Saturday, October 29, 2011

No, Mei Mei!

My two younger kids have a love and hate relationship.

Some days, they would run after each other and giggle till they run out of breath.

The other times, they would get on each other's nerves and go smacking each other silly. No kidding!

It drives me crazy when they fight.

So, one day, the little one made her brother mad again.

But, instead of retaliating, he ran off to his room and drew this, before sticking it on his bedroom door.

I was all curious and so I casually asked, "What's that, Jake?"

In all seriousness, he said, "This is a note to tell Mei mei not to come into my room!"

And just like that, Lil K has just got her first eviction notice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween, anyone?



Guess who made it in time for Halloween down at Walt Disney world?

The entire Disneyland was converted into a major spookfest when we returned that evening.

There were plenty of hollow pumpkin heads around. Creepy shadows and images were flashing on the buildings, with the Headless Horseman roaming around Main Street. Cool!

Our favourite part of the night was the Halloween Parade. Oh my! How could you resist the opening float of Jack Skellington from 'The Nightmare before Christmas'? It was a little odd that he spoke Cantonese but hey! it looked spectacular.
'The Nightmare before Christmas'

Say Hi to Minnie, Daisy, Pluto and Chip

Captain Hook
Guess who had the best seat in the house?
The parade had the kids fixated. It was almost like watching what the insides of the Telly bursting out in real life.

You should've seen their faces. =) It makes the entire trip worthwhile.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Growing up and Moving on.

Shake it!
Dear Kayden,

It has been an epic few days for you, sweetheart.

First up, you performed in your very first concert last Saturday. Alongside all of your bestest friends, you danced up a storm to the beats of 'Shake it up, Baby.' And boy! can you twist, my son?

Mummy is very embarrassed to post up the video because I was just laughing through my smiles through the entire performance.

I really loved the ending when you twirled your dance partner and she finished off sitting on your lap. Aren't you a little casanova-ish when you were doing that?


First grad cert. =)
You know, I never thought much about you graduating kinder and moving onto the next phase of your (school)life. But when you were strolling across the stage to collect your graduation cert, I cannot help but feel that overwhelming sense of pride that you have finished the first phase of your education.

Daddy always say that you are like a mini me. Your persona and your fiestiness definitely came from my genes. I guess that is why you and I rub each other off the wrong way all the time. Dad and you, however, makes the best buddies. You do everything together and you love spending time with him. The day he left for a work trip, I found you eating lunch with our family portrait in front of you. It made me smile.

I am so much like your quality controller. I make sure you eat well, send you to your classes, thatyou spend time studying and playing your violin. Most of the time, I'm so hard on you, especially with your manners and work ethic. Guess I am not much fun but, I guess, between Dad and I , we gotta balance the whole equation out.

Nonetheless, you still come up and say that you love me and give me the wettest kisses when you say 'goodnight' or when you leave for your classes.

You have grown so much this year. You are taller now. You love reading. You speak with such logic and sensibility that sometimes you end up correcting my mistakes. You understand when we explain why you can't do certain things.

One thing that really stood out this year was when we were in Disneyland and despite us going in and out of the numerous toy stores, you and your siblings have never demanded to buy a toy. I was really enlightened because all this while, Daddy and I have always enforced that you only get a reward if you behave and listen. It was actually Daddy who suggested that the two of you find a toy to buy. Even so, you repeatedly came up to him and asked if it was expensive.

Sounds silly, but it's something that showed that we are raising you correctly.

We went to your primary school today to settle some paperwork. It's such an efficient school. We are so pleased that you got in. The campus looks amazing. Hopefully, you will settle in well and enjoy the array of sports that they offer. I know Daddy would love for you to embrace your sports.

It suddenly seems so real that you are moving on.

Mummy cannot be any prouder than what I am now. I love you so much.

Slow down a lil, won't you?

Love,
Mum

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hong Kong Disneyland Part 1

Hong Kong. Not a place I associate with kids.

So I was absolutely caught off guard when the boy suggested that he would like to go to HK Disneyland for a holiday. Seemingly, some of his friends have been and it is on the highly recommended places to visit.

So D and I had a discussion and we thought 'Why not?'

Plus, it would be a fab birthday treat for the boy since we were not throwing him a birthday party this year.

So off we went.

And it turned out to be pretty fun for all three kids. (Nothing beats Disneyland, I guess!)

We rested on the first day that we were there. So the kids can get all geared up for their trip to the happiest place on Earth.


On Board the Disney Express

And then Day Two, here we are...



Here we goooo, people!
I have to say that HK Disneyland is great for kids of this age range. The park is of a good size for them to explore with plenty of amenties everywhere for easy access and minimal queues. And event though we were there on both Friday and Saturday, the queue for rides and games were fast moving. I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the staff working there. They had a good system to ensure no queue jumping.



Entering the happiest place on earth.
First up, we got to meet Mickey and Minnie. Lil K was so excited that she was seeing the characters in real life. A lil bit of trepidation and fear as she came upclose to them. It took some cajoling to get her to smile for the camera.

M&M All decked out in Halloween costumes
There are three areas for the kids to check out 1. AdventureLand 2. FantasyLand 3. TomorrowLand, Kayden loved TomorrowLand. That's where Buzz Lightyear hangs out. The games were really good fun too. That was where my kids wanted to hang out.

The boys kept dashing into the Space Cadet game which was really exciting. Shooting = Fun!





Look, Ma! I got the whole world in my hands.

We also got on the train that goes around the park. It's so old school. And it's a pretty quick ride so definitely go on that when you head there.
The kids were a lil tired so we headed back to the hotel to rest a lil.
Next up. Halloween...

Friday, October 21, 2011

TGIF

I'm glad Friday is here.

With the hubs away on a business trip, I have been holding the fort down here at the Tan household.

My days without the man around is almost the same as with him here. Yet, it does get quiet in the evening as things are winding down and the kids are put to bed.

No matter. He will be back tomorrow. And then we have our boy's graduation concert to attend.

Here's a few things from my week that made me happy.

1. Leopardy Feet & Outremer City. 2. Hard work at Pole. 'scuse the old pair of shoes  3. Bantering Kids at Brekkie 4. New Bal Love (Loving the Rose Gold Hardware) 5. Rainy days. 6. All Ladylike

Have a chirpy weekend, peeps.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday Times

We had a brilliant Sunday.

Bright and early this morning, I woke the troops up and hurried them to wash up so that we could do a walk down at the Reservoir.

It has been such a long time since I last visited MacRitchie and though I drive past it often, it has never occured to me to stop by for a visit.

The six year old has been a lil sooky about trying out new activities lately so I thought this would be a good way to get him out of his comfort zone and, also, exercise a little.

I won't lie.

It was a hot and humid day. Seriously, what's with the heatwave, man?

He was mostly grouchy and very whingey as we trekked along.

But the complaints started to dwindle and we got deeper into the walk.

By the time we were done, we were famished. And it was off to brunch at Jules. Hmmm.....


After that, we went to run some errands before heading home to soak in the pool.

Sweet sweet way to cool down. Kids were extremely happy to splash around in the water.

They were spent by the time we were done so we left them home to play and rest a little whilst we went to the pub for the RWC's semis where the All Blacks were up against the Wallabies.

A few friends joined us and it was an excellent match. (well, much better played than the WalesVSFrance match).

Man! It felt like we were having a typical Melbourne weekend.

I miss this, actually. It's been a while since our weekends were this relaxed.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lil K - First Class

Now that things have quietened down on the social calendar for us, D and I took some time to bring the kiddos out for a bit of kiddy activities this weekend.

But first up, K started her first class down at Zoophonics.

Since the girl is starting school soon, I'd observed that she is a little cautious in new situations. It got me thinking that I should let her get used to a classroom environment so that she would not totally get scared when she starts preschool. Plus, it helps that she can interact with the other kids, as well. Cause Ms K is currently in the ME ME ME phase. (Doesn't that always happen to the youngest child?)

K is used to sending her brothers to classes and so she's not unfamiliar with the environment. However it took her a little while to warm up to the idea that this time round it's her who's going to class. D, who was meant to take her for the hour, didn't manage to get her to enter the classroom, so I took over after parking the car.

And I think, because I'm like her cornerstone, she was a more willing to try new activities as I spurred her on.  She would take baby steps at first. Very gingerly. And then as she warmed up, she started to explore further and further away from me.

It helps that the activities are fun and very suitable for kids their age. She had time to dance, pop bubbles, story time, running through the phonetical sounds of the alphabet, an activity picking flowers around the room and a bit of arts and crafts.

Thank goodness, she had a good time cause I was half expecting that she might wanna leave after a short while.  It's wonderful that we managed an entire class on her first try.

And here is what she did on Saturday morning.

Popping Bubbles

Picking her flowers, just like Red Riding Hood
Doing a lil bit of arts and craft.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Time with the girl

It dawned upon me as K and I were hanging out at the Plain yesterday arvo, that she was going to start school in two months.

Seriously?

Last time I remembered she was just my lil bub that I carried around in one arm and now she's about to go to nursery.

I guess it's true what they say about the last kiddo. You tend to savor every last moment of their babyhood because you know that this is it.

K and I usually have our one on one time when the boys are in school. I would take her to run errands, do some shopping, meet up with my mummy friends and sometimes we will sneak a nice fancy lunch together.

She was like my constant lunch buddy.

I have big plans of what I'll do when she's in school (lots of workouts!)

But for now, I will be enjoying the little moments spent with this little cheeky gal.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kayden Turns Six.

The boy turned all of six a week ago.

(I know... I am terrible with all these updates)

From the time he was born, I'd always talked about how life would when I am thirty. I would be the mother of a son who is at the brink of going to primary school.

It's incredible to see it all happening now.

Six.

It's a brilliant age.

The boy is independent and a very sociable fella. He has a group of friends in school that he hangs out with and has an incredible way of making friends whereever he goes.

He is curious and asks a million questions a day about how things work or why certain situations happen. It does take a patient mind to listen and answer his questions accordingly.

And as far as music lessons are going, it looks like he's taking to the violin really well. So here's hoping that he will be able to have a good journey with his strings.

He's  also the stubborn-est (is there such a word?) person I've ever known. You should see the verbal exchanges we have. Seriously, the boy cannot be broken when he sets his mind to do something. It's like watching an engineer concentrating on his mechanics. Drives me nuts sometimes.

He's still very much Daddy's boy. Loves to ask the husband to do everything with him but when it comes to reading, it's still very much Mummy's job. He's picked up so many words this year and is able to complete most books these days. =)

So what did we do on his birthday?

Well... he got to play soccer! And had such a blast with the sport. =) I have a feeling he would be a boy who likes his sports. Best thing about soccer? He got to run and run and run for an entire hour. And, still, it was barely a tinge of sweat for this boy.

And when the night came, we brought out some cupcakes for a lil birthday celebration.

Which was followed by a trip to Hong Kong's Disneyland.

More on that soon!
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