them on the first day of grade 3 & grade 5.

The first day of  school kinda snuck up on us this year.  We were in the throes of day camps, swim classes, camping trips, yurts, and a week on Hecla Island.  The kids were in shorts and sundresses, sandals and flip-flops.

Then BOOM! -- school.  Stupid school.

Now don't get me wrong.  I think an education is important, and enrolling them in school outside the home ensures some daily social interaction with their peers.

But Back to School is the slap of reality.  It's the thing that signals growth, change, and another year that my kids are moving farther way from the babies they were when this whole parenthood thing started.

All because the number after the word "Grade" has gone up by one. 

Crazy, right?!

So, we hang on to what we have.  He's still into video games, and she's still into Hello Kitty like last year.
They still love playdates and play structures.  They are still picky eaters, and they still love hugs from Mommy and Daddy.  And I'm holding on to that for as long as I can.

So, here are my Mini and Lam, frozen in time, snapshots at Grade 3 and Grade 5...

1 - What is your favourite colour?
mini: pink
lam: dark blue but not navy blue

2 - Who is your best friend(s)?
mini: Abby
lam: don't know

3 - What is your favourite treat food?
mini: popsickle
lam: Doritos natcho cheese chips

4 - What is your favourite good food?
mini: sushi
lam:  salt-n-pepper wings

5 - What's your favourite treat drink?
mini: cream soda
lam: coke or pepsi

6 - What's your favourite good drink?
mini: pink lemonade
lam: iced tea

7 - What's your favourite dessert?
mini: ice cream sandwich
lam: ice cream sandwich

8 - What is your favourite game?
mini: club penguin
lam: Minecraft

9 - What is your favourite website?

10 - What is your favourite tv show?
mini: Good Luck Charlie
lam: Doctor Who

11 - What's your favourite movie?
mini: Brave
lam: Amazing Spiderman

12 - What is the name of your favourite book?
mini: Kittens by Nicola Tuxworth
lam: Mockingjay

13 - What's your favourite thing to do by yourself?
mini: make crafts
lam: play single player Team Fortress 2

14 - What's your favourite thing to do with family?
mini: play games
lam: go to the mall