So, Emma is now on to becoming a second grader! This was her the last day of school for the summer. Looking Back I can’t stop looking at this picture because I still remember the first day I saw that face, the first time I held her, the first time she said ‘mamam’, the first time she sang a song, memorized her first memory verse, and so forth. Now, she’s heading to 2nd grade, almost a size 1 in girls shoes, can play 2 scales on the piano, learned how to read, tie her shoes, recieved her first kiss from a boy who had a crush on her. She started in E reading level this year. She finished in level M. She worked hard every day to make sure she read 20 mins a day, sometimes even longer. She also started writing more and more, and even learned how to Tweet short funny sentences like “Mamam, zi’s not eating.” She also got a medal for being a Peacemaker this year again. She sang in the Christmas and Easter Cantata, sang her 1st special number with Zienne, and even sang her first solo in our church Easter Cantata this […]
Emma came home today with a surprise for us! She was given another medal this year for being the Peacemaker for April. We thought she wasn’t going to get one, but I’m glad they’re giving them out even though she got one for Kindergarten. It reminds us of all of the medals Perze earned all throughout his school years. We just hope she continues to work hard for achievements, no matter what they are in life- school or out of school. Congrats again, Emmanuelle.
Parents can set the example by just being themselves rather than trying to be perfect. — Mister Rogers I love this quote. As Emma gets older, I always make it a point to tell her when I’m wrong, when I’ve made mistakes, and when I need her forgiveness. I want her growing up knowing I’m not perfect, but for her to trust me as her mom, as who God has given her to raise her because He is perfect.
With all the busyness of the weekends and birthdays, I don’t want to forget archiving Emma’s first ballet performance in The Princeton Ballet School’s production of Don Quixote. Instead of having a recital, she was exposed to having to perform on a huge stage, in a production involving hundreds of dancers in different levels, in front of hundreds of attendees, including the owners of her school. I don’t know what was going through her mind at the time, but I remember my kindergarten poem recital left me traumatized with lifelong stage fright. I’m just so proud of how she performed. She was so confident, not needing to look around to her peers to signal her next step, with a huge smile throughout the whole time she was on stage. I was also proud of her independence when we had to leave her in the main dressing room stage area with all the hundreds of dancers so we could give our tickets and be seated. She wasn’t afraid at all because she had made friends from practices. While we were watching her, Perze and I looked at each other with huge smiles on our faces, knowing we were both thinking […]
She came out of her bus today with a huge smile and a jump to her step. Guess who is “Peacemaker” for the month of April, voted by her peers! Priase the Lord! She worked hard both years, trying to manuever her way into being a Peacemaker each year, trying to do her work, behave well, get along with others, and practice exemplary citizenship behavior towards her teacher and her peers. We’re so proud of her. This time, her teacher asked her class to vote for this month’s Peacemaker award, and her peers voted for her, knowing it’s not about popularity, but because if they see what I see, they know Emma to be an exceptionally caring, cooperative, and hard working person. This year, she doesn’t get a medal like she did in Kindergarten, but she’ll be present for their Peacemaker breakfast receive the award. Go, anak, go!
Originally, Emma was supposed to sing the solo for this song but when Zi found out she wasn’t singing, she said, “what about me? I can sing.” So with some pointers, she handled the song pretty well, memorizing most of the words. They’ll also be singing for the Easter Cantata this Sunday after the Sonrise Service at 6am. www.SJBCI.org “I’m Singing” by Kari Jobe SJBCI Choir w/ Emma & Zi
Emma came home with her Spring pictures for 1st grade. They always come out nicer than the fall pictures. The colors are more vibrant and their backgrounds more appealing. I didn’t even realize that she had picture day. Thank goodness that day, she wore a pop of red to contrast nature’s green. She looks so grown up doesn’t she? I know she’s not the tallest in her class, but every year as she grows, I’m always staring in amazement with how much older she looks. *sigh* I’m never ready for that kind of stuff. Cheers to 1st grade! It’s almost done. This year, she started on reading level E and progressed quickly to L. I’m so proud of her, knowing she worked for that. Reading doesn’t come naturally to her, so I’m so proud of how diligent she was in increasing her skills and not giving up or becoming indifferent to progressing. She’s so resilient, sensitive, but resilient.