boy who was very disappointed (and a little surprised) when the Jenga tower collapsed.

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