Friday, May 29, 2009

Just thinking.......Wow, time sure flies......


I was sitting here thinking....we are winding down the school year...Rob graduates next Friday from Cyprus High....it's amazing how the kids have grown! Before I knew it, they're on their own, making their own life decisions. Life has certainly changed as I know it....

Our youngest is graduating from high school and Seminary....looking back, I remember the first and last day of school for each of our kids....putting these innocent little kids on that big yellow bus...driving behind the bus just because I had to know they got to school ok....I would actually follow the bus to Lakeridge Elementary School and walk the kids to their classes...actually, some years I would just take them on the first day...they were sooooo little, I just couldn't imagine them on their own trying to find their classrooms...Then, I would usually wait at the bus stop after school to make sure they got home ok....sometimes, well most of the time, I would drive to the school and park so I could see the buses to make sure the kids got on ok...then I would hurry home to wait for them....we had many bus experiences for sure...Kati and Allyssa getting off at the wrong stop because they wanted to walk home...of course we had to go find them...little stinkers (they were in kindergarten) so many stories...so many things they learned from riding the bus...not all so good, but lessons learned which turned out ok....then they went to Jr High...what an experience....I think all kids should skip Jr High....these are tough times in their young lives....lots of good and bad memories with all 4 kids, but all growing experiences that help mold them into who they are now...Staci and Kristi attended Hunter Jr High while the boundaries changed and Kati and Rob attended Brockbank....thank heavens for the Seminary program..what a blessing it was for our 9th graders, and then throughout their high school experience (all 4 kids graduated from the Seminary Program as well)...something to lean on and help them. Then it was on to High School...Cyprus...good school...loved all the experiences there with all 4 kids...Choirs, dances, bands, fund raisers so much learned, again some good and some not so good, experiences that helped to mold and strengthen a part of who these kids are today...great people with so much to offer their communities....

Now after Friday June 5th at 7pm...the public school experience will be over with memories left behind, new things await our family....marriages, missions, roommate experiences, colleges, jobs, families...so so much more...it was a great ride and I enjoyed every minute because I have such great kids...thanks for those memories guys and I look forward to a whole bunch of new memories...luv ya kids

10 comments:

Josh and Juli said...

What a sweet post and what sweet memories you have. I think I'll be a lot like you, following behind the bus to make sure the kids get there okay. I keep thinking how much times has flown and my oldest is only 2 and a half...it will be no time at all before my kids are grown, and I know I need to enjoy this time while they're little as much as I can. Thanks for the reminder!

The Harding Hive said...

Oh man...and I was having a hard time with the kindergarten year being over. I can't even imagine what it is going to feel like when my baby is graduating from high school. I laughed right out loud when I read your comment on my blog about ME being YOUR idol. If I can only be half the mother and person you are, I will feel successful. Thanks for the great example and good luck this week.

Staci said...

Thanks mom. XOXOX

Deb said...

Yep, I followed the bus too. I do have to say picking them up from teh bus stop is way easier than fighting after school traffic! Congratulations to Rob on graduating. Thanks for sharing the memories. I hope my kids turn out half as good as yours did.

The Wingwah's said...

I find myself always wanting my kids to get bigger and more independent and yet I always hear older moms (or grandmas) telling me to enjoy it while they are little. I know it's so true, but dang, sometimes it is hard.
I was just telling someone today about my hair assembly line. I usually do Faye first, then send her off, then Daff, then Phoebe. Lots of hair pulling and a little yelling, and walah! they are beauties. It's things like this I don't know that i'll miss... I hate even doing my own hair!
But honestly I'm so excited and a little sad that Faye will be in school all day next year. So weird. I also remember when I thought 30 was old. HA!
Congrats to Rob! College is SO much more fun than HS.

Allison said...

I'm going to be lonely when my boys grow up:( You do have great kids because they have great parents! Now look forward to spending time with grand kids....love 'em then let mom do the hard work. You are so great with Max he is lucky to have you:)

Annie said...

It's a really big leap being done with the public school phase. It's a whole new life for you guys! Congratulations on all the graduations in your family!

Joni Walton said...

You make me want to cuddle my girls together and pray that they don't get big...or just enjoy every moment, like you are so good at.

Tara said...

Congratulations! You played an important part in your great kids! Your a great mom!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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