Sophia Starting Year One {2016}

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Just this week Sophia went back to school and Archie back to nursery. I cant believe how quickly this summer holidays whizzed past. We had lots of fun, we visited the lavender fields, went exploring, visited the farm and went camping. Even with some chaotic days we had a lovely summer and made some forever memories.

Last year I wrote a post to Sophia and this year I want to do the same.

I said it last year and I will say it here that I can’t believe how quickly her first year of school has gone. She is now been in year 1 for a week. She had a little wobble on Friday but other then that her first week went really well. She had been looking so forward to seeing all her friends again and not being the littlest in the school anymore.

Sophia, over the last year you have grown up so much. We had our mummy daughter date days throughout the summer and they were so lovely for us. It feels this year I have got to know you a lot more and we have become closer. Our relationship is now at a different stage again. One where you need my advice, my love and my care as always. But you also need me to hold your hand and listen to you. You have so much to tell me about your friends, about all the writing you have been doing at school. We read together, and you are reading so well. Just the other day you sat and read one of your school books to me and it was so lovely to wait for you to spell the words out and read them too me.

You have recently lost your first tooth and had your ears pierced. Something you have wanted done for so long. Everyday I see you try your hardest to face your fears and do things that make you scared, and for that I am so proud of you.

I love everything about you. Your will to try your best, to give everything a go. But to know when something is not for you. You know what you want and are recognising that it is your decision. You have recently signed up to Art Club at school and are looking so forward to it.

Lat year I was an absolute mess when you went through the school gates and I left you there, I was so emotional. It felt like a really big step. A good one, but a big one. This year it was so much easier you were happy and ready and I was happy for you. I can see this year is going to be even better then last and that you are going to grow up so much more. I didn’t manage to capture photos on your first day, but here you are on your second day in year one: school 2016

school 2016

school 2016

We have already been planning your birthday and what you would like to do. You will be six next month and to write that down feels very surreal. Six years already gone. The thing about every year it thats once its passed it has gone and all you have left are the memories you made together. Like always I am more determined then ever to make the most magical memories as a family and to document it all. We have so much to look forward to and our lives together, although its been 6 years, our lives are only just starting and we have so much more to experience and do together. I love you so much and I treasure our days together. I am lucky mummy and you never fail to remind me of this.

Here is to year 1 Sophia. I wish it to be your best year yet. To grow all your friendships, to learn more, to try your best and most of all enjoy everyday and every moment, because life goes so quickly.

School 2016

School 2016

School 2016

school 2016

school 2016

school 2016

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  1. September 12, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Aw bless, they both look so grown up! I hope they both have a fab year. It’s great to hear that she’s so happy going into year 1 and you’re happier about it this year too.

  2. September 16, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Oh my they look so grown up! I hope she’s enjoyed her first week back at school X

    • Tanita
      September 16, 2016 / 11:28 am

      Thank you Chelle, she has indeed. X

  3. September 16, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Awww Tanita, that’s a beautiful letter to Sophia and one i’m sure she’ll treasure when she’s older. Hope she had a fabulous first week in year 1 and happy birthday for next month! Riley’s 5 in November so we’re busy party planning here too! xx

    • Tanita
      September 17, 2016 / 6:32 am

      Aw thank you so much Vikki aw good luck with the party planning! Xx

  4. September 16, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    such cuties! Love her little pigtails! Glad she is settling in and it isn’t as bad for you this time around x

    • Tanita
      September 17, 2016 / 6:31 am

      Thank you so much Rebecca X

  5. September 17, 2016 / 10:30 am

    She really has grown since her last year picture. I love the images and your letter to her is so sweet. Last year Sylvia wanted to be a lollypop lady now she wants to be a vet.

  6. September 18, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Starting school is such an emotional stage. I have to be confronted with this next year.

  7. September 19, 2016 / 12:44 am

    Aw look at them both – just adorable! I love the idea of these open letters for important milestones like school years. It’s a a great, and lovely, way of keeping memories 🙂 x

  8. Stephanie
    September 19, 2016 / 1:27 am

    you got some really lovely pictures, I love the one of you and archie, so natural but so cute. Hope Sophia had a lovely time at school, i bet she will love reading little posts like this back when she is older. xx

  9. September 19, 2016 / 7:30 am

    Gosh she’s really changed in just a year! And your little man looks super grown up too.

  10. September 19, 2016 / 11:15 am

    I am doing the same with my daughter. She has just gone into Year 1 too. Hope Sophia is enjoying it! My daughter said it’s not as much fun as Reception as they don’t get to play as much. xx

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