Friday, June 26, 2009

Baby's First Graduation

Okay, there is an angry mob coming down the driveway with torches and a lynch rope.

[Locks door. Draws blinds.]

Ahem. So I was thinking, maybe I should post the pics of Baby's Graduation from Kindergarten?!

They are in order as the day progressed. :) First, we have getting ready in the classroom, putting on caps and gowns and hamming around with buddies.

This is Baby's teacher, Mrs. Lena. She was positive, gracious, encouraging, loving, and wonderful. Baby was very lucky to have her as her first teacher.

Lined up and ready to walk down to the auditorium.

And here they all are. Only the Kindergarten class wore caps and gowns, because the Preschool only goes up thru K. Baby will be going to a different school next year.

The kids were ALL fascinated by their tassels and played with them non-stop.

They did lots of little songs for us, and wore all sorts of cute little get-ups.

First, they hummed us a song on their kazoos.

We were sitting diagonally across the (very large) room from Baby, and of course, there was a mic stand directly in the path of my camera. Sigh. So I did lots of leaning over the person next to me to get good shots of Baby. This is the first moment she found us in the crowd.

Next they sang "The 12 days of school", and baby was the fourth day. "On the fourth day of school, my teacher gave to me, ...."

Between songs, it was back to the tassels.

Getting her diploma! So sweet.

And another song. Why we didn't video tape this is beyond me.

After the ceremony, lots of celebration!

Jesse takes the best pictures ever.

Baby and her best buddy, Kaytlyn.

Mmmm, cake!!

Jesse had a tradition each morning on the way in to school, that he would carry Baby on his shoulders so she could touch the leaves of the big oak tree beside the Kindergarten bldg. So, one last time, she rode out on his shoulders, this time as a Grad!

I can't believe she is 6. One third of our time with her at home is past. Before we know it, she will be graduating from High School. We could not possibly be more proud of her. She is just such a pleasant, fun, intelligent, all-around awesome little girl. :)

And now that Summer is officially here, we have been hitting the Lake!! We want to get as much fun stuff in while school is out as we possibly can.

[Brick crashes through window.]

Okay people!! Call off your henchmen!! I promise never to withhold pictures again!!


Michael said...

Wow (putting down torch, bricks, and pitch fork) Wow Wow!!! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing this special day with us. We can't wait to see you guys!

Lynne said...

I agree with Daddy, nice set of pix. Keep em' coming.

debi said...

awesome pictures....what a great day for all of you... we miss you all so much. hope to see you all real and wayne

Shelia said...

What a great family you have! The pictures are excellent. I almost feel like I was there!

A great teacher, good friends, an excellent rendition of "Playing with the Tassel", star-studded eyewear, great musical entertainment, the pivotal moment of seeing the family in the audience, the starring role in the song, the nervousness before the event, the actual graduation, the closing song, the family celebration and the photographs of family (you look great Leah!)-teacher-and-friends, and of course the eating-of-the cake.

But THE BEST PART was what Jesse did for his Baby! He created a tradition that he carried out for her each and every day he took her to school. Thank you for telling us about that, and a double thank you for telling us how they carried out their tradition one last time. It took my sentimental breath away.