Last week alone I took him to a birthday party, a going-away party, and a back-to-school bash. The teacher he had last year created this awesome board on Shutterfly where parents could add pictures they'd taken throughout the year and everyone could see/order them (love that idea). The board, however, also allows messages and everyone gets an e-mail when one goes up. That meant the kids could stay in touch over the summer. It's been fun, and I really, really like the concept.
|There is a child inside of that ball. :)|
We've been to a handful of events this summer, and a good number of the kids in the class showed up to each of them. It's fun for them to have others their age to play with, and it's exciting to see your schoolmates over the break.
One mom had her son's birthday party at the local park and I thought that was brilliant. Dad cooked burgers and hotdogs on the grill, coolers of juice boxes and water were brought, and a few toys were brought along for novelty (like the big ball above). The playground provided the rest of the entertainment for the kids. And the cool, sheltered pavilion was a haven for the parents who wanted to be able to socialize, see their kids at all times, and stay out of the heat.
|Going away party|
The going-away party we went to a couple of days ago was bittersweet. The little girl on the far left is someone my son is sad to see moving. She's just a real sweetheart, but moving's sometimes a part of life, and her dad got a great job, so...we're just happy for her family, but she'll be missed. That card in my son's right hand is something he made for her. I love how the little ones put so much effort into appreciating one another. :)
In any case, summer's closing down now and school will be back in session before we know it. Then the kids' calendars REALLY get busy. But that's okay, I don't mind a bit. :)