Awesome and Amazing

Grandma Kc wrote this on October 17th, 2016 24 Replies

Hard to believe that it has been a month since I last blogged and I have lots to share.

Amara loves OCSA! We hoped she would! I am lucky and get to go with Jenna most days to drop Amara off in the morning. We’ve been trying to go to the gym afterwards on at least 3 of those mornings and so far we are doing pretty well. Many afternoons I am lucky and get to go with Jenna to pick up, too. It is pick up that is the most fun. Jenna will ask her how her day was and the answer is always “Awesome” or “Amazing”. She loves all her classes and has made some new friends.

Amara in her cat headphonesIt was on one of those pick ups that she told us about the clubs she had joined. They had 2 days where they could rush the different clubs during lunch. The club meetings are held during lunch on different days. Amara joined The Teenage Grannies, The Cat Club, Steven Universe Club and the Undertale Club. We certainly weren’t surprised that she joined the Cat Club. Her nickname at school is Cat because she always has a cat eared headband or her cat eared headphones on! Plus she does have 5 cats! They are going to make cat toys for the Animal Shelter and maybe arrange to go walk the dogs. So of course when it was Spirit Week and they had to come as their favorite animal was there any question about what she would be? The Teenage Grannies drink tea, crochet and knit! Steven Universe is a cartoon that they are all into at the moment. Amara tends to rush her speech and for the longest time I thought the show was called Steve and the Universe! Silly Grandma! Undertale is a video game that all the kids are playing! More on Undertale coming up later.

Amara the Cat Collage

A couple of times at pickup we have gone for ice cream at Baskin & Robins. A couple of times we have gone for frozen yogurt. One afternoon we took her to buy tap dance shoes for her MT dance class. She already had jazz and ballet shoes and the teacher had said they didn’t HAVE to have them so with Amara growing at supersonic rates Jenna said no to tap shoes. I had taken tap as a little girl and I loved my tap shoes so I asked Jenna if it would be OK if Grampy and I got them for her – that is if she really wanted them. So I asked her, “do you really want to have tap shoes or do you not care?” She thought for a few minutes and said that honestly, she would like to have them. So we went shoe shopping!

I was in the car last week when Amara got in the backseat bursting with excitement and told Mommy that she had gotten one of the leads in the MT Dance Showcase in December! I’ve been there to hear Amara talk about how tough their dance teacher is. They’ve been learning to do planking and if one of the students falls before they are done the whole class has to start over and add 10 seconds! So having him give her one of the leads was extra fulfilling!

Justin setting up for the Engineering and Science Fair

We’ve all visited Santiago Elementary too. A few weeks ago they had their 2nd Annual Science and Engineering Fair and they invited Justin back again. We had been there to help with the first one and this one was even better! Again the students could sign up to “Ask a Scientist” and they were very interested in Justin’s demonstration of his company’s software. Grampy went this year and was very impressed with Justin’s presentation.

One of the things we love about OCSA is that modified day (early out) is on Fridays! She usually gets out at 3:30 but on Fridays they get out at 1:30 which meant the 3 of us girls could go to Santiago last Friday and get paletas (fruit pops). It was the first time they sold them this year and we’ve been going through withdrawals! Amara got to see some of her friends again and we all got our paleta fix!

I also joined Jenna, Justin and Amara a couple of weeks ago at the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk. They have one every Saturday evening but this one was extra special as Santiago’s Intermediate Drama was presenting An Evening with Charlie Chaplin. Each student did their own pantomime and it was such fun to figure out what each of them was doing and it was so great to see old friends – especially for Amara.

Art Walk Collage

Amara’s first year is sure off to a great start! She got her first 6 week progress report on Friday. She got a B in Spanish and the rest were all As! That’s our girl!

We are very proud of her!

24 thoughts on “Awesome and Amazing

  1. Joyce

    I am just thrilled about all of this! What a great school – I can’t get over the cuteness of the clubs! The granny club and cat club I could relate to! What enrichment for the kids.
    You three have so much fun centered around nurturing Amara to success. I am glad you got her the tap shoes. I took tap and ballet myself when I was about 7 or 8 and the sound of tap shoes is something I will never forget! No comparison with ballet!
    Amara is so beautiful – she just smiles away and enjoys life. I knew she’d do well at OCSA! And I love the picture of her with her fellow black cat!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That black cat is URI. URI stands for upper respiratory infection which he had when they adopted him at the animal shelter! She has 4 other cats, 2 of which are black and 3 dogs. She loves them all!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She really is having a wonderful time. I’m glad she lives in a time and place where she has all of these wonderful opportunities and that we can enjoy watching it all!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Congrats to Amara for such terrific grades and picking such fun clubs. She looks extremely happy with her school choice, and that is something money can’t buy. I’m guessing Santiago Elementary is having Amara family withdrawal, and it is so nice of you all to continue to assist the current students. I will look forward to your next post and to the post on the dance showcase. Please give my best to Amara as she heads into her next six weeks. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I will certainly pass on your kind words. I can’t wait to see what each new day holds and I am so glad we get to be part of it.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I don’t want to her rush her but I sure wish I could see what the future does hold! I’m glad we made the choice to move so close by.

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  3. Mj

    Thanks for the update! I was wondering if she liked her new school. And it sounds amazing, the teen grannies and cat club?! How cute.
    That is great that you get to a part of drop off and pick up too! Great job going to the gym! I know it can be hard to go consistently ????
    I love the picture of Amara and her cat!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am a lucky Grandma! Getting to go with Jenna to drop her off and pick her up gives me such a great opportunity to see and hear about everything!

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  4. Sandy Siegel

    I’m so glad Amara loves OCSA & that she’s doing well academically, & making new friends! The clubs sound like so much fun! I’m so glad you got her the tap shoes! I love the sound of tap dancing! Can’t wait to see videos of her dancing! You all are truly blessed to have each other as family. Knowing that your grandchild is happy & growing up to be a well rounded person is certainly a wonderful thing, but to be there & witness all of the little everyday things as a family is a bonus not everyone gets to enjoy. I’m so glad you get to!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She forgot to bring her tap shoes the other night when she slept over and I really want her to! She can dance all over our house and entertain me and Grampy! Probably drive Twiggy and Twursula crazy but — oh well!

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  5. Lisa

    Hooray! I’m SOOOO happy to hear that Amara loves her new school. Such changes can bring so much anxiety and unhappiness when not a good fit. This fit sounds AMAZING and AWESOME. Yay, Amara! And congratulations to her on snagging a LEAD! It’s so very clear why you all are incredibly proud of your Cat. What an awesome and amazing young lady! ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Lisa it really is just the perfect place for her! The energy level on that campus is palpable! It is going to be so much fun to watch her grow!

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  6. Kristi

    Thanks for explaining the different clubs; I am a bit out of touch! It sounds like Amara is having a great year. Congrats to her on her lead part! It is nice that her early-release days are on Fridays. The high schools here have half-days on Wednesdays, which isn’t quite as useful as Fridays.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara’s old school had early out on Wednesdays and it was a nice break in the middle of the week but having it on Fridays is the best! Grampy had last Friday off so we picked her up for ice cream. Lucky us!

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  7. Teresa

    And you should be proud of her! Those are terrific grades and the clubs, Wow! Which club does she enjoy the most? I’m right there with you on the tap shoes, we Grandmas just love buying the little extras for our special little ones. Amara certainly sounds like a talented young lady and I think it’s wonderful that she is involved in such good, wholesome activities. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I don’t think she has decided on her favorite club yet but English Language Arts is her favorite academic class. I’m really happy Amara is enjoying her dance class, it isn’t her easiest one! Her teacher has made her learn to do stretches that sometimes hurt! But she really loves the arm movements and now they are overflowing into everything! I love it!!

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