I . love . her !!!

I love these Senior pictures.

I love having  a Senior.

And…I love her.

My firstborn.  Where did the last 18 years go???

One of my favorite sayings (and I have many!!)

“The days are long, but the years are fast”

This rings SO true with us.

Has this been “easy” ?   no.

But then again, not much in parenting comes easy.  Parenting teenagers is a whole other situation.   It has humbled me more than you can imagine.  I tried early on, to step in and help to avoid the hard lessons of life.  That got me no where. Fast.  It is one of the hardest things to let your kids learn the hard way, but so rewarding when in the blink of an eye, they make judgement calls that remind you that they HAVE been listening afterall.  I see MANY of these moments….especially lately.

Madison is a HARD worker, and she is independent.  Two traits that will carry her well into life.

I am seeing more and more how it must feel to see your children grow up, make their own way and be successful.   I want to see her HAPPY, no matter what it takes to get there.  Each persons version of happiness is different, but happiness is where she is headed.  A good productive solid citizen.    Happiness is key.

We recently had Senior pictures taken.   To each their own, but I see actual professional Senior pictures as being highly overrated.  I have a creative neice, with a great eye for a photo op and a great camera.   Sounds ideal huh??  it was.   They had a good time taking the pictures, the casual environment of two family members together, and the opportunity to take as many pictures as they wanted, in as many locations, hairstyles, clothing changes etc etc etc as they chose.   I think they are EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!   and the price was definitely right.   I had them developed and edited professionally, and we can call it good.

Some spend nearly a thousand dollars (or maybe more) on Senior pics.  That works for them, it does not work for us.

Now…..we move forward with  planning a graduation party, ordering a class ring, cap & gown, etc etc etc….yep, we are going to be BUSY!!!!!

and in 3 more years, I get to do it all again with my son.  :)

Life is getting very interesting and will endure ALOT of changes coming up………

I hope I am ready.

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9 Responses to “I . love . her !!!”

  1. machita Says:

    awesome pics!!! I love her too :)

  2. BLT Says:

    And as we look forward we also look back…toward our own mothers, their sacrifices, sorrows and joys and we realize what they did for us.

  3. LTC Says:

    These pictures are sooooo AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I’m going to need some of those to put on my fridge! :) I have to agree with the title of your entry…. “I . love . her . too!” :) You have raised an amazing young lady!

    • simplyaltered Says:

      can you believe Bejes??? she is kind of a big deal these days!! :)
      THanks for your kind words…….many days I need them!!!

  4. The Path to Frugality Says:

    I love Madison’s Senior pictures. They are really, really good.

    My oldest son, Mike, is 25 – he teaches Math at Madison’s high school and I have an 18 year old son, Charlie, who is also in his Senior year.

    From past experience I can tell you this, the years after high school when they go to college and make new friends, then get married and start their own career life are the best years.

    It is wonderful to see your children grow up and happy in their life.

    • simplyaltered Says:

      I know Martha, and in the post you did on this topic was SO wonderful!!!!!!! it really hit home to me. I think every mother has their own piece of time they embrace and enjoy more than others (newborns, toddlers, pre-teen etc etc) but I would think ALL get the ultimate satisfaction of seeing them blossom and be independant. THAT tells you, it was a “job well done”.

  5. Katie @ The Baby Factory Says:

    Awesome pics :) Your niece did do a fantastic-o job. Its one thing in my life that I refuse to skimp on is pictures, and so it is nice to know someone very very capable. You can’t go back and do them later :)

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