This is The Boy, headed out the door toward the thrills and adventure that await a 7th grader in a brand-new school building. He's a great kid, and I cannot get over how quickly he's become not a little guy anymore. Not only in size (he is now officially taller than his older sister!), but in maturity.
Speaking of sisters... behold our eldest! She does not start college (God willing) until the spring term; but today was the first day at a brand new job. Duly fortified with a caffeinated beverage provided through the magic of her new coffeepot (this one is SO not a morning person!), she headed out the door to the deli at our local grocery store.
Of course, both of them offered token complaints as I whipped around with the camera. I don't know why; you'd think they'd be used to it by now.
"Moooommmm.... do you have to do that every time?"
My beloved children, there are many prerogatives and controls I give up as you grow, and mature, and begin to find your own way in this world. However, I will always retain the privilege of being proud of the healthy strides you make toward building your lives. And loving you enough to annoy you as I record your milestones!