Sentimental Sunday,Peaceful Sunday

May 3, 2009 sunday 9

I’m having a lovely day. I admit that getting up early for Mass is not my favorite thing, but somehow starting the day attending 9:30 Mass is a peaceful thing. Okay okay, we have the typical drama of the two teens getting ready and deciding what to wear, but we always seem to make it on time and without too much of a fight.
Today is First Communion Sunday, and the kids from the school and the CCD program that have been preparing have their big day. Girls in frilly white dresses, boys in ties and all dressed up too. Naturally images of my own childrens’ special days come to mind.
Things were done a bit differently each time. Nick’s was only 3 years ago, and each Mass had a small group of children participating. When the girls had theirs it was one big special Mass………I preferred this way, all the children together.

Nick and his best friend Reuben.

Adrienne and Caitie with Father Murray.
Aren’t they just too cute? My friend Pam does a Sentimental Sunday, and I thought I’d add some fun pictures for today.

After Mass we went to the social hall for coffee, doughnuts, and community bonding…LOL. It’s really a great time.
We came home, dropped off the kids, changed clothes and Kevin and I were off to run a couple of errands. We went to Marshalls to look around, and then to a little boutique to look at Pandora bracelets…….I would love one, but not sure I want to spend the money right now. Kevin is getting Mother’s Day and Anniversary ideas. If you’re not familiar you add charms to make it unique, I’d like one in sterling silver. We went to lunch and then to Lowes where we got grass weed and feed and some flowers and just stuff. It was a nice 3 hours out.
This afternoon I made snickerdoodle cookies with Nick. I made a new recipe for dinner, and it was not great…….I was so bummed. Oh well…..live and learn. It was so bad I offered McDonalds to Nick.

We talked to Nick last night about changing schools, and it was so traumatic, he was crying so hard. He does not want to change schools. His best friend is there, he likes it there, he is comfortable. Of course he named a half dozen unsubstaniated reasons why he did not want to attend our local public school. It was heartbreaking to see him so upset. We are still determined to weigh all our options, but it makes it more difficult when your child is so against change. I think this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in respect to education with my kids. Does this give you any indication as to how much I am dreading the college choice we face in less than two years with our two daughters? UGH.

Another week begins tomorrow…………..here’s to a quiet night!

9 Responses to “Sentimental Sunday,Peaceful Sunday”

  1. Pam

    Hey girlfriend! Thanks for mentioning me in your post. You are too sweet! I LOVE your sentimental pictures. Adorable. Sounds like you had a wonderful Sunday! Best day of the week! So sorry that Nick was upset about the idea of switching schools. Ugh! That makes this whole situation/decision so much harder. Sometimes being a parent is absolutely heartbreaking. I’m sending you good thoughts.

  2. Terra

    2 words.

    College Counselor.

    A good one will walk the girls through the process and let mom and dad take a bit of a back seat (thus eliminating the at home drama)

    I am sorry for Nick – it is so hard to see things when your a kid. We all know that mom and dad will make the right choice and that Nick will be ok.

    I am finally getting ready to accept my award! Thanks again!
    Terra

  3. Brittany

    Anita,
    I am so bummed that the recipe did not turn out well for you! It is always so yummy when I fix it.
    I wonder if, maybe, your grill seasoning is spicier than mine? I don’t know, but I’m sorry! 🙁

    Please don’t give up on my recipes and visiting me… I promise, they are delish and I love having you around!

  4. Nicole

    I thought of you last night when I heard Kenny Chesney got rained out in Dallas. DMB, on the other hand, braved the weather, me right there with them. Soaked. Dave said he thought the end of the world was coming. It was a crazy storm! Guess I’m glad I drove to Dallas to see DMB and not Kenny. My friend had 2nd row tickets to see him.

  5. Crazy Mom of Three

    About Nick, you might consider taking him with you to meet the principal, even for the first meeting. You can always send him out of the office if you want to speak privately with the principal for a period of time. Including Nick from the beginning will begin to allow him to visualize a change if it is made and you can tell him what we told our Nicholas, “that we want to see about this school to truly decide if we want to make a change.” Any exposure to the new possible school will assist with the transition. Plus, you can take him somewhere fun for lunch later and make a list of things he liked or disliked while there just for fun. Make it like a little adventure. This is what I did both times we changed schools. If you decide to stay where he is, then he will have had an educational experience in visiting a public school.

  6. My name is PJ.

    Anita, this is difficult for every parent; however, it seems like the end of the world for Nick because in his short life what catastrophes has he had to deal with? Children are SOOOOOOOOOOO incredibly maliable and resilient. He can still have his best friend and he will make new friends. Don’t you remember when you were 10 and your best friend came over to tell you she was moving far away? End of the world stuff, right? When you were 5 and you wanted a specific puppy, made all kinds of promises to your parents and they said no? HEARTBREAK of humungo magnitude! A year from now, the focus will be on something else. I promise you. Just keep praying girl.

  7. LaRae

    My mom used to share her childhood experience of changing schools when she was about 10 or 11 years old. She cried and cried and was so scared, but to her surprise, she quickly made new friends, and even a BEST friend. At the time she thought it was the end of the world, but it didn’t take her long to look back and wonder why she cried and cried because she learned to love her new school and new friends more than her old ones.

  8. Lisa

    It goes so quickly, doesn’t it? I hope that Nick will be okay. It’s a tough thing for everyone, isn’t it?

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