I let Ru-Jun sleep in. It was cold and rainy. Then we went to the lab so I could do a couple of things and then we went to the store to get a couple of tubes of chocolate chip cookie dough. We came home, at a semblance of lunch, and baked the cookies. Then we went to a bbq (held indoors) with Maxsym’s family and another family whose 9yo daughter is the best friend of their 8 yo. It was really fun.
Graduation May 24, 2013
I didn’t miss the biology graduation ceremony this year. I arranged for Ru-Jun to be with Min and Shian-Ren for a few hours until I got back. I then took the rest of the day off and gave Ru-Jun th day off from day care. It was very enjoyable to see the graduates and other faculty. I got back by 11 and we’ve had a pretty fun and relaxing day. Weather for tomorrow is pretty lousy but we were invited to a bbq at our friends’ so Ru-Jun and I will venture out…
nostalgia in small children May 23, 2013
4-5 year olds are emerging from infant-toddler hood. That time they just went through, their total comfort and pleasure was seen to by their parents. They are leaving that into a time when they have to increasingly see to their own immediate comfort. The 5 year old doesn’t really have a lot of memories from when they are 2 but she seems to have the memory of that comfort and pleasure and the desire to always get back there. It’s an extremely tactile and physical nostalgia.
Friday is graduation May 22, 2013
I’ll be going to the Undergraduate Biology ceremony. I need to be there at 8, which means leaving her at about 7:15. Last year I had a sitter set up who fell through. This year I’m just going to let Ru-Jun stay here with Shian-Ren and Min until I get back (about 11). Then Ru-Jun will have the day off from day care. She has monday off too (Memorial Day). So it’s a 4 day weekend. Drawback is that I don’t get much work done. Oh well.
Vision and hearing tests May 21, 2013
Ru-Jun had a hearing test yesterday at her pediatrician’s office and she checked out fine. Today she took a vision test at my (now her) opthalmologist’s office. She checked out at 20/30, which is a pass for kindergarten but may mean glasses are in her future. We got referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist who may be able to confirm (and also look more thoroughly as my ophthalmologist is not set up for kids’ more sensitive eyes). These tests are for kindergarten.
Summer May 20, 2013
Summer is basically here, weather wise, although it hasn’t been really hot yet. Work-wise, I have more time in the lab (much needed) and will also spend a lot of time in the office. Weekends I’ll be mostly here at home for the foreseeable future as Luana, our Saturday sitter, is in Brazil for a few weeks. Monday is the Memorial Day holiday, so Ru-Jun has a lot of cherished Daddy-time coming up.
Ru-Jun’s recital May 19, 2013
It was a drizzly day but things went well. We got there early and parked close in a handicapped spot. Ru-Jun went with her assistant teacher to the backstage area (the cafeteria of the school, I think) where it was a long wait until they performed. They did a really good job (see pic on Facebook) and we gave Ru-Jun a flower when she was done and she got an ice cream cone on the way home. Shian-Ren and Min enjoyed the performance too. There were some really good groups of junior high and high school students. Ru-Jen says she wants to continue in the fall, maybe with hip hop, as she doesn’t want to do ballet again or tap.