It’s the last week of school for my 6yo!! He will be finishing off his year as a kindergartner and will be in first grade next year. And finally (finally!) I will have my mornings to myself again. It’s definitely been a challenging school year for us – he’s the first in the family to attend an American elementary school and it’s so different from what primary school is like in Singapore. For starters, the Singapore school year is January to December! And there are lots of tests, mid-year and end-year exams, even in Primary One.
Here, my boy attends Kindergarten in the afternoon, and it is Mandarin immersion so his main teacher speaks to the class in Mandarin only, while the AM class teacher takes over and handles the English half hour of the class. So very different! But he loves school and his friends and the fact that on Thursdays and Fridays he gets to stay after school and play in the playground with some of his classmates. And so it has been a successful year!
Anyway, this weekend…I seem to have caught a bit of a cold/itchy throat/cough thing. But I still managed to make a pandan cake, pasta salad and luckily the husband helped with making sandwiches – all for a picnic on a strangely chilly and blustery Sunday. We found a new-to-us park convenient for our friends too and for a while there it was like we had reserved the whole place for ourselves. The playground was empty and we had our pick of picnic spots. Of course some families arrived later but it was a lovely place that wasn’t as busy as the central park on a weekend. And there was even a nice field for the kids to play soccer. We are definitely coming back to this park!
Bloodline on Netflix – I have a weakness for Kyle Chandler and there’s the bonus of Linda Cardellini (you may know her from Freaks and Geeks and Mad Men)
Leftover sandwiches for dinner
A glass of warm milk
Not typically a book I would reach for but I’m intrigued by Deb’s description of how she was sucked into the story – White Fur by Jardine Libaire (Kahakai Kitchen)
The Dispossessed – Ursula K Le Guin (Loved it but may have been too heavy a book, coming from my marathon Asian Lit Bingo reading session last month which led to a book hangover).