Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pomp and Circumstance - Kindergarten Style

It seems like just yesterday that I snapped these photos of Camdyn on her first day of Kindergarten.  She was so happy she was glowing and not a tear was shed as her Daddy and I kissed her goodbye that morning in her classroom. 

And now, here we sit at the end of May, the end of the school year approaching like a freight train. 

Kindergarten is nearly over. 

She grew up immensely this past year...and she had a ton of fun doing it. 
Come to think of it...we all grew up immensely this year. 

Where she began to lay the groundwork for good work habits, study skills, and focus.  I began to lay the groundwork for personal happiness, goals, and a functional family.




Where she declared victory for earning 20 reading counts points and getting her picture on the tree in the media center, I declared my own personal victory.  I am happier than I was before...maybe not every day, but in general I am happier and healthier. 


I told you.  :)

Where she did gem mining and learned about rocks.  I moved rocks too.  Actually, more like big chunks of concrete.  I took a long hard look in the mirror and I made changes.  Changes that make my life better and more active.  Changes that put priorities in order. 

She learned about rocks with the help of a guide.  I moved mine with the help of dozens; friends, pastors, therapists, my family and God.  It takes a lot of people, and a lot of power to move big rocks, but I am doing it....steadily and with help.

And throughout the year, she continued with her riding lessons.  She's posting like a pro, she's jumping rails and still looking forward to every lesson.  She's found her passion.  We've rediscovered ours.

It's up and it's down.  It's life. 

And friendships make it easier.

Maybe it really is true, that everything you need to know, you learn in Kindergarten. 
It's been a year of learning for all of us.

Last night Camdyn graduated from Kindergarten.  We are so proud of all her accomplishments this year.  She's grown, she's changed, but she's still our energetic, exuberant little girl.   


A little girl who has learned the trick of an "open mouth smile" from her Momma.
 Open Mouth Smile = Super Happy and Copious Amounts of FUN!

In celebration, we had yogurt at OrangeLeaf after the ceremony....nothing says celebration like ice cream with any topping your heart desires!


Please hang with this wiggly and over-zoomed video until the 3:10 mark.  It'll be worth the giggle.  Promise. (Taylor Swift Cam is in the back row)

I am so proud of you, Cam!  I'm hoping that first grade brings a whole lot of sunshine with it. 

Love you!
Forever n Always,


Gma Marge said...

You made me laugh and cry--not only the pictures, but your text and the amazing video of a school year gone by! Life can change a great deal in one year! I just love Cam's enthusiasm and I hope that never changes.

Nessa Bixler said...

I can't believe her first year of school is ending... seems like you just put up about her first day. That open mouth smile is a great one. Those are some great lessons learned along the way. Hugs.

LeeAnn said...

I love that kid! She is such a performer! If she doesn't end up making it to the Equestrian World Cup, she definitely has a promising acting career in her future! Congratulations Cam!

Jennifer said...

Wow...this year really did fly by. It seems like only yesterday we were so nervous for their first day. It was a year of learning and growing, a year of ups and downs. It was a year that will always be remembered. Congrats Cam!!

TV's Take said...

Congrats Cam!!! How exciting for you and your family.
Love the photos and parallels.
SOOOOO glad you've all grown to become a more united family.
Can't wait to see you in a few weeks (you'll be my first blogging buddy i've met in person!)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

It sounds like she had a great year! Congratulations, Cam!

Mama Hen said...

This is a great post Carol! Congratulations Cam! Time flies! She is growing and I am happy she had such a fun year! I hope you are doing well my friend! have a great night!

Mama Hen