School Lunches

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Here is our school’s hot lunch menu for November.  I usually decide when Micah will bring his lunch to school and when he will buy a hot lunch.  For this month, I asked Micah to read the menu and decide for himself when he wanted to buy lunch. He circled his favorite foods, as you can see in the picture.  It looks like I will only have to pack one lunch the week of November 11th.  😉

Back To School Night

Just some pictures from Back to School Night…

Micah’s self-portrait.  Except for the head and neck, the kids tore up paper to create their faces.IMG_6566

I thought this was so cute.  He really does like to play chase. =)IMG_6564

The kids are learning these 12 tools from The Toolbox Project.  Good for us parents to learn them too.  I mentioned the personal space tool today at dinner when I told Micah to give his sister some personal space.  He was touching her feet with his feet under the table and she did not like it.  😉IMG_6565IMG_6569IMG_6570IMG_6568

New School Year

Micah started school almost one month ago.  We’re slowly getting into our daily and weekly rhythms.  Micah is in the first grade.  He has the same teacher and classmates as last year.  Since everyone already knows each other, “they can get straight to business,” as his teacher likes to say.  =)  Micah is in his third year at Awana and also has weekly rehearsals for “A Year With Frog and Toad.”

While Micah is in school, Bekah and I are enjoying MOPS (5th year) and attending women’s bible study (6-1/2 years with the same group).  We fill our other mornings with library storytimes, play dates, classes at Sulphur Creek Nature, toddler ramble at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, and volunteering once a month at MOPS in Alameda.  We’re keeping busy!  😉

Here’s my first grader on his first day of school.1243563_10151869663647008_186638673_o

Micah got a scooter for his 6th birthday from friends.  He’s been riding it to/from school…and absolutely LOVES it!IMG_6561IMG_6562IMG_6563

Here’s to another great year!

June 2013: recap

I can’t believe it’s August already.  This summer has flown by so fast.  We’ve had quite a busy summer so far, filled with VBS, swim lessons, a short trip to Monterey, celebrating Rebekah’s 2nd Birthday, summer reading programs, story times, play dates, and more VBS.

Here’s a recap of what happened in June.  Micah finished his first year in elementary school.  He is no longer a Kindergartner but is now a first grader!  The Kindergarten classes had an end of the school year picnic on the last day of school.

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At The Picnic…

We played on the play structure.Image

We drew with chalk.Image

We blew bubbles.Image

We ate yummy food.ImageImage

It was a great day and we had fun with our friends.  After the picnic, the kids went back to their classrooms and said their goodbyes to friends and teachers.  It was a memorable  year and I am so proud of Micah!

Micah and Po Po on the last day of school.IMG_5907 copy

My First Grader!IMG_5899 copy

Here are more pictures from the picnic.

During our last two weeks of June, the kids and I went to Community Vacation Bible School in Castro Valley.  You can read about it in my post HERE.

Happy Summer!

A Swingin’ Good Time

Just a few months ago, this little one was still nervous about being in the swings.  She would be okay sitting in one if it wasn’t moving.  As soon as you gave it a little push, she would get anxious and tense up.  She did not like swinging!

Today, at the Kindergarten end of the year bbq, her daddy placed her in the swings and gave it a little push.  Then another push…then another…

This was her reaction…

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She had a swingin’ good time!

A Sibling’s Compassion

I told Micah that there was only three and a half more weeks of school left.  He became overwhelmed with grief and started to cry.  “I want more school!”  “I’m going to miss my friends.”

Rebekah heard her brother sobbing and walked over to him.  “Hug,” she said.  “Kiss.”

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Though Bekah is often annoyed when Micah gets in her face or frustrated when he takes things away from her, this little sis has a big heart for her Goh Goh (big brother in Chinese).  She will quickly toddle over to Goh Goh, comforting him with gentle pats or giving him her blankie.

A sibling’s compassion.  Glimpses of God’s heart and love in moments like these.

Kindergarten Fashion Show

On Friday, the Kindergarten classes put on a Mother’s Day Fashion Show for their families.  IMG_9196IMG_9195There were four fashion categories and each Kindergartener chose which one they wanted to model – Sportwear, Beachwear, Bedtime or Party Wear.  The kids also sang songs and recited nursery rhymes during the show.IMG_9197

Micah chose to model Bedtime Wear.  He wore his Batman pajamas.IMG_9200Walking down the catwalk with his teddy bear “Teddy.”IMG_9205Spinning around for the audience.IMG_9206Back down the catwalk.IMG_9207Little Sis came to support Big BroIMG_9218After the show, families were invited back to the classrooms for treats and Mother’s Day surprises.  Micah gave me a Mother’s Day Cookbook, a handmade & thumbprint decorated card, and a pretty yellow rose.IMG_9229Here’s Micah’s recipe.  What a cute idea for the cookbook!  IMG_5569

Now that I think about it, he really does like to eat my chicken noodle soup.  I try to make the soup from scratch (w/ carrots & celery), use the leftover meat from Costco’s rotisserie chicken and add pasta from Trader Joe’s.

The fashion show was a fun event and the kids did a great job modeling their clothes.  I am so proud of Micah.  I love my special Mother’s Day gifts from my favorite Kindergartener too.

Garden Day at School

Micah’s school hosted A Family Day in the Garden on Saturday.  They needed help with weeding, seed planting, laying out the wood chips and compost sifting.  Micah decided that he wanted to help with weeding so that’s what we did as a family.

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Bekah also helped with the weeding.IMG_9069A view of part of the garden.  I’m thankful that the school has a garden where the kids can be involved in and help take care of.  They have lessons out there and learn about planting/growing fruits & vegetables, nutrition and healthy eating habits.  The parents also receive fliers that include healthy recipes.IMG_9056

A snack for the helpers – quesadillas with lots of veggies…corn, green and red bell peppers.  They were delicious!
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Getting a hands on lesson on planting seeds.
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Micah planted a summer squash to take home.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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Happy Earth Day!

Easter: Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt

The Kindergarten classes are having an egg hunt next week and the parents were asked to bring in a basket for their child, with six plastic eggs filled with candy or a small toy.  The parents are going to hide the eggs around the Kindergarten playground for the egg hunt.

I went to the 99cent Only Store and picked up a bag of jumbo-sized plastic eggs and a bag of green shredded paper to add to the basket.

I filled the eggs with a snack pack of gummy bears and some Mrs. Grossman’s Easter Egg stickers.  The roll of stickers were given to me from a friend who didn’t want them anymore.  I got the larger plastic eggs so I could fit the snack pack inside of it.IMG_5364

This basket was given to Micah last Easter from his Godmother and her family.  I love that we can use it all year around.  The shredded paper grass can be reused or recycled too.

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We’re all set for the Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt next week!IMG_5367

New Sprouts Chinese New Year Celebration

Finally getting around to writing about the New Sprouts Chinese New Year Celebration that Micah’s Chinese School hosted.  This annual fundraiser and celebration included a luncheon, performances, kids activities, raffles and a silent auction.  Here are pictures from the event.

There were several vendors at the event, like Mama Tong Soup.  She had samples of her Herbal Chicken Soup for people to try and it was very tasty.  One of the silent auction items was the New Mama Care package with a gift card to Rockridge Kids (a kids store in Oakland).  The soups in the care package looked good so I placed my bids for it…and eventually won that auction!  The soups are packaged in vacuum sealed bags and are frozen.  I haven’t tried the soups yet but when I’m ready, I can easily defrost the soup in the fridge and then heat it up in a pot.  I can’t wait to use the Rockridge kids gift card too.  🙂

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Yummy Chinese food for lunchIMG_8277

Micah’s class getting ready to performIMG_8339IMG_8332

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One of the vendor’s displayIMG_8284

Mama Tong Soup
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Silent Auction items (1 of 4 tables)IMG_8282

I also won these silent auction items.  A big thanks to my mother-in-law who stepped in at the last second to place the winning bid for me.  Isn’t this pair of Livie & Luca shoes adorable?  The kids will enjoy this book and cd too.  The story is told and sung in both English and Mandarin.IMG_8566

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Micah’s grandpa and uncle both won raffle prizes.  His Uncle Nick won the Grand Prize! It was a $100 gift certificate that is good toward any New Sprouts weekend mandarin class or 1 week of Chinese Summer Camp, and he gave it to Micah.  Thanks Uncle Nick!  We will be using the gift certificate for summer camp.  IMG_8567

Micah is having fun in his mandarin class and I think he will really enjoy his one week of summer camp there.  The theme for that week of camp is “Cooking.”  How fun is that?!