Today was an emotional day for me. I watched my first-born complete the milestone of getting through his kindergarten year. I cannot express how proud I am of him. I am also very freaked out by how quickly this school year passed by! It makes me scared that the next 12 years are going to go by as quickly as this one did, and before I know it, he will be heading off to college and becoming a man. I'm not ready for that! But people, it's coming!
This year has been such a wonderful opportunity for my Trent. He got to go to a brand spankin' new school and if we were staying here indefinitely, he would be a part of the first class to go all the way from Kindergarten through 12th grade in the Education Village. What an honor to be part of that! I wish we could stay here forever. But the Air Force obviously has different plans for us.
Trent also had the privilege of having who I think is one of the best teachers I have ever met, for his introduction into his school years. Mrs. Nicole Duckett is simply the BEST there is! I can't say enough good things about her. She has truly been my dream-come-true teacher for Trent.
Trent has become an awesome reader, writer, story-teller, scientist, and just an overall great person. I'm so excited for what the future has in store for this boy. Now let's get to the pictures from this momentous occasion!
They had a presentation first, where the kids sang songs that they have been practicing, and then everyone headed back to their respective classrooms to celebrate with diplomas, awards, and food!
Class of 2022 Kindergarten graduation--the first at Mossman Elementary
I told Drew to say "cheese" and this is what I got! LOL
4 of the 6 Kindergarten teachers (Mrs. Duckett is the 2nd from the right)
Principal Stephanie McBride
He caught sight of his Bubba, and his face just lit up! :)
The whole Kinder class
My sweet boy!
Back in the classroom
Trent got the "Awesome Achiever" award! So proud of him!
Kindergarten diploma and Awesome Achiever award
Trent and Mrs. Duckett :)
Trent and Jackie, sittin' in a tree! :) I was remarking on how cute they are, and Jackie's dad said, "Yeah, it's cute now, but in a few years, watch out!" LOL!
I am so not doing well keeping up with this blog. We have been sooooo busy lately! I swear, once your kids are in school, May is just another Christmas-time-in-hiding...except you don't get any presents! Ha ha. We've been having lots of fun, and I absolutely CANNOT believe that Trent's kindergarten year is almost over! How did this happen?!
I totally missed posting about our trip to Florida for the shuttle launch. Back in April, we flew out to FL to meet Aaron (who had been there for a few weeks preparing his payload to go on the shuttle). My mom drove down to Houston to fly with the boys and me, thank goodness. I would not have made it without her! Aaron's mom and sister and our nephew flew out there too. We had such a great time. We stayed in a condo right on the beach and woke up every day to some of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever witnessed. And of course, the shuttle launch was pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen!
This is a crappy picture because we have a crappy camera, but let's face it...no picture will ever do justice to seeing it in person!
I want to go back and see another launch! As soon as it was over (which was very quickly), I immediately wanted more. Too bad the shuttle is being retired. :( We are going to try to go to maybe the last launch, just Aaron and I. And he won't be working for that one, so I may actually get to see him while we're in Florida! :) I didn't see him much while we were there, other than the day of the launch. We woke up at 1am that day to go get on the shuttle bus over to the VIP viewing area (pretty much the closest you can be to the launch pad without having your eyebrows singed off!) so we spent the rest of that day just recovering from being up so early. Poor Trent didn't take a nap all day, so during dinner he fell asleep at the restaurant in his chair, in the middle of eating a roll! It was quite funny! Moving on because I have a lot to cover...
Trent's class field day was May 7. Fun, fun, fun, and the weather was pretty perfect. Aaron got to go with us too, which was an awesome bonus. Now that his shuttle payload is done, he has lots more time to be with us for fun stuff like that.
Potato sack race!
Trent's class won the Spirit Award! Out of 6 kindergarten classes! I was so proud!
On May 14, my sister graduated from the Collin College Dental Hygiene program! Since it was a Friday and Trent had school, Drew and I drove up to Dallas that Thursday evening and got to attend the pinning ceremony. She has waited for and worked toward this day for a long time, and I could not be more proud of her! She ROCKS! Today is her birthday, and she is also starting her 1st day as a dental hygienist. I can't even begin to describe what this huge step means for her. Did I mention I am super proud of her?! :)
My beautiful sister Traci with her 1st place Table Clinic award and also the Golden Scaler Award! (Google it--it's a BIG deal in the hygiene world!)
Granny, Mom, Traci, and me
On May 20, Trent's class went on a field trip to Space Center Houston. I volunteered to be a chaperone and was in charge of these 3 sweet boys...
Aidan, Trent, and Bodin
Seriously, when I saw the list of what kids went with which chaperone, I said, "Yes! I got the quiet ones!" :) We had lots of fun, and they were all so well-behaved. Trent got to volunteer to see what it's like living in space! Here he is, "sleeping" in space...
The very next day (the 21st), we headed back up to Dallas to go to the Jimmy Buffett concert on May 22. We went with my sister, her boyfriend John, and my aunt and uncle, Donna and Kenneth. We tailgated before the concert and had so much fun, drinking margaritas, eating chips for dinner--LOL--and talking. The concert was awesome...it was my first time seeing Jimmy, as well as Aaron's, Traci's, and John's. Donna and Kenneth are big parrotheads so they have seen him several times. Here's a few pics from tailgating. I didn't get good pictures during the concert because we were kind of far from the stage...we didn't care though! :)
Me and my hubby
Me, Donna, and Traci
Traci and Aaron
Donna and Kenneth
John eating something, I think!
And one more quick photo...On May 26, Trent's soccer team--the FC Rockets--along with their siblings and some friends, got the opportunity to play soccer with 3 of the players from the MLS team, the Houston Dynamo. How cool! The 3 players were #16 Craig Waibel, #2 Eddie Robinson, and #5 Danny Cruz. They were really good with the kids. They ran some drills with the kiddos, and then the 3 of them took on about 20 kids in a game. It was hysterical--they had the adults cracking up, and the kids had SO much fun! Anyway, here's a picture of the guys with Trent's soccer team (plus a few extra kids).
And that's all I will write for now...More to come...I hope! :)