41, ngày đầu tiên

#day31

Một ngày bận rộn vì hai thằng con, mà vui.

Thật ra mình không quan trọng hoá chuyện ngày sinh nhật. Trong blog mình viết rầm rộ vậy chứ ở ngoài không có gì hết. Như là ngày hôm nay, ngoài đại gia và hai thằng đậu con thì chỉ có hai người bạn nhắn tin cho mình mà thôi. Còn lại là từ blog với mấy chị em. Ôi mình đúng là sống ảo quá trời, vì trên blog còn có nhiều người biết đến ngày mình sinh nhật hơn là ở ngoài đời nữa. Quá ảo!

Nói chung, bây giờ vô hàng bốn rồi, chuyện sinh nhật trở thành bình thường. Tại mình thích đến cái tháng 10 của mình để được dịp viết cuội mỗi ngày cho vui, mai mốt đọc lại thấy hay hay. Với lại, mấy năm gần đây đến ngày này mình thích diện lên rồi tự chụp hình. Như sáng nay mình làm nè…sau khi chụp hình buổi diễn hành lễ hội hoá trang ở trường của hai thằng con xong mình về nhà dư chút thời gian mình trang điểm, chải sấy tóc cho nó quăn quăn, thay quần áo rồi đem máy ra sân sau tự sướng.

Mà năm nay mình thấy mình đẹp hơn năm ngoái nha…đẹp mặn mà, cái đẹp nó len lỏi từ trong lòng đẹp ra, đẹp thanh thanh. Trời ơi, lâu lâu cũng phải tự khen mình chứ há. Chê mình hoài thì cũng phải có lúc cho mình chút tự tin về nhan sắc. 😛

P.S. Dạo này mình chụp self-portraits lên tay nghề ghê luôn!

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view from top of the bay

#aroundtheBay

I have discovered another favorite spot in San Francisco Bay Area to love — Berkeley Hills along Grizzly Bear road. It’s our third weekend driving around Berkeley for fresh air. It’s beautiful from the top looking down and out to San Francisco. The Bay Bridge is on the left and the Golden Gate Bridge is on the right clearly visible on a day without fog.

Linh, I can see your house from here!

hide and seek

The fun part of the day for my boys was when I put a scarf over my head and walked around like a zombie seeking preys. They ran off to various places around the house hiding from my staggering zombie walk. After playing this game with them for a while, I was exhausted, but they kept insisting me staying in my role as a zombie.

I then asked them to find different hiding places for another round of me hunting them…little that they knew, while they were quietly hiding and waiting for me to come, I walked to the big window in the bedroom and started taking self portraits. The lighting was just right for my little self-portrait vanity.

Once they realized that I was not moving towards them, they came running out from their hiding places to find me. The look of disappointment on their faces were just too adorable.

That’s how I manage my sanity of life living with and entertaining two boys!

(Loving this new way of self-portraits)

Homeschooling reports

This kid is picking up quite a bit of reading lately. I am glad that he has been willing to challenge me. Teaching him was harder than teaching his elder brother. He is a stubborn kid! I had to find different ways to approach learning for him, and slowly he got into it.

Now he can read the basic CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonent), and could barely phonically recognize the basic four-letter words like desk, nest, vest, test. Every morning during our walk I used road signs, license plates, and even utility company names that printed on cement block on the streets to help him with spelling and phonic sounds. I also ask him to help me with beginning and ending sounds, it’s like a game that we try to test each other when I let him challenge me with words he finds.

At home I use the writing board for him to write words that he knows; and it seems the first word he would write is FAT. Don’t ask me why, but that word stuck with him. Perhaps it is funny to him, and I think there was a book that talked about a FAT CAT that he first read. Sometimes when I am busy doing work at home or cooking in the kitchen I would do dictation and ask him to write down the sounds. Just recently I bought him two sets of magnetic letters for him to play games and come up with his own just based on brave spelling and phonics. He recognized the word BUT, thinking that it is the spelling for BUTT, and end up laughing every time it is on the board.

We read a lot with PP when he was young; and haven’t been consistent with Peanut. I feel bad about it though, but every morning we do fun work, 15 minutes each day, that helps him with his newfound interest for learning the language.

He is going to Kindergarten this Fall, hopefully he will pick up the rest from his teachers, things that are developmentally appropriate for his age. I don’t push him too much at home, and let him enjoy learning the things that he shows great interest.

And yes, we did selfies of ourselves!