Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chores, Study, Prayer, and Travel

Esher and her ninang bong Channa during the engagement ceremony of Ptr. Vandy and Rolitess.
Aleeyah's growing up moments
One day she insisted to do the dishes. Not to disappoint her, mommy agreed. Washing the dishes foster mom-daughter teamwork. Mommy do the first rinse, Aleeyah does the soaping, then mommy rinse them again, and then stack the plate. Wheww!! It was a double work but fun. She did this every evening during weekdays and every after meal during weekends. After three weeks, it's getting complicated, so mommy or bong Somnang would make some positive excuses for her not to necessarily help, until she forgot all about doing the dishes.
Feeling guilty, Resie is thinking, we should let her do it often or she will make positive excuses later not to participate in house chores.
It's been three months since she went to school. To this day, she is still excited about school everyday. She wakes up every 5:30-6:00 every morning and asks for assistance to prepare for school. Or sometimes At 5:30, she gets her pencil, pen, crayons, notebooks or book and start writing. Coming from school at 4 PM, she does the same thing till bedtime and actually keep her school stuff under her pillows so that when she wakes up in the morning she would know where to find them.
One day, Dad decided to removed the TV in her room. It is indeed a positive thing. Her TV watching the whole day was replaced with writing, reading, imaginary stories, cutting papers, drawing, making postcards, singing, dancing, and acting. We wonder if she will do the same thing when she starts making homeworks..
Not pretending; its real! Aleeyah tries to read a Bible story to her sister before bed time. She does not really read the words but because she is familiar with the story according to the pictures, she knows what the story is about.

The girls are praying together before bed time. It used to be just Aleeyah praying, but when Esher learned to pray, there's a competition who's going to pray first epecially during mealtimes. It's either they pray simultaneously with a different content of prayer or the other one prays first then the other one's turn. Sometimes, we have longer prayer times during mealtime or before bedtime.

Visiting Moundolkiri the Second time
Esher's enjoying the ride on dad's shoulder. Behind us is the airport in Mondoulkiri.

Ate May, Tito tony and Tita Amy's daughter is being home schooled. During our first day in Mondoulkiri, Aleeyah was not interested in going around when she knew that ate May will do her pace work that day. Instead of going out, she stayed and study with her ate May.

Daddy's enjoying the elephant ride.

Esher enjoying sight seeing and the freedom to walk and run

Aleeyah thinks she is not brave enough to ride the elephant so she stayed in titu Tim's car and ride on the cooler instead...

while Esher and us enjoyed the ride

Esher was ready to go swimming in one of the waterfalls, but there's too much and too dangerous. Taking a shot was enough. Feeling a bit disappointed, Esher......

sat down and had her snack

Aleeyah and Titu Tony at Dak Dam
Hmmmmpppp......feeling so close together....there must be a good reason..... Titu Tony promised Aleeyah she can play the computer game when she gets home.......ha ha ha

Taking the oppurtunity to capture a family picture on the virgin's breast mountain.

Pure Filipinos....

Just being sisters...........

Aleeyah being sweet......

Mondoulkri Rainbow captured while relaxing at Tita Amy's terrace....

Esher's trying to play peek-a-boo to the very tired Katie on our way back home to Phnom Penh

Surely.......peek-a-boo must have been effective