Ayra started going to school last year, a couple of months before she turned 3. There were only five other kids in the class, three girls and two boys. So, she had no trouble remembering what their names were.
This year, the class grew. Ayra now has 17 classmates. For the first few weeks, she described her friends based on the color of their faces.
"Today, I ate with 'White Face'."
"'Brown Face' cried, she wanted her mommy."
Last Saturday was Daanish's first big kids' school Sports Day. It involved Year 1-3 pupils. The title of this post is the name of the event he participated.
We arrived at 7.30 AM and the school compound was already filled with eager parents and children. It was chaotic and rather ill-prepared as people were not sure where to go or what to do. We dropped Daanish off at the tent where all the Yellow House pupils were and as any parents would, we gave him some encouraging words, told him to do his best, and don't forget to have fun.
It was blazing hot!
As we were waiting for the first event to begin, Ayra made a friend. It turned out that her friend's mom used to be my colleague back in Exxon. What a small world!
Unfortunately, Yellow House did not win. They came in last. The boy who went after Daanish was too big and kept falling off the horse. I guess the teachers did not think it through when they assigned the boy to play the game. Nonetheless, our Little Champion had fun. In fact, he was the fastest among his teammates.
Because Daanish was in Group 1, they got to go first. His event ended at about 9 AM and was immediately followed by the prize giving ceremony. By 9.30 AM, we were already on our way home. We profusely uttered Alhamdulillah for being the first few to be out of the sun.
Since the day he started cycling without the training wheels, Daanish had been begging for us to get ourselves each a bicycle. So, yesterday, we did. But just one for now because there isn't enough room under the porch for two.
That evening, we took the shiny white bicycle for a test ride around the neighborhood and it got the attention it deserves.
Ayra also got a new bicycle a few weeks back. A pink one. She was ecstatic at the time we bought it, but now she just refuses to cycle. She doesn't even want to put her feet on the pedals. She would ask one of us to push her while she sits on it with her feet dangling. We just need a bit more patience with this one. *Wipe forehead*
By the way, did you know that IKEA now sells bicycle? The kind that's everything, but cheap.
Last week, my parents got the key to their new condo, which they purchased almost a year ago. It's located in Puchong. Buying the condo was the quickest decision Dad had ever made.
We went to see it last weekend. The location was familiar as we went with them to look at the show unit last year. Comparing the finished quality of the condo with my current house (at the time I got my key), the former is so much better by a mile.
The swimming pool is huge and the playground is, let's just say, unique. There'll be no problem for visitors to park their vehicles as there's a multi-level parking lot dedicated for that, which is conveniently bridged to the main building.
My parents looked content and excited to furnish their new home.
Today, at school, Daanish received his Double Antigen (DT) and Measles (MR) vaccine shots.
He was standing up when the nurse asked him to pull his sleeve up and raise his right arm. When it happened, he was looking directly at the needle and saw how it penetrated his skin and flesh. He got the second shot on his left arm.
"Did you cry?"
"Just a little bit", he replied.