We’re so happy Olivia found her people during her first semester at Nueva. She invited some of them (and her brother) to her 13th birthday party, which included our old-time favorite, bowling, pizza on the Ave., and dessert at our house. We feel fortunate for these friendships and hope they continue to flourish.
We were home less than 24 hours between Michigan and leaving for Colorado. After dinner together, we opened Olivia’s birthday presents from our family. Even Lucas got her something.
December 30th was Olivia’s 12th birthday. We were only home for about a day between our holiday travel. We opened her cards and gifts from her generous family before heading out. I think her favorite card was from Lucas.
Happy Birthday, Olivia!
Olivia played AYSO soccer again this year. They changed the age cutoffs, which are now by calendar year. Because her birthday is December 30th, she was likely the youngest girl in U14 and ended up on a team with mostly 7th and 8th grader. She was the only 6th grader on the team.
Her coaches and teammates on Team Pink were amazing this year. Playing up really built her confidence. She spent some time in goal early in the season, which was stressful for all of us. Thankfully, her team was on offense most of the time, going undefeated for the first half of the season.
Despite playing a lot of offense, Olivia did not score a goal during the regular season. She had some close calls. However, her team made the league championship game, and down 1-0, Olivia finally scored to tie up the game. Needless to say, we went crazy for her (coaches included).
Although they ended up losing that game, it was still a great ending to her best season yet. She made many new friends, most of whom attend her school. It even inspired her to try out for club, which she’ll be starting in the new year.
Olivia started 6th grade a week ago on Wednesday. This is a big adjustment for all of us, most of all for our new middle-schooler. We all walked to school together and coincidentally caught up to Lucie and Quinn, who are her other Carey buddies making this transition with her. Her class is close to 10 times as big as elementary school, which hopefully means 10 times the opportunity to make new friends and memories over these next few years.
Olivia has been walking herself to school the past couple days. She continues to make us proud as she shows us just how much she can do on her own. She’s definitely going to make her own way. Go, Olivia!
On Thursday, June 7th, Olivia graduated from The Carey School. It does seem like yesterday that she just finishing Kindergarten, though she has spent more than half her life at this school. Upon reflection, it has been everything we hoped for when she started: kind friends, amazing teachers (all of them) and administrators, and a wonderful community of parents and supporters.
Elementary school graduation has a lot more pomp and circumstance than I remember from my time finishing 5th grade. That said, these kids are different. While we know they grown up in their little bubble, they’re also very aware of what’s going on in their community, their country and around the world. They’ve studied and participated in movements with empathy and passion. They’re truly little citizens of the world and I do have hope that they’ll do better than we have in bringing people together.
A lot of families were graduating their last or only child this week. Thankfully, we still have a couple more years at Carey for Lucas. As for Olivia, we know she’s ready for middle school and are excited about everything new she will be experiencing.
Thanks to all of Olivia’s grandparents and Aunt Jen and Uncle Dave for coming to celebrate with us. We had a luncheon with Julie and Albert’s family at Il Fornaio (where else?) to toast our little graduates, Olivia and Olivia. Best wishes to them both! We love you.
I love all of these creative and talented makers! Thanks to Ms. Hetrick and all of the parent mentors for helping our kids with their projects. Keep making!
Grace and Kate planned Olivia’s birthday party, which was after the holidays. The theme evolved into what ended up being cupcake wars. All the the teams worked hard on their creations and each enjoyed the fruits (cupcakes) of their labor.
The options for the movie screen were “IT” and “The Incredibles.” They chose the latter. The slumber party went smoothly (I guess I wouldn’t really know because I was sleeping). Olivia is lucky to have a great group of friends to celebrate with her.
Happy Birthday, Olivia!
Our last dinner together in Michigan was to celebrate Olivia’s 11th birthday. We don’t traditionally celebrate birthdays there, but it was what Olivia wanted. The number one thing Olivia has been asking for is a cat. I wasn’t a proponent of making a pet a Christmas or Birthday gift, but Grace had mentally committed to getting a new cat. Olivia was overjoyed to read the news that it was finally happening.
Happy Birthday, Olivia!