Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Zack is a 6th Grader this week!

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I can hardly believe it, but this week we had a 6th grader start school!  Tuesday was the official first day, and Zack and I were rushing around so much we forgot to take a photo until the last minute in the school parking lot, where I could find NO good place to take a photo without sun getting in the way.  Oh well, it's for posterity, right?


Today we decided to give it a try again, especially since Zack decided that this year he wanted to try his hand at wearing Oxford shirts.  I love this school as their school uniform is very fluid, allowing the kids to pick any color of polo shirt and a few oxford shirts, a few colors of shorts or pants, and that's it.  I remember being in a constant dither about what to wear to school during middle school and high school.  Uniforms (as long as they don't include a daily coat and tie!) are a great idea in my opinion.


Here is today's photo:



I am 5'2" and Zack is nearly as tall as I am and will turn twelve in January.  I am having a really hard time wrapping my brain around this, but I'm VERY happy that he loves Upper School and enjoys moving from class room to class room and subject to subject.  He's particularly interested in history and science this year and hopes to be a score keeper for one of the athletic teams, too.


While I was going through these photos, I found some I took earlier this year and I just love this one.  To me this is the face of a happy child who has found his niche, and I am so proud of how far he's come.  He's been very open with his classmates that he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and an anxiety disorder at the end of second grade, and even read special kid-oriented books about it to his third grade class.  To me, that took a great deal of bravery, and I am so very blessed that this child loves his family so much and enjoys time with us, even though he's quite often a happy loner.




One of my favorite things that we still do is read together at night.  From age two months old, his dad read Dr. Suess to him.




To this day, Zack and I read at least four or five times a week together.  Right now we're in the middle of the 6th Harry Potter.  I hope that he'll always want me to read to him and have discussions about what we've read.  (I do all the voices still, too).  I have a great friend who reads to her husband and I think that's the sweetest thing in the world.  How lucky am I to have a boy that still wants to hang out with his mom and give up the video games for an hour to listen to me read?  I absolutely do not take it for granted.


Thank you for reading about this new milestone in our lives.  I told Zack that when he turned 12, I'd (try) to teach him lampworking, so who knows what we can expect from this special kidlet?




Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

30 comments:

  1. Great pics of Zack, Lori, he's really growing up! I'm so with you on the school uniforms too, makes life so much easier for everyone.

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  2. What a wonderful post about your family! Reading together is the best!

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  3. Congratulations to Zach! I hope he has a great year :-)

    I am 5'10", and my daughter (at 13) is already 5'8". I think she might pass me up at some point.

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  4. How Exciting for you!!! Zack looks very happy! you have done an amazing job with him and him with you!!! Love always. Hugs and Prayers!!!

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  5. This is a time that flies by so fast, capture any picture you can! My daughter turns 12 next week, she too is finding her way through middle school and loving the independence.

    Wanted to share that I have a nephew, now 20, with Asperger's, He very close to his mother and they share many of the same interests. You will be his rock :-)
    Angie

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  6. He's growing up before our eyes...wow 6th grade!

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  7. And those are the things he'll always remember -reading with you, spending time with you. I have a good friend who reads to her son every night, has since he was weeks old. Watching them together, taking that time to be so connected at the end of the day was wonderful for me. I would love to hear you do all of the voices while reading Harry Potter! Zack looks very smart and dapper in his school outfit. Hooray for starting 6th grade!

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  8. Larua9:48 PM

    Sweet, sweet age! How super special!

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  9. Go Zack. It's so great that he is happy with his school and classes!

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  10. The time sure does fly by! Logan's a senior this year and taking his pic on the beach last weekend with one of his life long friends brought tears to my eyes. It's really cool that you and Zach still read together - what a great bunch of memories you two create each time you do that!!

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  11. Such sweet memories, Lori! You're an amazing Mom, and Zack is so blessed to have you to share your many talents with, and you're blessed with an intelligent, artistic, and creative son that brings joy and so much more to your life! Each one of our girls has enriched our lives in their own ways. I'm excited and a bit sad that Em, being the youngest, is growing up so fast and teaching me new things and a fresh perspective on life every day!

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  12. He's looking very grown up now, Fern is 12 now and nearly my height, I'm 5ft 4 ! Wishing him every success at school.

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  13. Wow, time really flies. Do really wish school uniforms were a thing here in Germany. When I was still at school, I experienced so much harassing about styles and brands of clothing. :(

    LG, Sandra

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  14. Zach looks happy and he loves his mom what a happy and proud day for you both. I'm sure he will do well congrats on this milestoneand Harry Potter rocks!:-)

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  15. Zack Man is the coolest kid I know. I wish I could have had more play dates with him this summer....we had a blast at the pool!

    Ummmmm......I'm excitedly raising my hand and saying....me, me, me too....I'm a little older than 12 so can I learn lampworking with Zack? I'll bring an apple for the teacher...or a Rise Up Mocha Smoothie ;)

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  16. Hi Lori, Thanx for sharing Zach with us. I always enjoy your pics of him. It is so cool that you still read together.Doing so can spark a lifelong love of learning.

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  17. WOW Grade 6 already, your little man is growing up. You two have a great year!

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  18. Wow, I can't believe how fast the time has gone! Wasn't it just a month or so ago that he was six?! lol

    And wow, in that photo from earlier, can you ever see the resemblance to his eldest brother! It's the eyes!

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  19. I hope that you all have a great year! It sounds like it is off to a great start.

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  20. Enjoy your first year in Upper School Lori, Rick & Zack! I have just dropped my 'baby' at his sophomore year at college. He'll be 19 in a couple of weeks and is topping out at 6' 4"!!!!

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Hugs and smiles ~~T

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  21. They do grow up fast. Too fast. Reminds me of that old song -

    Where are you going, my little one, little one,
    Where are you going, my baby, my own?
    Turn around and you're two,
    Turn around and you're four,
    Turn around and you're a young man going out of the door.

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  22. The picture of him in the car- he is so beautiful! <3 I really enjoyed reading this post that you have written about him starting school, the dress code, reading together and the chance of him becoming a lampworker soon too! Joy! :) Smiling.

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My son is on the spectrum too, and it always is good for me to hear success stories. He looks so happy, you are a wonderful mom.

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  24. I'm totally jealous. I want you to teach me lampworking.

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  25. They do grow up so fast. He seems so sure of himself which is good. As for uniforms, our school has never done that but being a twin my mother dressed us alike for the longest time.I still remember her crying when we declared we were no longer dressing alike.

    I'm glad you read to him. It helps their imagination. All three of our kids love to read.

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  26. *sniff*

    I can't believe he's in 6th grade.

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  27. Wow, he sure does look grown up! In that first photo, I'd believe it if you told me he was 15! It's wonderful that you two still read together. And what a lucky young man he is that you're going to teach him lampworking.

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  28. You know what I love about that pic? You can see his love for you shining from his eyes. I am an avid reader, always have been. My hubs was never a reader as a kid. He has developed a liking for it now, but it will still take him a year to read a book. We are both thrilled that the kids took after me, and devour books of all kind. I'm proud of Zack for talking to his classmates too. I think the more we talk, the better we understand.

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  29. Lori this is such a great post on Zack and his growth into 6th grade. How very blessed that you and he spend quality time together. Reading is such a wonderful way to experience so many things in life. Zack is very dapper in his oxford shirt. Blissful Twelve Zack Dear...

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  30. My gosh, he has grown! I bet that sometimes, when you look at him just right, you can almost see his "man" face. That happens with my grandson these days and it's so strange to see the foreshadow of the man he will become. Reading with kids is so important. Their heads get filled with the game thing all too often. And the discussions are a "habit" that will last a lifetime. From talking about books, you will grow until you talk about everything when he is older. It brings a closeness. Awesome landmark!

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