Blown Away …

June 26, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Family Ties | Leave a comment
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I have two girls, both of which I am enormously proud. However, this post is dedicated to my biggest-little-one, Lexy.

I would have thought that the words would have flowed so easily, but truth be told, I’ve had some difficulty composing this post. It isn’t very often that I’m at a loss for words, but this is one of those times.  You see, my daughter graduated last week from Grade 8 and she blew me away.  I’ve always known how smart, and funny, and kind, and caring she is.  She has challenged me since she was born – she always had an argument at the ready for anything I had to say.  On more than one occasion, I’ve had to concede.  This kid will make her mark in the world, and as her Mother, I can’t wait to find out how.

Lexy changed schools this year since neither her, nor her Sister needed daycare any longer (keep that in mind at the end of this post). She was very hesitant to change schools, because her old school and old friends were her comfort zone.  She knew everyone and fit in well.  At the beginning of this past school year, both Lexy and Caity would hang around at lunch and recess together because they were the outsiders, not having made any friends yet.  I shouldn’t have worried.  Both girls soon were invited to Birthday parties and after school to their new classmates’ homes for projects or play.  Lexy immersed herself in the extra credit assignments offered in her classes.  She signed up for, and got, the female lead in the play at her school.  I had heard her sing before, to the radio, but never really on her own.  When I heard her belt out “The One-Feathered Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz”, I cried – I had no idea she could sing so well.  That was the first time I was blown away by this kid.

When Lexy first learned to read, she was absolutely positive that she could not, would not, ever be able to read. It was impossible, hard and impractical.  Why couldn’t I just continue to read stories to her?  I remember one day as I was helping her read a story, it felt like a light bulb was turned on – all of a sudden she could read most of the words.  Pretty much since then she has read anything and everything she could get her hands on, and always at a much higher grade level than she was in.  Her Teacher commented earlier this year that her reading list rivaled his own.

Along with the prolific reading came her writing ability. Since she was little she would create stories with vivid descriptions and characters.  Her skill with writing was also far beyond her years.  She said she planned on becoming an author.

As a result of her performance in the play, and her amazing writing ability, her Teacher suggested she apply for our local school of performing arts’ theatrical programme.  That was the second time I was blown away by this kid.

At her Graduation last week, not only did Lexy graduate with honours (not a surprise), but she received awards for English, Music, Performer of the Year, and the Kiwanis Citizenship Award for Student of the Year.

Lexy accomplished all of that in just one year, while at a new school. That was the third time this year that my kid blew me away.

I could not have been more proud of her than I was, than I am. She left me at a loss for words because there isn’t anything sufficient to adequately describe how I felt, how I continue to feel.

But I just have one thing to say to her… OK Lex, now what are you going to do for an encore? 😉



No More Pencils, No More Books…

June 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Caityisms, My Kid is a Donut | Leave a comment
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My Littlest Little One's Big Day

Caity’s First Day of School – Ever

School’s finally finished for the year – man this year went by way too fast.  Must be that I’m getting old(er), that the passage of time seems to move too quickly now.  I remember when I was a kid, it took forever to go anywhere – even the corner store.  Now, everything passes in a heartbeat.  You wake up one morning and you have a newborn in your arms.  You blink, and she’s a toddler.  You turn your head and she’s starting school.  Then there are days like yesterday, when your littlest-little one graduates Kindergarten.


My little donut is a big girl at last.

Caity’s school had a graduation ceremony for the Senior Kindergarten kids, held in their classrooms.  The Teachers wanted to do something special for them and this was much more intimate and wonderful than being stuck in a gymnasium trying to see over someone’s huge head – or worse, having to listen to someone yap all through your child’s part.

I arrived at the classroom a little early, and Caity saw me through the hallway window.  She was jumping up and down to get my attention.  When the Teacher opened the door, Caity was instructed to take my arm and lead me to my seat.  My heart melted a little bit and it was all I could do not to cry.  Caity showed me her ‘memory book’ that she worked on for the entire year and then when all the parents were seated, the ceremony began.


Caity wore a cap and was handed her diploma and then the kids recited a poem:

‘Here I Come!

Get ready, get set because here I go.
I’m ready to show you all I know!
I’ve graduated kindergarten and I’m done.
I’ve laughed and learned and it’s been fun!

First grade, first grade ready, set, go!
I’m ready to show you all I know!
Get ready first grade because I’m on my way.
I’ve graduated kindergarten, hip, hip, hooray!


When they were through, she went straight for the snack table … that’s my kid.  I told her how proud of her I was, that she makes Daddy and I so proud every day with all the special things that she does.  This kid has my heart, hook, line and sinker.

The Teacher Mrs. M. gave a wonderful speech about what a terrific year the kids had.  She felt bad for the Senior group because their Teacher last year moved to another school, so they didn’t have the continuity during the two years of Kindergarten.  She went on to tell us that she too was moving to a new school next year and how much she would miss the kids.  She watched them grow and learn and she marvelled at their progress.  Mrs. M. said that when the school year started, most of the kids didn’t know their vowel sounds, and now most of them are reading above their grade level – grade one or better.  She mentioned the proof she had of this, of how smart her kids were, when Caity brought a note in one day for her and at the bottom it said: “P.S. Caity read this entire note to me.”   Caity and I beamed.

I remember that day.  I had to send a note to her Teacher about something and Cait asked what it said.  I told her to read it – so she did.  I didn’t realize she could read so well until that point, about 4 months ago.  I’m so proud of my donut 🙂

It’s amazing how she’s grown.

Lexy will be in Grade 5 this September.  She had a great year too, finishing with 7 A’s and the rest were B’s.  I’m so proud of my beautiful girls.  I can’t wait to see the Women they become.

Scratch that.  I can wait.  I can wait a long, long time …

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