Thursday, February 12, 2009

From Now Till 2022

Boy Wonder started school at Camberwell Grammar this month. He's enrolled in their 4 year old pre-prep program and we are planning on letting him continue at this school until he reaches year 12. This means he will be at Camberwell until 2022. Oh my goodness!
In addition to his uniform, he wears a sun hat everyday. He also takes a lunchbox and by next week when he starts the full day he will take a sleeping bag as well. School starts at 9am and ends at 3pm. But to ease the kids into school, they did a 9-12 week, followed by a 9-1pm week and next week will be 9-3pm. I'm just really happy we live 10 minutes away from school so I don't need to sacrifice too much sleep time to get Boy Wonder to school on time.

And as usual, I've been abit emotional everytime I drop Boy Wonder off to school and pick him up. I often see the older boys walking around the campus and picturing Boy Wonder that grown up chokes me up. He still acts like a baby at times, but he's definitely growing up. I just hope he grows up to be a confident, intelligent, compassionate and respectful man someday. And most of all, I want him to know no matter what that I will always love him to bits.

So anyways, Boy Wonder has been doing great in school. Although he still has his weird mixed up accent, I am beginning to hear some changes in it. He's finally started saying tomato with a short "a" sound rather than a long "a" sound. And the other day he mentioned his classmate Alexander by saying "Alexandah". Hopefully in a few more months we'll all stop giving him a hard time about his Disney channel accent.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Too Hot To Handle

The state of Victoria had just had its hottest day on record and also the worst fire outbreak. As of today, 76 are confirmed dead and the numbers are expected to hit 3 digits as more towns are reached by fire fighters. I thought we had gone through the worse heat wave last week, but yesterday was shocking.

Thank goodness we stayed at Grandma and Pop's last night because they had air conditioning. It was actually quite shallow of me to be only thinking about the aircon, because watching the news tonight about what happened yesterday and is still happening in some parts was really depressing. There were stories of families wiped out, small children dead, 90% of a town burnt to the grown, missing friends and relatives all over. I dread to think of the kind of deaths these 66 people went through. Thinking of the kids just breaks my heart.

I've watched the news before about the fires that happened in California. But because my relatives and I were far away from it, it didn't really have much impact on me. This time while we were at Grandma and Pop's, I could actually smell the smoke in the air. But because it was around 46 degrees, I didn't know if it was just the weather or the fires had something to do with it. The sky was clouded over and the winds blew like a hair dryer was at your face the whole time. Hubby's cousin David could actually see the smoke approaching where they lived before they quickly left. Good thing the winds changed direction so the fire didn't reach their area. Grandma's sister Faye was much closer to the fire, but thank goodness it didn't reach them either. You'll have to check out the link above to see pictures of the devastation that happened.

And because this subject is so depressing, I've added some pictures of what Boy Wonder and Nachos were doing yesterday to escape the heat. Grandma and I could only stand to stay outside for a few minutes with them so the rest of the time we just watched them play through the window. It must be so great to be so young and unaffected.


Grandma set up the little pool for them to play in and gave them icy poles to snack on. They had a blast.

And what is so strange about Melbourne weather is that unbelievably, after a high of 47.9 in some parts, the hottest ever recorded in Victoria, today was in the low 20's and it even drizzled! I couldn't believe it when I watched the weather forecast yesterday, but it actually is so much cooler today! I almost had to wear a jacket!

So anyways, I'm glad we're all ok and far from the fires. I pray for all those people who perished in the fire and hope the number won't get any higher.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Sold!

I've been heartbroken the last few weeks. Grandma and Pop have sold their house!

A family came to see their house last month and their kid liked the place so much she didn't want to leave. Even after they were told there is no negotiating on the price, they came back soon after and gave the deposit. I was in shock when they told me the news. I know I was suppose to be happy for them but I couldn't help being sad. I had images of the kids growing up going to Grandma and Pop's and have vivid memories of that as they grow older. I guess at this point only Boy Wonder might have fuzzy memories of when he used to go on the quad bike all over their backyard.

Grandma and Pop's place was the first "home" I really knew since I first started coming here. Although its only been a few years, I can't help feeling attached to it. It was the only anchor I had each time I was here as a real foreigner. I thought Hubby might feel even sadder than me, but he said the only reason his parents bought the house before was because it was the only place they could afford that was close enough to relatives they had to look after. I think Hubby is eager to have his parents live closer into town and not have to drive so far out of the city anymore.

So now that Grandma and Pop need to move out of their place in April and their retirement home is far from completion (it hasn't even started constructing yet!), they will be moving in with us. At least with the little bit of heartache, having free babysitting service for a few months will be more than enough compensation.