Sunday, August 5, 2012


In our lives: It’s hard to believe that we are now only 3 weeks away from a new school year! Last 2 weeks Anna spent at home going to a swim class every day and spending a lot of time in the pool. While her freestyle is atrocious, her breast stroke is much improved due to papa’s tireless effort. She also loves diving. We were worried about her transitioning from the whole day of structured activities in YMCA to unstructured life with papa at home, but she enjoyed having time available for puttering around, making small projects of her own choice and occupying herself independently. Papa and daughter had a blast together!


Learning at home. Technically, Anna got a sizeable pack of “homework” for summer, but it’s so boring that I didn’t have heart to offer it to her as it wasn’t mandatory. She is well over 100 books for the first 2 months of summer, and most of those books are long books for older readers. She also loves The Story of the World on CD. My husband transferred it into her music player, and she listens to it during her quiet times. We read some supplementary books for SOTW as well. We also watched a few Olympic events, and Anna was introduced to the world of competitive sports. She assured us that she has no intention of becoming next Gabi Douglas, and she would rather be a swimmer than a gymnast.


Places we are going. Anna and I landed early morning today in New Jersey. The flight was fine even though Anna slept total of 3 hours, and I slept one. Hopefully we will get over our jet lag soon. Even in her tired state Anna is overjoyed to see her grandparents and see her dollhouse and toys. I am sure she will love these two weeks at their place!


Quote of the week. I took Anna to the office one day this week, and it was a day when all managers of our team went out to celebrate a good quarter end. At the table, an executive assistant of my boss made a joking comment saying, “My boss is an idiot”. The other two people joined in saying, “Sure. He is an idiot”.

  • Anna (looking at my boss): T, are you an idiot?
  • Me (somewhat mortified): Sweetie, it was a joke for adults.
  • Anna: But these other two people, they agreed too! (Good thing that I never said anything of that nature at home before!)


Joyful Learner said...

So funny, K said the same thing. She likes watching gymnastics but she rather be a swimmer. No injuries!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Enjoy your time with family! I am so glad she slept on the flight.

Ticia said...

Have fun in New Jersey!

It's so hard to watch what you say with kids at times.......

Julie said...

I hope you enjoy your time in New Jersey. And I also can't believe summer is almost over!

Christy said...

I am torn about summer coming to an end - I want the kids home with me, but I also want more of a routine - we have been on the go so much.

Yikes about the boss!!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I don't blame Anna for being confused by that joke!

Enjoy your time in New Jersey!