Happy New Year friends & families!!
It has been really long I haven’t updated this blog. Priorities have been holding me away from updating this blog. But, I made an unwavering decision to update it today. Kudos to myself!
Last year, 2014 was a testing year with new challenges — Kids’ new schools and mummy’s new job.
Ben Ben started his standard 1 at a Chinese school, while Mo Mo started her first year of nursery in Jan, 2014. Well.. it was a year ago from now. The whole year passed by too fast that before we realized, Ben had to get ready for standard 2 and Mo for KG1! It’s still like yesterday I had to prepare their uniforms and cover new school books, & get ready with stationeries for their new schools. I just had to do them all over for their new school year 2 weeks ago. I guess another 10 years will also pass by just like that until we realize how tall they will be and how old we will be by then….
Ben has grown much taller and bigger last year due to changes in diet, exercise and taekwondo while Mo has shed her baby weight a lot while she had to adjust to school food and nap time. I wanted to post these “first school days” photos all these while, but only now I could do it.. Hope our good friend from China can see their differences in last year and this year. I haven’t taken their photo in uniform this year yet. So it’s coming soon… hopefully…
It’s always fun to see Ko Ko and Mo Mo riding bikes. Although they are not so sporty, they can be encouraged to do some outdoor activities as such, besides playing foot ball or kites or just running in USM fields. The bike in the first picture is the first 2-wheel bike (with support wheels) we got for Ben when he was about 3. But only when he was around 4, he got the hang of riding it and he could even carry Mei Mei behind when Mei Mei was not so heavy yet before 3. But then, when Mei Mei turned 3.5 years and when Ben was 6, he could hardly carry her. You can see him shouting “so heavy” and having a hard time paddling with Mei Mei hugging him tight tight from behind in second pic.. ha ha That’s so funny and cute. So Mei Mei had to push Ko Ko instead of riding behind and they really enjoyed that pushing game as we captured it in video. As Ben had outgrown that first bike, we got him a new good bike for his 6th birthday and we got Mei Mei a small bike, well.., more like a toy bike but it wasn’t good to ride. So finally, we got her a bigger one same size as Ko Ko’s for her 4th birthday. I hope it’s a good choice because she is growing fast and, by the time she could master riding it, her body size will just fit the bike. Perhaps, another 6 months for her to practice until we can remove the supporting wheels.. Ya.,. these bikes are pretty good to go for as the wheels roll easily.
It’s been a few months we have not updated this blog. No more excuses! Ben has just turned 6 on 13th Sept. Ben5 has become Ben6. Another 10 years to be sweet 16. I think that’s too long to wait, isn’t it? In fact, 6 years seems to be faster than what we thought it would be. It’s a little too fast to see him in Primary School uniform in one month time. Many changes are going to take place in his life in coming January. He will have to face a little more challenging bigger world, and be more independent in standard 1. Nobody will remind him to drink water or help him clean his pooh at new school. Ben, are you ready? But, I am not ready to let him face this new world. I am actually quite worried that he has to go to this so-called “academic-oriented” type of school. We have no idea yet whether he can cope with sitting in the class for about 6 hours just doing “works” and following instructions, almost no talking. I am also sad that he will have less play time. I still want him to enjoy his childhood without any worry for homework. I believe children should not have stress. Anxieties are on their way… to our head.
Anyhow, before he takes this new challenge in his life, we let him have a little fun. We celebrated his birthday for the first time with a few friends. We are glad that he got this opportunity to celebrate with his 3 friends who were born in same year and another younger one. Well.. in fact, 3 friends have become 7 friends but 2 little ones were not there. As you expect, he was so excited and full of joy at party as you can see in the pictures.
Just a little update about Ben6, he weighs 22 kg and 118 cm tall now. He is tall enough to switch-on almost all the light switches in the house. He recently leant to eat new things such as ham burger, which Mo Mo still refuses to eat. He is very much interested in science and quick in doing Maths. The obvious thing he has improved this year is his reading skill, well.. just in English, not in Mandarin and Bahasa. He made us amazed by reading books that are not so wordy. He still loves book corners everywhere he goes. He is so blessed with many books passed down by his cousins. His interest in Lego is less these days and we can find him playing Meccanos, given by his cousin, Samuel. Ben joined an art class several months ago and still enjoys drawing and making crafts. On top of these, he still has best interest in cooking!! He loves watching cake making shows in Youtube or even Travel & Living or AFC together with mummy. He said he will learn to cook when he is 10. He likes seeing how we prepare food and likes to ask how to cook this and that. When we pound garlic or chili with mortar and pestle, he will run and grasp to pound. He just loves to do this. One good thing about him is he is helpful . And he never asks us to buy toys when we go to toy shops, he would just look at and admire the toys for hours. That’s just one side of our sweet darling Ben.. How about the other side?…. Can’t tell.. Ben and Mo used to say it “secret”….
Ben just loves to lay the table, arrange food and plates on table mat, and is particular about color combination and positioning of plates as well as chairs.
These pics show how much he is enthusiastic about making the table while Mo Mo looks upon.