School is OUT!

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First Day of school in Arkansas 2012
First Day in Colorado 2012

Last day of school.

We had been waiting and waiting for it.

We were so tired of the routine and ready to soak our feet into all that summer has to offer - popsicles, sprinklers, the pool, late nights, lazy mornings, bike rides, ice cream, tanned bodies, hot dogs, mountains, camping, all of it!

Last Day of school 2013

Earlier in the week the school had sent home an outlined picture for the students to color. A winner would be chosen and announced during the assembly on the last day of school. Their picture would be put on all the students' homework folders for the next year. Ava worked very hard on her picture and wanted so badly to win, but she knew she was up against many older kids and that morning she told me, "I don't think I'm going to win Mom." In her true fashion Mae colored it as fast and as hard as she could to just get it done and move on.

That morning I chaperoned them on their bikes for the short ride to school. I hurried home and got the rest of the family to rush back for the assembly. I almost couldn't sleep the night before after the principal emailed us with the news that Ava's picture had won the contest. I was so excited for her!

It was pretty cute to meet up with her and Mae's sweet faces in the crowd of kids.

When the time finally came the principal announced her name as the winner of the contest. Her bright green eyes lit up and she could not hide the bashful smile that spread across her beautiful face.


Her cheeks reddened as she carved her way up to the front of the room for her certificate while the kids chanted her name, "A-va! A-va! A-va!"

I turned into a boob and wiped my eyes several times as she hugged the principal and smiled over at me. I love her quiet confidence. I also love that my parents were able to see her and share her joy. 

An administrator told me that the judges had to verify with Ava's teacher that she was the one that actually did the coloring. Her teacher vouched for her as she has seen her work and had even nominated Ava for summer school classes that are reserved for kids who show special talent - that class starts next week :)


When I went to pick them up that afternoon she was still in shock as she quietly and proudly announced. "I even beat the 5th graders Mom!"

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We have adored their dear teachers and this great little charter school, but yeah we are totally ready for summer!!!


Yesterday we put together our summer fun list and they are already checking things off - it's going to be a good one.

oh yes! thanks for the reminder to upload her pic (it was on my other camera):



Meg said...

Oh this is so sweet! You have to post a pic of her artwork, too! Great job, Ava!

Christina Rose //floresdelsol said...

what a great moment for her!

Lori said...

Hi hayley. It's your long lost roommate. :) I have to say I have been reading your blog for awhile now, and I love it. It's clear you are a terrific mother. I love your darling girls. Anyway, just wanted to say hello, and to say you now are obligated to post a picture of Ava's artwork. I was waiting till the end of your post to see it and it wasn't there! :). Much love. Lori
Ps. I have an Ava too. A red-headed kindergarten one.

Candy said...

Did she DRAW that?! Or just color it? Either way it's amazing!!
Go Ava! How exciting!

We are in school until June 13th....sigh....I am SO ready to not pack school lunches every day....

Hayley said...

she did the coloring. :)

the crew said...

Yay Ava! She is so dear- I can hardly stand it! Congratulations sweet girl:) and yay for Summer! We all got sick for a couple of days to kick off our summer, and the weather has been so cold- but good times are coming, I can just feel it! Love your list, we need to do one!

Lori said...

Way to go, Ava! That is a huge deal. I think that is a great contest. We still have a week left of school... I could use 2 more. I think you guys have the most beautiful daughters.

AshDaBell said...

I love this post! Ava is such a great little artist. I am so proud of her!

TheKeilShpeel said...

That is amazing job at coloring.

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