Friday, May 23, 2014

School's Out for Summer!

It's late. I can barely keep my eyelids open. This stay at home mom is NOT used the pace we were at today, haha. Dentist appointments out of town this morning for the girls (no cavities - woot!), then Evie to school and the rest of us in church meetings for the rest of the afternoon. Pick up Evie, eat dinner, preschool graduation, and playing at the playground all evening long. None of that seems too crazy on it's own, but when you have three kids to feed, get ready and tote along to each place, it's enough to wear a homebody out!

This day was the "breaking point" day. The "if I can just get through this day" day. Because it's summer vacation for us! And while that doesn't mean our schedule gets lighter, it does mean that we have a little more control over it.

At the very beginning of the school year I had this crazy idea to take a picture of Evelyn every single day before school and then compile it all into a fast-moving video to show the changes she went through in a year. Yeah, if you have kids in school you know what an insane idea that is, haha. Sometimes you're doing good just to get out the door. :)

But. I did try my best. Even though we had camera issues, and computer issues...oh, so many computer that I missed nearly half of the school year, because I couldn't upload pictures. I still picked up the camera and took a picture when I could. What I got were a few photos representing different seasons, and it definitely documented how our little preschooler turned into a big girl over the course of the school year.

As you will see in this video, many times I couldn't get a picture with just Evelyn because either Grace or Reagan or both of them decided that they had to be in the picture, too, haha. But that's okay! They existed during this time period. :) From the first day of school to the very last, here is a video of Evelyn during her one and only preschool year. I hope you enjoy watching it, because we had lots of fun making it!

There were so many times yesterday that I wanted to break down and sob like a little baby, but I mostly controlled myself. I did cry a bit at key times, but my tears were concealed by sunglasses, and no one else had to know about my moments of weakness. :) Haha.

Honestly, it's not about the end of preschool in and of itself that was making me sad. It was was an end. And I hate endings...of any kind. Especially endings to happy times. And this was a fantastic year. I loved our routine. And now I'm not going to reach for Evelyn's backpack every day at 11:45 and say, "Okay, time to go!" And I'm not going to come home and make lunch with Grace and Reagan and put my baby down for a nap so that I can do my chores. And I'm not going to have an excuse to show up at my parent's house at 2:30 every single day so that I can walk Evie across the field and then push my babies on the swings in their backyard. Everything is going to be different. We have to find a new routine again.

I tried to slow down all day and savor every last. But it was such a hectic day that there was hardly any time to think about it. So when it did hit me...well...that's when the blubbering started. :)

ANYWAY. Preschool graduation was cute, and we have video and pictures that I will certainly be sharing with you next week. And...I'm sitting on a HUGE secret right now.  By the time you're reading this some of you might know what it is. It's a good one for our family! There's some sneaky stuff going on. :) It'll be a great way to kick off our summer break, so stay tuned next week and I'm sure you'll hear all about it.

Have a great weekend, friends!


Sarah said...

Boy I am so glad you played happy music with that video :)

I am the exact same way. Preschool is adorable to me. Kindergarten... I'm not handling it so well. The idea that he will be in school more than he will be with me the rest of his life. Gaahhh. It's just too much for my mama heart.
And routines. Ahhh yes. Everything is going to change next year. 2 in shool, new baby. Nerve wrecking!

I love secrets 👍

Sara Simpson said...

Love the video!!!!!!!

Adrien said...

Haha, yes, I intentionally used happy music! :D

I don't even want to talk about the full day of school thing. Still in denial....

Melissa said...

Mother of the Year Award goes to: Adrien Robert. Girl. You. Are. Incredible.

I find myself completely inspired by you.

Such an awesome video and a very nice keepsake for Evie.

Cassie said...

she is growing into quite the young lady. such a difference from the first to last day.

loved the video.

again, you are one awesome, caring mommy! keep up the great work!

Christine Pettijohn said...

You are such a good mom. :) Love the post.


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