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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted in and other stuff | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in and other stuff | Tagged Child's Month, Jamaica, Jamaica Mannaz, Jamaican Mannaz | 4 Comments »
Easter 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.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged Easter, Jamaica | Leave a Comment »
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.
Talking about safety
The girls were giving a chance to ride in the JPS bucket with hard hat and everything.
The children had plenty questions for this helicopter pilot.
Did you know Hope Zoo has a mini travelling petting zoo? Well now you do. It was good fun
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.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged girl power, Girls Day, Jamaica, Jamaica Defence Force | 2 Comments »
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.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »
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)
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.
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.
Hope Zoo is definitely a good weekend family outing. Entrance fee Adults $1500 , children $1000.
My two nephews and my Dad visiting from Trinidad, plus a school friend and us five makes for a big big outing.
Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »
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.
Happy New Year! by the way.
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
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.
Have a great week all.
Posted in and other stuff | 1 Comment »