Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hubby turned 29!

We had a quiet celebration at home on Andy's actual birthday.
I had actually planned a small surprise for Hubby by waiting with Kai at home and turned off all the lights, but the poor kid waited so long for Hubby to come home to blow the candles until he fell asleep sitting up on the sofa!
Hubby said he'll be home by 9pm so we've been waiting since 8.30pm but he didnt get home till 10.40pm!! Next time cannot give this man surprises already!

Happy Birthday Hubby!

A simple cake I bought last-minute =P

We're sleepy! It's past 11pm at night on a workday on a Wednesday. Andy just got home from work -__-

Thomas & Friends live show

Aunt LY, my brother Junwen, Andy & I brought Adam to catch Thomas & Friends live musical show at United Square on Friday 16 Dec 2011.
The show was free but to qualify for the meet & greet photo-taking session with Thomas, a single receipt of $40 is needed to exchange for the pass.

Being the kiasu parent that I am, I started Q-ing at 5.30pm, 1.5hours prior to the show, and roped in Junwen to help in the Q-ing. The crowd was simply overhwhelming!

We managed to get 8th in Queue! There's nothing like family team-work!

Aunt LY & Kai

A pair of sisters I saw at the show

Bob the Builder

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Adam & the helper

We recently engaged a part-time helper recommended by Charmaine, to come in once a week.

It sure feels terrific not having to do the housework and come home to nicely made-up beds, squeaky clean floors, clean toilets and a spanking kitchen.
More importantly, Adam has taken to Linda instantly, and he seems to enjoy "helping" out in the housework. Like real!

Now, I don't have to nag at Andy to chip in with the chores, chase after Adam to clean up after him. A happy, non-grouchy Mommy = happy family :D
All thanks to Charm!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Potty Training

Aside from learning to walk and talk, every tiny person has to conquer another major milestone - TOILET TRAINING.
Potty training a 2 year old is quite a challenge - and I have to start asap since Adam is starting Nursery in a month's time so the clock is really ticking!

This is his very first potty, ain't it the cutest toilet bowl you've ever seen?!

What I do is, when we are at home, I will remove his diaper and let him go cold turkey.
Prior to potty training, he is able to tell us after he has already pooped so I am just going one step backward and hoping to "catch" his magical moment before the deed is done!

When his pee is trickling out to wet his pants, he will exclaim to us "Kaikai pee!" So we will make a mad dash to the potty. And thus far, he has only succeeded peeing in his potty ONCE.
The other not-so-successful time was when he had his weener pointing outwards the potty so although he was sitting on the potty, he was actually making a golden fountain. *sweat big time*

When I house-broke my 2 dogs with much ease, I thought that it was going to be easy with my own kid since I had "hands-on experience". Well, guess what?? BOOO, Veron!
No wonder so many parents buy story books on Potty-training and there are so many videos of Potty-training on Youtube.

That's why people always advise it's better to have kids while you are still young otherwise where to find all the energy to do all these things man.
Good luck to me!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Welcome a new princess to this world

Let's welcome a new member of our expanding gang - Baby Janelle =)
It's always nice to have a girl around.

Pretty Serene and her precious bundle

Uncle Jason hands-on practical lessons Hahahaha

After that, proud new-Dad YQ, Jason, Erin, Andy & I adjourned to Robertson Quay for wagyu beef dinner. Yumsss!!

Got wagyu tongue somemore. Never even heard of before man.

lovely charcoal grill on a cold rainy night. Superb!

Congratulations to Serene & Yong Qiang on the arrival of their princess.
Seeing them so happy on such a joyous occasion makes me feel very blessed to be able to share their joy too.

Lastly, let's welcome them to a whole new world of nappies, milk bottles, tantrums, sleepless nights, empty wallets, messy home, but also loads of laughter, love and a legacy.

There comes a point in life when fun no longer means clubbing, drinking, staying out 'till 4am or thinking about yourself first!
Fun means Disney movies, family dinners, bedtime stories, long cuddles, a messy house, sleeping by 10pm and hearing little voices say "I love you."
Becoming a parent doesn't change you, it makes you realize that the little people that YOU created deserve the very best of your time! ♥

Thursday, December 1, 2011

So it's December...

The year has absolutely flew past.
In 2011, I have:
- moved into our own place
- become a monthly WWF donor
- changed jobs twice
- to wait for my exam results which determine whether I can pass my Bsc in Nursing *fingers crossed*
- learnt some important lessons in life which they don't teach you in school

Anyway, to wrap the year up, Happy holidays from Andy, Veron & Adam!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Santa came early

The tree is up, the ornaments are up, and we're waiting for the presents to fill.
I'm enjoying every bit of it :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Our first Xmas

Even though Adam is already 2.5 yo, this will be our first Xmas spent together as a nuclear family unit, and in our first home.
As such, it marks a remarkable occasion for us and I've already fantasized about our very first Xmas tree months ahead!

Tonight, Andy & I went out to buy a 5" tree and some ornaments. It's gonna be a Gold-and-Red Xmas for us this year.
I did some Googling on the internet and found that nurseries actually carry real fir trees. Yeap. Those that you sit in a pot and water them. Real fir vs plastic? We chose plastic in the end because of the practicality. I'm not entirely sure how we're gonna transport it from the nursery and dispose it when it dies because obviously we dont have a fireplace to burn it.

Anyway, back to our plastic tree. Will post up photos of the actual tree when we get down to assembling it.

I'm so excited. Excuse me while I do some cart-wheels!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meena turned 30-s e v e n!

Celebrated my old Babe's 37th birthday today. Actually her birthday was in Oct so this comes as a belated celebration. Wahh time flies man. I dont even know how many birthdays we've celebrated together....

Uncle Ramesh looking to see whether money falls from the ceiling ah??

Eh aunty... like that who dares to eat your saliva after that!

Date with the Babes ;)

Birthdays, weekends, holidays... We love any excuse for a get-together. Love love love my auntiesss :D

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

God sent an Angel... a sleeping Angel.

Life with a toddler can be filled with challenges, to say the least. Ask Adam to brush his teeth, he brushes the switches on the toilet wall. Cook him a nice meal, he spits it out and glares at me with his deep-set eyes. I'm sure I must've mistaken rat poison for organic brown rice.
Yes, don't I simply love it.
Ask him to stop the iPad business and get his bum to bed, he throws himself on the cold hard floor and bawls so hard, I have to look under the sofa to make sure his eyeballs didn't roll out unintentionally. Absolute parenthood bliss.

But I do adore him tremendously. He is not a grouchy waker, he greets you in the mornings with a full-on grin and chants "Mummy, Mummy, Mummy" [repeat 581 times].
He's also very self-assured and is Ok to play on his own most of the time. We have no trouble parting ways at school, which is great, and when he's not being naughty, this boy is just pure love.

On days that he is not a monkey (read: rarely), like today, the world seem right again.

God sent us an Angel. In diapers. We have not started potty-training yet, because the Angel is simply not ready. Oh well, we'll worry about the potty another time.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Building our green balcony

The balcony is arguably my favourite hangout in our home, and we are constantly thinking of ways to add on to the green facade.

Last Sunday, we gave these plants a new home.

Our pond is now home to 12 Koi fishes now, who are overfed by our dear son and super greedy, always begging for food ;p

Relaxing in the zen garden, sipping coffee and burying my head in a good read... The simple pleasures in life.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Shangri-La wedding

It feels so surreal - I can't quite bring myself to believe that my crazy gal-pal said "I Do" tonight and vowed the rest of her life to KW... but not without her signature crying... on stage... on mic.... Charmaine why you always cryyyyyy???? Hahahahaha

People asked me how I knew the bride. Ours is such a simple yet complicated friendship.
We started from being online friends on dog forums, then we became shopping/gossiping buddies, we are a trio of sisters (Meena, Charm & I), and we even bought units in the same project, making us neighbours. We fought, we cried, we made up and we went back to square one.

I wish my friend/sister/neighbour a new journey into love and happiness, building on the beautiful family that she so deserves to have :)