Culmination Day

Friday morning was Mission Avenue's Culmination Day. This is the day that every grade gives a short performance to celebrate the annual theme. The theme for this year is Ocean. Erik's class sang a sweet song about the ocean and Erik was chosen to stand out in front and dance. It was great. It felt a little lonely without Casey there and his friends and their parents. We've got four more years at this fantastic school. We are going to live it up!!

First day of school

Today is Casey's first day as a seventh grader at Arden Middle School. Erik is now in the third grade. Casey had orientation on Tuesday. He was fighting jet lag and Brochitis but he did it all with a huge a smile. Yesterday he organized his locker and walked around campus locating all of his classes.

Middle school starts at 7:40 a.m. He was up this morning, bright and early, raring to go. Mama Melanie picked him up at 7:05 a.m.

You guys!! Look at how small they were!! They are four-years-old here!

Erik was excited about starting third grade this morning. School starts at 8:10 a.m. for him, so he had to time to eat his breakfast slowly. I wasn't able to get a picture of them together. Maybe later today they will let me take one.

Erik was super happy to see his buddies!

Looks like Erik is going to have a fantastic year! Hope everyone has a great day! Hugs and love to you.

P.S. I know today was super exciting but we are GETTING A PUPPY on SATURDAY!!! I cannot wait to share pictures and video with you all. My heart may just EXPLODE!!!! She was  born on June 27th. She is part poodle and havanese.

Sixth Grade Graduation!

Casey graduated from sixth grade tonight. Academically, Casey is SO ready for junior high. He is a responsible student. He doesn't wait to the last minute to finish his work, so I know he will be fine. I'm sure having multiple classes will take some getting used to, but I'm not worried about that either. We hope he comes to us with concerns or social group stuff that is bound to surface in middle school. But even if he doesn't, we will just keep telling him that we are here for him, no matter what. We have loved Casey's experience at Mission Avenue. We hope to know his friends and their families for a long time. Seven years of field trips, friends and fun.

This year has had its fair share of struggle. We continue to love him through tough stuff and always will. It is privilege to watch Casey grow into a young man. It is a privilege that our dear friends don't have. I never EVER want to take these moments for granted.


During graduation, Casey introduced his lead guitar group last night and performed a few solo's. He was great. I am so proud of him! We are so looking forward to encouraging and loving him as much as we can every step of the way.



First day of Kindergarten post

First grade post

Second grade post

Third grade post

Fourth grade post

Fifth grade post

Sixth grade post