Settling In Seattle

We’ve had our fair share of trouble getting all the administrative stuff done – we ordered a modem that the mailman did not deliver because he thought our house  was vacant. We requested for redelivery but the mailman just pooh poohed it and didn’t even pick it up for delivery because he thought it was vacant. We thought we lost the title of our car and couldn’t register our car. Later, we found it untouched, in the original envelope, since the day it was made. We actually house hunted for the first time to find our apartment. We had wanted a house with a small yard but the ones within our budget were too far so we decided to settle for an apartment instead. Our current apartment actually has a small strip of yard which the landlord said we could dig up if we wanted. It’s also on the ground floor so we can stomp around with impunity. The area seemed safe enough and close to grocery stores and is located in a good school area. It seems petty perfect for our needs. We have officially spent our first 6 days here so we will see how it goes.

On the other hand, unpacking has made me realize that Calvin indeed has too many toys. Most of the boxes seem to have toys in it. At least Calvin was pretty cooperative and volunteered quite a number of his toys for donation / selling off.  Of course, before we even got the old stuff out of the house, we have picked up more new toys from thr thrift store today…. Uh oh, mummy is bad at decluttering…

I still  haven’t gotten round to registering Calvin for school here . His school is predominantly white so him being a minority kid joining mid year makes me feel a little apprehensive.  At any rate, it seems that kindergarten is not compulsory here in our state so I am happily enjoying his company for a little longer. We have also been working on academic skills – chinese, english literacy, math sense etc. It’s much harder to do writing and chinese when he was in school previously. There just wasn’t enough time for him to relax and play.

He has been watching this chinese show  巧虎 every morning, which improved his spoken chinese. I’ve totally slacked off on speaking Chinese to him. The libraries here are great, so we’ve been enjoying a lot of reading time.  They even have chinese books that I can place on hold at my nearest library. We are constantly at the 50 book limit. I think I might have to get my own library card so we can have even more books at home… Calvin’s reading is improving, he can confidently read one fish, two fish to us fluently and with expression. I am enjoying time listening to him read too.

At any rate, his kindergarten will likely be half day. The full day kindergarten costs about 300 extra, so I am not sure if it is worth the money especially if he doesn’t have many friends. He has been talking about being a ‘wanderer’ again and just going around doing things by himself. I don’t really want to imagine him doing that for all 3 recesses.

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