Of Mexican Grills, Strawberries and Nursery Rhymes...
From left: Laura, Andrew and me...
I have had a pretty nice week. The snow was falling, but it wasn't too cold...Just nice, in fact...
I've been busy trying to get my work together. The whole flu episode has not been fun. I missed half a week of classes, and when I did manage to go to classes, I was still too tired to actually get anything done. So I had a backlog of assignments and readings! When I managed to finish the backlogged ones, I was behind in the recent ones...*Smack head*
So anyway, I finally found some time to just dump everything and go out for a nice lunch with some friends over the weekend, to kinda celebrate 2 birthdays, one belated and one early. We decided on a Mexican restaurant called MexiCali Rosa's Cantina & Grill. I tell you, I felt myself coming alive when I walked in: The smell of the peppers and grill can really wake you up!
From left: Nika and Andrea, who weren't in the first picture.
And then we visited an arts-and-crafts store where we had a nice time looking at the hand-carvings and 'homemade' quilts and teddy bears. And then we did the 'boring' stuff, where we got groceries. Hehe...Got some fresh strawberries and other fruits, some yoghurt, muesli and milk...
Grocery shopping should be boring, but it was nice to just hang out with friends and argue over which strawberries look fresher. Basically, it was just nice to just go out, and not have books or any other nagging commitment!
She needs no introduction!
And a few days ago, I had my first session volunteering at the local library in a program that encourages parents to sing and story-tell to their children. It's called the Parent-Child Mother Goose project (PP-CMG)...One of my professors who studies children does research on this (the effects of these sessions on the parent-child relationship) project, and she introduced it to me.
And I felt sooo at home there! The children (about 10 of them) were all tiny, ranging from 10 months to about 2 years old. Gosh, I miss being around the tiny ones, and today, it just felt so good!
And so it was, I spent the whole morning singing nursery rhymes...One of the mums brought 2 kids- a toddler and a baby-so I got a child of my own to sing to. I got the baby, who was such a darling. It was just so relaxing to hear her laugh and giggle in glee as we did the movements!
I can already see how much it can improve the parent-child relationship. All the rhymes and songs involve touch, actions and movements of some sort.
The parents were also taught stories which they could tell their children. The interesting thing was, the stories were told with the major parts of the story (like characters, places, actions etc) accompanied by American Sign Language.
I am really going to enjoy this program! The 12 weeks will pass like a breeze...=)
Anyway, I gotta go...Going for brunch and then it's time to hit the books again!