Well, here we are and Harry will be finished middle school next week. I am SO GLAD! I don't usually wish away years or phases. Typically, I try to enjoy each stage of parenting as it comes my way. But I will say that having gone through it twice, I think middle school can be really rough. Harry was plagued with stress and migraines in 6th grade and it was such a hard year for us. He even transferred schools in October of 6th grade. There were days that I was not sure we would make it.
But he did. He managed to get through with straight A's even though he missed a ton of school due to illness in 6th and 7th grades. He also took the most advanced classes available. He played three years of lacrosse and was a real leader on and off the field. And he was a good friend to others. He was also in the National Junior Honor Society. And finally, I have loved working in the school store with him every Wednesday morning for the past 3 years.
This past weekend was the 8th grade dance. Harry is not one who usually likes things like this but he had fun with his friends. They are all going to different high schools so this was bittersweet.
I am really thrilled that all three of our kids are well rounded and involved kids. But, it makes it extra hard this time of year to get to all of their events/recitals/games. Dave and I often have to divide and conquer (as most parents do). And sometimes we don't make it to everything.
Will just finished up water polo season and I am very proud of him. He was really a leader on his team this year and one of the captains. He has made so much progress in the last few years. Often his games are at the time of day when I am picking up Kate from school or driving gymnastics carpool. Often they are very far away too. So between gymnastics, violin and lacrosse, I did not make as many of Will's water polo games this season as I would have liked to. I am going to work really hard next year to get to more of them. I really like watching him play.
Love this shot of Will about to score.
He played really well this weekend and was happy to see us all there cheering him on.
I think their teams took 2nd and 3rd in the championship tournament.
Kate had her violin recital a few weeks ago and it was awesome. I cannot believe how far she has come. She trains 16 hours a week in the gym every single week for her gymnastics team now. So with homework, there is not a lot of time left for violin. Her teacher schedules her group lesson for Kate's day off from the gym and Kate has the drive and determination to stick with it. I am not sure how much longer she will be able to do that.
I did not video the recital because I just wanted to watch and for her to see my smiling face NOT the back of a phone. But I did ask her to play a little Ode to Joy before the concert. I posted it here on Instagram.
And Harry had his last regular season lacrosse game. It rained so I did not get a chance to take many photos.
That is Harry front and center #18.
Finally, Will had his Junior Ring and Cross Mass.
Kate could not go because it was her last CCE class before First Holy Communion.
We love Father Bravo. He has been an awesome mentor to Will the past few years. We are sad he is leaving Jesuit this year for an assignment in Puerto Rico.
Will has an awesome group of friends at his high school.
They are all really fabulous. accomplished, good guys. I feel blessed that they are his friends.
Although his friends all ordered a high school ring, Will decided not to get one. He LOVES his school but he did not think he'd ever wear the ring. And he is probably right. I am glad he was practical about it because none of his friends have worn their rings since they got them.
But they all got a beautiful handmade wood cross that they hang from their car mirror (his friend is holding the cross two photos up). And they officially became seniors along with the privileges (going off campus for lunch). It was a beautiful Mass and I teared up quite a few times thinking about his senior year and graduation.
I think I need a nap now;) This week, we have Harry's powder puff lax game and field day, a field trip for Kate, her end of year gymnastics party and some award ceremonies. I am looking forward to summer!