April 13th, 2013Add a comment »
Fist published in Facebook on April 13, 2013:
Yesterday was a fine day, sunny with moderate clouds. Mark and I were outside. He pointed up and said to me, “Look! Mom! The clouds look like marshmallows.” I looked up. It was, indeed.
Last night, at bedtime, Matthew was whiny, asked me, “When is my teeth ever gonna fall off? It never falls off.” I just told him – when it’s time.
At 6-years old and almost completing 1st-grade, he has NOT lost a tooth yet, while all his classmates already have. And he’s been really anxious, especially for that visit by the Tooth Fairy!
This morning, after hearing a commotion between Mathew and Mark, Mark came to me crying, “I don’t like big brother. He made me mad.” Me, thinking – Yes Mark, use your words.
Matthew (6) and Mark (3) on a gorgeous Saturday. Taken on 2013 Apr 13
It did take a lot of ‘aggressive’ encouragement from me to convince Matthew to practice his biking, but he ended up having a good time.
Mark was more willing. He’s the one with the most fun especially after I took out his tricycle. Mark’s legs are still short for his tricycle. He couldn’t pedal effectively yet, so I ended up pulling the tricycle (with Mark on it) with a rope… Me, tired!
April 8th, 2013Add a comment »
This morning, Mark came over to me asking for a cookie. I told him, “No” and that he should eat his breakfast. And then he ran away, almost crying. And then, he stopped, looked back at me with a sour face, and said, “I don’t like you.”
He’s such a character!
This reminded me of the time a month or so back. He was playing with my iPhone. While I was trying to get his attention, I was telling him to do something, like pick-up his toys or something, he said to me, in a serious manner, “Shh! I want quiet.” I was stunned. (That’s exactly what I tell him, when he is being noisy and annoying.)
Weeks ago, on Spring break, we watched a movie, went malling, shopping and just walking and looking around, and just having fun. When everyone else are having fun, there is always Mark NOT having fun! (We would have this conversation almost all the time, while we were out and about.)
Mark, with a look of boredom: “Let’s go home.”
Me: “You’re a party pooper.”
Mark, smiles at me, like telling me that I’m being silly: “No. I’m Mark.“
Mark has been sick with diarrhea, and has been puking since yesterday. This morning, he’s still sick and has a touch of fever, but otherwise he’s active and energetic. He did get his cookie! And he’s turning 3 years old tomorrow.
Mark (a day before turning 3), needs a haircut and loves milk!
March 31st, 2013Add a comment »
Matthew (6) and Mark (almost-3) with the Easter Bunny, Taken March 30, 2013
We boiled, dyed and decorated the eggs! They were hidden and found. And then, they were deviled, and topped with onion and bacon, for snacks.
March 27th, 2013Add a comment »
First published in Facebook, March 27:
So I was asking Mark (turning-3) to help me with some chores, to put some of the clean rags to its designated drawer. He has done it before, so he can do it again.
Me: “Mark, put these rags to the drawer please.”
Mark: “Wait a minute.”
Me, in a firm commanding voice: “No ‘Wait a minute’! Do it right now.”
Mark, still not moving: “Ok. Wait a second.“
First published in Facebook, March 25:
It’s the 1st day of Matthew’s one-week long spring break from school. Early this morning, while I was already awake in my bed but still resisting to get up, Matthew and Mark were talking in their room and I overheard them over the baby monitor.
Mark: “Brother, wake up! It’s morning time!”
Matthew: “No. Today is my day off.“
I love this baby monitor! It’s a gold mine for precious funny lines between the two of them!
(I’ve started using this baby monitor, on and off, since Matthew was born. Yes, I still use it even though Matthew is now 6 and Mark is turning-3. And I intend to continue using it until they are teenagers!)
January 29th, 2013Add a comment »
First published in Facebook, January 29, 2013:
Read “When I grow up…”
And once more, Matthew had another episode at the school bus.
Yesterday morning, according to the bus driver, Matthew missed his stop at the elementary school. Matthew, since Kindergarten last year, just like the other youngest/smallest bus riders, sits at the front of the bus at the first or second row. So yesterday morning, after the bus completed its route from the elementary school to the middle school, then to the high school, the driver found Matthew at the front seat right behind the driver seat. Matthew was sleeping!
Matthew still made it to the elementary school in time. Thanks to the school bus driver who didn’t have a choice but to make another round back to the elementary school, just for sleepyhead Matthew.
Matthew (6) and silly Mark (turning-3), Taken Jan. 29, 2013.