Sunday, June 14, 2015

end of school round-up

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of end of the year activities.

Toby's Kindergarten concert was called "Oh My Deer!" It was a mini-musical production and was really, really cute. Toby had a narrator part as well as singing in the chorus.  He wanted to wear his Sunday best, and he looked SO cute.

Charlotte's second grade Spring concert was on the theme of "Every Day is Earth Day." I hate to say it, but it was kinda lame.  Charlotte was pretty disappointed after watching Toby's play and told me that his was way better. At both concerts I was pretty appalled by parental behavior. The audiences were noisy and glued to screens. I was seriously surprised.

Our awesome Music teacher went above and beyond to produce musical performances for all grades K-5. We are glad to call her our friend.

I posted it on facebook, but we also bought a trampoline from some friends who were moving away and the kids have enjoyed bouncing on it nearly every day since it has been put together. So fun to see them playing outside in the yard all the time.

Sadly, even though we aren't moving this Summer, sometimes new best friends are. The end of school year has always been a bittersweet time for Charlotte.

At the end of May we picked Rob up at the airport after 45 days away!  He had the cutest welcome crew at the gate. We are so glad to have him home again.

I looked out the kitchen window one afternoon to see this.  Jake has picked up a new hobby, and I have one less chore on my list.


The weekend after Rob came home we spent a day at the Vivarium. This little zoo in Darmstadt was one of our favorite spots last time we lived in Germany.  It is not as convenient now, but I still love it.  In fact, they have improved it since we were there 3-4 years ago. There is now a butterfly building! My favorite spot.  Amelie's favorite was getting VERY close to this giant tortoise.  She would have ridden him if we'd let her.

The last few days of school were taken up with field days.  The tug of war is a classic.

Toby liked the PT style relay with jumping jacks, lunges, sit-ups, push-ups, and a sprint.

Jake, Amelie, and I went along to watch and cheer him on.

Charlotte's field day was the next day, and we went back to watch some more.  This chicken relay was hilarious. She is holding a ball between her legs while jumping and flapping her arms holding feathers. Charlotte was surprisingly good at this and didn't drop the ball, but most kids looked like they were laying eggs every other bounce.

Amelie wants to do push-ups too.

We snuck Jakey in with the second graders to play with the parachute. 
All in all, this Spring was BUSY and fun. I am glad that school is out and that we have no activities planned this Summer... but that doesn't mean we don't have any adventures planned.  Stay tuned.

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