Just like that, first grade came to an end a few weeks ago. We were so lucky to have another fabulous year with Mrs. R. It was just luck of the draw that we ended up with her two years in a row, and I'm so thankful it worked out that way. Gavin had such an amazing start to his schooling career with her.
They celebrated the end of the year with a special "P"arty. Pajamas, pillows, playing outside, eating pizza and popcorn, watching Parent Trap, taking silly pictures...the whole shebang. He was pumped up for his fun day!
Riley and I joined him for a little while. Unlike kindergarten, we didn't spend the whole day with him this time. In fact, he barely paid us any attention during the outside play time. He was much too busy goofing off with his friends. :) But, I still enjoyed being part of the fun, seeing him laugh and play with the other boys in his class. Watching him come out of his shell is pretty special. The older he gets, the more outgoing I see him become.
We snapped a few class photos before lunch, and it just cracks me up because it was so dreary that day....not a hint of sun in the sky, yet Gavin couldn't keep his eyes open without his sunglasses. We made a trip to the store and stocked up on more sunglasses for the summer after school that day. He somehow lost every pair in his collection over the course of the school year.
We headed in and the kids got all settled in to watch their movie and relax for the rest of the day and that's when Riley and I headed out and let him enjoy his afternoon sans Little Sister. I think he appreciated that. ;)
Before we left, we presented Mrs. R with a gift the class all contributed towards. It was such a pleasure to put this together for her. Made me have flashbacks of the wonderful class gifts I once received.
Gavin, Daddy and I are so proud of your accomplishments in first grade! Great report cards and test scores indication you're already reading at almost a 5th grade level and doing match like a pro....that's all fabulous. But, more so than that, we just love the young man you're becoming. You are trying more things - Cub Scouts and soccer were on the list this year. You're finally tackling things that once gave you so much hesitation and fear - swimming and riding your bike, for example. Thank you for making our days light up and for always giving us hugs when you know we really need one. We love your loving heart.