Tuesday, December 15, 2009

15 Dec 2009

As usual, a very busy Tuesday. Sometime I wonder why I always gets lots of phone calls on Tuesday. I have one call on Monday and today, the already busy Tuesday, I got 11 calls!!

Den woke up at 11am. Second day in the row woke up with dry diaper!! Yeah! Den only used diaper when she sleep at night and I have not been pushing her in not using it. She usually sleeps 10-12 hours at night and I think it is hard for her not using diaper. I don't want to wake her up during the middle of the night to go to toilet. So I basically just waiting for her to be ready her self.


I did the same thing with her toilet training. I started when she was around 1.5 year old. I let her went without diaper for a week or so (when we were at home) and after a week she still could not pass urine in the toilet in time, so I think she was not ready and continued to let her wore diaper.

I did not pushed, just tried again when she was 1 years and 8 months old. Again when she was 2 years old. Finally, at 2 years and 3 months old, after a week without diaper, she could always go to toilet in time. From that week onward, she goes diaper free during the day time. She almost never had any "accident".

However, she still insisted she need to pass motion in the diaper...because she need to stand up to do her big business!! haha! It was rather funny, every time, when she need to go, we had to put a new diaper (since she was no longer wearing any diaper during the day time) for her so that she can past motion in the new diaper.

I continued to wait and wait and finally at the age of 4 years old, she can pass motion in toilet.

With this previous experience, I decided I was not going to push her into not using diaper at night. I would wait til she is ready. I think may be she is almost ready now. =D

Back to our schedule today. We did not have much time to study as usual. We only have about 45 min. So we review our week 3 verse --- we started this 2 weeks ago! (Many things happened in the last 2 weeks - my dad has an heart operation, my grandpa passed away, we went to SG and came back). Then we listen to Joseph story using The Word & Song Bible (under Bible & Christian Book). We put in Joseph sticker in the Book of Time (under History).

After that we only have time for one story from James Herriot's Treasury for Children (under Sonlight Read Aloud). Today we read about Mr. John Skipton & his carthorses - Dolly and Bonny. Mr. Skipton loves them very much, they worked hard for him and with him and now even though he was no longer using them as carthorses (replaced by tractor), he continued to take care of them and loved them.

At the suggestion of the author, James Herriot, the veterinarian, Mr. Skipton dressed Bonny up and enter her into the Family Pets contest. Nobody expect a carthorse in a Family Pets contest. At first, the Secretary refused to let Bonny enter the contest (Den's eyes started to get misty at this point) but Herriot vouched for Bonny & Mr. Skipton and finally they were allowed to enter the contest. Not only that, they won the first prize!

It is such a heart warming story!! You can feel Mr. Skipton's love for his horses and V.S. and also the loves and companionship between the two horses! We love this book!

Den bagged me to continue but I had to cook lunch, so I let her work on two worksheets from Developing The Early Learner (under Workbook). Ha! We were supposed to finish this last year but now we are just in the middle of book 3!

We had fried rice for lunch. Then Den practiced her concert pieces. Her Yamaha concert was last Tuesday but we were away in Sitiawan for my grandpa's funeral, so she missed her concert. I thought her teacher might want her to perform tonight, so I asked her to practice (and I was right).

After that, ballet, came home, bath, dinner and went out again for Yamaha. Today was the last ballet class for this year. It will only resume classes on Jan 2010. We still have Yamaha next Tuesday, but no Yamaha on 29 Dec.

Den performed 2 songs in class. She did not do as well as she did in Book 1. I think it was because teacher asked her to perform at the end of the class. She was kind of tired. However, she was happy with her performance, so I did not say anything to discourage her.

Thank you for some of your emails in encouraging me after my last posting. Don't worry, I am alright. I struggled when I wrote my last posting, I'm not sure if I want to write about my panic. Finally, I decided to be as honest as possible in writing my blog, so that it might be of help for those who go tru the same thing.

Do I missed ST? Of cause. Other than in 1995, when he graduated one semester before me and came back to MLY in Aug (I came back in Dec same year), we have never been apart for so long. Especially when he was on long leaves for the past 6 months and we were together all the time.

Having said that, other than yesterday morning panic attack, I am pretty confident that God will empower me in everything. He is my Shepard and His rod and His staff comfort me. I shall not be in want. Thank you for all your prayers.

For review & info --
For K books -
http://www.squidoo.com/booksforK (updated14 Dec 2009);
on Pre K books-
http://www.squidoo.com/ahomeschoolingmomjornel

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