Last Tuesday while walking home from school
Me: Of Coz! I want to be not only your friend, I want to your best friend. Can?
Z: Yeah! My mommy is my best friend!
Little thing like this made his day :) And mine too!
Last Tuesday while walking home from school
Z went for his very first tae kwon do trial lesson. The instructor, is none other than my brother-in-law. He has been very excited throughout the week and I easily threatened to stop him from going for it whenever he is naughty. Hehehe...
Both my sister and my brother-in-law (BIL) are instructor cum referees. My nephew and hubby are crazy over tae kwon do too. Besides them, my cousin is also a black belt holder. Seems like it is just one of the things that Z will pick up eventually... We sent L for a trial lesson the last time with another gym but LZdaddy did not like it there and L tried fighting with didi after just one trial lesson. After discussion, we decided that it is best that Z learn it from sister/BIL though it is a little far from our house.
Z was a little shy when he saw my BIL and the rest of the students when they arrived (we were the first to reach). I realised that Z will be the youngest if he join this group. My BIL was very strict, which we like it this way. We don't want him to show favouritism to our boy. They started with greetings and warm ups, which Z struggled with it. They were so fast when doing the warm ups! Then BIL assigned a boy to coach Z with the commands and punches. This boy is only 10 (or 11) yrs old but he was very patient when coaching Z. Z was very serious and trying to learn as much as he can, of coz at times he was a little cheeky :)
During this time, LZdaddy and L went for dinner (Z & I had our dinner earlier). They came back as fast as they could to give moral support to Z :) LZdaddy was itching to kick and punch and he was eager to see how was his son's performance. L was eager to learn too... But due to the timing (she has ballet lesson on the same day), she would not be able to learn with her didi. Though she can't join, she was able to learn the commands and the punching through observation. I think my girl pick up very fast! LZdaddy happily coached her at the side :)
After some time, my BIL came over and checked on him. Z looked a little scared and he listened to what BIL said. He was able to follow the commands quite well and do the simple punching. There was also few break times and we encouraged him to join the rest. Some of the gorgors gathered around him and talked to him. I think he was very happy that he is finally hanging out with BOYS! Hahaha....
Towards the end of the lesson, Z had the opportunity to see the different belt color patterns, the students were preparing for their tests. Initially he was very enthusiastic but soon he was yawning. I looked at the time and realised it was 10pm! No wonder my boy was yawning.
When we got home, My sis called to tell me that BIL said Z has no problem joining the class. They usually don't take in students that are younger than 5. BIL observed and said that Z is very obedient and attentive. He also picked up fast. He said usually students can't remember the commands in one lesson but Z was able to do that. Good job, my boy! My sis is trying to coax me to let him join the Thursday class instead but Z will be very tired if it is on a weekday (he sleeps by 9pm). She said she would love to teach my boy :) LZdaddy is quite keen on Thursday too, coz he will not be so shy to join in the fun coz there are uncles and aunties learning from my sis.
Our concern is his arm. Z hurt himself when he was 20 months old and now we noticed that he left arm looked slanted. We afraid that if he does sparring, he may hurt himself again. My sis suggested that perhaps he should do pattern and not sparring. But what's the point of learning just the pattern? I would like him to do both. Now what I need to do is to convince daddy that it is ok to spar and I need assurance from sis and BIL that they will keep an eye on him. Also, I need to ask my boy again if he is really interested in learning. If he doesn't want to, we will not force him.
PS : Will post the video later! So stay tune :)
The picture say it all! :) We had our lunch at the foodcourt after picking didi up from school.
Today L was very happy that she was able to go back to her kindergarten to visit her teachers. L's school hour ended earlier than Z as the school had celebration going on. Z was just as excited, he told his Chinese teacher jiejie is coming and the teacher was wondering why he said that *.* They have the same Chinese teacher.
L was a little shy when she saw her teachers. She visited her English teacher, Chinese teacher and computer teacher too. The computer teacher realised now that they are siblings :) Before we leave the house, she told me she has so much to say to her teachers. But when she saw them, she was quiet. The teacher commented that she has grown so much taller :)
We enjoyed the walk home today coz we had L walking home with us :)
Finally we got the report. I think it should be ok, right? :)
Date of examination: 4th March 2008
LogMAR (I have no idea what all these mean, anyone care to explain to me :)?)
Stereopsis : Normal
Up till now, Z still remembers that he needs to rest his eyes after some time at the computer (better than me! Hehehe...), do not read under dimmed light and the eye exercises. Gosh! I am not setting a good example to my kids. They had to remind me :p
Parents were invited to sit in for Chinese enrichment class today. I was happy! I never get a chance to see how Z's performance in class (during chinese lesson), this gave me an opportunity to see how he behaved in class and I wondered if he speaks mandarin to his teacher.
I was the only parents initially till much later, another 3 parents joined in. The lesson started with them going through the words they have learnt from the past lessons. 这个学期的主题是动物和颜色。比如: 狗，猫，羊，猩猩，马，大象，骆驼，等等。 其他的字例如: 喜欢，看见，他，她和它，大和小。之后，老师会叫学生们造句。
老师问Z : 你会用'喜欢'吗?
Z 回答: 我喜欢吃鱼。
Then teacher asked him again with the word '看见'
His reply: 我看见妈妈。
I am impressed that he is able to form sentences with the words :) (He seldom speaks mandarin at home)
After going through the words, it was story-telling time. The teacher used picture cards to tell the story. Then she tested them by asking them to arrange the sequence of the story. Then it was the children's turn to read out another story. I think the story was tough for Z!
They also sang the children rhymes/songs and also role play the story, 龟兔赛跑. His favourite:
I know Easter is over.... Meant to make this during weekends but I forgot about it till we were having the Easter chocolate eggs :p I asked LZ if they want to have it and they said yes :) and I know my friend's kids would love to have some (not shy hor? Hehehe).
I decided to use half of the mixture to bake some chocolate chip cupcakes for LZ's snack and the rest for the cupcakes. I baked it last night and put on the icing this afternoon. My initial plan was to use fondant to try to make bunny but was simply too lazy :p Hmmmm... I am sooo lazy! Anyway, I know LZ will be just as happy seeing the eggs on it :)
PS : May need to wait for a while to see the pic...
LZ attended the Easter party organised by the church. They praised & worshipped Lord then they were divided into groups, according to their levels. Hence, LZ were in different group. I think the younger ones enjoyed more than the primary level.
It was a good idea that the church members brought them to the hall for demo baking session. The kids remembered better why there is Easter. The younger ones managed to play games and Z enjoyed it. But not for the primary schoolers.... L and her friend didn't get to play games at all. Halfway through the games, they had to 'change' places with the younger ones and go down to the other hall for the demo baking session.
Things were better when they get together to do art & craft. They each make a bunny bag and later collected their goodies with it.
Time passed so fast.... Though we didn't do much for the past few days, LZ didn't complained. At least they get to see a dog show today besides th party ;) And Z is happy that he has a longer break than jiejie (his school will be close tomorrow).
LZ's breakfast this morning, Japanese cheese cake which I baked last night. I think they like whatever I baked that is small in size :) It was a wise choice that I baked it in small cupcake.
LZdaddy didn't get the chance try when he came home. He couldn't believe that LZ finished everything. He didn't think that was yummy and he thought it was unsuccessful (it was my first attempt to bake cheesecake). Hmh! Don't play play huh ;)
Me : Who's that?
Z : That is jiejie and me! Hahaha....
Me : But why jiejie's hair like that?
Z : Mommy! That is jiejie's ponytail! You see the ribbon? (pointing at the pinky thingy on top of her head in the pic)
Jiejie protest: What? You mean I look like that? Nooooooo!
Z : YES! That is you! Hahaha....
Before his phonics lesson
Teacher : How is your reading?
Z : Good!
I was surprised that he was so confident :)
Teacher : Great! We will finish the last few pages and I have 2 new books for you to read.
Z : Oh mannnnn! (with his hand on his head)
L removed her tooth today. She did it without my knowledge! I am not angry... It just that I feel that my girl doesn't need me anymore... *SOB*
She went to the clinic during recess (after having the maki) and have it pull out.
L : Dentist, can you please check whether can pull out my tooth.
Dentist : (after checking) Can. You want to pull out or not?
She thought for a while and decided to pull it out. It was smart of her to go to the dentist after her meal. She said she didn't feel any pain :) So cool right?
I think when I was at her age, I don't dare to do this on my own. Nowadays, kids are so different or it was me that was the odd one :p
She excitedly showed me her tooth after school (she was holding on to it when I picked her up). My girl, mommy is very proud of you :) Doing things on your own and making your own decision. But certain things you still need to ask ok? :) I want to feel that you still need me, can? :)
This time I used another recipe. I decided to pipe chocolate on top. I think they looked so cute! LZ said they like this better, no sure if they like the taste better or because of the chocolate *.*
This was a Valentine's Day Drawing but he completed it only this week. Heart-shaped head, body and tail. I think he did quite a good job with the shading :)
Did I mention that his nickname is kissing fish? :) He kisses us many times a day. Sometimes, we scream "Oh no! The kissing fish is here! " . We run away from him and he chases us. He enjoys this and so do we :)
After LZ's lesson ended (holiday programme which I will mention in a later post), we headed off to Snow City with Blessed Mom and her 2 princesses. I was late picking them up coz I needed to find 'thicker' clothing for them. It was tough coz LZ are not afraid of cold so I don't buy 'thick' clothing for them and they have never been to cold countries and we have never been to this place.
We had a quick lunch at Macdonald... My poor boy, being outcast by the 3 girls... :( Never mind.... Auntie Michelle and mommy 'sayang' him.
It was raining after lunch and I was wondering then if we made the right choice to go today. Weather cold and it was colder inside Snow City. But looking at their faces and saw how excited they were, I know we were right :)
Getting them to dress up was soooo tiring! Besides putting on a long sleeve t-shirts, they wore thin jackets, waterproof pants, boots & thick jackets (from snow city). Michelle was very sweet to prepare 3 additional sets of gloves for us and a scarf for Z. That save us some money ;)
Finally we were ready to brave to cold! It was not as bad as I thought it would be.... I was only wearing a 3/4 sleeve t-shirt and a thick jackets. LZ felt the same too... L spent lots of time with her friends and left Z and me :( He seemed ok with it and he enjoyed my company most ;)Hehehe...
In the evening, we meet up with LZ's godparents for dinner. Godma has not been feeling well coz she is PREGNANT! I have not told LZ the good news until today.
Me : Babies, later when you see godma, please don't jump onto her like you used to ok?
LZ : Why?
Me : Because godma is having a baby and she has not been feeling well. You guys have to be very gentle with her.
L : You mean she has a baby in her tummy now? When is the baby coming out?
Z : Is the baby boy or girl? Is the baby coming out now?
See how excited they are? :) The asked lots of questions that I can't remember all!
Me : Hahaha.... Yes, baby is in her tummy now. No, baby is not coming out now and will only be born in September. It is too early to tell if baby is a boy or girl.
Z : Is it a long time? I hope baby is a girl.
L : She started counting how many more months... Didi, it is a long time to September. I hope baby is a boy
Then they start fighting over who is right.
When they saw godparents, they asked the questions all over again and both were fighting to sit next to godma. :)
My dear friend, may your morning sickness go away soon and may you have a smooth pregnancy and deilivery. Stay cheerful ok? :) You know anytime both you and Will need any help, we will be there. I can be your advisor too! Hehehe....
It was a long overdue checkup for Z.... He was due for checkup last December but I have been so busy and I forgot all about it. Last year the same thing happened and now again! Sorry Baby.... Mommy broke my promise :( I quickly booked an appointment for him yesterday. Last year we did his checkup in March too, so it is exactly one year... So not very late right? Oops! Finding excuse is a NO NO!
Doc checked on :
L received her progress report for the term. My girl did very well! Yeah!
According to the report, she get ticks (on the smiling face) for the following:
On Monday night, L told us one of her classmates pinched her. We were upset and angry. This is not the first time the boy has been naughty towards her! There a few incidents, he called her names, tripped her and last week broke her watch.
This time, he is too much! He pinched her! She told me while she was walking towards the gate the boy pinched her. L informed her science teacher and her teacher said she would tell him off. I asked L did the teacher told him off, she said no. She didn't tell me till we reached home. If I have known earlier, I would have walk into the school and confront the boy.
We decided not to let the matter rest, so today I went to school and look for her form teacher. I told her about the incident and she was shocked! I was surprised that the science teacher did not inform her. She assured me she will do something about it.
In the evening, L told me if she is in an all girls school this will not happen. Sorry Sweetie.... That such things happen to you...
On Tuesday after my duty at the Maths Activity, I spoke to her form teacher. She was not informed of the incident, she assured me she would do something and would inform me the outcome. I told her we would like the child's parents to be inform. I hope they have a good talk with their kid.
After that, I met L during her recess. While we were at the canteen, I spoke to some of her classmates. Apparently this boy has been going around bullying others, including students from other classes. To my horror, I found out that he just punched someone on the face (their classmates saw it)! It is so unfortunate that my girl has to be in the same class as him.
Today I asked L if the teacher talked to the boy and what was the outcome. She told me that the teachers (including the science teacher) spoke to him and asked him to apologise to her. But I am disappointed the teacher did not tell me anything.... :( This evening, we decided to sms the teacher and asked her what was the outcome. She replied that she has spoken to the boy's father. He said that he will discipline his child and monitor his behavior closely. She also said that she has reprimanded him and changed his seat away from my girl.
Haiz..... I hope he will stop his nonsense not only to my girl but to others as well.... And hopefully he has learnt his lesson now that he is given another chance....
For my girl, I told her to stay away from him. I know it is difficult as she is the monitress in class but I told her if the boy is noisy in class, she should get the monitor to talk to him instead of her. Besides these incidents and the boy, L gets along very well with her classmates, I can tell her classmates enjoy her company and she enjoys school :) For instance yesterday during recess, I couldn't find her. I asked her classmates where was L, they immediately go around the canteen looking for her. I has to stop them as it is their recess. So sweet of them right?
I am so tired.... Have been helping out in the school with the Maths Activity for P1 for the past 2 days, though it was only 1 hour each day..... I usually use the time in the morning to prepare lunch while they are in school and do my daily chores. For these 2 days, I had to get up much earlier (before daybreak) to prepare....
Let talk about the Maths Activity :) It is good to know that the school organise such activity (perhaps other school do that too) for the P1 & 2 (I heard other levels will be at a later date). The game consist of : using 9 cubes to create shapes, games on addition & subtraction, more than/less than, memory game, even/odd numbers, etc. The kids had fun :) L's favourite was the 9 cubes, which I was in charge :)
I am so glad that I volunteered for the activity as it gave me an opportunity to meet up with L's classmates :)
Z did his eye checkup today. He came home with the stickers and he remembered what they had told him :) To rest his eyes and not to face the computer for too long.
Yet to get the result.... Hope it is ok.... :)
The other day, Z told me
Z : Mommy, I want be plane driver.
He's so cute! To think he said plane driver!
Me : Oh! You mean, pilot right?
Z : Yes! I want to be a pilot! I want to fly an aeroplane!
Before that, he said he wants to be a policeman again
Me : Why you want to be a policeman?
Z : Because I want to catch all the bad guys!
L is thinking of becoming a teacher :) No longer a doctor. She is quite firm on that. I think it must be the influence she got from her form teacher :) She wants to teach the little ones. She loves babies and little kids!
L : I want to be a teacher!
Me : Why?
L : I want to teach them everything, to be good also.
I remember the last time she didn't want to be a mommy :) Now.....
L : I want to be a mommy
Me : You sure? I thought the last time you don't want to be one?
L : Yes! Mommy can have babies! I looooooooove babies! But mommy doesn't want anymore baby :(
Me : ...... (I refused to respond to her last sentence) Then you must wait till you have completed your studies, you are married then you can think of that ok?
L : What! Such a long time?
Me : Mommy waited a long time before I have you too. But it is worth waiting.