Hello, Kindergartener!

The special day has finally arrived — Mr. First-Born is officially a Kindergartener!

We did a lot of preparation last night to get him ready to the day — reading book about first-day of Kindergarten, discussing about “it’s okay to be nervous”, and having a good night sleep.

This morning O and I took him to his class for orientation. We spent more than two hours to meet-and-greet with the teachers and other parents, drop off school supplies, do a scavenger hunt around the classroom, and PP to meet his new classmates.

It was a bit chaotic at first, and he seemed half-enthusiastic and a bit lost. However, as soon as he sighted the kid from our neighborhood (one of his Pokemon-buddy) he shook off the jitters and began to enjoy his time there. It turned out his neighbor-buddy also become his table-mate and carpet-mate, which means they sit next to each other at those two places in the classroom.

Tomorrow is the first full-day of attending a public school, hence the beginning of his formal education. I am taking him to the bus stop; it will be his first time taking the school bus, too.


He is turning SIX tomorrow!!!

Hanging out with Peanut before going to school.

Peanut wants to go to school, too!

Standing in front of the school entrance, about to take his first step of the 13-year of public school education.

Waiting nervously in front of his classroom to greet the teacher.

Greeting his teacher and about to step into his classroom for the first time.

Reading instruction about the scavenger hunt but not sure what to do.

Looking a bit lost and nervous, then he scanned around the room to see what other kids were doing.

Finally he found his table and assigned chair.

After this photo I helped him putting his school supplies away, and filling out a whole lot of papers for the teachers.

Vu Lan đưa Mẹ đi chùa

We took Mom to the temple on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day (based on Buddhist tradition, and of Lunar calendar.) It’s nice to be there with her as she did her prayers. We received red and white roses from the monks; I got the red rose because my mother is still living, and Mom got a white because hers passed away 24 years ago. The boys also received the blessing of red roses. PP carried it with him very dearly.

Lâu lắm rồi mới đưa Mẹ đi chùa. Viếng chùa vào mùa Vu Lan nên quang cảnh sôi động, và còn được ăn cơm chay nữa. O cũng đi theo, O cũng rất thích quang cảnh của chùa, và ăn cơm chay nhà chùa. Tôi nói với O, đó là thời thơ ấu của em đó, 12 năm sinh trưởng ở cái xóm chùa, nên tháng nào cũng được ăn cơm chay, ngày nào cũng nghe chuông chùa ngân nga từ trên triền núi hay đỉnh núi.

Trên áo được cắm boa hồng đỏ, đan tay với Mẹ đi một vòng chùa. Con chúc Mẹ còn thêm sức, để mùa Vu Lan năm tới và thêm nhiều năm tới nữa vẫn được nắm tay Mẹ đi chùa và ăn cơm chay.

 Love that red!

Today I tried a new lipstick color, and it’s bright red. I usually selected deeper color and did not think bright color is a good match for my lips, but now I love it. Why not?

My little Peanut sitting in the backseat yelling, no more pictures, Mẹ! 

A post at 5 a.m.

Today my insomnia is at its worse. And it was all my doing to enable its existence. 

Here is what I should NOT do before going to bed — reading parenting tips from other stay-at-home moms. Why? Because after reading how they raised their children, I feel like a complete failure. Yes, yes, I understand that each parent have their own parental style but still feel so inadequate with my way. Is it normal? Or am I having too much of a load of inferior complex?

With that, it lead me to over-thinking, and over-thinking lead to toss-and-turns, and toss-and-turn lead to counting sheeps, and counting sheeps lead to listening to two sleep-inducing hypnosis programs, which ironically failed me. The final step was stirring around between the bedsheets however discretely but then *BAM* Mr. Light-Sleeper woke up. 

He did not yell at me, but the funny part was that we started having a conversation, a serious one at that, about trying new techniques to help PP having better attitude and behaviors. We argued a bit a long the way as we have different opinions, but in the end we compromised and both are on the same page. 

At least, there was a good outcome that came out from today’s episode of insomnia. 

Earlier in the evening I even set myself up with a 7:30 a.m. wake-up time, hoping to do some exercises and then make breakfast for the boys. My ambitious plan is ruined. Fortunately today is Saturday and O can take care of the boys. Wait, O is equally slee deprived this week having to take care all of the sick virus in this house. 

I guess we will have to devise a plan so that we all can rest to make up for the sleepless night. 

If I had known, I should have listened to the sleep-inducing  hypnosis programs first.

And it’s now 6 in the morning. 

Please pardon my ramblings.