Perspective.

August 20th, 2012

The other day I was circling around our local swimming complex’s car park looking for a parking lot when suddenly Athan blurted out “Look mum! That is a car spot! You can park there”.   I immediately looked for it but I could not see it until he pointed it to me.  He was pointing to this:

He said : “This is for old woman parking. Mama you are a old woman, you can park here!”.  At this point, I really did not know if I should laugh or cry. :)   Sensing my quietness, Calvin quickly said: “Papa looked much older than you mama.  It is true.” Athan added: “Yes, it is true, mama”. I then replied “OK, the two of you deserve a lolly each”!  Calvin looked puzzled and said: “Huh…. why do we get a lolly just by saying that”?  My dear boy is too young to understand what I mean! :)

Just For Laugh.

August 14th, 2012

Thought I’d share snippets of what my friend sent me today in my mailbox.  Enjoy!

 

Children  Are Quick
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TEACHER:     Maria, go to the map and find  North America  .
MARIA:          Here  it  is.
TEACHER:    Correct.  Now class, who discovered  America ?
CLASS:          Maria.
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TEACHER:    John, why are you doing your math multiplication on  the floor?
JOHN:           You told  me to do it without using  tables.
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TEACHER:   Glenn, how do you spell  ’crocodile?’
GLENN:       K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
TEACHER:   No, that’s wrong
GLENN:        Maybe it is wrong, but you  asked me how I spell it.
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TEACHER:    Donald, what is the chemical formula for  water?
DONALD:       H I J K L M N  O
TEACHER:    What are you talking  about?
DONALD:     Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
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TEACHER:    Winnie, name one important thing we have  today that we didn’t have  ten years ago.
WINNIE:        Me!
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TEACHER:    Glen, why do you always get so  dirty?
GLEN:           Well,  I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.
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TEACHER:      Millie, give me a sentence starting with  ’ I.’
MILLIE:          I   is..
TEACHER:      No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I   am.’
MILLIE:           All right…   ‘I am the ninth letter of the  alphabet.’
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TEACHER:     George Washington not only chopped down his  father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it.  Now, Louie, do  you know why his father didn’t punish  him?
LOUIS:            Because  George still had the axe in his  hand….
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TEACHER:     Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say  prayers before eating?
SIMON:          No sir, I don’t  have to, my Mum is a good cook.
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TEACHER:       Clyde , your composition on  ’My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s.. Did you copy  his?
CLYDE   :          No, sir.. It’s  the same dog.
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TEACHER:     Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on  talking when people are no longer  interested?
HAROLD:      A  teacher
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First!

July 4th, 2012

Here’s Calvin after winning the cross country race at school today.  Photo was taken by my sister-in-law who was at school to support!  I did not go due to work. :(   I am so proud of my boy.  He came in first for the junior boys division in his year.  Robin and I did not expect that, but we did expect him to complete the run and be happy with whatever result he achieved.  Truth be told, Robin did train the boy for this race, although I have to be quick to add that the training was not very consistent.  I reckon Calvin has great stamina for his age, most likely from all his swimming classes and soccer training and running around at school with his friends (Monday – Friday).  Anyway, we have a very happy boy. :) Well done, Calvin! Keep running!

 

Sunday At The Park.

July 2nd, 2012

We were enjoying some sunshine on a nice winter day at a park.  The boys, as usual, knew how to amuse themselves.  They decided that they want to “make fire” by collecting dried leaves and sticks and a piece of something that they put under the sun in the hope that it would be hot enough to become fire! Talking about imagination ….. Here’s a very proud individual :

Hope you all had a good weekend!

 

Swimming Boys.

June 28th, 2012

These are my *crazy* boys playing in the pool after their swimming lesson.  It is hard to get them out of the pool to go home. Mr A usually throws tantrum at the pool when I announced that it’s time to go. Sometimes I have to bribe him with lollies!  These days I just make the boys agree to a time that we go home (which  about a 15 minute play time after lesson).  It works better this way.

Rainbow After Storm.

June 27th, 2012

Couple of weeks ago, we experienced an unusual winter storm over here where we live. The wind was massive and so was the rain.  The first storm was on a Sunday.  The boys and I were waiting for Robin in the state library when the wind started to set in.  The trees were swaying wildly, loose materials from nearby construction area looked like they were about to fly off, couple of chairs were “moving” with the wind, the little coffee stand outside the library looked as though its roof was about to fly off too!  The boys and I were at the coffee stand buying coffee for the husband when all these happened.  I was worried while the boys were quite excited(and amazed) upon witnessing the power of the wind.

Here’s a photo of the scene although you may not be able to tell the wind was strong apart from the leaves littered ground.

 Thankfully, we managed to get home safely.  When we arrived home, we saw some emergency workers repairing our  neighbour’s roof. The wind had done some damage.  At work the next day, my colleague announced that her home has been without power since the Sunday storm.  She was without contact with the outside world for a while as there was no radio, internet or phone functioning in her home.  It was scary.

The next storm was the following Tuesday.  We were warned of the powerful wind and rain and possible loss of power.  At work, we were even told to go home early to avoid the storm which was forecast to arrive in the evening.  That evening, the sky looked unusually reddish-orange.  It did look like a big storm was coming.  The husband and I quickly remove loose objects at the backyard and did everything we could except that we did not expect our power to go off too.

Soon after the wind set in, we lost power.  The whole house was in darkness.  We lit candles, hoping that the power will be restored soon. Unfortunately, power only returned the day after which meant we were without power for more than 12 hours!  That was a first. The boys did not go to school the next day after the storm as the school also lost power and some heavy branches have fallen down from trees which could be dangerous for the children.

I stayed home with the kids.  We were all so not used to having no electricity.  We have taken things for granted.  I hope the boys have learnt something.  It was inconvenient to be without electricity, but thankfully, we managed to cook with gas.

I took the boys out for a walk in the afternoon and we saw this huge rainbow hanging in the sky.  That immediately reminded us of God’s promise.

It was Calvin who pointed out that he could see double rainbow!  He was right.

We were all very happy when the power returned and thankful that God has kept us and our home safe. God does keep His promises.

Mouse In Pantry!

May 28th, 2012

OK, so the other day I found a little mouse in our pantry.  Do I sound real calm?  The fact is, I was really shocked when I actually saw a mouse in my pantry! That was last week.

It was 4pm, and boys had swimming lessons at 4.30pm and I found the mouse in the pantry.  The timing could not be better! I was getting some snacks in the pantry for the boys as they were hungry (as usual before lesson!) when I saw something “grey” flashed across my eyes — I did have a very vague thought that it could be a mouse but I told myself :”it can’t be”.  Then in between 2 baskets, I saw a little mouse sitting there looking at me!  I wanted to scream, but I was worried that the little thing would jumped out and ran wild in the house.  The boys were around me then too.  It took me a while to admit there was a real mouse in the pantry.  I quietly told the boys there was a mouse and all they said was “where? where? Let me see! Let me see!”.  I ignored their request. I tried my best to remain calm, shut the pantry door and yell for help.

The husband, when I told him about the mouse, thought I was joking!  Unbelievable.  Anyway, he came and began to remove things from the pantry one item at a time.  He did not want to scare the mouse/for the mouse to escape. Thankfully, the little thing was still in the pantry, same section where I found it, but in a corner.  The husband took a container and somehow managed to catch it before it had a chance to escape.  Thank God!

The boys were excited of course to see a mouse in the house and that their dad was such a “hero” to catch the mouse.:)   They even wanted to keep it as a pet!  Robin then explained to them that the mouse could bring a lot of disease and so it was a no keeper.  They wanted to know what their dad would do to the mouse …. well, the husband had to get rid of it, unfortunately (cute as it looked).  The boys went to swimming lessons on time (phew!) and they even had time to relate (excitedly) the mouse story to our neighbour next door who had just arrived home.

When I returned home, the husband had removed EVERYTHING from the pantry.  EVERYTHING, I kid you not.  I do have to admit that my pantry was very very untidy and in need desperately for a clean out.  So it was a “good” chance.  We were worried that the mouse had been in the pantry for more than a day or if there were any other mouse because it was common knowledge that there’s usually a few others if we found one!  I was terrified at the thought.  In the end, we did not find any other mouse.  I hope there’s no more.

The husband and I spent the whole night disinfecting the pantry and all the items as well as throwing out expired food stuff (there were several of them!).  He even mopped the floor.  We were so tired, but I guess it was important that we keep the things, especially food items and the house clean for the boys.

Next step: set up some mouse traps around the house in case there are others.  Also, to ALWAYS keep the sliding door to the backyard shut at all times as a mouse can wriggle its way in no matter how small the gap is.  The boys, including the husband have this habit of keeping the sliding door ajar when they go to the backyard.

Btw, last night, the husband and I were still talking about the mouse incident.  He even “googled” to find the differences between rat and mouse to convince himself it was a mouse we found. And, the “greatest” discovery for me was that he still thought I was joking with him when I told him there was a mouse in the pantry — he actually thought I found a great big spider or cockroach somewhere and made it up to be a mouse! Methinks he was in denial like me when I first found the mouse! :)

Math Logic.

May 4th, 2012

We were in the car on our way home from grandma’s when the boys asked for mental sums.

Me: Athan, what’s 6 + 6?

Athan: 12!

Me: What about 7 + 7?

Athan: (without hesitation) 13!

Me: No, its not 13.

Athan: Yes it is!

Me: How can it be 13?

Athan: You see, 6 + 6 = 12 and 7 is after 6, so 7 + 7 = 13!

Me: LOL!

Can you see Mr A’s math logic??  Love how his little brain works! :)

Boys Night.

April 27th, 2012

The other night, the husband decided to “camp” at our backyard with the boys.  Well, they set up a tent which fitted one adult and two kids comfortably.  By the way, the tent was the boys’ Christmas gift from last year.

The boys and their father equipped themselves with sleeping bags, pillows and blankets and books and torchlight.  Very organised. Although I was not included in the “camp”, I was happy that the boys were doing something with their dad.  It’s call bonding time. :)

I went out to look for them in the morning and found three happy campers!

I must say their tent looked very comfy! Apparently the boys slept really well while the husband did not. :( I was preparing myself for one of the boys to come into the house in the middle of the night, but no one did.  On the contrary, they had a great time with their dad.  I think we should go camping!

Here’s a happy individual:

He looked like he was very proud of himself. :)

The Boys.

April 24th, 2012

It was after dinner.  The boys were playing.  Calvin decided to read a book.  The father turned on the TV and parked himself on the rug with legs out stretched.  Mr A conveniently sat on his dad as if he was sitting on the couch!  He is really cheeky. Funny too. Btw, the dad did not seem to mind at all.

We do realise that such times with Mr A will be over soon — when he is a little older like Calvin.  I think the husband is trying to treasure every moment with his 5-yr-old.  He should.