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Monday, August 14, 2006

Then & Now

Time flies and our babies surely do grow up too quickly! All you moms with small children at home, who are wishing for a few minutes to yourself, stop thinking that! Time passes way too quickly. Enjoy every minute you have with your kids and just when you think they're going to drive you totally nuts, think how quickly time passes and how sad you're going to be when they're adults. I'm not sad that Chad is an adult .. I'm proud of the adult he's turning into (most days I'm proud!). But I look at the picture on the left of his first day of pre-school and I miss those days of him being a little boy and wanting me to read to him, climbing up on the kitchen counter to help me cook, the night he rubbed his entire body down with Vicks Vapor Rub (there are some parts of the male body that burn terribly when covered with Vicks!) and we almost never got it all off. Chad was such a handful. When he was 2, we left Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved all the way to Jasper, Texas . . exactly 96 miles away but who was counting. Not only was I moving away from my hometown for the first time but I was moving away from my parents who lived on the same street we did, and I was leaving behind my dream home that we'd built and lived in for only two years. I was so sad about that move and to this day wish it hadn't happened. Jasper wasn't a bad place to live but it wasn't a good time in my life. OK . . enough of that. Chad went to pre-school in Jasper, then we moved back to Lake Charles where he started kindergarten, then we moved to Kentucky when he was in 4th grade and . . here we are . . still in Kentucky! But, back to the first day of school. The picture on the left is Chad ready for his first day of pre-school at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Jasper. The picture on the right is Chad this morning, heading out to his first day of college. He offered to hold a lunch box on top of his head so the pictures would match . . gotta love that kid! He's attending Owensboro Community & Technical College for this first year. When we were in Louisiana, mom offered Chad some of Daniel's shirts. I told her he wouldn't wear a knit shirt but she insisted on giving him the one he has on in the picture. He surely made a liar out of me. He wears that shirt everywhere he goes! He loves it! Saturday was "free dress day" at work (no ugly gray Kroger shirt) and he wanted to be sure I could get this shirt washed and ready by Monday morning if he wore it on Saturday! Oh well . . my baby has grown up and I could sit here and think about the last 18 years all day but .. I'm going to quilt! Judy L.


  • Awwwwwwww =*( quit it! My youngest starts pre-k in one week and I am crying already. I know I'll adjust and I KNOW he'll love it but from experience with my now 7th grader it FLIES by once they start school. SIGH he is a very handsome guy Judy thanks for sharing these pictures!!!!! xoxo melzie

    By Blogger Melzie, at 8/14/2006 08:18:00 AM  

  • Thanks for sharing this huge part of your life, Judy! Lots of tears are welling Trent will be a senior in high school this year...and well...nuff said.

    Best of luck to Chad!!!

    By Blogger Darcie, at 8/14/2006 08:45:00 AM  

  • Did you notice how as Chad got bigger, your cars got smaller? LOL

    Thanks for sharing his "first day" pictures. Tell him the lunch box woulda been a nice touch! :)


    By Blogger Vicky, at 8/14/2006 08:47:00 AM  

  • Did you notice that as Chad got bigger, your cars got smaller? LOL

    Great pictures, Judy. Congrats to Chad on his first day of college (and tell him the lunch box would have been a great touch)!


    By Blogger Vicky, at 8/14/2006 09:15:00 AM  

  • You hate to see them grow up but I am now going through the same thing with Grandchildren. Some of them are staying with us right now and they are 13 and 14. THey stayed with us for awhile when they were 3 and 4 and it seems like yesterday. I can't believe how time flies.

    By Blogger joyce, at 8/14/2006 09:50:00 AM  

  • Best wishes to Chad on his new journey~~Last friday my oldest daughter was married and my youngets starts high school nxt month. Life is speeding along and I am in the flow!! Good luck!

    By Blogger martha in ny, at 8/14/2006 10:49:00 AM  

  • Isn't it amazing? This was such a great post, Judy. Thanks for letting us have a little piece of your life. =)

    By Blogger Susan, at 8/14/2006 12:23:00 PM  

  • Did you say college? Isn't that a dandy idea? I hope they have real books he can bring home to read and study since they didn't in high school! *wink*

    You are going to make it, really!

    By Blogger Debra Spincic, at 8/14/2006 12:48:00 PM  

  • That was just a wonderful post...made me think of my "little boy"...will turn 29 next month and will become a dad for the first time in December. You blink and they go to college, blink again and they are getting married and blink again and they are becoming dad's. Josh and Katie have been married for 5 years, so it was kind of a long blink :0)...enjoy every minute!

    By Blogger Carol, at 8/14/2006 04:46:00 PM  

  • At first I checked to make sure it wasn't still the same car LOL :)

    It's only been a year but it still feels like it has gone so fast! Alex was 1 month old this time last year and now he's 13 months!

    He's grown so much in just a year. It's amazing to know one day he might start his own family!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 8/15/2006 01:21:00 PM  

  • That will be me in a year. My daughter will be entering 12th grade next week, and wants to go away - way away for college.

    By Blogger Shelina, at 8/15/2006 02:27:00 PM  

  • Oh Judy - how sweet!



    By Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy, at 8/16/2006 07:33:00 PM  

  • What an awesome reminder! I just had my fourth baby two weeks ago and my oldest starts 3rd grade next week with a kindergartner and 2 year old in between. I've always been told how fast they grow up...I'm starting to believe it now!! And enjoying every precious day I have with them all!

    By Blogger Shannon, at 8/17/2006 07:14:00 AM  

  • What great photos and memories. How does the time get away from us so quickly?

    By Blogger Libby, at 8/17/2006 07:45:00 AM  

  • My youngest went to Middle school orientation today, she starts next monday.

    By Blogger Anne, at 8/17/2006 01:13:00 PM  

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