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It is currently Hurricane season which started in June and would be over at the end of November.

We are also currently experiencing a drought. Yup we haven’t had rain…. and for someone who prefers the sun I have been looking daily at the clouds to produce a heavy shower. Even have the children joining in.

The showers haven’t come yet but as strange as this is going to sound there is a tropical depression that is heading our way and definitely hoping for it to bring lots of rain to fill up the reservoirs and turn the grass back to green.

Saw this link to 7 Easy Water Conservation tips on twitter that I thought needed to be shared again during our time of limited water. Need to work on these two here:

 

  • Take shorter showers.  A typical shower uses 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute.  Try using the water to wet your body to lather up and then for washing off instead of running it the whole time.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. You could save 25 gallons a month.

 

So as you can imagine it is HOT HOT!!

Thank God for the pool in Grandma’s complex. Children splashing around in the pool has always just symbolised holiday to me. Love to hear the bursts of laughter and pure glee as they jump into the water.

Even though there may be no rain now if there is a hurricane or tropical storm to head our way we should be prepared. So lifted some tips from our KidFriendly hurricane preparedness post we do each year.

Have your children help put together the items necessary in the event of a storm such as:

“batteries, lanterns, candles, alternative light source, matches, bag packed with clothes and spare blanket and pillows (just in case you need to evacuate), canned food, bottled water, stored water, bleach, garbage bags, can opener and paper plates.”

And also have them help with the preparation of their special ‘survive the hurricane stash’.

This should include but not limited to:

  1.  psps or electronic toy going
  2. activity books
  3. drawing books
  4. journals
  5. lots and lots of crayons, pencils and glue ( notice no paint because in the event of water shut outs then you would want to waste water on overly messy hands.)

And as much as I don’t want to have a big storm or hurricane to past through the land. If there was one we would definitely be making  some of these glow in the dark jars with glow sticks. It does look like a lot of fun.

453104412480472788How is your summer going so far?

 

Looking through KidFriendly I realized that we have been missing in action. Going to try to fix that.

 

YAY!!

Summer holidays is almost here!!!!

Okay we technically don’t have summer here in Jamaica, but whatever school is over and we are so looking forward to it.

Just one more day and the children are gearing up for two months of  TV watching. LOL that is what they hope but seeing that big daughter is heading into GSAT year come September I can tell you that there will be some studying as well and definitely summer school and/or camp

I came on to gather all the information on  summer camps that are available.  And lo and behold Jamaican Parent had already done a wonderful job of compiling them. So excited to share.

http://jamaicaparent.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Jamaica-Parent-Summer-Camp-Guide-2014.pdf

http://issuu.com/giovannablake/docs/jamaica_parent_summer_camp_guide_20/1

This year I am really interested in the in the Lego Yuh Mind Jr Summer program because I believe we have a budding engineer/scientist/builder/innovator in one of our twins.

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There is also a cooking a course that I think the older children would love.

So this summer should be busy.

Yup busy with past papers, revision, learning new things, and of course fun splashing in water of some kind.

Yes very excited.

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Oh by the way check out the summer issue of B3 magazine I wrote an article in it and well it is a totally awesome publication

Have a good one.

 

One of my pet peeves is that ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ seems to be a thing of  a long lost past.

I have been wondering if I was fighting a losing battle teaching and enforcing the please and thank you, say sorry when you hurt someone, excuse me please rule if there was no one including adults about to help them practise.

Have you noticed that as a people we very rarely say any of those we mostly grunt and barrel our way through. Very rude.

So I was so excited to hear  Jamaican Mannaz  sung by Wayne Marshall and Jana Bent  released just in time for Child’s Month.

Give it a listen.

If DoGood Jamaica has a say this would stick in the heads of the children of Jamaica and make a change for the positive.

I hope so too.

The children are looking forward to Children’s day on Wednesday for two reasons. First being it is a ‘no school’ school day and is supposed to be filled with fun :D and secondly it marks the beginning of mid-term.

Boy this term is short. I fluctuate between alarm at the shortness of it and excitement that summer is almost here. woohoo.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Child’s Month.

 

 

 

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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 Zumba classIMG_7462

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.

 

 

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