This past week marked some big changes. First, of course, was the award of the certificate of occupancy. But on that same day, my babies graduated from kindergarten. The day prior, the school held its end-of-year assembly, and Mae was recognized for academic improvement. Really it had more to do with "coming out of her shell". She tends to be pretty reserved in any new environment, and it takes a while for her to build up speed. Abigail does that too, but it only lasts for about fifteen seconds, so no one really notices.
ANYway...it was a little difficult to deal with Abigail after the assembly. She felt predictably left out. I'm sure we'll be dealing with this both ways over the coming years, so we'd better figure it out! Here's the assembly, Mae is third from the left, next to her classmate, Mason (in the wheelchair), who was recognized as the "Super Seven" student. I'd agree...no one works harder than this little guy every day.
I did actually miss the last day of school, because I was traveling to Troy, Indiana, outside of St Louis MO. My cousin, Dennis, was retiring after 26 years in the Air Force. He achieved the highest rank, Chief Master Sergeant, in 2004, and was on the command chief list (a special job at each base), but decided to hang it up and stay in Indiana.
It was clear from the ceremony and following party that he had been very successful and well respected. Here he is with his beautiful family.
Dennis did some wonderful things during his ceremony, like recognizing my grandmother with a military spouse medal (yes, grandma was there...she even hit the casino!). My grandfather was a Navy chief, and was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. My grandmother was pregnant with twins. It was months before she even knew he was alive. So yes, this was a long overdue and wonderful recognition for her. He also gave his father and my mother (brown dress) recognition as children of the military--kids who lived with moving, not much money, and long periods without their dad.
After the festivities, we managed to check out the sights, like the world's largest ketchup bottle in Collinsville IN, as well as the arch in St Louis.
I really didn't anticipate how cool this structure would be up close.
My sister Karen has all the BEST pictures on her camera, so maybe I can add one in later. For now, you'll just have to take my word...it was spectacular!
All around, a pretty eventful week! Now, what to do with the kids this summer????