Kindergarten’s a Wrap!

My girl has graduated from Kindergarten! What a year. From the start, 2019-2020 has been a wild ride, and for Evie, it was no different. The abrupt date change of the first day of school, losing her first tooth on her 6th birthday, getting a mysterious rash all over her body, being brand new at mom’s school, her birthday party… and all that happened within the first week! Ha.

Aside from all the crazy, Evie has been stretched this year in many ways. I’ve seen her blossom emotionally this year. Spiritually, she chose to follow Jesus this year (!!)! I’ve seen her branch out from her comfort zone in friendships this year. I’ve seen her confidence build this year. I’ve seen independence grow in her this year. It’s been a challenge, but I sure am glad to see my baby girl grow. There is still much to be learned, but she is eager to do so. Evie has loved her experience at school, and for that I am so grateful.

Mrs. Trimmell, thank you for being Evie’s kindergarten teacher! You love your students so fiercely! Thank you for loving Evie unconditionally and working tirelessly to give her every opportunity for success in such a pivotal time in her life. Thank you for the encouragement and advice for me along the way as well. You are a gem!

Evie, I am incredibly proud to be your mom! Keep on shining, girl. You are smart and funny and cute and lovable and huggable and kissable and squeezable and… muah!

Congratulations on finishing year one! No matter what life brings, I love you, my sweet Eva!

My Fav School Holiday!

Valentine’s Day. For some reason, it tops the other holidays (at least the school holidays). In my book, making valentine bags/boxes/holders was one of my top crafts that we did in school as kids. Naturally, that passion has not been forgotten! Even though my kids are hyped up on the idea of a megasugarychocolateycandyparty high all day, I just love it! Here are 14 pictures from February 14!

The Funnies

At school, my students just finished a “Text Features Newspaper,” highlighting the various kinds of text features in print and what they are used for. They got the opportunity to write articles about their lives in this project… and right now, I’m in the midst of grading all 56 newspapers. Oh boy. Every once in a while, I come across a gem like this that makes it worth my time.


I have slammed my hand in the door in nearly fifty places, nearly two hundred times in all, and I’m eleven. I’ve slammed my hand at church, home, at a gas station in Nebraska when we were going to south Dakota, a  bathroom door near mount Rushmore, chipotle in des Moines, two other places in des Moines, my cousins house, my neighbor’s old house, my neighbor’s new house, my mom’s old car, my mom’s new car, my dad’s truck doors, and a few other places.  That’s a lot of places right? It is weird that that happened that many times?”

Made me giggle, even though it probably shouldn’t have. Tee hee!

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