Great Grandpa Joe's Fishing Pole...(and the First Day of School)

9.04.2008

 Great Grandpa Joe's Fishing Pole (close-up)

I have a ton of fun photos from this summer that were taken at Lake George with Ethan's family.

Great Grandpa Joe's Fishing Pole (close-up)

These were taken late summer and are of my Mother-in-Law and Zoey "fishing" with her Great Grandpa Joe's fishing pole. They are some pretty fun pictures and special too because Zoey never had the opportunity to meet her Great Grandfather.

Great Grandpa Joe's Fishing Pole (close-up)

I've noticed that lately I've been printing my journaling on computer and cutting it into strips, usually I hand write my journaling but I'm having fun changing things up a bit.

Great Grandpa Joe's Fishing Pole

Zoey's first day of Preschool was fantastic. I wish that I would have brought my camera when I went to pick her up from her morning. Her cheeks were flushed bright pink, her eyes were sparkling and her hair was flying all around from being blown this way and that on the playground while playing tag. I got there a little early because I knew that they would be outside playing and I wanted to just peek in on her and observe how she was interacting with everyone in the group. It was the neatest thing to see her playing with little girls that I haven't even gotten the opportunity to get to know yet. There she was holding hands with them and skipping and pushing someone on the merry-go-round and listening to her teacher and joining the other girls in the makeshift line to go back into the school. She only has 6 classmates at this school (one of the reasons we chose this school was because of the smaller class size) and all of them are girls! It is quite the site to see all these little girls running and skipping and giggling together. I have an inkling that Mrs. Zimmerman has a lot in store for her this year! When Zoey saw me, she came running out of the double school doors and jumped up into my arms...her first words were (expressed with the deepest of concern), "Can I come back to school mama?" I assured her that there were going to be many more school days to come and than I took her out for lunch so that she could then share all about her first day. It's funny too because just when I thought she had shared all that she could about her day something else would pop up and she would share some other little bit about someone or her teacher or what they did or a story they heard, etc, etc. It's so strange and amazing to think that she has a life now that is beyond our four walls. I am so proud of her and so excited for the opportunities that she is going to have in this life. I continue to surprise myself as well at how excited I continue to be about all these little life milestones that she comes up upon. I was never that eager girl who was dying to have babies one day and here I am loving every minute of being Zoey's mama. Zoey's first day of being snack leader at school is this Monday and so now I'm trying to figure out something fun that we can put together for that. I'm sure the novelty of all these things will wear off...but for now I am enjoying every minute of it!

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muirwoodsue said...

How cute Zoey is! I am so glad that her first day of preschool was such a success. Loved your layout with grandpa's fishing pole. Adorable!
Sue

Renee said...

Your daughter is beautiful. Enjoy these young years.

Lisa Dorsey said...

Sounds like Zoey had a wonderful first day! Love that layout Jenn!

Stephanie Herbert said...

Awesome Layout! I love the stitching!

Lisa said...

Beautiful work! What a great story to pass on to Zoey.

Linda Beeson said...

I so love the way you put the title down the middle! It looks so neat and the photos are great! Love those journaling strips too.

Lily said...

Iused to loove watching my kids in preschool before they caught sight of me. I miss that now that they are in elementary school.


Love the fishing pictures and page. What a great memory. You got some lovely shots

Kira McKee said...

Lovin' that page! You do such a great job with the clean layouts that still have lots of little details. Glad Zoey's doing great in preschool. My Greyson missed the "age four" deadline by a month so we're waiting one more year. He is an absolute orangutan though so I'm a little jealous of your three hour break, hehehe. Next year I'm sure I'm going to miss his sweet little face, so I'll enjoy it while I can.

Miss M! said...

I totally hear what you're saying about not being "that girl". I never really got, for lack of a better word, pining after having a baby, but now that I'm expecting my first, I can't wait to get to experience all of these milestones. Heck, I got excited for school reading your post, and my kid isn't even born yet!

ricanlaw said...

oHHH, i HAD a lot of fun here. YOu have a showcase of some very, very lovely layouts.

KJ-Starre said...

Cute L.O...the vintage pole is such an amazing tradition.

Marfa said...

Sounds like a lot of very positive school experience. I'm sure you are happy, too! I loved reading the story about the grandpa Zoey didn't meet, but the fishing pole she used! Oh, thank you SO much for the butterflies!