We are so thankful for all of the wonderful friends and family who share this evening with us, celebrating our Kindergartner's successful year!!
What a fun time!
At first I was a little afraid the heat and storms would put a damper on the festivities, but even the air conditioner (which could not keep up) couldn't melt the smiles tonight.
I always have such a wonderful time when I am celebrating my children--and it is made even more wonderful by the people who give up their time and their miles to share and enjoy such celebrations!
Daddy and Uncle Luke made sure we were all well fed and willingly survived the heat to grill burgers and hot dogs. Although, I did notice that several other of the menfolk went out side to join them--in the awful, awful heat!!
The food was good, Thomas was a handful, and Gracie was bouncing off the walls with all of the added attention. Thankfully, there was more than enough people to give each of my children the attention they needed.
After the food, I snuck Gracie into the living room and we put on the cap and gown I had ordered her.
Yes, I ordered her a purple cap and gown. I was so disapointed that there was not a graduation ceremony, that I decided I would give her some pomp and circumstance--thus, the cap and gown and party and cake.
She beamed as we all "ohhed" and "ahhed" over her in her purple robe. And, even with the added heat, Gracie loved being all dressed up for the occasion.
I had each guest pose for a picture with our little graduate, and then they "earned" cake. Sounds a little much I know, but poor Gracie wanted to eat cake, but I had asked her to please wait for pictures, knowing full well she would be wearing the cake and since it was colored icing I knew she would likely break out from it on her face. So, as each guest posed for a picture I told them "you have now earned cake."
Gracie finally earned her cake as well, and from the laughter from the kitchen I am sure she does as she usually does in those rare instances when I let her have sugar--she inhaled it!
The cake is a sperate story, but let me tell you it was the second cake disaster in a month. Although, I found a way to salvage the cake for the party and we all enjoyed the "Ram" in the end.
After Gracie inhaled her desert, we went in to the living room where it was slightly cooler and let Gracie open her presents.
She got so many wonderful gifts and cards! We are so blessed to have such caring people in our lives!
Gracie got a teddy bear with a Strasburg Ram's football uniform on, she got a special purse (with lucky penny included), a glow in the dark t-shirt, spending money, a date to make her own girly lotion, a box full of dolls, and from us a memory quilt and a Barbie DVD.
Thomas got a special Strasburg t-shirt as well (which made me nearly break down in tears! It is going to be so hard to leave this place and these special people who adore out children!!), and plenty of attention!
The boys (this is what she calls Zachary and Logan, Ruth & George's sons) played and played with Thomas. They had him surfing, and snow boarding and many other hilarious "boy activities." The laughter and cackling was contagious!
The evening ended around 8:30, and my children begrudgingly went to bed.
What a special day it has been for Gracie. What a special and very busy week! I think I am actually more exhausted than she is!
Thank you all for your well wishes to our Gracie. We are so proud of her and all she has accomplished in the past 9 months.