Recent Activities

Life with two kids mean being behind on things like blogging, especially during this time of the year when the holidays creep up on us so quickly. We’re back from our big family trip, but I have yet to sort and edit our photos to do a decent blog post. That’s on the back burner for now as we gear up for the Christmas holidays!

To act like I’m keeping up with my blog, I’m posting some photos of the girls’ recent activities from October and November. I’ve never been a good classroom learner myself, so I’m always encouraging the girls to get knowledge outside the classroom as much as they do inside the classroom, by arranging fun activities that exposes them to many different facets of life. Sometimes, that also means just letting them free play at home, and providing unstructured learning opportunities simply through playing!

Learning to garden with Grandma Leung
Learning to garden with Grandma Leung
Planting their favorite pink hydrangeas
Planting their favorite pink hydrangeas
Working hard...
Working hard…
Celebrating Gung Gung's 74th birthday at Cooking Papa
Celebrating Gung Gung’s 74th birthday at Cooking Papa
Making the most out of our annual membership at Cal Academy of Sciences
Making the most out of our annual membership at Cal Academy of Sciences

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Learning to use those ever-so-complex photobooths from Japan
Learning to use those ever-so-complex photobooths from Japan
I wish I had these foam block pools to jump into when I was young!
I wish I had these foam block pools to jump into when I was young!
Celebrating Susana's 5th birthday
Celebrating Susana’s 5th birthday

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Learning to make flower girl baskets with Nancy Liu Chin
Learning to make flower girl baskets with Nancy Liu Chin

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Learning to tie a bow!
Learning to tie a pretty bow!

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Making pretty, dainty arrangements for our afternoon tea table
Making pretty, dainty arrangements for our afternoon tea table
Thank you Nancy, for putting together such an exquisite afternoon tea for the girls!
Thank you Nancy, for putting together such an exquisite afternoon tea for the girls!
Lovely Parisian themed tea
Lovely Parisian themed tea

In between all the fun, I got the shock of my life when Alan took the girls for a haircut without telling me. Bridgette has only gotten 1 haircut since birth, when she was about 9 months old. Since then, her natural fine, curly locks have grown beautifully, and I just nearly cried my eyes out when I came home one night to see it all chopped off. Surprisingly, it was Bridgette’s idea. She had been whispering in daddy’s ear all week, claiming that she wants to surprise me with a “great idea” that she had. I thought they were going to make cupcakes for me….never in my wildest dream would I have thought they’d be cutting her hair short! Brianne went along for the ride, and ended up cutting her hair short as well! Two adorable girls with short bobs….though it took me a few days to get over it, I do have the admit they still look pretty darn cute. I just miss braiding their hair!

IMG_8674Kindergarten life for the girls is getting better. They’ve made new friends, and enjoy the variety of projects that awaits them in the classroom everyday. We still get an occasional moan and whine when it comes to homework time, but I suppose that’s normal. I try to volunteer in the classroom once or twice a week, and the best part for me is getting the opportunity to know the girls’ classmates. I pretty much know everyone by name now, and even have a grasp on their different personalities. I seriously feel that teachers are wayyyy under valued these days for the chaos that they have to put up in the classrooms. I only spend one hour at a time in the classroom and I sometimes leave feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus!

Poetry reading in class
Poetry reading in class

IMG_0252IMG_0289I also chaperoned one of their field trips this Fall. We actually got to ride a yellow school bus all the way to Skyline College to watch a live production of Harry the Dirty Dog! I loved the nostalgia of being on that school bus, even though my role was totally different. 🙂

The girls with their classmate Carina on the school bus
The girls with their classmate Carina on the school bus
Part of the fun, ofcourse, was getting teased by the boys sitting behind them...
Part of the fun, ofcourse, was getting teased by the boys sitting behind them…

IMG_8537We’ve had more rain this month, but that didn’t stop us from being outdoors. I got the girls brand new rain boots for their puddle jumping adventures this winter! 🙂

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