Saturday, July 04, 2015

Newsies

I took the girls to see Newsies yesterday.  It was a great show!  Gianna especially loved it...



We had great seats too but I think anywhere you sit in the Opera House is good...


After we went to the Cheesecake Factory for a yummy dinner and then to the Walpole Fireworks.

Of course this wasn't from last night but I thought it was cute...


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Lunch

This has been my lunch the past few days. So yummy...


Saturday, June 27, 2015

School is over!

Yesterday was the last day of 7th, 6th and 4th grades!  They went to the very end of June this year because we had six snow days to make up!  That's a lot!

Gianna had field day and had some body paint done.

Gianna + Lily + Ella = BFF...so cute!


 This was hanging outside Gianna's 4th grade classroom...




And every year we make our summer list of things we want to do.  We don't necessarily do them all but it's fun to try...


Gianna and her friend Katherine on Gianna's very last day at Martin School...


I haven't talked about it here because it honestly breaks my heart, but our town voted down an override which means major budget cuts.  Some people in this town weren't willing to pay just a bit more in taxes...a very minimal increase...and now the children in this town are taking the biggest hit of all. What an absolute shame it is.  The town is closing an elementary school which means they are redistricting 900 kids. Yes...900!  That means overcrowded classrooms AND Gianna can't finish her final year at the elementary school she's attended since kindergarten.  She only had one year left at her school and she is being forced to leave.  On top of that, every single one of her friends are staying at that school and she is the only one leaving out of her group of friends.  I know she will adjust and do well, but my heart breaks for her.  There have been lots and lots of tears.

In addition to all that happening, the town is also cutting the middle school foreign language program which means no Spanish I for Julia like Nicholas had this year and no Spanish II for Nicholas.  And of course that means all the language teachers are losing their jobs.  The town is also cutting Algebra...yes Algebra...at the Middle School.  Yes, no basic Algebra for my kids.  It's almost inconceivable.  We already have to pay for buses and it's capped at two per family, but since they moved Gianna to a school less than two miles from our house, we have to pay for her bus now too.  It's going to cost us a small fortune. The police department's budget was cut too and they can't pay for school crossing guards anymore.  How safe is that?  Several fire departments have closed in town and now have signs on the front lawns that say "call 911".  Nice. I'm incredibly sad and incredibly angry at the same time.  This town had better get their act together and fast, but unfortunately for our three kids...the damage has already been done.  It's a very sad and terrible time to be living in my town right now.

Back to happier times...

Nicholas invited two friends to walk home from school yesterday and I took them to Tex Barry's for lunch.  It's this small trailer...not the fanciest of places... but they have the best hot dogs and fries around.  Yum!  Gianna and I joined them for lunch...


Then they spent the rest of the afternoon fishing and playing video games.

Julia had an end of school pool party sleepover last night...






Look at all that junk food...


They watched the new Disney "Teen Beach 2" movie.  So cute...


They played the classic "light as a feather, stiff as a board" game.  I thought it was so funny that Nicholas joined in...


He had a lot of fun with the girls.  He behaved really well and I know they enjoyed his company...


Abbey, Alyssa, Bella, Julia, Livvy and Sarah...they had a ton of fun...


Gianna had a pool party sleepover last night too...just not at our house!  Gianna and her friend, Lily...



And check out these fabulous 4th term and final grades!  Nicholas finished the year very strong. He could of had all A's 4th term if he put more effort in.  He decides on occasion not to study for quizzes and tests and then he fails them.  But when he chooses to study, he gets excellent grades.  Let's just forget all about 2nd Term...shall we??  I know he learned his lesson.  And I'm loving all those wonderful comments from his teachers...


And Julia got straight A's this term!!  Yay!!  She's been working for high honors all year and finally did it!  What a fabulous report card for her!


Gianna got all 3's (I can't stand their grading system) but that is very good.  I love that her teacher wrote her a note instead of writing it to us...


So our kids are moving on to 5th, 7th and 8th grades.  I know everyone always says how it flies by...but it really and truly does.  : (

Nicholas will be going to lacrosse, hockey and cooking camps this summer; Julia will be going to dance and cooking camps; and Gianna will be going to acting and dance camps.  The girls also have dance nationals in July and weekly tumbling classes and Nicholas is playing on a middle school hockey team with weekly games. Phew!  That sounds like a lot but I like to keep the kids active and busy.

Here's to a fun summer!!!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekending

I had another crazy busy June weekend starting with a surprise birthday party for a high school friend of mine.  This is what turning 50 looks like these days...



Then Saturday we had our nephew's graduation party from Mass Maritime Academy.  He graduated with a 4.0!  So proud of the nice young man he has become. He's a wonderful role model for my kiddies...


They live right across the street from the beach...so pretty...






Silly girl...


And then there's my Nicholas.  What a nice boy he is.  I have to do a little bit of bragging. I always say he has a maturity about him for just 13 years old.  Just take a look at these pictures.  He offered to wait on the older aunts and uncles and bring them coffee (poured it too!) and desserts. You would have thought he was working in a restaurant the way he was catering to them.  So cute.  We received so many compliments about what a nice boy he is. 




Yesterday (Father's Day) was the girls recital.  Fifteen routines between the two of them!!  Five dances in the afternoon recital and ten dances in the evening recital.  Let me tell you...that is a lot of costume and make up changes!! They both did a wonderful job!  With all those costume changes I wasn't able to take that many pictures but thankfully some of the other moms did!







I'm exhausted!!!  This is the last week of school so I better rest up before the kids are home for the summer!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day

I am missing my Dad as always.  I so wish he was still here...but he is always with me no matter what.  I know that for sure.  Happy Father's Day Dad.  I love you with all my heart and miss you every single day.

Happy Father's Day to my Daniel.  He's a wonderful father to our three beautiful babies.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gianna's recital jazz & tap dances

Gianna had her dress rehearsal at the studio yesterday for her tap and jazz dances.

This is her tap costume "Topsy Turvy"...super cute!!


Gianna and her friends Ella & Meghan...




I didn't take a picture of her in her jazz costume "I Do" because we were in a rush.  I think the costumes are really cute except for the gigantic ugly bows on top of their heads. What's up with that??  Yuck!!


I think Gianna looks fantastic this year!!  I'm so proud of her dancing!!

Busy June

Oh what a busy month June can be!!

Julia had her spring 6th grade band concert. I thought they did a wonderful job! I'm so proud of how she has learned to play her flute so well in such a short time...



The following day Gianna had her 4th grade presentation of the national state parks.  She did a fantastic job with her written and oral report too...


Gianna and her cute friend, Lily...



Then the next day, Nicholas and his friend, Matt, were hired to work a birthday party with all these little boys.  Oh my heart.  Wasn't it just yesterday that Nicholas was this small??  Where does the time go...


But we are so proud of the mature, responsible young man our boy is becoming. How adorable is this?


This past Sunday was Danny's family reunion...


Danny's Auntie Louise rang the bell every time someone arrived.  It was funny!


Danny's brother, Peter, Nicholas & Danny...




Julia's legs look a mile long...


My little cutie pie...




Playing with cousins Kevin and Bre...






It was a beautiful day for a walk too...


Then right after the reunion, I headed to my friend Christine's sons' graduation party from high school...


She has raised an awesome son.  I love John.  He's smart, a fantastic singer and an athlete too!


I'm feeling very happy and blessed to be sharing my days with such wonderful friends and family.  Life is good.  : )