This was our second "last day" this year (the first was back in China), and it was fun to be amidst all that eager anticipation of freedom in such a different way this time around.
Lucy's friend invited all their friends over for doughnuts before they headed out for school that morning. This was before the majority of them arrived but I couldn't resist taking a picture.
Here they are as they all gathered to ride their bikes to school. It was a momentous day for Lu because it was her first day to ride a bike to school (see her there the third from the left?).
Claire's friend's Mom has a tradition of doing a little breakfast for all their friends for the last few years (so nice). This is the picture she sent me of all the kids who came.
She assigned everyone something to bring and they made a little feast (with the help of my great Mom who was in town for all the hoopla).
Love these great girls.
Then we dropped them all off at school for the last big day...
...and headed over to the elementary school parties and to give our great teachers their gifts.
Oh how we love Lucy's teacher.
...and how we will miss her! She was Elle's teacher too back when she was in second grade and has taught for a lot of years.
She retired at the end of this year and I told her I believe God must have known she needed to stay until this year because she made a big difference in Lucy's life. So very grateful for all the wonderful people who have nurtured that girl of ours.
We went to see Claire's class too.
So proud of this girl for working so hard.
This is the only picture I got of Elle on the last day...telling me she really didn't need a picture, way too mature for that :)
I guess that's the only problem with having kids 14 months apart.
...except for the difficulty of having two babies at the same time that I have long since forgiven and forgotten because it has become so darn fun.
Usually we have big groups of kids here after school on the last day but this year everyone scattered to all kinds of different parties and I worked my heart out on a slide show of all the seniors that sent them in for the big party I was helping with that night after graduation (a breakfast from 12:30-3:30 am). More on that later.
Then we headed over to save seats for the big graduation.
To be continued....