Friday, May 31, 2013

May Recap 2: End of year things

I love school. Being a teacher looked quite different to me, but I loved it all the same. The responsibility, the relationships, the projects, the encouragement, watching eyes light up... there's nothing quite like it to me, and I am always a little bit euphoric at the end of each school year.

This year was super special to me because I got to teach at the same school that my girls attended. Their teachers were my colleagues, and they had some special ladies nurture, teach, and love them.  To say thanks, I made them this goody bag and the clip boards below.

 I also enjoying making these photo memory books for all of my sweet kiddos for their end of year gift. I've gone from grading papers to cutting lamination. :)

I love chronicling how the girls grow and change, and the following few pictures show the first day of school and the last week of school. I see such significant physical changes in Ansley especially.

 We were so thankful to be a part of Sunshine School this year--especially as it is the only year that all four of these cousin/best friends would go to school together. Sweet Savannah graduated Pre-K, and I got to help her class put on their caps and gowns. I was so thankful to share this moment with her.
  Here is our whole gang together for the last time in this special way.
 They really are best friends who double as cousins and who wish they were sisters.
 And we really are best friends who double as sisters and colleagues.

 Here is what we gave to Savannah for her milestone! Such a cute "get ready for kindergarten" story.

 Here is some of MY loot that I got from kiddos. (If you ever need an end-of-year teacher gift, look no further. I will be reusing these ideas in years to come!) I had a couple of different versions of this picture below, so my family is set for the pool and beach.
 I am hoping that we can produce some juicy tomatoes for my tomato pie with this lovely plant below.
 This plaque matches my kitchen!
 And I have had some fun shopping sprees and coffee/ice cream outings to look forward to with these.

 Other gifts that I received and loved but forgot to photograph were gerber daisy plants and trail mix with a note thanking me for "mixing it up" in the class that year. I am so thankful for the sweet families that we got to know through Sunshine School this year.

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