Last night was the D.K. and M.M.'s school award ceremony. D.K. received an award for his outstanding work in History, and M.M. received the Helping Hands award and the Random Acts of Kindness award. That was wonderful enough but at the very end the principal handed out her awards. She had chosen a boy and a girl from each grade that she felt exemplified what their school was about, so it was not based solely on academic performance. Imagine ours and the boys surprise when not one but both of them had their names called to come up and accept the award! They were so embarrassed it was so cute. D.K. tried to down play it and act all cool but you could tell he was so thrilled. M.M. just ducked his head and kept saying how he thought it was going to be this other kid who had received four other awards. You cannot imagine what a big deal this was to them. It said to them....'you are special, you can and will be recognized for being so even if you struggle'. While there are not huge numbers of kids at their school this is still a huge honor as all the kids that go to their school are pretty well mannered and work hard. I know that the boys do stand out though. I have been pulled to the side by teachers and told how refreshing the boys are not just in their dealings with others but in their relationship with one another. And I have to say through all the changes that my boys have had this past year, they have grown tons! They are both such big helps both with Lil Red and the house. We have our struggles but they are great kids and I love them to eternity ;)
The pics below show some different shots of them. M.M. had a special girl for a couple of weeks, she is from Russia. They are still special friends but they have clearly defined it as just friends. They have made many friends. The one boy in the pic with them is just one of many. The pics of them in the windows for those of you who don't know our house...Well it's on the roof! They were helping with the siding and got to go up there and wanted me to take pics, lol! Then the last two, our them with their awards. BTW this weekend they have their first fencing tournament. I'll try to take pics and post them later. But suffice it to say they have been very busy this year and I think they are growing up to be fine young men!