Here we are, the first day of July (how’d that happen?!) which means the kids have been out of school for a week-and-a-half. I know, I know – they do start later here on the Left Coast, which means school gets out later. But I digress.

It’s amazing how much growing happens during the school year – education-wise as well as actual growth. Princess Nagger has completed 6th Grade – which means she’s going to be in Jr. High next year. Gasp!


Princess Nagger has gotten taller – pretty soon she’s going to catch up to me, and I suspect she’ll end up taller than my 5’4″ self. Sheesh!

Little Dude has a ways to go before he gets there, but the boy is sure growing:


Notice he not only gained height, but glasses as well. And the shirt he wore on the first day of school is almostย too small. Still looking for that pause button!

Next year I’m going to make sure I take their first day / last day pictures with the same camera. I suppose it goes right along with the excitement of a new school year utilizing the actual camera, compared to the final day of school where I simply whipped out my cell phone. Ahem.

We’ll see what kind of growth spurt they go through while enjoying the abundant sunshine of summer, shall we?

Next stop – 2nd Grade for Little Dude and 7th Grade for Princess Nagger. I think I’m gonna need more wine.



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    1. I think it goes faster when you have kids – because technically now you can see time visibly marked with their growth. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend, Ai!

    1. It’s crazy how fast they grow, isn’t it Beth? But yes, at least they’re cute and happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Whoa – you really can tell how both of them grew this past school year! I think it’s a great idea to take the photos with the same camera, same spot and – should they still fit LOL – same clothes ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. I’m going to pay closer attention next year to the spot they stand in as well as use the same camera – while the growth and changes is obvious, I think it would have been an even bigger impact if I’d used the same camera vs. the blurry boob-sweat infused phone! LOL! Have a great holiday weekend too, Claudia! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Time definitely goes fast. School definitely did get out late! When I grew up here, we always got out the first week-ish of June (first day of school is the Tuesday after Labor Day). But they seem to have changed the days off during the school year – the kids are off more days during the actual school year, which explains why they don’t get out until mid-June. Personally I’d rather they eliminate all the extra days during the school year and have the ‘normal’ 3-month summer break!

    1. I feel better now, Indah – the thought of being a grandmother is luckily (and hopefully!!) a ways off… Though I do look forward to seeing them both grow into adults and hope I stick around to see them have children of their own. If nothing else, to confirm they end up with kids just like them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. It’s fantastic that you’re so well organized that you actually take these pictures. And that you have such empowered and happy kids.

    1. Awww! Thank you, Anne! That means a lot coming from you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel blessed to have empowered and happy kids! Well, most days anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking forward to seeing how they turn out when they become adults. But first I need to find that pause button…. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. The PAUSE button. What a concept! As far as how it’s all going to turn out… ours now seem to be launched and I’m still pinching myself that they seem good and happy and have found work they love. So many times, especially during the teen years, on dark nights (and mornings) my husband and I muttered things to each other like ‘failed family’. This raising humans is no kidding around the hardest thing I’ve ever tried. But as Mr. Green reminded me through it all: our job is to love them. Fortunately he also has something like an inability to fudge the truth which, in retrospect, was important.

  3. How wonderful you got to capture their growth! School finished almost a month ago for us, but I still haven’t taken a pic of my girls! Oh well. Also, here, 6th grade is now part of middle school (not when I was in school!). So yeah, my oldest will be in 6th grade, middle school! Eeek!

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