Truth be told, I think Natalie had a crush on her fourth grade teacher. It was a positive year for her and she really enjoyed being in Mr. Richstad's class.
School was out at 10:40 am and by 11:30, Grandma had arrived to take Natalie and Emma to Great Wolf Lodge. She was going to help with the Melody Lane Singers, who had a show planned at the lodge, and the girls got to tag along for a most perfect end-of-year celebration.
The next morning, I attended Alyssa's 8th grade celebration. I've had a middle school student for the last six years, but with Alyssa promoting to high school, I will get a one year break.
Is Alyssa that tiny, or is she standing next to a giant?
The students had to line up in alphabetical order with their first period class. Each student was called up and shook hands with the teachers. She said almost all of them mentioned encouragement in her gymnastics career in addition to their congratulations.
We got a picture with one of our favorites. Mrs. Carnahan was Alyssa's (and Caleb's) social studies teacher and prepared her very well for our upcoming trip to Washington D.C.
And we also got a picture with Alyssa's favorite school buddies, Ana and Brianna:
I guess Lys really is that tiny. But I swear the other kids are giants!
The ceremony ended with the principal officially declaring the students "freshmen."
And just like that, I'm the mother of two high schoolers.
Heaven help me.