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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

kinnygarben

So they had their first day of kinnygarben.  
There are certain words that Tess says that I Can. Not. bring myself to correct.  
Like golilla.
And kinny cat
And kinnygarben
They way she's looking at him... oh my.
The way he's holding her hand, but she really isn't.  His nervous grin.  It speak volumes.  
To be honest, because they are so very young, topped off with being quite petite too, we would have chosen to hold them back another year.  Tess makes our state's school cut off date by only a few hours.  But the only way Tess can continue her speech assistance is to enroll in kinnygarben.  And Jude would have totally gotten she was going and he wasn't, so of course he had to go too.  
So they went.
Unprompted, he helped her with her backpack.  Oh yes he did.  Help me now.
And I cried.  
I know that it might just be a coincidence that they both blinked at the same time when I took this pic, but this seriously may be one of my favorite pics of them together ever.  They are so at ease with each other... enough to close their eyes and be that close.  And that's saying something for 5 year olds.
And it dawns on me again, that they've known each other longer than they've know us.  
I cried silently of course, where they couldn't see... when my back was turned I wiped away my tears.  The way mamas do sometimes.  
No new shoes or backpacks.  The ones they had still had some life in them.  
The ugly doll is a gift from his big sister.  He loves having it on his backpack.  
But unlike half-day preschool, all-day kinnygarben means staying for lunch, so new lunch boxes were in order.  You would have thought they won the lottery with those lunch boxes!
Thank golly they not only still carry the same lunch boxes as Patch and Boo, but that they also come in two different colors to tell them all apart.  
Sadly, one can not take two children to different classes at the same time.
So I escorted Jude to his new room.  
And this is where I left him... fighting back my tears as he beamed at me... sitting on the big S on the alphabet rug... so so excited.
And all I could think about was likely what all the mamas in the room were thinking... 
How little he still is.  
Wondering what happened to those 4 years since then.
Where did they go?
Wishing I could just slow it all down.  
This is him peeking around the corner at the end of the day, coming to greet me.  
"Hey mom, do you see me?  Did you miss me?"
Yes, I did.  More than you know.  
Ya, he was totally fine.
They both were.
I, on the other hand, may never be the same.


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29 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics and so precious! When Roadie was little he called watermelon "waher-lem-lem" and I cried a little when he said it correctly the first time :-(

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  2. Beautiful shots of your kids. Happy WW. Thanks for linking up :)

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  3. Such cuties! Glad the first day was a good one! I like how you put the photos of the kids in the backpacks. I'll have to remember that one :)

    Theresa
    http://theresasmixednuts.blogspot.com/2012/08/wordless-wednesday-then-now.html

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  4. Love this! I went through this last year with my oldest's first day of "kinnygarben". Her's was only half-day though, so I'll be going through it once again this year as she enters full-day 1st grade (next Wed is her 1st day). I let her ride the bus last year, but raced to beat it to the school so I could escort her to her class. I managed to hold myself together the whole time, until I left her, walked out to my car alone, & drove home without my baby. Oh yeah, I did the ugly cry then!

    I love your 1st day of school pictures! Gorgeous & creative! Love the details! I will definitely have to keep these in mind next week!

    *Both my kiddos say things "wrong" that I also can't bring myself to correct -- they both say "helicocker." I love it. I refuse to correct them.

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  5. Love this! I went through this last year with my oldest's first day of "kinnygarben". Her's was only half-day though, so I'll be going through it once again this year as she enters full-day 1st grade (next Wed is her 1st day). I let her ride the bus last year, but raced to beat it to the school so I could escort her to her class. I managed to hold myself together the whole time, until I left her, walked out to my car alone, & drove home without my baby. Oh yeah, I did the ugly cry then!

    I love your 1st day of school pictures! Gorgeous & creative! Love the details! I will definitely have to keep these in mind next week!

    *Both my kiddos say things "wrong" that I also can't bring myself to correct -- they both say "helicocker." I love it. I refuse to correct them.

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  6. Awesome post! Awesome pictures and such cute kids! I had five and understand where you are coming from. Blessings to you!

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  7. Oh how sweet! My eight year old still says breafkist and I don't correct her. Such lovely photos :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  8. Well, I cried.
    Cherie
    PS...I never correct them either :)

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  9. Well, I cried.
    Cherie
    ps.. I never correct them either :)

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  10. Such touching photos. Love how it went from B&W to color.
    happy WW! http://www.nycsinglemom.com/2012/08/14/kate-gosselin-coupon-cabin-blogher/

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  11. You have documented this day perfectly. Such sweet captures.

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  12. Those pictures really are sweet! I agree with everyone else about them. Thanks so much for sharing them.

    Danielle
    http://royalegacy.blogspot.com/2012/08/wordless-wednesday-with-linky-cholla.html

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  13. So sweet. I love that the pictures told the story and your words added such sentiment.

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  14. Aw! Such a great post! I love your pictures!

    http://www.mommatandbabye.com/2012/08/wordless-wednesday-chasing-ducks-w-linky.html

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  15. Oh my, these two are so cute together. I love reading about them and admire all their cuteness in the wonderful photos you post. You are so blessed, Martha. AWW!!

    It's funny for me to see kids going to school and kindergarten already. In Romania they start in September 10th. And this year I will cry too because my oldest starts 1st grade. :)

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  16. I love this post and the photos. It hits close to home because in just a few weeks I'll be sending my first to "kinnygarben". She's excited and I'm teary eyed.
    Glad to hear they had a great day.
    I loved the photos in the backpack. What a great idea!
    God Bless you and your family!!

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  17. Such a beautiful post!! It had me teary eyed! I can't believe it will be back to school soon in our household and I remember when my son first started last year. My heart was ready to burst seeing him take that first step towards independence! Time sure does fly :)

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  18. How Sweet! Thanks for Linking Up! Glad to have you!! :-)

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  19. Awww- what a great milestone for them to share! They are so cute & you photograph their relationship so beautifully.

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  20. Oh I love the way they say things!
    Some from my list-
    thingers-fingers
    Stunk-skunk
    hostibal-hospital
    peent-paint
    brocanoli- guacamole. For some reason he combines broccoli and guacamole....

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  21. Oh I love the way they say things!
    Some from my list-
    thingers-fingers
    Stunk-skunk
    hostibal-hospital
    peent-paint
    brocanoli- guacamole. For some reason he combines broccoli and guacamole....

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  22. Such a lovely post!!! I had a lump in my throat for you! Gorgeous photos too! Glad they both had a great day. They grow up far too quickly! Thanks for linking up. x

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  23. I'm crying too! How wonderful, heartbreaking! I love your blog!

    I REALLY love coming to your blog and getting a kick out of your pictures and stories . I am starting a link-up this week that I'd love for you to be part of. It just went live and is a photo show and tell where we can come together and share the images and stories from our lives. I'd love it if you'd consider linking up some of the amazing pictures I often see on your blog.

    http://dosmallthingswithlove.blogspot.com/2012/08/photo-show-and-tell-link-party-1.html

    Hope to see you there!
    Nancy

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