Monthly Archives: September 2014

Blackberry Picking Part 2

So we tried cooking jam and its not a success. The jam that we made turned into brick and wont go soft again, for like ever. Epic fail. But the thing is this weather is good for the blackberries. They get ripe with the heat and we have a chance to get the jam right. We just need to pick some more from where there are lots of blackberries! Uphill!

We went here again.

We have grocery plastic to fill and we started picking our blackberries. Son is really happy to be out of the house. The air is probably making him feel better as he is a bit feverish. We actually planned to go somewhere for a day trip but we just went here instead. So that he wont get too tired.

He is cooeprative too. Sitting and looking at the view while I pick blackberries. He would go to me to help and sit when he feels tired.

And in between, we run together! He really loves this graveyard. He loves the water cistern. He loves that he is free to walk around and he loves the view. Sadly the church is close that day. I just realized how we have been in this place so many times and I havent seen the interior of the church yet. I need to see it!

After exploring we sat down to look at the campers below. I am amazed on how he is not scared of heights. We are high I am telling you. We also ate some cookies and drank lots of water. What better way to heal than to drink liquid eh.

When my husband took over my in walking with my son I am now free to go nearer the cliff to take photos and take some more blackberries near the cliff.

I catch up with them and my son's really into picking as well. Look at those stained hands!

The view of the church from down the hill. We were sitting there (where the guy in yellow sits)  earlier!

After filling our bags its time to go home. I cant help but to take photos of them.
They are so friendly. Not minding me and well the birds.

While they were going down I just realized how big my son is now. I have to confess that I expect too much from him sometimes. I was expecting him to breeze through the adjustment period in school. I thought that his going to adjust to foundation stage from preschool flawlessly. Im wrong. We are experiecing some hindrances. Mostly about him eating in school. I hope we can work it out. But this is making me down a bit. What I am not addressing is how he is really actually maturing. In walks like this he no longer needs too much control. He now listens. He knows that if he will give Mom and Dad some time (to pick blackberries) he will be given a chance to play too with us!

At home, giving him medicines is not that hard as well. Before we have to go through hell and high waters. Now we just ask him to take his medicines to feel better and he will, even if he doesnt like it much.

When we got in the car, I hugged my son tight and thanked him. He looked surprise but welcomed the cuddles because no matter how grown up he is and looks he is still my baby who loves cuddles from Mommy.

xx

Happiness is Ikea Meatballs

As we are having a hard time for my son to eat in his school cafeteria we decided to try to inject it on our lives. Canteen style eating! We started with Ikea. They have what we are looking for array of food to choose from and tray system of ordering.

He is so excited and is showing us the process of ordering from the restaurant! Leading us in the line.

He chose meatballs and french fries with a bit of gravy. And some milk from their drink's dispenser. I am so happy that he was able to show of his new found ordering skills that he learned from just 5 days of (trying) to eat in school.

My son showed us how to eat too, with gusto! With this I am hoping that he will be more comfortable in the next days in eating at his school cafe. This wont be the last of course. I also found out that Tesco Cafe's have the same of system so we will try to eat there as well in the next days.

Here are our photos from the Ikea Cafe.

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Here he is excited!

But patiently waiting for his turn

Leading us on what to do next.

Eating his order with gusto!

Sorry for the blurry photo but I just love his smile here and his sunburned face!

Happy with the free milk.

He finished his meal fast!

And being a traffic sign obsessed boy he notice this chair has a NO STOPPING SIGN hidden in it.

I am really struggling with this starting in big school gig. I am trying my best in ways that I know would help my son adjust better in school. I know that we still have a long way to go but I will of course continue to try harder. Hopefully this plan of exposing him to things like this would make it easier for him to learn. Hopeful as always.

Disclaimer: We were not paid to do this post we just really love to eat there in Ikea.

xx

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TGIF

This week is a bit chaotic. So many chores, as always. And my schedule is still adjusting to my son's school schedule which will change again next week. Then finally will start to settle this October when he will have a whole day class already.

He started eating too (or not eating) in the school canteen last Monday and he cried. Mostly for being tired and for almost choking. Since then every time I pick him up I would get the 'I/he did not eat in school today' news from his teacher or him. This is in addition to him telling me that he doesnt have kids playing with him. And his teacher talking to me about an email that my husband sent asking for a talk about my son not having friends to play with in school which I am totally clueless about. He sent an email and he did not tell me!!!!! He forgot he said. UGH! I look so clueless while the teacher is discussing the email. In the end she said that he is playing with the other kids. She also sais he is probably just tired and still adjusting in school. So that is settled right? The not eating worries me of course as how is he going to have energy to go with the whole day class if he wont eat lunch? Then again I think this will sort itself out (hopefully) as he will realized that he will get hungry in his afternoon class if he wont eat lunch.

Then there's the whole my passport will expire and do I renew or do I apply for the citizenship? Meaning I need to take the ESOL exam which is scary! Whatever I choose there will be lots of paperworks. And where are we going to get the money????

But one thing that I am sure of this week. I am so looking forward to Friday and now that it is Friday I am so glad that it is as I will have Saturday and Sunday to rest my body and mind! I need to bake to clear my head and that is what i'll do yey!

TGIF is my word of the week. Even if it is not a word word =P

The Reading Residence

Dragonsaur

My son has this toy that he drew. I dont know if its a Dinosaur or a Dragon so lets call it a Dragonsaur or a Dinogon.

I am always happy everytime he draws. I have to admit that he uses a lot of paper. So I take photos like this and recycle them so that I wont feel guilty and buying a new set. And I am happier that he is improving in his drawing. Before its just doodles now it is really taking shape. More like the inspiration. Like this Dragonsaur =)

My son Sebastian is 4 years old.

xx

Mini Creations

Ethans Escapades