Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Olivia’s Kindergarten Graduation

Well, I suppose the title of this post is a bit misleading as Olivia obviously wasn’t able to have an actual graduation due to the circumstances.  However, I dedicated an entire post to Jacob for his kindergarten graduation, and I had planned to do the same for Olivia, so by golly, I’m still going to do that!  ;o)

Olivia’s last day of kindergarten was Wednesday, May 20.  She was supposed to have had her graduation ceremony first thing that morning and I was going to take her out for the rest of the day, just the two of us, to do something special.  Instead, we celebrated our girl as best we could at home with decorations and a special dessert Wednesday evening since there wasn’t much else we could do.

While the kids played outside Wednesday evening, I cooked dinner and decorated the mantle.  I was able to pick up the gold balloons at Target earlier in the week, and she was really surprised when she came inside for dinner and saw them hanging there.  After dinner, we had a triple chocolate ganache cake from Fresh Market and it was divine… unfortunately, the baker didn’t ask me what color to write her name in on the cake, and she wrote it in green.  I probably would have gone with red, white, or blue since those are her school colors, but it is what it is!

After dinner and dessert, Olivia opened her graduation card/gift from us, and then we snapped  a few pictures to commemorate the evening.  She, of course had to post all kinds of different ways, and Jacob even wanted to get in on the action!

The next evening, my parents stopped by our house to bring a little gift and card for her, and we got to spend a good long hour hanging out with them on our back porch so they could celebrate her big day, too.  She was able to hug them for the first time in months so I’m sure that was the best graduation gift of all.  <3

And because we likely won’t be able to have a graduation ceremony, our school put together professional picture sessions so we could at the very least see Olivia in her cap and gown.  I am so, so thankful that they did this because I will forever cherish these pictures of her… even if she does look 12!!  Seriously, whyyyy does she look so old?

At the picture session, Olivia was presented with her very own 2020 graduation tassel that she gets to keep, and I think she was more excited about that than anything! 

I cannot believe my littlest baby is officially a kindergarten graduate, and even though the school year didn’t remotely end how we’d envisioned, it was such a privilege to have a front row seat to the last few months of her kindergarten year.  She can now say that her very own Mommy helped her finish her first year of school, and not many people can say that!

Congratulations to our girl!  You made kindergarten look SO EASY and we pray that first grade is even better!  (We also pray that first grade takes place in the actual school building.  Haha.)

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  1. Congrats! Olivia looks so much like you.

  2. Aww congrats! What an accomplishment - especially given the past few months of schooling at home!

  3. Congratulations to the cutest little kindergarten graduate ever

  4. I am glad that you still did something special for her! Congrats Olivia!

  5. So sweet! This gets me all emotional! Congratulations!!

  6. Congratulations to sweet Olivia! That cake sounds amazing! I hope she gets to go to first grade in person!

  7. Congratulations to your sweet girl! LOVE her photos in her cap and gown <3

    Green Fashionista

  8. She does look so grown up in those professional photos!

  9. Congratulations to sweet Olivia! She does look very grown up in the professional photos.

  10. Congrats Olivia! Both the home pictures and the professional pictures are so good. And she seriously does look so grown up, my goodness!

  11. Aww I know it wasn't the celebration that you had envisioned for Olivia but you guys made it so special for her! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  12. Congratulations to your beautiful girl!! As always, you've gone above and beyond to make the occasion special even in these tough times. Super mom, for sure!


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