Monthly Archives: April 2012
Can you imagine? A bear on our little island in the tropics?
No, I’m not talking about the Malayan sun bears (Ursus malayanus), they are living on the other side of the ocean.
And don’t mean the Gummy Bear colony living in the kitchen either.
The bear I’m talking about has a green tail and
snuggles up to me all the time,
I was told it is related to the creature that is living in the bathroom.
That’s what ‘Timan’ says.
And ‘Timan’ is right. Always. **growl**
(as part of Wordless Wednesdays and linked up with live and love … out loud, project alicia, parenting BY dummies, Dagmar’s Momsense, Seven Clown Circus, Tara’s view of the world, Crazy About My Baybah, 5 Minutes for Mom, Angry Julie Monday and Better in Bulk)
Mid April until mid May is my favorite time in paradise. The weather is as hot as it gets here (33C/92F), the sea is warm like a bath tub, we have hardly any rain and the storage lakes on the island are still halfway full from the downpours during the peak of the rainy season, it couldn’t be better.
1. Starting today ‘Timan’ is on school holiday for the next three weeks. In one way it’s very nice, I get to play (and snuggle :-)) with my son and maybe I get to sleep in until 7am. On the other hand however this isn’t good at all because I need to keep the little tot occupied or he will keep me on my toes the whole day long. Since many months we live in the era of ‘no-I-won’t-nap-ever-again’.
2. I’m not used to this anymore. After not even 3 short months I got so used to my free mornings I usually spend
lounging on the couch, chatting with the neighbors , shopping cleaning the house. But luckily we have the perfect activity right next door. Ok, ‘sort of’ next door.
3. And this is the plan: Day #1 we go to the beach. Day #2 we go to the beach. Day #3 we might go to another beach (just for a change). But on day #4 we go to town. And on day #5 we visit Gromi. Day #6 we make a trip to the playground and stay there
forever some hours. On day #7 we’ll go to the beach (again). And then we’ll start from the beginning. I just hope the weather is on our side. Sigh.
4. One thing I know for sure, ‘Timan’ can’t stay at home for more than 1/2 day. He needs an activity that involves running around, jumping and more running, burning energy, doing something physical. Any activity which doesn’t necessarily involve me every second of the day would do it and I’m starting to wonder how I’m going to survive these three weeks. How did I do this before? So fast did I get used to these 6 hours per day for myself.
5. But this week I was enjoying my last ‘free’ days for several weeks.
6. A friend came to the island and gave me some CDs with children songs and audio plays in Swiss. Songs and plays I remember from my own childhood. Since ‘Timan’ is singing the whole day, I’m sure he’ll like them and will pick up some songs in no time.
7. We went for another appointment to the dermatologist, the one I was not happy about the last time. This time however she was totally different. Maybe I’ve done her wrong in the past, because at that point she was not used to the way of life here (which is so much different then anywhere else. Deep down it still is a banana republic). We had a good talk and she completely agreed to the way I was handling ‘Timan’s eczema (double dosing one antihistamine and follow-up with another one at night, both in case he ate an allergen). She also told me about the local pharmacists who refuse to follow the doctors orders but rather ‘follow the book’ concerning prescriptions, even if the particular prescription is the norm in other countries. So we ended up laughing together and making fun of the locals like two expats living in a foreign country. Anyway, that’s what we both are.
8. Yesterday, to celebrate the last day of school, all the kids in preschool went to the local playground in town and I went along to snap some photos. I never thought it would be so difficult. They run and run, all of them, all at the same time, with no direction in mind. The playground looked like an anthill. I tried to make some group shots but 3- and 4-year-old kids are not able to stand still long enough, let along able to look into the same direction, all at the same time, not even for maybe 3 seconds.
Never before I ended up with so many crappy photos.
But all the kids had a great time and that’s what counts. 🙂
Wish me luck for the weeks ahead, enough coffee for the early morning hours and enough wine for the 5pm-frenzy or the overtired-after-dinner-tantrum.
But in the meantime I wish everyone a great weekend.
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These days we are past ‘Jingle bells’ (finally, sigh), we’re done with ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ and we moved on to other lyrics and songs, which are recited by ‘Timan’ on a regular basis, like … all the time.
With other words: His repertoire of songs and rhymes is steadily growing.
Of course, we are singing the ‘ABC-song’ and he knows some songs in Swiss. But lately he’s coming home with one Creole song after another, these are all songs or rhymes he’s learning in preschool.
Like this one for example:
The children are sitting in a circle. And while one kid is walking around this circle, all kids are singing:
“I am planting, I am planting,
a carrot, (a) little eggplant,
(if) it doesn’t grow, (if) it doesn’t grow.
I pull out one.”
and with the last words the one walking touches the nearest child on the head. This kid is following now the one going around. This is repeated until there is only one person left sitting.
“Look at the one that is rotten.”
Everybody is laughing and the ‘rotten’ one gets to be the person ‘pulling out’ the other kids in the next round.
‘Timan’ l.o.v.e.s. this game.
But sometimes we are making up our own lyrics, like this one for example:
Tell me about your kid’s favorite songs or nursery rhymes. Do you make up your own variations as well?
My name is Karin, I’m married to the Hubs and we have an awesome little dude I simply refer to as ‘Timan’. Timan (=little man) is Creole and that’s the way we call here the little dudes. Actually, you can call here any dude Timan up to the age of about 16 years.
I blog about our life on a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, about my wild child (the 3 1/2 year old preschooler with a strong mind of his own), about muffins and cakes to pamper my sweet tooth (lately I made up some allergy free recipes) and sometimes I write about my tots eczema and the food intolerance that is causing it.
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