2nd grade. She’s shy, but she’s very vocal on things that matter, like speaking for someone being bullied, or if it’s her being bullied, or if someone is inconsiderate with using their class computers, or if you’re eating peanuts and dangerously too close to her, or math equations… ??? 6th grade. Emma is loved by her teachers. They truly believe she has potential, and this year has proved itself as a continuation of last year, fixing and tweaking the problems. First half of the year is pretty much set, and Emma has earned a Student of the Month for November, and worked hard to earn the Gold Honor Roll for 1st marking period. She’s also become such a go-getter for extra activities like her orchestra and chorus. She’s trying out for solos and opportunities she can share her talents. She’s so unlike me when it comes to her bravery!
My Zienne finished 1st grade today. She has really grown into the shoes set before her in the beginning of the school year, now being independent in waking herself up and getting herself and her belongings in order and on time for school. She works efficiently in class and at home when completing her homework and violin practice. I can really see that her personality is the type to just get things done. Although still a little shy, she is brave enough to occasionally initiate in helping her peers with reading. Also, the last few weeks of school, she was hard at work making bracelets for the girls in her class, including her teacher. Job well done, Zi! ——————————————– Emma had such positive experiences in 5th grade. What I’ve learned most about her is her outgoing personality to try so many new things to stretch her skills, even without our prodding. She became involved with so many things and tried out for several activities. She has shown to be a natural leader among her peers, and a helper to her friends who might have needed her, scholastically or emotionally. I love that she did really well […]
Our beloved Zienne Noelle turns 7 today. Last night, I prayed over her before she went to bed, and this morning, her dad read her life verses to her when she woke up. Zienne is usually known for shadowing her older sister, but we are starting to see glimpses of her life outside of the younger sister bubble. At school, she usually helps some peers in reading. Her teacher is so amazed that Zi would take time to independently insert herself into that role. I guess it helps that she has Elle, who Zi patiently teaches to read. What I love most are the moments when she is finding what is shaping her to what she is meant to become, like when I catch her singing in her room, practicing or perfecting different skills in her voice, or when she is at the piano or on her violin, plucking out a melody that she’s heard, even though I haven’t taught her how to play it. Sometimes, I even hear her composing a song, belting out her voice on the piano while she tries to play chords. Or I’ll find a story she wrote in a random […]
One of the saddest songs on this earth must be Leaving On a Jet Plane. It has to be. I mean, “I’d hate to wake you up to say goodbye…” must be one of the loneliest images because it must be an incredibly early flight because everyone but him is asleep. The knowledge of inevitability, and being the first to feel that is a huge burden, to feel alone in that misery during that minute moment because the other part of your heart is still dreaming. This has really no relation to what I’m about to blog about- the girls’ first day of school. But as I looked out Emma’s window and saw all the leaves blowing and falling onto the ground, it reminded me that it is soon fall. It is a whisper of fall. It is a sign that we must start getting ready to bear near coldness and chill, that seasons are passing the baton again, and it will soon be time for pensive moments over coffee. I guess it’s because Elleonai’s birthday quickly passed and hit me unexpectedly and I’m once again catching up on writing about her milestones. And because the girls are now in […]
There’s so much I remember 6 years ago. Time is a constant exam to see how far your memory stretches, but from the first day, I made sure to memorize it despite my fatigue. Because on days like today, there is a story I need to tell you about you. I love you, Zienne. But first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I watched you as you slept last night, wishing I had kept you up until 12am so I knew I had those last few minutes seeing you smile and talking with 5 year old Zi, but you were so tired from you daily activities. It’s ok; I made sure I took your photos yesterday of 5 year old zienne, asked you to answer your yearly interview questions, hugged you and asked you my yearly request of staying that age, and told you how proud I was of you- of 5 year old you. Me: Zi, do you really have to turn 6 tomorrow? Zi: Do you want me to? Me: No. It will make me sorely sad. Zi: I dunno how to make it stop. This was you, yesterday after school. You chose your own outfit and fixed your hair by […]
Before the picture above (left), Zienne adamantly refused to get in the water to snorkel due to fear. After some coaxing, she mustered up the courage to jump out of the boat to join everyone. This was her at the back of the boat, not even scared if she’ll fall off. I was so proud of her. Today, she came home from school with the news of going up a reading level to I level, the first in her class to do so. I’m just as proud. That’s the picture on the right. My little nut.
The girls had their winter solo day last Friday, despite being sick that week due to the snow piles and extreme cold weather. They’ve been having snow days that deterred them from attending school, so it gave them ample time to practice. Emma is now in Book 2, playing “Long Long Ago”. Zienne is in Book 1, playing “Allegro” with Emma supporting her with the duet part. I’m really proud of the two girls, esp. Emma who is starting to realize the importance of refining the tone of her sound, but fixing the meticulous way she plays her bow and getting the slurs perfectly as instructed. I know it’s not easy to memorize multiple pieces while also remembering every correct slur, so I’m excited to many years down the road when it almost becomes second nature to her. Zienne is doing quite well too, although still not completely familiar with her technique, but it also could be that she has a really bad violin. How do I know? Because the teacher told us Zi has a really bad violin. Sheesh…not like it cost us almost $300 or anything… *sigh* We’re waiting her to go up a size.