Friday, June 25, 2010

Celebrating Ellie

Ellie was completely healed at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday when she entered the presence of our Lord in Heaven. A beautiful Celebration of Life service is planned for her at Calvary Church in Charlotte at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26th. Guests are asked to wear pink or pastels for Ellie! The viewing is this evening.

Ellie's mother Amy has chronicled their two-year journey in her CaringBridge journal. It is both heartbreaking and inspiring to read Amy's entries. As a mom, I cannot begin to imagine what the Potvins have gone through and have yet to face. My heart goes out to Ellie's twin sister Grace. I hug my kids tighter as I pray for Amy, Tim, and Grace.

Friday, June 11, 2010

School's Out!!!

Here are Abbie and Jacob as they get ready to leave for their last day of school! The last couple of weeks has been a whirlwind of activities including: class parties, middle school orientation, a talent show for Abbie plus numerous rehearsals, programs and activities for Zac, teacher gift prep, and Abbie's 5th grade promotion ceremony. And now it is all over for the summer!

Last year was the the first year the kids ever rode a school bus. So we were not aware of our neighborhood tradition for the last day of school and missed out. This year I was there, armed and ready with my camera....
When the elementary kids get off the bus, they are bombarded with water balloons! Parents come prepared with wagons and rolling coolers filled with dozens of filled balloons. Abbie is ducking as she gets off the bus, worried about all her stuff getting wet. {See that big inflatable in the background of the photo above? More about that in a minute!}

Of course, as soon as the kids get off the bus, they run to drop their gear, and then they engage in battle. I got hit several times in the back as I took these pictures!

It was a fun free-for-all!!! See how wet the street is? It is also covered with hundreds of tiny balloon remnants... which the parents did clean up before heading home. This is such a neat tradition that I am sure will be a fond memory for all the kids! But that was not all....

Our corner of the neighborhood was invited to an after-school, end-of-the-year celebration! Everyone headed home from the bus stop to change into swimwear, and then we all converged on one of the neighbor's yards for a wonderful water party! The kids all loved this giant, inflatable slip & slide! All afternoon we had an orderly line of kids racing two-by-two through the slide.
The backyard also had a little pool, and another water slide. At least 15 families were represented, with what seemed like several dozen children running around. Moms visited, some dads took off work, and several large tables were filled with yummy treats. It really was quite the party. What a fun way to end the school year, and to spend a hot afternoon!

Bring on summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Makes a scrapbooking mama proud!!!

This is a WONDERFUL scrapbook page!!! You know why??

This page was made by my 13-year-old son, Zachary!! He is applying to be in the "MP3" class next year and had to submit a scrapbook page as part of his application. MP3 is the media production class at his school and is responsible for creating the yearbook, daily broadcasts of announcements, and other special projects. It is a year-long course just for 8th graders. I know I am a little biased, but I think he will be chosen!

It is cute how he wrote some of the words much smaller than others. When I pointed out that he could have written some of them larger, he said it would be too prideful.

Here is what he wrote on his page:

"I am... loyal, friend, amazing, fun, kind, caring, responsible, creative, assertive, seriousish, sarcastic, exuberant, crazy, intelligent, visionary, never giver uper, diligent, hard-working, colorful"

Yep! I'm proud of my boy and proud of his scrapbooking abilities!!!
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