Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Preschool Graduation Day

The big day has arrived.....Aiden's preschool graduation! What a bittersweet moment. The reality of him actually going to kindergarten in the fall has hit. He is not a little guy anymore. 5 1/2 years ago when he was born, I was enjoying all of my little guys, only one being old enough for school. I thought the days of all 3 being in school full time were light years away. Then I blinked and here we are. I'm afraid to go to sleep for fear of waking up and having them be ready to graduate high school and college. It's not just the realization that they are growing up so fast, but also the fact that I will be entering a new phase of my life and it scares me. For the first time in 12 1/2 years, I won't have kids at home with me. I don't know if I like that feeling. Waaaaay back when, I had plans of how things would fall into place once the boys were all in school. Now that the time is here, I'm rethinking things a lot. Thinking about what I want, what works for our family, what will keep our family as a whole the happiest and running smoothly, what is best financially. I had faith that things would fall into place, and slowly they are. I'm starting to see what I will be doing and feeling good about it. I'll fill you in as things progress a little more. :)

So back to today. The kiddos looked so cute dressed up and they put on quite a cute little production for us. I missed the graduation caps that Noah and Drew wore back at their graduation, but that's ok. Aiden even had a line from a poem to memorize and he did it just fine!

I had a hard time getting all the kids in one photo. He had 18 kids in his class this year and they were such a cute, well behaved class. I was impressed.

Singing one of their songs.

Receiving his diploma from Mrs. Steinkamp

Waving the ole diploma at us as he walked out the door. I think he was pretty proud of that!

Enjoying a celebratory snack of cookies and punch.

Big brother Noah got to come down for the ceremony. (Thanks Mrs Benner!)

Grandma Paulette and Grandpa John

Grandma Tunie

Me and my little sunshine. Dad had to dash out to get back to school so I didn't get a picture with him, I was bummed.

Aiden & Mrs Steinkamp--she is an amazing teacher with the most creative ideas. She's earned quite a reputation since she moved back to Quincy to teach here. Both classes for next year are already at capacity with a waiting list for each. That speaks highly of her!

Aiden and Mrs Blickhan--she is the teachers aide and we love her too. Both women are so patient and loving with the children. You can not ask for more!

The outside of the diploma

The "official" document.

He's ready for kindergarten!

It's just hard to explain to him that it will be a full 3 months before he starts! Let's enjoy summer vacation first shall we?? :)


dianna said...

How cute!
Yes, time is rooooolling right along...ready or not : /
Congrats sweet Aiden*!* Love you!!!
(Mrs Steinkamp looks the same!!!)

Mom said...

Mrs Steinkamp does do a wonderful job-those kids were such dolls during the songs....I am sure Aiden is ready for Kindergarten-and I hope his teacher is ready for HIM!!!! Mr Endless Energy!

Aunt Cindy said...

Nothing like graduations to leave you reflective on the past and what is to come too. Looks like Aiden had a wonderful Graduation Day...Way to go kiddo!!!

Jan said...

Lots of cute pictures of the kids. Hard to believe he will be in kindergarten next year. Time sure does go fast.

Beth said...

So cute! Love the diploma...great keepsake. Aiden looks so proud in all the pics. Love it!

Jer said...

Linda Rupp Steinkamp graduated with me from Notre Dame. And she married Kent who I went to grade school and high school with. (Well, he was at CB.) She has always been a sweetheart. Congrats, Aiden. You look so grown up.

Kat said...

Awww. So sweet. And so bittersweet. I know just what you mean. I don't really know how I'll handle all of my kids being in school either.

Aiden looks so happy and proud. What a fun graduation! :)