(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.