How in the name of all that is holy is it already mid-August, you guys? Seriously, just how. The bean attends a private school that has a different schedule than most of the schools in our area. With her schedule, the school year begins almost a month before most public schools and ends 3 weeks after everyone else has begun their summer break. The reason for this, is that her school is Mon-Thursday, with no class on Fridays (which we love). This means that summer break is only 8 weeks long for our gal and let me just say, 8 weeks come and go in a blink! I’m going to let this be my excuse as to why I didn’t get around to sharing her end of Kindergarten happenings before she was already back to school for first grade… I mean, it was just two months ago that I was like, aww, our little one’s finished Kindergarten… I can’t wait to share picks – and then BAM, it’s back to school time for our FIRST grader! Slow down, universe. Slow down.
Those last couple of weeks of Kindergarten were so much fun for Gracie. The bean’s school plans loads of themed days, family functions and end of year fundraisers, as the year comes to a close; and while it was a bit nuts, it was also a blast! We kicked off the end of year festivities with Teacher Appreciation Week, volunteering to bring some totally awesome teachers, some totally delicious coffee. Gracie was so excited to bring her teachers a small gesture of thanks; but was even more excited that she was able to drop the coffee off in the teachers’ lounge, as she felt it was an off-limits room that only her special self could enter. ;)
The next event on the docket was yearbook signing day, or Spirit Day, as they called it. Gracie’s school makes really nice yearbooks for the kiddos, which I thought was just the cutest thing ever. The books are bound and full of glossy picture-covered pages and the Bean even made it onto a few pages herself. The kids were able to pre-order and were given time to sign each other’s yearbooks. So cute to watch, btw. The school opted to include a quote from former, would-be impeached president Nixon on the back cover, which I thought was just so random. Of all the presidents to quote… lol. #weird
Tourist Day was another end of year themed day and it happened to work out perfectly that it followed a weekend that we had visited the Zoo. Grace was able to pick out a souvenir at our Zoo trip and chose bright pink zebra print binoculars and still had her map we used to check out all the animals. This matched with her cute straw hat made for one adorable tourist dressed gal!
She was the most adorable cowgirl the next day for Western Wednesday and then rocked red, white and blue ending the last week of school, all dressed up for USA Day! She insisted on wearing her red, white and blue, glitter-covered headband even though it left her (and my vehicle) COVERED, head to toe in sparkles. I still haven’t gotten it out of my seats…
We always like to start the school year with goodies for the teachers and this year was no different. As I posted a few weeks ago, Gracie helped me put together little goodie bags for her new teacher and teacher’s aide and they turned out so cute! Each had a themed cup, a gift card, a few snacks and some Starbucks Refreshers.
The weekend before school was to begin, G took all of us to the mall, as she does every year to buy Gracie some school clothes. We didn’t go as crazy this year as we did last year, because our gals stayed super active over the summer and still fits into all her outfits from last year. She did pick a flower dress that she adored and decided that this would be what she wore on her first day. She also hand-picked a pink Dallas Cowboys back pack that made her Nani so proud and I’m sure her Grandpa Rudy was smiling down on her for going with his #1 team too!
We are now 2 weeks into the school year and so far, so good! This year Gracie’s schedule will be filled with lots of 1st grade homework assignments, her nightly reading program, USA Girls Swim practice 3x/week and Georgia’s in the process of getting her into Karate. It’s going to be a busy year for sure, but it’s going to be great!