Thursday, June 05, 2014

Jackson's Kindergarten Graduation

Today was Jackson's last day of kindergarten! He had graduation on Tuesday, a water party on Wednesday, and a half day to wrap up the school year today. The graduation ceremony was so cute. Rather than having everyone in caps and gowns, the graduation had a Hawaiian theme. The ceremony started with a message from the principal followed by some songs from the kids.

Then they lined up each class, and as they said their names, they asked each kid what they want to be when they grow up. Jackson very confidently said he wants to be a policeman. In a report the week before he said he wants to be a policeman so he can get all the bad guys! Then they gave him a lei, and he returned to his seat on the stage before ending the ceremony with the school's song.

We are all so proud of Jackson and everything he has accomplished this year. He is an incredibly sweet and sensitive little boy. He has matured and learned so much over this school year. He went from knowing his ABCs and numbers to reading short chapter books, doing math, writing stories, and loving science. It's really hard to believe how much he has grown inside and out! We are beyond grateful for his teachers and the incredible staff at his school, as well as his after school program. It truly takes a village to raise a child, and we couldn't do it without each of these people! Jackson is a better person because of each of them! We love him so much!

There are a few more pictures in the album.

Stone Family Reunion

Another Stone Family Reunion has gone down in history! We spent Memorial Day Weekend in Shreveport with our families. Ross' family now includes my mom and dad in the festivities, which allows everyone to see us a little more. The events were the same as usual, and just as fun if not more so. Saturday night we had dinner at Ross' Aunt Dottie and Uncle Jim's house where we got to spend a little time catching up while the kids played in a bouncy house and ran around in the backyard.

Sunday morning we had brunch at Ross' mom's house. There were lawn games, frisbee, and a puppet show. The puppet show is always Jackson's favorite, and this year was no exception! From the moment he saw Aunt Carol on Saturday evening Jackson began asking about the puppet show, so when the time came to set up on Sunday morning, he was more than happy to help. This year was especially fun for Jackson since he can now read!

They did several stories for everyone and had lots of laughs. Eventually, all of the boys ended up sitting together playing around, and the girls were all gathered around the baby of the group...there were lots of ooooohs and awwwwws.

Sunday afternoon and evening were spent at Ross' Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Laura's house. It was a perfect day for swimming and karaoke! We were super excited because Jackson officially became a swimmer that night! He can now jump off the diving board and swim to the side of the pool. We are SO excited about this milestone!

It was a wonderful weekend with a wonderful group of people! There are a few more pictures in the album!