Havana complained that math was too easy this year – which is great to hear after her struggles with and then dislike of math the last couple years – so Gay asked the Principal about it. It turns out that a mistake was made and her test results showed she should be in 7th grade math. So starting Monday, she is! Great job, Havana!
The 2018-2019 school year started today. Hudson is in Ms Andrews’ 5th grade class and Eva is in Mr Carroll’s 2nd grade class. Havana had Ms Andrews last year and Hudson had Mr Carroll for 3rd and 4th grades.
Hudson and Bowie are not in the same class for the first time and Hudson was upset and apprehensive about that. But he came out of school today all smiles and really likes Ms Andrews.
Eva and Iris are in the same class this year and almost all her friends from last year are in her class. She’s happy too.
The biggest change is that Havana is now in middle school. 6th graders started today without the 7th and 8th graders so they could get used to the school, multiple class rooms, lockers, etc without the bustle of other kids in the halls. Very cool idea. The school had a parent orientation at the start of school so we attended a presentation by the Principal and others in the morning. Havana was very excited to be going to middle school and she loved it too.
Gay and I also picked them all up after school and took them and friends to Hello Robin for ice cream, which it seemed every other parent also did, including Robin & Clay!
Havana turned 11 today. She had friends over on Friday for her Hamilton-themed party and we celebrated her birthday today.
Havana’s 11th tooth fell out. She lost her 9th and 10th two months ago.
When I was young, you got your ears pierced at a shopping mall store or, the way I did it, at home with ice and a needle. Today, tattoo parlors are the recommended place to go. For Havana’s 8th birthday, we let her get her ears pierced so this evening we went to Pierced Hearts.
Her doctor, Jeremy:
Painless and successful:
My beautiful daughter is even more beautiful.
Havana’s Girl Scout troop got to meet Ed Murray the Mayor of Seattle today (and Capitol Hill resident).
Hers is the first Girl Scout troop he’s met as mayor.
To start Havana’s 8th birthday, we went for brunch at The Grand Wailea:
Then we went down to the pool. The pool is very cool with caves, waterfalls and several different areas of varying depth joined by waterways. There’s also a beach area with sand for the little kids. Havana quickly met another girl and they spent the morning and afternoon going all around the pool and the slides. She got a bit of a sunburn on her face. Hudson and Eva stayed with us and we stayed in the kids pool area took them down the slides a few times.
For dinner, we went to a luau:
Havana lost not one, but two!, teeth today. Gerene actually pulled them out for her. Havana decided to try an experiment: she told Gerene, Hudson and Eva not to tell me or Gay so she could see if the Tooth Fairy showed up. She has been suspicious that the Tooth Fairy is not real and that it is her parents that leave the note and money.
Impressively, she and her brother and sister kept it a secret all day and evening. The next morning, she announced that she knows the Tooth Fairy is real because she did visit! Her scientific method makes me proud. And she was very happy to have her belief in the Tooth Fairy restored.
It’s been 4 months since she lost her 8th tooth.
Watching Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore as a character named “Havana”. Hey, we invented naming people Havana! I knew I should’ve trademarked the name.
Too bad the movie wasn’t very good.