Final Daze

I’m a blubbering mess.  Today we said goodbye to our elementary school days.  Bowman has been part of our commute and community for seven years now, and we will miss this exceptional school.  Look how much our little lady has grown in her years from kindergarten to 6th grade:

She was so giddy to start kindergarten, and now she’s skipping her way to middle school with equal joy and enthusiasm.

Maggie is excited to start middle school, but today Sam completed that journey.  He’s grown so much from his first day of 7th grade to his last day of 8th grade:

Today he received the award for Algebra Student of the Year.  He’s also won awards in debate, We the People, and National History Day competitions this year.  He worked hard and leaves middle school with a 4.0 GPA!  We are so proud of him!

Tonight we wanted to celebrate their milestones, and offered to take the kids to any restaurant of their choice.  They both preferred to eat at home, and I was so shocked that they agreed on something that I took them out for ice cream instead!

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Back home, we had a few special gifts prepared.  Bowman Bobcat blue and Romig purple:

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We gave Maggie a piece of art that her kindergarten teacher painted:

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Stephanie is quite possibly the best kindergarten teacher on the planet, and even though she retired years ago she came back to hear her former students give their 6th grade speeches.  It felt wrong to see a visitor badge on a person who was the heartbeat of the school a few short years ago!

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I tucked a note to Maggie behind the canvas, along with pictures of her as a little kindergartner and 6th grader.

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Sam’s gift wasn’t quite as sentimental, but he looooooooved it just the same!

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Tomorrow I head back to school, but these two will enjoy sleeping in.  And playing with their dog.  And kicking their soccer balls.  And playing Minecraft.  And doing the dishes I ignored tonight.  And watching Netflix.  And climbing trees in the alders.

And being kids.

Because they still are kids… for a little longer, at least.

3 thoughts on “Final Daze

  1. What a wonderful post! I am so proud or you and Clark and those two bright kids. You both have done a wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon. Big Hug!! Gramma

  2. Beautifully said and done and a wonderful job of kids and parents. Keep up the good work. I am proud of all of you. See you soon

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