Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tooth #5

Nicholas lost his top tooth the other day. This makes number five. He already lost the bottom middle four. Wow. He is growing up! I really hope they come in nice and straight!

Target Pictures

Here are the results from the Target fiasco picture day. Just as we were about to leave the house, Nicholas decided to pick up the cat who was all muddy. He got his nice yellow shirt (that perfectly matched the girls) all dirty. I lost it. He ran up to his room and put on this blue shirt which didn't match the girls dresses and was all wrinkled. I just didn't care at that point. Then just as they were about to have their pictures taken, I noticed Nicholas had tattoos on his arms. Great.

I have yet to find a photo studio that I like. I've tried Sears, J.C. Penny, Babies R Us and now Target. I just don't like any of them. The girls who work there are all too young and inexperienced. At this photo shoot, they offered no props and the white background drape had a stain on it. They have to do their "required" poses so there is no creativity. Why do I bother? I just leave exhausted, frustrated and angry. I know I say this every time but really...I'm D-O-N-E with portrait studios. I'll just take the pictures myself. I think I do a much better job anyway!




But still...I think my babies are cute.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I'm not naming names...BUT

I really need to brag...I mean blog...about who was at our house yesterday! One of the kids on Nicholas and Julia's T-ball team has a rather well known dad. I'll give you a few hints...

1. He's a linebacker for the Patriots.
2. He suffered a stroke a few years ago.
3. He's unbelievably good looking.
4. His initials are T.B.

You know who I'm talking about? Well, if you don't you'll have to figure it out because I really should respect his privacy. Although I'm dying to tell everyone the story!!!

So here's what happened. Danny and I had a pool party at our house for the T-ball team yesterday. We invited everyone, including T.B. and his family, of course never thinking for a second they would really show up.

We told everyone to come over at 1:00. At ten minutes to one Danny says he is running upstairs to take a shower. I tell him to hurry up because everyone is going to be showing up really soon. At exactly 1:00 I see someone walking down my driveway but I didn't see who it was. So I yell to Nicholas and Julia that some of the kids are coming. I open the door to the garage and who is standing there but T.B. I just froze for a second, composed myself and said "hey". Yes, "hey". It's all that would come out of my mouth at that very second. My mind is racing...what do I say...where the heck is Danny...oh my goodness he is amazing looking. So I say, "I don't think we've really met before. I'm Dini". He says, "Hi, I'm T". No, really? Gulp. So we make some small talk about the kids for a minute and I start using my mental telepathy with Danny to get the heck downstairs. It must have worked because miraculously Danny somehow appeared at my side a few minutes later. So the the three of us sat by the pool and chatted for a bit until some of the others arrived.

So to make a long story short...T.B. spent 3 1/2 hours on our back porch yesterday afternoon. He really seemed to have a great time hanging out with all the other dads. Football was barely mentioned. You could tell he just wanted to fit in with everyone and just enjoy his kids having fun at a pool party.

Yes, he's kind of famous. Yes, he's devastatingly handsome. But you know what? He's also amazingly nice and a real down to earth kind of guy. He impressed the heck out of me and everyone else. And most importantly, Danny probably had one of the best days of his life.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Nicholas' last day of kindergarten


Today was Nicholas' last day of kindergarten. He has now completed two years of kindergarten so I can't really be that sad about it, right? He's very ready to move on to first grade and be in school for a full day. I think the second half of the year was a little easy for him and it showed in his report card. He actually went down a grade in some of his "work habits" which I think showed his attention span was lacking. But he actually went up to a 4 in reading which means he exceeded the kindergarten expectation and also got a 4 in sight words. Good job Nicholas!



Each child got up and read what they want to be when they grow up. Nicholas said he wants to be a State Trooper. He talks about being a police officer or a fireman a lot but my guess is he'll do something with his hands. He'll be a loving husband, fantastic father and a very loyal friend. He'll be very handy when it comes to fixing things around the house and he will love to do yard work. He's so much like his dad.


Nicholas is saying "Good-bye kindergarten and happy first grade"! (I told him to say "hello" first grade but he said "happy" first grade.)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Do you believe? You be the judge.

I always believed (as I swear I've seen them numerous times with my own two eyes) but now I'm certain. I'm going to retell a story and I hope I get all the facts right.

Nancy (a.k.a. CeCe), her sister Marcia and their cousin went out to lunch to celebrate their mother's birthdays. (Nancy's mom was a twin.) Their mothers passed away some time ago but they thought it would be fun to celebrate anyway. They wore some of their mother's jewelry and even baked their mom's favorite chocolate square cake which they brought with them to the restaurant. They even sang Happy Birthday. During lunch they took some pictures.

Take a look:

This is Nancy's sister, Marcia, with something appearing in the photo over her head. I always believed, but now I'm certain. Nancy's mom and her twin were celebrating at the restaurant too!

Julia's "Wild Thing" routine

Julia's recital was Saturday, June 14th. The whole recital was very good. The dance studio she goes to specializes in acro and jazz. The dance teams are amazing and I really mean amazing. The technique on the girls is first rate and their acro productions are something you would see in Cirque de Solei. Nancy posted part of the acro production number (Matador) on her website. If you want to see it go here. I tried to download the longer version on here but the file was just too big. I guess I'll have to wait until my DVD arrives to watch it again! Maybe Julia will be lucky enough to be on one of these dance or acro teams when she's bigger. I think she's on her way already!

Videos compliments of Nancy! Thank you!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Going, going....Done!


It feels good to have some alone time. It's almost ten o'clock at night and the house is silent. I'm exhausted but loving the peace and quiet. The past two weeks have felt endless with running here and there with the kids. There have been many school parties and celebrations along with Nicholas' field day and Julia's graduation and dance recital. We're all exhausted.

Julia's last day of school was yesterday. When I went to pick her up I couldn't speak or even look at anyone because I was so emotional. A few other moms were too so I didn't feel so bad. We gave the teachers their gifts and they gave each mom a brown bag decorated by the children with all their classroom belongings. I remembered this from last year so at least I was prepared. I had to drive Nicholas to school that day because we missed the bus with all the gift giving and sad goodbyes. So as we sat in the car in the school parking lot waiting for the school doors to open, I did a bad thing. I opened the brown bag. In the bag were things like pictures the teachers had taken in the classroom throughout the year like Julia's first day of school where she looked so tiny...her "Julia helping hand" for class jobs...her name tag for classroom field trips...her crayon and pencil holder...a class picture with a tear jerker of a poem and so on.

I was really crying then and of course Nicholas came to my rescue. He just put his little arms around me and stroked my face and showered me with kisses. He is my sensitive one. But then Julia started to elbow him from the back seat of the car to try to make her way up to the front to "console me" (yeah right). She didn't like the attention Nicholas was getting and had to get her share too. So the fighting began and soon my tears were gone and replaced by plain old irritation. Then Julia asks why I'm crying. I try to explain why I'm sad and you know what she said to me? "Mom, Little Blessings is a baby school anyway!" Well, she told me! She's ready to move on so I better move on too!

I'm proud of my babies who really aren't babies anymore but will always be my babies. So there!!!

Here are some pics of the past few days...

Nicholas and all the kindergarten classes at Flag Day. Good luck finding Nicholas. He's squished in the middle row somewhere getting poked in the eyes by those ridiculous hats.


Nicholas' Field Day. They had face painting done. Julia chose a cat, Nicholas a shark and Gianna a snake. Yes, a snake.




Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Endings

Julia's friends from school (Kim, Arianna & Julia) at the princess tea party today.

This time of year is love/hate for me. I love the fact that the nice weather and the long and (somewhat) relaxing days of summer are here, but on the other hand, I hate this time of year when things are ending.

It is the end of Little Blessing for Julia. She is graduating on Friday. I'm sad. Really sad. I can't believe that both Nicholas and Julia are now through with Little Blessings. Julia won't be with her sweet friend, Kim, anymore. I don't think she really understands that she won't be seeing her that much anymore. I know her mom and I will try but it won't be easy.

Julia only has nine kids in her class and I have grown close to all the moms. They are the nicest group of women. Most years I couldn't even tell you the names of even half of the moms in the class, but this year we have spent lots and lots of time together. We've gone to breakfast after dropping off the kids in the morning and we've taken the kids out places after school. We all stay at birthday parties just to socialize and hang out. I will really miss these woman and that support we give each other. I see these women five days a week in the morning in the drop off line and again in the afternoon. It will be strange not having that anymore. I will miss them. I doubt any other class will ever be the same so that makes it just that much sweeter. (We did take a group picture but wouldn't you know my batteries died. Hopefully I will get a copy and post it here later.)

Gianna & Maggie will be going to school together next year.

Circus Party!

So here's to the end of gymnastics, dance, T-ball, Nicholas' kindergarten years and the awesomely wonderful Little Blessings. Well, until the fall when Gianna starts. But still...I'm sad. Really, really sad.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

Recital #2 - Wild Thing


Julia's getting ready for her second recital. I'm not loving the costume this year (last year was so much cuter) but the dance is 100% better. There are eight little girls and they are all so cute! However...I think her costume got mixed up with someone else because it is really too big for her. All the girls were in their costumes for picture day. Everyone else had on these tiny costumes with capri length pants. But not Julia. Her crotch was hanging down to her knees and her pants go right down to the ankles. There are twins in her class that are...hmmm...let's say a "little bulky" and I think Julia got one of their costumes. So how do I approach that with their Mom? "Excuse me...but is one of the costumes a little "tight" on your munchkin"? Or how about..."Are you sure that costume won't tear on her ass when she does her forward roll"? The teacher suggested I "tack" it so it will fit. Tack what??? Does she not know that I am blind as a bat and have zero sewing skills?

Then there is the situation with the head piece. Here are the directions: "Take a glue gun and glue a clear elastic band under the chin." EXCUSE ME BUT IT WON'T STICK! But there I am. The only Mom with that problem. Everyone was looking at me like I had two heads. One Mom told me to just "whipstitch" it. What?!?! What the heck is a whipstitch? Why can't the costume come in a nice neat bag, in the correct size, all put together, in one piece, with no alterations necessary.

Now I know what my Mom and Kerry used to go through at the studio. All the mom's complaining about the costumes being too big, too small, too expensive, etc. I don't want to be one of those Mom's! Ugh!!!

CeCe the photographer

Nancy has taken some really great pictures of the kids lately. I'm getting tired of my digital camera. I think it's time for a new fun camera like CeCe's.

Here's Papa reading Nancy Drew to the girls. Just like the old days when he used to read to me.

Danny and Julia from who knows when. But it's a great picture!