Archive for October, 2012

31
Oct
12

happy halloween

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30
Oct
12

cruelties (and spelling)

I’ve recently learned that I’ve subjected both Keta and Francine to cruelties. ¬†I’ve given Keta a middle name (second to last name really, as she has five names) that has the same sound as her first name but starts with a different letter. ¬†Not easy to learn to spell in this situation. ¬†Confusing and makes no sense, same sound different letter. ¬†Also cruel and thankfully less my fault…. Spelling Francine is easy. ¬†However, spelling Farmer, a name with the same first three letters as your first name only in a different order, is not so easy. ¬†Auntie B might soon have some competition for creativity and entertainment value in spelling. ¬†Love ya B.


29
Oct
12

snow

Never have I seen two kids more amazed and delighted than early the morning of the first snow. ¬†The whole thing was kind of scary. ¬†I had to hold their hands as we headed out the door into this alien, white, fluffy world. ¬†They were thrilled with that little crunch their boots made, but panicked a bit when they realized those “soaps” were hitting their jackets and hats and faces too. ¬†Keta thought it was hilarious, that chair covered with snow, and that car and the mailbox and the fence…… ¬†It was also pretty entertaining that Milo would endlessly chase thrown snowballs and Nay would endlessly chase him. ¬†Why are my fingers so cold and wet and why do I need to blow my nose so much, mama? ¬†Mama, help me make a snowman! ¬†Why doesn’t he have legs, mama? ¬†They kept calling the snow “bubbles” and the only thing I could figure out is that it looked like their baths when I got a little heavy-handed with the baby wash. ¬†I thought I was going to have to drag their half frozen little bodies kicking and screaming inside to thaw a bit before heading out again. ¬†Hot chocolate is a good motivator. ¬†I think painfully cold fingers helped me convince them too. ¬†It was such a great morning. ¬†I was so thankful not to have to rush to work. ¬†What a gift that the first snow happened to be on a day we could enjoy it! ¬†Here’s hoping for the same the first time it snows more than an inch and sticks around more than four hours.

27
Oct
12

genius

Turns out their genius might have been slightly overstated.

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27
Oct
12

shameless

So, I never want to be one of those parents who thinks her kids are perfect, that they would never do anything wrong and oh yeah, genius like this has only been seen in the likes of Hawking and Einstein. ¬†This post will contradict that. ¬†Laugh, make fun of me, call me a liar or ridiculous or blind to what’s really going on, totally shameless and biased beyond reason, I can take it. ¬†These girls of mine are so close to perfect all I can do is shake my head in amazement and wonder. ¬†Except those times when they are so not and all I can do is shake my head in amazement and wonder, and count the minutes until bedtime. ūüėČ ¬† We recently went to a band and choir concert given by the middle school kiddos I teach. ¬†It started right around bedtime, but I thought the girls would really like it, as much as they love music. ¬†I took nothing. ¬†No tools of distraction or tricks up my sleeve, no bribes or ultimatums, no other adult to help manage whatever might happen, I didn’t even take any snacks or water. ¬†I thought if it didn’t work out, we’d just leave. ¬†Keta and Francine were fantastic! ¬†They loved it. ¬† Clapped enthusiastically at all the right times, paid attention, didn’t talk, enjoyed every minute and asked question after question on our ride home. ¬†They both were asleep before their heads hit the pillow, but were asking if we could go again tomorrow the second before that. ¬†It just doesn’t seem normal that two three year olds could be so well-behaved. ¬†I think they realize that though, and just to keep the expectations from being too high, they remind me that they are normal three year olds, and the countdown to bedtime begins.

Lately, Keta has been asking what letters different (all) words start with. ¬†I sound them out, exaggerating the beginning sound and ask her what she thinks. ¬†Almost every time she gets it right. ¬†I know, genius. ¬†The girl has been around English speakers less than eight months. ¬†She was never read to and I suspect rarely spoken to. ¬†She’s been through some trauma lately too, with the being ripped away from everything familiar stuff, the deaths of her parents before that, and whatever else I can only guess about. ¬†How does she even care what letter is at the beginning of gouda? ¬†When we play this game or the what-letter-is-this-magnet-or-bathtub-foam-thingie, Francine doesn’t seem interested at all. ¬†She doesn’t seem to care or have any desire to know. ¬†Totally fine with me, she’ll get there, no pressure. ¬†Then, when Keta doesn’t know one, a tricky one like U, Francine says it with confidence and a sigh, like she’s known all along but been bored with the game. ¬†I’ve known this for ages mama, and right now I’d just like to avoid that patronizing this is a hard one, you’ll get it next time for sure thing. ¬†I remember a day not long ago at all when these two spoke only one word of English and had no idea what it meant. ¬†That was practically yesterday. ¬†I know kids learn quickly and pick up languages like it’s no big deal at all, but this is pretty crazy. ¬†Watch for these two on that national spelling bee competition next year.

Gotta go, one of them is wearing the dog’s bowl like a hat and the other is shouting that it’s her turn.

26
Oct
12

35,000

That’s how many views this blog has had. ¬†It started absolutely last minute back in March and I had no intention at all of continuing longer than I was in country. ¬†I got home with Keta and Francine in June and for some reason have kept this thing going. ¬†Some of you have posted comments, some have not, some of you I know, some of you I don’t, some of you are going through similar situations, some of you have let people in my family know how interested you are. ¬†Thank you. ¬†Thank you so much for checking in on my little family. ¬†It really means a lot to me now and I know it will mean a lot to Keta and Francine when they’re a bit older.

26
Oct
12

first snow, ever

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