Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mum, I'm on TV!

Recently my boy played a tiny tiny part in a TV commercial promoting the joy of parenthood. It was made up of a series of short...really short... 1 sec kinda short... video clips of parenthood moments. 

The commercial is still being shown on channel 5 and 8 and my boy gets excited whenever he catches it. He will tell all of us to stop whatever we are doing to watch him on TV. Are you able to spot him? 




Parenthood Journeys (Mums)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leYMq8npdLA


On the day of filming, I was really surprised at how at ease he was with the crew and how he understood he was being film yet wasn't at all conscious about it. New surrounding, all the strangers and props and a big camera in his face yet he was so relax.



video


First paycheck at 4 year old. 

I asked him how he wanted to manage the money, giving him the following options.

1) Save all the money in the bank
2) Save part of the money and spent some
3) Spent all the money

He chose option 2. Phew...

Then I asked him if he wants to spent the money on food or toys? No prize for guessing the right answer. 

Then I gave him 2 options again. 

1) Spent the money to buy a big toy (more expensive) for himself
2) Spent the money to buy 2 smaller toys (cheaper) for himself and mei mei

Phew again. He chose option 2. I'm so proud of him!


At the toy shop, he impressed me again when he realised all the toys he picked were over the budget. Instead of trying to either bargain for more budget or getting a cheaper one for sister so he can get the more expensive toy he wanted, he simply put back the more expensive toys and went for the cheaper ones. Silly? Innocence? Or simply level headed and down to earth?  



Happy with their new toys. 







Thursday, September 26, 2013

HOOT! DIY Teachers Day Owl Gift Bags

A long overdue post on yet another crafty day for the kids. This day, we made gift bags for their teachers as teachers day gifts, all 18 of them! 19 to be exact because gor gor insisted on giving one to the administrator too.

A little background story on our childcare centre (ccc) hunting woes... The childcare centres near my place are all in hot HOT demand because it's a new neighbourhood with lots of young families with young kids. 2 years ago, hubby and I went on a ccc hunt and we were put on so many waiting lists, we lost count. Of cos there are those few with vacancy but they are either too expensive, out of the way, or we don't really feel comfortable with the school. In the end, gor gor spent a year in a private ccc which is still... affordable, not that far but was at least 10 minutes drive away and main problem was.. Ian doesn't seems to be learning much and he was basically playing all the time, not constructive, educational type of play but play-till-mad type of play. No good.

So boy were I glad and relieved when the kids were accepted in the childcare centre just 2 minutes walk away from home. Most importantly, the teachers and principal in this school are really good. Gor gor is a really active and mischievous boy who is always trying to push his and everyone else's limits, but the teachers are so patient with him. Not only advising him but also kept up communication with me frequently, updating me on his improvement and also advising me on how I should coach him at home. To show our appreciation, we decided to give every teacher in school a DIY gift bag with a little gift inside.

It took us some time to prepare all the bags. I did most of the work with the kids doing the finishing touches.

These were the bags we made.


Fold in the 2 top corners of the brown paper bag.


Glue on paper doilies for eyes


Glue on another layer


Glue on a beak on the folded down flap

I used puncher to punched out these smaller sized scalloped circles.


Glue these on and use a black marker to draw the eyes 


Decorating the bag with handprints. Mei mei really enjoyed doing this.

Gor gor did more sophisticated designs.

2 of the completed bags. Arn't they beautiful? Hope the teachers like them :)





Monday, August 26, 2013

Pancakes Sunday

We seldom have breakfast at home on weekends but on this Sunday, we decided to make some pancakes! Gor Gor was so thrilled of the idea, he woke up especially early.

Measuring out the flour
Breaking the egg was a challenge

Full concentration

Insisted on wearing his apron. 

Nope, he didn't prepare that whole mountain of pancakes. He did only 2 while I did the rest. He was simply too impatient, wanting to flip the pancakes too soon. 

 Love seeing him eat.
Mei mei prefers the banana.

So much fun, so much to learn, healthier and so much cheaper. Why do we still pay for hotcakes?





Sunday, August 4, 2013

July Babies Birthday Party at Gymboree

1st birthday is such an important day that it has to be celebrated a few times over, with different groups of friends and family. This post is on Megan's celebration with a few of her friends who share her birthday month and year. 11 of them had a birthday bash at Gymboree (Harbourfront). The location was chosen because of it's play gym. The whole area is covered with play mat, so parents do not have to worry if their little crawlers or walkers fall. 

The birthday package includes 1 hour of Play & Music class with a Gymboree teacher and half hour for use of the classroom for cake-cutting and light snacks. The half hour for food is really too short. By the time we sang the birthday song and tried getting the group photo, the half hour was up and we had to leave. Bummer.

Megan was in a such a good mood this day and thoroughly enjoyed herself. 


Hi-five Gymbo the clown





Large space for the toddlers and parents.  


Thanks to Dessert Table for sponsoring these beautiful and totally yummy carrot cake cuppies. 

The kiddos were wearing customised tops in Owl theme from Label of Love Studio and had cakes in the same theme. All the mummies wish their babies will grow up healthy and wise as an owl.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My baby is ONE!

How fast a year passed. 

My little gal has grown from a teenie weenie 2kg to a toddler who is full of smiles and laughter and always eager to explore and gets into trouble. Teachers commented that she is a daring one who bulldozes her way through despite that fact that she has just learned to walk and is still wobbly. Perhaps it's this gung-ho character that despite being slightly premature, she caught up with her developments very quickly. 

We celebrated her 1st birthday with a pool party. Invited lots of gor gor's friends and had a blast. Gor definitely had more fun as Mei doesn't really know what's happening. 

Surfer gal

She was not appropriately dressed cos grandma initially said not to let her swim. But this gal couldn't wait to jump into the pool.








 Goody bags for the kids





Drinks cooler turned into a self-inflicting pain activity for the cousins. 
Forfeit for the first to remove his foot from that pool of icy cold water – eat a cube of ice from that tub. I really should have planned some games for the adults so they won't get so bored. 





Catering from Pastamania. Thought the kids will prefer pasta and pizza to the usual catered food. Turned out, food was great and both kids and adults enjoyed it.  




Never knew Precious Moments figurines are so expensive (hubby's eyes were @@ when I showed him) but I couldn't stop myself from getting it as cake topper. It's so sweeeet.


And my baby is 1.






Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Kaixine magazine for the kids

Recently, Singapore was very affected by the haze from forest fires in Indonesia. It was so bad that we had to stay home during the weekends with all doors and windows closed and a/c and air purifier turned on. This was bad news for an active toddler. I needed to think of something to keep him occupied. Something that he will be interested in. Something that will exhaust his energy so that he will take his afternoon nap later. Eventually, we decided to do some Kaixine (开心) activities together. 


Kaixine is Singapore's first creative magazine for kids 4 – 12 years old. Vol 2 was put together based on the theme "outdoor" (lol, the irony. Poring over this mag while stuck indoor) and I especially love the cover illustration which includes bits of representations from the activities, crafts and stories in the mag. See the kite on the cover? That was what we did on a hazy weekend afternoon. 

Instructions are easy to follow.

Drawing a long line with a long ruler for the first time.

Insisted on doing everything himself


Didn't really know what to do when I told him to decorate the kite so he drew shapes. After some prompting, he decided to draw mei mei, which eventually ended up with a family portrait on the kite!



Now the fun part. To "fly" the kite... Indoor! 








After the energy-draining kite flying session, he was so ready for nap. But before that, we read a Kaixine story. 



Wordless so he gets to interpret the story based on the drawings. 



Lots of educational information.


There are also web exclusives which older kids can read online or downloads which can be printed out. Kaixine can be purchased online or at Books Actually.