This week has been a whirl-wind of activity with graduation activities...yes, you heard right. Graduation. Who is graduating, you might ask? Well, Joelle of course!!
The week started off with a Teddy Bear picnic for her last pre-school class. I guess that wasn't anything extra or unusual (is that how you spell that word? for some reason it looks odd to me...), but it was a special activity to end off the school year.
Wednesday held the Summer Fun Day of 2008 for all of the pre-schoolers and their families (whoever could make it during the day, that is). This big event held face-painting, a small petting zoo, bouncers, pony rides and a hot dog lunch. It was a busy morning -- I'm glad I left Malia at a friends' place...thanks again Pam! -- but it was a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s day (although I did get a sunburn!).
Then on Thursday was the B-I-G day. Graduation Day for my sweet little Joelle. There was a slight set-back as she saw me while walking in with her class and she started running up t me, crying. I ended up having to walk her onto the stage, but after that it was all smiles and waves as she proudly stood up at the front and sang the programmed songs with gusto! I was so amazingly proud of my first-born daughter.
(The top left picture in the collage below is Joelle with her best friend -- and next-door-neighbour -- Emily...aren't they sweet?)
Here is Joelle with her two pre-school teachers. These ladies are fantastic with the kids, and Joelle just adores them! I hope her kindergarden teacher is just as wonderful!
And just so you can see Joelle singing with gusto -- here's a short video. It's hard to understand all the words since there were 80+ three and four year olds up on stage singing at different tempos and in different keys (gotta love it!). But it's a "Good-bye" song that they sang at the end of every pre-school class. How sweet!! (By the way...have I mentioned how proud I am of this girl?)
But the week didn't end there! This morning was Joelle's kindergarden pre-screening appointment where she attended different stations -- such as speech, general knowledge, etc -- for the school to sort of get an idea of where she was at with her knowledge and abilities. She did wonderfully and I was so proud of her...hmmm...do you sense a theme here with the pride factor?? I still find it hard to believe, though, that in 3 short months I will actually be the mother of a kindergardener.
Other than these graduation activities, the week also consisted of me teaching my last piano lesson of the year, soccer for Joelle, and hosting both sets of grandparents for supper before the grad ceremony. So needless to say, I'm e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d. But I am proud to report that even amidst all of life's chaos this week, I still managed to get up early every day this week -- other than my Tuesday work day -- to excercise. Yay for me!! (I guess Joelle isn't the only one I'm proud of this week!)