Today is the first day of new school year. All three of my children are in high school.

When I started this blog, Yaya was in grade 2. We had just arrived in Vancouver. I remember her first day to school. She wore a pink Barbie top, Barbie jeans and had a Barbie school bag. ( My youngest sister bought all those things for her). I carried baby on my back, held toothless’s and Yaya’s hand and walked to school. I was so worried how my children would cope living in a new country.

How fast time flew. Yaya is now in grade 12, my son in grade 10 and baby is in grade 8.

Last night baby came and lay down in my bed. She does that when she is stressed. So I told her

“You are going to have the best 5 years of your life, starting tomorrow. Work will be heavy and you learn a lot of new things, but trust me when I tell you this, high school years are the best years of your life”

“Are you sure mom?” She asked

and I replied “Of course, think of all the hot guys you have the choice of 5 year levels of hot guys ( grade 8 -12)”

Baby’s laughter is like shaking a handful of pearls in a glass bottle and while laughing she told me only my mother would tell things like that”

My wish for my children this year are

1. Set your goals high

2. Give your best shot

3. Remember to have fun

4. Be responsible, reliable and respectful.

At home, few things have changed this year. I invested in a giant magnetic board with individual magnets for each of my children. If the notice isn’t on the board minimum 24 hours before the event, I haven’t seen it and if I haven’t seen it, I will not do anything about it. The same rule applies for permission slips for school trips.

My son has to wear school uniform this year and he has to do the laundry and ironing by himself.  Doing laundry and Ironing are  life skills and he needs to learn.

I have been threatening them that they should make their own lunch, however, I just can’t bear to think of them eating sandwich every single day. So I am still getting up at 6AM to make hot lunch for them.

That is that..


12 thoughts on “Back

  1. Welcome back !!

    1st of all here’s wishing you a happy and blessed and happy New Year and prosperous 2015 ! 2nd..hope you had a great time backpacking in SE Asia! Sounds like something that’s worth the experience and would like to know if you mind you can do a post on that?! 😀 And regards to this post…you sound like my mom in this post how we must learn to be independent and take care of our own needs :p But it’s true as independence is needed to be order to survive efficiently 🙂

    • J1206: Backpacking is the easiest thing to do. You pack clothes for few days and go..There is no set itinerary.. most cities have youth hostel/backpacker accommodation and you go and spend the night there. The only thing I didn’t do this time was to cook. Food is way too cheap and there was no need for me to cook.

  2. Yay! Wonderful to have you back again….can’t wait to hear all about your travels.
    Btw,how does it feel to have all three kids in high school at the same time?
    Anyways,I’m looking forward to reading you regularly now that you’re back home 🙂

    • Nimmy: I looked forward to Yaya and toothless going to high school, but not Baby. All of a sudden I felt like a rudderless ship.

  3. Welcome back! Hope you had a well deserved break. I look forward to reading about your trip to SE Asia, Penang in particular if that was one of your stop.

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