29 Sep 2016

LAKE DIEFENBAKER





Summer is officially over but today I want to #throwback to one of my happy places in Saskatchewan: Lake Diefenbaker. From the moment I visited it back in 2012 I knew that it was the place I wanted my family to make beautiful memories.

Its 225km long with about 800km shoreline. A reservoir and bifurcation lake in Southern Saskatchewan, formed by the construction of Gardiner Dam and Qu'Appelle River Dam. The contruction began in 1959 an the lake was filled in 1967. The lake is beautiful with water that I can claim looks like Caribbean ocean {I have a wild imagination so if you go there and it's nothing like that then you know}.

There are so many deserted shorelines and each time I find myself imaging living on my own little private island. Few people seem to know it. Sometime people that have lived here most of their life don't even know it. Even in the hottest days the shorelines closest to the dam is pretty much deserted. 

28 Sep 2016

BOOKS: TALLULAH, THE TOOTH FAIRY CEO


Whenever I go to the library I make sure to pick up at least a book that depicts a culturally diverse character. My children are getting more interested in their skin tone and I want to encourage them to see the big world and how we're all beautifully differently made. I believe books are amazing tools to teach them about diversity.

I was over the moon when I received an email asking me if I would be interested in reading Dr. Tamara Pizzoli latest book Tallulah, the Tooth Fairy CEO. The cover is bold and I love it!


I jumped up for joy because I've been admiring Dr Pizzoli's children books for a long time. I love owe she infuses diverse cultures into the stories. As you can see the cover is bold. I wanted to read it so much but more importantly my daughter wanted to read it. The story reminds me of what my daughter did when her first tooth fell out.

We're waiting for our copy to arrive. In the meantime this is a synopsis of the story-

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy is not only the founder and CEO of the largest teeth collecting organization on the planet, Teeth Titans, Incorporated, she's a clever and wildly successful business woman with an affinity for all things dental. A natural innovator and problem solver, Tallulah finds herself unexpectedly stumped when six year-old Ballard Burchell leaves a note instead of his tooth under his pillow. What's a Tooth Fairy to do when there's no tooth to take?

A giveaway is coming up soon, so stay tuned!




24 Sep 2016

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: AUTUMN SIGNS


This week was the week I felt like I'm settling into our new routine after the summer. I'm feeling calmer and though I have few projects lined up I'm taking it slow. 

We didn't make it to swimming this week. Monday I was too tired to drive and Wednesday the kids fell asleep when I arrived at the pool so I brought them back home. 

We were on our way to school one morning when AOI said "When you're not in kindergarten you think it's easy, but when you're there is so hard." Yep, her eyes are open to the hardship of the world of education. She is adapting slowly to her recess dilemma and I'm trying not to go there but I watch her from afar to see how she's doing. Wednesday she cried but stopped when she saw an adult and I watched her sit down and carry on eat her snap whilst the father of another girl that is finding recess difficult talked to the girls.

I'm loving the dark side of the light in my photography. I hope my next client will love this mood too. 








15 Sep 2016

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: KINDERGARTEN UPDATE #2



15-09-2016

"Promise, promise..." she kept telling me as we were getting ready for bedtime.
"Promise you what?" I asked knowing too well what she wanted me to say no to.
"Promise me you will say no more school. That you will not take me back to school."

My heart was hurting so much to hear say the words. She couldn't cope with school because she found recess too scary with so many children running around and not knowing who are the adulting looking after them. My heart was crying because I couldn't promise not to take her to school but I promised I'll do anything that can help her settle into school.

We went to bed hoping that it was her tiredness escalating her fear of recess but in the morning she went back to it. In fact she wanted to go to preschool forever because she didn't think kindergarten was going to be hectic, but just calm a bit like preschool.

"I feel sick in my stomach." she said this morning after we've been throu after breakfast I don't want to got o school ever again, I want to learn from home.

"That can happen when you feel scared your stomach feel sick."
"I don't want to go to school."
"If you want to switch class, we still have to go talk to Mrs D-J."
"Okay, but I want to switch to preschool."
"Well, you can't switch to preschool without talking to your teacher. Also preschool has a wait list so you can switch to the other class if you want."
"No, I want to go to preschool."
"No..." said little brother, he's sure enjoying preschool without his sister being there.
"So, is the problem the class or recess?"
"The problem is recess, it's scary. It's like monters running all around me."
"Then we have to find a way to help you with that and I will talk to the teacher so I can come help you out settle in. How about that?"
"I don't want to go to school."
"No matter what we have to talk to your teacher, so let's go to school and see what she says okay."

So I went to her recess and it set a big step for her. She was telling me more about her class and about what she did in class. They watched a video and learnt about the brain.

The school is awesome because the teacher is allowing to be with her (in the play area, for her to see that there is an adult that she can trust) I'm going to go to recess until she feels ready or she says it "Until I feel brave to go alone."

So went to help at recess and it helped her. Slowly I'll help her recognise the supervisors and then she will be comfotable for me not to go to recess with her. She will enjoy her kindergarten year.

14 Sep 2016

OUR EVERYDAY LIFE: KINTERGARDEN UPDATE #1




13-09-2016

"Where are you going?" I asked little girl when she came outside dressed up like a lady going to a tea party in the 20s.
"Nowhere." She said gigglying happy. It was heart warming to see her like that. After the first day of staggered kindergarten, during which the teacher was there to help the children out, my daugter's experience at kindergarten was about to go downhill due to recess.

But let's me start from this morning.

When it was time to go to kintergarden, little girl held onto the sofa. I read her a book about feeling shy and scared at school and how things turn out to be okay.

Everything at school is so hectic is so rushed for her. For instance today she couldn't eat her snack because there was a power drill. Yesterday she couldn't finish her snack because there was no more time. She was finding recess scary because she couldn't see her teacher. This morning I talked with her teacher and she explained that at recess they're different teachers supervising, she told me who they are and now little girl knows. It helped. At pick up she told me she was sad during recess but she saw the teachers supervising and felt better.

I can imagine her anxiety when she's in the big recess play area. Pick up time reminds me of London rush hour at the tube station. I'm so glad we choose this school for her, because the building is small and doesn't really look like a scary institution.

Aknowledging her feelings and knowing that when she talks we can try to help her will just help her experience in kintergarden be a good one.

7 Sep 2016

PRESCHOOL: THE BEGINNING PART 2




Look at that smile. My heart be still. He's such a poser, be can't resist.

Today my two and half years old started preschool. He wanted to go to preschool so much last year. So, he didn't feel sad today and also I was there because of his age. But I felt like me being there was a bit distracting to him because he sometimes turned to ask me. He was also learning to sit still, but all the children were learning to still still. I'm going to be with him for some time so I can help him with a routine for the morning.

It's was not a sad first day of preschool as it was for his sister at preschool two years ago. Nobody cried in his class, they were playing and sharing toys as if they've known each other all these years. This year there are more boys than girls. It's good because TOI will start making his own friends.

I may cry when it time to leave him all by himself there but I'm sure he will be fine. To a wonderful preschool years for little boy.


1 Sep 2016

THE DAY BEFORE KINDERGARTEN







#throwbackthursday to 01-02/09/2013

01/09/2016

In the morning I organized one shelf of the 'master' bedroom. I brushed the accumulated dust from the floor. The children played with their leapfrog Scout and Violet.

In the afternoon we went to shoot our back to school photos. AOI was such fun, she told TOI "You have to get ready, we're going to take back to school photos." After that I took them to McNally because I had to leave some books for the Word on the Street.

Tonight they were in bed by 8:50pm, a bit late but not as late as they have been going to bed during the summer holidays.

As soon as my husband walked into the house, around 6pm he told me to go to bed because at 5pm I phoned him due my head pounding. It was a mixture of tiredness and lack of sleep. So while the children where out for dinner with daddy I was in bed. I slept for couple f hours until I heard the velcro of my daughter's trainers unfastening.

I lifted the covers and she curled next to me, but not for long because she wanted to show me the toy she got from McDonal's. A loud kitty. I got out of bed to help with bedtime routine. Little brother was fast asleep. I got AOI ready for bed. She was waiting for her snack when she came to hug me and say "We're always friends even when I'm grumpy and shouting." I returned her hug and said "Yes, we're always friends."

Now I'm pouring over old photos.

I look at simple things that make me happy. Crying for all the lessons my children are helping me learn. My heart is full of pride. They're amazing. I cry for joy for my love for my little beings is so pure yet I also cry because sometimes the frustration and struggle (trying to hit me and telling me to leave them when all I'm trying to do is to comfort them) they put me through is too raw to contain.

Through all I'm grateful for this life, glad Lord gave it to me.

A huge hug to all the mothers out there.
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