“From Here On Out, It’s Al About Getting Into Harvard…”

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Gigi’s middle school is within walking distance of our home. On the first day of sixth grade, she and her friend Shelby met at our house. We measured them on the door (of course) and took pictures. When it was time to hit the road, Shelby’s father Eric said, “Okay girls! From here on out, it’s all about getting into Harvard!” I happened to snap the pic above at the moment Eric said those words. Priceless. Continue reading

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August 3 – Water Bottle Over/Under

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Gigi doesn’t have the best reputation with her school water bottles. We go through five or six a year. I have no idea what she’s doing to break them, but let’s just say, high school is murder on water bottles. Here’s her latest. Any guesses when you think it will break? I’m going with before Halloween. If she makes it to October 15th, I’ll be impressed!

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August 2 – Facebook Memories Messing with My Mind

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I enjoy facebook. Sometimes I forget that it’s not just a place for me and my sisters to try and crack each other up. Real people look at it and share what’s going on in their lives. I enjoy seeing how my friends’ kids are doing and where they’re going on vacation or what they’re up to at work. It’s fun. Continue reading

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August 1 – First Day!

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This is it! First day of senior year! A countdown can officially begin. If I had any idea when the last day of school is, I would consider doing that. But I don’t. I suppose I could look it up, but I prefer to live in a moderate state of ignorance. Continue reading

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July 31 – Spartan Spirit!

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I noticed when we moved to East Cobb that high school seniors often paint their cars before the first day of school with phrases like “Class of 17!!!” or “Seniors!!!” Always lots of exclamation points. Always lots of enthusiasm. It’s one of those things you see when your kid is a freshman, and you think, “We can’t forget to do that senior year!!!” We almost forgot. Continue reading

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July 31 – Clean It Up!

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The weekend before school begins, Campbell hosts a campus clean up. Parents and teachers converge with rakes and shovels and gloves to pull weeds, spread pine straw and generally spruce up the joint. It’s a big job. Continue reading

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July 28 – This Is Sparta Kickoff

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I have driven from my office in Woodstock to Gigi’s school in Smyrna in a full-on panic probably 100 times since Gigi started freshmen year. Most school functions are during the school day or right when it ends, and I feel like I’m constantly racing the clock. All working moms feel the pull of work and family. Mine just happens to manifest itself on 75 South. Continue reading

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July 27 – Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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That was the first line in a letter I received from the school today. A wave of nostalgia washed over me. When Gigi was a baby in 1999, I remember thinking that 2017 sounded like a million years away. Continue reading

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July 24 – SALE!!!

I had to run some errands today, which included returning some stuff at Macy’s. While I was there, I found a great dress I can wear to graduation, and it was on super sale!!! Check that off the list. I work full time, which makes the school year fly by. If I don’t act early, I end up scrambling last minute, and I really want to enjoy Gigi’s last year. So, I bought the dress.  There are two graduation ceremonies for IB students. The IB Medal Ceremony, and then the school-wide graduation. I am prepared for one. Yes!

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July 23 – An Evening with Some Senior IB Mammas

Ladies

After running around a maze of dazed parents and their kids at the senior portrait studio, I spent the evening with three other IB moms, all amazing, who have already been through the college process. I try to do this when my family is about to experience a big change. I meet with moms whom I admire or who have been through a similar situation, and I pick their brains.  Continue reading

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