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Grade One

Please allow me just one more (ok, 2 more) posts about our transition into grade one.  This is huge for me, People.  HUGE.

Dear Jaia,

Grade 1.  Full day school.  Lunches AND snacks.  More independence than you’ve ever known.  More time away from me than I’ve ever known.

My beautiful girl, you are so ready.  Beyond ready.  Me, not so much.  But then, I’d never be.  I would be happy to have you as my sidekick forever, but couldn’t be more proud of you for wanting more.  You are strong and smart and brave and you are going to blow grade one away.

I promise to encourage and praise and love this new independence…but I can also promise that I will miss every single second that I won’t be with you.

If I can give you any advice as you start grade 1 in a new school, it is to be yourself.  And to trust yourself.  But, also, be kind. Treat people like you’d want to be treated.  If you see someone eating lunch alone, invite them to eat with you.  It’s amazing what a kind word can do to change the course of somebody’s day.  Be the one to be the friend.  You will never ever regret making someone feel good.  And that I promise.

Jaia, I absolutely adore you and I’m thrilled be be going along on this adventure with you, even if it is only from the sidelines cheering you on.



And a back to school post wouldn’t be complete without our annual photoshoot.  What a lovely little lady you are becoming.


Look at those freckles!  **LOVE**

Sneaky, sneaky…

Are we excited for back to school??

Let’s do this!


August 31, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Auntie Michelle - Awesome pics Shannen!! Please wish Jaia best of luck in Grade1 for us!! She will have a blast

September 1, 2012 - 2:42 pm

Auntie Jenny - Great photos – such a pretty little lady. Grade 1 – hard to believe!!

October 13, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Linds - oh man, cutest little girl ever 🙂

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