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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mum's Post: Festival at Mia's school

Mia began attending public school this year in April.

Here's a goodbye photo from her class at Toneri shogakko, courtesy of Mia herself.

We have since moved, and she started attending a new public school, Hananoi Shogakko.
Mia's new school held a festival for students and parents. Each grade had 2 or 3 "stalls" with activities to participate in.

Mia was chosen to man a stall in her classroom. You could chose flowers, crush them, add water, and paint pictures. Behind her is a painting by a famous artist done in the same method.

The 1st graders had gone crayfish hunting earlier in the week and brought back hundreds of crayfish who were eagerly waiting to be caught by little tykes such as Amelie. She loved this and caught 4 by herself. Chia was not so brave and a little scared off by them.

A simple "colour, glue, tape" activity by the 2nd grade. Again Chia was too shy to try, but Amelie boldly charged in and got to work.

Nothing could stop Chia from digging in the sand! There were lots of pretty painted shells hidden inside the sandbox.

She also managed to get several origami hearts created for her.
It was a long, hot, sticky day, but we were in early and out early enough to go visit some friends afterwards. Fun stuff!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Princesses: Dragonflies

After a day with friends Mia got over her fear of insects and is now a fearless dragonfly catcher!
Go Mia!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mum's post: Bedtime stories

Two of the girls current favourite stories are: "Snake Alley Band"

...and "Ten Out of Bed".
I think this photo shows how cherished it is.
There was a time when I read these books no less than 3x a day to the youngest two.


That's what the Snake Alley Band says! "They hissed: Shhh Shhh Shhh. They bopped their tails: BOOM BOOM BOOM. Shhh-BOOM Shhh-BOOM Shhh-BOOM."
Here is a picture by Chia of her and the star of "Snake Alley Band". Sadly his body was partially erased before this shot.

Chia is very enthusiastic about this book. She memorised it quickly and quotes it to Amelie who is eagar to Shhh-BOOM with her big sister. Some time ago T had one of those toy rubber snakes that accompanied her everywhere -and I do mean everywhere! Pandita (as she was named) lived a happy little snake life for several months until she was stretched too far and snapped in half.

Daddy and Pandita, may she rest in peace. :)

Come on and Shhh-BOOM with me! :-P

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Mum's post: Happy 7th Birthday Mia!

Happy Birthday Princess Mia!

You were such a cute bald little baby... our very first little princess.

You grew quickly

and have always been thoughtful





a proud big sister,

a great dancer,


great at making funny faces and poses,


crafty & thoughtful (she made this for a friend at school)

a big help,


and we're so proud of you!

Lots of love and kisses,
Mummy & Daddy.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Princesses: Chiba Zoo, part 2

In no particular order here are video clips of the Chiba zoo outing.
We found Dr. Doolittle who showed us how to really make the most of a trip to the zoo! See if you can spot him.