Sunday, June 27, 2010

...with a chance of showers

The end of the school year is always exciting, exhausting, and emotional. We do super fun things to celebrate our learning (and keep the kids attention), and it's tiring to make sure everything fits in (all the June rain we had didn't help with this!)! At the same time it's bitter sweet to say goodbye to the kids you've spent everyday with all year and watched grow and learn. You love them to death, yet are so ready to get a nice long break from them! Needless to say there are a lot of emotions involved in this last week of school...then you add that to pregnancy and you have a teacher in tears over just about anything :) My first graders this year were amazing kids and will always have a special place in my heart because they have certainly been a part of my pregnancy journey. They dealt with the occasional "cranky Mrs. Ross" and produced some of their best work at the Baby's request. In fact, they think the baby is partially theirs and came up with an entire summer school plan in order to be with me AT MY HOUSE to help out with "their baby." And they also suggested I come back next year as their 2nd grade teacher and bring "our baby" with me each day! So I was very honored when they threw me a baby shower the last week of school (with the help of a few super mom helpers!). Sadly, in order to post pics of the event I had to crop or blur out these sweet little munchkins. The funny thing is that the morning of the shower we also had a special field trip to Shiloh to visit our pen pals and many kids told me that between these two events it was the best day of their life!!!  SO cute!
The adorable "Congratulations Mrs. Ross" cake!
This student wore a bouncy ball in his shirt the entire shower!

One of the games was to estimate the size of my belly with a string---they tended to think I was about 2 to 3 times bigger than I actually am! HA!
They also made a book of advice for me as a new mom---HILARIOUS! I was given instructions on how to change diapers and make bottles. I now know that it's my job to care for the child, and it's Keith's job to play with them.

The very next day the staff threw a shower for the THREE pregos in our building!!! We are all within about a month of each other, it's been really fun to share stories and encourage each other along the way. Heather on the right is having a boy, and Suzy in the middle is having a girl...what do you think I'm having???
We were serenaded by Marty who wrote a really funny song about being pregnant!

and got to open lots of baby stuff! The staff was so thoughtful and generous!!!!!!!!!! I know we all had a great time  :)
When school let out there was yet another amazing shower!
These are the beautiful hostesses and me. Thanks Ladies, I feel so loved and spoiled! I'm very lucky to have such amazing and fun friends :)
Something I learned at this shower is that children make great tables!

Keith got to join in the fun for a bit, he stopped by after golf and even got a little gift.
This week was all about happy tears, rain showers and baby showers! The rain and baby showers were much appreciated! It was a full and busy week, but soooooo much fun to feel all the love and stock up on baby gear. It makes us both so excited to meet baby in about A MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned....


Amy and Jonathan Hook said...

How fun that your 1st graders threw a shower! My 6th graders took a lot of ownership in "baby H" too. I think it's so fun to involve them along the way! I bet they made their boy/girl predictions too?! I think you're having a boy. But I have been 1/6 in guessing the sex of friends' babies. So with that preface, maybe you're having a girl?! It'll be fun to see!

It's so great that many people are going cloth!! We use country save from Huckleberrys. Expensive, but we've yet to buy a new box & Clara's over one! Let me know if you have any other diaper q's :).

McMurrays said...

can't wait to meet this baby! you are loved by many. .. so glad you felt special. love first graders. . by far the best grade ever! only a month left hang in there. . .all four of our kiddos came a month early at 36 weeks so be ready:)

Emilie said...

Cute pictures! Call me crazy, but the pen pal field trip to The Hills did ROCK!!!!!!! Can't wait to meet baby Ross!

Reba said...

I love this post. So I am hoping you will share more advice from your first graders that they left you. I suppose we could all learn from them. I bet that little book is hillarious, it will definitely be a cherished keepsake.