Sunday, June 28, 2015

Year End Activiites - Last Day of School

The last day of school!  Nicholas and Jaden have grown so much this year! 

First day of school ... PE uniforms

Last day of school in front of bus... Jaden in PE shorts (poor kid had nothing else clean ... everything is packed for Vietnam ... we leave the following day)
We couldn't be more proud of the boys this year!  Jaden finished 2nd grade and moves up to the Upper Elementary School next year.  He was chosen as an "ASD Ambassador" for next year, which basically just means will give campus tours to new incoming students before school starts.  
 
And our silly Nicholas who is always super shy at school has really blossomed in Kindergarten this year ... he is so much more confident!!!  Can't wait to see what first grade has in store for him!  On his last day of school, Nicholas' class put on a little performance called "Mother Goose is Loose."  So cute!!!  Wish I could get the video to work! 
Nicholas and his BFF Jaydon ... about to perform "Mother Goose is Loose"
Ms Yamazaki and KG-C ready for Mother Goose is Loose

Nicholas after the show

 
After the last day of school, Jaden went to a going away party for Andres ... one of his best friends this year.  Andres is moving to Istanbul ... maybe we can visit him next year!!  :-)  I've never been to Turkey! 
Jaden with friends - Aris, Dinu, Carl, and Andres

Year End Activities - Going away party for the Prince family

While there is much to celebrate at the end of the school year, it was a bittersweet time for us as we had to say goodbye to several dear friends in Doha...seems like a lot of people packed up to leave Doha for good this year.  :-(  We had to say good bye to too many people this year! 

One family was especially hard for us to say good bye ...our entire family adores the Prince family and no one wants to see them go!!!  Their kids have become great friends to Jaden and Nicholas ... Melissa has been an amazing friend to me ... and Ken even bonded with Dan through cub scouts this year!

Before they left, we hosted a little good bye party for them and thanks to Kasia and her Jimmy Fallon games, it was THE BEST TIME!!!  Why did we wait until a good bye party before we threw a gathering like this???  Shame on us!!

Kasia and Melissa were appalled that I barely know who Jimmy Fallon is, but they still love me.  I don't remember the name of this game, but Kasia had random things in boxes and one person peeked inside and then told their opponent what was in the box.  The opponent had to decide if they were telling the truth or a lie.  We learned that neither Melissa nor Dan are very good liars!  :-)

Melissa peeks in the box with George and Ben looking in

Kids turn to play ... George vs. Ben
 Next game was Pictionary...everyone got a turn ...
Liam getting ready to draw for his team
Nicholas' turn

Sam's turn

My turn!

Everyone is focused on Lisa's turn

Ken's turn

The last game was by far the crowd pleaser!!  Kasia boiled 4 out of 12 eggs, then she and Melissa took turns picking an egg and smashing it on their forehead.  First person to have 2 eggs crack on their head loses.  HILARIOUS!!!

Melissa chooses an egg...

Kasia was the first to crack one on her head!  See it spray!!!

Melissa cracks one on her head
Video clip of Melissa cracking one on her head: video
 
Kasia was SO SURE her egg was a safe choice!!  Hilarious clip when she was wrong and Melissa wins the game!
 
video

Melissa and Kasia after the game



Joann, Kasia, Melissa, Lisa, and Laura ... we didn't line up in height order on purpose!!!
Lisa and Joann

Year End Activities - Jaden's piano recital

June was a busy month!!  We had one activity after another leading up to the end of the school year and we left for Vietnam the very next day!  So I'm a bit behind in updating my blog.  Here are the highlights:

Jaden has really enjoyed piano lessons this year and was the opening "act" in the piano recital.  He was a bit nervous since it was a much larger crowd this year, but he played great!

Flower for all the performers

Concentrating on his piece
video