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Hellooooo summer

Teehee it’s summer!!!!

 

Well we have been on holiday for 3weeks now and I would love to say we have been doing a whole lot exciting things but not really the last two terms have been such a whirlwind that we have been keeping quiet and sleeping in.

One of the joys of summer has to be sleeping in. Not having to wake up early is so wonderful.

Sayonara alarms!!!

Although the big daughter is in summer school, she does start high school in September, so alarms still sing albeit later. Doing a happy dance all the same the big daughter is going to high school.

wish list

This year we put together a ‘Summer Wish List’. Not surprisingly, watching television ranked high for all four of my kiddies LOL! What was surprising is the fact that they all wanted to learn to cook something whether it was pancakes, brownies or RIBS!!! Turns out the son is a big fan of ribs…. just have to find some beef ribs strangely enough they are not that easy to find here.

 

 

If you are only now interested in getting the kiddies doing some activity like me jamaicanmommies.com also has a very comprehensive list of camps, workshops , fundays etc. Take a look just touch the link.

http://www.jamaicanmommies.com/2015/06/jamaica-summer-activities-listing-2015.html

 

I have been writing this blog for the about 3 weeks. Can you tell that I have been having a really hard time getting things going over here. Teehee.

 

I know most Six Graders (well their parents) have officially picked up their packages and are now officially Grade Seven aka High Schoolers but I cant not say CoNGRATULATIONS to them all this GSAT thing is no fun and everyone of them worked so hard. So….

congrats

We did make it to the beach. Isn’t it just something that we live where others vacation. Not quite Fort Clarence close to there it is call The Boardwalk. Delightful little slipe of beach. Have a great week everyone.

at the beach

girlies

Balloons, a trampoline and some kiddies means a whole laughter and a whole lot of fun.

As I said before school is almost out and that means we are looking at SUmMER!!

Definitely something to jump around for.

Technically summer holiday is 3 weeks away but we will not hold that against it. We are planning for it.

Thanks, again this year, to Jamaica Parent Magazine we have a very comprehensive list of most of the summer camps that are occurring through out the summer. Yippee.

Click here to see what is being offered.

Here are the ones I am considering:

cooking classes gymnastics Lego yuh mind SAIL JAMAICA SanaaHappy planning for the summer.

Hope you find some to your liking.

Happy June

We always love June here.

Simply because it means that in a month’s time it’s summer holidays! Get the confetti machine ready everyone :D

The excitement is simmering under the surface as we totally disregard the fact that we have to do end of term exams before that happens.

We haven’t been around in awhile what with gsat, after exam fatigue, common flus and all that.

Easter holidays came and went and we have basically laid low. And sometimes that is what is needed.

We also love June is because it is a birthday month :D

The girlies start off the month with their twin birthday. It is always a great day of double birthday blessings. Cake and ice cream is always a recipe for happiness.

So happy happy birthday to the youngest members of our crew.

And to the rest of you, may June be filled with lots of happy ice cream filled moments.

then and now

Earth day 2015

Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

IMG-20150303-WA0003Light it up Blue EMD2015

Joining into today to help promote Autism Awareness.

Are you wearing BLUE? We are!!

Even if you don’t personally know someone with autism now, the chance that you will meet, see or encounter someone with autism is very real. About 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder,  (CDC April 2014), this means that approximately 580 of the 39,350 children born in Jamaica each year will have autism.  Because this condition is 4-5 times more common in boys, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls born will have an autism spectrum disorder. So this means that approximately 470 Jamaican boys and 105 Jamaican girls will be born with this condition each year.

info flyer kidSeeing that today is about Autism Awareness see some facts about Autism and here is the link to the Jamaica Autism Support Association website.

Hope you Light it Up Blue tonight!

GSAT tomorrow!!

arrrrgggghArggghhh GSAT starts tomorrow.

What!!

how did this happen

Arrgggh.

I want to say that I am just joking but seriously freaking out here, but I am emotional like that and seeing that I can’t let the big girl see me I shall freak out here for 2 paragraphs. And then resume the calmness.

LOL just needed a little dramatic release.

GSAT is tomorrow and I know many of us parents are fighting the urge to do just one more past paper or cram one last equation, river, hero or solar system into their brain but honestly we need to not do that. Poor little brains are totally saturated right about now.

This extra week , though slightly frustrating because of the reason it came about, has proven to be a God sent because most of the children in my daughter’s school seem so much calmer.

So what should we do with them this evening then?

Well firstly if you are like me you have to find a way to temper the anxiety by doing anything that is encouraging and supportive and includes a lot of hugs and reminders of how proud we are of them.

  • It should be an easy evening ( doubt I would lift my no TV ban though)
  • so fun with the siblings,
  • reading a favourite book
  • listen to some favourite music
  • dinner together
  • and early to bed.

I love the tip given by the ScotiaFoundation

Hug them before the exam and hug them after the exam.

At the special devotions given to the grade 6 classes earlier the pastor also spoke about prayer. Praying together and reminding them to say a prayer before, after and during must help to ease the nerves.

Good luck all you Grade 6ers and to you parents.

( attaching the ScotiaFoundation tip sheet )

gsat tips

Weekend time

why 1 is oneI thought this was appropriately funny considering the state of mind that we are in over here.

Happy Jamaica Day to you all.

Have a great weekend

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