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Monday, September 12, 2011

Middle Schooler

I don't know how my life got to this point.  I mean, Bria was just a cute little two-year old with the biggest vocabulary around.  Wasn't she?  Man, do I miss that two-year old!  But I have to say, I do like the middle school version of her rather a lot, too.
IMG_0973 Bria first day web
Bria and Chloe had their first day of school on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day.  Sophia had to wait an extra day, but she eventually got to go to school, too, even though to her that extra day seemed like a year or so. Anyway.  This post will be all about Bria.  I'll do the other two in the next couple days. Bria has been totally nervous about going to middle school.  She had an orientation that helped alleviate the nerves a bit, but as I was driving her to school on that first day she told me she felt like she was going to throw up and that she didn't think she could go into school and be okay.  Then she begged me to please walk in with her and help her with her locker and everything.  This also meant bringing her two little sisters in with us, but she didn't care.  She didn't care that I was the only mom in there, either.  It's definitely nice to feel needed!  And wanted!
IMG_0980 Bria first day web
School was only a half day, and she didn't want to ride the bus home so I picked her up.  She was in pretty good spirits, but then she started talking about her day and her worries came spilling out and she cried.  I know it was hard for her, but I also know how strong she is.  She has been fine the rest of the time and I really think she is going to enjoy sixth grade. She brought home an assignment to fill out--a sheet of paper that had prompts like "I enjoy...." and "I am happy when...."--and one of her answers was "I can do hard things."  It made me smile to realize that she is already internalizing and working on our family theme for this year.

And I know she can do hard things.  She'll be an amazing middle schooler.
IMG_0981 Bria first day web
She sure as heck looks like one!

14 comments :

  1. Bria is one of my most favorite people and I'm not just saying it becAuse she is my granddaughter! I truly love being with her! She is such a great kid! Look at her, her personality is bursting, she is so grown up and loves style!

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  2. Your daughter is so cute -- love the pockets on her jeans!

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  3. MIDDLE SCHOOL! Isn't it weird? It's amazing to see these little ones really start to grow up before your eyes. Bria looks ready to go, she is SO cute. Best wishes for a great school year:)

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  4. She will knock their socks off!

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  5. BIG smile at that closing line. She sure as heck does!!

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  6. It is a new stage for you, but you seem totally ready for it. And she looks ready too!

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness! When did Bria grow up so fast?? She definitely looks like a middle school gal. She also looks SO much like you Lara!!!

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  8. I am ever amazed at the beauty of your girls. How on earth did they get all the looks? Bria is absolutely gorgeous. She should be armed with a baseball bat to fight off all the boys when she goes to school! I am so glad that your theme for the year is helping her so much already. What a blessing that is. And what a blessing for you that you are still needed and wanted. :) I dread the day when my kids tell me they don't need me there, they can do it all themselves. :)

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  9. It's great that she doesn't care that you would be the only mom doing that. It shows that you raised her to know that while friends are important, her mom's support is more valuable than theirs. When she gets to the trying teen years she will likely feel more comfortable going to her mom with problems and for advice than to her friends. That's an amazing accomplishment and one you should be very proud of.

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  10. If only we could have frozen them in Kindergarten.

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  11. Oh, how my heart goes out to her. She is SO strong.

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  12. Super cute back to school photos! Love the one of the backpack . . . wish I'd thought to do that one back over the years . . . funny how much my kids always loved their backpacks!

    Kristin

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  13. She is the same grade as my youngest - starting middle school in 6th grade is tough. Alot of change.

    Love her smile - She looks like a girl who can tackle it head on!!

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  14. Say it isn't so. Say it isn't so...Is it so? That cute little button of a girl who had an affinity for sitting on tiny things like cans? Oh...the sentimentality is too much to take. Love you Bria!!!

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