Monday, April 26, 2010

Today

I walked in the kitchen today and saw this...

hmmmm....and this...

Gianna said she was playing a game. She made "families" with the markers. She had grouped them by color.
(See picture below) She explained to me that the "Mom" and "Dad" (purple and blue markers) are in a bed and the "kids" (a mix of purple and blue) are in the other bed. I think that's pretty smart, don't you think? She knows that a purple dad and a blue mom would have purple and blue babies! Then I saw a single "marker" in a bed. She said that was the Dad and the Mom lost her cap so she died.
Then Danny came home from work with these for me...
and this sweet card...


Thank you for sharing your heart with me. I love you too.

Monday, April 19, 2010

First Communion

Yesterday was Nicholas' First Holy Communion...


He looked so handsome...

He loved all his gifts, especially the little bible from Auntie Diane and prayer book from Auntie Kimmy. He was reading them in bed last night. He kept holding them and saying how much he loved them. So cute. He also received some gift cards to his favorite gaming store. We'll go shopping there over vacation.


I think the best dessert of the day though was the Bliss Peppermint ice cream...so so good!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mite Hockey Banquet

The Mite Teams had their end of the year hockey banquet.

It was much more organized this year. They had a sit down dinner that the kids actually ate and enjoyed! They also had unlimited soda. The boys were chugging big glasses of that stuff.

The coaches spoke about each player before giving them their trophies. His coach said Nicholas was one of the best defensive players in the league. What a wonderful compliment!


Such a handsome boy we have...


Mite A team photo...


Gotta love this team photo below...


Next up...the Squirts!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The "I" word

I'm exhausted. Emotionally exhausted these days.

1.) Oh my aching tooth. For the last two months, I've had a tooth ache that has progressively been getting worse and worse. Finally I got some relief after a root canal the other day. I know that sounds strange...looking forward to a root canal...but I swear I would have let them pull it out after all the pain it has caused me. The bad news is...I have to go back for part 2 and maybe even part 3 of the root canal. Not fun.

2.) Dad has been in the hospital all week. He's been having shortness of breath. They did a procedure on him today and found no blockage. That's great news. Hopefully he'll be home soon. CeCe...you are the best!!!

3.) And last but not least...when is it OK for a teacher to call an 8 year old boy an "idiot"? This happened to my sweet boy yesterday. He was getting into the bus line to go home, when he was being silly and he started to (what he called) "speed walk". Now, I agree the teacher should have corrected him. That part I'm fine with. But then the teacher said...and I quote..."Cut it out you idiot". Yes, a grown woman...a second grade teacher...called my son an "idiot". Nicholas was so embarrassed to tell me that I ended up finding out from his sister. She overheard what happened on the bus ride home and told me later that night. She said Nicholas didn't want me to know. Once again, a teacher at his school used a form of intimidation and he kept it to himself.

When I talked about with Nicholas, he told me a little girl in the neighborhood has her for a teacher and she claims this is a word the teacher uses frequently in the classroom. She says the teacher says it to be "funny" and get the kids to laugh. Well, we call it the "I" word in our home. It's as bad as the "f" word to us. I work so hard to teach my children to be respectful and not use words like "dumb", "stupid" or "idiot". But I guess this woman is on her own planet and thinks the word "idiot" is "funny" and has no problem calling her 7 and 8 year old students this word.

I called the principal this morning. He took it very seriously and said he would speak to her.

This school is slowly becoming a thorn in my side. What is wrong with these teachers???

Every night we hear the same thing from Nicholas...how much he hates school.

Gee....I wonder why???

UPDATE: The principal did the right thing. He spoke to Nicholas first to let him know I called. He said he spoke to the teacher and said she had a "bad day" that day. (Really???) He called Nicholas back to his office later in the day, along with the teacher, and had the teacher apologize to him. She explained to Nicholas that she had a "bad day" that day (is that what you call it???) and said she was sorry. They shook hands. The End. Well, we can only hope so.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Easter

Not only did the Easter Bunny leave candy...he left them each a gift. Julia got this pretty shirt with pink flip flops...

Nicholas got a super soaker...


and Gianna got the new Alvin and the Chipmunks DVD...why does she look like a crazy person in this picture???


Julia colored a cute picture for the Easter Bunny...

and left him a note with questions...and the Easter Bunny wrote back...

(I used to do the same thing when I was a kid too!)

Nicholas did too but asked lots more questions...


Nicholas and Julia dressed up for church...but Gianna did not. I begged her to wear a dress..."pretty, pretty please??? For Mama???"....nope. But she did wear her pink sparkly shoes.



Then we went to Auntie Diane's for Easter dinner. It was such a beautiful day. We spent most of it outside. Diane and her kids always make the holidays fun. And our kids love their cousins!




Breanna is in culinary school. She wants to open a bakery when she graduates. Now that's all Nicholas talks about. Bre was so good and made Nicholas some fondant.


And the kids made this!


Then they went on an Easter egg hunt...




Lots of fun stuff inside...especially the $$$....




Nicholas helped fill the cannoli. I love how he went from wanting to be a state trooper to now wanting to make and design cakes. The Cake Boss is his favorite show.



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




A wonderful way to end the day...