Christmas 2014

Hello, hello, Happy New Year 2015!

I don’t know about you but we had the weirdest Christmas last year :)

The kids and I set up the Christmas tree and we enjoyed the blinking Christmas lights for a few weeks.

Unfortunately, since I had to work right up till Christmas Eve (!!!), I didn’t have time to shop for Christmas presents for anyone.

God must have been watching over us because one of my colleagues gave the kids presents and my sister came over with their presents so they were quite happy.

Me? I was pleasantly surprised by one, two, three, four, five presents. I am truly blessed :)

One of my Christmas presents is still in the fridge, waiting to be opened on one of the days I need something happy.

The Hubby? I am afraid that he only got a grouchy wife and two super excited and happy kids running up to him last year ;-)

To make up for it, I think he totally deserves something nice like myrsol aftershave.

Since he enjoys my tangerine-scented shower gel so much, I’ll be sure to choose a delicious smelling aftershave for him :)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Do you like this Christmas tune? It’s my favourite: “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé.

Yup, all I want for Christmas is Michael Bublé :)

micheal-buble

Anyway, our Christmas tree is up!!!

Our Christmas tree is about 8 years old and made in China. It’s about 4 feet high and it “sheds” i.e. pieces of fake “fir”. Oh well, it still works…

As usual, the kids decorated the tree after I set it and the Christmas lights up. They did better this year although a few old silver balls were broken.

I don’t really like the star at the top of the tree because it always tilts over. Besides, it feels a bit Jewish to me. Looking out for an angel.

Now, all we need is music!

Bicycle is zì xíng chē (自行车)

It’s the first week of Advent and I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year before it ends.

One of the coolest things to happen this year is that my boy learned how to ride a bike! :D

We didn’t buy a bike in China since we were only there temporarily so he really missed out on learning how to cycle. The few times we traveled home, he would ride on his bike with its trainer wheels but a few weeks in a year do not a cyclist make, right?

This year, I was determined to help him learn to cycle and so, we started with the bike he got when he was 5 years old.

First, I removed one of the trainer wheels and he got *really* comfortable with that but I could see that he was going nowhere LOL

I decided to remove the second training wheel and help him get his balance on two wheels. I was huffing and puffing as I ran along with him. Plus, it was back-breaking work for me since I had to hold on to the seat!

After a few tries, I just yelled (encouragingly!), “Just keep cycling! Don’t stop!!!”

Of course, the poor kid fell down a few times with a fair share of bumps, bruises and scrapes. He wanted to give up a couple of times but there’s just something about being in the outdoors that makes you want to try and try, I think, coz he picked himself up and tried and tried.

Finally, I decided to stop being Tiger Mom and went to another corner to do my own stretches and exercise and of course, to leave him alone.

A while later, he cycled past me, yelling, “Look, Mummy, look!!! I’m cycling!” and nearly crashed into a bush!

And there’s no stopping him from that moment on because he’d ask to ride his bike again and again and again every chance he got.

Since his long legs were getting in the way of his 5 year old bike, guess who’s got a shiny, new bike? :)

“Frozen” Birthday Party

If you know me, you’ll know that I hate the TV, especially Disney (read about our trip to Disneyland Hong Kong).

Thus, I can’t recall how or why I bought the “Frozen” DVD for the kids because now, my daughter is hooked on it!

Yup…
i) she sings “Let It Go” again and again and again and again and again
ii) she drapes a blanket or a pink towel around her shoulders and uses a clothes peg to secure it – she even insists on wearing it outdoors but I firmly said NO.
iii)she loves it when I call her “Queen Elsa” LOL
iv) she wants anything and everything related to Frozen.

We were invited to a Frozen birthday party a while back and her brother remarked, “I think she will be VERY EXCITED!”

Here’s what the little girl’s mother had at that birthday:

1. A Frozen birthday cake - Interestingly, the cake toppers are ALWAYS out of stock! That made me quite anxious as my little girl’s birthday is just a couple of months away. Then again, do I want to pay US$25++ for them???

2. Queen Elsa’s dress
Of course, every little girl around the world who has watched “Frozen” wants to be Queen Elsa.

Now, I have learned that Queen Elsa’s costume must have white gloves and the oh-so-important cape!

frozen-queen-elsa-dress

I managed to buy a similar dress online (“Frozen” Queen Elsa’s Deluxe Girl’s Costume (4-6X)). Phew!

She LOVES it and has been wearing it already and guess what? She still adds a trailing cape although the dress already HAS a cape. Duh.

I’ve yet to find a tiara though.

3. Birthday presents
At the birthday party we attended, almost everyone bought the little girl a Barbie doll or a Queen Elsa doll, which I thought was so boring and predictable??!!

Since I didn’t know the girl well, I let my son choose the birthday present and he bought her a book :)

The little girl was quite pleased because it was different. Plus, it turns out that she also likes to read. I think my boy chose a ice/snow-themed book that came with a glittery cover coz the other girls ooh-ed and aah-ed when she unwrapped it LOL

For my daughter, frozen-storybookA Tale of Two Sisters (Frozen) (Step into Reading) would be nice since she’s learning to read now.

She received one of these lovely sticker books for her birthday:

I only buy my children presents during their birthdays and Christmas and even then, the presents tend to be books or something practical.

For a change, I may get her this Disney “Frozen” Complete Story Playset because she’s always having imaginary conversations with her cars, soft toys and other objects.

frozen-playset

She’s been coming home bursting with excitement over her friends’ birthday goodie bags and insisting that we make her goodie bags just as fun too.

I am glad that she’s thinking as much about her classmates as she is of herself on her birthday.

Her current schoolbag is quite ratty (thanks to all her “artwork”! I don’t understand how she’s such a messy girl – her brother is seriously neater than her) but I’m wondering if I can stand ANOTHER year of Elsa and Anna???

I’ve seen this Disney “Frozen” Princess Elsa and Anna School Backpack on sale…

frozen-backpack

PARTY PLANS

I’ve got to order some fried vermicelli, make a fruit salad and include a cold dessert!!!

Not to forget some Ribena or some other kid-friendly drink…stress, stress.

IN THE END, I was soooooo busy at work that the goodie bag ended up with:
– stationery sets (a mix of Ben 10, Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh)
– raisins (NOT! The kids ate up the stock)
– chocolate – check
– need to order organic lollipops from iHerb (NOT! Mummy was too busy to order from iHerb)
– a handful of balloons – a HUGE hit with the kids who took them out and immediately started to blow them up or ask ‘Uncle’ to help. The little one showed off to her friends that HER father can only help her to blow up HER balloon :)
– miniature LEGO sets – I scored on this last one because we were literally 45 minutes to PARTY TIME. Hubby was hyperventilating but I rejoiced coz I got a good deal from a wholesaler.

Grabbing the big bag of toys, I set to work stuffing 25 goodie bags (randomly having a mix of boy and girl figures) while Hubby drove to pick up the cold dessert, fried noodles and then quickly took them down to the classrooms before the kindy teachers gave me the evil eye.

We saw a few other “Supermoms” and “Superdads” and their party team hastily carrying in their own food and loot too LOL See how scared we are of the kindy teachers???

I didn’t even have time to charge my camera battery – luckily, there were a few bars left for me to capture the important moments of my 5 year old daughter’s class party. :)

While the class teacher tackled the kids, the food and the goodie bags, my sweetie pie came to me and said:

“I love you, Mummy…this is the best day ever. I am so happy!!!”

Then she reached up to give me a hug and a kiss. None for the poor father who did all the grunt word, though LOL

Chatting with my colleagues about our kids, I realized how much my little girl has grown over the past year. Read here. Slow down, kid…