Daphne. She continues to flourish in academia and yet she doesn’t like school. It’s ironic sorta. She just got first in the school spelling bee last week and tomorrow she will perform her winning speech at a rotary lunch here in town. Next week I will have the pleasure of accompanying her on a trip of her lifetime with some of her peers to DC and NYC. She is most excited about our evening planned on Broadway....here we come Hello Dolly and Daphne’s hair twin Bernadette Peters!!!
Also, she has recently added a jazz and ballet class to her musical theater and gymnastics repertoire. She’s having to work hard at it since her peers have been dancing since they were little and her body is used to having short powerful bursts - not long, rhythmic gracefulness. But she so wants to add a jazz team by auditions at our dance studio by June so she enrolled with little kids and with a chin up is starting in ballet 1!!! I asked her if she liked it after her first class and she said “mom I don’t have to like it- it will just help me get better!” If that isn’t a life lesson that will take her places I don’t know what is!!!
I feel the days of her asking me to come lay with her before she falls asleep are fast escaping the neck of the hourglass. And soon I’ll be left with an empty bedroom, with her childhood books and stuffed animals left as memories of my curly haired peppy little girl.
Maisie Jo- this girl has changed into a young woman this school year for sure. She enjoys getting dressed each day, doing her hair and a bit of makeup. She keeps her room as tidy as can be all the time and is the only member of the house who makes her bed. I think she’s who I’d love to be in terms of discipline- she definitely gets that from her dad. She’s been reading up a storm - I think 7 books since January. I love that too. Middle school suits her well- she has to work hard in her advanced classes but is getting great grades. And every once in awhile I find her wearing her pointe shoes around the house. Her love of dance continues and I adore watching her classes when I can! Right now she is very sick with strep - poor thing- we all have been hit hard this year. She’s in my bedroom right now watching television and resting but she can handle it- she makes my bed and cleans up my bedroom because she can’t handle messes even when she isn’t feeling well.
Ruby- oh ruby roo. She misses her friends at Grandhaven and the hellos in the hall from all the teachers there that had watched her grow up before she even went to school there. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t have switched schools when we moved but I know in the end she will still be successful. By the time she reaches middle school - she will know two elementary schools worth of amazing kids. She’s play ing soccer right now and loves to be goalie. She’s been in a funk right now about being excited for school and life - it hurts my heart. I think it’s just growing pains- so in the mean time trying hard to give her some extras. We went to a movie last week alone and she giggled a lot and we held hands. It felt good - but her joy didn’t last long. Trying to find ways to help her find her smile in normal stuff!
Henry is doing soccer right now and is all signed up to start baseball later this spring! He loves to kick the ball over and over against our front door- and well although the noise is annoying I love him being active in anyway. He isn’t loving school right now which makes mornings oh so tough on my heart. He will get out of car, get to the front door and then run back crying. He says he doesn’t want to leave me. I know once he’s there he does okay. But it’s definitely hard for him to sit still and he says it’s a long day and I imagine it is a really really long day for this busy boy! We are trying hard to make him into a more independent little fella but his sisters and I just love helping him and snuggling him. I hope between Mike and I he will be a well rounded - tender hearted- firm handshaking - young man some day!
So blessed to be their mama. It’s a wild ride and they continue to grow despite me not knowing all the answers. Wishing Mom and Dad could see them NOW!