Thursday, May 16, 2013

Audrey Jane Brenda Shella Ella Karrie Janet Wampler

to our very own 

Audrey Jane graduated from preschool today! This was even like a real graduation, since she actually is done with preschool and will be starting kindergarten in the fall. How crazy is that.

I am happy to report that she fully participated in all of the commencement program activities. She did fabulously well, even if the pictures aren't entirely clear.

Ben and Megan did well, too.

To finish off the celebration, Dad delayed going back to work just a little longer so we could all go out to lunch at the restaurant of Audrey's choosing: Dion's. Tasty, tasty. Not to mention the lessons in straw wrapper shooting.

Hooray for Audrey Jane!

I do feel like this is an appropriate time to insert the side note of the recent change in nomenclature. It has been nearly two months now since Jane first started saying that she wanted to be called Audrey. This was not the first time that she had decided that, and we went along, figuring it would last the usual two or three days. Instead, it lasted well over three weeks. At that point, we figured we were in it to win it and that really, if she's going to switch permanently, now would be the time. Get used to Audrey in New Mexico and just be Audrey from the beginning when we get to Georgia and no one will know the different.

And then we hit the identity crisis...she wanted to switch back to Jane, but Audrey was actually sticking, at least with Chris and a few teachers at school. But then she wasn't even sure if she wanted to be Jane either, so she switched to Ella. Or Shella Ella. Or, most recently and as has lasted for the last week, Brenda. She even signed the "World's Best Mom" certificate she gave me on Mother's Day with "Brenda".

I'm not opposed to letting her choose what she wants to be called, as long as it's Audrey or Jane. I personally am not going for any random name she happens to think is cool that day. Near as I can tell, Chris has officially switched to Audrey, and I find myself split pretty solidly between Audrey and Jane. I can't say for sure how it's going to play out, but it is certainly looking to be a photo finish between the two names. I'll keep you posted.

And just for the record, I hate the name AJ. I suggest you just don't even go there.

Anyway, yay for graduation!!


Liz, Karl, Madison, Brooklyn and Aubrey said...

:) this post made me giggle. I can't wait to see which name wins out. Maybe she will forever be known as Audrey Jane? It will be hard to adjust but if she chooses Audrey, then switch we will do. And I think you have a right to admit you don't like the name AJ. It drives me crazy when people call Brooklyn Brook. It almost mAkes my blood curl... And I can't even tell you why. She is just NOT a Brook. She is Brooklyn or Brookie! :)

Tannie Datwyler said...

Fun pictures! That's hilarious about Audrey's name changes. :) I absolutely love what you said about AJ, cracks me up. I would not have thought of that solution.