Weight Watch 2013, other stuffs, and my daughter’s 4th birthday today

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I weighed myself last night.

I still need to lose 6KG before July 1st. I don’t know how I’m gonna lose the excess 6KG in 2 months, just in time for my brother’s wedding in July.

I decided to cancel our June travel to Manila. But I’ll attend my brother’s wedding in Malaysia, along with my parents and two sibs. Hubby will travel with me to the PH but he’ll stay in Manila. Our two kids will be under the care of their new yaya. I’d be very sad to leave them behind for 12 days but my mind wouldn’t be at peace if I’d leave them in Manila. After the MY trip, I’ll go to the province to be with my younger sister.

Today’s my 1st born’s 4th birthday. How time flies! Though she’s not a skilled reader/writer yet, her wisdom is beyond her age. Last night, she asked me a profound question: “Why do we love, Mommy?” I was thinking how on earth would I answer that? But before I could open my mouth, she said, “…because we have a heart”…

I’m one proud momma. I love my 2 daughters so much.

This is a random blogging. My mind is off to researching about my daughter’s homeschool curriculum but I have a lot of things to do at work. This morning, I didn’t go out to work but decided to work from home. I think that from now on, with a new yaya at home, I’d just stay at home to work on my stuffs. It’s better that way. Yesterday, this lady/crew at Espressa didn’t welcome my presence. She removed the cord without asking permission from me. If she had a good attitude, she’d ask me politely before removing the cord.

Well, it’s OK. Lately, I also could not concentrate outside home. I just felt that, in the past, I was just wasting my money when I worked outside because I didn’t seem to finish anything.

This is all for now. I’ll be back soon.

 

Blog update at dutdot.com

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Whoa.

It’s been almost three months since I last updated this site. Sorry for that. I missed writing letters to my two kids, too. I have been swamped with a lot of work lately. I’ll try to make an update of the things that made me busy for the past three months.

My two kids and I, and the nanny went for a one-month vacation in the Philippines last Feb to March. It’s my 2nd daughter’s 1st international flight. It’s my 1st daughter’s 3rd time to go to the Philippines. The flight went well. What made us tired during the entire flight was we carried a lot of hand carries. Too bad, really. I never learned my lessons. LESSON #1 when traveling: don’t carry a lot of things especially hand carries.

We reached Kuwait on the first week of March, and I became busy with transferring to a larger flat near our old flat. I spent three weeks unpacking, and putting things on order. LESSON #2: don’t buy lots of things overseas.

On March 4th week, we celebrated my daughter’s 3rd birthday. It came in as a surprised birthday party for her because we had an activity at that time at the church. She was teary eyed and overwhelmed of the presence of her adult friends. On her 3rd birthday, we also joined a Book Reading Club at the Pottery Barn in Kuwait.

My effort as Work-from-home mom has been rewarded. I got a surprised award from the business that I have been doing full time for a year. Thank You, God.

This April, I started to teach my 1st born on how to really use the laptop (with mouse) for her homeschool program. I remember blogging about focusing on homeschooling my toddler sometime last January. I tried to read more about the best homeschooling curriculum, but didn’t find much time to do so.

This month of April, I bought a program at Starfall.com for US$35 per year, and her development has increased tremendously. To supplement that and also to increase her social awareness and vocabulary, my husband and I decided to enroll her in a preschool in Mishref. I’ll blog more about it soon.

My youngest daughter, 10 months, is also very responsive when it comes to “studying at home” with her big sissy. It’s much easier for younger siblings (who learn much from their older siblings) to absorb new lessons around them.

So far these are the things that have been keeping my hands full. Now that my business and online work are growing at a much faster rate than I expected, and my toddler is attending homeschool and preschool, and I’m also trying to give quality time to my 10-month old baby, I will be extremely busy in the next few months, and years.

This is all for now.

New year’s resolution: “Formal” Homeschooling 2012

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I have been informally homeschooling my two daughters from 3rd trimester on my tummy up to now — my first born at 2.9yo and my youngest at barely seven months. The problem, however, with not having a curriculum to follow is that anything goes, anytime, and anywhere. Although I didn’t call it “homeschooling”, I think the kind of developmental milestones that I am seeing on my daughters (esp. my 1st born) will fall into the category of homeschooling. My toddler sings, dances, watches movies, talks in English, sometimes Spanish, and Arabic, plays with her toys, solves puzzles, plays the piano, and guitar, watches youtube, plays with the iPad, iPhone apps, and now, the laptop (although occasionally).

For over a year now, I’ve been looking for the pre-school or nursery to enroll my 1st born. She’s now 2.9, and has been “pretending” to read. She recognizes the letters, the alphabets, and knows some phonics, but when it comes to teaching her how to read, she does it on her own. She doesn’t want to be taught! She’s so independent (a trait that I can also see in my 6months old), you know, almost in all aspects of her life. The only thing that she doesn’t know at this stage of her life is to bath herself, but she knows how to brush her teeth, wash her hands and face, change her clothes, remove her soiled diaper (she still uses diaper especially when she sleeps), prepare her milk (I saw that when she prepared her milk, and I got too excited and maybe she got too nervous that she threw the milk from the bottle). She also knows the word “exercise”, and what it means, and she does find time to exercise by following Leslie Sansone’s DVDs. Recently, I bought her a VCD containing Jazz steps for kids. She’s not much into it yet, but I think she’ll love it, too, soon.

I thought that by enrolling my 1st born to a nursery or playschool will make her learn more. But I think that I’ll just continue and upgrade what she’s learning at home (from me, if her mood is right), and mostly from herself, and other DVDs/VCDs. Why? I don’t think it would be a good idea to let her start formal education outside home. We’re living overseas, and majority of the playgroups, nurseries that I found (online) were far from where we are residing. I really don’t want to stress out my child in commuting everyday or every other day.

So for 2012, I resolve to “really” focus on her “homeschooling”. I’ll create a curriculum (Overseas Homeschooling Curriculum) for her that we’ll follow for a year, and let’s see about the developments. I’ll also check if there’s an online homeschooling curriculum that my toddler can follow.

Why the sudden focus on formally homeschooling my toddler and baby (not much formal homeschooling though since the youngest is just 6months old)?

I’m a firm believer of lifelong learning, and early learning. But this quote has enlightened me more than ever.

Now is the only early childhood you will ever be able to share with your child.  These are golden years. It might be worthwhile to once again thoughtfully consider how you really want to spend your time.  What could you put off until later in order to maximize and preserve these few precious years with your child?  Your sacrifice today will mean a stronger academic and emotional future tomorrow.  Your love, time and attention mean so much.  In a child’s world, there is simply no substitute for you!

~ Jane Claire Lambert

After all, it’s just a matter of proper allocation of time. Now, it’s time to put into good use the 8 triple rule I read long ago but haven’t practiced yet: 8-8-8 (8 hours for my work & personal development); 8 hours for my sleep and home obligations); 8 hours for my family (recreation, bonding, homeschooling, catching up).

How about you moms? How do you divide your time? What’s your take about homeschooling?

Happy 2012. Happy Leap Year!

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2012. New Year. Leap Year.

I wasn’t aware that today’s year is leap year until I read it at WIKIPEDIA. This means, there’s an extra day for February – 29. So today’s year is not a common year.

I guess 2012 will be my year, too, for my professional growth as WAHM. I just purchased (Free Order) a domain from my hosting. It’s a beautiful gift at the start of this year. I will work on that new domain over the next few days prior to releasing it on my 3rd year as WAHM. How time flies. I still remember that fateful day of Jan 2009 when I vowed to never work for anyone else anymore. I am not closing my door for my dream job (international field). But for now, I feel blessed. I am blooming where I am planted. I just feel grateful that I can spend much time with my kids but lately though I have been busy with my deadlines at work.But at least, my kids get to see me most of the time – at home.

I have to catch up with my readings, too. I want to devote an hour everyday to finish my readings. I also would like to start, really start sewing my kids’ dresses (from scratch). I have so much to do but I need not overwhelm myself. Looking back over the past years, especially the year 2011 that has just recently passed, I realized how important time is. It just passes through so quickly, and if we’re not aware of how we peruse our time, we’d end up wasting most of it.

I haven’t prepared much for my goal setting for 2012 because I was beating a deadline on the eve of New Year. But, I didn’t let Dec31 pass without drafting a general goal for 2012. I was able to cover almost all aspects of my life in my goals for 2012, but I have yet to simplify them and make them more specific and attainable given the time frame of one year.

It’s important at the onset of the new year to have a clear path to tackle throughout the year. As much as possible, it should be on a daily plan scale and also should include a large scale – say plan for the whole year on what to achieve and how to achieve them. And if you have toddlers or children who will study a few years from the current year, it’s important to incorporate them as well. I still am battling with the dilemma on where should we really be living two years from now. It’s because two years from now, my 1st born will enter school. She’ll be 5 then, and I want her to have a good start at school. This year, I should (rather my hubby and I) be able to finally know where to settle — here or there. It’s just a matter of proper timing and execution.

Today’s the 4th of Jan. 2012. So far, so good.  The first three days of this month have been productive for me. I accomplished much, and worked so hard that last night (actually at 3am), I decided to declare Wednesday as my day off. This is the good thing of working for oneself. You can declare your own day offs without asking for anyone’s approval.

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope to post frequently here.

My new WAHM table

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As a work from home mom, I need a corner at home where I can work without interruption, and where it’s convenient for me to stretch my legs and my arms. I bought a working table (big one complete with comfy chair) but when we transferred to a new flat, the table (which we just parked temporarily outside because of lack of space inside) vanished into thin air. Someone stole it. I am still looking for that perfect working table.

I spotted this table (see pics below) at Hawally when we went there last Dec. 7 to buy an iPod dock. Good thing I didn’t buy the first table that I saw at one of the stores. Not only that the first table I saw was expensive, the quality wasn’t also good — it looked so cheap as compared to the one  I bought at the same price, actually, at KD4.

WAHM table

It has a fan. It is adjustable. I can read a book here, or watch movies in my laptop since the table can be adjusted. On both sides of the legs, there are screws to adjust the height of the table.

The laptop guard on the table can be removed if the laptop is not in use or if I don’t want my laptop to be slanted.

There’s a drawer on the side where I can put the laptop guard or any stuffs.

This table is convenient when working in bed.