The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last day of school!'s a been a whirlwind few days! The kids had their last day of school on Friday. Both the elementary school and middle school had picnics. Ashlyn's school has a long standing tradition of doing a picnic in the front lawn of the school on the last day. It was super crowded, and I thought doing it out on the back field would have been better, but a tradition is a tradition, so we jammed in with all the others. I was just glad that Tom went to school at 7:30 a.m. to put a blanket out to save a spot for us. (We were given that tip last year!) :-)
I thought this was a neat tradition...they ring a big school bell that has hung over the entrance to the school since the 1940's to symbolize the end of the year! All the kids cheered as the bell chimed!

Remember a few weeks ago when Kyle didn't make jazz band? Well, today Ashlyn had her first "Horse Show" and once again we got to experience the 'agony of defeat.' (I do have a happy ending to Kyle's story though!) She placed last in her class, (3 out of 3) in the beginner level. It was one of those life lessons where we talked about "Having pride in doing your best" and "It's not about winning but the experience", etc... Luckily she quickly overcame her disappointment which was good since I was the amateur photographer for the event and didn't have much time for condolences. I felt for her though since we actually thought she did well, but such is win some and you lose some.

As the photographer, it was fun to see all the riders and horses performing. Here are a few hightlights...

Ashlyn and Chummie...2nd place in Horsemanship and 3rd place in riding... Demonstrating a sitting trot on the lunge line...
Cutie Megan from Level 4 with her 1st and 2nd place ribbons!
I don't know this little girl's name but don't her blue eyes just light up the picture?! She got a 1st and 3rd place in Level 3.
This girl is showing the "jumping position."
Little Jesse in 1st grade earns a 1st and 2nd place ribbon in the Level 2 class. It was a fun day for all the girls!

Afterwards Ashlyn and her friend Caitlyn are getting to have a sleepover tonight! We took them to "Build-A-Bear" after the show and then out to dinner!

Stuffing the bears...
Fluffing the bears...
Oops...Ashlyn's animal is actually a kitty...I'm not being very observant today!

Caitlyn's final bride bear!

Ashlyn's final kitty all dolled up with outfits and accessories!

The rest of the sleepover is still unfolding as I type. The girls are in the basement watching a movie and munching on popcorn! What a pefect ending to a fun day!

Lastly, one bit of good news...remember my comment above on how Kyle didn't make jazz band a few weeks ago? Well, a funny thing happened the other day! The orchestra and band kids all joined up for a party in the band room. During the party kids could play instruments just for fun. Kyle picked up a guitar and started playing not realizing anyone was listening to him. A few moments later out of the corner of his eye he saw the band director watching. A day later she approached him and said if he was still interested there would be a space for him in jazz band next year! How neat that once she heard him play outside a 30 sec. audition she saw some of his strengths! If only the judge in the horse arena could watch again! hee hee :-)


Beth said...

Sometimes those life lessons are so hard... I love how Ashlyn bounced back! Good for her! Yahoo for Kyle! I think when kids are being spontaneous we see so many good things! It is great that his teacher saw and heard him!

We still have like 12 days of actual school left! But don't go back until Sept 8th! So I guess it all balances out!

Jemm said...

Aaawww...great story about Kyle. I was in band all through school. You didn't have to try out for it though. I played trumpet and by default was on the jazz band too. LOVED band. Still miss those days terribly even at 33 (34 in a week!).

My girls love horses. They want one so bad. They attended a week long horse camp at a horse farm here two summers ago and had a ball. It was from 9-3 for 5 days. It is the only time they have been happy AND tired at the same time :) They hopped out of bed in the mornings!

Sue said...

Sounds like you have been busy with so much fun stuff. I love the pictures. I'm sorry about Ashly not winning, but I think that most times the lessons learned are way more important than the actual winning. Good for her getting over it so fast!!
And congrats to Kyle!! Better things are often around the corner, if you just have the patience to wait them out. haha

A few more weeks of school here, then we are done as well. Enjoy these days as they go really fast, and then POW, they are over!!

Hugs and love to you all!!

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

That's so great for Kyle! What a happy ending!

Lucy Marie said...

Wow, I can't believe your kids are done school already. The kids here go until the end of June!! That is so wonderful that Kyle is going to have a place in the band, fantastic!

Kim said...

SO happy for Kyle! No surprise though, we know he is super talented and will be a great addition to the jazz band! Congrats. Loved the horse pics too. The one of Ashlyn and Chummie is too adorable. 8 days left of school here but unfortunately we go back on Aug. 17th.


Charlene said...

I loved the horse pictures of Ashlyn! I am sorry that she didn't win! Next time! Congratulations to Kyle! Things always have a way of working out. Happy summer to all of you!!! We still have three more weeks!!!! Yuck!

Hope you're having a nice Memorial Day weekend!!

MiMi said...

That picture of Ashlyn and Chummie is absolutely priceless - as are all of the pictures from that day! I don't think I would say that you are an "amateur" photographer! What awesome pictures!

Those life lessons are so hard to sit by and watch your children go through. They ALL look like winners to me!

So glad to hear that Kyle's band director realized how talented he was and made him an offer! I am sure he will be a great addition to the jazz band! I played in the band from about the 4th grade on and I have some wonderful memories from those days!

You have such a beautiful family and I have missed staying in touch with you. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I always look forward to your posts and your comments.

Happy Memorial Day, my friend!