We are in Florida, I took Maria and Veronica to Disney yesterday. Veronica is a noted non-walker, so I was a little worried about walking and being so busy all day but she was really good. We got there around 9:00 and got started at 10:00 and stayed until after 6:00. I did almost 7.5 miles according to my Fitbit which means that they did too and I am impressed that she idd that with almost no crying. I had to hold her a little but still, pretty good! Also we went on a roller coaster that I didn't really realize was a roller coaster and she did really great. Maria loved it but Veronica and I were scared as hell but we got through it and I think she realized that she actually did like it. She's is strong and brave.
Veronica wore a green shirt today to school and they were having Irish Step Dancers come but she was still a little jealous that Maria got to march in the parade. Next year, I told her, she could go and march, because they only have first and second grade kids in the parade. Next year will be the only year we have two kids, won't that be fun?
She is so cute and sweet and she is so, so sensitive. I'm glad that I know Anthony and that I know about sensory issues because I feel like it helps me be more patient with Veronica. She's so much better than she used to be. She used to not be able to stand any noises at all, she couldn't go to the movies, she hated hand dryers, she wanted to be all the way out of the bathroom before you could flush the toilet. Now she can really handle all of it. She loves to be on me, and it can be a little crazy making, but then I think about how she used to weep before bed because she was just going to miss me so much during the night and I think, well, that's better than it was, ha!
She used to not be able to go to our neighbor's house to play with her daughters because they had a dog, even if my neighbor put the dog upstairs or outside and now she just charges all over everywhere, without barely pausing to think about it.
She has come a long way, baby, and I am excited to see where else she goes.
Veronica went to her little basketball/cheerleading camp at school last week. It was the second week for the camp but the first week we went. I thought it was in March but it actually started in February, but anyway we started last week.
The idea is that they can either play basketball or learn cheerleading and if they learn cheerleading then they cheer on the basketball players. The older kids teach the younger kids, it's all super cute. Anyway, Veronica and Maria wanted to do cheerleading and at one point I saw Veronica running laps around the gym with another girl, Maria's friend Nora. Running laps!, I thought, how impressive! I've literally never seen her run, her hair was flying, she looked great. Then I found out later that she was running two laps for punishment because she was LYING DOWN when she was supposed to be learning cheers.
Last night she told me she was excited for this Tuesday. I said what are you looking forward to the most? She said she loves when "the beep goes off" and they can go get water. She is looking forward to her athletic event for the BREAK, ha! At least she knows what she wants.
I wrote the following in an email to Veronica's kindergarten teacher today:
I just wanted to send a quick note to say that Veronica spent a lot of this weekend READING to both me and my husband and we are amazed at how well she is reading! She is very quiet about it, we almost didn't realize she was doing it at first! When Maria learned to read, she was much louder about it, ha! Anyway, you are working wonders with her and we appreciate you for it! Have a great day!
Veronica is so cute with the reading, and so quiet. She sounds out everything, she'll try every word, just like she does with food, ha! Mike thinks she is really smart, and I figure he ought to know!
Veronica is so, so sleepy in the mornings and she is also, if it's possible, EXTRA sensitive. This morning I carried her into my room, where they get dressed because Felicity is (sometimes) still sleeping in their room, and laid her on my bed, where Maria was sitting. Maria got her feelings hurt because Veronica "hit her with her knee right in the FACE!", which was just not true. Veronica may have grazed Maria's face while she was sleepily rolling over but I was RIGHT THERE and that's it! So I was kidding and I said oh yes, she hit me with her face and then she got a baseball bat and hit me in the head! And then she laughed at my pain! Mike and I were joking and even Maria got a little bit of a smile and then I looked at poor old Veevsy Voo and her bottom lip was quivering away. I had to apologize and hug her twelve times before we could move on.
She is sensitive but not to the point where it causes her problems. When she was littler, I worried that it would, like, impede her progress in life, but now I really think she is okay. I hope I am not messing her up by recognizing that she is so sensitive, but I just can't tell her to toughen up, not yet. She still seems really little, to me.
Another good thing about Veronica is that her hair is just getting ridiculously gorgeous. It's getting thick, even! It gives me great hope for Felicity, ha!
One of the things that I am doing for Lent in a not-giving-stuff-UP kind of way is to think and speak about my children in a nicer way. Lord knows I can complain about them enough, so I am bringing back the What's So Great About InsertChildsNameHere for Lent.
What's So Great About Veronica?
I love her name so much, and she is just a perfect little Veronica. I love the way she says it and despite the fact that sometimes people call her Victoria, it's still exactly right. Even Felicity, who calls Maria Ramira and Anthony Ankony says it exactly right.
She is doing really well in school! She is learning to read and is so cute about it. Does that say "Junie B. Jones is in the first grade"?, she'll ask, all slyly and adorably.
She gets what she wants even though she is not the loudest of our kids. Maria has a friend who just likes to play with one friend at a time and Veronica loves this girl. If Veronica even gets a WHIFF of Maria going to play with her, that old slow moving individual gets dressed in a FLASH, and hooks herself right to Maria, forcing her to take her.
She is so sweet and cuddly. She is a real lover, and has been like that her whole little life.
Her hair, once so sparse and ... well, not there, has really come in nicely. It gives me hope for Felicity's hair, ha!
She's so funny. Last night she and Felicity were playing pretend and she told me that Felicity was the webel (rebel), she nevah did what her parentses said to do, but Veronica was the wulah (ruler), she always did exactly what she was supposed to do.
This isn't great, but she is sick today, poor thing and she is an excellent patient. She woke up throwing up, but the other five times she's thrown up, she's been super neat about it. As the person who would have to clean it up otherwise, I think it's the best thing about her, today!