Sunday, June 19, 2016

Movin' On Up...

Friday was Jacob's moving up day ceremony at school.  His school is only Pre-K through second grade, so he'll be going to a new school next year.  Fortunately, it's the school right around the corner from us, so that will be nice.  We'll actually still be picking him up at his old school every day because the afterschool program is there, but it'll be nice to have a quick drop-off in the morning if we have to drive him!  But since he's leaving the old school, they make a bit of a big deal about finishing second grade! 

We had to get to the school mid-afternoon, and thankfully the weather was gorgeous so they could do the ceremony outside.  It's amazing how much space five classes of second graders' families can take up!  The principal spoke to start the ceremony...
Hard to see, but she's at a podium in the shade to the right of center.

The kids sang some of their favorite songs, and in between they'd announce another class of kids one by one, and give them a certificate.  Here is Jacob's class singing...
Orange shorts, off to the left

They were the last class to be announced.  It was interesting to hear all the other names, as a lot of those kids were Jacob's classmates in previous years.  But there were a lot of names I didn't recognize, either, which means there were still a lot of kids that weren't ever in his class or never made an impact on him.  Jacob was near the end of the list alphabetically for his group.  He hugged his teacher...

And then he hugged the principal and got his certificate...

Here he is going back to his spot after being announced...
Again, the orange shorts...
 We signed him out for the day and I got a smile for this shot...

He still has one more day tomorrow, his 8th birthday.  Normally the last day is a half day, but because we had no snow days they moved the last day up a couple days and made the last day a full day.  Craig is going to meet him for lunch and pick him up on time so they can go up to Canada for a lacrosse game.  We'll do presents in the morning, and that's all I'll really see of him.  Sad, huh?  He'll have a couple days home with Craig after that, before starting his summer camp on Thursday.  Since he's going to camp at the U of R (on campus, away from my office), he'll be coming to work with me every day for the summer.  He's not thrilled about it, but he'll deal.  I'm hoping it'll help us bond a little.  We are not in a good place right now, so we need it.  We were supposed to have our first appointment with another behavioral specialist on Friday, but she called in sick that day so we'll be going Thursday.  I hope they can help us with his ability to follow directions, love his brother, allow me to hug him, and think of others before acting.  The impulsive, entitled, and downright rude behavior is really wearing on me.  Tonight I tried to remind him that eight years ago at that moment I was in severe pain trying to bring him into this world, and tonight my heart is broken because he wants nothing to do with me.  In true Jacob fashion he avoided my questions and changed the subject.  That is the stuff we need to work on.

Eight years, though.  Wow.  Moving up, indeed.

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