Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Invite

Julia got asked to the 8th grad Grad Dance...


by this boy that I don't know...so I can only look at this picture and hope that he's nice and kind to my daughter.

I have mixed emotions about all this. On one hand, I know it's been this ongoing tradition of the boys asking the girls to this dance and the kids get all excited and wrapped up in it. But on the other hand, I wish the kids never started this. It's only an 8th grade dance and not a prom. Last year when Nicholas was in 8th grade and now this year with Julia in 8th grade, I've been hearing the same things..."she's not going if no one asks her"..."so and so is sick of the boy who asked her and doesn't want to go with him anymore"..."so and so is supposed to ask so and so and she doesn't want to go with him".  I think it's kind of sad. I wish they would all just go with their friends and meet up at the dance and have fun. Sure there will be the kids who don't like dances and just don't want to go. But I really feel for the kids who don't get asked...or who are too shy to ask...and then they feel badly about themselves and may not go at all. This dance should be for everyone and everyone should be encouraged to go.

Having said all that...of course I'm happy for Julia because if she's happy then I'm happy.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Elite Performance Challenge

Julia competed her new solo "Cry Witch" for the first time last night and she did great for her first time out. There were 70 solos and she placed 5th overall! There were some beautiful dancers too so it was a very good competition. Julia won an Elite Platinum and the "Elite Concept Award". Yay for my sister who choreographed the routine! She sure does come up with incredible ideas.

Her solo is about the Salem Witch Trials thus the costume and "bible"...



Julia and her friend Livvy...


Julia and her talented Auntie...




 And these three silly girls came along for support...

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Nicholas' Confirmation

The Confirmation was really nice. Just a beautiful Mass and the Bishop was wonderful.






Nicholas with his Godfather and Sponsor Uncle Peter...



Nicholas with his Godmother Auntie Kimmy...


We are very proud of our boy. Time is passing so quickly and yet another new milestone has been achieved.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

And just like that...

Freshman year of hockey is over.







I don't care if he has a good game or a bad game. I just love watching my boy in net. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Winter Weekend in Ogunquit

The weather was gorgeous this weekend. You never would have guessed it was February...


We had a beautiful "beach" day...






My boy is such a love. I honestly don't know that many 15-year-old boys who show affection like my boy...


We ended that day with playing a bunch of fun games and dinner at the Maine Diner. Then today we went over to a family friend's house to visit their Alpacas...



and play in the snow...










Nicholas has been talking about driving a snowmobile for years now...and he got his wish...


And we ended our winter afternoon with clam chowder and hot dogs...yum!!


Gianna going for a ride with her Dad...

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My girls being super silly...

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Nicholas driving the snowmobile...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gianna's poetry

I think Gianna has a real talent for writing. She had to make a book of original poetry for her English class. Her teacher gave her a 100 and she also wrote this note to her:  "Gianna, I absolutely LOVE all of these poems! I hope you have changed your mind towards poetry because you definitely have a talent for it. Fabulous job!"  






So adorable...


This one is my favorite...


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snow days

We're in a snowy pattern right now...at least that's what the meteorologists are saying. We had a big snow storm on Thursday which meant no school that day and no school the following day....


which meant a four day weekend...and now we are expecting another snow storm tonight into tomorrow...


which most likely means no school again...which means a 5 day weekend for the kiddies...


which means Julia will have gone to school a total of 1 day out of 6 due to the fact that she was sick the beginning of last week...and of course this is the last week of school before February vacation. Yikes!



But I sure do enjoy the snow days...no where to go and not much to do except bake my Great Aunt Cassie's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, have a yummy crock pot dinner...



and be cozy by the fire...

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