Sunday, June 9, 2013

Viajar a España

In the morning, I'm embarking on a big travel adventure: Spain.

Along with one other teacher and 8 high school students, we will be flying into Barcelona, and over the course of the next 10 days, visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, and the coast on the Mediterranean Sea.

I don't much Spanish at all--other than counting to 10, and a few other things I've picked up from my Spain guidebook. The 8 high school students, however, have all taken Spanish 4 and 5, so they will have to translate for me. And hopefully I don't end up eating squid or octopus.

Adios, until next week!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Middle School?!?!?!?

This week Macy had middle school orientation. She didn't want to go in alone, so I picked up Jessica and Kaylee. I took the pic below in the car rider line :)

I can't believe my Macy is old enough for middle school! Crazy how time flies.

Macy is on the Crusaders team, which was not her top choice, but she's okay with it. Quite a few friends are on that team, and best of all, a lady we go to church with and a good friend of mine will be her Com Arts teacher, and I'm so excited about that!

I'm not worried at all about Macy in middle school. She has it all together, and will do great. She's already excited about the different incentives, and she's a smart, bright girl who knows how to make good choices. No, not concerned at all. Excited for this next chapter in her life.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Recap of 3rd grade

Kaylin finished 3rd grade this year, and did great. She had a great teacher, and developed a close friendship with the girls in her class. I'm waiting for KK to make strong friendships like Macy, but so far it hasn't happened. She's just the fun-loving girl who jumps from group to group, and that's not a bad thing.

Here she is with Leaha and Kaylie. Man, she's tall too! I am doomed...

From left to right, the girls in her class: Macy, Leaha, Kaylie, Katlynn, Abbie, Madison and Kaylin
With Madelyn and Danielle
Friday night, I took Kaylie, Kaylin, Abbie and Malea to Worlds of Fun for a "End of 3rd grade Party". Worlds was DEAD, so they ran from ride to ride, hardly waiting in line anywhere. We closed down the park at 10, and they had a GREAT time. I was so glad to be able to spend time with the 4 girls.
4th grade is next! And she'll be the only Higgins girl at Hawthorne! It'll be fun to see how she handles being at school without her sister. Love this spunky little girl.

Recap of 5th grade

Thursday marked the last day of school for all three of us. It was a very hectic day, with me finishing stuff at school, leaving in the middle for the 5th grade clap-out, then going back to school. Wouldn't have missed it for the world.

The last day of school, the younger grades/teachers/parents line the hallways, and the 5th graders walk out of school for the last time. Apparently, it's a highly emotional event. Parents had tears streaming down their faces, and several of the girls were crying like someone had died. I did get teary eyed, but I didn't sob like other parents.

Here's Macy coming through the clap-out. These pictures are from a friend; Bobby gave Macy a high-five and his arm blocked my camera. Yeah, not happy about that. But it's okay--I have these pictures.

Here's me, Bobby and Macy outside after the clap-out.

Macy and her long-time BFF, Paige. Paige is Macy's first friend from preschool, and they continue to be great friends.
Macy and Kaylee

Macy and her guidance counselor. This woman made a HUGE impact on Macy this year. Not because Macy needed to be counseled, but she did some pretty cool things throughout the year. Macy was involved in her Girls Leadership Club after school, and had a great time.

Macy and her 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Ritter. Just like the guidance counselor, this woman made a huge impact on Macy.  So, so, so thankful for these women for being role models for my Macy.
And just like that, in the blink of an eye, Macy will be entering middle school this fall. She's a strong, brave, smart, funny, kind person, and I'm so proud of her and can't wait to see what happens as she gets older.