Kit for Kat!
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Kit is 8 now and Kat is turning 15 next month...unbelievable - where did the time go?
Itís a joke in our house that Kat can always be found in front of the mirror straightening her hair! She truly loves her hair and takes extreme good care of it (she has incredible hair too). Sheís become organized now in the sense that she now washes and dries and straightens her hair in the morning before school. Itís a lot of work but she manages to do it by getting up early around 6am (I have never ever seen her jump this fast out of bed as it is with the thrice a week early wake upÖ)
With Kat so fond of her hair, it was but natural for Kit to get more involved with hers. I miss the days when both Kit and Kat had short hair. All they needed was a quick comb in the morning, a hair band or clips and they were readyÖitís a little bit more complicated now, especially with Kit as Kat is able to do everything herself and would NEVER allows me to touch her hair.
Kit is now left with choices of styles she can do and most days it is braids and I have to say I love them. I still feel she looked cuter with shorter hair but I guess itís the ease of handling that probably makes me say that (or rather influences it). I miss Kitís short hair but I know very soon, Iíll be missing this braiding routine when she gets deeper in love with the hair styling following Katís footstepsÖ
The day started at 5:45 am (both Kit and Kat had the alarm set for that early) - then began the treasure hunt. Kat had prepared a very interesting map of home with a trail for Kit to follow to retrieve all her gifts. Kit absolutely loved it!! Her most loved gift was the bunk bed for her dolls. So cute!
My challenge of the day was to prepare a strawberry cake from scratch and I am proud to say that it turned out excellent - in fact, its the best cake I have ever made and I have been baking for more than a decade now. I even made the piping gel myself when I realised there was no tube left at home for fancy message on cake. Hubby and Kat were super pleased and Kit was speechless when she saw the cake - I am SO happy that it turned out great!
Another year...closer to teens...Kit we love you!
P.S. In the meantime I am working on a brand new cake recipe for Kat for Feb!
Well done Kit! We love you!
So this morning, she finally decides to impress me by having Weetabix for breakfast (impress because she knows I hate it when both she and Kat ask for Frosted Flakes every single morning!) - her deal though is that she needs to have honey honey honey in it (she absolutely loves it). I agree and she starts pouring honey (and I mean down pouring honey) into her bowl. When she is convinced that the weetabix is sweet, she takes her first bite and says straightaway "Mummy, you know that tooth I lost on Saturday? It must have been my sweet tooth because this weetabix is still not tasting sweet! Yes, it must have been my sweet tooth that I lost!!" and continues eating as if her remark was just a matter of fact.
I, on the other hand, am left wondering how much I'll miss these cute little things once Kit grows up.
In the same way, we try to fit in as many activities we can (and can afford) into a child's schedule to keep them busy and make them smarter! The same happened with Kit. A typical day for her used to be - go to school at 8am, come back at 4pm, have an after school activity (gymnastics, swimming, art, ice skating) till 5:30pm, shower at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm and then prepare for bed by 7:30pm. - wow! exhausting!!
It was during one of these tightly packed days that I asked Kit if she could hurry up finishing her puzzle (which she had only just started) so we could be on schedule for shower and dinner. She looked up at me with her big eyes and solemn face and said - "Will I ever have time for life, mummy?"
Although I did not think much at the time, when I thought about it later at night, I realized that Kit was right. We try so hard to make them smart that we forget to let them be kids. Let them have fun.
So I learnt my lesson this year. Kit has an interesting schedule with activities AND fun included and most importantly, there is time for free play. There is definitely TIME FOR LIFE!