Aug 30 2011

Our baby is all growed up now!

Skatje, who is living far, far away in Wisconsin, has just turned 21. You know what that means? There’s no way we have to take her back … she’s all on her own now. We’ve managed to shoo three kids into independent adulthood, and I think we’re all done with that now.

I usually try to post a few pictures with these kinds of announcements, but of course she has no use for us any more either, so you’ll have to settle for some oldies from her 16th birthday.

Oh, OK, one slightly more recent photo.


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    change the locks!

  2. 2

    wow. and here i was feeling all smug and accomplished because i just got the youngest into pre-k.

    i’m not worthy.

  3. 3
    A Bad Idea (♀)

    Skatje is that much younger than me? Huh, I somehow hadn’t realized.

  4. 4

    …living far, far away in Wisconsin…

    Almost like another planet compared to Minnesota. Congrats to all of you!

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    Congratulations to Skatje! You should be very proud.

    I suspect you haven’t seen the last of her though. Our youngest is 23, and he still manages to find his way back every summer. We just sent him off for his final undergrad year at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, not Morris).

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    Gord O'Mitey

    Jumpin’ Jesus on a stick, I just realized, I should’ve made not going back to live with your parents one of the Ten Commandments. Sorry, PZ.

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    The Alyson Hannigan is strong with this one. I wasn’t concentrating entirely, thought you’d posted a picture of your son Skatje hugging Willow.

    Moar coffee! Also congrats!

  8. 8

    Congrats! Now the only birthday left for her to look forward to is 25….when her car insurance rates go down.

  9. 9

    Hey PZ,

    You sure looked a lot different before your hair and beard changed color.


  10. 10

    For some reason I was under the impression that Skatje was significantly older than me. I guess not. I turn 21 a week from tomorrow.

    Happy birthday Skatje! And congrats P.Z. on raising three great kids.

  11. 11

    Definitely occasion for celebration. Congratulations and happy birthday to Skatje (and her proud parents!) :-D

  12. 12
    Bill Matthews

    She’s way cuter than you are, PZ. Definitive proof of evolution, eh?

  13. 13
    Julio the Pedant

    No more babies! I guess it’s bittersweet.

    Anyways, long time reader, first comment. I happened upon this link, only to find, sadly, that it does not work. Please understand that I’m trying to be helpful not critical.

    Should you find yourself wishing to educate us unwashed masses one day, I can’t for the life of me figure out how insects such as the hookworm evolved these byzantine life cycles. On the other hand, I never saw the eye as anything special, contrary to the creationist argument: earthworms are sensitive to photons; the fly has clumps of sensors; the squid added a lens. So there’s obviously a continuum which is apparent even to this untrained mind (I’m please to have come up with this, that’s the only reason I mention it really).

    Julio P.

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    In that picture I’ll bet she wasn’t thinking about moving to wisCONsin with all those us cheeseheads.
    I turned 21 in WisCONsin, too, and that day learned that limed vodka and beer don’t mix (for long). Whoa!

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    OK, I still think there’s some mistake. How could PZ have such a beautiful child?

    Happy birthday, Skatje!

  16. 16
    Ed White

    Julio the Pedant said:

    No more babies! I guess it’s bittersweet.

    Now PZ can look forward to having grandchildren.

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    myeck waters

    Ha! At least I had the good sense to live in Wisconsin when the drinking age was 18! Suckers!

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    Congratulations, PZ!
    But watch out, they tend to come back anyway, and they bring reinforcements. We’ve raised five, and we’ve had adult kids move back with in-laws, kids and dogs in tow.
    We had to move to a smaller place in another state to be alone.

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    A 21st birthday in Wisconsin is usually accompanied by heavy drinking. Just like all the other days.

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    Allen L.

    Happy birthday. I just realized my #1 daughter is turning 21 in a few weeks. She was studying in England last year and came home a month ago to finish her history degree. I’m getting old, it was only yesterday when…

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    'Tis Himself

    My daughter is 34 and living with her mother and me.

    But she pays rent and helps with household chores, so it’s good.

  22. 22
    Markita Lynda, healthcare is a damn right.

    Nice graduation picture!

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    Chris Booth

    Mine is 17, going to be a senior. Phew! I will miss her beyond words when she flies. I’ll be as proud as a Dad; and as bittersweet-sad, too.

    Your kids are still beautiful, PeeZed. Ya done good.

  24. 24
    Harry The Bastard

    Yeah, not bad. Not REAL fuckable, but you’d give her one in an emergency.

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    Tigger_the_Wing, Back home =^_^=

    PZ, congratulations to you and Skatje! She is beautiful. Well done!


    Congratulations, PZ!
    But watch out, they tend to come back anyway, and they bring reinforcements. We’ve raised five, and we’ve had adult kids move back with in-laws, kids and dogs in tow.
    We had to move to a smaller place in another state to be alone.

    Same here, except that we moved to a different country*.


    And still the two youngest ones (and (at any given moment at least) one of their friends) are living with us! =^_^=

    Fun times!

    *The drawback is that our four grandsons and their three half-brothers and -sister are living on the other side of the world. :-(

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