Last day of school.

Today was the last day of Kindergarten! Her very first official year of school is done.

She grew quite a bit in a year! Photo on the left is first day of Kindergarten, and the photo on the right is today on her last day. It looks like she grew four inches or something like that!

For after school pickup, I put some balloons in the car along with a surprise. A backless booster seat! She has been in the big booster seat that has the back and everything but she’s getting so tall to get in and out of it. She was so excited to see the booster seat after school today. You can see the story on my Instagram page at @lifewithmandyjoy.

After school, a lot of her friends from class all met up at a park. I only took this one picture, but the entire playground was filled with red shirted little kids. It was so cute, and the kids were super hyper running around playing together.

When we got home from school, I had a few things at home for her! Made this sign for the front door that said “Hello Summer” with an ice cream cone and sun. It was a little hard to stick to the door since it was raining and all, but it managed to stay up until we got home.

I put a few decorations up inside the house, if you don’t know by now, I love to make things festive and fun!

Once she walked through the streamers, she came to a basket full of summer goodies! As you can tell by the look on her face, she was so excited!

Next to the basket I put some paper plates that say “More Summer Please” and some cute hand painted glasses my Mom gave me for Easter. We used them for a fancy summer dinner tonight!

Here’s a closer look at all the goodies in the basket.
– Booster Seat
– Water Balloon Blower
– Unicorn flip flops
– Pop It
– Puffy charm bracelet
– Glitter glue (for slime)
– Lip gloss
– Scented nail polish
– Loofah/Nail kit in a cup
– Wonder Woman bandaids
– Summer on my mind shirt
– Shorts to match shirt

All of these things cost very little money. You don’t need to buy super crazy expensive things for your kids. They don’t know if something is from Pottery Barn verses the dollar store, or the dollar bin at Target. It’s all about the memories you make with the things you have. I want to create happy fun loving memories for Hadley through these school years, because I know they will be over with a blink of an eye. And I don’t want to miss a thing!

Lollipop Soccer Recap.

Hadley finished her very first grade school sport soccer this past weekend! Kindergarten lollipops! She played two sessions with a team from her school, all in kindergarten. She enjoyed it so much. The above photos were from the first session, and it was a big learning curve for most of the girls. Even her big brother and sister got to see her play one of her games. With the pandemic going on, spectators have been limited. She loved wearing soccer shoes, the shin guards, socks, the whole get up.

By the second session, all of the girls improved tremendously! Kevin helped coach for this session, and Hadley loved every minute of it. With his firefighter schedule, he only missed two games! By the last game, it seemed like the team was finally getting the hang of how the game is played and then the season was over. It was such a great time for Hadley, and I hope she continues to try out different sports as she grows up.

The whole team! Well, two girls were missing, but most of them are pictured above. I can’t wait to watch these girls grow together through the school age years. Most of them are playing softball together in a few weeks. I just love this time in our lives. I’ve been waiting for twelve years to experience all of this, and it’s finally here, and I’m enjoying every second of it. I know it’s going to be over before I know it, she’ll be graduating high school and I’ll wish for these kindergarten years back again. Just love watching our kiddo grow up!