Friday, June 28, 2013

Kindergarten Graduation....

It's impossible to believe that this year has flown by.  Kindergarten is over and Aida is officially in 1st Grade!  I couldn't be more proud of her.  Aida LOVES school...she loved her teacher Ms. Paris who engaged her and inspired her to love learning.  It makes me misty eyed just thinking about how she started the year and where she is now.  This year my baby transformed into a beautiful, self-confident, big kid and we are so proud.  Aida is fortunate enough to have her birthday on the last day of school too - so what's a girl to do but to throw a party!  Those pics are coming but here are some pics of her super fun last day of kindergarten...a memory I want to remember forever. 
Eating her favorite breakfast in the world. Waffle or pancakes with chocolate chips and syrup...SWEET!
Getting her Kindergarten Graduation Certificate from Ms. Paris
The love Ms. Paris has for her students is evident in everything she does.
Christopher loves Ms. Paris too!
My 6 year old beauty...
So during the ceremony Christopher just made himself right at home with Ms. Paris...He will be so disappointed if he doesn't have her in kindergarten.
The Class to precious
Aida and one of her buddies...
High Fives...
Walking Home....
The best day filled with so many memories I want to remember forever....we are so proud of you Aida and can't wait to see what fun next year brings...

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dance Recital 2013!

This weekend was Aida's dance recital.  We were so proud of her.  This year in Jazz she worked hard and learned a lot.  I learned a lot too -- like figuring out at the end of the year that she was in a competition class -- when these kids are in kindergarten!  Seriously, I was really late to the party on that one but now that I know we are much more prepared for next year.  Here are Aida's super improvements over last year --
1. No crying before she went on stage. 
2. She didn't tell me her costume was "disgusting" this year -- and to "throw it in the trash" when she was done.  This year she actually "liked" her costume.  It was super cute.
3. Understanding the concept of "doing your best" at something.  We had to talk about this every week - before AND after class.
4. Acknowledging her nervousness before the recital and even on the first day of dance class. She had to work hard not to get overwhelmed by the people in the audience on recital day.  The secret weapon for nerves....I told Aida to imagine an audience full of "Uncle Michael's in their under wear"  At first she said "EWWE" and then she thought it was really funny.   For those of you that know my brother you will see the humor in this too...
5. Wanting to come back and try ballet next year.
Aida -- we were all so proud of you this weekend.  You were a beautiful, tiny dancer. 



We Love You Aida -- Mommy, Daddy and Christopher!

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