It is with great excitement that I am releasing the photographs of the 3rd annual Slice of Life: First Day of School with the Brown Kids. This year: Roz is 2nd grade, Tess is Kindergarten and Knox is still “baby Knox” who gets to stay at home with Liz. This year was leaps and bounds from the last two years which have been filled with emotional tears from kids and mom. This morning was complete with two little girls who have become alarmingly self-sufficient compared to the previous years. The oldest, Roz, going through the motions of getting ready like a confident, fine tuned grade schooler. Tess, no longer fits the mold of sad little sister or excited new pre-schooler… she is now in on the secret that school means waking up early and putting on clothes every day. And Knox, with his backpack probably full of fruit snacks and cars… is just along for the ride glaring at me with confusion as to why I am there so early in the morning. Liz has morphed from last year’s “emotional-mess, what am i going to do without my kids” to.. this year… singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. All while juggling bacon, pancakes, changing of socks, putting on shoes, wiping butts and brushing hair. And hard working Mr. Dad, Jeff, Jeffey, GBrown… well, he got an unheard of day off to be a part of the chaos to ensure that the shoes are tied and the bellys are full and giggly.
I am so happy to be a part of this tradition with my amazing friends and it means so much to capture your family as it grows each year.
Liz’s traditional “First Day of Kindergarten” letter to Tess:
I honestly thought this would be easier, the second time around. Turns out I was wrong. I sit here crying the same quiet tears, wishing the same happy thoughts, wanting the days of your blissful youth back. It is the same, yet different. Because you are different. You are peaceful and sweet to everything and everyone. You will have no problems making friends.You will tenderly and quietly solve the world’s problems, as well as any in kindergarten. And I love you for you. And will be waiting patiently to see your smiling face at 3:30 tomorrow.
Eric and I came with gifts.
Winnie had a helping paw in getting Roz going.
Eric got the honor of waking Tes from her peaceful slumber. It takes a village.
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