What a Week – Surviving in Style!

New school.  New dance studio.  And I have to do it all over again this week!  And the week after.  And the week after.  Good thing I had so many cute outfits to cheer me up each day.  Change is hard, but at least I got to do it in style.  I showed you my first day of school outfit on Tuesday.  Take a look at what I wore to school the rest of the week.

Outfit #1

Top: Amy Byer Big Girls’ Crochet Hi Low Top in PinkAmazon.com
Shorts: Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Bermuda Shorts in BlackTarget
Shoes: Report Signature Lauri Flat in WhiteDSW

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Dress: Take a Bow Dress in Zing PinkHanna Andersson
Leggings: Knit Leggings in White – Justice
Shoes: Keds Women’s Champion Eyelet Fashion Sneaker in CoralAmazon.com



Outfit #3

Dress: by&by Girl Pleather-Trim Belted Knit Dress in LipstickJ.C. Penney
Leggings: Knit Leggings in White – Justice
Shoes: Gia-Mia Kombat Shoes in BlackJust for Kix



More Judy Blume – Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself and It’s Not the End of the World Book Summaries

Starring Sally J. Freedman As HerselfBook Title:  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

Sally Jane Freedman lives in New Jersey with her mother, father who she nicknamed Doey-Bird because he is constantly whistling, her thirteen year old brother Douglas, and her grandmother Ma-Fanny in 1947.  The war is finally over!  Not long after, Douglas tries to leap over a brook in Union Woods.  Sally knew not to go into Union Woods due to the strange man that hung out there.  She knew that Douglas still went because he was older.  He ended up dislocating his elbow.  When he came home from the hospital he was still soaking wet which made their mother furious.  When Sally doesn’t like to think about certain things she makes up stories in her head.  So while all the commotion was happening she shut everyone out and made a story inside her head.  Douglas ended up getting nephritis which is a kidney infection.  Sally’s parents think that it would be a good idea to move to Florida for the winter once Douglas gets better.  Sally doesn’t want to go but her mother said it would be good for Douglas.  They would all go by train.  When Sally learns that Doey-Bird can’t go just because he had to stay and work she was very disappointed.  Her father was a dentist.  She didn’t get why they had to leave him all the way in New Jersey just because of that.  It just wasn’t fair.  Leaving was the hardest part.

The train ride was okay.  Sally met an African-American family which consisted of two little boys, a baby girl, and a mother.  Sally thought they were nice.  She even got to hold the baby.  The next morning when Sally came back to the same spot the family was sitting in they were gone!  They didn’t even say goodbye.  Sally’s mother explained that they had to go to the African-American train car.  Sally was confused.  Her mother didn’t even care.  Once they got to Florida Sally was very tired.  Their family’s apartment was very small and she had to share a bed with Douglas.  Sally starts school and she is very nervous.  The nurse has to check her for lice and as it turns out…she has nits.  She has to wait a couple of days before going back to school and starting fifth grade.  In school Sally meets Barbara – a girl in her class, and Shelby – a girl who is in a different class.  She also meets Andrea who is a sixth grader.  The boy named Peter who sits behind her in class dipped her braids in ink.  Sally told Andrea about him and she claimed he was a “Latin Lover,” whatever that meant.  When a girl named Jackie moves in and Peter starts liking her instead of Sally, Sally gets jealous and starts to like Peter.  Sally even started taking dance class and enters a contest.  She is very disappointed when she doesn’t win.  Sally meets a man named Mr. Zavodsky who lives in her building.  He always offers her candy.  Sally refuses the candy and Andrea accepts it, which upsets Sally.  Sally thinks the candy is poison.  Sally is Jewish and thinks Mr. Zavodsky looks just like Adolf Hitler and she starts to believe that he is actually Hitler, in disguise.  Sally writes letters to Mr. Zavodsky and never sends them.  She spies on him, by listening to his phone conversations on a party line.  In the end, Mr. Zavodsky dies of a heart attack.  Sally also finds out that her father, who just turned 42, was the same age as his two brothers had been when they died.  Sally becomes worried that her father may die.  Her father comes to visit all the time and tells Sally that he won’t die.  At the end of the book, she kisses Peter at their teacher’s wedding.  It’s been a heck of a year for Sally!

Book Title:  It’s Not the End of the World
Author:  Judy Blume
Illustrator:  None

For Karen Newman life couldn’t be any worse.  She decides to never get married.  Just look at her teacher Mrs. Singer.  Last year she was Miss Pace and everyone loved her.  Over the summer she ended up getting married and turning into Mrs. Singer.  Karen now has her for sixth grade and she’s a witch.  Life at home isn’t going great either.  All Karen’s parents do is fight.  They can’t stand to look at each other let alone be in the same room as each other.  Karen grades the kind of days her family has and she writes down which of her parents started the fight that day.  Her mother is very happy when her husband plans to move out and file for divorce.  Karen tries to do anything she can to get her parents back together.  Nothing works.  At her father’s apartment Karen meets a girl named Valerie and they become pretty good friends.  Valerie’s parents are also divorced and she claims to know a lot about it.  But back at home Karen’s six year old sister Amy can’t even go to sleep at night.  Karen’s fourteen year old brother is also taking it very hard (though he claims he’s fine).  He just locks himself away in his room and tries to block out the outside world while talking to friends, lifting weights, and writing music.  He later ends up having a fight with his mother in a restaurant when finding out that his father is going to move to Las Vegas so he can get a faster divorce.  Their father stays home to help look for Jeff who ran out of the restaurant after the fight and he is unable to go to Las Vegas.  Karen believes that it was Jeff’s intention to keep their father from leaving.  The police even get involved!  Jeff ends up calling the house and coming back home all on his own.  Then it happens – Karen’s mother announces that they are moving.  Great!  Karen doesn’t want to move.  Karen has got to stop this divorce.  She feels alone and only has Mew, her cat, and Garfa, her grandfather, who she writes letters to.  Although she does not manage to get her parents back together Karen gets a book all about divorce and realizes…it’s not the end of the world.

Another Day, Another New Experience

Hi everybody,

Well, yesterday was the first day of school.  And guess what?  I survived.  It wasn’t that bad actually.  It was weird, but not bad.  There were so many kids there!  I saw a boy with a mohawk and a girl with blue hair!  I also saw a lot of kids I knew from elementary school, some of them were even in my classes; but I saw even more that I didn’t know.  The school is big.  The 7th and 8th graders are REALLY big.  I have seven classes, which means that I have seven teachers.  The lunch line was long.  The food was…….meh.  But, all in all, I had a pretty good first day.  I figured it was worth giving it another try, just so I could make sure that the first day wasn’t a fluke, soooooo I went back again today!  I know, right!  And guess what again?  Today wasn’t that bad either.  The chicken sandwich I bought at lunch, now that was bad.  Besides that, I didn’t get attacked by the mean girls (not yet at least, but I could spot them a mile away), or yelled at by the algebra teacher, or lost in some dark and distant part of the building.  I didn’t get stuffed in a locker and I didn’t even miss the school bus coming home.  Best part was I don’t have P.E.  Take that, Mr. Miller!  I bet he started off the first day of elementary school making those poor kids play dodge ball.  Not me.  Never again!  But, just in case things don’t work out with this whole middle school thing, I know that the animals are holding a spot for me in the forest!  smiley

Okay, moving on.  Starting middle school wasn’t the only new experience for me this week.  Remember back in June when I told you that I would be taking a chance and trying something new.  Well, today was the day.  I started at my new dance studio today.  It was a lot different than what I’m used to, but I liked it.  I think I was even more nervous to be going to a new studio than I was to be going to a new school.  That’s how important dance is to me and how much I want to improve my technique and increase my skill level.  I dream of dancing en pointe someday soon, but I have to work really hard to make that happen.  Well, that dream begins TODAY!  If you have something that you dream of doing, a goal that you want to achieve, remember that every day is an opportunity to have a new experience.  Some of them will be forced upon you (Hello…..middle school, anyone?); but other experiences you must force upon yourself, even if you’re scared (like me changing dance studios after five years of dancing with the same girls).  I hated to leave my friends and my teachers, but I needed to grow.  Don’t be afraid.  Have a new experience and pursue YOUR dreams!  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.


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Middle School, Here I Come……….Unless I Change My Mind by Morning and Decide to Live in the Forest.

It’s here…..the first day of school is tomorrow.  Middle school.  That dreaded thing I’ve been trying not to think about for at least a year now, but definitely for the last several months.  Well, as my grandma always says, the only way through it is THROUGH IT.  I’ve avoided it as long as I can.  Unless, I run away in the middle of the night, leave my family behind, and go live in the forest with the animals, I’ll be in middle school bright and early in the morning.  And you know me.  Running away?  Leaving my family behind?  Living in the forest?  With animals?  Awww, heck naw!  Middle school is starting to look pretty good.  What would I eat in the forest?  And where would I sleep?  Leave my comfy bed behind and all of my cute, new school clothes, which, by the way, I’ll be unveiling to everybody on this very blog in the coming days and weeks.  Like I said, maybe middle school won’t be so bad after all.

In all seriousness, I’ve been getting ready for middle school for a few weeks now.  I got a bunch of new clothes and shoes.  I got two new backpacks from Pottery Barn Teen and you know they had to have my name monogrammed on them.  One of them arrived last week.  The other one is on backorder, so I’ll have to show it to you later.  Last Tuesday, I went to 6th grade camp, where we learned about the school and our schedules and having so many classes to go to each day.  We talked about dress code and the library and practiced opening our lockers.  I’m already a pro, but I’ll admit I’ve been practicing with a combination lock at home this summer.  Then on Thursday, I went back to school with my parents to pick up my schedule and school supplies and t-shirt and to put money on my lunch account.  No more bringing my lunch?  We’ll see how that one works out!  I might have to wage a protest!  Anyway, I took my big brother with me.  He’s in high school now, but he went to the same middle school two years ago, so he showed me where my classes were.  It was kinda confusing with all those hallways.  I will be taking advanced English and advanced math, Pre-Algebra to be exact.  I’ll also be taking Spanish and I’ll be in band.  I’m going to play the clarinet.  Oh, Lord, what have I gotten myself into?!?!  Okay, calm down, Ainsley.  This is me, not panicking.  Embracing my new life.  Not wishing that I could stay in elementary school forever.  Nope, not me!

Well, before I sign off for the night, I want to talk to all the other kids who are starting school this year and who might be nervous or even scared, especially if they are going to a new school with a lot of kids they don’t know.  I especially want to talk to the girls.

  1. You are not alone. Everybody else is just as scared; they just won’t admit it.
  2. Be kind to EVERYBODY. People will always remember the bullies and the jerks.  They will remember you because you were mean and they were scared of you.  And if you are somebody who thinks you are better than everybody else and you are mean to people, guess what?  I am willing to bet that your friends probably don’t like you either.
  3. It always seems worse than it really is. Every day is a new day.  As my mom always says, this too shall pass.  This too shall pass.  This too shall pass.
  4. Work hard on your school work. Always do your homework.  Be respectful of your teachers.  Get involved in something, like band.  Hang out with the smart kids, not the dumb ones.
  5. Be friends with people who are nice to you. Don’t try to impress the mean girls.  They are not your friends.  That will always end badly.
  6. And as my grandma always says, the only way through it is THROUGH IT.

Good luck this school year everybody!

Ainsley's Backpack 1

Pottery Barn Teen Gear-Up Graphic Multi Dots Backpack

Ainsley's School Supplies