Monday, December 31, 2007

My Take on 2007

And just like that we are in the final hours of 2007.

My thoughts on ending this year? I'm not even sure how to sum it up, to be honest. So let's break it down into categories.

This year has been very exciting for me. On a hindsight, we crammed a lot of things into this tiny year.

Personal
It has been a year of discovery for me.

I returned to work in the middle of the year. After having several discussions with Darien, I realised that I needed to do something for myself. Whilst I love my time with my children, it is hard to separate the ME from the Mom.

I constantly felt like I was giving and yet I was doing nothing for myself. And then I got a lil resentful of the time the husband gets to himself when he was out working.

So when my maternity leave was up, he urged me to go back to work. Just so that I can have some individual time. We hired a nanny, who turned out to be the loveliest girl ever. And the boys adore her.

I took a backseat to what I was previously doing so that I can opt for a four day week. Why? I wanted to have more downtime with the children. To have the chance to bring them to playgroup on Friday. And have one on one time with them both. It has been wonderful. I get to be me for four days and then mom for the remaining three. It makes me happy.

So being happy makes me appreciate what I have. I loved the fact that I was making new friends and having adult interaction once more. I've learnt that office politics never go away. I've rediscovered time management in a more detailed manner. And I've learnt to be responsible for my own personal growth, which I've terribly neglected for the past two years.


My Husband
There probably isn't a better person to be with in this life.

He who knows my heart and touches my soul.

It is always marriage before children for us. It is such a important factor.

Darien has always been my rock. He just works so hard for everything that we have. That said, I think he compartmentalize his life pretty well. He cares about his team @ work. Finds time to play in not one BUT TWO basketball leagues. *sighs* His biggest role is probably being a daddy to the boys. He's really hands on with them and he has such heart and patience for them.

We also worked a lil harder in our relationship. In more ways than one, we've always tried to find time for just the two of us. We went out more. Left the kids with babysitters. And then when the kids go to bed, we'll put on a DVD to catch up movies that we've missed.

Also with me working, I've learnt to appreciate the effort he makes to come home a lil earlier these days. I guess we've reached a new level of being life long partners, heh.

I still love being married to you hunni. :p


My Boys
We started the year off with champers at a friend's apartment. It was a time where the boys were still babies. Kayden just started to walk and Jakey was just a lil bub.

Fast forward twelve months and we watched them both become full blown toddlers. Both are vivacious and strong willed characters. They have so much joy in them. Most of the time, they would just crack each other up with their antics. And it's terribly endearing to see.

Best of all, they realise that they are brothers. They still fight @ times but they look out for each other too. This is what we want to impart to them. The need to love each other.

Parenting them is an experience. I swear nothing can be as challenging as that. (well, maybe maintaining a business). That is why we are stopping @ two for the moment, till they are slightly older. I think we just want to take the time to watch them grow and still have time for us.

Decisions Decisions

This was a year of trust for us. We had to make a few important decisions about our lives.

It was probably in the middle of the year that we discussed about the possibility of relocating. It was a heart breaking one to make as we love our current life. However, we had to think about our retirement plans and the kids' future. So for that to happen, we had bigger plans for us instore back home.

With that in mind, we continued our search for our investment/base in Melbourne. And I'm pleased to say that we finally decided on a plot of land, which we subsequently bought. It sits on a hill and faces the valley. We loved the view and the size of it.

I didn't write about it because I felt that it's taboo talking about it till the papers are signed but now that it's all been done. We just have to discuss the building plans now.


So that's just about all I have for this year. All in all it was a really good year for us. God has always been faithful, even in times that we are not. Here's to a lifechanging 2008. :)

The Last Day of 2007

We spent the last day of this year doing things that matter.

We had brekkie @ Albert Park Deli with our friends who were returning to Sydney in the arvo. The food was so delicious that I was wondering why we always walked past this place but never ever thought of dining there?!

It was a good time catching up. And before we knew it, it was time to bid adieu. A few hugs and they were on their way.

Then I brought the kids to Eltham to meet my aunt who was visiting from SG. She's been here for a week or so with my cousin and uncle but since we had D visiting us from Sydney, I didn't get a chance to see her.

I got Darien to look up the directions for me cos I knew that reading a map whilst driving is probably not going to be the best plan. So we went through the melway together and he went, " If you can get there in one piece, you are truly magnificent."

Now he doesn't usually say that cos my sense of direction is rather acute.

So anyhooz I packed the kids in the car and off we went. It was a long drive and man was it hot today. (42 Degrees?!)

Bu I was glad we made it there. (I got a lil lost somewhere towards the end.) The boys had a ball playing with everyone there while I caught up with my aunt and her relos. In fact, those lil ones got to play with toys from yesteryears. It was very very cool. :p

I left when they were about to head to the airport.

And then I thought to myself... in this time and age, friends that you truly treasure and family that you love and care for are so rare, and yet we are terribly spoilt in those areas. We must not take it for granted.

So 2008 will be a time for us to rediscover the family side of things. And I pray for the Lord to hold my hands through this. :)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Presents!


I've had a lot of fun buying the presents for the kids! Somehow buying for them is a whole lot more exciting than for the adults!

Target is an absolute #$%&^%&$#! They made a ridiculous error and cancelled Jakey's layby by mistake. We only found out when we went to pick up their prezzies on Christmas eve.So the poor kid ended up with no presents this year. Let's just say that Target will not be getting any of my business for a while now.


Brandon and Sharon got the kids an awesome drum set for Chrissy. Gawd, do the kids love it!


We got them a Spiderman quad bike. It reminded me of my childhood days when we used to ride them for a few minutes in some central. It's way fun. But since Jakey's one got cancelled, they had to share Spidey.




Kayden loves Sesame Street. He adores Elmo, in particular. Elmo was one of the first words he's spoken. He also likes to watch me cook. So what better thing to get than an Elmo themed kitchen! To make it a lil bit more realistic, I got them a bucket of fake food as well. (which Darien goes, "You are just causing a bit of trouble for yourself. More cleaning up to do.)

Anyhow, this is probably the only toy that they can share. They would stand at opposite ends of the toy kitchen and pass food to one another. Not a bad pressie afterall.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Dinner


Christmas eve has always been a homely affair in the Tan household.

The house filled with the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven. Christmas decor littered around the apartment. Presents under the tree

This year was particularly bittersweet cos this could be the last Christmas we will be spending here.

We had a lil dinner party that night. Friends that came from interstate. The children had fun picking at their food whilst the adults bantered. We had so much to catch up on...

Anyhooz we hope you had a lovely christmas too!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Myer Christmas Windows


The theme for the Myer Christmas Windows this year was Uno. That big nosed guy.

We took the kids there after doing some last minute Christmas shopping and they loved it!
So much to see!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Rock!

I got a call from the husband yesterday.

D: "Is VS1 better than VVS 1? And is D,E color better than G?"

Got me all excited.

I thought it was me getting a rock.

Haha… no not happening.

Turned out that he was having breakfast with the boys and one of them is thinking of proposing.

So cute, right?

All these big burly boys sitting around the table having breakfast and talking about rings and different diamond cuts! Haha.. I wonder what else they get up to!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dinner Plans

Nine Days before Christmas.

And I just got news that we are having friends over for Christmas Eve dinner.

Which is nice.

BUT I only have a week to prep and cook up a menu!

Gosh! Trust the husband to drop the bomb at the last minute.

Sheesh!


Here comes the annual turkey basting and ham roasting…. More alcohol… and damn I know what I will be doing come Christmas eve. Grrrr……..

Thursday, December 13, 2007

No More Power

This week has been rather physically exhausting.

Somehow it seems like everything is happening this week.

House inspections. Dinner with friends. Work commitments. Christmas parties.

You name it.

I am so tired that when my head hits the pillow @ night, I would blank out in less than a minute.

And it seems like it's not going to stop for another week.

Thank God I'm taking some time off soon. Cos I really need time to catch up on my sleep and time to play with my two kids.

Mad

T'was a bad day @ work today.

My biggest pet peeve is stupidity and disrespect.

I do not deal with people who are like that.

Period.

Excuse me while I go and shop my anger off!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Da Noi


Dinner with the husband is always a treat.

Not becos the food is exquisite (which is mostly true)

It's just the rare pockets of time spent alone with him that makes everything special.

We dined @ Da Noi on Friday evening. I wore my new Collette Dinnigan backless dress and my new heels. (My special part of the evening)

Da Noi was a narrow restaurant. Tiny in size but the food was very well presented and thought of. My husband loves the idea that the menu changes with the produce that were available that day.

It was a lovely experience. We were seated in the courtyard. The food was simple and fresh. (His special part of the evening) The Tasmanian lobster with tagatalle was definitely the highlight of the evening. According to the waiter, they arrived alive and kicking just the day before.

Service was quite interesting. The waiter had his own sense of humor whilst making sure that we had everything that we needed.

The hubbi and I had a wonderful time. We spoke of the week. The kids. The house. The relocation. The people sitting around us!

I am a very lucky girl to have a husband who loves me to bits. He never fails to indulge in me in the good things in life. But more importantly, he simply adores me in more ways than one and gave me the two biggest loves of my life. Now that is something that money will never be able to buy

A Sunday Morning Brunch

An early morning babycino.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

All I want for Christmas!


  1. Threadless Tees - Tis' very addictive. We can literally spent hours looking at what tees to buy becos everything's USD$10 @ the moment. So in the end, we settled for 12 tops between the four of us. But shipping will take a while so we won't see our clothes for a bit.

  2. Michael Buble - I finally got tickets to see the man in June next year. Have to factor in the chance of us not living here by then. BUT I'm very very excited! My hubbi thinks that we will be fine just buying his CD. He said he's not sure if anyone can beat the standard that JT set. So we'll see... I've always liked him. He's cute and he can sing. Ha!

  3. Bon Jovi - My gosh! Melbourne tix sold out in 37 secs. What the! Anyhowz, I managed to get FLOOR tickets for the show in Jan in Sydney. So we are off on a short trip again! I CANNOT WAIT. This is gonna be one hellava concert! And we are already half way there!

  4. My Christmas present - Hubbi decided to be a generous Claus this year. ( He always has been. I'm a terribly spoilt wife) He gave me three really generous options of what he can get me. And I am stoked! I love them all but I just cannot decide which one I want! O Dear! And there is no raincheck so I have to claim it by Christmas.

  5. His Christmas present - Still in the works. I've got a few things in my head but it keeps changing. Tsk tsk. No wonder he said that I'm easier to buy for!

  6. The kids' presents - They will be so spoilt this year cos it's an accumulation of Chrissy gifts as well as belated birthday presents. Where are we going to store them all?!!!

I am feeling like the luckiest girl in the world @ the moment! :p

A Date! A Date!

Gosh the weeks are definitely flying...

We are twenty sleeps from Christmas. ( Thank God we've settled the pressies for the kids)

Our weekends are pretty jam packed with activities till then.

So I've arranged for babysitting for tomorrow night. We will be heading down to Da Noi for dinner and hopefully have some time to catch a movie.

I think we need this break for us to catch our breath before the festivities begin!

Da Noi comes highly recommended from a galfriend. I was quite surprised to get a last minute booking, after trying my luck this arvo. The husband and I love our lil foodie trips once in a while.

Here's what Mietta's had to say about the restaurant.

"Da Noi operates on a set menu every night, with dishes changing according to what produce is available - or even what came off owner Pietro Porcu's farm that day. But despite the eclectic nature of the menu (or lack thereof), Da Noi is always a wonderful dining experience. This is Porcu's native Sardinian food and many of the recipes have been handed down for generations. You might be offered such dishes as blue swimmer crab with zucchini, garlic and mussels; or lamb in lemon sauce - but don't bet on it."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Wee One!

Sometimes I wonder where did all that time go??

Jakey's all of 15 months now. He has grown into a really lovely little boy. Recently, we've realised how funny and intelligent this lil fella is.

He will be the earliest to wake up in the morning and the one who turns in the earliest @ night. Most mornings when he gets up, he will start to practise his talking. :) Funny as.

Anyway here are some recent pics of my lil man.
Straw drinker


More tea, please!


Chubba Whamba!

Look Who's Walking!


Oh yeah baby! Let the fun begin...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Three, Maybe?!

Lately there have been talk about the possibility of having a third child.

No it's not in our immediate plans *touch wood*

But I think it's definitely in the pipeline.

Somehow I just think that having only two kids just does not seem complete. Dun get me wrong. I'm barely keeping myself afloat with the responsibility of bringing up my two boys. They have well and truly tested every single ounce of my patience and love.

Some times I find the thought of having another child to be absolutely ludicrious. I just think that, at this moment, my table is definitely overflowing with all the trials with parenting.

However, I've always met friends or cousins who's only ever had one other sibling (my husband is one) and most of the time, it seems like they just run parallel lives. And I really don't want my kids to go down that path. My husband happens to think that the more the merrier *widens eyes*

Anyway it's not going to happen for a while.

And also, we gotta think about how we can go about trying for a girl as well.

But that is another story altogether.

Monday, November 19, 2007

What we did today


The weather's been pretty unforgiving the last few days. We've consistently hit the mid thirties lately.

I had the day off today to look after the kiddos. And cos it's so hot, we stayed indoors to escape from the heat.

Here's what we did.

I read my magazines in the living room. (A rare luxury these days)

The kids amuse themselves with outdoor play and some telly.

Bliss.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

What we did...

On our fifth year anniversary....

We did something different this year from the usual dinner routine..

Here's what we've been up to!

We went to see Justin Timberlake in concert. He was sooooooooo good! OMG! There are no words to describe how talented the man is. We loved every minute of the show!
Us all dressed up

And today we went to Oaks Day. Traditionally known as the ladies day, this year was no exception. Lots of beautiful fascinators and hats there!

I have to say that I love my man all spiffed up in a suit. Lookin' mightily hot!
We had a lil bit of fun punting.

It was a glorious day. We had wanted to make the most out of our last few months here. :) And it was exactly what we did today.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Off Peak

I'm feeling a lil "off" today.

After curing my suspected hayfever, with a hit of antihestamines, I still feel that there is a strange bug lurking somewhere in my system.

My bones are aching. My forehead's a tad feverish. And I'm cold.

Not Good.

3 litres of water is also not really helping with the situation.

Maybe I should just go home and take a nap. So God can do his job.

Then I will wake up feeling "normal" again!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A Walk on the Board


It was gloriously hot today. I brought the kids to meet Darien at Alexandra Gardens, where "Get Active Melbourne" was held. It is an initiative started by the husband's company to get lil kids interested in outdoor activities. Another event to stop the ongoing crisis of obesity.

However, it was sooooooo warm that I got fried within 20 mins. The kids got cranky. They were quite pissed off with the flies. We inhaled an enormous amount of energy drinks and juices. And then we called it a day.

Then we went and got the kid his belated birthday present (from our friends) And this is him having a ball downstairs. It totally made his day.

Cox Plate Play

When the horses are out to race, the kids go out to play!

Friday, October 26, 2007

My Sunshine


Coming home to these two cheeky fellas always make my day a lot brighter!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thinking Thoughts

Some days I allow myself to dream of the times when I was just me.

Ya know, the days when I was single. No kids. No worries.

I tend to forget that it was only three years ago when life was quite adhoc and carefree. When the husband and I used to just go on road trips once in a while.

How quickly has time fly?

We are almost reaching the end of this year and whilst most things have remained the same… some things have definitely changed for the better.

I still dunno what I was thinking when I agreed to the Big Move with the husband. But I know things will always work its way out. I guess if you dun work as a team, things will definitely fall apart.

I have had my moments where I shake my head and go "what the hell am I thinking?"

I am still not sure how I'm going to like the hot humid weather. I love dressing up in my layers and coats. I love my work. I love my shopping here in Melbourne. I love my food, my produce and basically, my life.

But then again, with the the kids, it's always better to have support around. It's always better for children to grow up in an extended family Or at least that is what I am telling myself.

Gosh! Have I gone from the young wide eyed adult to a mommy with all that responsibilities that I used to shudder when I think about.

I mean, I'm no longer afraid of financial commitments, of being responsible for someone else, of dedicating my life to that one person, of knowing that life is definitely more than your monthly income.

I have grown up… albeit too quickly sometimes.

But that is how life goes, hey?

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Brief One on Being Two

I love my two year old to bits.

This has to be the cutest period of his entire life. He is sooooo much fun!

He speaks. He plays. He teases. He sings. He dances. He has all these crazy antics that just makes me crack up all day.

He has a mostly loving relationship with his brother. He likes to be "in charge" of him. At times, he's a lil rough with him but then after sitting @ the naughty corner for a bit, he'll sayang him and things would go back to normal.

Sometimes the monster in him comes up and makes life difficult for everyone. But we cannot expect anything else from a kid, I guess. Afterall, they dun call it terrible twos for nothing.

Just the other day, I was on the computer and he came up to give me cuddles. And at that time, it makes me feel like I've never felt more loved by anyone else.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Word with the Gals

R:
"I think I will die a poor but well dressed woman."
Me:
"I think I will die a well dressed woman and my husband will die of a massive shopping bill!"

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pumping it!

I have been so slack in the last two years.

After having those two lil jokers, I've completed neglected working out. Whilst I've not been exercising, I'm quite fortunate that I'm still pretty much what I was prior to kids.

However, with the impending activities that we plan to do in the next two months, I decided to get going with some kind of discipline. I told the hubbi that I think I'm ready to start training.

So two weeks ago, we had a session once a week. Man! Do my bones hurt after that. But the good news is that I've started to engage my core muscles again. And I always feel good after working out.

It pays to have a personal trainer as a husband! Ain't I lucky.

Tired!

It's been awhile since I've last eagerly waited for the work week to end.

It has been a massive week. Completely flat out dealing with customers' requests. Liasing with dealers. Lots of Admin stuff to do as well.

So when the clock hit five today, I made sure that I was the first one out of the door.

I think it's time for a holidaeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The OFFICIAL Birthday Partee

Can you see the looks on their faces?

We had a lil barbie by the Yarra this arvo to "officially" celebrate Kayden's 2nd Birthday.

The weather was quite beautiful, despite the cold. (or as perceived someone who wore shorts!)

The boy love being outdoors. He relishes the fact that he can run around without any inhibitions.

For us, it was a clear choice cos we wanted to avoid the cleaning up @ home.


It was a lovely day. Shared with a group of close friends. Just the right amount of food. And a lil boy who's actions just make me appreciate the blessings that he's brought to my life.

Just a glimpse of the cake!

We had a beautiful cake baked by our usual cakemaker who's endless creativity never fails to wow me. Kayden loved it so much that he kept going "wow" when he sees each cookie.

Am I legal to drink yet?


He's had a great birthday. I cannot believe it's been two years since we've had him. He has brought a lot of joy into our lives. And it only gets better as he gets older.

Friday, October 05, 2007

A Day @ the Zoo

We wanted to do something kid friendly for Kayden's birthday so we decided to bring them both to the Melbourne Zoo.

It was a glorious sunny day. The zoo was a perfect choice. There is so much space for the kids to explore and to learn. However, as the zoo's too big for us to complete everything in a day, we have to go back again. We signed up as Friends of the Zoo so that we can have unlimited access to the public zoos in Australia for a year.

I've forgotten how much fun zoos can be. So many things to see and so much information to learn.

Those kiddos had a ball. But halfway through, Kayden got tired so we had to carry Jakey all the way through while he slept in the pram.


Off we go

Hmmm no monkeys in sight

Me and my lil champ... ain't he cute!

With Daddy @ the Elephant Hut

Monkees in a hut searching for gorillas

Lil J so excited after seeing a Mangrill aka Baboon

Look Daddy! See what I see!

My birthday boy! Note the seat change!

All Tired out!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Kayden Turns TWO!

Blowing the candles

The lil one turned two today so we had a lil celebration at his daycare center. We had to get the cake from the supermarket becos of the strict ingredients rule in the center. They insisted on labels which show what's inside the cake.

Kiddos

So I took half a day off today to hobble down to celebrate my firstborn's 2nd birthday. Bought him a prezzie that I thought he would be wowed with and then met the hubbi to go see the kids.

We waited outside his room whilst the caretakers lined them up and brought them out to the piazza area for their arvo tea. He was so thrilled to see us when he walked out of the door that we got heaps of cuddles.

Yummy Cake

Those kids in the center were the cutest. This lil girl, Z, was asking if we have a special cake cos she likes special cake. Soooooo cute and definitely fuels my want to have a lil girl on my own. After singing the birthday song, they all devoured the cake. Some even asked for seconds. I guess you will never find a kid that doesn't like chocolate.

Thomas the Engine!

And here's what we got for the birthday boy! A lil trike that he really loves, for now!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Comme Kitchen

The husband suggested a dinner date late Friday arvo. I think he knew that I needed some adult time before succumbing to kiddo overdose.

So we went to Comme for dinner. Heard great things about them. So I always wanted to hop in for a meal.

I managed to get a last minute booking a couple hours before so I jumped at it.

Comme resides at Alfred Place, right in the middle of the city. We had been to the building before for theatre but that was way before the restaurant was there.

Comme has two separate areas. A huge bar where the office crowd hung around for Friday evening drinks and then the dining area is this lil space under the huge stairwell. A tad strange in my point of view. It kinda felt like a mess hall, you know, where you eat during camps.

We didn't have a good start to our dining experience there. For one, the hostess showed us to the table and then it took about 15 minutes before we were acknowledged by the waiters there. Then it took them a lil while before we got our menus. And then it took a bit for us to order as well.

The first sign of trouble started when the wine came, the waiter went on to pour it when I noticed that it was a different bottle from the one that I requested. After highlighting it to him, he went, "oh we ran out of the other bottle. This is just as good. Haven't you heard of Mesh before?"

This kinda blew me off going back ever again. 1. You do not just assume that that is the wine that I want. 2. If you dun have the drink that I requested, it's common courtesy to bring me the wine list so that I can make another selection. 3. Pretending that it's all good and praying that I won't notice the difference is just not acceptable.

Yes, the substitute reisling was good. But it was dampened by the lack of service.

The entrees came. The food, I have to say, is really beautiful. We enjoyed every morsel of it. It took them a while to notice that we were finished. So the plates took a lil while to be cleared.

Then when the mains came, we confirmed that the service was tragically lacking in this place. You see, the husband ordered two entrees instead of a main dish. The waiter brought out my snapper and TWO OF THE ENTREES that he ordered! *smacks head*

This, my friend, is not acceptable in all rules. The kitchen should've known that you bring out one dish after another. Not TWO at the same time. So whilst the hubbi was having his truffle tortellini, the quail sat in the middle of the table….. Turning cold.

We noted that to the waiter and he went," But you said that you wanted two entrees instead of a main." Look if we have to spell everything out whenever we dine, we might as well go to a cheaper place to eat.

The trouble with Comme, we noticed, is the lack of good service. Most of the time, there are NO waiters at the room. They flit in and out of the room. It's hard to command their attention. The door that leads to the bar slams sometimes. The bass from the loud music from the bar transcends to the dining area. Not very impressive.

We were pretty content with the food. But the lack of service is more than enough for us to not go back. We headed off to the bar for some drinks and they had some good cocktails.

Overall, it was a disappointing experience. We've dined enough to know what to expect from service staff. And as much as I want to like Comme, as I set out to do, it needs to go up a notch with its service.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Party


We were invited to a birthday party last week. It was for a lil gal from Kayden's playgroup. Her mom organized a beautiful party for her. There were heaps of food for both kiddos and adults.

The best thing was the kids have the space to enjoy themselves. It was so fuss free. Even the adults are very chilled out. We just let the kids entertain themselves.


Kayden got really attached to this little tikes car. He jumped upon it, the minute his friend hopped out. Needless to say, it was hard tearing him from the car when we were about to leave. (I think we might get it for his birthday)


And the kids still got keepsakes from the party. They each got to choose a lil wooden toy from a basket. The two rascals got different ones. And they got so knackered out from playing that they slept for a long time after they got home.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Play Day

My babies under that magnificent tree

Tunnel Pondering

Baby J's loving his wood chips

My lil man

Friday, September 21, 2007

ONE TWO TWEE

I was talking to my almost two year old whilst he was having lunch on his high chair.

When the puppet monkeys in the telly started counting.

I repeated it with my fingers and then he went "ONE TWO TWEE!"

OMG I cannot tell you how exciting this is!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Perspective

The husband and I...

We have a very simple perspective in life. We believe that things go in circles. What you reap is what you sow.

Our goal in life is to be happy and enjoy the blessings that we have around us.

We love our kids. We want them to experience a real childhood, with none of the work loaded burdens that some children have to bear. We believe that play is an important part of their constitution to a good mental wellbeing. We spend time bringing them to parks, gardens and wide open spaces so that they can explore and just run freely with no inhibitions.

We believe that quality food and good artisan water makes a major difference to our health. That is why we buy organic vegetables, fruits and meat. Not because it is trendy but because it has none of the yucky pesticides and it supports a more humane cultivation culture.

You probably know that I spend a fair bit of time cooking after work on weekdays. Cos I have to prep food for the boys' breakfast and lunch the following day. Homecooked meals are so important in a kid's diet. I like knowing what goes into my child's stomach. And I like knowing that most of what they eat are stuff that are good for them. No preservatives or MSG.

My kids are probably the best examples of good eating. My son can discern the difference between tap and mineral water. They both love their vegs more than meat. In fact they consume twice the amount of vegetables, as compared to meat. The best part is, with a good diet, they have a more tolerable immune system that saves them from major bouts of childhood illnesses.

We love spending time with each other. Most other parents would probably know how little alone time we have in a day. So once a week, or a fortnight, we get a babysitter to look after the boys for a night so that we can go out to catch a movie or have a nice dinner to catch up. Sometimes we catch up for a quick lunch on a work day. We feel that for us to function as better parents, we need to be great partners first. Someone once said that, "Babysitting is not a luxury, it's an investment." So true.

We like our individual time, as well. The husband love playing bball with the boys on the weekend. It's his stress reliever. I, on the other hand, like to go to the shops with a girlfriend or have a cuppa. And we make time for activities like that so that we dun lose ourselves. One of us would take the kids, whilst the other goes out.

Friends are an integral part of our survival. I must say that we are very very blessed by the friends that we have around us. We live a privileged life with a group of good friends who would go through everything with us. I always believe you are who you surround yourself with.

My husband never believes that you should spend your life pursuing an infinite amount of money. It's always a work life balance that he seeks.

Sometimes when the world gets crazy, we would sit back and reflect on the blessings that we have in this life.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunny Day

Where r we going, Mommy?

It's not hard to be enticed by the warm spring weather. Loads of sunshine tends to make people come out of hibernation.

The husband was helping a friend with carpet removal over the weekend so I took the boys to Rockley Gardens for a play.

We've been driving past the playground there and I've been dying to bring the kids there. So I packed the two of them into the stroller and we took a walk down Toorak Road to get there.



Kayden was really taken by this apple turning toy there. He's rather quick in catching on how to manuveur it by observing another lil gal do it. Next thing knew he was standing up there and spinnin' the wheel.


Baby J was a busy lil bee. Now that he's a lot older, he's a lot more confident in exploring the grounds. So he spent time climbing through tunnels and stairs. And also springing surprise visits on his brother @ the top of the slide.

We sat on the swings. Went down the slides. Kayden tried to climb onto the monkey bar and the flying fox. Till the kids are exhausted before we trek back to the car.

It was a simple day but it was time wellspent with my boys.


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