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Sunday, September 24, 2017

40th Birthday Surprise


I planned a surprise birthday party for my husband's 30th birthday in the past. How can I not do something special for his 40th birthday? *wink* 

We started off with a normal quiet lunch with just the two of us to throw Joshua off the scent. We ordered his favourite food, finishing off with a giant dessert which we could not finish even half of. Afterwards, we bought some new pants as birthday gifts for him. We then headed down to JCube for our next program of the day.



I tried to gather his best friends from yesteryears for a KTV session to relive the good old days. Sadly, most could not make it. Only two turned up towards the end. So there went my idea for a grand surprise when we reached the karaoke lounge room. I had to cook up some lame excuse why I booked such a big room for just the two of us! Hahaha... *sweat* Nonetheless, he was greatly surprised to see his buddies entering the room much later on.



We ended the day's program with dinner at Aston. Joshua widened his eyes when I asked for a table for ten when there were only four of us. So yes, there were more friends coming. 

Ten years ago, I played a trick on him with magic relighting candles. I decided to do the same this time round but he already suspected it when he saw sparks flying while we lit the candles. Yet, he was very nice to play along. *grin* Watch the videos below to see the hilarious moments.

30th Birthday


40th Birthday

We are so grateful to have close, faithful friends who took the time to celebrate Joshua's birthday despite their busy schedules. It is now so much harder to meet up with everyone having heavy responsibilities at work and at home. We had such a wonderful time catching up and I must say, the old adage totally rings true: Old friends are gold!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Outgrowing

When Joram started complaining that our Melbourne Tram family tee was so tight that he could not put it on, I had the suspicion that it is about time to bid farewell to our very first family outfit. True enough, it was tough to put his hand through the armhole even with my help. 

We bought this set when we went Melbourne for my best friend's wedding 9 years ago. Since then, the little t-shirt had been passed down from one sibling to the next, ending up with Joram. After little brother was born, I had asked my friend to get bigger shirts for the older ones to complete the set. However, that can no longer be done anymore. At the beginning of this year, she and her husband moved to another city so there is no way to ask her to get a bigger shirt for my eldest so that the rest can be handed down to the next younger sibling and for us to give away the smallest size. 

It is doomed for retirement and will be kept together with the rest of our mementos. 

First Family Tee in 2008
8 years later in 2016

Friday, August 25, 2017

Goodbye Diapers!


Yay! I can finally say farewell to diapers for good! 

I was not expecting Joram to attain night dryness any time soon since he was only toilet trained a few months back. However, he surprised me with his willingness to avoid soiling his diapers when he sleeps. I used the same sticker system I used for my no. 2. Of course, the attractive water-glitter stickers of his favourite vehicles helped too. He eventually achieved 20 nights of clean diapers (a star for each night) and was thus duly rewarded and tonight will be the first night he goes to bed in his underwear. Can you tell that I'm holding my breath? In anticipation of possible future "accidents", I also bought mattress protectors for him.  Just in case. :P

Stickers filled with
water and glitter 

Admiring his new sticker album

It is almost as if he was so pleased with his own accomplishment that he suddenly surprised me by changing into his school uniform all by himself when it was time to catch the bus today. I had been teaching him to change himself since the beginning of the year with little result. He had a tendency to give up easily or put his hand into the wrong hole and get stuck. I started being concerned about his lack of coordination since his older sibling all could get dressed by themselves ever since they were 2 or 3 years old. Looks like I needn't have worried at all. Praise God for that!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

National Day 2017


To spruce things up a bit, we took the kids to the Jurong West Aquatic Centre instead of our neighbourhood one for our National Day swimming pool tradition. They totally enjoyed the water playground and the older two were so thrilled to try the super tall and long water slide. Every child got to try floating down the lazy river with Daddy, although Joram was a little frightened by the experience. As usual, we ended the day with watching the NDP on TV while feasting on Pizza Hut.

Jaide enjoying the big float

Joram was tickled
by the water gushing
out from the slide.

All enthralled by the simulation of our
civil defence dealing with terrorist attacks.
   

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My 38th Birthday


I decided to try out indoor "sky-diving" for this year's birthday. But not before my dear Bear Bear brought me to IKYU Japanese restaurant to eat their mini kaisen don (seafood rice) with fresh sea urchin, scallop, fish roe and minced fatty tuna for lunch.


After an hour of training, we were all geared up and ready for our first flight! Watch the video below to see us experience free-fall in a safe environment. 





My older two kids made me cards as usual. The elder girl even gave me a kitty purse because she knows I love cats. And the interesting thing was that my worship vocalist leader actually made me chocolate cupcakes to celebrate for me! I was truly touched by the lovely and thoughtful gesture, although she got the date wrong... ROFL




A dear CG mate was so sweet think of me when she was in Japan and bought me beautiful rose-shaped chocolate as a birthday gift. They were almost too lovely to eat. Yet another faithful sister-in-Christ gave me a tube of Sanrio's My Melody hand cream once she realised it was my birthday. I'm truly pampered and blessed with such beautiful family and friends!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Police Heritage Centre


During the school holidays, the slots for the tour at the Police Heritage Centre were all taken up. This was probably the third holiday I had encountered the lack of vacancy. So, I had no choice but to register us for one on the first day of school. It was kind of a rush to get the kids to finish their homework and settle their tea break before heading down. But I figured it would be worth it.

Alas! I had a traumatising experience the moment we reached. I unwittingly stepped into a public toilet filled with cigarette smoke! Before I knew it, I took in a huge breath of the toxic substance I'm allergic to and immediately went into violent spasms. I retched, coughed and wheezed uncontrollably. An officer asked me to go to the bushes if I wanted to vomit but I couldn't explain to him that my body was trying to expel smoke, not undigested food. Many concerned individuals asked me if I needed to go to the hospital but I know that it would spell the end to the exciting trip my children were looking forward to for such a long time. 

Praying desperately for the pain in my chest to subside and struggling valiantly to keep my breathing under control, I must have looked like a mad woman to everyone. I was raking though my hair and airing my t-shirt repeatedly to get rid of whatever nicotine residue on my person. It took me a while before I realised that the entire tour group was waiting for me. Embarrassed, I urged everyone to proceed while I bore with the burning sensation in my lungs. I really did not want the children to be disappointed. 

The first part was a short presentation regarding keeping safe. Then, they had a chance to make badges and try on the police uniforms and props. The kids were thrilled.






Half an hour later, we exited the seminar room to go on a guided tour with a friendly police officer who gave us interesting knowledge nuggets about the history of our police force. I'm grateful that he was engaging and patient to the children, despite their constant mischief.

Kampong Captain America? LOL



At the end of the tour, we were given souvenirs of vehicle craftwork and stickers to remember the place by, much to the children's delight. Apart from the initial health scare brought about by the utter selfishness and inconsideration of a smoker, we had a wonderful time there. This officially marks the end of our June museum roundtable.


  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Belated Father's Day


When we were at the National Museum, I asked the children to send the museum postcards addressed to their Dad so that he could have a surprise when he opens the mailbox. I figured that there were 3 working days till Father's Day and it could get to him in time. WRONG! The postcards arrived today, 6 days belated. One of the cards went missing too. That is how "efficient" our Singpost is. *roll eyes*

The sad thing was, my father-in-law was hospitalised and Joshua wanted to visit him with his immediate family to celebrate Father's Day with him. My FIL forbade the children from entering the hospital because he felt that they will catch a bug there. That's why I was tasked to babysit the kids at a nearby mall while the adults visited him.

After that, we did manage to have a nice dinner at Paradise Dynasty. As for my original plan to celebrate for Joshua, it had to take a backseat due to the circumstances. Another year perhaps.

Cute jelly made by Joshua's sister
for Father's Day