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While Big Sis Was At Preschool, Her Baby Brother Had The Time Of His Life

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WHILE YOU WERE AT PRESCHOOL
Heather Spohr

With the end of the school year comes sunshine, beach visits, and other summer fun. But for one mom, it also signals the sweet conclusion of a very special photo series.

When Heather Spohr's 3-year-old daughter Annie started preschool back in September, she asked her mother what happened at home while she's away. Specifically, she wanted to know what her baby brother "Jamesie" was up to during school days. Heather responded with more than just stories -- she let her creative juices flow and started taking photos of his daily adventures. Thus the insanely cute photo series "While You Were At Preschool" was born.

From winning at Scrabble to earning his pilot's license, James went on 69 hilarious, adorable, and often downright cuddly adventures as he grew from a 3-month-old baby into a walking toddler. Now, Annie is a preschool graduate, and the photo series is a wrap. But Heather, who has been posting the photos to her site, The Spohrs Are Multiplying, looks back on the experience fondly. "I had so much fun with the series," she told The Huffington Post. "It was a great way for me to be creative and bond with both of my children. My daughter loved that we were taking the pictures for her, and it was so nice to spend silly time with my little guy."

Here are some highlights from James' daily escapades, accompanied by commentary from Annie and Heather.

  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: “Oh my gosh, he fell in the basket! That’s so funny!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Jamesie SHAVED?! That’s so cool!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: ”Hey, that’s MY shoe! Doesn’t that mean I’M Cinderella??!!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: “He’s a cowboy like Woody! I’m a cowgirl like Jessie, we should go on adventures!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Jamesie learned magic?!?! Will he teach me?!?!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Mommy, was Jamesie so careful with the sharp cutting thing?! I like his hat!!!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: “Wow, that’s fun! Can I play, too, Jamesie?!”
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Mommy, why is Jamesie dressed to play baseball?"
  • Heather Spohr
    "What did James win a medal for? Way to go Jamesie!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Mommy, who is that?" Heather: "He’s dressed like one of our country’s Presidents." Annie: "That’s not what Obama looks like! He’s wearing a hat!!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Oh no, are my babies sick?"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "He’s dressed funny, like that guy from Daddy’s movie!" Heather: "[I]t turns out my husband had already began schooling Annie on the intricacies of Star Wars!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Heather: "It's really hard for me to pick a favorite, but I can definitely say I'm most proud of the photo we took that promoted the March of Dimes. I was really happy to use our series to help bring awareness to a cause that's so important to our family."
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: “ARE THOSE CHOCOLATE COINS?”
  • Heather Spohr
    Heather: "[Annie's] favorite photo is the one where her brother, dressed as a police officer, arrested her American Girl doll."
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Aw, Jamesie picked me flowers? I love flowers! Jamesie is the best."
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "WHAT? James is dressed like food?!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Oh boy, let’s go to the ocean!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "Uh oh! Did he go to jail for taking my toys?!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "I can’t wait for your party, James! You got some good stuff, bud!"
  • Heather Spohr
    Annie: "I can’t believe it’s all done!"

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