Archive for November, 2011

Since Sunshine was young, I have encourage him to understand the value of money. We started froggy bank with his weekly allowance and cookies sales. He feels empowered to buy things because he has his own money.

It was great that he was excited spending his money but I wanted him to learn about saving and giving.  So, we started a spending, savings and sharing banks. The spending account is for anything he wants to buy. Savings is for the future and when he has filled his bank, we will take it to the real bank to open a bank account.  Sharing is for buying gifts for or treating others.

Sunshine's Spending, Saving, and Sharing banks.

How do you teach about money? Love to hear your ideas.

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When Sunshine was 3, I gave him my old laptop. He sees me typing on my computer all the time and wants to do the same. When he was little, he would just type letters he knew or make up words and have me read them. Now that he is older and he is able to recognized most letters, so we started him retyping a book he likes called “I Forgot”. It has been a good challenge for him because there are upper and lower case letters along with punctuations. He finds it funny to hear me read out loud “.” or “?” because he now recognizes what these are. Almost every night, he types 1 to 2 pages. We are almost done and he can’t wait to print his copied book.

 What did you do with your old laptop? What else shall we do with ours?

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We spent the morning collecting leaves and had a blast. There were so many different kinds and colors. I only recognized Ginkgo and maple.

Mommy, look at all the leaves!

Sunshine loved making a leaf centerpiece as mommy pressed the leaves that Sunshine wanted.

We had a huge bag of leaves and started doing some projects with them. We pressed them and colored with them. Love to hear how you play with fall leaves! 

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Happy Thanksgiving. Love this quote by Theodore Roosevelt. “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ”

To celebrate this happy day, we made oreo cookies turkeys. It was fun to munch on the cookies and candies as we assembled our little turkeys. I decided not to make them perfect and instead choose to just enjoy making them with Sunshine. 

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We spent the afternoon playing with baking soda and vinegar. All you need is a balloon, small water bottle, masking tape, baking soda and vinegar. When vinegar mixes with baking soda, there is a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas.  This gas then blows up the balloon.

Pour vinegar into the bottle then pour baking soda into balloon (helpful to have funnel).

Wow, look at the balloon blow up!

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Taipei 101

We took Sunshine to see Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. It was the tallest in the world in 2004. On this rainy morning, the building still looks pretty cool.  You can go to the 89th or 91th floor to see the views. We elected to stay near the grounds and shop around. We love PageOne bookstore and came away with many goodies.

Taipei 101 which has 101 floors from the ground up!

The building is a mix of modern and traditional lines. It was designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes which are common to Taiwan.

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Around Taipei, you can find these new budget hair salons which are offering haircuts for 100NT which is about $3.32. The salon we visited was not large but was clean, bright and held 5 chairs. Sunshine’s haircut was only about 10 minutes but the cut was beautiful. I couldn’t believe how fast the hair stylist was.  She used a vacuum to clean up the shaved hairs which was weird but super efficient. I felt like we were in a car wash. In and Out.

QB Cuts touts fast and good haircuts. Walk-in only.

We paid for our haircut via this ticket machine. When the stylist was ready, she called our ticket number. We waited a matter of seconds.

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