On June 17, 2011, Eliza Grace graduated from Gramercy Preschool!
At the start of the ceremony, Eliza and her soon-to-be-husband, Otto, performed a few song and dance numbers to "Lean on Me" and the classic "Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (you remember, from Dirty Dancing?) Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had nothing on these two! OK, except for maybe the whole jump-from-the-stage-catch-her-in-the-air move.
Medals were awarded. Eliza was giddy with excitement:
Otto took his degree a bit more seriously:
The children sang along with pretty darn good sign language, far better than you average hula dancer:
Mama, Nana and Eliza were are pretty excited:
Eliza was particularly thrilled to show off her medal to Nana and Nana was just as happy to share the moment with Eliza:
So five years after I brought Eliza home from the NICU with great trepidation as a single mom with dire predictions about whether Eliza would walk, talk, run, laugh or even enjoy life, I think it is safe to say that she has done it all.
Oh the places she will go!
Mama loves you so very much and could not be happier or prouder!