July 6, 2016

Elsie's Fourth Birthday and Gilbert's Kindergarten Graduation

We are still busily moving. Or at least I should be busily moving at the moment, but I have suddenly decided it is imperative to post these pictures now. Mostly I am just trying to excuse the fact that I am doing nothing productive. It is almost 90 degrees and we need to empty the basement and garage today. It does not sound like a winning combination.

But daisy chains and four year olds are a winning combination!!

Silly girl

Love this kid!

Gamely trying to keep the very defunct daisy chain Mummy made on her head as it falls apart. 

She is a good sport. 

Her birthday cake

So pleased with herself.


Gilbert was greatly excited by Elsie's Matryoshka doll.

I am sure it isn't hand done, but this 7 piece set was only $15 on Amazon. And it gives the kids great delight. Well worth the money!

And a music treasure box from Grandma and Grandpa.

The littlest matryoshka

The next morning, I came out of my bedroom on my way to work to this. 

A happy way to start the day!

And now, Gilbert's graduation. They always do some sort of play for all the kids to participate in. This year, they did the months of the year. Each month had there own song. A lot of props were involved. 


I loved this little elf. She looks so shy and hesitant.

I love the very straight arms



Gilbert was part of April. He came striding across the stage, his raindrops stream out behind him. 

Singing away

Kids are so cute at graduation. They are shy, hesitant, and bursting with pride, all at the same time. 

Poor July had his shirt on backwards and inside out.

This is the other boy with Down's in Gilbert's class. 

Gilbert has thrilled to finally be allowed to wear his suit to school. With cowboy boots. 

Mr. Berns was a great teacher and will be Gilbert's first grade teacher as well. He asked the school board to let him loop through two grades with students and I think it will be really awesome for Gilbert. It will eliminate wasted time in getting to know the students, figuring out where they are academically and socially, and learning which personalities clash.

Then they sang a few songs.

The entire grade

Our backyard. We are getting ready to list our house, so I have been taking random pictures when the lighting is good and everything looks shipshape. 

Lily, flying her kite.

Sunday afternoon


Evan and Clover and Co. said...

Oh, my heart! How are your babies SO CUTE? Precious Elsie Daisy, and what a lovely April Gilbert was! A cute play for a kindergarten graduation.

Geri Douglas said...

hard to believe Elsie is already 4!! and loved all the pictures. Gilbert looks amazing and Elsie's cake ....well, just let me say I would love to have a picece of it. love to all, see you guys next week..:)

Jolene Crites said...

Isn't packing THE WORST!?

That Elsie is SO cute!! Happy Birthday to her! I loved her little inquisitive questions when we were there - so much going on in that little mind!

Gilbert is adorable in his suit. And cowboy boots. When we were there, he said to us when we were getting ready to go tour your new place: "Go Team! Let's get to work!" Which has now caught on with our family, and we say it all the time. lol! He's such a great kid.

So glad to have special memories with you all!!

Cecil and Amy said...

I love the picture of the glowing Elsie!!! And Gilbert's graduation was perfect!!