Saturday, December 24
This is me giving Amataga a punch in the tummy for not listening.
Ahhh there's nothing like splashing around in the pool on a hot day.
This is one of my cool toys I got for Christmas, thanks SantaGran!
This is the life!
Wednesday, December 14
Wednesday, December 7
Monday, November 28
Monday, November 21
Wednesday, November 2
This morning as Maddy was walking out the front door towards the garage, the dog walked onto our front porch, terrifying Madison, sending him running for cover.
As you can imagine, I'm not too thrilled with my son NOT being safe in front of his own house. I've already asked the owner to "do something about his dog" and to "keep it off my land", yet my son is still open to further attacks during the day when I'm not around to look after him.
This may sound like foolish over-protective daddy bravado, but if my son gets bitten again by that dog, I'm not only going to kill that dog, I'm going to go over and break a chair over Matamua's head, whether he's handicapped or not.
Sunday, October 30
Tuesday, October 25
I was planning on putting the dog down by means of our machete when I got home from work but after getting a calming phone call from Papa in NZ, I have decided against it. I can see the headlines now, "Man killed over dispute over dog".
I'm eagerly awaiting the day we can put a fence up between us and the next door neighbours so stuff like this doesn't happen again...
Friday, October 21
Wednesday, October 19
Tuesday, October 18
So it came to our suprise when we heard Amataga crying from downstairs a few minutes later. When we asked him what was wrong he said he was afraid to go home by himself and that it was too dark! Haha silly me, I should have known. So Maddy offered to momoli him home and mommy went along with them just to make sure they were okay.
We all had a good laugh about it when they got home.
Tuesday, October 11
Monday, October 10
Friday, October 7
Madi went to lotu Wednesday evening with the kids and learnt two new songs. Here are the words:
I help you, you help me
We're a helping family
Sing a helping song
Helping Helping all day long
Sung to the tune of I Love You from Barney
Jesus is my friend today
Clap your hands, Shout Hooray
Jesus is my friend today,
We Love Jesus
Sung to the tune of London bridge is falling down.
It's White Sunday celebration this weekend and town is buzzing with shoppers. White clothing is displayed everywhere even in furniture stores. They had a two day market day, where businesses come together under one roof to sell their products (usually at a discount). Didn't quite make it this time round, maybe next time.
Since Monday is a holiday, I think we will be spending it at the beach (weather permitting). Madi has become quite the swimmer or shall I say isn't scared of swimming on his own now.. as soon as we get to Taumeasina, he quickly jumps out of the car and straight into the water... no hesitation whatsoever... the other kids... well .. lets say it takse at least 10 mins before they decide to even touch the water. He is such a big boy!
Sunday, October 2
Madison hasn't been feeling too good since Friday. He has a slight cough and runny nose. We took him to his usual doctor and he prescribed antibiotics and pamol. He thinks this should clear within 5 days. Last night wasn't a good night as he found it really hard to sleep. We both were up and down all night until he finally fell asleep around 4 am. To my amazement, he awoke at 8ish, ready to go out and play with his friends. He hasn't coughed much at all today so I think the antibiotics are kicking in. YAY!
It's been raining alot over the last couple of weeks.. why? they say it's palolo season.... who knows! It's been cool during the day and hot throughout the nights.. unbelievable. Anyways, Matt is at golf today, the kids next door helped me sweep the yard, pick up the rubbish and leaves, and hang out the washing. I swept and mopped downstairs and I still have to tackle the upstairs... maybe tommorrow!
Love to All the Family expecially to Aunty Suluama - Our prayers are with you - Get Better Soon :-)
Wednesday, September 21
Tuesday, September 20
Yesterday he suprised us both by saying he wanted to go back to school, so we took him to school. The teachers looked pleasantly suprised to see him and we were both happy that Maddy wanted to go to school as well. He didn't even want his mommy to walk him to the door.
So today, he tells us he doesn't want to go to school because it's "uma". No matter how much we tried to convince him that school would be fun, he refused to get ready and instead declared that he wanted to go to work with me instead. He wasn't too happy when he didn't get his way!
Friday, September 16
After playing there for about an hour, I decided it was time to go home but Maddy kept saying, "Daddy, one more?" with this cute little smug grin on his face. How could I resist? After about 4 or 5 "one mores" we finally managed to drag him off the slides and into the car.
Friday, September 9
I tend to laugh at quotes I find on the Net that are true in one way or another. Here are a few that I came across today that ring true to me:
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. - Phyllis Diller
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. - Rabbinical Saying
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. - Sam Levenson
People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. - Leo J. Burke
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child. - Mary MacCracken
Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of. - Peter Ustinov
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. - Norman Douglas
Thursday, September 8
Mommy, vaai lea!
Sunday, September 4
Wednesday, August 31
There are times when I wonder why people take advantage of other people's generosity. You give them things they never had, freedom to do whatever they want, reward them for good work and still, they find a way to make you regret being so nice to them.
Maybe the majority of Samoans aren't used to this concept and are more familiar with the "tough love" approach of strict supervision and well defined boundaries. I know that's a gross generalization but in my experience with people I've worked with and people who have worked for me, I find this to be true.
It's in my nature to give people the benefit of the doubt, to believe that people are intrinsically good, so I guess this makes me gullible in a way. Maybe I should be more cynical or skeptical in my future dealings with people.
Monday, August 29
The kids were running all over the place, laughing and screaming for joy, seemingly in a rush to play with every single thing. Maddy wanted to be the centerpiece of every game they played and was often frustrated when the other kids ran away because they didn't like the way he tried to dominate everything.
It was funny watching this because by the end of the day he figured out for himself that playing nice was more fun because the kids stuck around a lot longer than when he was screaming his lungs out trying to direct traffic.
Wednesday, August 24
He's also developing a very strong independent personality, he must be the leader in everything he does. If the other kids don't want to go along with what he wants, he'd rather play by himself then go along with the crowd.