Sunday, May 28, 2017

School is officially out for summer!

Yahoo!  My last blog post mentioned a few things that we had standing in our way before summer break could officially begin.  I'm happy to report we have made it through:

2 awards day programs
1 field day
3 soccer games
1 soccer celebration 
5 teacher appreciation gifts
1 choir concert
1 (or 3) basketball games
1 8th grade graduation
1 8th grade formal
1 choir banquet

Needless to say, there are a few pictures.  

Jack had the opportunity to play on a semi-competitive basketball team this spring and he loved it.  He definitely grew as a player and he'll be playing for his middle school team this fall.  Good times ahead.  Although, I've told Fred I don't think I can watch after the 5th grade. The stress of the game just gets me. I'll be at home reading the twitter feed.  
His last tournament game did not go well, but in the end he was still smiling.  

Andrew and Jack had a program at church.  Jack actually sang a solo.  He did great.  You can view it here

Clayton had his final middle school choir banquet.  He received the Director's Award, which is the top award for his choir.  We just love Mr. Mack. his chorus teacher.  We are so excited about Jack being under his direction as he enters middle school. 

These are all the 8th graders. It really is a good group of kiddos. 

While we were at the choir banquet and all dressed up, I thought it would be a good time to get a family picture. I was wrong. Seven tries later, we got one decent photo.  Oh the joys of taking photos with boys...

Clayton's last day of middle school was Tuesday.  Of course we had to take a 6:45 am.  

 That afternoon, our family came in for a little graduation party.  I really don't understand 8th grade graduations, but whatever.  We partied and attended.

 The 8th graders from Clayton's choir sang and it was great.
 It just so happened that Clayton's class walked right by us. And as the alphabet would have it, two of his close friends were beside him in line.  Clayton received several awards, but I don't remember what they were.  Something about his GPA being really high and maybe science and something else, but I can't remember exactly. We could sum up his 8th grade year and just say, "He's a good student and we're proud of him."

Aunt Janice spent the night after graduation and then left for Texas the next morning.  She delivered donuts and sausage biscuits and then took the boys to school. 

Andrew and Jack had their last day of school on Thursday.  They had a half day on Friday, but we were done.  

Here's a little end of the year fun. 

As Jack's first official out of school project, he made dinner for the family. He was thrilled...well kind of. I certainly was. Grin.

We celebrated being out of school by going to a new (chain) restaurant here called Freddy's. We were going to take the boys to a movie, but they asked to go to Shelby Farms. We are always game for Shelby Farms. We played football, hide and seek, and we even rode in a kayak. It was a fun day and a great way to kick off summer!

I told the boys I would give them $5 for every book they read this summer. 

Andrew: Oh wow!
Clayton: Game on. 
Jack: I don't need any money. 

Funny boy. 

Clayton left at 4:15 am for Honduras for a week on Saturday morning.  He was really looking forward to this trip. I'm just hoping he keeps up with his passport...just kidding..I'm so excited he had this opportunity. 

Saturday morning I headed to Shelby Farms for a little yoga.  It was free and outside.  It was all things wonderful. 

Sometime Saturday afternoon, I got this picture of our goofy 13 year old.  He made it to Honduras safe and sound.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, we had some pretty rough storms in Memphis.  We really didn't know because we slept through them. However, when we woke up Sunday morning about 150,000 people in Memphis were without power, including our church. So, in a quick turn of events, we decided to have one service in the fellowship hall. (the sanctuary has no windows, so it was pitch black) It was definitely different, but fun to break from the normal routine.

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