Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My Girl



Nina (right) graduated from elementary school on Friday and will now be going to middle school.  She is 11 years old and middle school is coming at the perfect time.  Hormone crazed and temperamental these days, she is excited to move forward and grow up.  I don't envy the teachers now that I have been through the last few months with Nina.  She is an angel, but when the hormone surges, I am living with an alien, or, more like Sybil.  


This face will show up more and more, I know it.  The "what are you doing, Ma?!" look.    I suppose you could put anything in the place of "doing":   wearing, talking about, laughing at, trying to do....?

A few weeks ago, the fifth grade had Field Day, and Brad and I went to help out, be supportive, because, let's face it, how many more of these things will she want us to attend?  Anyway, I was having fun, Nina won two events in a row, and I did a cheerleader move or two, Brad and I also tried to create an "N" with our two bodies and I think she was definitely a tad mortified.  Wouldn't you be?  Thing is, I do not see myself as old at all, so doing stuff like that seems natural.  I don't go out of my way to embarrass.  

Mostly.  

I do know it freaks her out when I break out in dance when we're out in public and a song comes on that I like.  So I break out and she looks around, fearful that someone has seen me and she screams in a whisper, "Maaaaaaaa-m!!"  That is fun, I must admit.

She'll remember Field Day and think about her parents cheering for her and having fun and the embarrassment will shed eventually.  I mean, she's got cool parents.  Who wouldn't be thankful for that?  ;)

8 comments:

Carrie ~ Gigi said...

Well look at that~ beautiful Ms. Nina graduated now from elementary school & moving on to so many adventures ahead...

To Nina~ Just think you probably only have the only parents in the whole world who would attempt to make a "N" to cheer you on! Really, how cool is that? Now if they weren't there~ that wouldn't be cool. I'd say you are one very lucky girl, now you might not think so right now~ but believe me you are. You'll understand later. Best of luck in moving on to Middle School~ you'll do great! Have fun on the beach this summer, don't get burned~ and dance like no one is watching...

To J & B~ Aw....Hold on to the next...ummmm years, there will certainly be more fun and unforgettable moments then there wil be turblence. You must be so proud..

Hugs to all~
Gigi

LoveMichie said...

Congratulations Joanna, Brad and Nina! Nina is such a pretty girl and from the looks of it, funny and intelligent too!

By the way, your bubble bars are TOO CUTE!!!!!

dcyrill said...

Congrats Joanna & Brad for raising a beautiful daughter. It is normal for them to go through these growing years.

My daughters (9 & 7) try to stop me when a song comes on and I start dancing. I tell them you have to be able to express yourself and not hold in what you feel. However, they don't want me expressing myself in public or at home. :)

Eat Well (was Teresa R) said...

I live to embarrass my kids; isn't that rule #6 in the Official Parents' Handbook?

Congrats to Nina! She is a gorgeous girl...I wonder who she takes after?! ;D

Heidi said...

I think your cool! And I don't think we're old either...

I'm going to have fun making my kids blush and want to disappear. Not very often, just once in a while = )

You know you really are cool when all their friends like you.

Anne-Marie said...

Aw, yeah, that is an awkward age. I remember going through a distinctly mean-to-mom phase growing up. Now, I think my Mom is the best mother in the whole wide world.

So, she'll get over it ... and yes, even be appreciative that you're a cool mom. =)

in-between said...

What a beautiful girl you have! She looks like a firecracker - can't imagine where that might come from ;) Middle school is going to be a great adventure for you all! Your kids are lucky to have such cool parents.

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