Archive for November, 2005

Mikan

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Evan and the class went to pick mikans (tangerines) this week, which they all really enjoyed. Nicole and Lauren helped too. The mikan bushes are not very tall and thus they could be picked easily. Nicole pointed out mikans to pick, Evan used the scissors to cut the stalk and then Lauren put them in the bag.

Here’s a pic of the family:

Family picking mikans

Kindy

Friday, November 11th, 2005

In Evan’s 3rd week of kindy, when we came to pick him up at 2 o’clock, his first words to me were:

Mum, can I stay?

Evan seems to relate well to the head teacher, who is a male. He has shown more enthusiasm here than in the whole year at kindy in NZ.

Whistle

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

We got Evan a whistle today and he loves it. He does use it around the area, which we’re trying to avoid, but he loves to use it at home.

He also loves to direct traffic, like the security people around here. Next to us is the D2 store with the traffic people directing traffic, so I guess he’s been influenced by them.

Chopsticks

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Evan made progress today eating with chopsticks. He managed to pick up some pieces and eat using chopsticks, which is a huge step forward from the way he used to spear things with them.

Funny phrases of the day

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

These are some of the things Evan said today:

“Lauren’s my pet”

“Don’t tell me the truth!”

after watering the flowers: “Now he looks happy”

“Daddy, I did a big poopoo. The sun is going to shine tomorrow.” (we say the sun is going to shine tomorrow if he eats everything on his plate)

“Sell the pork bellies”

Ok, I taught him to say the last one, and also taught him to sing that song from the NZ elections campaign “Thank-you very much for your high taxation…”

Going to school

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Nicole and the kids were walking to school today through a side street from Motomachi. The road was being re-paved, which meant we had a very narrow path to walk on and it also meant that Evan was walking very slowly because he was interested in all the giant equipment.

There are more than enough traffic cops and this little street had no less than 7. They were very strict about where to walk, and us not walking on the wet cement. Two men walked out of a building on the road, and were yelled at by the construction men, who made them walk back, and wipe their feet on a drop cloth that they had laid down.

First day at kindy

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Evan had his first day at kindy yesterday. He did really well. We’ve put him into the Yokohama Union Church school, which is a pre-school centre. It’s in a church in Yamate and is a bit of a bus trip for the kids, but it will be easier once we get a car.

Evan didn’t cry at all when Nicole left, which is comforting. He took a bit of time to settle into the place, but he speaks well of it, so hopefully all will go well again tomorrow.

He goes to the kindy 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) from 9am to 2pm. We pack a lunch for him and they all eat there together.

There are 3 other Japanese kids there, which is great – hopefully he’ll pick up some Japanese.

Here’s a photo of the little guy on his first day:

Evan's first day

Night-time

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

When Evan’s naughty he loses bedtime stories. We start at 4 and every time he’s naughty he’ll lose a story. Sometimes when I phone home from work and ask if he’s been naughty, he’ll ask Mummy how many stories he’ll be getting that night.

I don’t like to take stories away, because we have a nice time at night reading books and talking. I want him to appreciate reading and don’t want to take stories away if I can help it.

Once I’m done reading, we’ll talk about his day and maybe about what’s happening tomorrow. Then I sing him “the sunshine song” (you are my sunshine) and then leave. He’s good now about not needing me to stay with him, and generally, both kids are in bed and asleep by 8pm.