Friday, May 23, 2014

Flipping, inventing and growing pains

Gianna is working very hard on her round off back tuck...

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She is an extremely cautious child so for her to even be attempting this is just amazing to me.

Julia has been working very hard on her 5th grade "Invention Convention"...


Her invention is called the "Cone Bowl".  Who hasn't had a problem with a melting ice cream cone?

She made this out of play doh...how clever is she?



She thought of an idea about how to catch all that melting ice cream.  You just insert your ice cream cone into this bowl that even has a straw to sip up all the yummy melted ice cream...





She is such a creative little soul.

Julia and her friends...


Julia being interviewed by local cable TV...


And then there's my boy....


He is most definitely on the verge of becoming a teenager (turning 13 this August) and he sure is acting like one lately.  Yesterday, I told him to get off his Xbox so the girls could watch some TV.  Words were spoken back and forth. As he was shutting it off, he said to his friend (through the Xbox live headset)..."I have to get off now.  My Mom is being annoying."  What?!?  Who me??? Annoying???  I cannot even begin to tell you how much that remark hurt me to the core.  I have spent the last twelve years of my life loving this little boy and now he's calling me "annoying" to one of his friends???  I knew this day would come.  At least he hasn't told me he "hates" me yet.  I told him how much his words hurt me.  He knew what he had done and went to his room in tears.  And then I went into the kitchen and burst into tears.  I understand his feelings.  I was there once myself. How many times did I run up to my bedroom as a child to stomp and cry and complain about how "mean" my parents were?  I get it.  It just stings that now I'm there in my life.  He's growing up.  I know we will have our struggles and battles.  I just don't know if I'm ready for it yet.  But are you ever ready for it?  I just look at him lately and wonder where my little boy went?  






But you know what happened after that?  He came into my bedroom and saw my tears.  He curled up on my lap, put his arms tightly around my neck and told me he was sorry.  He told me he loved me and didn't mean to hurt my feelings.  I forgave him of course.

He's a good boy with the most precious heart.  He's just growing up too fast for me.  Don't get me wrong...I love the little man he's becoming.  He truly has a heart of gold and is such an affectionate loving little soul.  He loves me. I know that.  It still hurts this Mama to see her baby boy growing up and becoming more and more independent every day.

And while I'm a blubbering mess...I might as well add this picture I just came across.  Oh how I miss him too...


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Jump Dance Convention

This weekend was the Jump Dance Convention in Providence.  It was a great experience for my girls.  Gianna only did the first day and sorry to say I didn't take any pictures that first day.  I'm not sure why.  : (

Julia competed her solo on Friday.  She looked beautiful as always.  She won a gold medal...


Julia had some really good classes...




Especially her class with Mia Michaels!!!  It was the highlight of the weekend for me.  I was dancing along in my chair.  Oh how I wish I could have taken the class.  The combination was fantastic!  Julia did a great job with it too.


And she won a jazz scholarship...


So very proud of my girls!!! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mother's Day

Julia made this for me...


 








Gianna made this for me...


and Nicholas made this...

 


I love my babies and they love me.

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom...funny and sweet and just the best Mom there is...



Friday, May 09, 2014

Virus

Boy oh boy 
Julia got sick
Like really sick
With a terrible virus 
That turned into croup 
It was scary 
She was having trouble breathing
After a long and difficult night, I took her the doctor  
She recovered fairly quickly with some meds, but then...
I wasn't so lucky  
I picked up that awful terrible virus 
I was sick in bed for days on end with temperatures over 100...
night sweats...
a painful sore throat...
and a deep cough that is still hanging on...

This is day 10
and I still haven't fully recovered
I can't wait to feel "normal" again
  
Danny was so wonderful picking up the slack around here
picking the kids up from school...
taking them to their activities...
(including a dance competition in NH for me...wow)
helping with homework...
making all the meals...
cleaning the house...
and on and on and on...

He has been amazing 

I pretty much just moved between my bed and the couch for a week

And this was KoKo last week while I lay on the couch...
I looked over and saw him enjoying my ice water

I hope he doesn't catch it next...