Tears, Freebie, and a Thank You!

       This is just a quick post  to brag about my weekend and son. Hope you don’t mind! Saturday we spent the day in Stillwater with Kanten, his girlfriend and her family, our moms, and my good friend (and a kindergarten teacher).
We started the day with a yummy lunch to meet the girlfriends’ parents, then headed to Kanten’s apartment to rest a bit before the ceremony. From there we added his roommate to our group and headed to the college.
While most of the group headed to find seats We headed to the reception to meet some of Kanten’s fellow graduates and professors. We then parted to find the rest of our group and our seats. That’s when the tears started.
I watched as Kanten entered (with the 700+ graduates) and made his way to his seat. I watched as he searched for us in the sea of proud parents and family members, and then give a nod when his eyes finally came to rest on our frantic waves. I watched as he listened intently as the faculty and guests addressed the crowd, and as he patiently waited for his turn to cross the stage. I watched as he handed the speaker his name and reached out to shake the hands of the professors before him. I watched while he good-naturedly waited for the rest to do the same, and then smile as the President of the college congratulated them and instructed them to switch their tassels. I laughed as the beach balls magically entered the auditorium and one bounced off of his head. But I cried tears of pride as we all sang the school song as we swayed in unison, because all I could see was the cute little kindergartener so many years before in his paper hat and yarn tassel made by his momma.
Kanten Zayne 2012 OSU Graduate

Proud Parents and Sister

Proud Grandmas

Sweet Girlfriend


Ok I promised short, but here is a freebie too. I never make my kiddos write like this (they are their own authors), but I thought it might be fun for once and they could create some really silly, funny stories. Here is a copy if you’d like to do it too. We may brainstorm some fun words before they write, or I may just let them come up with their own. You can get it here right now because TpT is not letting us upload because of the amazing sales going on, but the font didn't convert. I will upload to my TpT  store later tonight!


On this Teacher Appreciation Week-I just want to say Thank You to all you amazing teachers out there. My kids would not be who they are today without the influence and guidance they received throughout the years from their teachers. I became a teacher not because of the teachers who influenced me, but because of the wonderful teachers my children had in their early years (and later).
We deal with a lot in a year, a semester, and even a day in the classroom, and school- but still we continue. This year has been especially trying in certain areas, but through it all I have had the inspiration from so many of my fellow bloggers (and my bestest teacher buddy) to remind me of why I wanted to be a teacher, and what is truly important-the kids! 
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week You are AMAZING!  

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14 comments:

  1. How sweet! Congratulations to your son! I wish him nothing but the best! Thanks also, for the Mad Libs. Looks like fun! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you, too!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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    1. Thank you Lori, he is a great kid!
      Tammy

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  2. Awww, congrats. It does go by so quickly, I know - that's why I've come up with a way to keep my boys young. Yup, my boys are NOT going to grow up. They will remain these sweet, hairless, huggable wee ones...

    Seriously, are you not SO proud of that man of yours?!?!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. Too, too quickly Holly! and SO very proud. Hug your boys every day, luckily mine still lets me hug him!
      Tammy

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  3. Congratulations Tammy! I don't have my own kids, but my nieces and nephews refuse to stop growing up. It happens so quickly. Anyway, nice job Mom!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. It happens in a heartbeat Tammy, and I'll bet your nieces and nephews feel very blessed to have you as an Aunt. And thank you.
      Tammy

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  4. omgosh..I literally teared up over here....stupid hormones! lol Congrats!!!

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    1. You crack me up Jen. Thank you!
      Tammy

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  5. Congrats to him AND his sweet mama!! WoW . . . our girl comes home Sunday (the BEST Mother's Day gift!!!), her first year at UT over in the blink of an eye. I'm so excited for your son's next chapter.

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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    1. Aww Thank you Barbara congrats to your daughter too. The next few years will fly for you both.
      Tammy

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  6. Fabulous! So exciting!!!!!!! :) :) :)
    LOVE Stillwater! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  7. Your son is so good-looking, Tammy. All the pics are great, but that first one is really special. I love how you wrote the post, being very calm, cool and appreciative of the day and your son, but that final line got me. You are a tricky one! Thank you for the appreciation part too. Back at you!

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    1. Yes he is isn't he!!! LOL He really is an amazing kid (has been from day one) He and his sister both. Thank you Linda.
      Tammy

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