In order to thank the amazing teachers we came up with the idea that flower pots should be painted and flowers planted. It seemed only fitting that we give the staff of a nature based preschool flower pots and flowers! It was truly a family affair as we all had a hand in creating these gifts.
Once the pots were dry it was time to plant the flowers. Dave picked some flowers up on his way home from work and then Emma got to choose which plant went to which teacher.
Which brings us to today. After lunch we gathered everything we needed to bring with us and headed to Crickets. As I drove out for the final drop off of the year I found myself getting really sad. I reflected on all the amazingness that was this experience and found myself wishing that this was not the absolute last day of what was such an incredible journey. We arrived and Emma handed each of her teachers their plants. I wish that I had an extra pair of hands so that I could have taken pictures in addition to coordinating the gift giving, but it was not to be. Just imagine how sweet Em looked carrying each of these plants to her beloved teachers. It is a memory that I will carry with me always. After the gifts were given Grace and I hung around for a little bit to chat and play.
Finally we had to pry ourselves away. Before I hopped into the drivers seat I turned and looked back to see what had become such a familiar scene:
Grace and I then headed out to have a Grace and Mama adventure together. Ice cream was on the menu and a little bit of shopping too. After all our fun was had we headed back to Crickets to pick Em up. We arrived a little early and as luck would have it the Crickets closing circle was going to be held outside! I was so happy that we got to be there for their final circle. It was very special and I was way more emotional about it than I expected to be. This is where wearing my "Jackie Kennedy" size sunglasses truly comes in handy! Mama shed more than her fair share of tears while watching the final moments of the Crickets time together.
"Wait! Mommy needs to take a picture!"
It was such a truly spectacular day! The perfect ending to the perfect experience! I am so eternally grateful that Em had the chance to be a Cricket, and David and I have said on more than one occasion how much we wish that Grace could have been there too. A special thank you to Paula, Mary and Rina for making this experience so much more wonderful than we ever could have imagined! You three will forever hold a very special place in our hearts.