Well, it wasn't exactly "Pomp and Circumstance" yesterday, but we did enjoy the closing reception at the girls' preschool.
The girls were SO excited...they've been looking forward to their reception for days. Poor kiddos, though...I didn't realize until afterwards that they expected to be able to "go to school". When we got home, they asked why their day was so short!
We took the girls to their classroom. They were so tickled that their Daddy was able to come.
While the teachers organized the kiddos, the parents got to enjoy a slide show of pictures from the year. It was so much fun to be able to peek inside their classroom to see some of the adventures I'd heard about. (And we got a CD with all the pictures from the year...so sweet!)
At 3:00, the two classes of four-year olds came in. Each class sang two songs, and then it was showtime for A&B's class. They sang "If You're Happy and You Know It" first. They all did a pretty good job with the motions, even the last chorus of "Do all five!" Then they sang the "Goodbye Song". I couldn't listen to the words very closely, though...for fear I'd get teary. "It is time to say goodbye to all our friends...give a smile and wink your eye...it is time to say goodbye to all our friends!"
The girls were pretty wide-eyed during their songs, but they did all the motions and I could hear B's voice loud and clear. I was a proud mama, considering that was their first time ever in front of a crowd.
All the kiddos sat down to the side, and then they were called individually to get their certificates.
Baby A sacheted across the stage. She does a funny little dance sometimes when she's in a new situation, and I guess her display was an extension of that. She was kind enough to pose for a picture afterwards, though...and her stance just cracked me up.
Baby B walked proudly across the room to claim her certificate. She then posed for a picture, most of the time holding her certificate right over her head. Here she was just before she covered her face, which solicited quite the giggles from the room.
Then all the kiddos sang a prayer before we got to enjoy some cookies and fruit.
It was such a sweet afternoon! The girls felt very special, and they were so excited to get home and look through the bag of goodies that each child got...it contained the alphabet books they worked on all year, along with their name tags and handprints and a few other things from their classroom.
I had planned to make the girls' favorite dish for supper last night...but this mama was a wee bit tired after all the festivities. We instead celebrated with dinner out at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and they loved that, all the same.
And now, on to summer!