Kiki & Lala

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Now my first born knows all about them… the birds and the bees.
She’d been asking many questions the past few weeks and worse, had gathered lots of misinformation. So I decided it was time for the talk lest she get even more confused.

I bought this book

several years ago when I got pregnant with Mikel just in case his sister would ask where he came from. She didn’t. Then when I got pregnant for the 3rd time she asked and was satisfied with “The mommy and the daddy have to pray really hard and ask for a baby”.

But this week, the book needed to be taken out of mothballs. It’s basic and cute and funny and cartoony which was a big help but I never realized how uncomfortable it would be to talk to my own child about this. It’s right up there with talking to your parents about it. I’m not kidding!

She took it well. Some suppressed laughter and squealing on her part but all in all she took it like a big girl. She just said, “But that’s so weird…” So I told her yes, it sounds weird but it’s not at all. It’s very normal and natural and if people didn’t do this, there would be no more people.

I also made her swear not to tell other kids about this new information because only their parents can decide if they’re ready to know or not. And I could tell afterwards that she felt empowered by this new knowledge for “big kids” only. I can only hope…

As you know, some time ago Mikel gave himself the moniker “Mr. Booger”.
And he has been living up to the name with very little effort.
Earlier tonight, I caught him digging for gold while watching something on the iPad. (I deliberately put that out there so thieves might think twice before getting their hands on ours ;P)

Lala: Were you picking your nose??
Mikel: …No…
Lala: Yes you were…
Mikel: I’m just scratching because there’s a mosquito bite…
Lala: Whatever, Mr. Booger.

The fact is, it’s not easy being a Waldorf parent. While you may not have to deal with the never ending stream of homework and tests, you have worry of a different sort.

There is the seemingly impossible balance to strike between keeping them kids in this too fast-changing world without keeping them too naive, making things as healthy and natural as possible while maintaining a certain level of convenience (for lack of a better word… I don’t even know what word I’m looking for!)

My kids are loving it at Waldorf at the moment and I am ever so thankful for that. But no doubt, I am often beset by nagging worries and questions. “Am I stunting their intellectual development? How will they stack up against other kids from traditional schools? Why isn’t she reading like a fiend the way I was at her age? Don’t they need a little more pressure?”

As much as I despise cookie cutter schools, they ARE still the norm around here. And Steiner Education in the country is still in its infancy. I’d like to see a bigger sample of graduates and see how they fare in “the real world” – whatever the heck that means!

So in the midst of thinking and over-thinking the education I’ve chosen for my kids, it’s comforting to come across a video like this where teachers and graduates (one from Harvard – yaaay!) talk quite passionately about being in a Waldorf school. Let me know what you think, Kiki.

The top floor of The Hyatt Hotel is a revolving restaurant called the Spindletop.  It allows you to take in the views of downtown Houston while you enjoy your meal.  Here’s a sorry attempt of a frame by frame photo series.

And when I strung these pictures all together…voila!

Did I tell you that Santa gave me a new camera with panoramic functions for Christmas?  Oooh and this was what I was feasting on while spinning.

While we are used to better views, the thrill of slowly spinning high above is awesome!

I’m in Houston, TX this week for the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Conference.   I thought I’d share with you some pictures I took of my hotel – The Hyatt Regency.  Tell me if these pictures take you back to a nostalgic place we (tragically) can no longer go back to 😦

From the lobby, a fabulous view of the high speed elevators zooming up and down.

Hotel rooms rise all the way up 30 floors on the perimeters of the atrium.

And a cafe / bar in the middle of the lobby

 

Doesn’t this remind you of a super-sized version of The Hyatt Baguio? Sniff…sniff.

 

Look who decides to show up after months of unwarranted silence!   No excuses here but you will understand that I’ve been adjusting to certain changes.  So in a nutshell, this is what I’ve been doing all this time.

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

Celebrating New Years Eve…

 

And perhaps taking it to the extreme…

Eating way too much “carne”…

And drinking way too much Malbec

Enjoying the rooftop view…

Reminiscing on childhood memories of over-sized water tanks

And kissing tigers!

As you can tell, I’ve been very busy…with nonsense, hedonistic activities :p  I’ll try to be more diligent with updates.  I do have a lot to share 🙂

 

This was us at the gas station the other day.

Mikel: Why we put gas?
Lala: We need to put gas because if we don’t, the car won’t run.
Mikel: Where… Where the legs of the car??


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