There are also some negatives.
Not the least of which is the realization that by the time my youngest child graduates high school I will have had twenty-seven STRAIGHT years of "First Days" of school. Yes you read that right. My oldest started kindergarten in 2000 and my youngest will graduate in 2027. Coincidentally I was also 27 when my oldest started first grade and I will be 41 when my youngest does. I will be 39 when my oldest graduates high school and I will be simply O-L-D when my youngest does. As in, I haven't done the math and am really sure I don't want to.
Without further whining on my part, here are my children on their respective First Days - Year 11.
This is Greg. 15 and heading into Grade 10. Also quite possibly his last year at home due to hockey. No, we aren't going to talk about this because I will cry. And no, apparently I am not allowed to be his roommate. And yes, I asked. By the way this IS smiling for the camera when you are 15. Remember 14?
This is Eric. 14 and heading into Grade 9. We have found his niche with the school he attends and he is thriving. Well at least on day 1. Ask me again in 6 weeks. He was far more worried about Rep Hockey Team tryouts than he was his first day of school, which is a very good thing!
first day of grade 7. TRUST ME the growth in this kid is shocking.
My wee one, Caden is 9 and in grade 4. A new "guy" teacher this year has him nervous and excited. He is still my cuddler, my son happy to hug me in front of his friends and usually has a smile on his face.
And not to be out done. Here are the two that will make me feel old and keep me being young.
Miss Taya is wearing Big Girl Panties now that are mostly dry. Mostly. She is not quite two and a half but thinks she is 15. Make sure someone checks in on me when she is really fifteen because this one knows what she wants and how she is going to get there, and she keeps up hopping!
By the way that is Annie in the background. Our completely, totally fine Annie.
We are SO thankful for sedatives that kept her resting!
Miss Chunk Of Love Jayde is 18 months and demanding to be potty trained along with big sis and mom is demanding she stay in diapers. I already have two dogs and one toddler peeing on my carpet THIS one can wait a while. And yes, this is the best picture I could get of her this morning. There are far more interesting things to do than stay still and actually look at the camera! And see? She has HAIR in PONY TAILS. My baby is growing up!
Just think, only sixteen more years to go.