Last week we celebrated Spif’s retirement from DeSoto County Schools, and I was brought to tears by her teachers’ and friends’ support of and love for her. She has served in virtually every possible position, both in the schools and at the county office. She has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and most recently principal at Greenbrook Elementary. She worked at the county office for several years, developing the Kindergarten program for DeSoto County and working with Title I. Now that I am a mom and understand what a challenge it can be, I value even more her ability to be both a mother and a professional. She managed the balance beautifully and set a great example for me to follow. I was so grateful to see the Superintendent’s gratitude for her years of hard work, and I loved seeing all of her teacher friends from over the years there to cheer her on. We are so proud of you, Spif, and Helen Grace and I can’t wait to play with you even more now!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
After a three hour nap following Pump It Up, we headed over to Grandma’s to celebrate Spif’s retirement. Helen Grace hosted us for a tea party on the patio, and we all sipped our “tea” while she opened her presents. What a fun end to the day!
Grandma and Helen Grace walked over to see Teddy and Nini after our tea party, and I caught this cute video as they came back over to Grandma’s. You would have thought that I hadn’t see her in a few days!
Wow, to say that Helen Grace enjoyed her birthday party is an understatement. The child went bonkers for Pump It Up, and she had a blast sliding, climbing, and jumping with her friends and cousins. She is fearless and tried everything, and this time she was finally worn out enough by the time that the food was ready that we didn’t have a meltdown as we left the jumpy room. Whew! She was still too shy to enjoy the singing of the birthday song or blowing out candles, but she had no problem indulging in cake, ice cream, and cookies. :) Thanks to all that celebrated with us!
HG and Lilly getting things started. Callum joins the fun. Even the daddies got involved- and sweaty! Love this one with all the grandmas and great grandma looking on. I got to slide with the Thomas girls.. Even Grandma joined in for some jumpy! Leighton and Adickes HG had to help Courtlyn get started up the rock wall. This is where Daddy spent most of the party- inside the obstacle course, boosting little ones over the tall climbing wall. Griffin Worth and Hanley Grace Ann Courtlyn Haney, the dare devilEven Elliott got to come! Emily and Ann Maxwell Reba and Whitney were cheering on their girls Some love for Grandma Still no interest in blowing out the candles Chickens and HensBetsy and Robbye Crazy cousins
This was the first slide when we arrived at Pump It Up…
And some other videos from the party…