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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Diving and The Slide

Veronica is losing her damned mind this summer!  I don't know what is going on, she is a sensitive child and always has been, and I think she misses her teacher and her friends at school.  Maria is much better matched, age wise, to the girls in our neighborhood and to the girls that we meet at the pool and Veronica ends up tagging along or on her own a lot and maybe that's it, but it's hard.

We took a course of swim lessons and she did really, really well at them, but she ended up crying at the end of every lesson.  She and Maria were in together and I guess that was the problem, Maria is older and more advanced, she is not scared of the diving board or the slide and she would do both but Veronica wasn't ready to do either of them, so she'd end up feeling bad every day.  Then *I* would feel bad because she would end up crying/yelling/howling and throwing stuff at me.  So.  I have had to exercise some patience over the last few weeks and sometimes I have failed.  One time I told her Veronica, if you do not stop yelling at me I am going to smack your mouth and then she kept yelling and throwing stuff at me so I smacked her right in the kisser!  She hasn't yelled at me since, I am sorry it came to that because IN GENERAL I do not believe in corporal punishment but I am so, so tired of constant humiliation and shabby treatment that I did it and I don't regret it.  But I still wish it hadn't gotten to that.

She is so great, I mean, she really is.  There is no one sweeter or cuddlier than Veronica.  She is becoming a good swimmer and I feel 100% confident about her in the pool.  She is still so generous and nice with Felicity and in general.  She also has a beautiful tan and her haircut is still working for her and she is getting really blonde.  We have had a few low moments this summer but overall it's been good.  Here's a cute picture from yesterday at the pool, she was playing with Felicity:

Friday, July 10, 2015


This is probably a terrible time for me to update because everyone is being so bad but what can you do?  Veronica is taking swim lessons three mornings a week and she's doing great but I guess maybe she is putting a lot of pressure on herself because three mornings in a row we have left with her crying and howling and crying and HOWLING.  She is so loud, good lord, it is very embarrassing.  Her teacher always looks confused, because it seems like the lesson goes well and then she loses it at the end.  I have no patience left because that jerkstore Felicity refuses to swim or even go in the water so I am frustrated by that and completely annoyed by Veronica's yelling.

I think she misses school.  I think she should go to bed earlier.  I think she misses her teacher saying how great she is every two minutes, telling her that she loves her.  It's been raining for a week, rain and rain and more rain and I guess  that would depress anyone.  It certainly seems to be depressing her, and in turn, me.

She is really learning to swim though, so there's that.  And she has an adorable new haircut, let me see if I can find a picture.

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.