Happy Summer 2014!

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My mind is still spinning from all that our family accomplished in the last week and a half but my prayers for a strong finish to the school year have been answered and I’m looking forward to a lack of structure to the “lazy” days of summer ahead of us…I just need a few days to decompress a bit.  🙂  Yay!  Welcome Summer!!!

May 30th was a BIG day that included Rudy’s official promotion from his “blended bonus year” to being a full time Kindergartener!  Woo Hoo …

May 30th Rudy's Graduation from Learning Tree

May 30th Rudy’s Graduation from Learning Tree

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Sharing a smile with Nurse Sara.

Sharing a smile with Nurse Sara.

Super grateful for Nurse Sara...

Super grateful for Nurse Sara…

Congratulations Rudy!

Congratulations Rudy!

May 30th also included La Patera’s 6th grade dance!!!  A special “end of the year” event that the 6th graders look forward to all year long!  Olivia and a couple of her friends had fun getting ready at our house after school…

Katie, Dahlia and Olivia all ready to dance!

Katie, Dahlia and Olivia all ready to dance!

Big bro Wilson took time out of his intense study schedule for finals to chauffeur the girls in our neighbor’s Grand Marquis…

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The girls rode in style for sure!

The girls rode in style for sure!

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Fun times...

Safe and sound!

Tuesday June 3rd was Olivia’s 6th grade promotion.  Rudy sat quietly throughout the entire ceremony which allowed Rolf, the boys and I to enjoy it all…it’s hard to believe it’s our last La Patera promotion…the culmination of so many memories for our whole family!

Olivia giving her promotion speech...

Olivia giving her promotion speech…

Our associate pastor and his girlfriend joined us at Olivia's invitation…so sweet!

Our associate pastor and his girlfriend joined us at Olivia’s invitation…so sweet!

Time to celebrate!  Olivia was the first one through the "tunnel of victory" made by the teachers!!

Time to celebrate! Olivia was the first one through the “tunnel of victory” made by the teachers!!

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Love this girl!

Love this girl!

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Rudy's special "big buddy" Lucas...

Rudy’s special “big buddy” Lucas…

Olivia and Mrs. Sweeney

Olivia and Mrs. Sweeney

Kindergarten pals...

Kindergarten pals…Dahlia and Olivia in 2007

BFFs in 2014

BFFs in 2014

Thursday June 5th was the last day of school for all 4 kids…Rudy enjoyed his last day in Mrs. Farrington’s class with his La Patera buddies.

June 5 - Last day of school at La Patera

June 5 – Last day of school at La Patera

Yay Mrs. Farrington!!

Yay Mrs. Farrington!!

Fun with special classmates...

Fun with special classmates…

The girls had fun with Rudy's walker and turned it into a train!

The girls had fun with Rudy’s walker and turned it into a train!

Rudy helped with classroom clean-up at the end of the day...

Rudy helped with classroom clean-up at the end of the day…

…but couldn't quite muster up enough energy to finish therapy later in the day at the MTU (Medical Therapy Unit).  :)

…but couldn’t quite muster up enough energy to finish therapy later in the day at the MTU (Medical Therapy Unit). 🙂

Max spent his first day of summer building a special surprise for Rudy...

Max spent his first day of summer building a special surprise for Rudy…

Tah Dah!  Rudy's new battery powered bike!

Tah Dah! Rudy’s new battery powered bike!

Although the big kids are happy for Rudy, they're pretty mad at me and Rolf as they ALL wanted something similar when they were Rudy's age and we said "no"…yep, that's right, we're mean and unfair!

Although the big kids are happy for Rudy, they’re pretty mad at me and Rolf as they ALL wanted something similar when they were Rudy’s age and we said “no”…yep, that’s right, we’re mean and unfair!

Go, go, GO!!

Go, go, GO!!

Neighbor Mike is pretty  impressed with Rudy's new ride!  Thumbs up all around!!

Neighbor Mike is pretty impressed with Rudy’s new ride! Thumbs up all around!!

Special ride...

Special ride…

There really have been more moments to savor the past 9 days than we’ve been able to document on Rudy’s Beat…Rudy’s smiles have been the biggest I’ve ever seen in the last couple of days since the big sibs have been home…the BEST part of Rudy’s summer for sure!  Grateful, grateful!

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6 Responses to “Happy Summer 2014!”

  1. Oma Says:

    Have fun!!! Sorry I have to miss it all, but am otherwise occupied,haha!!!!

  2. Pat Says:

    Prayers for a great summer for all of you!!

  3. Jo Saraceno Says:

    Oh, looks like a lot of funny up your way, Trish! Please tell Wilson that driving Olivia and her friends was sooooooooooooo sweet! He totally gave them a great memory gift. Love, hugs and blessings to you all. Jo

  4. Kelly Says:

    Beautiful photos! Beautiful family!

  5. Diana Trautwein Says:

    AMAZING!! Rudy? Riding a motorized scooter? Who knew? Well, no surprise that wonderful Livvy is leading the way into the future. Loved every bit of this post – thank you, Trish.

  6. Grandma Jo Says:

    Great pictures! Second best thing to being there with you! Congratulations to all of the kids for finishing another successful school year. I am so proud of each of you AND your Mom and Dad!

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