Well, today marks the official end of The Weirdest School Year ever. Nonetheless, the end of school shall be celebrated!
Her accessories in this photo should tell you all you need to know about where we were at mentally at the end of school this year – hahah!
Adaline actually finished right before Memorial Day weekend, but girlfriend had checked out the first Monday we didn’t go back to school in March. Addy spent the remainder of her year waking up every morning promptly ay 7, and burrito-ing herself in a blanket each morning. Adaline did half of London’s distance learning with her, and is probably kindergarten ready because of it. She has been taking great care of a blueberry plant, and cannot wait until the berries turn blue (they’re currently green). Her big dreams for the summer: ride on a boat and have “a best day ever”. Good thing I am in the business of making dreams come true, baby girl!
London + Peyton
Despite the fact London claims she wishes she could be in kindergarten again, I can see how proud she is with herself in her eyes. Before bed last night, she said, “I feel like I wasn’t even in kindergarten that long!” My heart is broken for all the “kinder firsts” she missed, but seeing how much she has grown and learned this year makes my heart swell! She is slowly coming out of her shell, and showing little peeks of her amazing, hilarious personality to people. London is extremely reserved, but is literally an elf, personified. I wish so much for her to show that side of herself to more people, and have all of my fingers crossed in hope for a “normal” Fall school year.
London made he first page of the yearbook, and was holding it, smiling ear-to-ear the whole ride home from the school item drop-off/pickup spot. She made a few good friends, and spent the end of the school year on Zooms and Messenger Kids calls to stay connected. We went through her school portfolio a little last night, and she was the first to point out how much her handwriting, spelling, and drawing improved over the school year. She is reading (with help) Level J and K books, and seeing her dig in, and really just enjoy learning is seriously the best feeling. Could not be more proud of this girlie.
Peyton is SUCH a mini version of Dave. On one class Zoom call, her teacher mentioned it was the day she had to clean out their desks, and was teasing them since she couldn’t have them do it themselves. It was announced to the class that Peyton’s desk was by far the cleanest and most organized. Peyton turned the brightest shade of red, but loved every minute of it.
This is a funny age, 3rd grade. Peyton feels like such a grown up, and if very aware of how embarrassing mom can be when she is yelling from the car window to have a good day 😉 She is growing up, and is VERY interested in sitting with the “adults” (her word, not mine. Most kids would say “grown ups” or “moms and dads”. Not P!)
She has been using this time at home to do all.the.crafts.ever. She would, however, spend every waking moment glued to a screen, if we would let her. But, as I grumble about that, I am typing this on my macbook and checking my iphone, which she is ALWAYS quick to point out. SUCH a little Dave. I know she misses her friends at school, but she said home learning wasn’t too bad “because it was, like, way less work. So, we can just, like, go play outside more!” (Between you and me, I think them getting a little extra fresh air and more outside free time this Spring may have done them some good!*)
* but still SUPER hopeful for school next fall!!!
This summer is already off to a different start, and I am not sure how many of our summer traditions we can get done. Our hope is to make a Summer Bucket List together next week. (See how we do our Seasonal Bucket Lists here!).
We also have our beach week planned, and next to nothing is going to stop us — the beach is our happy place, and after the stress and rollercoaster of emotions of the last 3-4 months, AND a canceled Spring Break trip, we owe it to ourselves.
You can also check out a fun post with out favorite summer outdoor toys for your “stay at home” summer plans!
Happy Summer, friends!!