All the manual labor to get the root of a weed that grew into a tree, in the little patch between the gate and the wall is what kept L, Nh and As busy this last 4 days. If this were a fruit bearing tree, I would have defended it, but since we could not identify the tree and we know our neighbor will eventually complain, plus our yaya Chu said it bears poisonous fruits that might be bad for our dog, we decided to uproot it. We should have done this much earlier but I was hopping it would be a mango tree and I just wasn't up to doing the task. It was more than 2 meters long by the time my husband decided to act on it! Which made him and the kids talk a lot about The little Prince (my read aloud for the month of January) and Baobabs.
This is most likely last day of digging as they got all the root out now. I wish I took pictures when they started. I think this is a good Science activity. L saw a stone stuck in the roots and pointed it out to me. Anyway, they are all upstairs now, doing math, I think. I will be reading the book Trees, before lunch. I got this book some months ago, you can read about it here.
Something is going on and I was told it has much to do with my work. I think it has much to do with change and Evidence based Maternity Care and Practices. So yes, it has nothing to do with this root project. I think what's going on is not the problem, it the result of a problem. I think the key people involved should start getting into the root of the situation, as other situations such as this will arise. The real issue I think has long been over due but like my little weed turned tree, it was left unattended. I think now is the time, for the big people in the big garden to start digging. I am but a small weed (to those who do not like what I do) or a small flower (to those who value what I do) I can not do the digging in the their garden because it will be in vain, they can do it better and efficiently by themselves. But they are most welcome to step into my garden and see how the sun shines on my side.
I now believe that when I feel the urge to go to the bookstore, a book is seriously calling me! Yesterday, I had a to do list that should have filled my entire morning but it turned out to be a quick dash and I was done! On my way out, I heard the call of the book! So I walk to National Bookstore and the title, "Against Medical Advise" caught my eye!
Page 1 made me want to cry, but of course I did not! I had to buy the book first!
Here's a list of what Nh CAN NOT DO:
X write or identify the first letter of his name (it does not seem to matter to him)
X write or identify the alphabet from A to Z (if I hold and drag his hand sure he can 'write')
X write or identify numbers 2 to 9
Here's what he CAN DO:
:) write numbers 0, 1 and 10 (if he remembers that 1 must come first) :) write a dot. :) write a crocked line from one picture to another in a work book
I randomly ask him hold the pencil now, and here is his little hand:
So I guess or I think, I should say he will be writing soon. Is
he delayed? Should I be worried? If I start comparing him with my
daughters then I would be super worried by now. But he has other
strengths and most of all I do not want to rush him.
He can understand, he is helpful and he seems really motivated with his cutting and pasting. He'll be turning 5 by April. And again he has no interest in writing. If I sit down and color with him and talk then he will hold a crayon or pen and do the same. But that's it so far! Anyway in case he NEVER gets to write, I suppose he can cut out his words and paste them??? Wahahahahahahaha!!!
In the name of willingness to experiment, going for healthy and trying new flavors we have a once a week fresh juice blend with whatever fruits and/or vegetable we have in the house. For this morning, we have:
2 and a half cucumbers
7 pcs grapes
2 guavas (from our backyard)
2 slices of papaya (from breakfast)
Everybody helps out.
Check out my daughter's reaction
What started out as green juice turned to some kind of free flowing yellow juice.
I wish they could drink it as fast without a straw but Nh and L can't finish the juice in a small glass without one.
The verdict for this mix:
"It did not taste as sweet as expected but its refreshing and light."
"The color is scary."
"Its okay but if this were a restaurant I will not order it again!"
Lend a hand to your sister. This is what I tell everybody in the house! Not because she is crippled and needy but because she is not! She is helping herself and working her way through her condition, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Her condition is not life threatening (for now and I would like to keep it that way). I want our family to have meaningful positive memories about each other, I want them to practice being there for each other.
L immobilizing As after her exercise
As has to devote 45 minutes everyday for her home exercises. Giving her the space and a hand is what I want. She seems to enjoy her exercises and she can explain her condition and why she does her exercises the way she does it. I am so happy about this. I asked her to explain to us what she is doing and how to help her. She had therapy for a month at Scoliosis SOS Clinic and wrote a diary about her daily therapy (as I instructed her to do), complete with drawings. We are now leafing through it and completing the chart they sent her.
I think As is also diligent with her exercises now because she understands them and it gives her a chance to be free from her brace during the day. She also has some suggestions about her brace. She also does not like to wear her brace. My husband and I are not very excited to invest on another body brace, but we'll see.One day at a time.
Morning break in our house or recess for those who are in school is between 10 and 10:30. Right after Nh's academic work and reading time but just before I check L's math work for the day. After this break A and As usually go back to their academic work and I go to the computer (so here I am blogging right away). Since today is a cold day, I decided to serve hot cocoa and open the cookies we received for Christmas.
The conversation that transpired was most reassuring! And of course, cute!
Nh asked A, "What do you call that dark place where there are planets?" A: "The solar system?" Nh: "Ah... No the other name?" A: "Space? Why?" Nh: "Yes! Yes! Because my cookie is like the moon and its dark space."
I asked him if I could take a picture. Then, As suggested to let the cookie float in the hot chocolate. and so down went the cookie.
Then Nh goes, "My island is sinking!" As and A goes, "Get a spoon! Faster Scoop it! Eat it right away!!! Its soggy already!"
I don't recall having drilled Nh about the solar system. I am sure we talked about it, but I don't remember any particular conversation though! But he knows about it! He is learning indeed!
My eldest daughter bought 3 boxes of Lansinoh Nursing Pads (60 pads in a box) for me while she was in London. Sweet right?!! But I am not breastfeeding anymore LOL. She knows that, still I encouraged her to buy them so I can have it in the little store at The POD! I feel so blessed and touched by her effort and in my head, things seem to be coming full circle as nursing pads where my ONLY breastfeeding paraphernalia 15 years ago when I gave birth to her! I am certainly getting carried away!!!
So, the first box will be for this New Year Giveaway!!! There are 2 more boxes at The POD for Php 550.00 a box. I know this will run out in a while and I have no way of buying more, so just go to Baby Mama if you need more.
Here's our contest mechanics/ rules:
1. Open to all Davao City residents and those who are near enough or have friends/ family to drive to The POD to pick up the box on or before 6 pm of February 10, Saturday. Its also the Chinese New Year!!!
2. Winner can not claim the item after Feb 10.
3. Contest will Close at 12nn on January 29. Comments under this post and on Facebook will be printed out and raffled.
4. Winner will be announced on this blog and on The Facebook page of The POD by January 31.
Here are 2 ways to win:
~You can leave a comment under this post and/ or
~ Like The POD on Facebook and leave a comment here.
~ Meaning you can do both, so you have more chances of winning!