Just Being Mom QP Freebie from Kimb’s Designs
Full set of 20 milk teeth now.
Food and Feeding
Emma is eating well, and on top of that she is ever willing to feed herself. “I wanna feed myself” or “Let me feed myself” are her favorite phrases at mealtime, in addition to “I want more more noodles”…..
She love fruits which is always a good thing. And she can finish 1 bowl of rice by herself!
I’m attempting to wean her from the breast now that I notice she is drinking less breast milk. I’m using my tried-and-tested bitter gourd juice method, and it is progressing well, so we shall see.
I’ve started with the Potty Training Sticker Reward Chart for Emma. I told her that for every time she peepees in the potty, she will get 1 sticker and for every poopoo in the potty, she will get 2 stickers. She has so far gotten 1 sticker, and we keep reminding her that she will get to choose a toy when she hits 20.
I’m not really pushing it though, just want her to be ready so potty training will be a breeze.
Emma will start school soon, so that’s a major milestone for her. She enjoys reading the “Barney and Baby Bop goes to School” book with me, so hopefully the experience will be a wonderful one, filled with many cherished memories ahead.
Little Emma has been adoring Snoopy ever since a popular mall in Penang decked the whole mall in Snoopy and Peanuts paraphernalia several months back. She even asked Ah Mah in Ipoh for the little Snoopy figurine to bring back to Penang!
So it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what cake I had to make for Emma’s birthday this year. We kept this a family affair and given that I know Emma doesn’t really like eating cake (she only likes to look at it), I chose to just order the edible sheet with a Snoopy and Charlie Brown design, which I just placed on top of the cake!
Emma had been asking for her “Snoopy Cake” well over a week before her actual birthday, so she was really eager as punch to cut the cake.
To add to her joy, I ordered a handmade amigurumi Snoopy from a dear friend. The happiness on Emma’s face when she opened her present was simply priceless.
(I also had an adorable Dutch Rabbit handmade for Hannah for her birthday; she named her Rosie, by the way.)
All in all, a very cozy family celebration of Emma’s birthday. She has really grown into a pretty, adorable, sweet three-year old. She calls herself a “small girl” now (not a “small baby”!)
My dearest Hannah turned 7 just yesterday, and just when I was looking at how much she had grown based on her little baby photos and toddler pictures I posted on Facebook not long ago.
We had a birthday celebration for her at home just last weekend. She initially wanted a Lego Friends themed party, but after looking at some other ideas on Pinterest, she decided on an Art themed party, which is so apt given that my little snowflake is such an artist in the making!
This was such a fun party to plan because everything was so colorful and bright! Pinterest definitely helped a lot
This is part of the loot I had to deal with when packing the kids’ party packs a few days before the party:
Of course, for an art party, I just HAD to make my ever-popular playdough (recipe here) and include that in the party pack:
Hannah chose the colors for the playdough.
Here are the kids excitedly waiting for the guests to arrive…
The food spread for tea-time snacks:
We had several party activities and games for the kids, of course. They were first invited to draw something on a welcome white board, after which Hannah chose her favorite two, who will become the team leaders for another game.
Can you guess which drawings Hannah picked?
We also had a cupcake decorating station where the kids could decorate their own cupcake and bring them home. Some (very hungry ones) were seen eating the cupcakes as they decorated them and some cupcakes didn’t even make it to the take-home container! LOL
The kids played the every-popular “Pass the Parcel”, but this time it was “Pass the Artist Teddy Bear”! Lots of laughs and lots of disallowed throwing ensued, but everyone had a good time.
We then played a game of Win, Lose or Draw with the kids split into two teams. What a riot! We had kids coming closer and closer to the board and so much shouting everywhere!
Then it was time to cut the cake. I made a New York Cheesecake (upon Hannah’s special request) and shaped it to look like an artist palette (recipe here). However, I piped on her name using royal icing in the morning and it melted! OMG!!! I had to quickly redo the icing, pipe it on and quickly gathered everyone together to sing the birthday song for Hannah to cut the cake, before the name melted away again!
Hmmmm…although…it could pass off as a deliberate attempt at making the words look “water-colory”-like, don’t you think? All along the theme of party
So glad that everyone had an awesome time at the party. Thank you so much to all who came and made the celebration such a meaningful one for my sweetheart Hannah. She definitely enjoyed herself tremendously!
It’s the Year of the Monkey – reason enough to monkey around? Well, definitely reason enough to eat loads of yummy yummy food (not just bananas) and have lots of great fun!
Traditional Reunion Dinner and 1st Day Chinese Lunar New Year in Ah Mah and Ah Kong’s house in Ipoh:
A simple dinner gathering back home in Penang:
Wishing everyone a happy, blessed and prosperous year ahead full of health and love in abundance!
This is how I like to hone the creativity in my kids. Not by telling them what to do and how to do it, but letting them explore and find out for themselves.
In art especially, it is important not to be TOLD what to do but to explore and more often than not, surprise yourself with your creations.
Here are Hannah and Ethan’s cartoon fight scenes! Can you tell which is whose?
They watched a simple tutorial on the telly and decided that they wanted to do it themselves, and there ya go… I absolutely love it.
“It’s the Little Things” QP Freebie from Sweet Shoppe Designs
Full set of 20 milk teeth now.
Food and Feeding
Emma is eating well, and will take almost anything we serve her. She asks for pink porridge (porridge with beetroot), broccoli, carrots often, and that makes me a happy mommy. She also likes to snack on chips though, so we have to limit that.
I did tell her that if she manages to keep her diaper dry and clean, I will let her wear some cute panties, so she tells me that all the time. Hopefully soon she will be ready for toilet training.
Has it already been 10 years since I became a mother? I really just can’t believe it, but it’s true!
Ethan turned 10 on January 31st and it’s such a heartwarming feeling to see how much he has grown…especially since Facebook “reminds” us of our memories from years ago on such and such a date.
This year, we had initially planned to have a simple football themed party at home but earlier in January, he attended a laser tag birthday party and got hooked. So we decided to have a small gathering at Laser Warzone in Gurney Plaza instead (otherwise he would be playing pretend laser tag all around the house and I can’t have that!)
I incorporated the original football theme into this laser tag venue celebration. Obviously Ethan’s favorite soccer team played a huge role in the theme, food and party pack decor.
The kids just could not wait to get down to laser tag business.
They had 4 laser tag games in total and we played 2 solo games and 2 team games. Of course the cake cutting and food was done right before the last game, so that the kids could “refuel”.
Laser Tag parties = good workout for the kids with good clean fun (read: they sleep better at night); Also, minimal preparation for the party and the following day Ethan said his friends commented that it was the best birthday party ever! Guess it was a resounding success!
After the party, we did some Chinese New Year shopping and ended up having dinner at Chili’s. They still gave a free dessert for the birthday boy, so Ethan got his song and dessert too!
Candy QP Freebie from Mediterranka Design
Between 10.0-10.2 kilos, weight is steadily increasing and she is quite open to trying new foods. Sometimes she will even rub her tummy and say “I’m hungreeeee Mommy!!”
Full set of 20 milk teeth now.
Food and Feeding
During the past month, I’ve tried serving her 2 new foods besides her usual porridge, chicken and veggies. She tried spaghetti with chicken cacciatore, a lovely tomato based gravy that she simply loves. I was hesitant all this while because the last time I gave her spaghetti, she started scratching. So I stopped for some time. She seems fine now so all’s good.
She also tried a comforting and tasty Peanut and pork soup which she absolutely loves! No signs of allergy either, so that makes me very happy! Izumio must have had a big role to play reversing the allergic reactions.
She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues. She will know how to ask for her “mio” when she needs it and constantly requests for her “capsules” too. Maybe what we hear about kids knowing what’s good for them is true after all.
Emma has also taken a liking to drinking soy milk. I at first tried giving her some whole milk but she didn’t go past a few sips. Soy milk she can finish a whole lot at one go! I’m looking for less sweet options though … unless I make soy milk on my own at home.
She will tell me when she wants to pee pee or poo poo but it is mostly too late, and she will say “stinky butt” and laugh and say, “Sorry Mommy…Emma poo poo again!”
This week, most kids start a new school year, and so did my kids. For Hannah, it was also a new school and a whole new experience.
We were initially going to homeschool Hannah but over the holidays, we decided that it would be in her best interest to let her start in a brick and mortar school first. My little snowflake thrives with friends around her and is very sociable. Her kindergarten teacher also commented that she looked rather sad when her kindergarten friends were discussing their impending school lives, so we figured she was ready for school. After all, we can homeschool anytime we want, but we can’t go to regular school that easily if we homeschool first. I guess it doesn’t hurt to try.
She attended an interview and an assessment test at her new school at the beginning of the holidays. She was assessed on I.Q., English and Bahasa Malaysia, and I am pleased that she did very well.
So over the holidays, I had been busy getting her school gear, wrapping school books, and oh yeah…ironing school uniforms.
And finally January 5th came!
Look at how happy she is! She looks forward to going to school every day, and I am so blessed that my kids don’t complain at all. No tears and all happiness… ♥♥♥
She’s definitely gotten a good headstart in school, and she eagerly gets ready every morning. I am not too bothered about good grades and all, but I believe that the experience she gains from being in a school environment (like a “little world”) is crucial in bringing out the best in her.
She is very happy thus far, and that in turn makes me happy too. Couldn’t ask for more…