Monday, August 24, 2009

Class of 2022

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The same week that Jack is preparing to graduate, our Jolie is strapping on her giant blue backpack and taking her very first steps inside a classroom.

Here are the two of them, first day of Kindergarten. Jack has tears in his eyes. Jolie is a little nervous. Both have a lot on their minds.
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And here, the moment I got teary eyed. When the bell rang, Jolie first kissed Cal goodbye,
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and then told Leah she wanted to tell her a secret before she left.
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I would give anything to know what that secret was, but didn't dare ask. I know all about secrets between sisters. (Plus, I like to imagine it was something precious, like, "Take good care of Mommy while I'm away," when in reality she was probably cracking some joke about poop.)
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Finally, the last picture we took. Just after the classroom doors were closed.
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Now that I've learned how quickly the first five years fly by, I went home and spent every free moment of the day scooping up Mr. Class of 2026 and giving him kisses.

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24 comments:

Daneille said...

Oh, I thought she might be starting today. How did she do? Did you get her into the school you wanted? And are you picking her up after half a day? I'm Skyping her tomorrow night to hear all about it! I can't believe it ~ and I don't know which one in that picture pulls my heartstrings more, Jolie or Jack. I see my first baby taking his first baby to school and I just cry...

Krista said...

I'm crying, and she is not even my daughter! I agree, those first five years do fly by.

Rileigh said...

Oh, we love you. I love your girls, I am so happy everything is working out for you guys, but man. we need to get you to Maryland next year STAT!

Jolie will be an exceptional Kindergartener.

Flem said...

You have such a talent with telling a story through images.

It was really moving. I don't even have a snarky comment in me.

Susan said...

Wow - you really know how to capture a poignant milestone! (pass the Kleenex please)

Such precious photos! Such a precious kindergartener!

Do 5 year olds take backpacks to school or do backpacks take 5 year olds to school?

Jeannie said...

Oh, that made me teary-eyed. Just one more year for us...

Julie Knowlton said...

I loved this. All of it. I have decided to keep Beau in his crib until he is 18. I just don't want him to grow up.

Jane said...

That was the most perfect way of showing a first day of school. I love all the pictures and now I can't stop crying.

Taylor and Jodi said...

aren't you guys moving yet? Or are you pulling a Sparks and drawing out the process? Cute pics, tender moments.

Adria said...

those pictures were so adorable. i love looking at brothers and sisters who love each other.

Daily Jot & Tittle said...

I love that last photo..how cute! It does go by so fast. Just wait until 1st grade when they are gone all day...that's been a killer for me!

James and Patrice said...

I cannot believe Jolie is in Kindergarten. Crazy! But I love the pictures and I especially love Cal's backpack. Go Cougs!

Jenny Coombs Bradford said...

I don't even have kids and I'm crying!

Lyndsi said...

oh my....I don't want to think of that day! How priceless those pictures are!

Lorie said...

I actually made it through the pictures (SO CUTE BTW) without crying, but then I read Daneille's comment and I lost it!!

They grow up so fast!!

Tanita said...

I love the picture of Jack with daughter in one hand and camcorder in the other!

Anonymous said...

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Aileen said...

I LOVE LOVE how those pictures tell the story! They captured the exciting day! Now Leah will have more time to focus on Calvin. That will be wonderful...

Courtney Vance said...

I love how big her backpack is. She could probably fit inside it. Your babies are so sweet to each other, I love those pictures and commentary.

Katie and Jeff said...

Oh Katie, that was so sweet. Jolie is going to be the teachers favorite for sure! She will love it! I still don't understand how we just graduated 2 minutes ago and yet here we are sending our kids off to school. It is moments like this I remember I'm a grown up! (kinda)

Jenny Walker said...

What a sweet little girl Jolie is! I remember Joshua's first day of Kindergarten, I walked around all day feeling like something was missing! They grow so quickly. Your children are all beautiful!

Maryann said...

The picture of the secret is priceless! And I LOVE your comment about it. So true...

Chris and Erin said...

Jolie is going to be her teacher's dream student. Cute, smart and well behaved! I'm so jealous she can't be in my class! Love the pictures and am so excited for Jolie to start her years in education... Who knows, maybe she'll meet her husband in her class like her parents did :) So fun! See you in 5 days!!!

Dawn said...

I think I'm gonna cry!

I love that sister and brother are each sporting backpacks as well!

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