She is just that our little flower child. Our free spirit. She wants to travel the world. To live in Paris some day. And we know that she will do just that. She is fierce. She is smart. She will conquer everything she focuses her mind on.
Yesterday my daughter "graduated" from 4th grade. Where we live you go to a new school after 4th grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. So, they never really get comfortable where they are at. Although she has been itching to get out of this school since her sister left a few years ago. And we have been itching for her to leave this nest. She has been mentally ready for a year. She had an AMAZING teacher this year so we were blessed with that for her final hurrah at this school. But, we are glad for this phase in our lives to end. We are not sad for our time in Elementary school to end. We will not look back and cry at this time, but rather we look forward at the future because it is oh so bright for this young lady.
At the graduation they have the Intermediate school principal come for the crossover ceremony. So, this was Ally shaking his hand. Yeah he has no idea what he is in for... She is unique. She is not like her brother and sister. She is her own person. She dresses her own way. She doesn't care if people think that her mismatch style is crazy. It is her and she will go a long way with that strong confident self-esteem. Over the weekend my cousin Amy asked her what she wants to be when she grows up and she said a movie star or a soccer player. Whatever it is that she ends up doing she will be amazing and we will be there cheering her all the way. We love you Ally to the moon and back!
Last Thursday we had to say goodbye to our sweet dog, Sox. He was getting up to 12 years old. He had been with us longer than our youngest daughter. We got him the year the White Sox were in the playoffs, hence his name. Because yes we are White Sox fans. Jack our son got him for his 2nd birthday. He has been carried, snuggled and loved by family and friends for these past many years. He truly was an important part of our family. It has been a hard loss for our kids. But, it has taught them unfortunately things we love die at some point as much as we don't want them to. Over the past many months we have watched Sox get sicker and sicker. It had gotten to a point that we were carrying him up and down the stairs and outside to go to the bathroom. But on Thursday he had that burst of energy that they say animals get. And he showered the kids with so much love as if he knew. Not that long ago we saw the movie "A Dog's Purpose" so we talked about I wonder how Sox will come back. Will he be a big dog or a small dog. We look forward to one day meeting him again. We are glad that where he is at he can run and be pain free again....
Today while driving my kids around my daughter and I passed this very field and there it was a spectacular view. I happened to have my camera with me. I guess in my line of work it tends to travel with me wherever I go. But, I have noticed lately that when my daughter and I are driving around we have come across some of the most beautiful skies. So, we did we what we have done the past couple of weeks and pulled over and started snapping. We love rainbows. She went on to tell me how she learned in school that rainbows in greek mythology have been looked at as being a bridge. And I asked her a bridge to what? She said well a bridge to heaven or a better place...
I am pretty sure this picture is telling me what my daughter is going to be doing as she gets older and is hanging out at sporting events when she is in high school.... Yep hanging out under the bleachers. She is our "wild one". That's the one on the left I should say.
We had our first camping trip of the year. Oh did it feel so good to be out there. We had picked up Rocky. Yes we are that family that has named our RV. We purchased our RV from a sweet couple last spring before we ventured out west. We had rented one the year before and were sold on this was our way of living. Since I met my husband we had always been campers. But back then we tented. Now I will tell you prior to my husband I had not camped since girl scouts in elementary/junior high school. But, I was all in back then! Then we had kids and we moved up to a pop up camper. We then took a little break sold the popup and missed it so very much! So when we finally picked up Rocky the kids have been asking weekly when can we go camping. I love that they love it as much as we do. It is not a chore for them even with them being 13, almost 12 and 10 years old. They get that the fresh air does our mind good. So off the kids went to school and off Chad and I went to get a spot at the local state park. And there we sat "working from home" in the comfort of our RV in the woods. It could not have been more perfect. Our view from our desk was this. Fresh air it does our mind good. We need to take a break from the technology/media/news and just be with one another. It is a big reason why I love it so much. Get out there and do something with the ones you love!
A sure sign of spring in our backyard is when your Saturn Peach tree starts to bloom. It amazes me how pink the blooms are all up and down the tree branches. We get so excited when we see it blooming because we know this means we are going to have another great season of peaches....
Even though he is 13 he still has those days when a good nap after school is what he needs. Lord knows I would love to take a nap at times....
Oh the last concert we will see for Meggan at least in this form. She has been a kid that can pick up any percussion instrument and play a song on it. But she has decided she would like to focus on her piano skills. Which to be honest are quite amazing. But we now put the drum sticks, bird whistle and bell kit away....
Oh the life to receive so many treats and sometimes some blueberries or popcorn. Yep he loves all of them!