Monday, November 3, 2014


Just like ten days ago, we had the girls' fall break and just a week ago, we went to a local park and I took this picture of Veronica:

Isn't that crazy?  Now it's pretty cold and we froze our heads off at Halloween trick or treating on Friday, ugh boo, it was awful!  AWFUL!  

We had a fun fall break, poor Felicity was sick on their first day off so we had to hang around home and Maria and Veronica were mad that we couldn't go to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center but what can you do?  On the second day of break, I took Veronica and Maria (and Charlie and Maddy) to see Sleeping Beauty at our local dinner theater.  They do a very cute thing for kids' shows, it only costs $15, and they have a snack of rice crispy treat and a juice box.  It was cute and we all went out to lunch afterward.  On the Monday, the last day of fall break, is when we went to the park, as pictured above.  So it was okay.  I'm not sorry I didn't take them somewhere overnight, I have liked doing that in the past, but more theoretically than actually.  

School is going good for her, and so's everything.  She is still a great eater, on Saturday Mike made them a pizza for lunch and Veronica ate five pieces.  "Five!", she told me, so proud.  

Here'a a Halloween picture:

Monday, October 20, 2014

First Conference

Today we have Veronica's first parent/teacher conference, which at the girls' school is child-led, which, ugh, is unimpressive to me, but whatever.  Veronica is too quiet and young for her to lead anything, much less a conference about her, but it was fine.  Her teacher seems to really like her and Veronica seems to love her teacher, they had a big hug when we walked in, it was cute.

She is doing well, her handwriting is great and she seems to be reading well for her age, which is to say she reads some 'sight words' and enjoys being read to.  She is so funny - she says "th" like "d".  So she'll say, mommy I know how to spell duh, and I say okay and she says t-h-e and I'm all, what?

She still gets a little sad sometimes at the end of the day, because she 'just misses me so much' but overall, she is doing just fine.  She is right where she should be.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Ernest Earnest

Veronica is very serious about her eating.  We went out to eat the other night and she ate her food and then lay in wait until Felicity finished and finisher her food, too.  It's funny because she was my littlest baby and never took a bottle, didn't like a spoon, had a hard time with the sippy cup and now look at her, eating for two and trying everything!  It just goes to show you never know.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moving Along

Oh Veronica is so cute.  She kills me every day with her cuteness.  Also, she kills me with her ridiculousness and her attachment to me.  On Friday night, I got home from work somewhat early, for me, around 11:30.  I went right to bed, which was a good thing, since Felicity woke up screaming at 3:00 and scared Veronica into waking up too.  Mike took Felicity (who ended up having an ear infection and pneumonia) downstairs and I said nighty night! to Veronica but she was having NONE of it.  She cried and cried and I was afraid she'd wake up Maria so I took her into my room and to bed.

Which would have been fine, except I wasn't even permitted to roll away from her.  I had to stay lying on my side, facing her and holding her face in my hands.  WHICH wouldn't be a problem but I have terrible awful carpal tunnel syndrome and my hands and forearms were BURNING but there I lay, like a jackass, holding her face until she fell asleep, ONE hour later.  Hoo boy.

But mostly, she is wonderful.  I worked at the library this week and stopped by to say hi afterward and she was fine AND it wasn't as hot in her room, so that made me feel better.  She is so cute and sweet, she is really coming into her own.  My brother John is here visiting and I was thinking tonight of the last time he was here, he would do this imitation of her where he'd just throw his arms up in the air to be picked up, which is something she did all the time last year.  But now she never does it.  Now she is Veronica, five year old and kindergartner and she is doing just fine.  It makes my heart burst with pride.

Here's a hilarious picture, where this teensy girl looks a little chubby, even:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Veronica, Kindergartner

Veronica is doing ... better than I expected in Kindergarten, I'd say.  I think I was nervous that she would be weepy and miss me, and she may be and might, but she still goes every day and that's all I really care about.  I started volunteering in the library at their school and on Monday when I was there, some kids from the K were coming in for reading time but Veronica hadn't come in by the time I left.  So I stopped by to say hi, I was worried she'd know I was there (I had seen Maria and I knew she'd tell her) and I didn't want her to be upset but she got kind of upset anyway. I wiped her eyes and told her I'd see her in two hours and left and then I emailed her teacher and said I was sorry I had upset her.  Her teacher said, she was fine, she came running over to tell me you were here, ha!  What do I know?

Her room was really, really, really warm.  I mean, those kids are in synthetic wool jumpers, ugh!  Veronica was kind of pink cheeked and warm when I stopped by to see her.  I worry it's going to be just as bad in the winter but she really hasn't said anything about it so I don't want to either.

Last night we went to an ice cream social at their school, it was fun to see her running around with friends.  Her best friend's name is Isabella, she said, NOT Isabelle from last year but Isabella.  BELLA, Mom!, she'll say, ISABELLA, as if I am simple minded.  I hear you!, I tell her, everything has to be acknowledged, everything, with Veronica.  Last night on the way to school, she was talking so much, it was unreal.  Mike and I kept looking at each other, like, seriously?  This is Veronica talking like this?  Maria couldn't get a word in edgewise, ha!

Overall it's going well.  I bought her a cute Anna from Frozen costume for Halloween.  I want to get their costumes out of the way so I can avoid the stupid pop up Halloween store.  Veronica seems happy, she seems like she likes her teachers and friends, she doesn't eat much lunch but what can you do?  Here's some pictures!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Ugh, worst life-recorder ever, I am!  What can I say, we had a long and arduous summer.  We visited every park, swam in every body of water, ate all the ice cream, ugh!  It's over now, because Veronica started KINDERGARTEN today!

I will say this and it is unlike me.  I took them in to school today and Maria took off, she started yesterday so she doesn't need me anymore.  I took Veronica over to where her teacher was and she gave Veronica a hug and I said goodbye and I kind of started to cry!  I had to shake my head hard to stop it!  I just - it's not that I will miss her, or that I am sad that she is growing up but it's just so exciting.  I told my sister today, it's literally the first day of the rest of her life and that is very moving to me.  But I just calmed myself and left.

I picked her up today and she was as cute as can be, she had a good day, she said.  I asked them what they had for lunch, as they are both having hot lunch this year and Veronica never had it before.  Maria said they had burgers for lunch but they also had sack lunch, so Maria had a sack lunch.  I said to Veronica, what did you have and she said "I had a boy-ger", which is just how she says it, which is HILARIOUS.  I knew she'd have that burger, too, she is a great eater.

Anyway, her teacher is great and they went to the same preschool!  Her teacher is super young but that's just how it's going to be for me, I figure.  I have reached an age where I am going to be older than all my kids' teachers, what can you do.

Here's a cute picture:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Miss Johanna

Here's the link to the post I wrote about Miss Johanna, the girls' ballet teacher for the last three years.