"The days are long but the years are short."
A week ago I was cleaning out a drawer and found a big stack of Munchkinland pictures that somehow never made into the kiddos' curious, sticky hands. Most were a couple years old. The pile showed all their favorite things: birthdays, holidays, Teacha Ben, donuts, swimming and selfies.
I walked in to class knowing these would provide enough giggles and debates to last a couple hours but walked out amazed at all the memories crammed into those munchkin brains that I'd forgotten about.
Like the time me and the triplets played king of the mountain on this pool inflatable.
|Hey there photo bomber Benz. I see you girl.|
As we looked through the pictures, they laughed and laughed at how funny it is that students "look not same" but Teacha "look same." I told them I didn't think it was funny at all that each and every one of them insisted on growing up.
|There is one hairstyle allowed for elementary school girls and you're looking at it. |
Pair wants a ponytail so bad. She'll have to settle for playing with mine for one more year.
Mickey and Isquis decided to grow into their enormous heads. Woot's chubby cheeks gave way to a preteen 5 o'clock shadow and Ming... Ming looks exactly the same. Like a small but strong angry bird, took wan.
|Woot October 2015, when everything about his face was rounder than it|
|Mickey (here age 4) is now 5 with no more Bobble Head|
|Ming (aka Crankypants) dissatisfied with picture taking in 2014|
As a while we've lost teeth, changed haircuts, gone through hundreds of pairs of school socks and changed classrooms, friends and school. When I pull out a picture of 4th grade and show it to the now 6th graders, they tell me it was sooooooo long ago. But was it?
|Nok and Nam swapping birthday headbands|
She laughs because she forgot to tell me the best part.........her birthday is on a Wednesday this year! We both gasp and cover our mouth (Benz to hold in her scream) because this is a big deal.
Why? Wednesday is the day she come to Make Our Day tutoring. A new semester at school (starting in November) means a new 8 week session of Make Our Day classes, which means new boards, a new birthday book and a full birthday bus.
You better believe she's thought all that through and want to make sure Techa is getting organized and not missing any of the details. On second thought, it's probably best we make a tear off calendar or paper chain to make sure we're keeping an accurate countdown.
|Benz's 10th Birthday|
|Benz's 11th Birthday|
I know this MasterCard "priceless" reference is dated, but Teacha isn't cool enough to keep up with pop culture references (or emojis) so I'm going to use it anyway.
8 weeks of class: $100
Birthday Party: $50
Play date: $30
Memories made in Munchkinland: Priceless.
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Thank you Katie for sharing with us about Munchkinland and what you're doing at Make Our Day. What did you love about seeing photos of the kids through the years in Munchkinland? Remember to Comment for a Cause and a special side note, that there is another donor who is going to match my Comments for a Cause donation so please comment on any and all posts to increase this month's donation!