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Something caught her eye in the candy store not too long ago.

We walked in and she exclaimed, “Gummy worms!! Please Mommy, can we buy them?”

“Sorry, not today, darling,” I said, trying to buy time.

Apparently her friend brings them to school as a snack. :O :O

Really?!!! Sugar, chemicals and other unpronounceable stuff?

No thanks.

So I did what any (smart) mommy would do: make our own gummy worms.

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Yummy gummy worms with ingredients we know and love, including Ningxia Red which has the goodness of wolfberries to support good eyesight!

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Kids love ‘em and adults have to fight for them with the kids… hahahaha

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Today we are making gummy bears too. Fancy some? 

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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.

 

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We visited Audi Dream Farm several months ago, however the photos have not managed to make their way to the blog…until now.  The farm is located in Balik Pulau which is a good distance from where we live, nevertheless it was a fantastic experience for the kids to be out and about early in the morning.

We bought a basket of goodies for the animals, containing food for feeding the animals with…bird seed, leaves and plants, milk for the goats etc.

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The kids really had a ball of a time.  We will certainly make another visit to the farm, if it were closer to home.  Well, hopefully soon we can find time for a repeat visit.

For Emma’s fourth birthday this year, she finally decided on a My Little Pony themed cake, and she was also very specific on which three ponies were to be on the top of the cake.  I decided to bake her that cake and brought it to school for a very simple (and noisy) celebration with her friends.

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Hannah, who did not have to go to school that day, tagged along.  Hannah also contributed in another special way, which was to make the pretty rainbow on Emma’s birthday cake.

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Many of Emma’s friends asked for the ponies as souvenirs but we had to tell them that they belonged to the birthday girl.  We did prepare party packs for the little kids of course. :)

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Emma had a blast and enjoyed herself very much.  Happy, happy birthday my dearest Emma!

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.

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

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Ethan turned 11 in January, but I’m only blogging about it now.  Better late than never 😛

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He was not fussed about his birthday cake and this year, and he decided to have an informal gathering with some of his friends at Break The Code in Gurney Plaza (now no longer operational though).  The group was separated into 2 teams who then attempted to solve a series of puzzles and clues in themed rooms.

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Everybody had fun and and it was certainly enjoyable for everyone present!

 

Note: We fully respect your privacy and understand how and why it is important, so if you see a picture of your child in this post and would prefer for me to blot out his/her face, please email me at joyce.cheah (at) gmail.com and I will do the needful.  Thank you.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”  Therefore, I try my best to get the kids out and about during these school holidays instead of being home all day in front of the TV or computer.  We made an impromptu visit to the rather newly-opened Tech Dome in Komtar about two weeks or so back.  I remember the location of Tech Dome as previously being the venue of computer exhibitions like the PC Fair years ago, back then the dome was called the Geodesic Dome.

Ethan and Hannah had already visited the Tech Dome last month during their school field trips, but they were rather disappointed that they didn’t get to participate in the activities like the wall-climbing and the G-force spin.  These activities required parental approval and additional purchase of tickets, so perhaps that was why the school trip did not include that.

Here they are, doing the Speed Climb, where they had to scale up a vertical wall and hit the buzzer right at the top.

Here, the kids find out what astronauts go through with the G-Force simulator:

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Kids had so much fun:

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Emma enjoyed herself at a small play area pretending to be Bob the Builder:

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Afterward, we visited The Top, which had some fun and colorful rides for kids.

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Hannah has been taking piano lessons since she was 5 years old.  Her interest has increased by leaps and bounds since then.  Now, we are overjoyed to hear melodious tunes when she practises at home and it is indeed rewarding (and good on the ear).

I don’t intend to rush her through the grades, with taking examinations and all, even though her teacher says she is in Grade 1 now.  When the time comes for her to take examinations and she is ready, then we shall cross that bridge.

Just recently, her teacher asked if Hannah wanted to participate in a music competition.  There were several categories for the participants, segregated by age group, and Hannah was in the age 7-8 category.  Hannah was very eager to, so we decided to let her try it out.

Looking at her perform that day, I think I must have been more nervous than she was.  I practically held my breath while taking the video, and she aced it!

She was overjoyed when she received a trophy and certificate of participation for her efforts.  There were 50+ participants in her category and she was selected as one of the Bronze trophy recipients.  All the participants received a trophy, but that didn’t stop Hannah from being so proud of herself.

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We are also very proud of you, Hannah! ♥

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There was dancing and singing by the kids representing music from the 60’s till 2000’s.

An entertaining night for all, I’m sure the performers enjoyed themselves as much, if not more, than the audience.

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Here’s an excerpt from the performances featuring Hannah and her friends:

Note: We fully respect your privacy and understand how and why it is important, so if you see a picture of your child in this post and would prefer for me to blot out his/her face, please email me at joyce.cheah (at) gmail.com and I will do the needful.  Thank you.

 

Ethan participated in an inter-school football tournament for Under 11s in early November this year.  The tournament saw several schools in Penang and one from KL compete in a half-day affair, which began with a rather wet and rainy morning.

This did not dampen the spirits of all the kids though, and they all had a lot of fun.  It was a good experience and great exposure playing in a team environment, and we are looking forward to more tournaments such as these.

Can you spot Ethan in these photos?

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