In the Blink of an Eye

Visiting my kid's Open House at school last week hit me hard.

This is DQ's last year at the elementary school and it's quite unbelievable.

Her 5th grade classroom sits directly across from her Kindergarten classroom that I remember taking her for the first time.

I see the easels donning painted artwork and I felt tears fill my eyes that my oldest child has flown through grades K-5 in a blink of an eye.

Will she make friends? What happens if her one close friend was absent? Would she play alone at recess?

My once shy girl has grown into a little-less shy, confident, brilliant, beautiful, responsible pre-teen.

Of course, as parents we would love to take all the credit, but she is her own person, with a fabulous personality.

And, to be honest, being a dancer has really enhanced all those attributes in her.

This also helps...


Setting a good example for your little sister adds bonus points...


11 days left.

Don't forget all the things you've learned.

Continue to take the high road and make the best choices.

Remember the teachers you may have accidentally called 'mommy' at one point.

Say goodbye to a school that has nurtured you away from home.

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  1. Andrew Scott Turner said...

    awww. they're both adorable!

    My oldest will be a senior in the fall. I don't want to talk about it.

    leave me alone.

  2. He And Me + 3 said...

    wow...I am dreading the day my first one leaves the elementary school. Yikes, but it is not too far away. She looks so proud and is just adorable. Good luck next year in middle school. Yeah!

  3. Lolli said...

    Oh my goodness! I know what you mean! It goes so fast. I had a hard time sending my oldest daughter to middle school, but it turned out to be a fabulous experience. One more year, and she'll be off to high school. Now that's scary stuff!!

  4. Midwest Mommy said...

    Seriously this post made me really miss teaching! I of course don't even want to think about how fast this is all going by so I will just focus on my missing teaching feelings, lol.

  5. Keyona said...

    It sounds so scary. I'm afraid for my baby to move on to 1st grade. I know she can hold her own but it still makes me sqirmy.

  6. Krystyn said...

    Oh, I got goosebumps.

    What a scary and fun transition coming up!

  7. Shauna - Blah Blah Blog said...

    Oh, I dont even want to think about it! Ugh.

  8. jsprik said...

    tomorrow is my daughters last day of 6th grade...she'll be a junior higher now ...time goes by so fast!!! cherish the times we have , huh? they are all too soon gone!! (she goes to a private school,thats why she gets out so early btw)

  9. Lori said...

    Seriously, how did this happen?! Bug is at 5th grade camp this week, she had middle school orientation last week, "the class" is next week...where did our little girls go?

  10. AmyG said...

    It's hard to let them grow up!

  11. Momma Moe said...

    Beautiful girls...great pics...I'm going to my oldest's pre-K graduation this morning. And taking a huge box of Kleenex. I can't imagine my tears when he departs elementary school...it seems so far away right now.

  12. Brittany said...

    You make me nervous thinking of my 8 year old getting that big. It goes my so fast. Your girls are so beautiful!

  13. Michelle said...

    Aww...they grow up too quickly!

  14. Jenni Jiggety said...

    It is bittersweet, isn't it????

    You should be VERY proud, Mom!

  15. Heidi said...

    Well thanks for making me all misty eyed. Crap, now my mascara is running!

  16. Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

    So not ready for that at all!!! ;) I love the pictures! I am hoping that my boys just stop growing....think it will work?

  17. mama's smitten said...

    Awwww! Time really does fly huh! I can only imagine how you feel! Proud , sad, excited, scared! How bitter sweet! What a sweet daughter you have!

  18. Tara R. said...

    They do grow up so fast. I can see why you would be so proud of both your lovely daughters.

    Great trophy, Congrats!

  19. John Deere Mom said...

    Great pics! What is that, spaghetti sauce? :)
    And being called mommy? That would be nice...I get called Grandma at least twice a day!

  20. Elaine A. said...

    Wow, already? I can only imagine how fast it goes. Everything seems so fast to me these days...

    She's gonna do great next year! : )

  21. Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

    That's the way I was feeling last year with my youngest. We were both a little apprehensive of what middle school was going to bring. He's sailed through 6th with flying colors. We can hardly believe the school year is soon ending.

    Middle school... high school... oh my!

  22. Melissa said...

    oh my - a sweet post for both your sweet little gals!

  23. Lynn said...

    Grow up fast? You have no idea.
    Our granddaughter graduates from high school next month. I haven't quite gotten over the high school graduation of her mommy, and she's an RN working in a large hospital now!

    BTW, I am a retired elem. school teacher and I held coats and sweaters up in front of the student owners many times and they swore it wasn't theirs until the other kids decided it WAS!
    I enjoyed my lengthy visit to your blog,

  24. Mrs4444 said...

    I can relate in so many ways; this is Kendall's last year at the middle school. Loved this post (and the last photo, especially.) How many days left??

    P.S. If you're up later, I'd love it if you'd link me up....(no pressure.)

  25. Kristen Andrews said...

    in a blink of an eye is right, Will starts preschool in the fall and I started crying when we walked out of the open house.

  26. Ann(ie) said...

    Those smiles just made my day!

  27. Marla said...

    jr. high - a whole new world

  28. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

    OK.. that made me cry lol

    My kids will be finishing elementary school this upcoming year, and that was weighing pretty heavily on my mind lately. I can literally feel what you're feeling and my children aren't even there yet, but I'm already grieving. However, being military, we don't have an attachment to this school, since this is like the 3rd elementary school they've been to. But it's still going to be emotional. *sigh*

    They are gorgeous! Holy honkin' trophies, by the way! Love the 'stache on your younger one lol

  29. Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

    WOW!!! Now that's a trophy!!! Love that the little sis is trying to horn in on the pride and moment. :) She cracks me up so much. Congrats to your daughter on growing up so gracefully. :))

  30. Swirl Girl said...

    next fall my 1st baby is in 5th grade and my baby baby starts kindergarten...

    am I that old?

  31. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    That makes me kinda sad.

  32. wife.mom.nurse said...

    oh my gosh...the look on pix #2=priceless!

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