Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Senior Year - Day One

Today is a big day in our house; it's our granddaughter Cari's first day as a high school senior. It's hard to believe. I remember the day I watched her climb the school bus her first day of kindergarten. She wore a cute yellow dress and had a big yellow bow in her hair. My daughter Julie cried that day while son-in-law Mike snapped photos when their baby girl headed off to school. I shed a few tears too.

This morning there were no tears, only smiles. She woke up bright and early, got ready in record time. She stopped for a minute to let me take this shot as she hurried out the door.

I snapped another as she walked to her car to drive away, ready for a new adventure. She was in a hurry to get to a friend's house for more pictures. It's a big day in our little part of the world, and one I will remember. Truth be told, I shed a few tears of my own. Tomorrow I get to do this again when grandson Michael starts his first day as an eighth-grader. Stay tuned!


  1. How wonderful! A milestone for your beautiful girl. And an eighth grader, too! Also a milestone year. Wishing them both a wonderful first day and a school year full of joy and nice surprises. :)

  2. What a lovely family you have, Donna. I hope your granddaughter has a marvelous senior year, and your grandson--I hope middle school is enjoyable for him.

  3. Lovely pictures. Grandmas always shed tears on first day of school, don't we.

  4. Awww! She's beautiful. Senior year is such a memorable one. Enjoy every minute of it!

    Critter Alley

  5. Beautiful girl and so full of optimism! This year will go so fast for both of you! Enjoy....

  6. Aw...girls are so different. Look how happy she is! My son starts his senior year tomorrow. I don't think I'll be able to get a picture, unless it's before he drags himself out of bed.

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks. I'm sure we will have lots of surprises.

    Hi Sioux,
    You are so sweet. I hope your school year goes well.

    Hi Miss Dazey,
    You know it. Being a grandma is the best job in the world!

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks. It should be a fun year for us all.

    Hi Claudia,
    Thanks. You are so sweet. And I'm sure this time next year I'll be shedding even more tears when she heads off to college.

    Hi Val,
    Good luck with your son's first day of senior year. You are right; boys and girls are very different.


  8. What a darling girl! No wonder everyone is so proud. Hope it was a great start to a wonderful year for her and your grandson.

  9. Donna, it is a bittersweet moment when they reach this point. Your granddaughter is beautiful and has a wonderful year ahead of her. Blessings to all of you.

  10. Hi Tammy,
    Thanks. I think between now and next summer we will be very busy.

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you. We definitely will be busy this coming year.


  11. She is so cute. :) I love the steering wheel cover. Senior year--I remember when she won the 4th grade writing contest for Saturday Writers!! :)

    1. Hi Margo,
      Fourth grade was so long ago, but it went by in a blink. She is stylin--her zebra-striped steering wheel cover matches her seat covers.

  12. Wow. Senior year. Mine was certainly a pivotal time. Choosing a college, in my opinion, is probably second only to choosing a spouse. (I wasn't able to go to college - or rather I chose marriage instead - but both my kids ended up staying in the general areas of their colleges and marrying locals, and now both teach nearby their alums.) I know Cari is greatly blessed to have you & Walt helping her along. Enjoy this year! It's gonna be an exciting ride.

  13. Donna, Cari was a doll already at age 12 but she gets prettier every time I see a photo of her. This will be a busy year for her and for you all. Enjoy!


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