Now for those of you following my blog, you might think I am one crazy mama, pushing poor Bea academically – workbooks everyday, no play and all work type. I assure you and my friends will attest to that – I am neither of those. 🙂 Bea has alot of fun and no, she doesn’t do workbooks every day… probably on average twice a week… the rest of the days, it’s piano (we are trying to teach her ourselves but lack the discipline of a regular teacher -yes, I should follow my own advice – come on mama, some self discipline please!) , violin, Mastermind, checkers, Jenga, Dominos and Fridays is usually movie night – it’s our TV dinner movie night where we veg out in front of the google box – we figured, once a week exposure won’t melt her brains.
For most long holidays, we usually go back to Penang, both sets of grandparents are there… and when people ask us what we do, it’s usually just hanging out with family – we don’t do anything much in terms of holiday activities. We did visit 2 farms along the way which was a real eye opener for us (will talk about it soon!). Hanging out in the garden with Grandad and creating a flower pattern on the granite is something she enjoys.
Leaving love notes is another thing she enjoys.
For Bea, one of the highlights of the trip is definitely just hanging out with her cousin R, who lives just 2 doors away from my mum’s apartment. The girls will hang out with each other with every possible evening that both are free and to me, that’s is such a blessing – friends and cousins – bounded by friendship and kinship. R’s mother and I often look at each other in the eye, and in that, understanding that it is such a sweet miracle that 2 little girls that only get to meet each other 3 times a year, can have such camaraderie. I feel that all of us, we need a sense of family “rootedness” – if there is such a word, that goes beyond the nuclear family – knowing that this person’s grandmother was your grandmother’s sister – is a bond that ties you to a person long after the giddy throes of friendship melts. So to have cousin who is also your friend, is indeed a priceless gift.
Here they are, both of them taking turns to sing the role of Anna of Frozen in the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman?. They improvised quite creatively (no help from anyone) – Bea would sing the younger Anna while R would sing the older Anna and they used the sliding door of Grandma’s kitchen for their performance. Pretty cute!