15 November 2015
His Adventure for 2015

The much awaited adventure trip fooor 2015 has commenced.  We have put-off holidays for 2015 and saving my annual leave and his absences to this trip.  It's going excellent so far.  A bit of hiccups along the way, but not too big.  We're having a ball albeit a bit tired.  
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31 October 2015
The Tatapilla seldom needs help to do his homework. It's more a guidance on where to writer stuff rather than what to. If left up to him, he will write the answers to all the questions in one long big sentence.
At school, I was told that they have a reward system that if the homework is returned on or before it was due, they get points. At the end of the week, these points are being tallied-up so the student can get something from the surprise box. The surprise box contains small toys and school supplies like rubbers, pencils or fancy sharpener.
The rewards system works for a couple of weeks. The Tatapilla was prompt in doing and returning his homework. Towards the end of the third term though, I found out about a month ago that he hasn't returned his homework. I found it hidden in his toy area.
He was instructed to return it. And every night, I would ask him if he has new homework. I was told, no because the teacher has not handed them out yet. Little did I know. I found the homework case in his bag on Tuesday. And again, was told to return it. That night, I asked if he has returned and I got a prompt response of yes. Then, what really pissed me off (I seldom use this word) was finding him hiding his homework again in his toy area. I was so angry to say the least.
It's seems that we have done most if not all and falling short of escorting him to his classroom while hands in his homework, I don't know what else to do. Rewards system, we have tried but not too much of it. I am not 100% in agreement with it. I mean, it's all about responsibility. I am trying to teach my child the sense of owning his responsibility and not doing things because he is getting something out of it. Plus, it's not like I can afford something like a mini mic stand and other accessories that come with it.
He returned it yesterday though. I am not sure if it is his own volition or because his Dad went to talk to the teacher. Either way, I am just glad. It has a been a trying stage and we just muddle through. It's almost the end of the school year and we were advised that NAPLAN is on the third year second term. We have lots of things to do.
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24 October 2015
Star Wars
With the coming new Star War movie, one of the free to air telly channels have been showing the star war series.  The Tatapilla is quite taken with Anakin.  On the third episode, he came to me with watery red eyes.  

"Anakin died".  Then proceeded sniffling and eventually crying.  I consoled him.  "He's my favourite".  Oh dear, more crying.  He went back to watch the telly again and found out that Ani didn't died but Padme Amidalla died instead.  "I don't likee Ani anymore".  Why, I asked.  "Because of him his wife died".  I explained that I am sure it was not his intention but it is meant to be so he can live on.  He has not changed his mind yet.  We'll see, how he'll fare with Darth Vader.

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Our vet moved clinic so we went to this new one.  We were there to get Moe's scheduled vaccine.  They have cats - around four.  There are gingers and of course the grey.  Of them all, the grey was the most playful.  The three gingers were siblings we were told.  The grey was always reaching out for us while standing.  Mcj is a sucker for girl cats - must be wanting a little girl.  Lol.  

We applied for the grey which was named Mable.  There were many applicants for her.  Apparently, she was one of the favourites.  Mcj and the Tatapilla kept coming back to the vet to check if we were approved.  Eventually, after three days.. she came home to us.  

Now, she's gracing our little peaceful life with lots of chaos and mess.  When I say mess, I meant tipped rubbish bin in the ensuite.  And that is just this morning just before I left for work.  Oh well.

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Australia Zoo Visit
In the Tatapilla's first year, their field trip to excursion if you may call it that was at Australia Zoo.  I went with them, not in the bus but I drove.  Funny that he didn't want to go with me.  Obviously, the bus is more fun than driving with me.  He had fun.  Me not so much.  Unfortunately, I was not prepared with a lot of walking and the warm weather. Lesson well learned.

The Christmas Present Misty
It wasn't planned.  As our routine when we are at the shops, we would drop by the pet shop to look at the animals that they have for sale.  While there, I happen to call Mcj who was at home. He asked if they have a cat.  Of course, they do.  And so it started.  

The shop attendant took our details and history about pets - our last cat was put down that year or the year before as he had cancer on the nose.  We took home Misty that day. 

Can I say, it was a fairy tale six months for us.  She was very playful and interactive.  Sadly, her life here on Earth was so full albeit short that she had a tragic end.  That's another story altogether.

About three months after Misty was taken from us, we thought we were ready for a new friend.  We did our research and our intention was to adopt from RSPCA. We checked out cats at the RSPCA centre close to our place (online) and we found one, though we were not decided that we were going to get it.  The Tatapilla and I went to the shops.  There were three cats there and of course, the Black one was the favourite.  He was convinced that, it can hide from him at the hallway because it would be a bit dark.  Mcj wanted a girl but he was not there so he didn't get his way.  I was just happy with any new friend.

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11 October 2015
My Cool Dude
A trip to the library has always side trips to see things or to the playground.  There are always lots of things to see around The Hub.  This reminds me that it has been a while since we went there.  Maybe soon.

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Hiya Cowboy

Look at my Zorro, a cutie Zorro if I may say.  He won best dressed in the disco at school last year.  
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06 October 2015
Weekend Fun
On the last weekend of the school holiday, we went to the beach so he can have a quick swim.  He made some friends and he felt like he was a part of the family of the kids that he be-friended.  It was funny.

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I got the change to take the Tatapilla to school today.  It's been a while since the last time.  I am not able to take anymore annual leave as we are going away for 5 weeks at the end of this year.

Anyway, this drawing was posted on the door of their classroom.  

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27 September 2015
Academic Update

This is taken last March - been practicing his multiplication table.  His maths skills are improving and can't complain, really.

The Tatapilla is really doing good at school.  He's in level 29 in reading.  

School will be back in a fortnight - he won't be able to finish it to the last day though as we're leaving for an OS trip a month before the school ends.

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The making of a beautiful little boy to a BIG GUY that will melt a million hearts. :)

...a new word created by Dad (and Mum) to describe their BIG GUY who moves backward with his head when lying on his back - sort of like a caterpillar. Photobucket

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