Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kindergarten Graduation

Brayden had his kindergarten graduation on Friday...I was pretty much a blubbering mess from the moment he walked down the aisle to take his place on the risers. The floodgates opened as these little kindergartners marched their way into the room to the country song "Let Them Be Little." That's all it took. I was already emotional, but then adding music to the mix only served as a catalyst to the steady flow of tears. I really had to focus on holding it together throughout the entire program. Of course there were many emotions welling up inside...
but being a PROUD Mama is what stood out the most.
The photo above was taken during the school's theme song "Beck Days."
The kids are all yelling "Go Beck!"
It was sung to the melody of "Happy Days." Brayden has been singing it all year long and I had no idea it was to the tune of this sitcom. How funny. The video was exceptionally hilarious.
The kids sang several songs. Unfortunately, we are having difficulty downloading our video camera onto our PC, so you'll just have to trust me when I say these performances were priceless. One of my favorites was a song called "BIG DREAMS." Brayden sang it for me in the car on the way to the bus stop last week and I cried then just thinking about my little man having "Big Dreams" and all of the "things he wants to do someday."
This song was sang to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York"
("We worked very hard...
Our teacher is proud...
So open up the doors to 1st Grade, 1st Grade!
We know our alphabet and numbers too...
We all can write our names and tie our shoe...
If we can make it there,
we'll make it anywhere,
so here we come 1st Grade,1st Grade!")
You did it Brayden! Congratulations!
The "Graduate" with Papa and Grandma Schrieber
(plus Brookie)
We were given a couple art and writing portfolios that chronicled this year and all the growth and progress Brayden has made while in kindergarten. I was really impressed. This has been a great school.




After the Kindergarten Celebration we headed over to "Wings and Rings" for an early dinner. Brayden was given a graduation gift from Grandpa and Grandma....
New SQUIRT GUNS! What a great way to start off the summer.
Of course we had to test them out as soon as we got home...
the kids enjoyed the sunshine and playing outside together.
Let's hope this enthusiasm lasts throughout the summer.
And today was Brayden's actual last day of school. I woke up early before the kids...had a little quiet time and was able to reflect upon the year. I, again, became so emotional. I must honestly say that here is part of me that just doesn't want my kids to grow up. I look at Brayden and that sweet innocence is still in tact. He still wants to give me lots of hugs and kisses daily. Makes me want to freeze time.

Maybe it is the pregnancy hormones, I don't know...but the roller coaster of emotions hit me once again. I remember being so unsure and hesitant about placing Brayden in full-day kindergarten back in September...I didn't want to be away from him all day long- to send him off on a school bus each morning. Who would wipe his nose and kiss his forehead- remind him to wash his hands and to eat all of his lunch - give him random hugs and words of encouragement and praise? Nobody knows a child like his mother knows him.

I recalled all of the struggles we went through in the beginning of the school year (and some throughout the year) and how the Lord helped us through them all....how He gave me guidance, peace and reassurance with our decisions...how Brayden grew and developed and how we overcame many challenges together. I am so glad we had Brayden in full-day kindergarten and feel like he is even more adequately prepared for 1st grade next year. I definitely will be putting Brooke in all day kindergarten when the time arrives (of course by then it'll proabably already be Michigan Law).

Overall, our experience this year has been wonderful...a great teacher, a great school, a great year full of many answered prayers. These struggles only boosted my prayer life and taught me to be more dependent on God. I am thankful for them. I suppose Brayden wasn't the only one who learned a lot this year. I learned a lot about trusting and "letting go." There's still work to be done in this area, but until then, we'll do as the song states:
"So let them be little,
'Cause they're only that way for a while.
Give 'em hope, give them praise,
Give them love every day.
Let 'em cry, let 'em giggle,
Let 'em sleep in the middle,
Oh, but let them be little. "

1 comment:

  1. Yipee, one down and only 12 more to go. Great job, mom and Brayden for making it through a "learning" year.

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