Six years of Maia


Today is the first day of Maia's school year. She's starting first grade which somehow seems like such a leap from kindergarten. I'm feeling sentimental about how my baby is growing up, and felt like sharing a few photos–one for each year of her life. Here goes…




Age 1


Age 2


Age 3


Age 4


Age 5


First day of 1st grade (2 weeks shy of age 6)

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    Carrie @Rhubarb Sky
    August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Just beautiful.

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    August 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    She’s beautiful! :o)

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    August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    So excited for Maia–hope she loves 1st grade! I cannot believe it has been six years either!! Fantastic photos.

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    Maya Bisineer
    August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Beautiful. Congrats! I am inspired to blog pics of my 5 year old as she starts kindergarten tomorrow!

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    August 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Aw…I can not even imagine, even though I have a 4yr old turning 5 at the end of the year. = ) Happy 1st grade Maia!!!

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    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    oh that makes me teary….very sweet:)

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    August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    So fun! Our oldest gals are the same age (Mine turns 6 this week and also just started 1’s grade) so it’s been fun for me to follow your blog through the years. I think I’ve been reading for over 3 years, well before you were pregnant with your second. I was pregnant with my 3rd (now 20 months) the same time so now I relate to your toddler posts all over again. I also have a 3 year old. All girls who LOVE art! Anyway, I feel like I sort of “know” you and your kids and I think if I lived in your area I would want to hang out.

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    Bridgett Thomas
    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Very exciting! I hope she has a great first day. My little one starts preschool in a few weeks. Not really sure I’m ready for that.

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    August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Happy School and Happy Birthday Maia! (I think E has almost those exact same shoes to start school off.) xo

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    Soccer Mom Style
    August 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Aww, she is so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing. My daughter Nina also started 1st grade this year (we started school a week ago here). She (Nina) thinks she is a big girl now… Plus this is the first year they’re riding the bus :)
    I think Maia’s newborn photo is my fav.

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    August 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I just went to a great back-to-school lecture at our new preschool- one of the points I took away was how many emotions we have as parents about back-to-school- including that feeling of loss and of time passing- as well as the excitement, etc. My oldest is starting first grade in a week. It feels like such a cliche to want to drop her off and then go around the corner and cry- but I’m right there with you also looking through my old photos of my girls!
    Beautiful photos!! Adorable big (little) girl!

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    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    So sweet. Happy first day of school and happy first sixth b-day to dear Maia. (Just a little early.)

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    jen at
    August 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    beautiful and so very sweet, jean. her 3 year old picture looks so much like you! happy first day of first grade, big girl!

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    August 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Oh she is beautiful, Jean! Congratulations to you all.
    Also, where did you get those shoes? They are *fabulous*!

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    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    August 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    oh my goodness…what a sweet set of photos that captures each age perfectly. happy first day of school to maia. may this next year move at a pace that’s comfortable for mama!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    August 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, we completely understand the sentimental! My girlie is now in 1st grade as well, though I get to keep her at home. Today we learned Roman Numerals. Ach!

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    August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Such a beautiful girl! I hope she has a wonderful first day of school. I get sad sometimes realizing how fast my children are growing . . . I keep a saying on my fridge “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” . . .this makes me grateful I didn’t miss a minute of their baby years. Thanks for your great posts . . . you are amazing!!!!

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    rosie your neighbor
    August 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

    i taught first grade for 17 years! i would have loved to have taught maia….she is one lucky kid who will never wonder if she is loved! that’s an obvious!

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    Lisa F.
    August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Nice! Hope she had a great first day.

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    Liz S.
    August 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    How beautiful! I have a son the same age as Maia and have been following your blog since they were three and a half. Mine started first grade on Monday and I have been similarly sentimental. Thanks for sharing and all the wonderful inspiration!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    The shoes are cheapies from Target and were an ill-conceived purchase. She had a blister after one day. I’m returning them next time I go.

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    August 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Beautiful – thanks for sharing. I hope she had a great first day of school in first grade. Such a milestone!

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    August 19, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Jean – this is so sweet! I will share with Shay. xo

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