December 23, 2008

Children, especially little girls, in pink dresses, pretty bows, can screw up a performance anyway they would like to, still people would love them.

So on Friday, Emma and her preschool classmates, performed on stage. Elements of performance were really scarce, especially the Navitivity play, where they dressed up as angels, sheeps, Mary and Joseph, however, what they did were no more than standing there, giddily.

Then they sang songs, Jingle bell, in French, then over the house top, then something ...

A lot of kids were freely expressing themselves, body swinging, hands waving ... Emma was fine, however not as animated ...

We loved it


Christmas performance

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Children, especially little girls, in pink dresses, pretty bows, can screw up a performance anyway they would like to, still people would love them.

So on Friday, Emma and her preschool classmates, performed on stage. Elements of performance were really scarce, especially the Navitivity play, where they dressed up as angels, sheeps, Mary and Joseph, however, what they did were no more than standing there, giddily.

Then they sang songs, Jingle bell, in French, then over the house top, then something ...

A lot of kids were freely expressing themselves, body swinging, hands waving ... Emma was fine, however not as animated ...

We loved it


Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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December 19, 2008

Having moved to Lakeview for over 3 months now. Winter has quietly taken hold, with snow, snow and more snow.

I often fret about the house. So do my parents. It is old, feels cold. It is old, there are quite a few things that are not functional. It is dark and inefficient. It uses a lot of gas and electricity. It is big yet feels small. My parents often lament that it is not as good as my old one bedroom apartment.

However, stepping outside of the house, I love where I live. I love St. Luke academy, Emma's school three blocks away; I love my bike ride, five miles away from my work.

Over the three months at St. Luke, I think Emma has grown a lot. She developed a lot of literacy skills, she writes Journals, she reads well, she talks well with a rich vocubulary (Annya is very curious, she said. Would you sew this button, I appreciate that).

I like Loyola preschool too, I like their imaginative, creative, seasonal projects such as outerspace, ocean ... However I like St. Luke more. I think at St. Luke, they treat little kids as big kids, they let them do show-n-tell, they assign family project every month, they help kids read, they have annual performance that involve very little young kids ...

St. Luke also has French lessons, where Emma has learned so much and her teacher raved about how marvelous she was with language ...

I even like their 8-30 to 3:15 schedule, so when Emma gets home, she can play a lot with Annya. Also she gets Chinese lessons from my mom.

Yes, just for St. Luke's sake, I would move to where I am.

I like my everyday bike ride to work too, even in the snow, sleet, or a snow storm ...

Enh, Emma is going to perform on stage tonight. Will write about it.

St. Luke academy

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Having moved to Lakeview for over 3 months now. Winter has quietly taken hold, with snow, snow and more snow.

I often fret about the house. So do my parents. It is old, feels cold. It is old, there are quite a few things that are not functional. It is dark and inefficient. It uses a lot of gas and electricity. It is big yet feels small. My parents often lament that it is not as good as my old one bedroom apartment.

However, stepping outside of the house, I love where I live. I love St. Luke academy, Emma's school three blocks away; I love my bike ride, five miles away from my work.

Over the three months at St. Luke, I think Emma has grown a lot. She developed a lot of literacy skills, she writes Journals, she reads well, she talks well with a rich vocubulary (Annya is very curious, she said. Would you sew this button, I appreciate that).

I like Loyola preschool too, I like their imaginative, creative, seasonal projects such as outerspace, ocean ... However I like St. Luke more. I think at St. Luke, they treat little kids as big kids, they let them do show-n-tell, they assign family project every month, they help kids read, they have annual performance that involve very little young kids ...

St. Luke also has French lessons, where Emma has learned so much and her teacher raved about how marvelous she was with language ...

I even like their 8-30 to 3:15 schedule, so when Emma gets home, she can play a lot with Annya. Also she gets Chinese lessons from my mom.

Yes, just for St. Luke's sake, I would move to where I am.

I like my everyday bike ride to work too, even in the snow, sleet, or a snow storm ...

Enh, Emma is going to perform on stage tonight. Will write about it.

Friday, December 19, 2008
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December 10, 2008



A juice for two

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December 05, 2008

When you have two girls, you cannot help comparing, the looks, personalities, behavior patterns ...

That is just what I have been secretly doing.

Emma and Annya, my two girls.

Emma is soft, girlish girl. Annya, on the other hand, is a tomboyish girl.

Emma is slender, petite, very cute and pretty. She has narrow eyes. When she smiles/laughs, her eyes shut into single lines. And, boy, does she not love to laugh and giggle? She has delicate features.

Annya is stout and round. She has a bulging tummy. Everything about her is round. She has round dark eyes, round head. She loves to giggle and laugh too. She loves to wrinkle her nose and makes silly faces. However, in pictures, she tends to have a serious look, her eyes staring, mouth shut. Mom always says that with my camera, I never capture the real Annya, which is much more beautiful and cute. Emma is very photogenic.

Emma is soft, very forgiving and giving. She has always been willing to share her toys and food with people. She is a little unduly cautious. She is not physical. Rough tumbling is never her trade. In a new social setting, she is always on the fringe, watching, observing, then she blends in once she feels comfortable. Once she is in, she is able to make a lot of good friends. Actually, she has always been her teachers' darling.

Annya, on the other hand, is more assertive and aggresive, strong and unyielding. She is never afraid to start a fight, to grab a toy and run. Or if she cannot get it, she cries (this usually works, because then we would talk to Emma: you are a big sister, Annya is only a baby, blah ... blah). Annya is very physical, she does not have a sense of danger. She climbs everywhere, chairs, tables, the ladder of the bunk bed. As a result, she is prone to accidents. However as a tough baby, she does not cry much over such traumas.

It is a joy to watch Emma and Annya. Annya has found someone to copy. She copies everything Emma does. If Emma talks nonsenese, she talks nonsenses, like blah, blah; if Emma draws a picture, she has to doodle along; if Emma does a sommersault, she has to bend with her butt high in the air and rolls along ...

Both Emma and Annya are small. I hope they are not fated to be small. Hope one day they can shot up fast and tall. However, if not, they are still forever my favorite people in the whole world.

Emma and Annya

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When you have two girls, you cannot help comparing, the looks, personalities, behavior patterns ...

That is just what I have been secretly doing.

Emma and Annya, my two girls.

Emma is soft, girlish girl. Annya, on the other hand, is a tomboyish girl.

Emma is slender, petite, very cute and pretty. She has narrow eyes. When she smiles/laughs, her eyes shut into single lines. And, boy, does she not love to laugh and giggle? She has delicate features.

Annya is stout and round. She has a bulging tummy. Everything about her is round. She has round dark eyes, round head. She loves to giggle and laugh too. She loves to wrinkle her nose and makes silly faces. However, in pictures, she tends to have a serious look, her eyes staring, mouth shut. Mom always says that with my camera, I never capture the real Annya, which is much more beautiful and cute. Emma is very photogenic.

Emma is soft, very forgiving and giving. She has always been willing to share her toys and food with people. She is a little unduly cautious. She is not physical. Rough tumbling is never her trade. In a new social setting, she is always on the fringe, watching, observing, then she blends in once she feels comfortable. Once she is in, she is able to make a lot of good friends. Actually, she has always been her teachers' darling.

Annya, on the other hand, is more assertive and aggresive, strong and unyielding. She is never afraid to start a fight, to grab a toy and run. Or if she cannot get it, she cries (this usually works, because then we would talk to Emma: you are a big sister, Annya is only a baby, blah ... blah). Annya is very physical, she does not have a sense of danger. She climbs everywhere, chairs, tables, the ladder of the bunk bed. As a result, she is prone to accidents. However as a tough baby, she does not cry much over such traumas.

It is a joy to watch Emma and Annya. Annya has found someone to copy. She copies everything Emma does. If Emma talks nonsenese, she talks nonsenses, like blah, blah; if Emma draws a picture, she has to doodle along; if Emma does a sommersault, she has to bend with her butt high in the air and rolls along ...

Both Emma and Annya are small. I hope they are not fated to be small. Hope one day they can shot up fast and tall. However, if not, they are still forever my favorite people in the whole world.

Friday, December 05, 2008
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