Sunday, June 17, 2018

Let's Plant Trees

Ok, maybe not actual trees but baby plants that may one day turn into trees.  It's important teaching kids from a young age about how to take care of our planet.  And what better way to start teaching them the importance of caring for our planet than by having them plant 'trees'.  Mother Earth needs all the love and care she can get and we know we can never have enough trees.  Trees are important for the planet and for human kind and now our little ones know too.  Besides, what kid doesn't like gardening. They get to play with dirt and get their little hands dirty all while having fun.

Career Day 2018

Ask almost any kid growing up in Costa Rica what they want to be when they grow up and the answer will most likely be a soccer player.  Living in a country heavily influenced by 'futbol', as is the correct term in almost every other country than the USA, it is more than just a game it's a way of life.

When it came time for the kids to pick a career for the day, where they would get to dress up as said career, I knew both my boys would want to be soccer players.  My middle son especially LOVES the sport.  And dressing as a soccer player is so easy as he already has a uniform.  But when it came time for my 4 year old to choose, I wanted him to be more unique.  As I knew majority of the kids would dress as a "footballer", I thought it would be a good idea to show him a few options and have him choose.  And he chose wisely.  As he loves music and to sing, he chose to be a musician for the day.  More accurately, he chose to be a Rock Star.  Check out my little Carlos Santana look alike.

And as it turned out, there weren't actually THAT many soccer players on career day after all.  I did see a lot of doctors and nurses though, as well as  few police officers.  But there were a few standouts, like the astronaut, the chef, the construction worker, the president/business man and the teacher.  The kids for sure had a blast and it was all in good fun seeing what all the different careers kids chose for the day. 

Happy Dad's Day

How different today seems to me than Mother's day.  If you don't have a father figure in your life, you might have completely forgotten what today was.  There wasn't as much hoopla as there usually is for Mother's Day.  Not a lot of fanfare and certainly not as much excitement for the day, although it is just as important to celebrate fathers as it is to celebrate mothers.  But somehow, the day just does not seem as important.

Granted, everyday is father's day especially for those dads that go above and beyond for their family.  The ones who take the time to be a dad and know what being a father truly means. For those dads out there, they don't need a day to feel special.  They are celebrated each and everyday.  Just by being  there for their kids day in and day out makes everyday a great day to be a dad.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Almost Time For A Break

It's now almost mid June, which means report cards have been issued and the kids have a 2 week break coming up at the end of the month.  Not sure what we will be doing on break but it will be a nice welcome from the hustle and bustle of the morning routine.  Another added bonus is that my nephews and my mom will be here to spend some time with us and to me, the more the merrier.

I foresee trips to the Children's Museum and the Amusement Park in our future.  As well as trips to the park and the mall (and a few other fun places).  While my nephews are here for the most part, my kids will be in school and will only have mainly weekends to spend with their cousins.  So I want to make the most of the 2 week vacation from school to soak up as much fun as we can.  I am a planner but this time around, I just want to live in the moment and see where each day takes us.  Who knows, it might even take us to the beach for a day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Snacktime Fun

There have been so many firsts for my little man since he started preschool and I am positive there will be many more to come throughout the school year.  Last week his class had a day of sharing snack, where each child brought in something to share with the class.  The teacher asked for Akeem to bring in a large bottle of yogurt and a few other moms brought in assorted fruits, jello, cookies, and juice.  Just look at those precious faces enjoying a day of sharing.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

There Are Far Too Few Of Them

In my opinion, there are far too few celebrations going on these days.  I remember Hubby's family always had something they wanted to celebrate and that was how we would all come together to reminisce and spend time with other.  We are all busy but we would carve out the time to attend a celebration, a baby shower or a birthday party, because we wanted to see one another.  We could go months without any correspondence but come a party, we were there to spend the few hours together as a family, having a blast.  Times have certainly changed.

Everyone got even busier and the celebrations became few and far between.  Almost no one hosts parties anymore and we see each other even less.  There are a few family members I haven't seen in over a year, people I used to  see at my kid's birthday parties I don't get to see much at all.  If the celebrations stop, so does the togetherness and we lose sight of what is important in this world, spending time with family.

Now Hubby has a large family and they all have their own families that, of course, they spend time with on a regular basis.  But I have no family here I can count on seeing except my kids and the hubs.  I liked spending time with extended cousins and aunts and my kids enjoyed seeing other kids their age.

It gets even worse with friends, who have their own large families to tend to.  We try to make time for each other as well, but it gets harder as the kids get older.  So I was extremely happy when my friend invited all us 'amigas' to her son's baby shower.  It was a celebration we could all attend, coming together to spend the day with each other and catch up on the 'news'.  It reminded me of the good old days, when baby showers and birthday parties were the norm and we had one almost every other month to attend.  I soaked up the chance to just be in the moment with friends and hope it's not the last celebration we have to look forward to this year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time For Expositions

How do you teach a 4 year old to do a presentation in front of their entire class?  I had the hardest time with this very question.  My preschooler was given an animal to 'research', the goat.  He had to do a short presentation in front of his class, explaining everything he had learned about his animal to his classmates.  All the kids had to do one and each child got a different animal. 

We did our research on the goat and tried to keep it simple and short.  They are 4 year olds after all, not a very long attention span nor do they have the capacity to explain fine details.  I kept it to just a few fun facts my 4 year old could 'explain' to his class and a few objects he could present, like show and tell.  I found a goat among our many toy animals and printed off a picture of the goat, showcasing the importance of this particular animal in our lives.  I practiced a few times with my preschooler, going over basics, like where goats live and what they eat.  And according to his teacher, my 4 year old did an amazing job with his presentation.  I only wish I could have seen it first hand.