Wednesday, May 21, 2008

There's a new kid in town

If I could be schmaltzy for a moment ....

I believe the best loves are those born out of friendship:



I believe love that is true lasts forever:



I believe to be loved is to live forever in someone's heart:



I believe you never forget your first love:



I believe a heart that loves is always young:



I believe love conquers all things:



I believe some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same:



I believe loving others makes us better people:



I believe children understand the purity of love:



I believe the people that truly love us are those that not only know our true selves, but stick around anyway:



I believe love is not what makes the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile:



Oh, shit. Wait.



Who is that kid? And more importantly, how is Kendrie's long-time boyfriend Nicholas going to feel about this???



I believe Kendrie might have found a new main squeeze. I believe he might even like her back, considering he is holding her foot:



And the truest, most positive proof of reciprocal emotion, the "hitting her on the forehead while you bounce on your toes" love signal:



In all seriousness, while my heart still hurts with missing Nicholas on her behalf, I'm relieved to see her making new friends at her school. Kellen, well, he's a boy and pretty much fit in at his new school quickly. Brayden is a little social butterfly and honestly, has blossomed here.

Kendrie? Not so much. It was MONTHS after the move and we were still having tears at night over missing her Georgia friends, specifically "the boyfriend" Nicholas. He is a dear, sweet boy, and since we met his family in the Pre-Kindergarten registration line, back in 2004, and discovered they lived only a few blocks away, the two of them have been inseparable. They were in the same Pre-K class, the same kindergarten class, the same first grade class, and the same second grade class. They played t-ball together, soccer together, and his was the first house where she ever worked up the courage for a sleepover.

Do I think the new boy (Matt is his name, by the way) will replace Nicholas? Not in a million years. Do I think it's wonderful that she is letting go of her past juuuuuuuust enough, and beginning to invest in friendships here? Why yes, I do.

Although Blaine says that kid better get his hand away from her ass or he's going to his house with a shotgun.

23 comments:

Jess said...

Ah, the first boyfriend (or second of course)...

Waxing nostalgic in my Texas kitchen will only serve to worry others.

All that I can say is that she looks fabulous.

Monica H said...

Ha! I noticed the hand on the rump too. And as I saw the new guy, I thought to myself "He sure looks different" duh!

Kelly said...

HA HA...I noticed the hand TOO!! Cute pictures and Kendrie does look great....so vibrant and happy in those pictures.

Anonymous said...

So cute. You have some fabulous pictures of her with her first boyfriend. As I was scrolling through the pictures, when I came to the picture of the 2nd guy, I scrolled back up thinking "wow this kid really changed". Glad the whole family is settling into your new environment.

Lisa C.

Trish in Leesburg, VA said...

aww! I am glad Kendrie is making friends! And wow, the look back over the years was amazing. How she has grown and how far she has come. And I didn't notice the hand until I read it and had to scroll back up- but I bet that would have been the first thing my husband would notice!

Jeanette, missin' y'all in GA said...

Uh oh.

Tell Blaine to start cleaning his guns at soccer practice.

Jeanette said...

Excuse me-track and field practice!

The Running Girl said...

Ahh, first loves. I still remember mine. Glad Kendrie is making new friends (boyfriends?).

Tammy said...

Great pictures! Tell Blaine to hold his horses, you know good and well where her heart resides. Hugs from Fort Worth! (He's pretty cute thou)

Renee said...

Blaine has a long road ahead of him fighting off boys!!!!

CAT said...

Hey Kristie,

That is so sweet!!! I am happy that Kendrie is making friends. It is tough to move and start your ife over, so hopefully this will be a good beginning.

Have a great day,

Cathy

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone that Kendrie looks great! And, I too noticed his hand on her toosh RIGHT AWAY! :-) My only real comment is...make sure Nicholas does see this!! He will be CRUSHED!!!!
:-(

Sara in Atl

lizinsumner said...

Aaah Blaine - I love ya, man! Better get in some target practice, guy - you've got TWO daughters to protect (so, you may need to pace yourself some)......

URBAN BLONDE said...

I'm with Blaine on this one. That boy's hand is straying way too close! LOL


Blondie

utahsweeney said...

I love the photo sequence. Hilarious.

WendyK said...

Ah, first love!

She looks fantastic, and it is great to hear that she is making new friends and settling in a bit!

I noticed the hand also, and that was my first thought. Cleaning shot guns near the little buggers is a great habit to start early, or at least that is what my hubby says lol.

Anonymous said...

That girl has very good taste in men!

Dixie

Pam Doughty said...

Kendrie goes for the gold, just like her mom... :<) btw.. does she think Big Brown is going to take it all at the Belmont?

Natalie said...

Tee hee--noticed the hand placement, too! But, he's really cute! And, is Kendrie wearing glasses in the field day pics? How did I miss this? How long has she had them? Where have I been?

Anonymous said...

funny! I noticed "the hand" right away too, and had no doubt that he likes her as well. (She sure has good taste in boys)

:)

Megan

Owlhaven said...

What cute pictures!

Mary, mom to many

Anonymous said...

Nicholas' Mom in GA...
Thanks Kristie, that was terrific. Funny, I have those same pictures. I too noticed that hand a little too low and too near the tush! I secretly hope "Matt" will be somewhere on vacation when we come to visit in July. And if I do say so my self, Kendrie does look terrific and she does have excellent taste in boys! We can't wait to see you all in July!!!!!

Tricia said...

What a great story told in photos. Your daugther is beautiful and I'm sure your heart is a little softer knowing she's adjusting.