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little girl, big world

October 10, 2014

Better late than never... her kindergarten portraits.
Somehow, two years have passed since her big sister's shoot.
New home, new school, but the same level of excitement from a 5-year-old ready to take on the world...
She's so proud to call these grounds hers (the hands in the air, this-all-belongs-to-me-now pose? all her doing).
And I'm so proud to call this girl mine.

game face

September 19, 2014

bye bye baby, baby goodbye

September 4, 2014

[insert here: any-and-every-cliche-about-the-baby-of-the-family-starting-kindergarten]
But by 6am, she was excited enough for the both of us...

Yes, I ugly-cried. Intermittently, for 4 hours.
But then...

Not only did she come back to me (still smiling!)...
But she came back with a flower that she'd picked for me at recess.

She'd thought about me. 
Even if only for a teeeeeny tiny fraction of the time that I'd thought about her.
It was enough. ♥

the faster they fly

August 28, 2014

How is it that the older they get, the faster they fly?
Soaking up every last minute...

the clearing

August 13, 2014

glory days

August 5, 2014

Anatomy of a Swim Meet: the recap is pretty spot-on and makes me smile. A crazypants kid swimmer myself, I went on to coach during my college years, and this summer I've finally made the transition to swim mom -- hands down, the best role yet. Not only because she's now the one in the water on those chilly mornings (while I cozy up poolside... in a warm sweatshirt... with a hot coffee). But also because I get to be her biggest cheerleader, watching her hard work pay off meet after meet. And most of all, because I have this daily reminder of the childhood I was blessed with... the fun I had both in and out of the water all those years with my summer friends... and I'm beyond grateful that she seems to love it just as much. It kind of brings tears to my eyes. And makes my husband roll his, as he hums "Glory Da-ays". Whatev, there's volumes of VHS-taped football highlights where that came from ;)