Monday, June 29, 2009

Conversations from the bathroom stall...

Today we were having lunch with the missionary couple in Miyakonojo where we ministered this weekend. Their whole family was with us. They have a 5 year old daughter, N, that Hana had a blast playing with this weekend.

Hana declared she needed to go to the restroom while I was deep in conversation and N happily volunteered to go with her. Recently I have been trying to give Hana a little more freedom and since I knew the other little girl knew her way around the restaurant, I let them go together.

I continued my conversation and about 10 minutes later realized that they should have been back by then. So myself and the other Mom headed out to look for them. We checked the pet shop right across the way and they weren't there so we headed for the bathrooms.

As we approached we could hear their voices inside so we sort of listened in. That's when I heard N say, "But you know, we are way too young to be arrested!" ROTFL! I have no idea what they were talking about but just hearing that one line left me in stitches.

Kid's say the darndest things!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Teasing Hana...

Tonight at dinner Mommy was teasing Hana and her reaction was soooooooooo funny!

She asked me once for some more dressing for her cucumbers and I said mater-of-factly, "Nope you can't have any!"

She immediately began to complain, "Why NOT?" and Mommy replied, "Because, ummmmm, because... you have a NOSE!"

The look of shock that came over her face was hilarious. You could see the little wheels in her mind spinning and she began to say, "but, but Mommmy, but..." and the she thought for a few more minutes and she said...

"but Mommy, you can't breathe without a nose!"

Daddy and I just died laughing!

Then she said, "YOU have a nose TOO!"

and I gave her the dressing!

She began to pout. Then we lightened up the mood a little and laughed about some other things and a few minutes later I said, "Hana! You have garments on your back!" Again a look of shock came over her face then she shrank down into her chair and said, "Mooooooommmmmy, why you say that to me. I don't have chicken pox on my back!" LOL! I said, "No, it isn't chicken pox, it is garments. Look Daddy, she has garments doesn't she!" and Daddy agreed.

Then Hana's eyes start to turn red and that big pouty lip came out and she said, "Mommy, I'm almost bout to be crying because of you!"

Again I burst out laughing. She doesn't realize how cute and funny she is! I stopped teasing her after that cause I don't think she could take much more.

From there we declared it a Silly Sunday dinner for Funny Father's Daddy. Mommy wore her glasses upside down. We made silly jokes. We hummed songs while blowing into our water glasses making lots of bubbly tunes! It was a fun evening, even if we did have noses and garments on our backs!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Language development...

It's been a while since I've written about how Hana is doing in the language department. She is doing so well!

Rocky and I were commenting recently that one thing we don't want to forget which she is saying a lot lately is "don't you". Don't you is at the end of lots of her sentences, even when it should be "doesn't she" or "isn't it". It's so cute. She'll say things like...

Mommy, KaiKai seems hungry, don't you?
It's hot today, don't you?

So I have sometimes started trying to get her to say the correct phrase and now she'll try sticking random phrases in that still don't match the subject or her sentence. Like...

KaiKai is sleeping, isn't it?

It is so cute when she makes these mistakes that sometimes it is hard to correct her.

She still mispronounces a lot of words. Especially accident. it still comes out askident. Lots of words with the double cc in them come out with the sk sound. Can't think of any other examples right now. She says accident all the time so that one sticks out in my mind.

Her sentences keep getting longer and more complicated. Today on the way home, we were turning into our road off a road that has some construction going on. It has been widened and is leading up to a ramp that is still under construction. so the lanes that will enter the ramp are blocked off. So she said, "Mommy, how come this road is blocked like that?" I just thought that was a mighty big sentence for her and her usage of the word blocked was so perfect. I am always wishing that I could figure out where she gets vocabulary like that.

We are sanitizing our hands a lot these days with the H1N1 virus being around (a case of it was reported in our city this week). So now my four year old says things like, "Mommy can I sanitize my hands?" and she'll ask me "Are you sterilizing KaiKai's bottles?" WOW!

She is however trying to get away with using more Japanese with us. when she spouts off to me in Japanese I give her a strange look and tell her I can't understand what she just said. Sometimes she tries repeating it in Japanese several more times, but will finally say it in English. I think this is awesome experience for her brain to have to translate what she wants to say into English! How amazing to get to learn a second language as a child!

We will probably start Kindergarten homeschool in the fall! Pray I can discern what curriculum to order, and how to go about doing all this!

Here's a pic to enjoy, Hana helping entertain her brother while he gets a hair cut!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Hana baby girl...

Wow, I am just in awe of this little girl. She is growing soooooooo fast. She had on a pair of pants today that seemed to big for her just this winter and now they fit her just right. She is washing herself in the bath (except for hair) and getting out of the bath, drying off and getting dressed all by herself. A couple of nights ago, Daddy was in the bath and I was nursing Kai and she said she was sleepy and wanted to go to bed, so I told her she could if she wanted to. So she just went upstairs and got in bed all by herself! Of course she wanted Mommy and Daddy to come up later and kiss her good night, but she was so proud of going up there by herself! I was amazed that she did too. Signs of growing up I guess.

She is very concerned about her teeth. They started brushing teeth at preschool and now she wants to brush her teeth all the time. She told me a dentist came to school today and checked their teeth and her teeth were great. I asked if I could take her to the dentist to get a fluoride treatment and she got so excited about that! Now she's asking when she can go. I haven't taken her for those until now because at her 18 month required dental check she screamed bloody murder and they never even touched her, he just looked inside her mouth while she was screaming and said she looks okay! LOL! So I figured she wouldn't let them do it. She HATES for her regular doctor to make her say "ahhhh" so he can see her throat and usually he has to pry her mouth open to see as she is crying and resisting it. But maybe the dentist is clearly a different thing to her and maybe now we can get fluoride treatments! Yea!

Last week she ripped the edge of a toe nail off at school and they had to take her to the doctor. She had to visit the doctor daily after that to get it cleaned and the dressing changed. She was so proud that she didn't cry at the doctor after the first day. So cute!

We are working hard at two things right now. Being gentle with KaiKai and being considerate of him, and picking up toys (yes that issues rears it's ugly head again, or did it ever go away in the first place?). I finally had all I could take with the refusal to pick up toys and the almost daily battles about it. So the other night I told her that the next day I was packing away most of her toys and she couldn't have them back until she learned to keep the few remaining toys I leave out for her put away neatly. I packed away more than half of her toys and she can not open her toy box without permission and she can only have one toy out at a time. She can't get another unless that toy is put away! It's working so far, and she is being very obedient to ask if she can open her toy box and to always put things away. I think we may have found what works. And the fewer toys seems to make it easier on her to play so we might just keep it this way! As for being gentle and kind to her brother, she was getting out of control with just doing whatever she wanted to with him. Last week she got grounded from him for the whole day twice and once when I saw her smear her hands all over her face I completely lost my cool and yelled at her. Now we talk a lot about how to treat him and I praise her excessively when she is doing good with him. The past couple of days have been better. We'll see if she keeps it up.

But she really is a wonderful big sister most of the time. And she is sooooooo helpful! Tonight she asked for pigs-in-a-blanket for dinner. She helped me make the bread dough, and rolled it out and wrapped the wieners when the dough was ready. Then at dinner she was saying how yummy it was and she looked up at me and said, "Mommy thank you for making pigs-in-a-blanket cause I asked for them!" Talk about melt Mommy's heart! What a thoughtful little darling!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Poots are pink...

Hana declared at the breakfast table a couple days ago that someone had pooted! No one had, so Daddy asked her how she knew someone pooted. She said, "I can see it!" So Daddy asked, "Well what color are poots?" and she answered, "Pink!" And Daddy asked, "What shape are poots?" and she said, "Rectangle!" Where do they come up with this stuff.

Hana is growing like a weed right now it seems. She has gotten so tall. I really need to measure her. But she now weighs 16.5 kilo! That's over 36 pounds! When did she get that big.

We have slowed down on the reading thing a bit because things have been too busy around here. She is doing some homeschool workbook pages every once in a while. I was introducing her to writing her letters, but I don't know if she is quite up to it yet. She can't seem to (or doesn't want to) really copy the letter, she just wants to make marks on the paper most of them not resembling the letter at all! We've practiced 3 pages, A, B, and C. But that took more than a week to complete those 3 pages. so we'll see. She enjoys it a lot though and really WANTS to do it.

Here are some pictures to enjoy!