Sunday, May 22, 2016

while I waited...week 20

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
As the school year winds down, I find myself on a roller coaster of emotions.  One minute I'm counting down the minutes till the kids are home and another I'm crying because I can't believe how quickly the year has come and gone.  This past week we wrapped up a few more activities and Hope also said goodbye to "pretty school".  Here's what else I was up to while I waited...

While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
My week started the best way possible - celebrating a friend-aversary with Shelly, Katy and Cindy.  Shelly and I only met Katy and Cindy last year but it feels like we've all been friends forever!!!  I could sit around a table and talk and laugh with these girls all night long!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Tuesday Hope wore her school shirt for the last time. :(  We've had the same shirt since she started her school four years ago!  This shirt will definitely make the memory quilt!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
On Wednesday she wore the dress she wore for the first day of school.  She was definitely NOT happy about school being over!  "I'm going to miss my teachers and friends."
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Dad to the rescue on Wednesday afternoon!  Bike rides and dog walks - he's the best!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Thursday was the big day - Hope's last day of Kindergarten. #inserttearstainedfacehere
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
How in the heck did this happen?!  This was Hope's very first and very last day of "pretty school."  You can read more about my feelings on this here
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 I love you too, baby girl!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 As soon as we were done taking pictures in our front yard, the rains came!  It was like the sky was feeling the same way I was!  Daddy to the rescue {again!}.  I love that he wants to be there on these little special occasions.  He's walked her in to school on every first and last day of school {and so many in between}.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 One last picture with Ms. Sylvia and Ms. Kristin.  It was hard to hold back the tears.  As I let a tear or two slip, Hope saw me and said, "mama, is it raining on your face?!"  Why, yes, sweet girl, it is! :)
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Special gifts for special teachers!  I LOVE these MantraBands and they come with so many different quotes!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
One last class pic!  Such a sweet group of kiddos!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Hope was line leader this week so she got to lead the whole school in to the sanctuary for the program.  She wasn't the least bit excited! :)
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Sadly, we couldn't see her during the performance.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 But she did her best to make sure she could see us!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 After the "little kids" left, the Kindergarten class performed a few songs.  They sang the cutest ABC song using ASL.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 I love this pic of Hope looking at Mike!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Dede surprised Hope by coming into town to see her sing.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 So proud of our baby girl!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
  Whitney and Lily graduated from preschool and will be in Hope's big school kindergarten class next year!  I'm not sure their school is ready for all these girls!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Mike went and got the bigs out of school for lunch with us but sadly I didn't get a pic.  I did manage to snap this pic of Colby trying to set Dede up with fingerprint recognition on her new phone!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Thursday afternoon Colby was hard at work on the beginning stages of a project that he's known about for weeks. #ugh
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Friday evening Dede, Hope and I went to watch Colby and his Wrangler group perform.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
Colby made a comment last week about Hope being "spoiled."  When I asked him what he meant, he said, "mom, how much did Hope walk last week?"  Well, I hate to inform him, but he's part of the problem! :)  Rarely do I have to ask him to hold her, he just scoops her up.  And, it melts my heart every.single.time!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 While we were watching the dance recital, these three were watching Aggie baseball.  Holden was in heaven!!!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 This was my view on Saturday morning!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Holden decided to make a drum set on Saturday out of duct tape rolls, aluminum foil and tape (lots and lots of tape!).
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Mike helped Colby build the "room" for his project.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 And Hope lost yet another tooth! #7
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 We were so glad that Dede and Pop Pop were around this weekend!  We had one last lunch together at Chuy's on Sunday before they headed home.
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Saturday afternoon is for friends and coloring!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 And for finishing up group projects!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 Projects the last week of school are awesome! #saidnomomever
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
 But I was VERY impressed with the {almost} finished product!  This project was for Colby's Algebra class.  They were challenged with the task of redesigning their math teacher's classroom into a more comfortable, collaborative space.  On top of the challenges of working as a team, they had to incorporate measurement, scale models, budgeting, etc.  The final product was to represent their new classroom with furniture, technology, and other design elements - and their budget was only $1,500!
While I'm Waiting...while I waited week 20
And I ended my week with these two fun girls preparing a 5 gallon of bucket of slime for Holden's principal!  Remember the food drive that Michele and I co-chaired?!  Well, it raised over TEN THOUSAND dollars for our local food bank!  And because our school won the contest between schools in our district, our principal has agreed to be slimmed!   We might have gone a bit crazy with the green food coloring! 

I'm so glad you stopped by!  Have an extraordinary week!  

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

check out my FAVORITE link-ups page to see where I'm linking up today!
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also linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston and

and the ladies from 100 Happy Days
KateAlisonLinzee, and Valerie

12 comments:

  1. You had a busy week! Love the pictures from the last day of school. Lily just finished, too. She is NOT happy about it!

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    1. I'm SO ready for the lazy days of summer! Isn't it funny how when they are little they don't want school to end and the older they get, the more ready they are to be done?! Sweet babies!

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  2. Aww such sweet pictures! Love all the ones from the last day of school!!
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    1. Thank you, Darcy! The last day of school always is so special, yet so hard to realize how much they've grown! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

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  3. Holly- your family is so cute and just beautiful! I love how you share your life! and I LOVE the idea of a friend-aversary! I'm your neighbor today at #IntentionalTuesday

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Shannon! It's fun to share our life on here! And, friend-aversarys are the best! Any reason for a celebration, right?! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. What a sweet, sweet family you have! I see a lot of moms commenting on how fast each year goes by, and how they enjoy savoring each moment. I hope that when I'm a mom I'll be able to do the same! Happy Tuesday! Kelsey @ So Much Life Blog

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    1. Thank you, Kelsey! When you're in the moment, it seems like it will never end but once you look back, you realize how quickly it's past! I'm so glad you stopped by! Hope you have a great evening!

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  5. Very nice family pics.

    The years go by faster, my daughter just got home from college last week. I can't believe she will be a junior next year.

    I know about last minute projects. My son-Had a last-minute project for a college photo class. I mean, who uses film anymore. It ended up costing me about $150. But anyway...I was happy to do it.

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    1. I think they add these last minute projects because they know people are too tired to complain! ;) Bummer that it cost you so much - yikes! Hopefully he got some good pictures! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

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  6. I love seeing the beginning and end of school year pictures! It's amazing how such a short amount of time can make such a huge difference! Super cute. Have a great weekend!

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    1. They are definitely some of my favorite pictures too!!!

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