I was looking at Addison's first day of school pictures and I couldn't believe how much she has grown! It made me a little sad. As I was taking her picture today, she seriously felt so grown up! I wondered how my first grader...well...technically not first grader any more...but still...could seem so old!
And then she started giggling and gave herself bunny ears.
Whew, at least she's not completely grown up. :)
We had a late start day today...but that doesn't stop the girls from getting up at their regular time, so we had a lot of time to kill before school started. Addison took her sisters on a little adventure on the wall separating the neighbor and our yards.
I seriously love this little lady. She's not even close to a tween yet, but it still feels like she has one foot in the grown up world and one in the kid's world. She is so mature and responsible in someways, and so innocent and child like, and carefree in others.
The last day was really bittersweet. You know those amazing, life-changing teachers you always hear about on television? Well Addison had one of those this year.
Mrs. Boles is SO amazing. You can tell that she absolutely loves teaching, and loves her students. And her students SERIOUSLY love her!
I knew there was something special about her when I went in for Addison's VIP day about two weeks after school had started. For part of her VIP day, I read the kids Addison's favorite book. I sat down to read, and all of the children sat COMPLETELY quiet in their spots on the rug, their attention TOTALLY on me. And these kids were just barely out of kindergarten! That was when I had my first inkling that Mrs. Boles was something special, and the rest of the year just confirmed my suspicions.
Addison was always excited to go to school, and loved telling me what they were doing in their class. I knew every single day Mrs. Boles was absent because Addison came home so sad that she wasn't at school and excitedly anticipated her return.
She made school so much fun for Addison. I was hoping that all of my kids would wind up having her! Unfortunately not too long ago we found out she would be moving to Idaho once the school year was over! We are happy that she and her husband get to retire, but we are also SO sad to see her go!
I came to school a little bit before the last bell rang so I could make sure to get a picture of Addison and her teacher. The bell rang, and all of the students just ran to Mrs. Boles and gave her this huge group hug! It was seriously one of the sweetest things I've ever seen! It was the perfect end to an amazing year (and career)! :)