A transformation, before your very eyes!

Today I went shopping with my Mum (thanks, Mum) and my eldest daughter to buy the many required items for starting grammar school in September.

The long list gradually became shorter, and we still have to purchase : hockey stick, hockey bag, shin pads, gum shield, a 2nd pair of trainers (for indoor use – we have already purchased some for outer use)!

When we came home, I took a few photos of her, still as a lively eleven year old, messing around in the back garden.

Then she changed into her new uniform…..

…….and aged…..

….before my very eyes!

So here we have her modelling her winter uniform with very long and very warm scarf.Her winter uniform (including blazer, jumper, shirt, tie, skirt, tights and shoes)

Her summer uniform (blazer, summer blouse, skirt, socks and shoes)

Her PE uniform (school polo shirt, baggy (very!) shorts, long hockey shorts and trainers).Then there will also be a school tracksuit (£80! – about $150), a skort, and all the rest of the hockey stuff.

It is with mixed emotions I see her in her new uniform, on the verge of moving on and up.

She worked so hard to get her exams to get to the grammar school, we are so proud of her……but part of me wants to wrap her up in cotton wool, and stop time…just for a little bit longer.
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  1. Oh I remember that “essentials” list, including full kits for just about every sport imaginable, little wonder my mum had that slightly manic look in her eye just before I started school:)

    She does look very grown up in her new uniform though, do yu think they’ll miss her in school if you hide her for a few months more!

  2. Awww..This post is really sweet. I somehow know how you feel. Sometimes I wish that my cousins will be forever babies, but at the same time I’m excited to see them grow up. Your daughter is really lively and she’s also lovely. You must be very proud of her for getting into grammar school. You did a great job raising her. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Well done to your dd on getting into grammar school! I remember being thrilled when Ben got in, then developing a nervous twitch at all the extra compulsory uniform that had to be bought from overpriced specialist shops.

  4. om goodness what a smart looking uniform! sometimes i wish my oldest had to wear a uniform to school, would have curbed a few early morning “go up and change converstations” at our home! very harry potterish! love it! thanks for stopping by and you very sweet comment! look forward to sharing more and looking at many more of your beautiful photos!

  5. Your girl is very pretty, uniforms are wonderful things, I think. I wish they had to wear them to school here in Canada. Hugs, ~cindy s~

  6. “part of me wants to wrap her up in cotton wool, and stop time”
    Love that quote.

    And a necktie? Really? It was always my girlhood dream to go to boarding school and wear a uniform…but I never imagine a necktie!

  7. I love uniforms (probably because I attended American Public School where we did not wear them). When I lived in Japan, I just loved the different uniforms. There were a couple that were so cute, I wanted to buy myself one. I wish uniforms were required here. Great photos.

  8. I just adore your tender mama heart… I feel like I can almost SEE your love for your family!!

    I LOVE the uniform BTW. If my kids ever go to a public or private school, uniforms are a must!!

    She looks great!!

    God bless-

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