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September 2, 2014

(a portrait of my daughter once a week, every week in 2014)

Julia: age 8.5, having lunch outside during what must have been one of the nicest summer weather seasons we've had in years.

And because I'm a few photos behind:

Well it's a big exciting day around here today...It's BACK TO SCHOOL DAY!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOO!! 3rd grade. I feel like most of my own memories start from the 3rd grade on. I remember 3rd grade like the back of my hand, what about you??

I remember tying my shoelaces together with my best friend's shoelaces and then we couldn't get them apart. We got into a teensy bit of trouble for that. My best friend was this very nice girl named Carolyn and she was from Canada, and sadly she was only in my school for that 3rd grade year before she moved away. I started a new elementary school in 3rd grade. I was so nervous on the first day....it was a school with uniforms and I remember LOVING my uniform. LOOOOOOVED it. 

(I loved it less a few years down the road. The jumper dress was some kind of polyester blend which let me tell you, was a tad bit HOT in the Hawaiian sun. Blechy.)

3rd grade seems like, no more fooling around thinking your kid is tiny anymore. It's a short march until 6th grade and you know what comes after 6th grade?? SEVENTH GRADE. Ohmygoodness, I'm seriously not ready for that.

But you know what's awesome about 3rd grade? THE BOOKS. We've been reading such good books lately ~ oh we finished up 'The Land of Green Ginger' -- I mentioned it in this book list earlier in the summer -- and Julia said "That was the best book you've ever read out loud to me." (the story is about Alladin's son, on a quest with the son of the original Genie of the magical Lamp.)

It's SO funny you guys. You GOTTA read that book. It was serious amazing fun and really really a good one to be a read aloud. There's a Mouse character in the book, who just slayed us. I made a special voice for her, very snooty and raspy sounding and Julia just choked with laughter whenever we were reading dialogue from this crazy Mouse. And the two wicked princes in the story -- Prince Tintac Ping Foo and Prince Rub-Dub Ben Thud -- oh these guys were SO HILARIOUS, you just gotta gotta gotta go seek out the book. Amazing. One of the very best books for kids I've ever come across. Seriously.





13 comments:

  1. I love it. She's such fun. So sassy and cool.

    3rd grade?! It does feel so real but I bet, like you said, the books are fabulous.

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    1. We just started Stuart Little. Be still my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. I love that you start school after labor day! The last time I heard about a school starting after Labor Day was... well, back when I was in 5th grade going to Catholic school! Just before 6th grade we moved up to Northern California and every single school here seems to start in mid August. MID AUGUST! Miss C. started August 20. Sheesh. I bet this is going to be a great year for Julia!

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    1. Most, if not all, of all the schools in our district begin school after Labor Day -- I thought that was the norm until I began hearing about all the other places starting in mid to late August! I have to say, I do like the Sept start -- it seems so autumnish and schoolish and Septembery. That made no sense, but you get my vibe!

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  3. Julia looks a lot like you in the first photo! Happy back to school day... I hope Julia has a wonderful day! My daughter started TK last week, and it seems just like yesterday she was cutting her first two teeth. Time... please slow down! I'm glad you had nice summer weather this year, I wish I could say the same for us. It's still miserably hot and humid here. I seriously cannot wait for fall to arrive which is usually not until October.

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    1. I thought Fall weather was here but no, it was mid 80's this wkend and it's supposed to be hot next wkend as well. I'm READY FOR COOLER TEMPS!!!!

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  4. That book sounds awesome! Yay for third grade! We're still home today, but head back tomorrow for week three. It's been threatening to storm here, which only serves to make it muggier. Soooooo ready for fall. And I love these pictures. Guess which one is my favorite?

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  5. These photos are beautiful. Beyond.

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    1. thank you sweet Allison!!! she didn't make me pay her this time :)

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  6. Sweet, fantastic girl (and mama too, of course). Happy, happy school year to you! And keep READING!

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    1. we're ALWAYS reading!!! books are the greatest! and hurray for school starting! :)

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