Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The one where we're married for 4 years...

Dear Husband,

When it comes to you, changes are usually the positive kind. Thank you for working hard to make our marriage works. We have our ups and down, but after 7 years together, 4 of which being married to you, I have to say the "happy" memories dominates. Thanks for being my imam,husband, best friend, biggest (sometimes worst) critics and supporter and an awesome dad to our children.

I would say we're even in this relationship but I did spend 21 hours in the labour room giving birth to your son, and carried your TWIN daughters for 9 months, literally breaking out in boils and hives of which I still have bad nightmares about (bad allergy people) - P/S don't even get me started on the c-section and breastfeeding (double ok) :p

So that is why I should continue having things my way, and a good reason as any to buy me that gorgeous bag that I've been hinting to you for the past 4 days. BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT, HONEY!!

Love you and may Allah bless our marriage and love till Jannah *insyallah*

XOXO..You know you love me...

Glad that you got my hint and bought me flowers (haha) Love the morning surprise :) Congratulations for being able to sorok the roses from me and nosey Ryan.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The one on our 4 days weekend :)

Thanks to Chinese New Year, Malaysians had a long weekend last week. With my parents away performing their Umrah, I was brought to task to arrange for a fun filled activity weekend to distract them from Atuk and Nenek's absence. My mum and I already made a promised to my lil man, that since he can't follow them to Mecca, he got to go to Aquaria instead (haha thank god he did not realised that he was shortchanged) So all week leading to Saturday if you ask him "atuk and nenek mana?" his answer will be "Atuk ngan nenek pergi Mekah, Ayen ngan mummy gie Aquaria, tengok Shark :p"

We arrived in KLCC around 11am-ish. Traffic was super awesome and it only took us 30minutes from Klang to KL. KLCC was also not so crowded. Heaven

Family photo at the "front gate"

Heheh above is Ryan's first trip to Aquaria in September 2012 (9 months young) and latest pic (3 years and 1 months)

Look how much my cheeky cheeks have grown, before he was no taller than an Asian Small-clawed otter, now he is taller than a smooth coated otter 

Us with the great white shark :)

Ryan in a trance. Loving the whole experience

He was so happy he got to take photo with this "still" shark. When we walked pass normal fish/reptiles display he kept on telling me to hurry up "Ayen tak nak tengok fish,  nak tengok shark je -__-"

Nya looking bored coz she's a bit under weather. Iman happy she's getting pushed around and Ryan in his "cow cap and harness" The guy asked me "kenapa lembu kak" I told him "nak attract shark's attention" (ehh sukahati aku la kan haha)

Lunch at Ben's KLCC. Again minimal crowd :) Cheeseburger for hubby, my "usual" pesto spaghetini, Ice chocolate for Ryan, bekal "boiled carrot and potatoes for Ryan and the girls" and Nacho Libre for everyone

New toys for the lil munchkins as a treat for behaving so well all week. Identical scary Chuckie like dolls for Iman and Ranya and a Happyland Police Station :) A picture of  Ryan who is of course playing with adik's toys

Homemade fish pie :) Not bad for my first try

Monday afternoon, on the way to PD and my princesses in their cute mint cheongsam.

We booked a room in Avillion Admiral Cove PD, Ryan of course wanted to swim once we stepped in the room. Love the view. The facilities is not bad but I have to say not very stroller friendly (no ramps or lift heading to LG where the pool and restaurant is situated)

Early morning walk

Ryan mirroring me. Iman and Ranya squashed in the mini stroller. Handy contraption I have to say :)

Spidey Ryan. The twins in their new jeggings and also tops from Aunt Cath from Japan :) Loving it

The hotel rooms is quite spacious, we booked the premium room with twin sharing beds (queen bed was not available during our visit) and an extra day bed. Clean bathroom and good room service. The breakfast buffet was ok. Choices was quite limited and you have to come early or you'll be stuck dining outside or even worst having to wait for a table.

We forgo our usual PD seafood spree because Ranya was still coughing and Lan and I didnt really want to drag 3 toddlers around at night. We ordered room service instead. However, before leaving PD we dropped by another of our family fave everytime we're in PD which is the Cowboy Nasi Ayam Kukus place. Love the grilled chicken and spicy sauce. The rice portion is very small though. I think the place grew almost twice its size from when we first tried it in 2011
All in all we had a good weekend break, despite the twins being on-off sick. I have to say traveling with the 3 kiddos and without extra help are not that bad. They were pretty well behaved actually (and surprisingly ;p) 

Having said that, I can't wait for my parents to be back this Sunday. I miss them... even my mum's constant nagging hahaha. I know one little boy is also counting the days (not that he can count just a figure of speech ;p) for when he's back in his atuk's arms. Ohhh and how awesome, tomorrow is FRIDAY

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Day in Their Tiny Shoes

Last Sunday Lan and I attended a programme organized by Ryan’s school entitled “A Day In Their Shoes”.

Have you ever wondered what exactly do your children do in kindergarten all day? Well, this programme laid out all of the curriculum and the way classes is conducted by the teachers. We were divided into groups according to our child’s class and had to go through stations where we spent 15 minutes attending our children “classes” – We practice handwriting in creative class, made paper art in arts and crafts, played kompang in Music class, read Muqaddam via the Al-Baghdadi method, and were thought how to read using the latest “reading” technique.

Later we had to share our expectations with the teachers on the things that we hope our child would learn at the end of the year. The most interesting part about the programme is that we were literally put in the children’s shoe. 

For example: you know how parents LOVE to make the children practice writing ALL THE TIME? To show the parents that this “simple” activity is not that easy for children 4-6 years old, we were given a sheet of paper with Japanese and Thai words and were made to copy it over and over again using our “non-writing hand” (i.e since I’m right handed I had to write using my left hand) By the 3rd line ¾ of the parents was whining in pain :p You see that is how our child feel, turns out that when they whine of tired hands, their hands are really tired as they are not fully trained yet. So please be sympathetic.

Instead of making your 4-5 year old write the alphabets, we were told to try “pre writing” instead. You don’t even have to buy the books as you can get it free online. Parents are also encouraged to use the creative play method instead of burdening their lil monsters with overly educational learning method. I have to say I find the programme to be 100% beneficial and I shall try to use it at home.

I totally understand the teacher’s frustration when they say most parents objective in sending their kids to schools is just so that they can read, write and count. A child’s accomplishment is measured by their test scores. It doesn’t matter when a kid can draw beautifully if their English/BM/Maths paper does not read 100%. A 6 year old who can’t read had to be sent to tuisyen classes because they’re considered slow. Sadly, their child's creativity is not important for them.

First of all I don’t believe in test and homework for kids under 7. Second: let kids be kids and not be chained to the study table ALL the time. Let’s be frank, some of the parents that is so obsessed about their kids knowing HOW to read don’t even read themselves. So WHAT is the point? Why not get the kids truly interested in learning and reading without ramming it all down their throats. 

I’m a HUGE fan of creative play because that is how I LEARN. I need colors, shapes and music to learn. I know that I will do well in a class if I find the subject FUN so with that in mind I try and do the same for Ryan and the girls. I try not to be so "guru besar" at home but be as kiddy like and fun instead. The best teacher is Mummy and Daddy so you don't really need expensive classes to encouraged creative play. Just use whatever it is you have around you and loads and loads of imagination.

When we read books together I try to make it as fun as possible with funny voices and animal mask :)

I encouraged them to play with blocks to enhanced their creativity and it also improve a child's fine motor skill, recognizing colors & textures etc

 Cooking together is an awesome way to teach a child to take instructions. For picky eaters it also encourages them to eat healthy and get them "interested" in food. They also learn about process.( i.e. Pizza does not fall from the sky, you need to prepare them in order to eat ;p )

 Playing together (be it with siblings or friends) teaches them to SHARE. The hardest lesson to teach in my opinion. I'm turning 30 soon and I still hate to share, so you can imagine the difficulty in trying to reason this out with my 3 year old where most conversation sounds like this.

Me: Ryan bagi adik the block please
Ryan: No No No, Ryan punya
Me: Please share
Ryan : Nanak adik takle play Ryan punya
Me: (starting to be pissed off) Fine if you don't give it to her, mummy beli baru Ryan jangan play
Ryan : Ok mummy beli, Adik takle ambik Ryan punya

The kiddies play area :)

 "beep beep" My little princesses who is 10x more lasak than my very lasak little boy. 
Imagine that :p

 Last week at Kidsportz after school, I was on leave on federal territory day so pergi dating with my handsome man.He ran around the playground (and even made new friends) for an hour and later we went clay colouring :)

A simple outing like this could be an awesome learning experience for mummy and baby. For example last Friday I learned that my lil boy has become an "expert" on ordering food on his own, after he went to the CB barista and ordered "milo ais sejuk satu" hahaha