Winding down and moving up!

Monday, May 18, 2015
This time of year is so busy with end of year activities and it is even busier when people are graduating or getting ready to change schools (dances, parties, field days, awards and promotion ceremonies). So, this post is all over the place but  it's a re-cap of some of our end of year activities so far.

Well, here we are and Harry will be finished middle school next week.  I am SO GLAD!  I don't usually wish away years or phases. Typically,  I try to enjoy each stage of parenting as it comes my way.  But I will say that having gone through it twice, I think middle school can be really rough.  Harry was plagued with stress and migraines in 6th grade and it was such a hard year for us.  He even transferred schools in October of 6th grade.  There were days that I was not sure we would make it.

But he did.  He managed to get through with straight A's even though he missed a ton of school due to illness in 6th and 7th grades.  He also took the most advanced classes available.  He played three years of lacrosse and was a real leader on and off the field.  And he was a good friend to others. He was also in the National Junior Honor Society. And finally,  I have loved working in the school store with him every Wednesday morning for the past 3 years.

This past weekend was the 8th grade dance.  Harry is not one who usually likes things like this but he had fun with his friends.  They are all going to different high schools so this was bittersweet.



And I took these pictures before the dance....



I am really thrilled that all three of our kids are well rounded and involved kids.  But, it makes it extra hard this time of year to get to all of their events/recitals/games.  Dave and I often have to divide and conquer (as most parents do). And sometimes we don't make it to everything.

Will just finished up water polo season and I am very proud of him.  He was really a leader on his team this year and one of the captains.  He has made so much progress in the last few years.  Often his games are at the time of day when I am picking up Kate from school or driving gymnastics carpool.  Often they are very far away too.  So between gymnastics, violin and lacrosse, I did not make as many of Will's water polo games this season as I would have liked to.  I am going to work really hard next year to get to more of them.  I really like watching him play.


Love this shot of Will about to score.  
He played really well this weekend and was happy to see us all there cheering him on.


I  think their teams took 2nd and 3rd in the championship tournament.

Kate had her violin recital a few weeks ago and it was awesome.  I cannot believe how far she has come. She trains 16 hours a week in the gym every single week for her gymnastics team now. So with homework, there is not a lot of time left for violin.  Her teacher schedules her group lesson for Kate's day off from the gym and Kate has the drive and determination to stick with it.  I am not sure how much longer she will be able to do that.




I did not video the recital because I just wanted to watch and for her to see my smiling face NOT the back of a phone.  But I did ask her to play a little Ode to Joy before the concert.  I posted it here on Instagram.

And Harry had his last regular season lacrosse game. It rained so I did not get a chance to take many photos.



That is Harry front and center #18.

Finally, Will had his Junior Ring and Cross Mass.


Kate could not go because it was her last CCE class before First Holy Communion.

We love Father Bravo.  He has been an awesome mentor to Will the past few years.  We are sad he is leaving Jesuit this year for an assignment in Puerto Rico.


Will has an awesome group of friends at his high school.

They are all really fabulous. accomplished, good guys.  I feel blessed that they are his friends.




Although his friends all ordered a high school ring, Will decided not to get one.  He LOVES his school but he did not think he'd ever wear the ring.  And he is probably right.  I am glad he was practical about it because none of his friends have worn their rings since they got them.

But they all got a beautiful handmade wood cross that they hang from their car mirror (his friend is holding the cross two photos up).  And they officially became seniors along with the privileges (going off campus for lunch).  It was a beautiful Mass and I teared up quite a few times thinking about his senior year and graduation.

I think I need a nap now;)  This week, we have Harry's powder puff lax game and field day, a field trip for Kate, her end of year gymnastics party and some award ceremonies.  I am looking forward to summer!


  1. Congratulations on ending the year! It truly is such a busy time, but it's also fun to see the kids' accomplishments. You are a great mom, and your kids are well on their way to having bright and full futures :)

    1. Thank you Michele, I am running in circle trying to be t every tin for everyone this time of year no don't always feel like I am a good I appreciate the encouragement.

  2. Amazing children so full of talent. What a great family you have! I hear you on the nap! We have been crazy busy too! I am sure you have a few fun trips planned for summer.

    1. Thank you so much. The kids will go to their favorite camp again and w do have a beach trip planned. I cannot wait to slow down a bit.

  3. Oh my goodness what an amazing end to the school year. Harry is adorable - just adorable. Will is dashing and Kate - she is inspires one to embrace all that life has to offer. You and your husband are such wonderful parents and have really provided your children with such amazing opportunities. Time for summer fun!

    1. Thank you so much Cyndy. We work really hard at parenting but it is a struggle. I am struggling right now with Harry. I want to be involved in his 8th grade end of ear stuff and he does not want me involved. Always a work in progress. Your comment was very uplifting though. Thanks!!!!

  4. I love that dress you're wearing...where did you find it?


    1. Thank you so much Andrea. I got it at the Gap this time last year.

  5. I love catching up with you and your family. You are all so accomplished. I understand that you didn't want to be behind a phone or camera videotaping but watching and enjoying Kate's concert. You sure can't do every activity with three children at the end of the year. I am a teacher, and it is overwhelming during the last few weeks. Blessings to you all. Enjoy a rest!

  6. great pictures! When the kids are older, they will definitely appreciate all the time you took preserving these memories.

  7. I just loved reading about all of their accomplishments! You should be so proud of them as parents. You've done such a good job. how wonderful that Harry has done so well academically. I just know he will do well next year as a 9th grader too!


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