Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Goodbye Kindergarten, Hello 1st grade

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was packing Max's first school lunch and backpack and dropping him off in his class room for his first day of school. It really doesn't seem possible that his first year of school has come to and end. He has learned so much and grown so much this year. I am so thankful for the wonderful teacher was were blessed with and all the sweet kids he had in his class. This is definitely bittersweet. I know that this is just a part of life but I really wish my babies didn't have to grow up so fast. Don't get me wrong, I love getting to experience all the new things that come along with each stage of their lives but it just seems like it is all happening too fast and I don't have enough time with them in the here and now.
The last week of school was filled with school play days, field trips, and celebrations. His moving up ceremony was on the evening of his last day of school. The kids sang two cute songs and then got to walk across the stage and received their certificates. We had a big group there to celebrate Max's special day. My dad, mom, sisters, father in law, sister in law, and nieces were all able to come. We let Max pick out somewhere special to eat to celebrate and he chose Japanese. We had a nice dinner and I had made Max his favorite red velvet with cream cheese icing cake for dessert when we got home. Now we get to enjoy our summer and the fun will begin again in August. Enjoy some pictures of my sweet little guy on his big day!

Getting ready for the ceremony

Max and Grayson

Love this sweet boy so much!

Part of his kindergarten class

Kindergarten classes @ OES 2011

Mrs. Baker, Max's teacher

I got money!!


Paw Paw's, Max, and Nana's

PawPaw's, Max, Nana's, Jessi, and Shia

Max and Shia

Jessi and Max

Belle, Max, Allison, and Emma

Brady and Max

The granddads and the boys

Daddy, Max, and Mommy

My precious Max and me

Mr Arnold, the principal and Max

Mrs. Baker and Max

Congratulations my sweet Max. We are so proud of you and so blessed to be your parents. We love you more than words can express.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Floating down the Tennessee River

Well, it's the end of Max's first school year and today was his last field trip of his kindergarten year. Thankfully, we were able to make up our field trip to the Southern Belle that had to be cancelled due to school closing during the tornado aftermath.

First of it was COLD! It was 90 degrees here last week and this morning it was in the 40s. Seriously! Anyway, we boarded our chilly outdoor river boat adventure with jackets and jeans on in May. The kids were so excited when we took off down the Tennessee River. We found an uncrowded spot on the second deck on the back of the boat and stayed in that area for a while. The kids didn't stay in one place for long and other than a quick potty break, we were outside the entire time. They had a snack of popcorn and coke, got to meet the captain and sit in his driving area, walked up and down the stairs countless times, saw some beautiful sights, and heard the calipso play some music.

After the boat ride we went to a nearby park for lunch and playtime. I know I've said it before but I am so thankful Max was in a great class this year. The kids are all sweet and get along really well for the most part. I haven't went on one unenjoyable field trip at all this year or been regretful I helped out in the classroom after the fact. We are looking forward to the summer break but the Southern Bell Riverboat was a great way to end the year!

Kindergarten classes of OES

Luka and Max

Chance, Gavin, Max, and Luka

Chance, Gavin, Peyton, Grayson, Max, and Luka

silly picture

This was supposed to be the serious pictures, lol

Luka cracks me up!

Brady and Kaylee

Blue Cross Blue Shield Compound

Lookout Mountain

Tow boats

Market Street Bridge

in the Captain's Cabin

Max, Luka, and Abby

Ethan, Andrew, and Marie

It's high up here...going under Veteran's Bridge

The Delta Queen

Hunter Art Museum

Love this picture!!!
Max, Luka, Brady, and Kaylee

The calipso

We saw Ducks in the water

The new salt water addition to the Tennessee Aquarium

The Tennessee Aquarium

Headed back into the Southern Belle's dock