Sunday, January 29, 2012


Jan21_CookiesSchool. Anna had a lot of fun events this week. On Monday they celebrated Chinese New Year by painting banners with Chinese characters. They continued to learn more about Chinese characters throughout a week. Anna’s school does a lot to encourage writing. This week was an annual author week – they had three different authors visiting their school, reading their books and telling stories about writing. In addition we went to an author event in our library and brought home The Year of the Dragon by Oliver Chin signed specially for Anna. Unfortunately, Friday was a furlough day, but YMCA was opened all day, and Anna whipped up a lot of fantastic crafts there – they will all be sold (or so she hopes) at the Art Show in February.


Afterschool. Life has been busy this week, but we had fun spending some quality time together even if it wasn’t much. With my husband gone, Anna went to Y every day and stayed there until at least 4 pm. In the evenings we were playing, talking and reading. There was also a library visit, gymnastics and a Russian lesson. Quite a lot for one tiny 5 year old, but she has been in a great and helpful mood all week except missing papa whiny moments every so often.


Places we are going. We had a super gun visit to San Jose Children Discovery Museum yesterday, and it deserves a separate post. They had a special Chinese New Year event with a lot of performances of local Chinese youth groups including dancers, musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, and martial arts practitioners. Anna volunteered to dance a Lion Dance – there she is as a tail of a Lion.

Jan28_CDM2Quote of the week:

  • Anna asked me about lottery numbers on the window of the store. After doing my best to explain to her what a lottery was, I asked her,
  • What would you do with a million dollars?
  • Anna (after some consideration). I would get a house. If I am ready to get a house.
  • Me: How will you know if you are ready?
  • Anna: If I am 17 or 18 years old, then I am ready. Maybe I am ready. Because, you know, nothing is quite the same when you are not around. But don’t worry, mama, you and papa can come and live with me in my new house.
  • Now, here is my favorite from the last week:image

Cachey’s Mama Preschool shared two posts about her preschool house unit. Her preschoolers were comparing houses around the world, building with marshmallows and completed an incredibly well constructed “protect the house” experiment. I wish my daughter had attended her preschool!


Elise said...

It's fantastic that Anna's school is proactive about encouraging writing in such engaging ways. I remember author visits from my own school days and they were always fun.

Your musuem visit sounds very enjoyable as well as educational. Good on Anna for having a go and volunteering to be part of the dance.

momto8 said...

sounds like a fun and educational week for both of you! Good for you.
Have fun learning!!
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MaryAnne said...

I LOVED that protect the house experiment!

I'm glad you had a great week - Anna is adorable as the lion's tail =)

Susan said...

Such cute pictures! It's good that you and Anna were able to have quality time together, and that everything worked out even though your husband was away. It sounds like a very full week!

Christy said...

I always love Anna's quotes.

Ticia said...

My boys have offered the same thing.

I'm assuming you meant to say "fun" not gun about the museum :) I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who does that.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love why she wants to stay at home!

Julie said...

It sounds like a good week. And I love her quote. Very cute! I wish I took the time to record some of the cute things my kids say. I always enjoy Anna's quotes! Have a great week!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I love that photo of Anna looking rather suspiciously at you while she reads the book. I wish our library had the see inside series. We have see inside math and love it.