James & Anna finished school on Friday, May 28th and we are all celebrating! I think parents are just as excited to be finished as the students are this year. No more quarantines, no more masks…and it looks like next school year will be back to normal! James was a real trooper with the mask at school this year. He hardly complained at all and we’re proud of the way he persevered. Anna’s difficulty came through all of her quarantines, but thankfully that’s all behind us now.
We are all ready for a break. The last few months have been very full and I dare say I’m not going to make much of a plan for our days right now. Typically, I have quite a list of things to do and accomplish and fun to have through the summer, but this summer, we’re all needing a rest. Maybe after we’ve had some downtime we’ll think about some day-to-day plans.
Anna’s ballet season continues through mid-July and James is planning on continuing drum lessons just through the summer, too. He auditioned and received an invite to play percussion in the Jr. High band this fall, so he’ll likely discontinue private lessons once school begins. Both kids still have youth group activities at church on Wednesday nights through the summer. James is participating in an FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) basketball camp one week. Another week Anna is attending VBS and James has a local youth group mission week with church. That is plenty going on so I’m happy for us to have slower days and weeks in between.
Last week we attended Jr. High orientation with James. Wow. The Principal is amazing and I left wanting to attend Jr. High! We are so excited for James and this next step in the fall.
The last day of school was a grand celebration. Parents made signs and brought noisemakers to celebrate the end of the sixth-grader’s time at this campus. James went home with his best friend and hung out for the afternoon – lunch out, video games, and mini-golfing. Anna attended a pool party with her friends and had a blast. That evening we watched a movie and had a summer meal to celebrate: grilled hamburgers, lots of watermelon and canteloupe, and ice cream sundaes for dessert.