Sixth grade got off to a fabulous start and then took a turn for the unexpected when her BFF (and our morning carpool) announced they would be moving across the country come December.
My Sweet Pea can be quite shy and she had put time into cultivating this friendship and was quite comfortable in it. Her world was rocked. That didn't stop them from racking up the memories though and they had a good go of it and maximized their time until the very last day.
This year also had her going away to overnight Science Camp for four days. I'm not sure who was more nervous; her father and I or her, but we prayed on it and let her go. And she thrived. She tried new things She was responsible and managed to bring back everything she went with and had a ball. She literally stepped off the bus a different kid and I was blown away how much she changed in the four days she was away from us.
And now, we come to another huge change. She's moving on to Jr. High but because we moved, she'll be attending a different school unlike most of her current class. We've tried to reassure her that it will be a great opportunity to start over and re-invent herself but she's still nervous. And to be honest, so am I. Junior High brings on a whole new set of emotions and concerns but I think after weathering this past year we are ready to face them head on.
But first we will enjoy this summer and make the most of our time off while we wrap our heads around the fact that our baby is really and truly growing up. We love who she is becoming and are excited about this next chapter in our parenting adventures. But if you see me sniffling and wearing dark glasses please understand I'm semi-mourning the end of my SweetPea's 'childhood' while celebrating her official entry into the world of "tweendom".
Also to be noted- I will be missing my "drop off happy hour" i.e. the chat fest I get to have with the other mom's as we wait for the kids to get out of school. I've come to look forward to my afternoons with them and am sad they are coming to an end. I've loved really getting to know them over the past few years and have no idea what I'm going to do in Currently feeling all the feels right now. All of them.