Thursday, September 8, 2016

pretend play

Somebody has been making noise with his mouth mimicking a wind instrument. I could not tell what he is pretending to use but I am telling you it is annoying. He laughs when I tell him to stop because he is just "playing pretend". While I am all about fostering pretend play even at his age, I would prefer it to be a little bit quieter than he currently is. Even his father told him to tone it down. I have a mind of bringing him to a brass and woodwind shop and buy him what makes him happy. But then, what if he asks us to buy something that costs a lot? I would be in real trouble then, lol. I am hoping that just like the recorder phase, this too shall pass. And very soon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

fourth grade!

The little man starts fourth grade today. He is excited, as usual. It may be because his little sister is going in the same school too. She starts kindergarten this year. This year, he is tasked to walk his sister to the kindergartners' meeting room before he walks to the big kids' meeting room. He is not doing it today though. I will be walking the little girl straight to her classroom today and tomorrow while he walks to his classroom by himself. I will try to check on him after I make sure the little girl is situated in her room. This will be the first year I will not walk with him but he said he is fine with it. In fact, he is ecstatic about going to his classroom by himself. He is a big kid, see? Lol. I hope the kids will have a good day today. I know the little man will be because he knows most of the kids in his class. The little girl will have to do a lot of adjustments which worries me a bit. It might be for nothing though. After all, I worried about the little man when he started first grade but he did fine. I cannot wait for the stories I will hear when they get home from school.

Friday, July 31, 2015

home improvement

When the husband goes to home improvement stores, he always asks if I want to tag along. He knows how I like to look at displays in the stores. I am fascinated with the little things at the hardware section that contain things that are useful but have not known until recently. Because really, how would I know how many sizes of couplings and plugs are there? I found out on our last visit, a lot! I also like to see displays in the home & patio section, not that I would spend that much money on a table and few chairs when I can just continue using the picnic table that we already have in our patio. Although I must admit that I did make my husband buy a patio umbrella for the table because I cannot stand the glare of the sun. It is not as glamorous but it serves its purpose, you know? And last, I like to check on the garden section for any plants that is on sale that I just might want to buy. Just so you know, I do not look for flowers and such. I should, but I actually like vegetables and herbs more useful. With all the things I want to do, I understand when sometimes he does not want me to tag along. But he said that he has to ask so as not to hurt my feelings. He is the kind who wants to go in to buy what he wants then come out while I roam the store for hours just looking. So, to keep the peace, I would go when I know he is not in a hurry and stay home when he is. Works well for us.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

enrolled!

The little man handed me a letter from school the other day reminding parents that the school portal is open for early enrollment. Since I already have an account, I decided to enroll him that day. He is now pre-enrolled for third grade. Third grade! How time flies. It was not so long ago when I worried about leaving him on his first day of first grade and here he is almost in third grade. He has learned so much and he has grown a lot in mind and body. He no longer wants me to call him baby and he sometimes does not want me to hold his hand when we walk. It is breaking my heart that my first born is getting really independent. I know he has been independent since day one but this is different. He is growing up and I am getting old. I am proud of him though. He is doing really good at school and it shows in all the test scores he has brought home to us. His father and I pray that he will continue to do good in school and that he will continue to learn more. He told us that he is "so ready for third grade". We hope for a year full of wonders and adventure for our little man.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

mother's day

The kids and I went to the mall for Mother's Day. The husband knows that he married an ever practical woman so instead of spending money on flowers he decided to let me spend his money shopping for things that he said I would rather have. The kids and I had fun going from one store to the next mostly window shopping. The little man helped keep an eye on his little sister while I looked at price tags clothes. We spent hours roaming the mall which was packed that day. He wanted to go to the music store so we went and, again, window shopped. No, we did not need anything from the music store so we just looked at pianos, tapped some drums, and wondered what fender princeton 112 plus are for. Then we got out to check out more stores. The little girl did not want to go. She likes musical instruments, see. The louder, the better. But we told her we cannot stay too long because there were still so many stores to visit. Fortunately for us, she was on an amiable mood that day. I did end up buying several tops and a pair of shorts for me and several tank tops for the little girl. We ended the day with good food and a plan to do it again another day. Next time, the little man said he will go bungee jumping. We will see about that. :D
  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

field trip

The little man will go on his last field trip for the year. He is very excited because his father will chaperone said field trip. He has been wanting one of us to go on one of his educational field trips but we did not get to go because of schedule conflict and regulations/restrictions on the places they have to go. This time however there are no conflicts so daddy gets to go with him. He has been talking about the trip for days now. He said he cannot wait for the day to come. They already have planned what food to bring and what to wear for that day. I hope that they will have a good day.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

mad over hats

The little man is fascinated with hats. Every time we go to the store to shop and he sees a hat on display, he tries it on. Then he talks about how good he looks in it. If that does not work, he begs his father (he knows daddy rarely says no) to buy it for him. I have to intervene most of the time or he will end up with plenty of hats which I think is ridiculous considering he is only eight. When, by chance, he got on a website Eli's Western Wear he went straight for the hats. He said he "needs" to get him a cowboy hat. And, oh, sissy should get one too. You can only imagine his reaction when I said no. I mean, how many hats does a kid need? And he only wears them to school on hat days which is like once or twice a year! I did tell him that he can buy all the hats he wants when he starts earning his own money because when I said he can use his current savings to buy the cowboy hat he wants he adamantly said no. I must admit, he looks really good wearing hats.
 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

he is growing up

In a few weeks, the little man will be done with second grade. He will be in third grade where he was told that he will be joining with the "big kids" on the other side of the school. In his school, the big kids, the third to fifth graders are on one end of the school building while the younger kids are on the opposite side. I can understand, and like, this arrangement because it is safer this way for all the kids especially during recess. But my baby boy is growing up and so he will be where he belongs, with the big kids. He will have to go to different rooms for (advanced) classes for English and Math because he qualified for the state's gifted and talented program. He is very excited. He came home the other day with a checklist of the expectations for third grade and aside from being worried about having more subjects, he said he is actually looking forward to third grade. I am the one who is not really ready for this. I worry about him being around kids who are older and bigger than him. Also, I know he wants to act like a big kid and who knows what he might do at the playground. Silly, I know but I cannot help it. The husband said I should not worry too much. I know I need to toughen up. This is not something I can stop from happening. I just need time to get used to it. Perhaps the summer break will help me with the transition.