Thursday, November 22, 2012

Reno - Good Cop Bad Cop


Seriously this Reno process is so delayed, I shudder to think about when it will end. However, end it will because we have to move out by early next week! *cues drum rolls*

But before I bore you with another Reno update, I thought I should tell you how we are coping with this process.

You see, both of us generally have different ways of dealing with things. The husband is one with details and nitty gritties. He's the engineer of this family. So all things technological and home fixit lies in his department. All I need to do is call him name whenever I need something done.

I'm better with conceptualizing the look of the place. (Not that it's complicated with this apartment) I am very fortunate I have a lot of say in what I want done in this place.

Our different styles of handling means that we don't always see eye to eye on everything. We hardly fought but it's more on how I would just step back and leave him to settle the issue. ( I really just wanted to get this process done and over with. ;))

For example, sometimes I do wonder if the man does over think certain details. We have one particular cabinet in the kitchen that is quite trying. The husband wants it to function as a working bench. We would need a functional door for it to operate that way. I was happy to leave it as standard cabinet doors but the husband was insistent that it be done with a servo drive. So it took him an entire day to think how he wants it done and in the end, he did figure a way to work it out.

The upside of our differences in handling stuff is whenever I'm unhappy about how things were done, I would tell him and he would feedback to the contractor. He always tells me not to stress when it comes to Reno because most issues can easily be solved.

Also, we get to play both good cop and bad cop with the contractor. He's mainly on the dark side, though, as you can see below.

Because the job has missed its deadline by a mile, the husband has been breathing down the neck of the main supervisor. All I can say is you don't wanna see that side of him because he can be really really onto you till things get done.

All in all, it's been a good learning experience for us. It's sweet having the man in charge of the whole process because I know I would be severely handicapped if he's not here. :)

Speaking of sweet, he bought tickets for us to catch the last instalment Twilight this morning! He knew I'm crazy over the show so he made sure we got first views on day 1. Just like he did the last time round. :))

I am very grateful and thankful that I have him in my life. xx

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

All Grown Up

You know, they weren't kidding when they said these kids grow up fast.

Lately, I haven't been spending a lot of time with them. Well not as much as I like. Getting the house ready for the big move has been taking up most of my waking hours and when I have time, I'm sending them for classes.

I took this at a family dinner the other night and suddenly I thought. Good lord! These kids are growing up!!

Can you see how they will be in 10 years??

Such a timely reminder to cuddle them a little more now whilst they still let me. Lord knows in 5 years... They r gonna go. Oh gross Mum! :p

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Of Blueberry Fluffiness!


I love public holidays. Mostly because we normally don't have any classes to rush to on those days and I can indulge in making breakfast for the troops.

I love waking up. Making a cup of peppermint tea. Opening the fridge to find the various ingredients for breakfast. It is very much a luxury these days, especially with the schedule that we keep.

Ricotta pancakes are very popular in this household. Lately, I find myself stocking up on tubs of ricotta whenever I do my grocery runs. They are really handy when I want to whip up something sweet for the kids.

There are a few versions around but I love Bill's way of cooking it. It is light and very fluffy. I have a Kitchenaid that really helps with the whipping of egg whites. The rest of ingredients are very much pantry stuff, other than the ricotta.

This morning was a little bit more special because I added some blueberry compote which was amazingly simple.

Prep your pancakes. Stack 'em up. Add the blueberry compote. Sprinkle a little icing sugar if you feel a little fancy. I added bacon today as a side. =)

Hopefully, you guys will enjoy it as much as my kids (big and small) do!

Ingredients - Serves 5-6 hearty portions

Blueberry Compote 

250g of Fresh Blueberries
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of water
Juice of half a lemon 
  

Pancakes

  • 250 grams Ricotta
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 4 Eggs separated
  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 50 g Butter
  • icing sugar for dusting

Method

 

Blueberry Compote

  1. Add blueberries, sugar, water and lemon juice to a small pot and over medium heat for 3 minutes.
    Remove from heat.
     

Pancakes

  1. Place ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  3. Add to the ricotta mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Place egg whites in a clean dry bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold egg whites through batter in two batches, with a large metal spoon.
  6. Lightly grease a large non-stick frying pan with a small portion of the butter and drop 2 tablespoons of batter per hotcake into the pan (don't cook more than 3 per batch).
  7. Cook over a low to medium heat for 2 minutes, or until hotcakes have golden undersides.
  8. Turn hotcakes and cook on the other side until golden and cooked through.
  9. Transfer to a plate and quickly assemble with other ingredients.
  10. Stack 3 hotcakes on a plate
  11. Dust with icing sugar.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jakeyboo Graduates

Jake has always been our baby boy. As a second child, he always skips in the shadows of his kor kor. He grows as his kor kor does and often relies on him for help most times.

But it seems that no matter how old he gets, he's always that little boy in our eyes.

We have been so busy weeks prior to his concert today. He's been practising hard in school for the last few months and was very excited about it. They have been told to keep the details a secret so that us parents can be surprised on the actual day,

I picked him up from rehearsals on Thursday and there he was in his full costume.. I felt like a frog got caught in my throat because it was the first time I felt that he's already finishing kinder.

It hit me like a ton of bricks that he will no longer be the same little boy who's sheepish and shy when he first started school. He has finished 4 years in preschool and is now ready to take on the challenge of primary school life.

Anyway, the theme of yesterday's concert was 'Wonders of Love' and the kids showcased their singing, dancing and acting talents through different skits and plays.

I loved how they opened the show in complete darkness with sparkling lights and pure untouched children vocals singing Christian songs. It was at that moment when I felt a lump in my throat.

Setting up his xylophone
Jakey's class did a musical performance featuring the angklongs and xylophones. He was pretty spot on in the sections he was meant to perform. Seeing the amount of concentration he had during the songs really showed how much he has practised in the weeks prior.

My favourite moment where he was searching through the crowds for us. Finally, he saw me walking towards the stage and he perked up immediately and waved enthusiastically at me.

What I noticed,  too, was that he didn't enjoy the singing and dancing parts as much as his kor kor. He was a little bored and would space out in between some stanzas in the songs.

The poignant moment was when they read his name and he confidently strutted onto the stage and shook the lady's hand before smiling boldly and posing for a picture. Man! He looks so grown up there.

Three hours later, the concert finally ended with a prayer blessing the kids as they go forth onto the next phase of life.

The boy was all smiles when we collected him and he was lapping up the praises that we showered upon him. What a day it was! And another chapter closed! =)

Hanging with my badass sis!

And it's a wrap!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Tenth One

It all started with us being late for our dinner date, again.

But there was no rush this time round.

I left the planning to him. (as I've done lately) And he didn't speak a word till we get into the car.

'I think I know where we are going." I said.

'Where do you think?  Make 3 guesses.' he replied.

I did and, as usual, none was correct.

After a few distracting detours, we eventually parked at One Fullerton and walked towards the gorgeous Fullerton Bay Hotel. A staycation was yelling in my head [though improbable on a weeknight] when we steered downwards to the glass encasement at the boardwalk.

"Catalunya!" I exclaimed, with a grin. 'Why didn't I think of that?' I shook my head in disbelief.

It was a pretty busy scene on a Wednesday night. There were lots of ladies at the bar. The cocktails were all looking delectable and pretty. We headed back to the bar to order one after being shown our table because it was Ladies night! Sweet. By the way, the Asia Floral hit the right spot last night.

We had a light banter during dinner before he excused himself from the table for the washroom. But he was actually hiding at a corner sending me a series of texts came that had me giggling. And then, I received a video over whatsapp. He had Vlog a message to me, which unfortunately was overwhelmed by the environment.

At this point, he walked back towards the table and flashed me the gorgeous eternity ring that he picked up at our jeweler.


I threw my head back and laughed. This man really really knows my heart and every single way to work me.  That is what I love about him. We are going to have a lot more fun in the years to come! 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

3652 Days


Today is our tenth year anniversary. (Although we've been dating longer than this.)

We spent the better part of the day following the US elections. Sitting at a coffee bar, looking at the results on our smartphones whilst discussing the possible outcomes of a reelection. (Yes!)

These days, our lives have evolved from a twosome to a family of five. It revolves around our three notsolittke kids.

We have weathered through days of humble beginnings where we had both just graduated from college to the early days we had two young ones to feed. A relocation which was pretty life changing. A transition to being a full time mommyhood. We shifted homes too many times to be counted. Made way too many grown up decisions in our twenties.

Life has indeed been very very full.

I am very blessed (I know I don't say this enough) to have found D as a life partner. It has been a pretty fun filled journey. However,  not everyday is rosy. Some days he makes me so mad, I feel like throwing a shoe or two at him. Even at the worst of days, where I can be royally royally mad (bless my girlfriends listening ears) at him, he will always bite his tongue and keep quiet. Never once has he ever mention a word in retaliation when I'm mad.

He's also been the hardest working lad I've ever dated. Ever since the time I've known him, he is never one to rest his laurels at home. The funniest and probably the quirkiest thing I've ever noticed was he would go into extra work mode whenever we have a new baby on board. Always. Without a doubt.

These days, we have moved into a different stage of life. We are a lot more comfortable financially. Our kids are no longer babies. We have a bit of time to ourselves. It has always been one of dreams to see the world together. It is a luxury to escape and travel as a couple. I really enjoy time alone with him. We've a comfortable chemistry between us.

I like that I can lean on him on the worst days. Laugh at all the silly things. Tell him irreverent things that only he can understand. Indulge in the little cravings I have with him. He is my closest confidante. (And worst nemesis at the same time =p)

It's always the little things.

10 years. Almost a third of my lifetime. I cannot imagine another life without him. Here's to many more years.

Happy anniversary, my darling! (I know you like that!)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Kate Turns 3!!


Kate turned 3 late last month.

She's been looking forward to her party since the month before her birthday. However, with the husband away and a few other parties to attend the weeks prior, we had to delay her own little celebration.

We finally threw her one over the weekend and boy! was it the girliest one we've every thrown!

 She's at the age where she loves everything pink and princessy. She babies her stuffed animals and loves to pretend to cook at her kiddie kitchen.

The kiddy dinner table
So with all that into consideration, we did a pretty pink party. I conceptualised every detail and we got to work at the decorations (which unfortunately I didn't take many pictures of.) However, my girlfriend did and I loved how everything came together.

We did a kiddie activity table for the children to amuse themselves with and also a table full of knick knacks for them to nibble on (HELLO CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!) because we had the prata man who came to flip some crispy fluffy pancakes for us! Yumz!

Personalised prata man on the go!

 The birthday girl (who skipped her arvo nap) was surprisingly in a good mood and was busy running up and down playing with all the kids. She was literally soaking up the entire party.

And when it was time to cut the cake...  we unveiled one that pleased her to no end.  Adorned with rainbows and princesses as toppers, her grin stretched from ear to ear as we unveiled it. I loved how it turned out and was rather glad that she loved it too.

And the stars shined just for you, my darling.

Happy birthday, my darling! You have been such an awesome gift to us!!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Sunday Best

I was busy single parenting during the recent long weekend. The husband was away attending a wedding of his good friend in Taiwan.

So I held down the fort for the four days while he was out of town. Someone had to, I'd supposed.

 It's funny how one adapts in the absence of the other. I was actually very busy the four days but yet I do miss the little things like him coming home and putting those kids to bed. Or him asking the kids how their day was. Weekends are a little harder because I have to do the enrichment run alone. However, thankfully this was a particularly busy weekend.


So on Sunday, we had a taste of nostalgia when we went to East Coast Park for a surprise BBQ. It was with our bunch of good friends.  The weather was balmy and we were hurdled away from the camping crowd, which makes is a perfect day to spend at the beach!

Being there totally reminds my friends and I of the days in the past where we were in school and gatherings were held there!


We loved being at the beach.


 The kids had a great time building sandcastles and playing with the dog. It was easy and very relaxing.


 The adults were busy inhaling all the food and just catching up over the week's happenings. It was fuss free and a good way to spend a Sunday.

Clearly, Ms K had fun!
 


 
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