Bragging About My Kids

Tuesday is the last day of school here.

Emma will have finished her first official year in the system as a preschooler, and they celebrated with an official preschool graduation ceremony on Friday.  Preschool graduation ceremonies, like elementary and middle school graduation ceremonies, are a ridiculous idea.

Emma's Preschool Graduation June 2010

Unless it’s my kid.

reading her "diploma"

Then it’s awesome and adorable and I was so proud of her.  For what, I don’t know.  Existing, I guess.  But when I asked her if she was proud of herself she assured me that yes, yes she was.  I’m exceptionally proud of her for that.

Emma's Preschool Graduation June 2010

After uploading the pictures I took at her graduation, I went hunting for the pictures we took on the first day of school to do the “ohhhh, look how much they’ve grown!” comparison fawning.  And then I realized that I’d never actually gotten around to going through those pictures, so I had to edit and upload those just so that I could make a big deal about the dramatic difference between now and roughly 9 months ago.

First Day of School 2009

Emma's Preschool Graduation June 2010

The difference is… uh… hmmm… ummm… better lighting?  Proper adjustment to a school routine so we no longer show up with wet hair?  A dress?

Actually, that dress is a pretty big freaking deal.  Emma only started willingly wearing dresses in the last few weeks.  I let her wear whatever she wants to school, and what she wants has amounted to whatever looks the least like something her mother would want her to wear for the past, oh, five years. She picked this dress out on her own because she was “supposed to wear something snappy”, although her first thought was that “snappy” meant “t-shirt and shorts, because you can move real easy and snap your fingers in it.”

Aside from a few skirts or bracelets or painted fingernails here and there, she really doesn’t look that dramatically different than she did 9 months ago.  And to be honest, I’m a little relieved.

Because her brother is doing his damnedest to hit manhood by August.

Star Power

I took this picture after his school play last week.  I said, “Devin, can I get a picture of you in your costume quick before you take it off?”  He did the rest on his own.  And what you can’t see in this picture, or in the video that I’m not uploading to the Internet because it has a bunch of other people’s kids in it, is that he was AMAZING in that play.

Truly, amazing.

I know everyone thinks their kid is amazing, but everyone in that cafeteria knew my kid was amazing.  He had comedic timing and dramatic flair and –  you know that kid that everyone cheers a little louder for and laughs out loud out when they come out to introduce themselves at the end of the show?

That was my kid.

I smiled so hard for so long that my face hurt the next morning.

I told him I was proud of him and asked him, too, if he was proud of himself.  He gave a little shrug and asked me what my favorite part was – and he smiled a little bigger when I recited one of his lines.

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  1. I am pretty sure our daughters were separated at birth. My girl too just graduated from pre-school, and she too has been so deadset against dresses until literally the day before graduation, and then we bought 3. I was so excited about her getting her little diploma and wearing the hat and she is going to roll her eyes at me when she is a teen….

  2. avitable says:

    I love Emma’s idea of “snappy”. It makes more sense to me than the real definition! And it reminds me of “We could have more room to do activities” for some reason.

    I think Emma looks older in the newer photo. And wiser. It must be the dress. :)

    Your kids are pretty awesome.

  3. Amanda says:

    My child went the opposite direction with dresses. In fact, the hour prior to her preschool graduation, i was busy hatching the scheme she and her best friend had created to convince both of their mothers that they weren’t wearing dresses. The mother and I were conferencing on speaker phone with two 5 year olds crying over how they hated dressers and wanted to wear “teenager shirts”. fuck my life.

  4. Amanda says:

    PS. Can we get some more shirtless Creed pics up in this bitch?

  5. Grumble Girl says:

    Awesome mom = awesome kids. Yay for you all!!
    PS – love the pics, lady!! Very cute little mugs there…

  6. whall says:

    Wow, what great snappy shots. I would say “snapshots” but really I mean shots I can snap at and say “oh snap! look at those shots! those kids are awesome and snappy!”

  7. Robin says:

    So awesome! Oh and my mother forced me into the cutest dresses for so many years when I was younger that I went for like 10 years refusing to wear a single dress. I went to my 8th grade dance in pants.

  8. muskrat says:

    I’m going to have to quit reading this blog, as it makes me realize my kids can’t do shit by comparison. Take my youngest, for instance. All she does is cry and drink and poop.

  9. Aw your kids are very very cute. I teared up a little at your bragging, so sweet and we all do it!!

  10. Steph says:

    My daughter is a dress person. She loves them. It’s really surprising because for the first two years I was concerned she was a boy in hiding.

    They don’t have graduation ceremonies like that here. I’ve always been a little jealous of them!!

  11. Annah says:

    That striped dress is precious.

  12. are you sure we can’t fly the kids home for some of the time i am there? imma miss them!

    p.s. hell yes you should be proud of them both. they are damn good kids!

  13. Nanna says:

    We have been oohing and ahhing and laughing and tearing up over those pictures since you posted them. GOD I can’t wait to hold both those little peanuts in my arms!!!

  14. Finn says:

    We have “Moving Up” ceremonies tomorrow (morning – dear God help me). I will just be proud the child is there and upright with clothes on, etc. Although he did get the “Hustle Award” for PE, which is awesome – all things considered.

    Your kids are wonderful. You should be proud. They should be proud.

    And dammit, Emma does look grown up. Boo. :(

  15. Hockeymandad says:

    Awww, your kids ARE awesome. So adorable! I will miss them this summer too.

  16. alimartell says:

    That first picture!
    Oof, my heart.

  17. Becca says:

    Congrats!! My eighth grade and kindergarten daughters graduated in May, I was soooo proud!!

  18. Until you see your own kid in a graduation gown, any other non-high school or college graduation is stupid.

    Then, it’s the cutest, most honorable thing they’ve ever done.

    Tres cute!

  19. Lisa says:

    Awww! It goes by so damn fast. Those are great photos!

  20. Selma says:

    How cute is she with her little graduation cap on. Awwww. That tugs at my heartstrings.

  21. dad says:

    love those kids…hang on they grow up quick! ask me i know

  22. Marinka says:

    I’ve seen my daughter’s play and I’m a big enough person to admit that “amazing” wasn’t the first word that came to mind. Love the photos. Congratulations to you all!

  23. Al_Pal says:

    Awww. Darling. My baby sister is 23. She was that kid recently, getting the most applause for her part in the community college drama class presentation. Proud. ;p

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