新的一年

2011已经过了一个星期,时间好快!最大的改变莫过于婧已经上小一了。还记得当年开始blog的第一篇文章,如果拿来对比,你绝对会惊觉时间带来的转变非常巨大!

6年前抱着阿婧的一张照片

岁月如梭,那个小宝宝已经上小学了

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Baby Carrier

儿子3个月大,可以兜在胸前出门。

人之初,就像是一块海绵,什么东西看在眼里都是新事物。只要一出门,那双纯净的眼睛就不停的捕捉一景一物,像是要在最短的时间认识这个世界。

这段抱在胸前的日子,相信不会持续太久。

甜酸苦辣,是一段喜忧参半的经历。

从婴儿成长成小孩的过程,让很多父母常感叹岁月如梭。

每一天都是学习天,对宝宝而言,也对父母而言。

新生命

女儿快4岁,学会了说话吵架闹脾气,这是当初看到她呱呱坠地时,完全不同的体验。

前同事Pocalynda也刚生了个女儿,小家伙来到世上的隔天,豪叔叔,LY阿姨,还有S阿姨几个老战友都到医院来探望。S阿姨抱着宝宝的画面,战战兢兢的样子被LY阿姨第一时间照了下来。

新生命是喜悦的化身,看到同事似乎一点倦意也没有。从昨天的产妇化身为今天的妈妈,母性的光环盖过一切疲劳。那一种奇妙,为人父为人母的心情,也只有亲身体验才能够知道。

Touching Stories

A给我捎来了一封电邮,故事很感人,和大家分享。

Story 1: 

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was
asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring
child.

The winner was:

A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly
gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the
little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and
just sat there.

When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little
boy just said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’

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Story 2:

Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of  a
family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the
other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted.

A little girl said, ‘I know all about adoption, I was adopted..’

‘What does it mean to be adopted?’, asked another child.

‘It means’, said the girl, ‘that you grew in your mommy’s heart
instead of her tummy!’
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Story 3:

On my way home one day, I stopped to watch a Little League base ball
game that was being played in a park near my home. As I sat down behind the
bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was.

‘We’re behind 14 to nothing,’ he answered with a smile.

‘Really,’ I said. ‘I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.’

‘Discouraged?’, the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face…

‘Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.’

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Story 4:

Whenever I’m disappointed with my spot in  life, I stop and think
about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. His mother told
me that he’d set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be
chosen.

On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him
after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and
excitement.  ‘Guess what, Mom,’ he shouted, and then said those words that
will remain a lesson to me…..’I’ve been chosen to clap and cheer.’
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Story 5:

An eye witness account from New York City , on a cold day in December,
some years ago: A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe
store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering
with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, ‘My, but you’re in such deep
thought staring in that window!’

‘I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,’was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the
clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he
could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing
her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the
towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair
upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him.. She
patted him on the head and said, ‘No doubt, you will be more comfortable
now.’

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and
looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her.

‘Are you God’s wife?’

GeoTrax火车升级了

稍微有品牌拼凑轨道的火车玩具,在新加坡几乎都被Thomas and Friends给垄断了。自上回买了Geo Trax之后,就一直在为这个玩具的升级伤透了脑筋。

阿婧去年的生日,我在ebay上面就买了一套Geo Trax,托在芝加哥的弟弟代收。几经辗转,刚刚从美国回来的婧姑姑,把这套嘟嘟火车带回来了。

和上一套Geo Trax加在一起,阿婧的火车收藏突然变得很可观。将轨道铺满,几乎就占掉了大半个客厅。

将新旧两套系统拼凑在一起看似简单,其实很考脑力。怎么去 善用所有的轨道,不浪费,最有效率的将两套玩具的资源整合并呈现,是一个连大人都觉得吃力的事情。

在这套Working Town Railway System里头,红色小火车除了爬坡,还会经过两座设有Geo motion的工坊。火车一旦经过,你可以选择让火车引擎推动路面的小齿轮,让风车转动,让工厂运输货物。

孩子乐开了怀,加上之前的一套,现在有两列火车让她操控了!

名称:GeoTrax Working Town Railway System
优点:质感好,容易拼凑,细节周到
缺点:新加坡不盛行,购买产品、升级困难

小厨房的晚餐

几个星期前开始,阿婧就开始拿着喜喜阿姨送的杯杯碗碗,自己自得其乐的玩起家家酒起来。在吃饭时候,也坚持要拿多一个碗和汤匙,将米饭汤水从一个碗滔到另一个碗。

我就觉得,应该是物色小厨房的时候了。

要买玩具小厨房,几个很重要的考量点,分别是体积,比例,价钱,和材质。尤其是前两个条件,体积太大担心家里没有地方摆放,比例必须刚刚好,对得上3岁小孩的高度,玩起来才恰当。因此,看到了很多不同的小厨房,未尽人意。

圣诞大减价,在R百货看到这个,折扣价出乎意料的吸引人。50多新元的价钱,及成人腰的高度,甚至还配有电池驱动亮光声响的火炉,我不假思索决定买下。

孩子很耐心的看着老爸装配她的小厨房。

水龙头,架子,餐具,锅铲,烘炉,雪柜一应俱全,阿婧马上就 下厨做饭。

名称:(无牌子)玩具小厨房
优点:体积大,仿真,部件多,外加电池驱动小火炉
缺点:体积大,在家必须挪出一个小空间

我是Tiger!

阿婧生平的第一个彩妆造型,是在动物园做的。

就在园内刚刚落成的cheetah新家,一伙年轻人给孩子免费涂脸。

要Tiger还是Lion?平时坐不定的女儿,竟然乖乖的坐下来,给大哥哥画脸。

完成了,照了镜子,哎哟!爱的不得了!

可能皮肤白的关系,画了老虎大花脸的阿婧走在路上都吸引不少目光。

回到家里,阿婧怎么说打死都不让我们给她擦脸。 还得要妈妈半哄半骗,才很不甘愿的勉强答应。

看看照片,真的很可爱。做父母的骄傲不得了。

名称:Tiger大花脸
优点:孩子变得很可爱,能吸引旁人目光,孩子本身也很乐
缺点:应该不会伤害皮肤吧!困难的是擦掉彩妆看到孩子失望的表情