Monday, May 24, 2010


Bethany's Honors Day program was last week, so the boys and I hopped in the car and headed north to be there. It was a quick trip anyway but with a teenager who's calendar is quite full this time of year, it was one of those whirlwind trips. But we wouldn't have missed it. I was so proud to watch as she received  an award for "A" Honor Roll as well as the President's Award for Educational Excellence in recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence. I've said before it doesn't surprise any of us how she excels in everything she does, but we're still proud nonetheless! Congratulations, Umby! I love you more than words and am so proud of your accomplishments! I have no doubts you will continue to excel in high school as well. We couldn't ask for a better role model for your brothers and sisters.

Receiving one of her two awards:

And I must say, she did look FAB.U.LOUS!

Grant's End-of-the-Year Program as well as Kindergarten Awards Day also took place last week. They worked really hard on the program, and considering there were around 125 five and six year-olds in the program, I think they did an amazing job. 

Grant's part in the program was supposed to be that of a rock and roll guitar player. If you know Grant you also know this was WAY out of his comfort zone. This was about the best picture I could get being that he hid behind his buddy most of the time. :)

Grant receiving his Kindergarten Certificate of Completion:

To make a special day even more special, we were surprised by a visit from my Martha, my Grace and my Claire. Although if you ask Mac, he wasn't surprised a bit. "RaRa's always here," he said. And she is - always - no matter how many thousands of things she may be trying to juggle - she always makes time for us. Which is what makes her the best RaRa ever! 

RaRa with her Baby Love:

Mackey and my Claire watching the program:

ALLOW ME TO BRAG A BIT MORE (and then I promise I'm done - at least for this post) :)

Every week since the beginning of school, the PE department has picked one girl and one boy to be "Sportsman of the Week" in PE. The Sportsman of the Week was not necessarily a student who may have excelled in PE. But one who is a team player, a friend to his peers, someone who follows the rules, who is always willing to help others, who has good conduct, and who they believe is an all-around good student. Grant received Sportsman of the Week early in the school year. At the end of this year, the PE coaches decided they wanted to pick one girl and one boy from each grade who had been Sportsman of the Week to be Sportsman of the Year. 

I'm quite proud to say that Grant received the award for Kindergarten Sportsman of the Year. And although I had been made aware (to make sure we were there to see him get it) he had no idea. And I think he was quite surprised. :) 

Receiving his award from Coach Hall (their award was having their picture on the cover of  Redland Elementary School PE's own "Prime Sports Magazine" - HA!):

Showing everyone his "magazine cover": 

Obviously it's a mock magazine but he thought it was pretty cool.

Grant has had a wonderful Kindergarten year. I'm amazed at what all he has learned. He's reading, doing math, his test scores have been great, and most of all he truly enjoys school. And it's all thanks to this special lady:

Being able to teach is a gift. Being able to teach Kindergarten to 24 students is miraculous. We have been so blessed to have her in our lives. She's someone I've had the pleasure of getting to know and someone who is dear to my heart. She speaks of retirement a good bit, but she knows that's out of the question. At least for the next 3 years because I can't imagine Mac or Reid going through Kindergarten without her!

Thank you, Mrs. Schweers! It's on to 1st Grade we go. And I know he's ready.

I'm so proud of both my honorees!


Tara said...

You've got a load to be proud of! Grant looks so cute on stage, and I cannot believe he's going to be in 1st grade. That just doesn't seem like it can be possible! I still remember him being a week or two old when I came by to pick Bethany up when you lived on Jackson Lane! :) And somehow I know the guy in the orange button-down shirt. Who is he??

Ford Family said...

You have got some awesome kiddos, so proud of them, as I know you brag a little more! ; ) you look beautiful in that pic, too!!