Monday, April 28, 2008

My Fall Boys

My lil modelAvailable at your nearest Country Road/Cotton On Kids Stores

All Cuddly!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Daylesford


Daylesford was the destination for our long weekend.

We rented a cottage, Linkside, in Hepburn Springs for two nights. It had two bedrooms so the kids had an entire double bed to themselves.

They had a gate in the compound so the kids got to explore and run around. We would be pottering around the house and they would be exploring the surroundings or playing around with their footy ball.

WEATHER
There is just something about Fall. The changing colors of the leaves. The crisp cool air in the morning. The sound of dried leaves crackling when the children run.


I love this change of weather. It's really refreshing.

SPA
Daylesford is essentially a spa town. You come here to get cleansed, scrubbed and massaged. Hubbi and I managed to get a lil package in during the weekend and we now have soft silky skin all over.

I went to Acqua Viva Day Spa and I thought the service was excellent. I opted for the sea salt scrub hydrotherapy and a deep tissue massage. I felt a lil like a marinated being when she rubbed the salt on me.

Hubbi went to Salus @ Lake House. I don't think he was too impressed with the customer service.


KIDDOS
The kids has a ball. We brought them to the Lavendar Farm and they got aquainted with a few animals and got to know their names. (As they say in sales,it always helps to put a face to the name) So Kayden is excitedly yapping out animal names on our drive home.

At this stage, we love to chuck the kids outdoors. The open spaces help with the high dosage of adrenaline. And they get to muck around without any restrictions.

We actually saw wild kangaroos near our cottage. Kayden got really excited and he went to tell Darien all about it.

FOOD
We ate at Farmer's Arms on our first night there. Hubbi loved the food there. I was just busy getting Kayden to sit on his chair. He got two strikes that night.


Chowder House has one of the best french toast I have ever eaten in my life. It is sinfully drooling good! Service was immaculate. We would trot down there every morning and sit down for a hot cuppa. The best thing we discovered, other than the french toast, was they had rocking chairs outside!


Cliffy's was another providore we discovered. Their lamb pie was amazing. So delish. Other than that, it was a nice cozy place to sit and wait the rain out. It was pouring cats and dogs that arvo.

We wanted to try Mercato's but we got rained out that night as well. So we made beef stew @ home instead.

FESTIVALS
It was the Swiss Italia Festival that weekend.

So all the spas were packed packed packed.

We brought the kids to the Lavender Farm and they had a blast. We had the usual lavender infused food like scones, lemonade and such.


The clincher for me was how beautiful the place is. It is such a beautiful farm with the different colored foliage and decor. I love the set up of the cafe and their products! My gosh! So affordable but soooo..... goood!! I used their shampoo and it was fantastic.

I think I need another weekend away again!

The Anzac Day Weekend

We are back!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What will I be...

...without the company of friends?

It has been a rather unmotivating and quiet week at work.

Got a last minute lunch date today with the gals. Shaz flew down from Sydney so we went out for nice long lunch.

Sitting @ Slow. Chit chatting about boys and our upcoming Tetsuya's trip, makes the day a lil bit more pleasant to get by.

Especially when the husband joined us midway.

I love odd days like these.

Just like how I strangely like autumn a lil bit more than summer now.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sundays are meant to be like this...

Hat Shady

Hubbi was attending a course over the weekend.

In usual Sunday morning tradition, I took the boys out for brekkie @ Albert Park. My two lil tykes are fully grown boys now. We, actually, managed to sit through breakfast without any dramas.

So as a reward, we went to the Primary School across the road for a lil play.

The weather was glorious and we spent time soaking up the sun!

See that horizontal ladder? Kayden is pretty good at crawling that!

I love bringing the boys to parks and playgrounds. I love watching them play and just being kids. Especially now that they are at this stage of mimicing. Proud Mama, I am.


Later on that evening, we met Darien and headed to DOC in Carlton for a bit of pizza. Before heading off for Japanese with Dawn and her folks.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Final Note

Hi All,

It has been a wonderful time writing for this blog.

If anything, I write for myself and for my boys whom I hope will have an opportunity to see this when they are older.

Just so they know that Mommy adores them and this are their growing up days.

However, I am toying with the idea of locking this up.

So please... if you are reading and would still like to read, can you leave a comment. I will screen it and keep you updated.

Yours,
Pam

My heartfelt words

It is 3:03 am.

And I have had one of the biggest arguments of my life.

What has basically transcended is the enstrangement of a parent and the obvious difference in our thinking.

I am sad.

Not because I feel that at twenty six, I am thrown out there in this world as an orphan but because, they have failed to see the concern that we have.

I am not a pompous person. What I have here is what I have worked for, really hard.

When my sister and I was sent to Melbourne to study, we had a paltry allowance and we stayed at a really small studio apartment. In fact, we had to cook most meals at home. And we could barely afford to eat out.

I remember us having to share a meal when everyone around us was having individual portions. And that shopping was a luxury.

Some months, when rent was not sent in time, we used to be really secretive about our route home so that we won't bump into the real estate agent.

Still we made it work and even graduated in good time, with what little that we had.

Since my graduation, I was pretty much told by my mother after she paid for my air ticket, that, "This is the last thing we will pay for. You are on your own when you are back in Australia."

It was Darien who paid for my residency fees and I was left with the task of finding a job. I remembered walking around the city with a few copies of my resumes. Walking into stores, trying to make something happen out of nothing.

I was that desperate.

I could not depend on my then boyfriend, who was a student, to support me.

Thank God, I found a job in two weeks and that was when things started to look up.

When Darien and I found out that I was expecting, we chose to go through the public system so that we did not have to incur any OB/GYN fees.

He was working so hard when Kayden was born. Most times from 7 to 8pm. But no one knew that. Everyone thinks that life is oh so easy down under.

In fact, till now, he still works really hard to make sure that we can have something extra to put away.

We both know the value of hard work. There is not a day, other than my maternity leave, that we both dangled without a job.

So yes, I am not saying that you did not provide for me as a child. In fact, I thought I had a wonderful childhood.

But all I'm saying is, the best solution is to let him work hard for his money. People will only learn from hard work.

I am really upset that the two of you have to work even harder to pay for someone else's mistakes but obviously we both have very different sets of thinking.

I am not going to interfere any longer. In fact, I will retreat to my own space. I think enough has been said.

I just need you to know that I still love him as a sister and that I have no reservations in helping him at all. But I also know that sparing the rod will only spoil the child.

There is a time for loving and there is also a time for discipline. I just hope that you have the discretion to know where the line sits.

That's all.

Your daughter.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Quick Pasta Recipe


Sometimes when I am in a rush and the kids are hungry, I would make this up in a jiffy.

It's healthy. Full of vegetables. Minimal cooking.

Easy and Simple.

Ingredients
250g of fusili/penne pasta.
2 cloves of garlic
1 carrot. - chopped into thick slices.
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 cup of beans or snow peas - thinly sliced.
1 Sausage. - Cooked and thickly sliced.
50g of shredded parmasean cheese.
Chicken Stock
Salt
Pepper
Olive oil, to taste.

Steps

  1. Boil the water. Pop the pasta in for approximately 15 minutes, till al dante. Throw in the carrots after 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. On a separate saucer, add a tablespoon of peanut oil. Throw in the garlic and stir fry.
  3. Add in the cooked sausage, snow peas and pasta. Give it a quick toss in the wok.
  4. Then add the salt, pepper, chicken stock (or powder) to taste.
  5. Lastly, add the baby spinach and toss in the shredded parmasean cheese. Stir in the work. Add a sprinkle of olive oil to the pasta.
  6. Serve on a plate.

Darien the Daddy

"Anyone can be a father but it takes a man to be a Dad."

It was almost one o clock in the morn when I had just taken my shower and was sitting in front of my laptop.

My boys were already in bed and it was me time.

We had just caught "Home Song Stories" on DVD earlier and its aftereffects were still playing in my head.

Now I quote the above because I constantly pat myself on the back to congratulate myself for having Darien as the father of my children.

I say that because I realise that it is not often you find a husband who is really involved in his children's upbringing.

I guess we never know what kind of parents we would be till we have kids.

In more ways than one, parenting is probably a lifelong project cum experiment.

So the best thing anyone can do in this circumstance is to do their best they can.

Darien is very conscious about the children's diet. He would not spare any expense when it comes to their food. The kids eat a mostly organic diet, bar eating out and such. Heck! Even their shampoo and body wash is organic.

He is more conscientious in putting the probiotics in their milk, than me. And he gives the kids fish oil every night. (they think it's snacks, really!)

The payback is how healthy the kids are. They are fairly disease-resilient and we are very happy about that. Sick babies are so much harder to look after.

Somedays, he would put them in the bath and play some splish splash with them. He would sit them down and wear their shoes before they go out. Hold their hands when they are walking along the path.

The kids adore their dad. He is undoubtedly their best friend. There are no restrictions when it comes to Dad. He spoils them silly with attention whenever he's home. They would wrestle :roll eyes: on the bed. Read books. Play with trains.

In fact, between the two of us, he has more patience for the kids, than me. :) If Kayden is a lil shy when we are out, he would hold him close till he is ready to socialise.

It is always a funny sight when they would sit on the couch and sing songs together. I totally love the off tune moments when Kayden sings out loud.

Jakey loves to sit on Dad and play horsey. Sometimes he would hit Darien lightly (violent, I know) and then giggle when he walks away.

I guess in times like this when good relationships are pretty scarce, I am thankful for the love that we share.

Afterall, most people will tell you that it was their childhood that makes them the person they are.

Hopefully my kids would look back on their childhood and have fond memories of it.

So here's an ode to my big man. We might not have much diamonds and gold, but damn, we have a wonderful life and two beautiful kids, what more can we ask for?

I love ya Hubbi!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Madame Sousou


Hubbi decided we should go to Madame Sousou @ Brunswick St for dinner tonight.

So we popped on our Saturday best and left the kids with the sitter.

Not before I tried to save a plate with my foot and am dearly paying for it with a big bruise and a limp.

Madame Sousou was a pleasant experience. The food was yummy, paired with a lovely bottle of french red that we shared.

Plus since the kitchen was a lil late in serving, we got complementary h'ordeaves and desserts.

What more can a diner ask for?

Here is us looking alkie happy.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Toilet Training

They say it takes a village to teach a child.

I don't know how true I hold that statement to be.

But I do know that when it comes to toilet training, consistency is the key.

My nanny started the TT with Kayden.

She would consistently bring him to the potty every half an hour.

So that sets up a rhythm for him.

He would sit on the potty regardless he wees or not.

In the beginning, he would not tell us when he needs to go. So we ended up with a whole heap of accidents.

Then in the last two days, he started to tug my elbow to grab my attention. He'll then inform me that he needs to go.

Which works out really really well. We have minimal accidents since.

I am so proud of him.

Truth be told, I half expected toilet training to be a pain in the bum but I guess with a lil bit of consciousness and effort, it is working out well for Kayden and us.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

EEJITS

Omg I think I have a radar for ill mannered people.

Incident #1
A couple of weeks ago, I hopped on a tram to get back to the office. I was holding a cuppa on one hand and my black berry on the other. Just then, I got an email from a friend about her dog who just passed away.

So naturally I started to text my condolences back.

This old dude, who was standing across me went, "Excuse me, why don't you stop what you are doing, put your phone away and hold onto a pole. Just so you don't spill your coffee all over this nice gentlemen (man sitting down) when you trip, if the tram jerks."

I went, "I think I'm fine. Don't worry about it."

This should be the part where the conversation ends with polite stares.

But no.......

He had to carry on by saying, "All you stupid people who don't listen. Wait till you fall, then you'll know."

To which I went, "EXCUSE ME. I don't think it's any of your business whether I hold onto a pole or now. You do not have a right nor the manners to mind my business for me."

End of conversation. Everyone stares at me, just as my stop arrives and I casually hopped off.

Incident #2
I was walking the kids home from daycare today. Kayden was walking by me, hanging onto the handlebar of the pram when he drifted a few steps from me.

Just then, a cyclist had to stop for the lil guy.

I apologized for my slight lack of attention.

That was when the guy replied, "this is a bike path."

"No It is a shared path," I said.

He pretended he didn't hear me and just rode away.


I am over my meetings with strangers. There is absolutely no way I take crap from people that I don't know.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Current Status

I can't believe it's April already. This year is whizzing through a lil quick for my liking.

A stocktake of the last three months.

House
We've finally got our house drawn up. No display homes, thank you very much. It seriously helps to have architects as friends. The advice that they give is just invaluable. We had some concerns about the design that my builder came up with so my best gf drew up the house according to our specs.

I love it that it is just so functional. I just wish we had the time to live in it when it is built but only time will tell what we will do.

Hubbi is quite enthralled with the whole building process. He is the one who thinks of design enhancements and minimal land wastage. How to enhance the value and such.

I, on the other hand, am more concerned about costs. I cut and cut and cut all the miscellaneous things out of the budget so that we can save on our future mortgage payment. And I liase with the bank and the builder. In short, I am my husband's PA. :)

Another few more meetings and then we can conclude the planning stage to move onto the approval and then the developing stage.

It is a lot of work. One that is very fufilling and we are so glad that it is moving along in good time.

Anzac Day Weekend
We initially wanted to go to Bright for the long weekend but decided against it at the last minute. Since then, we've been looking for accomodation at Daylesford.

Hubbi wanted to go there for the food and a bit of country life. Me.. I just wanna get away for a relaxing weekend.

Most places want a three night minimum but we only needed two. And after looking for a few days, a place popped up so we booked it.

So we are off on a short family holiday at the end of the month.

Just us this time round.

Hubbi
Has been very busy consistently. Some days I see him for two hours. We still try to sneak a lunch in once a week but it's been a lil hard lately cause he's been bringing lunch to work. :)

So to make up for it, we have been going on weekly dates.

Last week we went to watch "Semi Pro" with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Then whilst we were walking downstairs to grab some supper, a friend went "You guys don't even look like parents"

Sighz… I wish, Hunni … I wish … :p

Kayden
Has started toilet training. My wonderful nanny has prompted me on taking the next step in his development and has been consistent in teaching him to use the potty. The lil one has started to like using the potty. I guess buying cute undies does make him feel a lil bit like a grown up and makes him feel special.

Other than that, his vocabulary has grown miles since. He like to chat with us while lying on the bed with us everynight before falling asleep. It is such a special stage right now. We are loving every bit of it.

Jakey
Has been the funniest lil tyke ever. He is a lil sooky at times but most times he finds his own lil niche in doing things his own special way.

This morning he insisted in sitting on my lap while I was folding some clothes. That lasted 5 minutes till I shooed him off to play with his trains.

He knows that he is cute and so he uses it to his advantage fully. Last week, the gals at daycare brought him to the toddler room and when it was time for him to head back to his room, he firmly said "No" to his carer.

Which totally cracked her up cause he was never this insistent before with anyone.

Is he growing up or what?

Me
I am loving my work now. I like my new team and I thoroughly enjoy my job scope. The best thing is that I have female role models to look up to and thus I learn something new everyday.

I am also liking my time away with my husband for date nights. I like holding his hand and spending time with him. Some times we would go to a café and just sit and read. No words. Just nice comfy silence that you can only share with people that you love and are close with.

I like waking up with my two favorite boys in the morning too. We then spend a lil time together before I head off to work.

Also, I will be starting yoga soon. I am trying my hardest to fit in a work out or two a week.

In general, life is pretty sweet right now.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The clock strikes one.

It is Sunday morning.

And the clock has finally turned back an hour.

A week later, than normal.

Cause we used to turn our clocks back on the last Sunday morning of March.

Anywayz, one more hour for the weekend.



Saturday, April 05, 2008

Jake

Baby in a Potty

Ahh Lil Jakey... My au naturel baby.

When I first found out that I was pregnant with him, he was almost sixteen weeks in utero.

He holds the fastest delivery record, from the waters breaking to his grand entrance into the world, in my books.

What can I say about this lil tyke?

At 19 months old, this lil one is a feisty ball of energy. He walks, talks and eats like a machine.

Laughing bubba

Being an extrovert, he would gladly perform for anyone who asks. He would dance and recites his "1-2-3" before bursting into a clap to reward himself for being a brilliant boy.

I guess being Number Two, he thrives in knowing that people are paying attention to him. In fact, everyone who meets Jakey is charmed by him. Most people would stop and say Hi to him.

He loves cuddles from us. Most times when we give him kisses and hugs, he would crack out the loudest chuckle, showing how pleased he is.

Hanging with Kayden

He is also undoubtedly his brother's biggest fan. He would mimic everything that Kayden does. And he would wake up a lil earlier every morning so that he can have all the toys @ his disposal.

Foodwise, this kid eats anything. He's not big on vegetables but he will eat them if we serve it to him. But he definitely has a big appetite. The gals @ the daycare they go to, are surprised at how much this lil one can consume.

Daddy's boy

His favorite word at the moment is "Daddy". It is the first word he would mutter when he wakes up in the morning. And sporadically during the day. He loves it when Darien spends time with him.

But most of all, he is probably the cutest nineteen month old that I know (biased, huh?) I love how he would cheekily come up to kiss me and walk away with a smirk on his face. Or how he would bounce on his daddy's tummy to wake him up. Or how he would crack up in laughter when he gets into some mischief with Kayden.

That is my lil boy, Jake.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Kayden

Babycino sipper @ Coffee Darling

Kayden, my firstborn, is all of two years and almost 6 months.

When he was first born, I was overwhelmed with all the love that I felt for him.

And this still holds true till today.

He is more than everything I ever imagine in a child.

Walking the dog @ the Farmer's market

Over the years, we've noticed that he is a quick learner. All you have to do is to show him a skill once, and he can repeat it in a second.

Not only can he mimic what you do... he has a wonderful sense of direction. (this is probably heriditary)

Whenever we approach a familiar place, he will blurt out where we are going. You can park your car a distance away from the place and he can direct you back to its destination.

Hubbi was really amused once when Kayden told him that candles are meant to be on cakes. He kept saying "Happy Happy" to anyone whenever he sees candles.

But more importantly, he is a loving lil boy. He would not hesitate to give a cuddle when we say goodbye. He would thank everyone who gives him a lil treat.

And he is very much a caring older brother. Most times he would make sure that Jakey gets the same thing that he has. They would have a blast playing with each other everyday.

Concentrating on building his block empire

We've noticed that he is a bit of an introvert when we go out. It takes awhile for him to warm his engines up... and once that happens he would chirpily start running around.

He loves his food. Much of his diet consists of cheese, fruits and vegetables. He would have meat every other day. Recently he's learnt to scrunch his nose to smells that he doesn't like and then he would hurriedly put his hands on his nose to show his disdain.

Lucky for me, he still likes being Mommy's lil boy cause he would make sure that put him to bed everynight. He would come sit by me when I am doing stuff. And he loves telling me to sit beside him while he is doing stuff.

My very own poster boy

Needless to say, I love him heaps. I cannot believe that he is turning three this year and going to school next. This is why sometimes I just spend time staring at the two of them and have a quiet smile on my face.

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have them in my life.

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