I've always thought that things like pre-k graduations are so silly and unnecessary. Logically, I buy into the idea that kids don't need participation trophies, and that we don't need to make up silly milestones for them.
Then, I had a kid in Pre-K. I'm not saying I don't think it's silly, because it is. And it's certainly unnecessary. But, the kids all seemed pretty proud about graduating, and I'd be lying if I told you I didn't get teary during the ceremony.
It started with Dani being named "Pre-K Student of the Year" for her school. This meant she got to attend a local baseball game and was recognized on the field--and got to run out onto the field with the home team.
She stayed out there for the National Anthem. She was so proud. And, it was pretty awesome, the whole family got to watch her from the stands.
Two days later, it was Pre-K graduation. Nothing like a hot summer night in an un-air conditioned elementary school cafeteria.
Dani got to lead the assembly by holding the mic and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. (teary mommy)
Look at this kid's face. She's walking to receive her Pre-K "diploma". She's beaming.
It's impossible not to be excited for her--because she's so excited about being ready for real school!
Tori and Tommy managed to sit relatively still during the event.
An attempt at a family photo was, as usual, like herding cats. Tori is channeling her inner Bangles "Walk like an Egyptian" vibe. This was the best, of many attempts.
It's amazing how fast this time flies. Dani's headed to kindergarten. Kindergarten! (And Tori to Pre-K)
When we were driving to the Mohawks game, the night she was receiving the Student of the Year honor, she was in the back seat telling Tori, "To be the student of the year, you have to work hard and do your best every day in pre-k, Tori."
She is amazingly smart, and articulate for her age. (I realize every parent says this.)
And, we're so proud of her.
A few kid sayings of late...
Some weeks ago, Tori hopped into the coveted second row minivan seat (that Dani had asked for) and when Dani protested, Tori's response was, "You snooze, you lose, kid." (Thanks Grandma.)
Now, all three kids vie to be the first at anything so they can hurl the "you snooze you lose" taunt.
Last night I was talking to Dani and Tori about my parents' impending visit. I was mentioning that there were a few things in the house that I wanted Grandpa to fix. I told them that Grandpa could fix anything. Dani disagreed. "Grandpa can't fix people, mommy."
At dinner tonight, Tori announced that she would like to call me Bethany. When I said no, she could call me mommy, she settled on mom, and told me if I were a balloon she would pop me.
Dani's favorite jokes to tell these days;
What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.
Why can't you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom? Because the "p" is silent.