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Happy Easter

happy-easterEaster is one of  my favourite holidays.

I love the reverence of the Holy week.

I love going to church.

I love the long long weekend we have here in the Caribbean.

I love the plenty family time.

I love the fact that beach time is most definitely always on the schedule.

 

The children love the long long weekend we have here in the Caribbean.

The children love the fact that beach time is most definitely always on the schedule.

The children love the possibility of an Easter egg hunt and the candy that it brings.

Well at least we all agree on some of it.

 

All in all it was a good weekend.

 

Hope your Easter was wonderful.

Girls Day

The girls school celebrated Girls Day last Wednesday…. and I had a blast.

Girls Day is in essence a day geared towards celebrating girl power. And the school did a fabulous job of doing that. Well in my opinion at any rate.

Female professionals were invited to speak to,  encourage, meet with and lead by example the young girls. Highlighting the fact that girl/women can do anything and everything. And oh how it was highlighted. They saw presentations by a motorcycle racer, a JPS electrical engineer, a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, a helicopter pilot, a race car driver to name a few….. all female of course.

Oh and each child had to bring a female relative to join them and in this case my three had me. This meant that in order to bond with all three I had to run back and forth between grades (from one side of the school to the other) but that added to my excitement.

Here are some of the highlights of the day.

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Talking about safety

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The girls were giving a chance to ride in the JPS bucket with hard hat and everything.

IMG_7467The children had plenty questions for this helicopter pilot.

IMG_7475IMG_7471Did you know Hope Zoo has a mini travelling petting zoo? Well now you do. It was good fun

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Sharing a smile with Natasha Chang, motor race car driver.

It warmed my heart to hear the big daughter who can be a little bit picky beam with delight and say

‘Mummy, Girls Day was AweSoME!’

Oh and yes she did go for a ride on the crane.

Keep good all.

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The kiddies are really into painting in my house as you may have noticed. This gives me such joy, especially when I join them and splash some paint around as well.

There is also joy in the house because my kiddies have today and tomorrow off.

Today was the first day of GSAT. Hoping all the kiddies taking the exam were calm, collected and most importantly remembered their work. Wishing them lots of good calm, remembering tomorrow as well. I can only imagine the relief and excitement by both parents and student alike as they hand in their papers tomorrow because the GSAT journey is really a long and challenging one for both.

So in honour of the GSAT students finishing up tomorrow and doing great  and well because today is the International Day of Happiness

I attached this video of Pharrell Williams- Happy the Despicable Me Too version :D

Enjoy the rest of the week and Have a great weekend. And remember to smile and keep it Kid Friendly.

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And the lion roars

We live close enough to Hope Zoo to hear the lion roar if it so feels like.

This week the new lion Lucas has finally decided to send out morning greetings to his neighbours.

Not as loud or as boastful as the dear old Scrappy Lion but still loud enough to be heard a few blocks away.

We had a great time going to the zoo over the summer holidays. I know we haven’t shared all of our 2013 summer activities. Hoping to share them before summer rolls around again. Is it me or is time just speeding past.

We love going to the zoo and we have made it a point to go visit all of our flamingo, iguana and peccary friends every holiday since the older two could walk.

With the price increase we may not go as often but we will not be deterred because the renovated zoo is beautiful. (It becomes quite expensive what with 4 children and 1 adult and we like to take friends)

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Lucas is such a magnificent creature the children were mesmerized. He was sleeping when we got there but luckily he woke just as we were about to move on. Beautiful I say.Image

The children also had an amazing time this visit with the zebras. In the mind of children you see zebras together … you naturally have to sing Afro Circus from Madgascar 3. Ra da da da da da da da circus. Da da da da da da da da afro. Circus afro, circus afro, polka dot polka dot polka dot afro! (Da da da da da da da da circus)

Come on you know you thought it. And to the delight of the children the more they sang the closer two of the zebras came. The children were over the moon they sang it and sang it and the zebras seem to be laughing and enjoying. Cool experience.

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Hope Zoo is definitely a good weekend family outing. Entrance fee Adults $1500 , children $1000.

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My two nephews and my Dad visiting from Trinidad, plus a school friend and us five makes for a big big outing.

 

 

Its a New Year!

Hellloooo!

How you doing?

It been such a longggg time. Time is just running away from me. Christmas came and went. It was really nice and quiet. And we didn’t want it to finish I have to admit we may have shed a tear or two when taking Christmas down.

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Happy New Year! by the way.

Getting scheduled.

Do you make New Year Resolutions? Honestly I have never done and haven’t introduce it to the children either. I do have certain goals though Keeping all of us more organised and introducing more chores is once again on that list. Visited this here and I thought the schedule suggestions look good. So going to try. Wish us luck.

Seeing a play!

Last weekend all five of us went to see Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s Aladdin. It was bright, it was loud and  the children loved it. It was really a wonderful delight, seeing all those talented  children acting up a storm. We definitely recommend that you go see the show. At the  Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts running until February 23, 2014.  Admission $1500

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Super easy craft.

We found out recently that all you need is some glue, pink glitter and paper to have a whole lot of glittery fun.

Seriously, I gave the girlies some Ponal (white glue) which they ‘drew’ lines on white paper then they dumped the pink glitter all over it. Really simple fun with a bonus of cute girly art that they were quite proud of.

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Have a great week all.

Well we have certainly been missing in action. I never thought that I would have missed close to two months without some sort of interaction here. BUT it has been awhile.

I have to say I didn’t expect that that back to school with the kiddie winks with be such a challenge! Only now getting a hang of all of them being at school and school is almost over. LOL.

Hoping to get more with it here in the next few day because even though I was overwhelmed there are still many cool fun things that I want to share and want to do or have done…. so yeah there will be more in a little bit.

Love the American holiday of ThanksGiving for two reasons

1) who could resist a day/weekend that is dedicated to be thankful which involves food and family

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2) hey it is always almost exactly a month away from Christmas the most wonderful time ever! LOL so looking forward to pulling out the decorations this weekend. And no it is not too early at all.

In the spirit of the American Thanksgiving Day want to wish every one from the US a happy happy holiday!

So grateful for you all and so grateful for my happy smiling children.

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I saw this youtube video today here and felt I had to share, as it certainly ties in with the spirit of being thankful and does a great job of making smiles happen. ‘Kid President’s 20things We should Say More Often’

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Have a great day and great weekend everybody.

and Happy Thanksgiving to who it applies.

Big school people.

Well the babies of the crew are no longer babies. It is official they are big school going people. School has been back in session for exactly one week for our household and well its taken about that for it to be tear free almost. Wouldn’t it be nice if back to school or entering school could be as easy as going to the beach. :D 

Luckily through song, play and colouring the girls are being drawn in because hey learning is an exciting and awesome thing.

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