January 27, 2009

When I was little, Chinese new year meant a great deal. You get to wear new / fancy clothes, there would be a plenty and a variety of tasty food, you are supposed to look red / happy, you get red envelops with money, sometimes you even get substantial amount of money especially when you are bigger. The time when I was about to go to college, I got hundreds of Huans.

For a few years after I came to America, Chinese New Year did not mean anything to me.

Now with my parents in town, everything goes by Chinese tradition again, as far as I can manage.

This year is the year of OX. Yesterday was the first day of Chinese Lunar Year. There are parties everywhere in China.

Emma was excited. She drew pictures and pictures of a Chinese New Year dinner. We invited people to our little crammy apt and we had a good time. Emma's teacher Ms. Caunca was with us too, which made Emma especially giddy. My mom brought red lanterns from China. We hung them up. Both Emma and Annya were amazed. Annya ran around and said: "Look. Look. How beautiful" ...

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So that was the Chinese New Year of OX.

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Annya is a little parrot, parroting whatever languages we taught her. And we have a mixed bag of languages, Chinese (in Mandarin and in SiChuan dialect), then English, then a little bit of Spanish. So one night Annya said: "Good noches"

Emma? Emma is doing well in school, however, she is one big procrastinator. She is always so slow getting ready, going to school, going to bed, then slow in falling asleep. I have not found one way or another to train her out of the habit.

Chinese New Year

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When I was little, Chinese new year meant a great deal. You get to wear new / fancy clothes, there would be a plenty and a variety of tasty food, you are supposed to look red / happy, you get red envelops with money, sometimes you even get substantial amount of money especially when you are bigger. The time when I was about to go to college, I got hundreds of Huans.

For a few years after I came to America, Chinese New Year did not mean anything to me.

Now with my parents in town, everything goes by Chinese tradition again, as far as I can manage.

This year is the year of OX. Yesterday was the first day of Chinese Lunar Year. There are parties everywhere in China.

Emma was excited. She drew pictures and pictures of a Chinese New Year dinner. We invited people to our little crammy apt and we had a good time. Emma's teacher Ms. Caunca was with us too, which made Emma especially giddy. My mom brought red lanterns from China. We hung them up. Both Emma and Annya were amazed. Annya ran around and said: "Look. Look. How beautiful" ...

...

So that was the Chinese New Year of OX.

...

Annya is a little parrot, parroting whatever languages we taught her. And we have a mixed bag of languages, Chinese (in Mandarin and in SiChuan dialect), then English, then a little bit of Spanish. So one night Annya said: "Good noches"

Emma? Emma is doing well in school, however, she is one big procrastinator. She is always so slow getting ready, going to school, going to bed, then slow in falling asleep. I have not found one way or another to train her out of the habit.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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January 23, 2009

Teacher's comments on Quarter 2:

Emma has grown so much this term. She has become more sociable and comfortable with her friends. Her handwriting and drawing skills continue to be excellent. We are working to strengthen her decoding skills, so that she may become a more fluent reader. She has a strong grasp on numbers and has great critical thinkings skills. We are also working on her ability to be more assertive with her friends.

Later, I had more email conversation with Ms. Caunca, she offered more observations.

Emma does have strong Language, but this has grown so much this term, I feel she is developing. She is still slowly opening up to her peers. I have observed that she is still shy and prefers adult interactions. But I feel she has made great strides in comparison to the First Term. She has made more friends and I find her more often playing with other children rather than just watching. Her Gross Motor/ Physical skills are fine for a girl her age. she is not the most athletic, but she enjoys playing in the gym.

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Teacher's comments on Quarter 2:

Emma has grown so much this term. She has become more sociable and comfortable with her friends. Her handwriting and drawing skills continue to be excellent. We are working to strengthen her decoding skills, so that she may become a more fluent reader. She has a strong grasp on numbers and has great critical thinkings skills. We are also working on her ability to be more assertive with her friends.

Later, I had more email conversation with Ms. Caunca, she offered more observations.

Emma does have strong Language, but this has grown so much this term, I feel she is developing. She is still slowly opening up to her peers. I have observed that she is still shy and prefers adult interactions. But I feel she has made great strides in comparison to the First Term. She has made more friends and I find her more often playing with other children rather than just watching. Her Gross Motor/ Physical skills are fine for a girl her age. she is not the most athletic, but she enjoys playing in the gym.

Friday, January 23, 2009
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January 18, 2009

So the streak of holidays have run its course. Emma now is back to her school, I am back to work, and Annya is back to her schedule, whatever it is.

As usual, I have to think hard to remember what I did for the holidays. My memory does not come back in conversations, a hurried "How was your new year's day?". It comes in some unexpected moments, a little girl passing while staring at me with all of the intensity and curiosity, like the way Annya studies me.

Whatever we did for the holidays. We ran around from families to families. Both Emma and Annya have collected many toys, epecially Annya. Emma, probably influenced by me, are little contemptuous of toys. She is more interested playing with Annya, playing sister, playing someone who is more knowaledgable, caring and in charge.

They play toys indiscriminatingly. Toys are played, forgotten, discarded then resurfaced.

Yesterday, Emma and Annya played the little vegetable-cutting game. Emma was authoritive naming and cutting all of the vegetables, and expertly pretended that she has made a wonderful dinner. Annya of course followed suit, copied whatever Emma did.

Annya is a little parrot, however much clever and advanced. She copied whatever we say, and always managed to say the right and amusing things at the right moment.

Last night, she climbed the bunker bed, we scolded her: "Annya, it is dangerous. How could you?" She said: It is Ok.

We say, "Annya time to pee now".
She shake her head: "Annya does not want to pee."

Emma say: "I want ice cream"
Annya says: "Annya wants an ice cream too."

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Snow days, slow days

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So the streak of holidays have run its course. Emma now is back to her school, I am back to work, and Annya is back to her schedule, whatever it is.

As usual, I have to think hard to remember what I did for the holidays. My memory does not come back in conversations, a hurried "How was your new year's day?". It comes in some unexpected moments, a little girl passing while staring at me with all of the intensity and curiosity, like the way Annya studies me.

Whatever we did for the holidays. We ran around from families to families. Both Emma and Annya have collected many toys, epecially Annya. Emma, probably influenced by me, are little contemptuous of toys. She is more interested playing with Annya, playing sister, playing someone who is more knowaledgable, caring and in charge.

They play toys indiscriminatingly. Toys are played, forgotten, discarded then resurfaced.

Yesterday, Emma and Annya played the little vegetable-cutting game. Emma was authoritive naming and cutting all of the vegetables, and expertly pretended that she has made a wonderful dinner. Annya of course followed suit, copied whatever Emma did.

Annya is a little parrot, however much clever and advanced. She copied whatever we say, and always managed to say the right and amusing things at the right moment.

Last night, she climbed the bunker bed, we scolded her: "Annya, it is dangerous. How could you?" She said: It is Ok.

We say, "Annya time to pee now".
She shake her head: "Annya does not want to pee."

Emma say: "I want ice cream"
Annya says: "Annya wants an ice cream too."

...

Sunday, January 18, 2009
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January 09, 2009

A little email conversation between Emma's teacher and me today:

Ms. Caunca:
Hi Xun!

Just a quick little, happy note. Emma came in this morning so happy and beaming. The first thing she said to me as she grinned, "I have a shirt on underneath that says, 'I'm the Big Sister" and she is so proud of it.

I feel she is so proud of being a big sister and she talks about Annya so much. Yesterday we had the best conversation about ice skating. I just wanted to share this moment with you because it warms my heart to see her so happy and proud.

Xun:

yes, she is very proud of Annya and she is taking her sistership very seriously, too seriously that she has to stand between Annya and us whenever we try to tell Annya that she was not doing something right. She has to administer everything Annya eats, so if we want to give Annya a candy, she would want us to give it to her first ...

Yes, she and Annya are playing very well together. And Emma generally is very sweet to her sister, as Annya is more aggressive and demanding, does not have any ideas about sharing

Before Annya even came back, Emma has planned to read Annya diligently. I am still waiting for this to happen

Thank you so much for sharing moments like this with me, Emma and I are so lucky to have you,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEHz3kMBRuE

I am the big sister

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A little email conversation between Emma's teacher and me today:

Ms. Caunca:
Hi Xun!

Just a quick little, happy note. Emma came in this morning so happy and beaming. The first thing she said to me as she grinned, "I have a shirt on underneath that says, 'I'm the Big Sister" and she is so proud of it.

I feel she is so proud of being a big sister and she talks about Annya so much. Yesterday we had the best conversation about ice skating. I just wanted to share this moment with you because it warms my heart to see her so happy and proud.

Xun:

yes, she is very proud of Annya and she is taking her sistership very seriously, too seriously that she has to stand between Annya and us whenever we try to tell Annya that she was not doing something right. She has to administer everything Annya eats, so if we want to give Annya a candy, she would want us to give it to her first ...

Yes, she and Annya are playing very well together. And Emma generally is very sweet to her sister, as Annya is more aggressive and demanding, does not have any ideas about sharing

Before Annya even came back, Emma has planned to read Annya diligently. I am still waiting for this to happen

Thank you so much for sharing moments like this with me, Emma and I are so lucky to have you,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEHz3kMBRuE

Friday, January 09, 2009
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January 01, 2009

What is holiday if there is not a lot of videos?



Jingle bell and sports videos

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What is holiday if there is not a lot of videos?



Thursday, January 01, 2009
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