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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Christmas is almost upon us! We took the girls out for some winter fun today. There was hay rides at the Callingwood Market today, simple but fun for the girls. Then once it got dark, we went to the Legislature grounds. It was beautiful there. I'm not sure when they started decorating with all the lights there, as I don't recall them from when I was younger. We walked around the Leg and enjoyed the lights. It was calm and quiet there, and we couldn't have asked for better weather.




I'd like to go back again if we get the chance, and bring a tripod for family photos with a real camera. The above photos are from my phone, which actually turned out much better than I expected. 

Off to bed, good night!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CBC (not the tv network)

Hello! I can't believe it's December. Time has been moving so quickly. Remember when you were a kid, summer vacation felt like it lasted forever? Now it feels like the year 1995 was just yesterday. I can't believe I've been at home for almost two and a half months. My days at home pass by so much quicker than at work, which is hard to believe since the days generally consist of dropping off/picking up C, prepping food, watching Sesame Street (I should do a post on this alone, Cookie Monster kills me), cleaning house and attempting to discipline A.

Today I want to talk about generations and culture. I've always been confused about how a generation is defined. Is the first generation defined as the ones that immigrated to Canada, or the ones that were born here? In any case, I'm the first generation born in Canada, my parents are originally from Hong Kong. This makes me a CBC, Canadian born Chinese.

I speak enough Cantonese to get by with my parents and relatives. I did the Saturday morning Chinese school for a year or two, which I hated, mostly because my parents started me too late and I was taking class with infants. I have two terms of intro Mandarin under my belt, which is the official dialect of China. My husband S is also Chinese, he was born in Asia and came to Canada when he was around four years old, and is fluent in Cantonese. With each other, we speak predominantly English, with the odd word in Cantonese thrown in.

When I had my babies, I tried to speak as much Cantonese with them as I could. To me, speaking Cantonese is what parent-children do, and I also wanted to instill as much of Cantonese sounds them as I could. It helped that my mom took care of my kids once my mat leaves were over, her English isn't very good so she would converse all in Cantonese with them. When C was two, she spoke mostly Cantonese; A too, though I think she spoke more English than C, since she is the second child and C speaks pretty much all English now. And as the girls get older, I tend to speak more and more English with them, partly because my own vocabulary is limited.

I want my kids to be able to speak Cantonese--but I've realized that this is kind of an unfair expectation. We hardly speak at home, so how can I expect them both to speak? Sure, they can speak with the grandparents, but we don't see them every day. So I've decided to take this with a grain of salt and hope for the best. Say what you will about C, her comprehension of Cantonese is still really good, she is always listening to adult conversation with one ear, and will often add her two cents, even if it is in English.

So those are my thoughts of the day! :) Until next time.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ox and Dragon

It's amazing how my two little girls have such different personalities. I don't think it's much of a nature versus nurture debate, as they are only two and half years apart and I don't imagine our parenting styles have changed much. So definitely nature.

C is the oldest and was a good baby. She was very mellow, didn't cry much, and even at almost five years old, is pretty chill, except when Cranky C comes out, usually when she's tired. Even then, she mostly just pouts.

A on the other hand was different right from the start. Even in utero she was active, always doing gymnastics in there, and when I went for my anatomical ultrasound, she was moving around too much for the tech to get everything, I had to go back for a second one for them to check her out. Even if I wanted to, there was no way for them to see if A was a boy or a girl. (In comparison, I have a lovely 3D ultrasound of C.) A cried a lot in the evenings in her first couple of months, and was fussy. Today, at almost two and a half, she is active, active, active, feisty and defiant. She probably knows too much for her own good at this age, and she thinks she's a big girl, if her sister can do it, why can't she.

So how do horoscope signs and zodiac signs fit in? I have to be honest, I haven't looked at horoscopes in years, since probably junior high and high school, so I'd actually have to look up and see what their horoscopes describe them. C is an Aquarius, and A is a Cancer. A was born four days before my birthday, so she is the same sign as me, though I don't think we're anything alike. Cancers are moody though, maybe that explains her Jekyll and Hyde demeanour sometimes. I will have to look up to see if C is anything like her horoscope sign.

In terms of Chinese zodiac, I think they are very much like their signs, at a glance at least. C is an Ox, so docile and agreeable. A is a dragon, so fiery. A is the same sign as her daddy, so interestingly, she has zodiac traits from both of us. 

I can't believe it's mid November already. Christmas is coming! I love Christmas, and we've brought out a few decorations, the tree will probably come out in a week or two. I've got the bulk of my shopping done online already, off to scope out some stuff for the remaining presents. Have a lovely day! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween

Hello! Hope everyone had a good Halloween. Ours was good. We went trick or treating with some friends and the girls got so much loot, we only went for about an hour. Our friends' neighbourhood was bustling with trick or treaters. Our neighbourhood on the other hand, was very quiet. Our neighbourhood is spaced out differently, the houses and blocks aren't placed that closely together, so I don't imagine it's very conducive for trick or treating, plus it's a newer suburb, so a lot of the houses are still in the construction phase. I left a box of treats out, but it looked like only a few kids came by, and only two kids came by when by the time we got home.

I'm kind of sad, I miss the hustle and bustle of Halloween night. I grew up in the neighbourhood of Mill Woods, so it was always busy. After we married, we moved to MacEwan where it got progressively busy with kids. We moved into our current neighbourhood last August, and it's very quiet, especially our cul de sac. Maybe as the neighbourhood continues to grow and develop it will be more festive.

Here's a picture of my girls below. The costumes look pretty good if I do say so myself. It's funny, one of C's teachers told me she was the only girl that didn't dress up as a princess. 

Anyways, I think that's it for me tonight. Until next time!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stay At Home Life

Oh my goodness! I meant to post much more frequently than this! It's been busy, and here I naively thought I'd have so much time to be happy housemaker and crafty crafter. A is very high maintenance (I know, I know, she's not even two and a half yet, what do I expect). So my quiet time is when she naps, she's usually pretty good, she sleeps for about two hours, and A even slept for three hours last Friday. So in the two hours, I try to cram in a little me time, chore time, and task time.

My house is by no means spotless, but it's not bad. My task as of late is home made dinosaur costumes for the girls. C is currently obsessed with dinosaurs, and said she wants to be a dinosaur for Halloween. A hasn't really had an opinion, but monkey see, monkey do, so I made her a matching one. They are by no means fancy, but I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine, so I did most of it by hand while catching up on tv (Walking Dead, Revenge, Parenthood, I know, eclectic) even though it took much longer.

I'll post pics after Halloween. I used tutorials from this site and this site, and I think the costumes turned out pretty good.

And my new stay at home life has been good. I am definitely less stressed. I think this will be good for me and the family.

I'm really hoping to keep up with this blogging. For now it is just for a reader of one, me, ha. I need to spruce up my blog and learn to use the blogger site to its full capacity, and then I hope to write down my thoughts, not always just a narration of how staying at home has been. I think this will be good for me, it's been a long time since I have written.

Have a great day!
~E

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How It's Going and Introduction

Well, it's the end of the second day in my new career as a stay at home mommy. It's been good, though I have been taking it easy at home, chores and organization are calling my name next week.

So yesterday, on my first day as stay at home mom, I actually did get to sleep in. My youngest woke up before 5:30 am, but I popped her into my bed (hubby was at work already) and she actually slept for another 2 hours. Amazing. My oldest woke up soon after 7:30, so we all ate breakfast together and headed off to kindergarten. Halfway there, I realized I forgot her lunch, so we went back. Got her to school just in time for her to scoot into her classroom and start singing O Canada. I got home and realized I forgot her water bottle. Oh well, I figured second day would be better, and it was.

Hello. My name is E. Since this is my first blog and I'm quite a private personal person, I'm not sure if I want to divulge my name yet, assuming that there are other people actually reading this blog. But I digress. 

I am a new stay at home mom. I have a four and a half year old and a two year old, both girls. C is my oldest and A is my youngest. I quit my job because I was tired of juggling everything and wanted to cut the stress down. I realize that I am extremely lucky to be able to make this decision financially. I worked in a tech/administrative position in a post secondary institution in Edmonton, in an office that I've worked in for almost 14 years. So this new lifestyle is quite a change, we'll see if the grass is actually greener over here.

I thought I'd try blogging, because isn't that what every stay at home mom does? Ha. I thought it would be a good way to document my life changing event, and provide social commentary. I haven't written in years, so this is a good way to take advantage of my more flexible lifestyle to try something new.

Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Eve

It is the eve of my first day as a stay at home mom.

It was my last day of work today. It was surreal. I've spent over thirteen years working there. I will miss my office and coworkers, but as I told them today, I'm also excited.

I don't have to juggle tomorrow, I don't have to dread going to work, I don't have to miss my babies. I can (in theory) sleep in a little (though my youngest wakes up at the crack of dawn), my oldest can sleep in longer, we can eat breakfast together, I can drop my oldest at school, and I can leisurely drive home and not worry if I will be late for work.

Can't wait to start the new chapter tomorrow! It will probably be an average day, nothing exciting. And I'm okay with that.