After 3 and a half years

R turned three and a half this month and she has grown a lot. She has started nursery or is that preschool here? The school is 4 miles away meaning we have to drive there three times a week. For now she spends two and a half days away from us. She comes back tired but happy. She finishes her packed lunch and her stories about what happened and what she did in school are either endless or she tells us that she would tell us later on.

It is half term and she keeps herself busy playing with her toys. She chats away, dances, jumps around, occasionally helps in the kitchen especially when she likes what I am about to cook or bake. Three days ago I introduced her to Science experiments. Some might think that it is late to start but it is fine here as I avoid her having too much praise when she blurt out something that she has done or knows. We did chemical reaction experiment with baking soda and vinegar on the first day. On our second day we mixed milk, food color and dish soap. It was not what I expected to happen, it was a flop. The colours did not dance around in short it ended up brown. She was still happy to see how the colours changed. After that she was interested to have another experiment so we took five glasses out, filled three with water, added primary colours in each glasses. TIme for capillary action.  We had two glasses in between the glasses with paint in them. We folded table napkins and dipped one end to a coloured water then the other to the empty glass. We spent around five minutes watching the water walk from one glass to another. She spotted the tv after a few minutes of watching the process so we have decided that we will do it again some other time.  Yesterday we inflated a balloon with baking soda and vinegar with her two friends who came over and we did it to inflate a balloon. They were excited about it and the two children, K and A brought them home. Today we did a few things with whatever else we had in the kitchen. We wrote with milk and lemon juice, played with the salad spinner with paint and paper inside it. R was more interested in the process of squeezing the juice out of the lemon and using cotton swabs as medium to write. With the centrifugal force introduction, the basket turning after she pushed it a number of times and then pushed a button to stop was more interesting than the idea she was told about. We finished our morning today with finger and hand painting with leftover paint from the activity with the salad spinner. Bottom line for having activities with a three year old, keep things simple with few words to introduce them and let the child work with the materials.

We are going to Asia in two weeks. Asia? Again? Yes. It might not only be Thailand but might also be Laos or Vietnam. We will be away for three months and we will enjoy every minute of it this time. At least R and I will. I plan to go to more temples, malls, boat, train and bus rides, floating market tours and shopping. My sister might go over to see us which I hope she would do so we could catch up and she would meet R too. I will not miss the disputes around here which people put onto themselves. But I dread the fact that they will be here and have done something again to provoke us after being away like early this year.

Well, life for now is this way who knows what tomorrow will have for us. Cycnical as it may seem my thoughts are it is something that I will not miss after this phase past or will it ever go away.

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Failure and excitement

I failed my driving test on Thursday. Lane discipline was the problem. The Countess Wear roundabout did my head in. I went around it, I went on the right hand lane which was wrong. I should have stayed on the left hand lane. And then the next roundabout which was big that led me back to the Industrial estates I approached it wrongly again. In general I felt comfortable, the country lane was alright, the mini roundabouts were good and the reverse parking was fine because the car was in the bay.  There will be a next time and that will be on the 31 of March.

We will go to London tomorrow afternoon and stay there for the night to be near the airport and be sure that we are there. We are all looking forward to our break from the craziness of the decoration and the neighbor’s complete horrific behavior. I have been very stressed and been losing sleep over the disputes that they are claiming now that we started when after all this time they are unreasonably difficult. It is as if they made a promise to make our lives hell. I will not go in details about it but one day when all is over I might be able to write about it and hopefully bury the resentment.

Friday was an exciting day for R. She was able to play with snow at Princetown even though it was only for less than ten minutes. It was lovely to watch her play and enjoy winter before we go away. It has been mild and that was the only day this season to be able to touch and appreciate it. Perhaps next season will be white.

See you Bangkok.

Lucky week (I guess)

What a week that was and a wonderful start this week. If you can hear what I am saying thank you. If you do not it is a cry or a triumphant jump.

Last week R tried lacing and she had more patience to do it than a few months ago. She expressed the interest to do the activity about a couple of months ago but it did not work. We tried to lace her shiny shoes and then my old shoes which she gave more attention to. We will try it again and again until she is able to do it on her own. R tried zipping as well. She started with my coat. With 3 to 4 times of practice with mine she moved on to daddy’s and then tried her own coat. She did all this while we were at the shopping center. The next morning she was very happy to have done her boots all by herself. She still struggles sometimes but she tries her best and then asks for help if she cannot do it anymore.

The kitchen is a mess for four days now. Daddy is laying tiles a few at a time. It takes time to do even half of the room as the materials need to be worked with quickly otherwise the adhesive will set and then after he has laid them with certain precision he cleans all the buckets and trowels. R works and plays in the bedrooms or the sitting room which are big enough for her but she get to watch tv even in the morning which I dislike the most. I am hoping that the place would be in order soon but I might not be able to see it that way.

The driving lessons have been unenjoyable. Driving everyday rain or shine bad mood or not all contribute to the experience. I have not been recommended to take the practical test but D said that I have to take it. I think it is a complete waste of time and money but we will have to push through. It might be a waste but hey am I not?

Shall we add more drama into this someone’s close relative said to someone that R causes stress to some. No parent would ever want to hear that ever. Not now not ever. It is painful. Another drama, the neighbor sent another letter. When do all these stop? I guess when I am gone. Gone where? Nowhere close here.

H and her children knocked on the door before 5pm on Saturday. The last thing that I wanted was to have guests in this messy place. Noise makes it worse. How do I ask people not to turn up, stay and or be loud? I hope for sensitivity.

Back to some lighthearted instances if there are any. We will go away for 6 weeks from the 19th. R has been talking about it and looking forward to it now. That is something.

R recently talks to the ‘didi’ and it talks to her. Lovely to hear her have a “conversation” with it. The didi has an alterego. It speaks in a very squeaky voice.

R: Nasan ka didi? Please, please. (Where are you __?)

Didi: Dito natakpan ng stripy dress. (Here hidden under the stripy dress.)

R: Labas didi. (Come out__.)

Didi: Oo. (Yes)

We have not been for a swim for nearly two weeks now but whenever R gets in the bath she tries to swim and float. She will learn one day.

Time to go to bed. Be back in a week or so.

Happy Christmas

25th of December 2016. It is our second Christmas here. R was very excited last night, thanks daddy for building up the excitement from the stories about Santa, the letters you wrote with R, the food you left for him, the advent calendar. Last night after R brushed her teeth she left a half full cup of water on the windowsill for Santa. She said that it is for him when he stops to drop her Octonauts present that she wished for.

This morning R opened her Christmas stockings that daddy filled last night. She told me and M to wait till we find out (“wait til you find out”) as she opened each present. She was delighted to find Octonaut characters and other things in the stocking. At breakfast she could not stop talking about the Octonauts and as a treat she watched a few episodes after her meal.

She could not wait to open her presents under the Christmas tree and so she walked from one end of the room to the other to get and open them one by one. Last year she had not an idea of the excitement and thrill to open presents but this year it is hysterical to watch her guess what is wrapped.

Our Christmas dinner was quiet in a good way. We all ate what our bellies could take. M cooked everything, turkey, potatoes and vegetables and I tidied up afterwards. We do not have relatives nearby this year as opposed to last year when we celebrated the day at my parents’ in law and brother in law and his daughter. Parents in law are in Edinburgh, M’s other two siblings are in other places. From the phone calls they all sounded well.

We had a quick visit from our neighbor before lunch. They came because H said that she could not remember if we were going down to their house or they were coming up to ours. Anyway, it was a quick one. After a cup of tea and a little play among the children which ended up in grump it was fine enough to smile and say come back.

As it was a windy day we stayed inside and played with R’s toys. She mainly played on her own. We only helped a little since she had her own ideas and she “knows” how the characters work. Early bath, early bed and no tears which were all unexpected.

I hope that everyone had a peaceful day. See you next time.

Siam Ocean World trip

We all went to Ocean World on Monday. It was fun to see all the animals with R. She skipped, hopped and ran to see the sea horses, penguins, sharks or every sea creature that were there. Throughout the day and before bed we talked about the animals that we saw there and sharks and the little blue fish were the ones she remembered the most. I was able to buy the ticket for nearly half the price if we bought the ticket at the aquarium. That was another plus to the trip.

We are flying back to the UK tomorrow morning. It is the end of our holiday but we might come back soon who knows. If not it will be looked forward to.