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Jaylene started Grade Two today. Last year she was excited but a wee bit fearful. This time around it was all excitement. Apparently the first day met her expectations and she came home with the same grin on that she left with. She marched in the door and proudly announced that she was in Grade Two now! She presented me with a red envelope full of cash that her teacher had given her because of her delightful behaviour last year. (She has the same teacher for two year stints). That reminded me that I hadn’t posted about how she had accomplished earning 20 honour cards last year.
A student is given an honour card when she is recognized for thoughtful and kind behaviour. Jaylene and I have discussed how I’m proud that she was #1 in her class, but I’m exceptionally proud of her for earning her honour cards. I’m also glad that she took that money she was given today ($100 NTD, about $3 USD) and promptly put it in her piggy bank. That’s my girl!
I am all mixed up this week because of end of summer holidays and Ahji being gone on his trip. He’s back now, safe and sound. Yay! He claims that coming back a day early is my Valentine’s day gift. No, he’s not celebrating super early for the February holiday… Chinese Valentine’s day was on Wednesday. Here’s an embroidered drawing Jaylene made last year about the event.
It depicts the story of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.
It’s always fun having friends over to play.
Jayden also loves, no, he adores Baby Kate. He would sit behind her so he could cuddle her (asking for permission first). If she was crawling and on the go, he would situate himself in front of her and hold out his arms so it would seem as if she was crawling to him. He even shared his beloved Mr. Boo with her.
I think the above photo will look nice as a canvas in their livingroom, don’t you!
Poor little Jayden is not beating the heat so well. He often declares, “Too hot” and as he’s a man of few words, that’s saying a lot. A side effect of the heat is that he feels itchy. So he often asks one of us to scratch his back for him. Fortunately he’s got three of us to rotate through because a back scratch can never last long enough. Some of us are more patient than others, his sister will do anything for a cuddle.
It’s even influencing his art. The other day he drew something that vaguely resembled a circle (to my unenlightened eyes) and proudly proclaimed it to be an AC (air conditioner). How do you beat the heat?
Yesterday was not only another official typhoon day, but it was also Father’s Day in Taiwan. Eight in Chinese sounds like “ba” which is also the sound for Father. So double eight day is when they celebrate Father’s Day.
The observant among you will notice that the color is different. No, Jayden didn’t just randomly swipe another kid’s artwork and get his picture taken (although, he has been known to do so on occasion!). This one was actually for me because my mother’s day card got lost in the mail.
Then you wait patiently for the mail carriers to do their job and deliver it to your post box. If they can manage to do so. (We still love postmen, especially the one we’re related to! I’m just bitter about the loss of my first mother’s day card from my son). Then it needs to be retrieved from the box. With the help of an older sister if you happen to have one handy.
Finally, hand deliver it to the recipient with a smile.