Well yesterday we hung the bag up for the last time
and put the lunch tin on the kai table for the last time.
We've helped with the epic clean up we do each session for the last time.
The tables are wiped and the dress-ups are all hung on the rack.
I've scrubbed the painting easels for the last time and put fresh paper on them
for the children next week. But I won't see the paintings they do.
I've made my last batch of play dough and scrubbed the paint pots and brushes for the last time.
I wiped the sink out all shiny for the next mum who cleans there.
All the artwork is hung, labelled for the little artists to take home next week.
I've collected all of Annie's art from the art box and brought home her profile book.
I've put up a new display on the wall for the last time.
We took Archie with us for one last morning of play,
"I'm going to take such good care of you Archie" she said.
My eyes leaked a little.
Annie and I are saying good bye to Playcentre.
It's bittersweet. It's sweet because next year Annie is going to our lovely, local Steiner kindy.
We've met her teacher Ellen, and we love it there so much.
Annie is going to love it too. It's a warm, welcoming caring environment.
We are truly blessed to have a place there. It's exciting.
But it's so sad to say goodbye to our very good friends at Playcentre.
Thank you so much each and everyone of you,
who made us welcome and let us do our thing there.
I've learned so much about myself and how to work with others,
I've learned how to be a better mother,
and how to provide a learning environment.
I wanted to sit in the family corner and sob with my head on the table.
I wanted to lie on the floor and have a tantrum.
Somehow I don't think I'll ever be actually ready to move on from this stage.
I've enjoyed Annie being little so so much.
I've loved being able to be her teacher and extending her learning myself.
I can thank Playcentre for the opportunity to do that.
Now I just have to make a confession.
Annie has never had a birthday cake at Playcentre because her birthday is in the holidays.
So today we had a cake and candles and sung happy birthday.
She will always remember that cake with it's sparkly candles
(we took loads of photos)
and won't remember it wasn't her birthday!!
It's the wonderful redemption that sometimes happens when you parent little ones.