Elliott’s Last Day of Pre-K!

Well, due to no fault of the sweet little preschool Elliott’s been attending, we had a bit of a dramatic ending to the school year. Two weeks before the graduation, the director and teachers were forced out of the building. It was sad and hard for everyone, but thankfully we all trusted the Lord to provide…and He did! And at least it wasn’t snowing like it was last year on his last day of preschool!!

So their graduation was held in a roller skating rink (of all places!) and let’s just say that Elliott sometimes has a hard time in new environments…and well, was a bit nervous. (Understatement of the year.) I won’t bother telling the story but will instead post adorable pictures (taken pre- and post-nervous breakdown) so that when we look back in 20 years maybe we will only remember the second half of his graduation which as a lot more fun for him. (SMILE)

But first, some stats! See how he’s changed since the First Day of Pre-k!

Last Day Stats:

Age: 5 years, 2 months

Height: 46 inches

Shoe size: 13

Clothing size: 6/7

Loves: “Crafting, Legos, and snuggling with Daddy.”

What he wants to be when he grows up: “I have a couple stuff, but not a spaceman anymore!* I would like to be a firefighter, a policeman, an ambulance guy and a worker guy, too.”

(*I asked him what changed his mind about the spaceman and he answered, “If there was a fire or someone robbing a house down here and I was in space, I would have to fly back down and I don’t fly that quick!” That’s our super logical son for you!! Ha!!)

Favorite part of Pre-K: “That they had crafting toys and that we did crafts!”

And now onto the graduation!

All the kids put on their graduation robes and marched out to the center of the arena! Can you find Elliott? Here’s a hint: he’s the only one in his class NOT wearing his cap… (He didn’t want to mess up his super cool gelled hairstyle!)

This is the preschool and the pre-k classes altogether.

They sang a few songs (cue Elliott’s meltdown) and then handed out graduation certificates! This was TOTALLY one of those days when I am SO GLAD that MY mommy was there for me!! Whew. The poor child was just frozen up in front, totally incapable of singing. I kept trying to help him but to no avail. Afterwards, my mom reminded me of the time that I did a duet clarinet ensemble with my dear friend Jill and I turned so white that she thought I was going to pass out. I guess Elliott takes after my (in)ability to perform on stage!! (Sorry, buddy…we’ll work on that!)

After my mom and I each took a picture with the kids, they each NEEDED to take a picture of us…so there you have it :).
This series cracks me up!! Look at my expressive, doting little girl and my “I’m-so-glad-that-performance-is-over” boy!! Haha!!!
Officially graduated from Pre-K!!

There were all sorts of fun activities for the kiddos to do afterwards!

A snow cone truck was parked outside (first snow cones ever!) and there was even face painting! Elliott passed on the painting and Selah decided on an elephant for her hand.
But their FAVORITE part was the balloon man who happened to be PHENOMENAL. Selah chose a sword and holster (of course!) and Elliott wanted a blue lion. He then requested a “5” (“Like I’m five!!”) and so Selah requested a “3”. They both got to carry a bundle of orange and yellow balloons from the balloon arc home.
Elliott’s sweet teachers!

And my favorite…a little compare and contrast!

These two!!!!!!
Our big boy, all grown up!!!


  1. It was my pleasure and my joy to be there with the three of you. Next year, smiles at graduation!!!

  2. I just loved this – guys, your kiddos are just perfect – you’re doing such an incredible job and I totally look up to you guys as parents!

  3. Don’t worry, Susanne, as moms we’ve all been there at one time or another and yes, someday even Elliott will laugh at the memories. What a joy it is to see your cherubs embracing and loving each other! Kind of reminds me of your mom (Helen for those of you who don’t know) & me as kids, LOL! Keep up the good work, you are THE best mother! xxxooo

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