Olivia was turning 12. I planned to let her choose if she wanted to get her ears pierced (she had actually NEVER asked for this before). Then Wyatt gave me earings for our anniversary, so I decided when I got home that we would go a little early of her 12th birthday, and make a day of it.
So, after school one day we drove down to the mall and got our ears pierced. I think Olivia was excited to be seen as more grown up!
Olivia on the first day of 6th grade.
Olivia started middle school. All summer I bemoaned this milestone in her life. But she was thrilled.
To be moving on into the legit world of big-kid-ness.
At the school the day before, checking out her locker.
On Monday night we went over to the school to find her locker, walk to each of her classrooms, and get a general feel of what lay ahead.
On Tuesday morning she started school – just a half day, mind you – an orientation for 6th graders only to give the students a practice run before the entire middle school student body descended and classes began full course the next day.
I think she is going to do great at middle school. She’ll have that school by the tail in no time.
We limped most painfully along to the end of the school year.
On the Sunday before Memorial day ( two weeks before the official dismissal of school) I told the kids that if they didn’t want to go to school I wouldn’t make them.
No one took me up on that though.
I just never felt like I got my feet underneath me after the move. Our stuff may be settled in the new home, but life is still very unsettled.
I didn’t even get a picture of the kids on the last day of school.
We read scriptures and I shooed them out the door one last time. “No, I won’t drive you, you can walk.” And off they went. And when they came home, a picture didn’t even cross my mind till long after they had scattered to play.
So that evening I made Olivia let me take a few pictures of her (she was very annoyed). If nothing else, I needed a picture of Sunshine –
for it was . . .
her last day of Elementary school.
And during those last two weeks when I could hardly catch my breath with the annoyance of trying to finish out the year, I would stop myself, and try to remember . . . this is the end of the era.
The end of my baby Olivia.
For next year she will brave the malodorous halls of middle school, and her life will change forever. And my life will change too. And the tragedy of it really does rip my heart out. Why are these years going so fast?
This year for the Women’s General Meeting I decided to take Olivia downtown to the conference center. We went to dinner first at Mimi’s and then went down to be with our sisters and listen to the words of our dear leaders. It was really neat, and I think a new tradition has been born!
It was a cold, rainy evening.
With the new year came New Beginnings. But the mind boggling thing was that this year Olivia was invited to it!
I cannot tell you how shocking it is to me that my Sunshine is turning 12 this year! Where has the time gone?
For New Beginnings Olivia was introduced to the Young Women by a mia-maid – Sienna Evans. It was really fun to see her standing up there with all the Young Women, being introduced and learning about her upcoming years in the Young Women’s program.
Of all the things that have happened the past couple months, nothing is more imperative to remember forever than my kids birthdays.
So let’s talk about Olivia’s birthday.
Her big day came on the Friday after we moved. In trying to be sensitive to the challenges of moving for our kids, we were a little more indulgent than we usually are, and let Olivia invite an unspecified number of friends to celebrate with her. She decided she wanted to invite friends both old and new to our house to watch a movie and have pizza.
The party was simple, but I think the girls really had a good time. Olivia switched schools back in September, so it was the first time seeing some of her old friends in several weeks. It was also the first time for Wyatt and I to meet some of her new friends.
Happy Birthday Olivia! What a sparkle of Sunshine you are to us!