Thursday, June 7, 2012

Last Day Of School!

We did simple gifts this year. Lemon glazed cookies for the bus driver and a hockey tumbler for Brady's teacher. It was Brady's idea to give the's what he gave to his teacher last year. He's such a creature of habit. He also wrote his teacher a nice letter all on his own. I wish I would have taken a picture so I could have remembered his was a touching note.

My emotions were all over the place yesterday. I think my husband thinks there's something wrong with me!  I was so excited this morning that today was the last day of school. Isn't that the best feeling for a kid...and maybe a mom?! Well, Brady didn't seem any different this morning than he is any other morning before school. I'm sure he was excited in his own way...just not the way I wanted him to show it. Later, I cried all the way to the grocery store. The last day of school always gets me...even more than the first day of school. I think it's just the ending of one year and what that means...mixed in with the excitement of summer. It's been a great school year for Brady...maybe his best and a little part of me is sad to see it end. Brady did come home with good news though....he will have Mr. B again next year! No, he isn't being held back! Mr. B is moving up to 4th grade! 

We suprised Brady after school with two new Roger Federer raquets.  (Thank-you Erin!)  We hid the video camera to get his reaction.  If I can figure out how to download it, I will post it.  He was so suprised and almost speechless!  He's been asking for once since Federer came out with a new one right after Christmas.  He was planning to do extra chores this summer and figured by July he would have enough money.  I feel the need to say that I've never been in favor of giving money or rewards for good grades.  We don't do that.  We do praise Brady for always doing his best and for giving 100% when it comes to school.  He worked hard all year and we're so proud of him. Although Brady gets great grades...we've always told him that grades aren't as important to us as the effort he puts forth into learning.  This little suprise was just something we wanted to do for him.   BTW, I spent all morning making chocolate chip cookies, and he has yet to have one!  He's been too busy breaking in that new raquet.  He was out hitting on the garage at 7:30 this morning! 

Eric and Brady just left a bit ago to go camping for a few days.
I have a long list of things I hope to do while they're away...but first, I think I'll walk around Target! ;)


Kris said...

I am quite certain that Mr. B is just as happy to have a kid like Brady in his class next year too! How neat to give him the raquets! He is thrilled, you can see that in his picture!! I was always so emotional too, at all of our kids promotions, and awards ceremonies, and such. It's just a Mama thing. I hope you enjoy your few days of alone time. And that the boys enjoy their camping trip! My husband and son always took a trip together every year too. Nowadays, it is harder with work schedules, but they still do it when they can.
Happy day my friend!!!

Holly said...

You are the best momma, really! I am sitting here crying, and glad I found your blog so that I can read it and try to mirror some of your great qualities for my kids!

Brady is such a great kid, too... And I love his surprised face!
I bet they are so excited to go camping.... And as for Target... Alone... That sounds Heavenly!!

Erin D said...

I am so so so happy Brady loved his rackets! He's a great kid and deserves a special surprise! Let me know if you're in need of anything else! Happy Summer!!

Megan said...

I know what you mean about the last day of school emotions. I always feel so relieved it's summer and so sad that another year has passed. How great that his teacher is moving with him to 4th grade! Your treats are son loves the Humphrey books. Now go enjoy your summer and those cookies!

Casey said...

Holly Stole my words! I do love reading your blog and will definitely be "coffee catting" you (Cori's words) in the future!! 4th that seems like so far for me but I know it will come and go so quickly!

Gabe said...

Seriously, Target all afternoon!

Enjoy yourself!

Stacy Crawford said...

I hope you have a great summer. Awesome that he gets the same teacher!

Susan R said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You are the coolest mom ever. You do such thoughtful and fun things with and for your son. If there was a "Coolest Mother of the Year Award, you would win it.
I made the cookies and they were fantabulous.

yaya said...

I think I've mentioned this before...I bet every teacher fights over who gets Brady..and who gets the best room mom ever next school year..Mr. B didn't just "move on to grade 4"...I'm betting dimes to donuts he wants another batch of homemade goodness next year! Seriously, congrats to Brady and parents for a great year and have a fun tennis filled summer. I always loved it when school was out when my boys were meant not having to pack lunches for 3 months!

Steelers6 said...

Haha, we are all going to be a bit suspicious if Mr. B gets promoted to FIFTH grade too!

Guess the boys will munch your yummy cookies on their trip.

I miss my days of a treat for the bus driver; my high schooler would die if she (or I) gave him something in front of her entire bus full of students. Pout.

I hope you accomplish a lot, but in any case, enjoy some you time!!

Stef said...

Oh how fun!! He looks so happy! You guys are great parents. And let me say, I try and avoid going to school that last day because I tend to cry. For no reason. It's crazy! Moms!

Stef said...

**btw...I am loving following you guys on Instagram. I think it's so much fun. I know...I'm a nerd.

Jen said...

Love the surprise for Brady! So cool. Yes...y'all are great parents! Happy summer!

Nicolle said...

You are recording some wonderful memories here friend. How cool that Brady is going to have the same teacher next year! That will be fun. I hope you've enjoyed your few days alone, while the guys were away.

Jill said...

Love the last day of school! What an exciting little gift for him-
I think I would spend the rest of the day in Target!

Cindy said...

i always feel the same way at the end of the year too...just means one grade higher and one year older to me!! kind of like a birthday in a way!:(
super that he is having the same teacher, bet the teacher is thrilled too!
love your end of the year parties too:) and your thoughts on grades etc. you are awesome!!
have a happy day kerri and i KNOW that day in target was awesome!!:) hope the rest of your little vaca was too

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