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“What’s the color of this shirt, Emma?”

And she would answer almost immediately, “Ye-yo!”.

I used to enjoy hearing her say that.  Never correcting nor reprimanding.

Just enjoying the innocence of it all.

This is one of the many moments I find so cherishable in motherhood.

I don’t correct her, not because I want her to make that mistake, but because I want to enjoy the cuteness of it all.

I know that she would one day say “Yellow”, and I still say “Yellow” when I speak to her, but amazed I will be.

Childhood is such a beautiful picture that contains accents of such memories, etched forever in a child’s life.

Well, it happened sooner than I had expected and almost instantly, she now says “Yellow”.

Clearly, accurately, without batting an eyelid.

“It’s YELLOW, Mommy… not Ye-yo,” she declares, seemingly correcting herself.


Hannah turned 8 in March but I’m only blogging about it now. Yep, ticking off all my items on my long to-do list 🙂

She had a celebration in Adventurezone before but she loves it so much that she wanted a sequel, so her 8th birthday celebration was held there too.










Happy birthday Hannah, and may all your dreams come true!

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Here’s a video I captured recently of Emma “reading” Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I use quotes for the word “reading” because we all know that the pictures in this much loved Eric Carle book guides the child all through.

Still…a very good try for my little sweetheart.  And just for the record, this was the book that Emma “gave” to Hannah when Emma was born. 🙂

Pssst… look out for the part where she reads the page with the “Black Sheep”.  Simply precious!!

She must have picked it up either from her siblings or from me.  It started when she would come to me and say “Oww!”, point to the place where it hurt and sometimes point at the person who had “hurt” her.

As time went on, every time someone touched her, even ever so gently, she would say “Oww!!”

She would keep on saying that until I kissed her.

Ethan and Hannah would sometimes just touch her just to hear her say “Oww!!” and then they would say, “Sorry Emma…”

Here’s a demo:


On scorching hot and humid Chinese New Year-like weather days like these, we love staying indoors, just hanging out with each other.

To keep extra cool, we love lying down on the floor …. and looking adorable!


Yesterday, the kids wanted to take some time to write down their Christmas wishes, or wish list for Santa.  When they were done, they each hung it on the Christmas tree.  I found their wishes to be…. ummm…amusing! 🙂

Here’s what Hannah wrote:


See how detailed and specific she can get? 🙂

And I have no idea where she got that image of an Audrey Hepburn dress!

Here’s what Ethan wrote:


Check out wish no. 3!! LOL

Of course, then came the questions:

“Mommy, will Santa Claus be able to come in to our house since we don’t have a chimney?”

“Where do we send our wishes?”

“What if Santa Claus cannot find the stuff in our wish list?”

At one point, Ethan remarked, “Ha, maaaybe….the adults are tricking us!  There’s no Santa Claus and the adults will pretend to be Santa Claus and put the presents under the tree!  And the same thing happens with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, and all that…haha!”

Mommy replied, “If that’s the case, then how will the adults get their presents?”

Hannah said, “But the adults don’t WANT presents, right?  If they do, then the adults should make a list too!”

Who knows why babies gravitate towards tight spaces?!

When Emma was in her cruising stage, she used to frequently cruise under our dining table and through a hole in between the legs of the table.  Now that she is taller, she realises her head will knock onto the table if she walks under it, she is exploring the small space under our bar stools, and has also successfully and regularly climbed into the tight space between our DVD storage boxes and the wall behind our television.


It’s small enough to fit just her, and actually, don’t you think she looks like the cutest DVD seller ever? 🙂


Don’t let my calm demeanor fool you.  I may strike you as a quiet and serious child, but I’ve really got the grooves and the moves, baby!

(all together now…)

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

It is an absolute JOY to witness a child embarking on a wonderful journey filled with imagination beyond boundaries.  When a child starts putting thoughts and ideas into words and takes pen to paper, so to say, the possibilities are endless.

Where it happened pretty quickly with Ethan, so much so that I could not keep up, with Hannah, it has been a gradual process.  She first learned her phonics and sounds and then blending those sounds together to form words.  Her confidence in sounding out words as she attempts to read them has increased in leaps and bounds, and I cannot begin to say how proud I am of my little snowflake.

We read a story or two every night as a “nightcap” before we call it a day, and I am pleased that Hannah has been volunteering to read most of the words by herself!

Here’s a short descriptive sentence she wrote all by herself, complete with graphical illustration.  She came up with the words on her own and even spelled the words on her own by blending the sounds of the letters.


Awesome job, my dear!  Soon you’ll be writing pages and pages about big and fun ships! 🙂

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