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Blog #55~School Days

Blog #55~ School Days

I can’t believe tomorrow is Nick’s last day of school.  He graduates from high school on Sunday.  Recently after our basement flooded, I was going through some wet boxes and found my old “school days” book. I flipped through the yellow pages looking at pictures and my vital statistics (height, weight, activities, awards and achievements.)

Nice handwriting there, T…… 🙂

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This prompted me to share some school day pictures of Nick.  I pulled out his box of memorabilia from his closet.  Nestled inside I found his old baby blanket, christening candle, artwork, an autographed baseball and  his book.

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There’s just one problem.  I only filled out first grade, the rest well……crickets….chirp…


Here are some of Nick’s school Portraits  over the years 🙂

 Nick’s 2nd Grade picture.  I love this toothless grin, one of my favs!


3rd Grade…..


 4th Grade, this is my Mom’s favorite……….


In many pictures, Nick smiles with his eyes…… As Tyra Banks calls it “smizing” 😉


The awkward early pre-teen years… Don’t we all have one we’d rather  leave stuffed in the drawer?


Speaking of awkward, check out this mug shot from freshman year.  None of my family has seen this one. This photo package remains fully in tact stuffed in a shoe box. 


It’s never easy to get a good photograph of Nick.  Trying to get him to look into the camera, smile, keep his hands from flapping is a daunting task. Having Down syndrome and autism makes for some interesting stories.  If you haven’t read Blog #5~Ready, Set, Action- Check it out ( June 2012 archives). It’s a classic Nick story 🙂

High School ……He’s getting bigger, and it looks like I should have run the Norelco over his stubble…..


Junior year of high School…..


Hope you enjoyed a look back at Nick.  My how he has grown. If you want to see Nick’s senior portrait you’ll have to wait until next week.  I think this blog just became Nick’s school days book.  That’s what is in my noggin this week!

~Teresa 🙂



Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

10 thoughts on “Blog #55~School Days

  1. Great to see Nick through the years…those smiling eyes tell it all…a heart of joy even amongst the mischief!

  2. I did get photos!!! How do i go directly to the blog. Crazy tecno challenged me !

    Shelly, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver. Poet

  3. Thanks for sharing your remarkable life with Nick (and Hank and Al!)
    We send our love to you all

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