Monday, September 30, 2013

Toohig Tidbits

School, dance, and soccer updates…

I got to visit with Mrs. Blaizel a week or so ago. I told her that HG had to practice her 2's late one night after her soccer game, and she said that her writing was so much better on Monday that she had asked HG if she'd practiced all weekend- and she said her face exploded into a smile. She said, "Your child's face just explodes into the most beautiful and joyous smile. She can have a serious look and then when you say something to her, the smile just spreads all the way across her face." She said she's really learning the girls' names in the class, and I've noticed that too. She comes home talking a lot more about playing with so-and-so, or so-and-so said something, etc. As we walk into her class in the mornings, Evie (who sits next to her and also the one that HG comforted in the morning when she cried at drop off) often squeals, "Helen Grace!!!"

St. Agnes pairs new students’ families with a buddy family. Ours are the Fiks who have a daughter, Lilah, in HG’s class. It turns out that John went to grade school with Lilah’s mom, Katie, and when she saw a John Toohig on the list, she knew that had to be the one and only! They’ve been great to entertain us, introduce us to a ton of other families, and answer my endless questions. Tonight, Katie texted me and said Lilah got a fortune cookie that said, “Soon someone new coming into your life will be a best friend.” Lilah said, “I know who it is- it’s the new girl, Helen Grace! She’s one of my best friends!” What a wonderful answer to prayers!

HG was the flag leader last week at school, which meant she got to hold the flag during the pledge and show everyone how to put their hand over their heart. She seems to have a job one week and be ‘on vacation’ the next week. She’s been doing some new sign language and singing a cute new song/prayer about Johnny Appleseed.

“Johnny Appleseed”- September 2013

She has started her dance classes for the year- still with Stars in Motion but at the studio (last year, they came to Maples to teach her class). She is in the same class as Riley and Ann Maxwell, so that’s been fun to see the girls and their mamas every Wednesday afternoon. They are very excited that they will be snowflakes in this year’s Alice in Wonderland Nutcracker.

She’s still loving soccer too and is excited about game days. She is getting a bit more assertive on the field, especially when someone bumps into her. You can see her set her shoulders and charge onward. She’s actually touched the ball the last two or three games, mostly by chance and sometimes by intent. She jumps up and down like crazy anytime she gets near the action, and she is still super pumped about the tunnel that the parents do at the end of the game.

And on to the funnies…

HG randomly came out with the fact that Sunday was an ‘S’ day, which meant it was a weekend day and not a school day. I said, “HG, how do you know that?!” She responded, “I don’t know. I’m just smart. Well, I’m starting to get smart.”

HG said, “Autumn is when the trees get naked. But wait…ewww! I don’t want to see naked trees!!!”

When I woke her up on my birthday, the first words out of her {sleepy} mouth were, “Happy birthday, Mommy!”

When she doesn’t think she can do something, she often tells me, “I’ll try my best.”

So excited about taking fall treats to her teachers2013-09-23 07.54.23 HG’s family tree2013-09-23 07.59.50  Seafood Junction dinner date with Bubba2013-09-19 17.05.36 Happy morning at school (The Schmidt twins had just blown by as she was standing there looking at the Jesus statue, and she was quite tickled by their run-by.)2013-09-27 07.49.06A much needed cupcake date with Lawson- and Rowan too!2013-09-24 15.39.312013-09-24 16.39.14N-A-PIMG_1032Grandma’s kitties, Dewey and Reilly, are getting big and sure do love each other!IMG_7981 IMG_7984 This looks like trouble…2013-09-29 20.23.06 “Woman, quit taking pictures of me, and let me do my homework in peace!”2013-09-30 15.51.55 Can you believe this bed?? See Rebel (and Mama’s picture) up on her pillow?2013-09-30 21.27.12 

“Annie”- August 2013- I found this on my phone from last month and can’t remember if I shared it or not, so here it goes anyway…

”Pledge of Allegiance”- September 2013- You can tell she’s been practicing, although the apple in her mouth might be a bit distracting. :)

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