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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.
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