Life seems to be moving at break-neck speed at the moment. I can’t believe we’re almost half way through March already. The past two months have been a little quiet, client-wise, but the next two months will be quite busy, and it has been nice to relax a little after Christmas.
I just thought I’d share a few photos of what’s been happening in the past few months on a personal level.
Husband and I hosted our first Kim Family Christmas Eve dinner, which was a little intimidating considering my mother-in-law is a phenomenal cook. Husband cooked most of the food on the BBQ, so I only had to prepare a salad and dessert. My main dessert was a “deconstructed pavlova”, which was incredibly lazy, required minimal cooking, and was delicious. I bought tiny meringues, cooked some toffee, joined meringues together into a Christmas tree shape with toffee. At dessert time, I took apart the “tree” and divided it among plates, then served the toffeed meringues with cream and berries.
I attempted to make a gingerbread house from scratch. It was not successful. We decided it was a “deconstructed gingerbread house”. Deconstructed dishes are so hot right now.
Our boys woke up early on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought them, and Alex was thrilled to find a Star Wars Lego Republic Gunship. This kid is amazing when it comes to Lego. The set is for 9-14 year olds, and our not-quite-five year old at the time built it basically by himself. We assisted with some of the fragile parts, but he followed the instructions, found the correct number of each pieces and put it together perfectly. I was a little impressed.
We then spent Christmas day with my family, with the exception of one sister who couldn’t make it up, and Boxing Day with Husband’s brother and Halmorni (grandmother) in Sydney.
New Years brought about Alex’s fifth birthday, and a pool party with our friends. One of our friends’ son has an anaphylactic allergy to egg, so I made a chocolate crackle piñata cake, filled with lollies (thank you, Donna Hay). It was supposed to be a Star Wars themed party, but I was a little unorganised, so the only Star Wars themed things were “Hans Solo in Carbonite Jelly Cups” (jelly cups with jelly babies in them), and “Wookie Cookies” (Tiny Teddies). Everything else was just food from this galaxy.
A few weeks after that, our little guy started Kindergarten! He was quite nervous, but we all managed to get through the first day of school without tears. The tiredness of having to go to school for six hours a day is catching up with him a bit, but he’s doing fantastically thus far.
Being a school mum was also the start of a whole new world for me as well. I have met so many lovely new people at his school. I am doing canteen duty once a month, and in the first Parents & Friends (P&F) meeting I went to, somehow volunteered myself to be secretary. I’m still a little unsure what the P&F does, but I guess I’ll be working it out quickly now. All of these new social situations are a little taxing to my introvert nature and I think I’m about as tired as Alex some days, just from the mental exhaustion of meeting new people, but everyone is incredibly lovely, and I adore his school.
We managed to get Charlie a place at a daycare centre a bit closer to home, which is amazingly convenient, and he absolutely loves it there. He’s going twice a week, which gives me two weekdays for photo sessions and processing, and trying to keep involved with school events and volunteering.
We had a follow-up assessment of Charlie’s speech last week. Six months ago, his expressive language was equivalent to a 17 month old. He now is almost up to his age equivalent. So his speech has developed almost 18 months in six months. He’s such a funny kid, and the more articulate he’s becoming, it’s more apparent how clever he is. (Well, we think so anyway). Alex got some goldfish for his birthday from his Nanna and Poppie Jim, and Charlie got to name one of them. He picked “Jar Jar Fish”, which I thought was quite a clever play on words for a two year old.
I got a 4 week trial of Mathseeds to see if it Alex would enjoy it, but Charlie became addicted to it, and I ended up buying a year’s subscription just for him. He’s already worked his way almost halfway through the levels. I don’t think he knows what he’s doing most of the time, and he really just likes playing with the “critters” at the end of each level, but he can now count objects to ten with one-to-one correspondence, and read the numerals to ten, and I think he’s starting to add numbers together a little. He just loves letters and numbers at the moment. I have a feeling he’ll be a bit of a maths nerd like his father.
On that note, I highly recommend both Reading Eggs and Mathseeds – both are fantastic programs for preschoolers and school-aged kids. Well worth the subscription fee. Reading Eggs is only recently able to be played on the ipad, and it can be a little buggy from time to time, but it’s wonderful on the computer. My boys love both of them.
Alex’s favourite book at the moment is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr Suess, and Husband reads it to the boys almost every night. I think it’s only as an adult that you realise how inspirational and amazing some of Dr Suess’s writing is. My favourite quote from it is “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed. 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed! Kid, you’ll move mountains!” I think I well up every time I hear that, and think about the people my little ones are growing into, and what amazing things they might do with their lives. Great book. Full of wonderful pearls of wisdom.
“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”