It all started when we decided for Pete to switch schools. Saying goodbye to a wonderful school and amazing co-workers was harder on him than he thought it would be. It was really amazing seeing how much everyone appreciated him; his superintendent bought him a going away cake, and all the male teachers in the middle and high schools threw him a going away party.
We also found out that I was losing five babysitting kids for this next year. Now, it's nice going to a less crazy schedule, but these five kids were the ones I've had the longest. E & L were getting to be old enough to go home on their own (they'll be going into 5th and 7th grades); this had been my fourth year with them. J, E, & L are moving to a different school district; I've been watching these kids off and on for five years, and they'll be especially hard to say goodbye to as J is Nate's best friend. These five kids were like family, and we're sad to see them go.
On E&L's last day, we had to have a really fun day. We had homemade ice cream sandwiches (the sandwich part was homemade, not the ice cream!), and then spent the afternoon outside:
|We played volleyball...|
|...and played on the swing set....|
|...and played some baseball!|
We were unable to fully celebrate with J, E, & L as their mom got out of her last day of school hours early, but I had parting gifts for them. J loved playing with Nate and his cars, so we got him a set of really cool Matchbox cars, and for E & L, we got some princess jewelry cause all little girls love to play dress up!
It will be weird next school year without these five awesome kids hanging around!