Abel's 6th Birthday Party

It's been a long while since we last had a birthday party for Abel. His last was his first birthday which obviously he had no collection of. Since this is his last year of kindergarten, we thought we shall just throw a party to gather his classmates and mums whom I hardly caught up with ever since number 3 came along and have some fun. Nothing beats running amok in a playscape. So here's the simple party at Kids Amaze Toa Payoh to kick start the school year 2014 on 1 January. The party room was nice and big for the kids to freely roam but it's not the draw to keep them in. The hit was out there in the maze to work them all out!
It's really great to see how he played along with the rest. They were moving so fast that it was terribly hard to catch clear pictures of them. Anyway we were busy with the organisation that we hardly see much of the play but their faces tell us that it's a whale of a time out there.
 Oh yes, the food and chatter...
 The cake cutting..the toy cake that he ever so wanted. It's a pity we didn't catch a whole group picture of all the kids. They were all so eager to gather around the cake.
 But nonetheless, these are our little guests, all 22 of them!!!!
 The best part...opening the presents...all the exhilaration over what he gets. Thank you everyone for your lovely presents!!!

Mid Autumn @ School

It's the first Mid Autumn celebrations at school. There were loads of activities but also loads of people that many of the hands-on ones ran out really quick with long queues of students in wait. 

Keziah had her lantern from recycled materials displayed. The kids had fun with their lanterns, especially Mei Mei who didn't care less about people around and went happily toddling around with her little lantern.
The kids managed to get their hands on making tang yuan after a long queue. They had wanted to make moon cake but the materials were all out. Here's Keziah with one of her good friends from the class.
We also managed to make a Chinese knot keychain at the Old Sports Hall. One thing I must say, the Old Sports Hall was simply too hot and stuffy that the wait was almost unbearable.
We didn't get much time to play games or such. If we were to ever come again for such an event, it's a definite to be early!

Keren's TWO

Time flies so quickly to see how little Keren has grown. From a baby that has difficulty putting on weight to now our chubby toddler who is such a fan of food, speaking so much, stringing together sentences that makes a whole load of sense, imitating us in every way, singing her abc and counting her numbers just weeks before she turned two. It was ever heartwarming to hear her say "Thank you Mummy" when you get things for her, "love you" on occasions, "sorry" when she knows that she has done wrong and "excuse me" at times. The most lovable is still how cuddly she still is, something that we all missed now with the other two and her bear hug and cheek rub (when we say kiss, ok she still doesn't kiss us with her lips).

Just looked at how she changed. But one thing for sure, she is still full of smiles, every moment every day though times do get challenging when she doesn't get her way.
 It never fail to amaze us looking at her myriad of expressions. How expressive!

It was a simple family gathering to celebrate her birthday. Mommy had deliberately got her cute marshmallow pops to brighten up her cake. However, it was an eventful one with Daddy dropping to cake minutes before leaving the house to Ta Ta's place. We had to rushed down to get another one.
 Yes, it's her very first indulgence in such sweet stuff. She was totally enjoying every bit of the marshmallow pop rather than the cake. God bless you!

Sony Creative Science Award

What started out just as a project to kick start the school year and out of fun turned out to be more than what we asked for. Keziah's toy was selected together with 5 others from the school to receive the National Sony Creative Science Award. Aside from having to first present it to a panel in school at the school level competition, she had to later face a panel at Science Centre for the National round. We were so thankful she was able to have such an experience at this young age and counting our blessings once again.
 The 6 exhilarated winners with their vice principal..
 The excitement on stage to receive her award from the Speaker of Parliament, Mdm Halimah Yacob. We are just simply so proud of her with her Merit prize, being only P1 competing among students from P1-6.
 After the prize presentation, the kids had to mend their own booth and present their toy to the VIP.
Keziah was really shy and more distracted with playing with the creations by other students. Guess it was good she had the opportunity to present her toy to Mdm Halimah. Though few in words, it certainly opened her eyes to what all these meant.

Some top prize winning toys! Simple yet it employed science concepts in an interesting way. Make a guess!
Post event, the prize winners were treated to a workshop conducted by Sony and made their own headphones and got a set as gift!
Eventful day!

It's my birthday!

It's been a really long time we haven't eaten at Ichiban Boshi. Since my birthday is just round the corner, Daddy suggested we eat there last week 16 Feb. The kids were exhilarated over the Japanese food.

New water bottle always increases water intake. We had tried this bottle a month or so ago but Keren couldn't drink from it. Maybe she just didn't have big enough sucking power then. Now she's great at it!
Today also marks the day where Keren had her first full meal outside off the rack! Nothing by mommy..
While Mommy collected her hair accessories that were sent for repair, the kids had a cheery time helping themselves to the many cute hair bands. Just look at Abel! What a pretty boy I have!

On the day itself, Daddy bought a cake.
And this surprise gift which he came up with while Mommy was away for tuition.
Flowers from Daddy and a very dear friend. Flowers really brighten my day..heehee...
A little gift from a neighbour who is ever so thoughtful. Really it's the thought that counts!

18 months!

Yes, Keren's now 18 months! She can do so many things and a real handful these days. Not only has she grown in terms of her motor and verbal skills, she has also become more expressive and emotional.

She would just be stacking blocks and pulling at everything she can get her hands on.

Mommy as usual have her hands full and can't be sitting at her side. Sometimes she simply has to just sit in her chair while Mommy coaches Jie Jie and Kor Kor. So what does she do in her chair?
(a) Learning to scoop
When scooping gets boring, she pours her beans from one bowl to another. Otherwise, it's hands on, picking the beans.
(b) Doodling with pencils and crayons.

(c) Learning to peel and paste stickers.

(d) Tearing and shredding paper/ crepe paper and trying to roll them into a ball.
(e) Fitting shapes into stand.
(f) Threading shapes into a string.
(g) Trying to take pegs off but she's still working on this. She simply just pulls them off rather than take them off the proper way.

These days, she simply loves carrying little bags. Trying very much to imitate an adult, going around with her bag, putting it down to get a drink and pack it back to move on next.
Child Labour? Looking familiar?
She goes around the playground and on her walks chasing after birds and cats. She's never afraid to go near them.
She too had her first hair cut by Mommy just 2 weeks before Chinese New Year at about 17.5 months. A little too short but nonetheless Mommy's maiden trim for her and only her as I never did it for the other kids. Daddy said she looked like playmobil!

Something we noticed about her amazing motor skill was that she started to undress herself when suited in a full suit for the night. Can't remember exactly when it started, whether it was 17 or 18 months, she started to unbutton herself and even take off her diaper! As we usually let her settle herself to bed in the cot, we found her half naked after she fell asleep! Something the other two never did! Each child is just so unique.

Emotive as she now also seeks for attention. She is no longer satisfied sitting on my lap while I read to the older two. She will grab a book and insist I read to her. She will smack her siblings if she doesn't get what she wants or that they are playing with what she likes. Yes, a very insistent girl in doing things her way. Guess the discipline starts. Amazingly she knows where the quiet corner is from watching the older two.Thus, she will run to it when we tell her that she had not obeyed and naughty though not trying there for more than 10 sec. She will protest a great time and kick on the floor when we put her in the play yard and start throwing every toy out. Terrible twos ahead.

Taking a break..Beach Time

As usual, the second day of Chinese New Year is always our family time together after a busy day of visitation on the first day.

We slept till we all stirred naturally. For a change, we didn't go to the zoo as we always did for the past 2 years. We headed this time to the beach for sand and water play!

We kicked start the day with our favorite Carl's Junior for breakfast!
Keren had already had hers at home so we gave her little biscuits. She's happy.
Well, Daddy decided to just let her try some 'real' food and gave her a hash brown. The very first time taking fast food. The verdict. Oooooo….all too good…"why I had to wait so long for this?" Thereafter as all who expect, she didn't want her biscuits anymore.
Love the funny expressions of my kids. Cheeky Abel...
Great companionship!
The kids had real fun trying to build a wall to stop the rising waters together with their dad!
Keren was quite happy on the mat watching. She did dig some sand with her bucket and spade for awhile but …..
Guess what happened? The rising tide washed over her feet and she cried big time! She sure didn't like the waves...

Chinese New Year…It's a Sssssnake Year!

As usual, we had a great big reunion at my in laws with the extended family. It's steamboat dinner this year with loads of food! 
After the ever so filling dinner and catching up with the cousins, we headed home. All dressed in their new PJs, we retired for the night on their new sheets!
It was a little hurried this year as it fell on a Sunday where we had to go for church before rushing off to grandaunt's place for the annual meet up. 4 generations under one roof.
It's a time when the kids had the most fun!
And of course, Keren was just so happy with the mobility to move around and explore new tastes!