Thursday, June 22, 2017

Munch's Fifth Grade Graduation

Throwback Thursday (TBT) to the time my kid graduated from Kindergarten.  Do you remember that post(click here to read)?  It was when I had the nerve to think she was a kid... I mean, look at her.  She CLEARLY was still a baby.  How do I know?!  What do you mean?  Look at her cheeks! Little baby teeth.  She is totally a baby.

Here's a not-so-long-ago TBT fo' yo' mind:

It happened.  She kept growing.  And growing.  Until last Thursday, when she graduated from elementary school as in she. is. going. to. middle. school.  MIDDLE SCHOOL?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the day as it progressed in my story.

Seriously, if you're looking for a constant Island fix, check it out.  I try to post something on the Instagram Story everyday.  To that end, I may post everyday but the behind-the-scenes deets are found only here on the island!

I spent weeks preparing for graduation.  We had the outfit planned, I picked up a few gifts, I invited those close to us... we were ready.  Right?!

We scheduled her hair appointment and she started to FEEL like she was ready with her fresh blowout and cut.

Graduation day was finally here.  We arrived to her school and we (even my juicy new nephew) were seated.

The ceremony started and Munch walked out with her escort.

She didn't know her dad was able to make it.  Islanders, if you could've seen her face light up when she saw how many people came out to support (especially Daddy), it really was a sweet moment; she couldn't hold her excitement.  With Pomp and Circumstance playing, I could barely hold back my tears; it got real for a moment. No tears.  No tears, Tabitha.

The graduation was a pleasant surprise.  It was hosted by a few of the fifth grade graduates who had a unique script to take us through the program.  Highlights included the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Star Spangled Banner, a fifth grade musical performance using recorders, awards and lastly, the big walk across the stage.  It was such a nice day.

Bottom row, third from the left.

After the aforementioned adorable program elements, it was time for the teachers to present awards to students.  Ya know, Munch has never received an award in school.  Not that she was a bad kid or earned bad grades on her report card but-- well, she just wasn't that kid.  Confession:  I may have possibly checked out during that part of the ceremony until...

Munch, my kid, was called to the stage to accept an award for academic excellence in Social Studies!


She was recognized as one of the top 10 performers in the subject.  My Munch?! OMG.  As if I could possibly stand anything else, she was then recognized as the most improved in her class.


Major.  Eyes got a little watery.  It was time for Munch to walk across the stage.  No tears.  No tears, Tabitha.

Her principal leaned in and said, "by the way, I love that dress."  Honestly, Ms. Principal Lady, I love it too.  The bumblebee has such a metaphoric meaning.
Bumblebees are one of the most important species to our existence. Without them, we wouldn't live!

She flashed the smile and I recalled Kindergarten graduation.

I do this more often than I should probably admit.  

I see her for the young lady she's growing into but I promise that I simultaneously still smell baby on her breath and can remember tiny details of my baby... wasn't it just *like* last week?  

Snap out of it, Tabitha.

Where were we?  Oh,  yes.  We were talking about how no tears were shed during the making of this memory...  So.  Yep.  That is how you survive a fifth grade graduation without a tragic breakdown.

Munch and one of her besties.

Munch and her godfather, Uncle Tony.

Munch, Melina and Godbaby

Munch and Chase

Munch and Godbaby

Munch and Mommy.

Munch and family.

After graduation, we headed to Outback (her choice) before going home for gifts to start her summer off right.

Water play supplies (a tankini, goggles, beach towel, beach umbrella, outdoor pillow and more), summer craft supplies (all things slime), summer sweets (her fave candies), summer tees and fashion (flip flops and t-shirts), among other small gifts.

She got a new Pandora bracelet and charms and she can't wait to wear it.  I can't wait to share some of my finds with you!  

It was so cool to find things for a fraction of the cost.  

BumbleBee Dress:  Victoria Beckham for Target
Shoes:  Target 
Graduation-themed necklace: FiveBelow
More than I love a good deal, I loved seeing my child recognized for her hard work.  As a mom, it's easy for me to get stuck in our everyday life and forget that she is amazing.  These awards forced me to reflect on just how hard she works everyday.  We have some big moves planned for this summer and you are definitely invited to come along!

Stay tuned for  more! 

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