Monday, June 8, 2015


I have got to find a way to get Veronica to move a little more.  I think she is Practically Perfect in Every Way, of course, but she has picked up a little weight and I'm afraid that she is going to have some trouble - well, I mean, I just want to nip this lazybones habit in the bud is all I'm saying.  I have no desire to limit what she eats or even think or indicate that she ISN'T perfect but she has really changed here, lately, I feel like, and I want to do something about it.

We went to an open gym the other day and she was having a high old time.  She was bouncing on trampolines and jumping off balance beams and just running every where but she was DYING, red faced, kept drinking water, etc.  She wants to do a lot of stuff, I feel like she could benefit from some guidance so I'm trying to think of something.  She rides a bike now without training wheels, so that's good, and yesterday we went creek stomping and spent three hours there, then today we walked to the library from Marta's house and back (probably about two miles) and she had had it by the end, ha!  She and I were at the back of the pack, I was with Felicity who I can't even talk about how slow she went, and Veronica was saying "ever and ever and ever ...".  I said what's that now?, and she said, mad, NOTHING!  Then I heard it again and again and I said Veronica, who are you talking to?  I keep feeling like you're putting a hex on me or something.  She said, super overemphasizing it, "this is taking FOREVER and EVER and EVER".  Ha! So she is reluctantly exercising, is what I'm saying.  Here's a cute picture of her after the gymnastics open gym the other day.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Sixth Birthday!

I am taking a break (ha, ha) from my feeling sorry for myself and this stupid wrist to type about Veronica on her birthday.  She is upstairs sleeping right now, finally.  Felicity is such a pain! She takes forever to go to sleep and she bugs the heck out of Veronica.  Maria is safe(r) up in her top bunk and there's poor Veronica, on the bottom bunk, victim to Felicity's mean ways.  "Felicity hit me in the head with her water bottle!"  "Felicity took my pillow!".  Ugh, on and on and on! Tonight Marta gave her this sweet pillow for her birthday, and Felicity wasn't going to REST until she got it. Veronica sighed at one point and said, you can have it, and I said NO!  We have to draw the line somewhere.

But Veronica is so sweet, she is just the kind of person who would get a birthday gift at 5:45 and give it to her annoying sister at 7:30.  She is - I mean, I am not this nice but she is like me.  I would rather just give it away than have someone be so upset with me, and I think Veronica is like that too.  She just wants things to be happy and peaceful.  How can she be like that at just six years old?

She had her Cultural Arts Program tonight, the Kindergarten class sang a song with the Transitional Kindergarten and then they sang Yellow Submarine with the first grade.  It was super cute.

Someone commented today how fast six years has gone and um, I DISAGREE.  But I do find it hard to believe that she is going to be in first grade, that she is six.  She was such a grumpy baby and I swear I can remember the day that she stopped being grumpy and I just loved and liked her so much!  She used to kiss and kiss and kiss you, she was the best toddler baby.  And then I was so worried when she wasn't talking and look at her!  She is fine, just fine.  She is the best Veronica ever.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 2015

Five more homework bags until the end of the school year, Veronica keeps reminding me.  That means five more weeks for her to be a Kindergarten student, which is crazy, right?  This fall she will be in first grade.  She can read and write and she has very nice handwriting.  One of her homework things every week is to make oral sentences of their words for the week and I can never get over how good and interesting her sentences are.  For tall, Miss Knoth (her teacher) is tall.  For want, My mother always wants me to clean my room.  I can never get over it. Miss Knoth IS tall!  I DO always want her to clean her room!  Anyway, she's impressive.  And she is also adorable.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 25 of Lent

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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Day 20 of Lent

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day 16 of Lent

Veronica had to do sentences with her words of the week, she is so cute with them I wanted to write them down as a great thing about her.  The words are group, top, could, even and fly.

I am part of a cheerleading group.

I am on the top.

I could not do it when I was four, but I can do it now that I am five.

I have two crayons and that it an even number.

I can fly.

She is so cute, she kills me.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day 14 of Lent

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.