Monday, May 23, 2016

Veronica is Seven

So Veronica is now seven and she is almost finished with first grade.  She is a great, great student.  She is a nice and sweet person, I love her madly.  She does, however, drive me bananas with the falling down and the crying that she does.  She gets SUPER overwhelmed by emotions and she can't even talk!  Over what seems to be nothing!  Also she is too slow moving and she never can find her shoes.  But those things are also kind of endearing and what makes her her so I am not complaining.  This summer, she is going to go to sleepover camp for three nights, with Maria, of course.  Veronica is the one who brought it up though.  She asked me, can I go to the CYO camp for a week?  I said I think they have a three day and I think that will be enough and she said no, I'd rather go for the week.  I said it's a long time! Don't you think you'd miss us? She said maybe I could just bring a picture?  And I could look at it?  But anyway she is going for a week, with Maria and with some friends.  I hope it goes great and I hope they don't come back with lice!

Her last day of first grade is Thursday, it's a half day.  She has never had a bad behavior all year, never been below green (ready to learn) on her behavior chart.  She has done really well in reading, math, all of it.  She did a presentation on an animal this year, she chose a wolf.  She told me she wanted to make a "life size wolf" for her creative piece.  I said, how about a nice diorama and she said NO.  LIFE SIZE WOLF.  She had heard of someone who made a life size great white shark from pizza boxes.  So I found a pattern and cut it out and she colored it in and it came out really good.  It's been a good school year.  I'm bullish for the future!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Veronica was in the talent show at school on Friday and it went just great.  When the signup came out for the talent show, Maria said she was going to do something and then when it came time to audition, she cried and freaked out, said she changed her mind and that she had stage fright.  So I said okay, no problem, and I emailed the music teacher and said Maria had changed her mind and she said fine.  Then I thought I was all finished with the talent show and THEN Veronica came home with a notice in her folder that said "Congratulations! You are in the Talent Show!" and I was like, what is this, Veronica?  She said, super casually, I'm in the talent show.  I said what is your ... talent?  Dance, she said.  I said okay but I was doubtful.  Then she went to the first out of two rehearsals which she was supposed to attend and came home saying that she was supposed to go to not just two but three and that now she was singing.  She said she had eaten her aftercare snack and she didn't think it was a good idea to dance on a full stomach.  I am not making any of this up.  So I said okay, what are you singing? and she said Dark Horse by Katy Perry.  Mmmmkay, I said and printed out the lyrics for her.  THEN she changed it to Roar by Katy Perry and that's what it stayed.  I saw a rehearsal last week, the last one, because I had to stay with the other girls and wait for Veronica before we got Anthony, and she almost didn't rehearse.  She was trying to change her song again and her teacher smartly told her that the program was already printed, so Veronica rehearsed it and then Friday they did the talent show for their school.  Her teacher sent a general type email Friday afternoon and I couldn't take it, I wrote her back and asked if Veronica had actually performed and said YES, she had and it went really well so I was massively relieved.  Mike couldn't go because he stayed home with Anthony and Felicity but Marta and her family went and Laura and I went and she did really well.  It was all super cute, they all did a great job.  I'm glad she did it and I'm glad it's over!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Program

Veronica was super excited about her Christmas program today.  I couldn't go but she was singing a super cute song and she's been practicing in the car for a while.  This was the third dress she chose this morning, and I think she came out looking great.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Did I say both girls want - I mean both older girls - iPod Touches for Christmas? They love taking pictures and making videos and texting us.  I think maybe they are young but maybe not Maria? And Veronica has to get what Maria gets.  I told them that maybe it would be a good to share one and they both said NO.  I said well it's probably going to be the only gift you get because it's expensive and they said okay! Anything not to share, and that's more from Veronica than Maria.  Not that she's not a good sharer, in fact, the opposite - she knows she would end up never having it.  Anyway, I think that's all we are getting them.  I forget what my point was.  She is finished with this round of gymnastics, she and Maria are doing yoga, and she is going to be in the talent show.  I asked her what she was doing in it and she said "dancing".  I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


I don't have any favorites but I will tell you what, Veronica is so good and sweet she kills me.  She is doing so great in school, she never gets in trouble.  She has started gymnastics and it's challenging, she gets "tired of" doing things "over and over" but she's doing well.  To keep us from having favorites, she is HORRIBLE in the morning, hates to get up, cries at the drop of a hat, etc.  But most of all she is WONDERFUL.

Here's some pictures!

On Monday, Thursday and Friday, I work at my school and on Tuesdays I go to the girls' school.  I volunteer for recess and then later I volunteer in the library.  I know it won't be so many years before they are NOT thrilled at the thought of me working around them, so I am taking advantage.  Anyway, here's Veronica and some friends at recess.
I'm happy but I'm sweating, she told me, right before I took this picture.  She does really like gymnastics, but she doesn't love hard physical work.  She's getting there!
School picture, first grade.  I don't even know what to say about this.  It is the most Veronica picture I have ever seen, just perfect.
Tough guy.
At Bed Bath & Beyond a few weekends ago.  She was on clearance, so I'd take her home, I told her.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


These kids are the worst.  THE WORST.  Or maybe I'm the worst.  Or maybe there are too many of them.  Or maybe I am too old?  I don't know but my LORD.  It can't be like this all the time, I'll never make it.  One is worst than the next.  Tonight I met Mike and the girls at Chik Fil A and we had dinner and then we went to Target to get Veronica a new backpack because they are FINALLY on clearance.  As an aside, all of September they would have a few backpacks on clearance but these were the tags - it would say CLEARANCE! - was $13.99 NOW $12.49!  UM, that is not a good deal, Target!  Anyway, we had a hard time at Target, they want this, they want that, they want toys, they want Halloween Candy, they want they want they want they want they want.  Maria and Veronica were climbing on the freezers, just general jerkitude.  Felicity was so bad when she realized that we were leaving without MORE for her that she started screaming and screaming and Mike had to roll her out as soon as I was finished unloading the cart.  Maria was crying and yelling when we got home because I wouldn't let her go play at the neighbor's house.  It was 7:00 and they go up to bed at 7:45, mind you, NOR was she invited, it wasn't even a thing!  Screaming and yelling, just constant noise, it's endless.

Veronica decided she wanted feetie pajamas, she started bugging me about it at Target.  I pointed out that it was actually still kind of warm and balmy out and her room got very stuffy and she went on and on and on (and on) about how cold she was at night!  I said Veronica, you never even sleep with covers, they are always kicked off!  She said I know!, those covers come off and I am fweezing!  FWEEZING!  Waaaaahhhhh more crying, so like a JERK I went out to the laundry room and got her two options out of the winter clothes, which I haven't switched out yet because today it was 80 degrees.

Then Felicity wants Mike's iPad.  I say we are going to bed in 14 minutes but Maria and Veronica are watching something, she is not interested in it, whatever, he gets it, she has it.  Finally it's time to go to bed so we go up, Veronica is screaming and crying so I carry her, which is TERRIBLE because I have a bum knee and she is just awkward and heavy - she's too old for it.  I just want the night to be over, I just want to sit on the couch with ice on my knee, and the only way to make that happen is to get them up to bed.  That was over an hour ago and Mike just went up AGAIN, so see?, we have to start it all early because they don't go to sleep for so long.  They are relentless demons and I am so, so sick of it.

Are they the only ones like this?  Is it me?  Do we spoil them?  I don't know and I don't want to know.  They're pretty good in school.  Other people seem to like them.  I don't know.  I DON'T KNOW and I hate not knowing, I hate being so bad at this stupid job for so long.  PS I quit.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

First Grade

Veronica is doing really well, she is over her nervousness and fretfulness from which she suffered this summer.  She finally went off that diving board, I don't want to forget to mention!  Mike got in the habit of taking them to the pool on the weekends and the first week of my job when he was off from work and he reported that she went off it one day, and all the days after, so that's good.  That's one monkey off our back,  I told her, ha!

The morning of the first day of school I had been up for hours with (jerky) Felicity and Veronica was crying and crying at 5:45.  She was nervous and scared, of starting first grade, but her third year at this school!  She is crazy, sometimes it's just all too much for her.  I understand, I told her, I hate doing everything right up until the moment that I do it.

She is going to sign up for Chess this semester, as you have to be in first grade, so she and Maria will do it together.  She had a great summer and so far, so good, in first grade.  She has the same teacher Maria had, which is nice because we like her and also because we don't have to get to know anyone new.

She is in class with some old friends from last year and a few new kids.  She seems to be doing just great, thank God.

Here's a cute picture from the first day of school, you can tell she's nervous.