school pictures

I am tolerating you.

Last fall, Ellie brought her very first school pictures home:

As far as I’m concerned, it’s perfect. I have so many photos of the kids being their goofy selves, adding one posed photo to the mix is a nice change of pace. Just look at that face! Only five, and she’s already perfected her politely disinterested smile. Adorable.

What I didn’t realize is that our school does pictures twice per year–once in the fall, and again in the spring. I’m not sure why they do this…maybe it was easier than having a make-up picture day for all the kids who missed the first one. Whatever.

I didn’t pay much attention to the whens and wheres of the second picture day, which became painfully obvious when she brought this home:

Kindergarden, redux
The real me. Take it or leave it.


The pink shirt under the red and yellow dress (note the untied bow) with the olive green bracelet and necklace. What you can’t see from my crappy iPhone photo-of-a-photo is the royal purple pants. All on a pretty bright green spring background. The only thing we’re missing is the wild, tangled hair, and I’m sure that’s because the photographer was nice enough to comb it for her.

And the smile! So confident, bright, and vibrant. When I see this picture, all I can think is, “There’s my girl!”

Sure, the first one is cute in a “My mom made me wear this sweater and brush my hair” kinda way, but the second picture is the true Ellie, and the one I want to remember in ten years–my messy, lovely little lady who unapologetically rocks a style all her own.


  1. They are both adorable and special, but you’re right, all the little things and her personality showing through in the second photo makes it all the better!

  2. I love Ellie’s second picture! 🙂 The first kind of reminds me of my own Kindergarten picture, probably because of the blue background.

  3. How would you like it, if we took your photos of your kids (if this even is your kid) and posted them on an automated website, in hopes to gain traffic and earn $ with ads?

  4. That’s a delightful email address.

    I’m guessing this is related to quiltpatternspro, in which case, they’re using one of my free WordPress themes. I’m not the site’s owner.

    I’d suggest contacting GoDaddy–I’m told they’re already aware of the problem. You’re the third person to contact me with this issue, but congratulations on being the first to sling insults!

  5. You have my uttermost sincere apologies. I am so terribly sorry for jumping the gun and accusing you of something that had nothing to do with you! I got on the bandwagon of fingerpointing too soon and I apologize for being an a-hole. Lesson learned!! 🙁 Head hung in shame.

  6. It’s so fun to see children’s personalities come out when the camera comes to play. Even our daughter ( at only 10 months old) knows fully well what the camera is and especially the ipod camera. Sometimes she’ll cut a cute one and other times bear with it like your daughters oh-too-adorable first picture there. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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