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sunny winter day

Today is a sunny winter day and we finally had our first picnic in the park. N was so excited and nagged us all the way there, even as we made 2 stops at the combinis to pick up food for our picnic.

It was good to be out and about in this glorious weather of 12 degrees.

Today is also my mother’s birthday. And my prayer for her is that she will live an authentic life, and that God will be her source of strength, joy, peace and comfort.

Faith, family, japan, motherhood, singapore, toddler

a keepsake journal

I’ve decided to start a keepsake journal (or a memory journal) for my son. I should have started it properly when I was pregnant, but instead, I have random pieces of memories stored away in scrapbooks (1 for all the ultrasound pictures!), in social media (poems I’ve written for him on facebook), daily instagram pictures with captions..etc. And tens of thousands of photos in my phone and computer! I have no idea how he is going to look through them in the future, coz i basically take photos of him EVERYDAY! 😀

So, the idea of keepsake journal is born. In it, I’d write him letters, stick photos, write down my thoughts about certain situation/events/actions, etc. I hope it will be meaningful for him when he sees it as an adult – his mother’s heartbeat.

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CPF and etc

Yesterday while watching kdrama, i felt inclined to check my CPF, thinking if i should do a top up since we used most to pay for our house.

one thing led to another and discovering about acrued interest left me sleepless at 3am.

😳

putting it up here to acknowledge how unadult i feel.

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more snow

the kid loves playing in the snow. the hubby is getting lots of exercise. and i’m just enjoying huddled at home, unless totally absolutely necessary. We realise that the key to winter dressing is not the more the better. It’s really the quality that matters. A gd jacket(over a simple long sleeve tee, or for extra warmth, a heattech or shirt) and gd thermal waterproof pants is really all that is need at temperature around zero degrees. Oftentimes, the kid comes home after playing snow all hot and sweaty. He has stinky beanie head, and stinky gloved hands.

Enjoying all the white beauty before spring comes, and all the bugs start appearing! yikes.

family, japan, motherhood, parenting, winter

2021

it has been 9 days since the new year, and this year has been characterized by lots of snow! That, and the rising COVID cases here in Japan, we’ve been staying home lots. The amount of snowfall we’re receiving is astounding! But the kid is so happy and excited playing in the snow! This year, he sled by himself multiple times! We were so stunned when he requested to go down the slope by himself unaccompanied! And oh the squeals of joy!!! It warms my heart when he gathers courage to try something and finds out for himself how fun it is!

My child, I hope that fear will not be an excuse for you in your road of exploration. (Also, a reminder for us, the parents, as a new year bring new challenges, new uncertainties, new directions)

family, japan, toddler

Christmas 2020

The last days of 2020 went by in a flash.

Our Christmas here was simple, but a happy affair.

Noel was excited to present a gift to the staff at his school (a box of cookies we bought from Costco), and wanted to carry it himself. In return, he was given some lovely gifts from school and he was really so excited about it. On Christmas eve, (as with last year), we packed little goodies bags to be distributed to the staff of the hubby’s school. It’s really nothing much, but I want the kid to learn the joy of giving, and I believe he is learning that through his joy and excitement in packing and distributing the goodie bags to the staff. Learning to demonstrate God’s love and generosity through simple actions.

Our Christmas eve dinner was Nasi Lemak…. coz it is a tradition in Japan to eat fried chicken during Christmas…and in our Singaporean culture, nasi lemak goes best with fried chicken… so that’s what we had….coincidentally, same as last year too!

We ended the night with reading of the Christmas story of the birth of Christ and singing of carols.

In the morning, we made a special Christmas tree pancake stack and Noel could finally open his presents – so much love in little packages sent from family in Singapore and Aus. And the day was basically spent playing with his new toys. 🙂

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Tuesdates

So, on tuesdays, the kid has school from 8.30am – 3pm, and the hubby has no classes. So we’ve been going on Tuesdates lunches and shopping from mid- November.

It is nice and relaxing just being the two of us, listening to whatever music we want in the car, chatting, eating whatever we want without having to nag at the kid to EAT, and buying stuff and shopping freely.

Our dates are not long, because it takes 1 hr to drive out, and another to drive back, but just being a couple, putting aside our roles as parents for just a few hours each week, I feel is essential for a healthy relationship. It’s not a lot, but its a start.

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mr smarty pants

(i actually had to Google – a nicer word for “smart ass”)

This little one has a smart answer for everything now.

When his papa pats his head.

Don’t touch my head, coz I’m wearing a hat.

when his papa says hi when back from work.

I can’t say hi, I’m watching tv.

when told to eat his breakfast

i don’t want to eat coz I’m not hungry

OR

when told if he doesn’t eat, he’d get hungry at school

there are snacks at school

ok. you win. 😆