Thursday, May 29, 2008

books, art and craft

Bedtime reading has become a part of our daily routine. We have completed the Sight Word Readers six months ago and Big Missy is able to recognize most of the sight word. She is also doing some simple reading on her own. Little Missy also enjoys the reading sessions and at 18 month, she is able to speak a few words like mummy, daddy, jie-jie (elder sister), di-di (younger brother), mah mah (grandma), ah yi (our baby sitter), dog, apple, dirty, book, please, ball, bye bye, hello... And when you call her, she will always acknowledge it with a Huuuhhhh?? Too cute!

Our favorite books at the moment. Readers and books from Scholastics, Dr Seuss, Inch by Inch by David Mallett, Cock-a-doodle-doo! by Giles Andreae

Two weeks before the school holidays was the teachers-parents meeting session. I was looking forward to see some of Big Missy's artwork. The moment I entered her classroom, I noticed her work even before seeing her name on it. The one right in the center with the colorful tree trunk was done by her! Good to hear from the teachers that Big Missy knows her work well and is able to do her work independently in the class. I was told that she is an imaginative and creative girl who loves art and craft. Oh, she surprised me by writing her full name just recently!

We went to this Creative Art Corner at Toys'rus for some stenciling crafts. Big Missy chose this little house and she had a blast creating the pictures using the included stencils and paints.

Right from the oven after painting

Is August coming so soon? It's only 2 months away and my baby is going to be FOUR! Seriously, I do not think I have the energy to sew another round of goodie bags like last year and I am in the midst of rushing out some custom pencil cases, covers orders. So we might be doing something simpler for her birthday this year. :)

Monday, May 26, 2008

all is well now

So glad the whole family is finally well again. The kids haven't been sick since beginning of the year. Just 2 weeks ago, Big Missy was suspicious of having HFMD but it was an false alarm. We separated the sisters for 3 days until the doctor certified it was not a case of HFMD. Little Missy was not spared too. It started with cough, runny nose and persistent fever with high spikes at night. Since she has a whooping cough with thick green nasal discharge, our family doctor advised to start her on antibiotics as it might be due to some bacteria infection. After taking the antibiotics for 3 days, her condition did not get any better and the fever continued for another 4 days! She totally rejects milk and solid food! Can you imagine how thin she is now, so worrying! We finally went to our paediatrician and he suspected that Little Missy's case could be just viral infection. The antibiotics has no effect on the particular strain of bacteria in her and that explained why she is not reacting well to the antibiotics. He sent some nasal discharge for lab test to determine if its viral or bacteria infection. At the same time, I was sad to hear that he has to start Little Missy another course of antibiotics as he is concerned about the prolonged fever that has been going on for 2 weeks. I am not a fan of antibiotics but I decided to go for it knowing that our PD is not one who prescribe antibiotics easily and he is very careful when prescribing them for very young children.

Thanks for asking my friends, all is well now! Little Missy is reacting very well to the new medicines. No more fever and runny nose. Coughing is less too. Happiest thing is that she's asking for food now! I am going to give her Probiotics after she has completed the course of antibiotics since they are the best way to replenish the good bacteria.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Colorful Summer

The definition of sum·mer 1 taken from here
2. A period of fruition, fulfillment, happiness, or beauty.

I love the American Crafts spring and summer range especially their paper pack but they are sold out too fast. Still, I managed to grab some of their foam and plastic shapes! The birds, the beetles, dogs, piggies are adorable! Thank you JLMS for the generous supplies! Do check out the store if you have not, they often have great sale every now and then!

Clothes pegs - dressed them up with patterned papers, Love Elsie frames, linen tape, AC foam shapes

All papers are from Jenni Bowlin! Always love her product lines.

I love any kind of words definitions!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers' Day!

Big Missy passed me this Happy Mother’s Day card earlier. She did this card in school and it's my very first handmade Mother’s Day card from her. How sweet is that?!
I definitely love being a Mom and it is my favorite job in the world. I love how my girls woke me up with a kiss and the many cuddle sessions. I always think that I am surrounded by many outstanding Mothers out there - my close girlfriends and the blogger mothers. The kind of Mom's who inspire me to be a better Mom. To be more patient, to be more understanding, to be more loving!

So, here's to you, fellow mommies! All of you are doing an amazing job. Happy Mothers' Day!

Friday, May 09, 2008

it's the Go Go Bambini!

We decided to bring the girls out for some indoor fun at Go Go Bambini located at Dempsey Hill. It is an enormous custom-designed interactive playscape with 5m high spiral slide for active play including climbing, sliding, bouncing, balancing, crawling and more. The girls enjoyed themselves throughout and mothers too! More like tired I think, lol. Oh, I thought the big tunnel-slide within was kind of scary! I got some light bruises on my elbows when I slide down the tunnel-slide. Getting old maybe! :p Anyhow, do watch your kids if you decided to try it. It was fun really. :)

Next, we had dinner at Ben & Jerry's cafe. Such a nice ambience for any occasion, any company. This Ben & Jerry’s outlet also houses CA california, a deli that serves really nice sandwiches, under the same roof. I love their little cosy fireplace too! I've forgotten to take a picture of it though, next time then!

The girls in the cool looking ice cream van

No nice indoor shots of the playscape due to the poor lightings. Good thing that we managed to take some nice and decent shots of the girls!

Ballpit area - They spent the most time here

Look at these sandwiches :D

Chris had this. I almost wanna eat that sunny side up egg!

I had this - turkey ham with mango!