What a busy month we’ve had. So many things wrapping up, mainly with Amelia.
Last week she had her birthday walk at school. She has been waiting for her “walk” almost since school started. And since her birthday is during the summer, she had hers this month, just before the end of school. It’s a wonderful little ceremony where the child walks around a calendar for each year of their life. Artie and I went and as she walked, carrying a picture of herself for each year of her life, I told the class about her at that point in her life. She was so excited it was finally her turn.
She had her last swimming lesson on Tuesday, at least until next fall. She’s so close to swimming on her own and has made great progress this Spring. She can float on her back, has no problem jumping in, putting her head under water and loves to be in the water. We hope to do lots of swimming this summer so that by her next lesson, she won’t need her swim bubble which we’ve almost completely deflated anyway.
Then, Saturday she had her last tee ball lesson. Instead of just doing drills, they got to play on the field for the first time and that was lots of fun. She has learned how to throw, hit and catch in the past month and for the most part seems to enjoy it. She’s got to be the cutest player to ever wear the number 9 (or any uniform), ever.
After tee ball, we had a party. We invited all her Montessori classmates over to the house to celebrate the beginning of summer. We held it outside so that they could play on the swing set, in the sandbox and in the woods. They decorated treasure boxes, played, and after lunch, had a scavenger hunt and then ice cream before it was all over. The weather was perfect; sunny, warm and dry, but also slightly breezy which kept the bugs away. We really enjoyed having everyone over and the kids really seemed to have fun. Amelia wants to have a party every day now. To protect our guests’ privacy, I won’t post pictures, but I guarantee it was a fun and special afternoon.
For Father’s Day yesterday we hiked Great Head in Acadia. It’s one of our go-to trails since it offers beautiful views of the shore and Sand Beach, it’s fairly easy, but with some fun rock climbing and it’s easy to get to. Amelia hiked the full 1.3 mile loop entirely on her own feet which was exciting. While the elevation we climbed wasn’t great (under 200′, I think), it was a lot of work for someone just over three feet tall. She did great, even with a couple minor tumbles and it was a pleasant time.
Today is her last day of school. And honestly, I’m feeling almost as sentimental as I did on the first day of school. She’ll be going back next year, as will several of her classmates, but others will be moving on to Kindergarten and other schools. On the other hand, for the first time since my last day at school (many years ago), I’m feeling the anticipation and excitement one feels on the last day of school. Summer is upon us with all the potential for adventures, fun and lazy days. So exciting.
First day of school:
Last day of school:
So, here’s to endings, but also the beginning of summer and all the potential it holds!