Don’t Blink

I can’t believe it!  My little baby girl started Kindergarten today. Everyone says it, but IT’S TRUE – IT GOES BY SO FAST!!!  I truly feel like we just brought her home yesterday.  She was so excited, so ready, feeling like such a big kid.  I, on the other hand, was a total mess.  Had to wear dark sunglasses to the bus stop and avoid her all morning so she wouldn’t see my tears.  I wasn’t sad, I really am excited for her.  I just feel like I can’t figure out where the time went and scared at how fast it will go before she’s 18.  She’s my baby.  My first baby.  This summer, for her 5th birthday this summer I ended up looking through all our old pictures from the time she was born.  It was really fun to see how she has grown. 

From our sweet little newborn, that slept like a champ from day 1. 

 

To the happiest one year old.

A super two year old.

 
Turning Three and becoming the best big sister Lola could ever have.  They love each other so much, and I know Lola will miss her everyday at daycare.  As evidenced today, when the bus drove away and Lola was crying “I want my sister, I want my sister”. 

 
Winning Dad’s heart learning to water ski at 4 last summer.  She had already won it, but her interest in skiing sealed the deal!

And playing in the yard with Mom.

And now she’s 5 and ready for school.  I wanted to start a tradition of taking a picture on the first day of school in the same place, so we decided on the dock steps down. 

 
Then we were off to the bus.  She wanted to walk by herself, we must be embarrassing already! 
 
When she saw the bus coming up the hill she had the best smile on her face!  The bus driver was telling her to turn around so I could take a picture.  She didn’t.  Just got right on that bus and found a girl to sit with.

I was nervous all day.  Wondering how her day was going.  And when she got off the bus, and we saw this smile, we knew she had the best day. 

 
Kindergarten was a success!  She can’t wait to go back tomorrow.  I probably won’t cry tomorrow.  I am so excited to see how her year turns out, which I know will come before I know it.  Life goes faster than you think.

Liam and Rowan!

These cuties came over on a nice sunny Monday morning! And these kids made my job so easy!  They listened so well!  I especially love how cute they were interacting with each other.  Liam is such a great big brother!  Here are some of my favorites.  Happy Labor Day!

Three boys under 3!

I met up with these adorable boys – 2 brothers and their new cousin – for some updated shots!  I’ll admit I was a little nervous, but we came ready with noise makers, treats and a lot of grown-ups!  And they all did GREAT!  Everyone was happy and cooperative all at the same time!  It was really hard to narrow down my favorites! 

Wisconsin!

Last weekend I headed over the border to Wisconsin to meet up with this family.  They had a great huge yard out in the country.  Ben is really into baseball and so happy to pose with his gear, Riley was mostly bribed with jelly beans!  We had a great time wandering around the yard, especially when they got out the tractor and the gator!  The kids LOVED driving them around!  Here are some of my favorites! 

Kinsley!

I met up with this sweet girl on a Sunday morning at Lake Harriet.  Wow, it was busy there!  So we wandered around to scout a good place for pics.  At first, Kinsley was so shy and with all the activity around, I decided to teach her a song my girls love to grab her attention.  And then we all sang it about 1000 more times after that!:)She loved it!  I have since emailed Mom and Dad the lyrics!  Hope they like the song too, as I have no doubt they are on repeat at home!  We just had such a fun time together – thanks for spending your morning with me!