Thursday, August 17, 2017

You were awesome but we miss you.

Today is August 17. Today, Ella was ripped from bed at 6:30am to start the first day of her 3rd grade career. Even though it is hot, muggy and raining outside, summer is 'over' in terms of laid back schedules and slow wake ups.

Summer was awesome. 

But I find myself wallowing in melancholy, again. I always feel this way. I am excited for her new beginning but there is always that BUT.

Little did we know that when I took these photos of our time with Lillian, she and her family would be packing up the house and moving to Tennessee a month later. Lil and Ella have been peas and carrots since their kindergarten years. They are completely different souls and yet compliment each other perfectly. She always managed to bring Ella out of her shell.

We know they will do so great in their new adventure but man, are we going to miss having her in our lives.

Sleepovers. Fireworks.

Incredible sunsets.

Fostering kittens. Again!

Having fun getting to know Creamsicle, the cat who has made us his own.
Celebrations at the Art Museum.

More kitten love (she is so so good at this fostering thing).
Art classes.

Adventures at the Great Lakes Museum.

Larry's band performed at the Art Museum on a picture-perfect Friday evening. We got to hang with some of our best buds.

 We met up with her classmates for some fossil-digging. Even Mr. Heartz showed up which made one little girl in particular, very happy.

So let's do this, new school year! Let's do this third grade thing with a brand new teacher, high up on the 2nd floor with all the older kids and brand new routines.

And for those of you who have grown to love Panda, our girl left him in my care today for the first time. Ever. Tomorrow may have her hiding him in her backpack again for extra security but what a big, big step for her.