Getting Ready For Pre-Kindy

Sean

Sean – my second child – starts his pre-kindergarten classes in a few weeks.

In Perth, pre-kindergarten is for 3 year olds. Kindergarten is for 4 year olds. Pre-Primary is for 5 year olds. Year 1 is for 6 year olds – which is compulsory.

All I can say is GAAHH! My baby is growing up!

When my first son first started school I was nervous, irrational and very unsure. I was so emotional. The days leading up to his first day, and the weeks after school had started, I was the one who was freaked out.

I also thought that once I’ve had that experience, anything else similar would be easier to manage.

Not true.

Even as I stick Sean’s name label to his drink bottle, I have pangs of sadness.

I think of him gluing, sticking and colouring in a picture with someone else, and I miss him already.

But I see him dancing with excitement over the idea of having a teacher, meeting new friends, doing craft and reading new books. He’s very proud that he’s a big boy now.

Sean

Blog Loving – MetroDad

As part of my regular posts on Blogging, Photography and Design, I’m also reviewing some blogs that I love reading, and greatly admire.

MetroDad PicIn the blogging universe of Mummy Bloggers, Metrodad is my shining star. He’s my all time favourite Daddy Blogger.

Metrodad is written by Pierre Kim, Asian-American, ethnically Korean with a French name, fashion executive living in New York, with his wife and 3 year old daughter.

My goodness, he’s so funny. I love his snappy ramblings about his daughter and fatherhood. His writing is refreshing, wickedly funny, yet oozes with warmth and love. It’s all good.

My favourite posts (just so happens all of them are parenting posts):

The Lazy List of Fives

The Eight Types of Playground Parents

An Open Letter to All Toddlers

Tales of Future Past

5-1, I guess she really is my daughter

I managed to ask Pierre some friendly questions.

Interview

Karen: When you’re having a really bad day, what are some of the things that will definitely cheer you up?

Pierre: Hugs from my daughter, kisses from my wife, a plate of homemade gnocchi from my favorite local Italian restaurant, and a nice old-school bottle of Montepulciano table wine.

Karen: What kind of father was your father? How much are you like him now?

Pierre: My father was a traditionally strict immigrant father who was raised in an absolutely horrible home environment. He was mentally and physically abused by his parents until he ran away as a teenager. Like many other Korean men of his generation, he was very shut off from his emotions. Hence, his idea of playing a role in my life generally consisted of being a provider and a disciplinarian. We did not have a very close relationship when I was growing up. Now, as we’ve both gotten older and mellower, we’ve learned to coexist peacefully for the sake of the family.

Suffice it to say, we are not very much alike. However, because of his hard work and sacrifices, I was afforded luxuries in life that have allowed me to become the person that I am today. For that, I am forever grateful.

Karen: What inspires you?

Pierre: Travel. Seeing as much of the world around me while I’m still here on this planet. I’ve been to 56 countries during my lifetime and I hope to visit many more. For me personally, there’s nothing more inspiring than exploring a strange city by yourself and meeting people who are never quite as different from yourself as you might presume.

Karen: What’s your favourite way to spend time with your daughter?

Pierre: Without a doubt, going out to eat with her. Food is a great passion of mine and I’m constantly tasting the amazing diversity of incredible food that can be found in a city like New York. Sharing this passion with my daughter is incredible. When my wife works late, my daughter and I will go out to dinner together and these have always been some of my favorite father-daughter memories. Not only does she love having Daddy all to herself but she’s also loves going to new restaurants. Blessedly, she’s an adventurous eater. She’s the only 3-year-old I know who has eaten everything from foie gras to raw sea urchin to clams casino.

Karen: What are 5 things you are working on right now?

Pierre: Becoming a better husband, father, and son.
Getting more involved in volunteer work.
Learning how to cook.
A television show.
Quitting smoking.

Karen: I can’t believe you buy clothes for your wife! And she likes it! What is the one thing that you bought for her, that backfired on you?

Pierre: My overall track record of buying clothes for my wife is pretty good. However, I apparently lack the gene that gives one the ability to choose handbags. For her past birthday, I spent over a month researching Vogue magazines and scouring all the handbag sites. I was absolutely 100% convinced that she would love the bag I selected for her. Totally backfired. She hated it. Thank god for generous return policies.

Now, I’m in full training mode. My wife will show me a handbag and ask me whether she’d like it or not and I have to answer right away. It’s futile. I’m a lost cause. What is it with you women and your handbags?

12 Embarrassing Things About Me

1. I hate ironing. I make my husband iron his own work shirts. In fact, I wash and hang my clothes so carefully, that they require little or no ironing at all.

2. I love watching Extreme Makeover. I always cry at the end.

3. I like listening to Elton John. And Metallica. And Justin Timberlake.

4. I know all the words for Hi-5’s Jump and Jive CD. It rocks.

5. My desire to save money (paying off the mortgage) overrides my passion for design (ie. living in a gorgeously designed home.)

6. Given the opportunity, I would eat instant noodles and KFC everyday.

7. At the end of a hot day, I let my kids play in the paddle pool in the garden, then let them skip a bath. C’mon everyone does it.

8. I have to write post it notes for myself, or I’ll forget EVERYTHING.

9. I haven’t cut my hair in 12 months, because I can’t seem to get around to it.

10. When I wake up in the morning I’m really, really grumpy.

11. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager.

12. After a lifetime of loathing and recoiling away from romance novels and movies, I recently picked up Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and I ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY LOVED IT.

Read: More Random Things About Me

Moth

Moth

I was hanging up my wet laundry when I noticed this beautiful, huge, yellow moth perched on one arm of my washing line. I grabbed my camera and took a few snaps.

Then I moved closer. Closer. Closer still.

I could see every little ridge and feathery hair on its body. It was very cool.