Mouse has three more weeks of school to go before the end of the year. It's hard to believe she will be finished with kindergarten soon. I am not ready for first grade! Mouse is not sure she is either, although I am sure she will do fine. This past week, Mouse was honored with an award for her writing. I couldn't be more proud. Just eight months ago it was an epic battle (tears and all) to get her to practice writing her letters, and now she is writing four sentences a day with little encouragement.
It has been a lovely Memorial Day Weekend here in Southern California. We took advantage of the good weather and visited the botanical gardens at the local university. We also too part in setting out the flags at the local national cemetery where the soldiers are buried in honor of Memorial Day. It was quite a sight, seeing so many people come together to honor the fallen. Every grave receives a n American flag. Today the West Coast Thunder will be riding through town, Hundreds to thousands of motorcyclists to honor the fallen soldiers. Mouse is busy working on a project for her Girl Scout sisters: making photo frames to give them all as a gift at our last meeting of the season. What are you up to this weekend?
On our walk at the botanical gardens
Placing of the flags.
Watching the West Coast Thunder roll in (17th Annual)
They're saying there were 7000 registrants for the ride.
Remembering those who served and sacrificed.
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Seeing that photo of her placing that flag makes me tear up. The grandson of one of my mother-in-law's close friends was killed in action 10 years ago when he was 19 and thinking of him makes my heart heavy today.ReplyDelete
Kathy - It was pretty special to be a part of the flag placing at the cemetery this weekend. We took time to read each of the tombstones where we planted a flag. I am so sorry about the grandson of one of your mother-in-law's friends. We lose so many so young . . .Delete
awww congrats on her award!! That sounds like a lovely way to spend Memorial Day weekend. We went into the museum in NYC Saturday and just relaxing home now enjoying the extra day off. We planned on going to our town's annual Memorial Day parade today but it's pouring rain so we skipped it. I'm wondering if they cancelled it actually.ReplyDelete
Have a great week!
Naida - Thank you! She was so happy when I put it up on our refrigerator. :-) It sounds like you are having a nice weekend. Today will be quiet for us too, most likely, other than finishing up the picture frames.Delete
Stay dry! I hope you have a great week too.
What a wonderful thing to teach Mouse to honor those who have served!ReplyDelete
Lisa - I know her grandfather was proud. :-) I am glad we could be a part of it this year.Delete
Very cool post.ReplyDelete
Thank you. :-)Delete
Happy Memorial Day!! Glad you had a great weekend and were able to honor the fallen- that must have been a special moment. Today's been a quiet day here after a parade and air show this morning. I hope your week ahead is fabulous.ReplyDelete
Congrats to Mouse for her writing award too!
Greg - Thank you! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day too. I love air shows. :-)Delete
It looks like you had a really great Memorial Day! Thank you for sharing your photos of Mouse. It is a joy to see all of the things she is up to. School years do go by quickly. My baby is going to be a junior in high school this year and I can't believe it. I am sure she will do wonderfully in first grade :)ReplyDelete
Carole - It was a nice weekend--a busy one! I know this year has gone so fast for us. I can only imagine how fast the rest will go. Thank you. :-)Delete
It is a beautiful tradition to honour those who serve.ReplyDelete
Despite a civil war ending here nine years ago with thousands dead, very few people honour those who died. It is only the families themselves that mourn not the general populace. People have forgotton. Sad
Mystica - Thank you. Unfortunately it is easy to forget the real purpose of holidays like the U.S. Memorial Day even for Americans. I am sorry your country does not have a way to honor the fallen beyond families themselves doing something. Perhaps someday it will be more widespread. Memorial Day in the U.S. did not officially start until 1971, many years after the U.S. Civil War and World Wars. Although, some communities had been honoring the holiday for some time before then on their own.Delete
Congratulations to Mouse! And I think it's wonderful that the two of you helped honor those who served.ReplyDelete
Lark - Thank you! She's so pleased with her reward. :-) Although she has three weeks left of school, her teacher announced there will be no more homework. I told Mouse she could still write sentences for me every night, and she told me she didn't have to because her teacher said no homework. I pointed to the line on her assignment sheet that said she should write in a journal to keep in practice this summer. Mouse responded with, "But it's not summer yet."Delete
Your daughter is ready for 1st!! She has grown so much and her love of reading will take her far.ReplyDelete
My daughter is a high schooler after Thursday. Reading is still a battle and it kills me but she loved 13 Reasons Why when she read it for class so I am tempting her with books like that one.
Ti - Hopefully her love of reading will continue as she gets older! I worry about that sometimes. :-SDelete
I can't believe your daughter will be in high school already! Hopefully she will come to love reading like you do in time. My brother was a late bloomer when it came to enjoying reading. :-)
So glad you had such a great long weekend. The pics look great and the weather even looks like it co-operated!ReplyDelete
We do something similar to memorial day in Australia but it's ANZAC day and it's in April. It's always an emotional day and it's great to see just how many people honour the lives of those given to make our lives what they are today.
Di - It was a nice weekend, thank you! I remember hearing about ANZAC day. I can see why it would be an emotional day. Memorial Day is as well for the same reasons. I am glad we were able to help honor the fallen this year.Delete
Wendy, I'm late on this, but Mouse is so cute, I had to comment :) And WOW on the writing award! We've got a lot to look forward to from her, I bet :DReplyDelete
Donna Marie - Thank you! Mouse has worked hard this year on her writing, and I'm so proud of her. :-)Delete