Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 7 of Lent

Oh, Maria.  Last Friday she was supposed to be in Annie, her stage debut! at school.  On Thursday, Veronica was sick and stayed home, so she missed Maria and the rest of the cast doing the show for the whole school assembly.  Maria said it was "great!".  She said her friend Camille gave her TWO thumbs up and hugged her and even the boys hugged her and gave the thumbs up, TWO thumbs up, she kept saying, so cute.

So Friday Veronica stayed home too but she rallied and we all went to St. Joan of Arc for the show.  I had taken the night off work, we were meeting Laura there, everything was all set so of course Maria threw up on the way in to school.  I didn't know if it was nerves or what and she said she was okay but right before the play started Mike said "there's Maria" and I craned my neck to see the stage and he said, no THERE'S Maria, and she was coming toward us with her teacher.  I took her hand and we were walking out when bleeeeaaaaahhhh she threw up AGAIN.  Oh Lord it was a mess!  A nice mom friend of mine got me paper towels and cleaner and  I cleaned up while Mike got the car but by the time he got there Maria wanted to stay and see her number so he took Veronica and Felicity and Laura headed to our house while I waited with Maria so she could see her friends in Hard Knock Life.

We walked out to the car and I said well, Maria, I'm glad you got to do the show yesterday and maybe you can do it tomorrow.  I said I'm glad you got to see your number, no one else did!  We got home and she threw up before we got into the house, even, and was sick all night, joined eventually by Felicity and Anthony, ugh.

But she was such a great sport about it.  She realized on Saturday that she wasn't going to be able to go that night and she was just very understanding and grown up about it.  I honestly feel like Mike and I were more disappointed for her than she was for herself, so we just went with her.  She is something else.  Here's what she wrote in her journal for school about it, it doesn't all fit in the picture, but it has a happy ending, where she felt better on Sunday! And went to the store!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Day 3 of Lent

Veronica is home sick and so I don't have much time but today is Day 3 of Lent, aka the first meatless Friday, aka, the third day where I talk about What's So Great About my kids and today is Maria's turn.  These are in no particular order, I am just starting with who is the least recently updated.

Anyway, here's What's So Great About Maria!

  • I've said this but she is doing really well at school.  She has friends and she's doing well academically and she plays Chess and she is in the school play.  I am looking forward to her starting some athletics, they don't start until like third or fourth grade, which I like but won't it be fun if she plays kickball or something?  We don't play organized kickball in NJ, so it was a big surprise to me when I moved here and they have it as a regular sport.  I even know adults that play on leagues!  Anyway, she is a good and model student, so far, she seems to be having fun and doing well and I'll take it.  
  • As I said, she is making her St. Joan of Arc Debut tonight!  She's one of the orphans in the Hard Knock Life chorus, which is all the first graders do.  She has done it for us a few times and it's super cute.  I can't wait to see it.  Yesterday they ran the whole show for the school and she was so funny about it.  She said, "Camille (her bff) was really nice about it, she made two thumbs up and hugged me.  But then some of the boys hugged me too!  Devon, and La Don and Henry ALL made two thumbs up and all hugged me and said 'good job'".  
  • She can be quiet!  Last week she was invited to a friend's birthday party for Sunday afternoon from 3-5.  I was working at 5:00 and Mike wasn't too keen on picking her up with all the other kids in tow so I asked our neighbor if we could carpool.  Her son is in Maria's class and they live on our street.  She said yes so I went and picked up Luke and he and Maria and I drove to the party, about 15 minutes away.  And NOBODY said a word!  Ha, these kids go to school together every day, he was in her kindergarten class and is in her first grade class and she spoke not a SYLLABLE, I have never seen her that quiet.  It was interesting.  
  • She's pretty flexible.  Yesterday I asked my friend Marta to pick her up because I didn't want to take sick Veronica out in the 5 degree temperatures and she said sure, so I emailed the school and asked to give Maria the message that she would be meeting Marta and she just - went, played at Marta's, played church, did her homework, and I picked her up after Mike got home with Anthony.  She makes my life easier and I am super grateful.  I knew it would happen, someday, ha!

Monday, February 2, 2015


Man I can't believe it's been since just after Christmas since I wrote about Maria.  She is doing so great, it's wonderful.  I mean, I want to kill her twice a day because she is talking back so much but man, she is also just terrific.  She is doing so well in school, the top five percent for reading in the country of first graders (what a horrible country that would be, ha!) and the top eight percent for math.  I'm very proud of her and I have almost nothing to do with it.  She is naturally smart and competitive, which is a good description of Mike (smart) and me (competitive).  She turned seven on January 11, we had a big party here, just pizza and cake but her friends had fun.  I took this idea from Pinterest and it went over well.  We are going to Florida for Spring Break and she is excited.  Honestly she is behind the whole trip, I just wish she would be able to drive, ha!

Oh and she had strep throat!  She was the first to fall, then Felicity, and then Veronica.  She had a high, high fever two Fridays ago and I had to go get her from school.  She couldn't even sit up at the clinic but after a day or two of Penicillin she was much better.  She is a real tough guy.

Here's a cute picture:

Monday, December 29, 2014

Maria at Christmas

Maria had a good Christmas, even though everyone has been sick.  She has probably been the healthiest and today she is at a 2-day chess camp.  She wanted a Furby Boom and she got one, from Mike's mom, she wanted a Barbie Dream House and she got one, and she wanted some new Barbies and she got them.  So, pretty good, right?  Just want things and get them?  She is going to be seven years old in two weeks, we are on a countdown.  She wants to invite like 12 people over to play for her birthday.  She was furious that last year her birthday was on a Saturday and this year it's on a Sunday.  I mean, really!  I told her that's how it works - you were born on a Friday, I said, and then it just moves one day ahead per year.  I didn't even get into leap years, who needs that headache, ha!

One Christmas miracle we have been having is that she is sleeping late.  On Sunday they all slept until 9:00, which has never happened and which made Mike miss church, because he never sets an alarm on Sundays.  They always went up at 7:30 but Mike said he had been taking them up at 8:00 and then they were sleeping so late, so we are going to stick with it.  I really don't like to spend all that extra time with them, but I will make the sacrifice.  I am kidding about that last part, it's not actually that much longer, plus Maria and I have started reading Little House in the Big Woods, so that's been fun.

Here's a cute picture of Maria and Veronica when they were angels in the choir at Christmas Eve Mass.  Maria was really good and it's helpful that she can read, like for lyrics.  Veronica was mostly just humming, ha!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I cut Maria's hair on Sunday, she all of a sudden wanted it cut.  She had a fever all day on Sunday and had to lie around, which drives her bananas, so I guess she needed to feel like she was doing something?  Anyway, I ended up cutting it a little shorter than I meant to but I think it came out good, she looks adorable.

I went in to her class today to help with their Christmas party.  I made a Grinch Punch, which was good.  Personally, I think as someone in possession of a theater degree with a focus on Creative Dramatics for Children, I think my gifts could be put to better use by reading a story or something, but WHATEVER, I just do what I am told.  It was fun, Maria's teacher is great and the other parents were nice and the kids in her class are sweet.  I know some of them from the library, so it was fun.

I am trying to busy us up a LOT for the next two weeks.  Friday morning Maria and Veronica have their little Christmas program at school and then they have an early dismissal and then they are off from school until January 5!  Ugh, doesn't that sound far away?

Anyway, here is a cute picture.  She had an Out of Uniform Pass today that she got for some good behavior or other, so she wore her Christmas outfit to the party.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Well it was an anomaly, Maria's bad and terrible behavior that earned her two red marks in one week.  She is doing just fine.  I'm not trying to jinx anything here, I really think she is good to go.  I went to her parent/teacher conference and she is doing super great in ... Math!  Isn't that weird?  I mean, she is doing good and even great in reading but she is in the top eight per cent of kids her age in math.

She went out for Halloween on Friday, she did great but hoo boy, the weather was awful and by the end she had had it.  I told her, she did great because - I mean, I just felt terrible for her.  She went as ELSA and I didn't give her gloves!  I was more concerned with the rain when we left so I had all these umbrellas but then the rain stopped and it got so, so cold.  She probably could have done the whole neighborhood but Felicity was slowing us down a lot.  She was glad to be done with it when we were done, and she did very little complaining.  She was a real grown up about it, which made me happy and proud of her.

She is being nice with everyone, sweet with Felicity and good with Anthony.  Today she auditioned for Annie, for the chorus, at school and I guess it went well.  She loves to play with the neighborhood kids.  She told me yesterday that Abby and Morgan, neighbor girls, say "Ma'am?" to their moms when their moms call them and she said she wanted to start doing it too.  I said okay, sounds good and she said what are you going to do about it?  I said well I can't do anything, it's really for you to do and then she wasn't as interested.  She is a funny duck.

Here's some cute pictures:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Revolting Development

There are behavior charts in Maria and Veronica's classroom and I think I mentioned it last year when Maria was in Kindergarten, she loved it and was always on PINK which means SUPER STUDENT and now Veronica is in Kindergarten and she is on PINK every day and Maria is NOT.  It's harder, we have figured out, for two reasons.  The first thing is that I think there is just not as much impetus for a first grade student to be SUPER than for a Kindergarten student.  Veronica is excited to be there every day and she loves her teacher so much and she just wants to do right by her and the whole school.  Veronica told me the other day, did you know Jesus loved us so much that he DIED?  I said yes I did and she said well that is why I can just BE GOOD.

In first grade it gets a little more complicated, I am finding.  Maria certainly still cares about the fact that Jesus loves her so much but she just doesn't care as much as she did last year.  She certainly doesn't care about getting on Pink.  She has been on green (ready to learn) or maybe sometimes blue (good choices) but she just - everything has to be aligned exactly right for her to be on Pink, it's rare.  I don't care so much, she is doing well academically, things are good but this week she was on RED TWICE!  TWICE!  The first time, I got an email from her teacher saying that she didn't know if it was the weather or what but for the first time, she had more than half the class below green.  I asked Maria what color she was on and she burst into tears, saying "I don't want to tell you!".  I figured maybe she was on yellow or orange but hell no, she was on RED!  I said well you are not going to be in trouble for the first time it happened, Maria, and especially because it seemed like the whole class was having a problem.  That was on Wednesday and then Thursday she was on pink and Friday?  Back on RED!  Sheesh!  I made up these little quick prayers she could say when she felt like she was going to talk or whatever, like "lord I feel like I'm going to get in trouble, please come help me on the double".  I mean, I was trying!  I was extremely shocked when she did it again and this time she ran in the hallway!  What the heck?

So she was 'grounded' on Friday and we said she can try again this week, I mean, what else do you do?  Today I took the girls to the pumpkin patch and we had a high old time.  Here's a cute picture: