Friday, September 21, 2012

The power of a call

My little girl can say "kung kung" now. Since maybe 3 weeks back. And right now, it's very clear and she calls him very often.

When she sees banana, she calls kung kung coz that is his favourtie food.
When she sees me folding kung kung's shirts, she says kung kung.

And she calls kung kung when she wants his attention.

It's amazing that the softest kung kung gets the biggest response from kung kung.
Coz my girl calls him ever so sweetly.

She wakes him from slumber with a pat and a soft call.
And kung kung smiles to bring her to the park.

She has been calling Poh Poh for a longer time...maybe about 2 months ago. Yet my mum still calls just to hear Caylee call her. And that's all coz she doesn't really volunteer any other information.

So...such is the power of being able to call kung kung and poh poh.

Next word to achieve : Yee Cheong.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Heaven is so real by Todd Burpo

I got a complimentary copy of Heaven is for real by Todd Burpo from BookSneeze.

This book is about a little boy Colton who had a burst appendix and on the verge of death, he visited Heaven. He was supposedly there for 3 minutes, but time as we all know in Heaven is very different from that on earth. Upon waking up from his operation and for years later, Colton frequently surprised his parents with statements concerning Heaven. Colton’s story begs to be told and is written by Colton’s father.

When I first received this book, I was eager beyond words to start on it as I have heard so much about it. The story is told in a very simple way and although I was waiting for the bits concerning Heaven to be told, I appreciated the reason all other parts of the story had to be foretold.

From the start of the book till the end, I only put the book down 3 times. Every mention of Heaven by Colton, I found the need to narrate it outloud to my family. There were parts mentioned by Colton which his father substantiated with Bible verses. And there was one particular part Colton mentioned that I myself at 30+ years of age just learnt. It just blew my mind away!

Taking away from this book, I will look at my Sunday School ministry in new light. And like everyone who has heard Colton’s story, Heaven has indeed become so much more REAL to me as a Christian.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

2 holidays for August

After a loooooonnnngggg dry period of working and routine, we did 2 holidays in August.

One was really a get up and let's go holiday to Avillion, PD. The other was a long planned holiday to Equatorial Hotel, CH.

LOVED the Avillion, PD. We spent the entire 2D1N at the hotel only. Meaning eat, sleep, play at the hotel. It was a pity that I was sick so didn't get to enjoy the pool. We ate in the hotel as well. Chose some exotic duck dish with rice but it was not great. The western food and the pizza was really good though.

We had access to the Avi Lounge but didn't get to go in coz of the kids. But anyways....since it was a family holiday, it didn't really matter.

Took the kids to the petting zoo and to the small play ground. They enjoyed the pool the best and spent all their time there. Girl was a little hesitant to venture too deep into the pool due to the crowd. So, had some play time in the tub instead.

The shower in Avillion opens out to the sea, which is bad when it is hot as it can get smelly. But otherwise, it was a nice experience bathing with the sea breeze filtering through. Loved their shampoo - green tea and charcoal. Smells excellent!

As for the CH trip.

It was the long weekend so it was kinda crowded. Hubby's first time experiencing CH this way. But not over crowded that we could not find parking. Parking was still relatively easy. And his time round, we had full meals in CH.

The hotel didn't come with bfast, so we had our wonderful bfast in a small coffee shop opposite the Strawberry Moments Cafe in Brinchang. Simple western bfast for the kids, surprisingly good nasi lemak and alright chee cheong fun. I love the strawberry coffee and found that this year there were more brands to choose from.

We had dinner at the chinese restaurant supposedly under Hotel Equatorial. However, it is actually a chinese shop out side the hotel. It was not crowded given that it was located off the main road and not in the main town. So we could take our time eating.

Equatorial hotel was good. The view was not that great from our room coz it was facing some construction. Service was good and prompt. Reckon our room was recently refurbished. It had a rain shower head as well as a hand held. The hand held couldn't stay up with the water on, so I had to get the kids to hold it when I was shampooing them. It was cold cold cold !!!

Night time was freezing. Gosh....good to know CH still has the ability to make me put on a jacket! In fact in the evenings and mornings the kids were in their jackets.

It wasn't strawberry season so there weren't abundance to choose from. We managed to get good vegetables, mushrooms and yellow passion fruits (which are SO good). Christopher also bought a bunch of roses from Poh poh. The roses were the NICEST deep red and not bruised at all. VERY VERY nice.

Cold as it is, the kids had their strawberry ice anyways. And I had my ice cream.

Note to self....don't even buy their corn. I always feel that it dries up as soon as we come down, or by the next day.

So, that's the 2 holidays for August. Time to sit back and work hard the remaining of the year!

Christopher updates

Christopher! What can I say about him of late?

He is still the same, albeit alot taller. All his food intake seems to be shooting him up, else used up in his never ever stillness. I have to force him many a time to just sit still.

Give him food or play, he will give away all his food. He loves to play with boys his age. So at school and church, he takes every opportunity to play and slide and run and climb.

We have a routine will be reading, story telling time and chatting every night before we go to bed. I sleep with him in a different room now partly so that I can have some mummy alone time with him. He loves it coz during the day he doesn't really get much attention and he is acting out.

His writing is atrocious according to the teacher. So, I have got him single line exercise books to practice his writing. No more 3 lines to guide his writing now, he has to learn to gauge capital and small letter sizes.

His mandarin book is filling up to a degree I have stopped trying to look into it. I have even downloaded an App in my phone to try to help him with his mandarin.....but, this mummy is too tired! hahaha...

English and BM spelling and reading I still help him with diligently. And Maths I throw questions at hime occasionally.

Sad to say, he has yet to learn the months in the year or tell the time. I have given him a digital watch recently just so that he can tell me the time when we go out. And also so that he can appreciate the concept of time. Perhaps with some appreciation, he will learn to read non digital one day.

He is still very verbal. And asking questions about this and that all the time. He is very much into space and dinosaurs of late. So we have a few books frequently used on that subject matter in every other room.

He is still very diplomatic. And he has taken to caring for a stuffed toy dog. Taking this toy dog everywhere he goes. He would love a puppy I know but our place is too small for a dog. So, he has to pretend now.

Still loves his art class. Though once in a while he whines about going. I reckon coz the weekend passes by so fast with one morning filled up with art. Otherwise, he thoroughly enjoys himself and would rattle off on what he did when we pick him up.

Told him about his new school that day and he told me that he doens't need me to be with him on the first day. Reason being all his friends will laugh at him. He is truely growing up now and is trying not to rely on me that much.

I yelled at him one day to get into the bathroom to bathe. He told me later that if I didn't yell but asked him nicely, he would be inclined to get to the bathroom faster. If I yell, he just doesn't feel like going anymore. I was surprised when he told me and told him that I agree with him. So, it's a lesson on my part as well.

Christopher has reached a stage where I am learning from him as well. And I reckon I will have alot more lessons to learn. God give me patience and humility.

She's talking!

At last, for the pass 2 weeks since, Caylee has been talking more and more. She still needs a push to actually speak instead of using hand signals. I reckon it's coz she gets away with hand signals at her nanny's place.

Recently over the weekend, she has learnt to call kor kor. So she calls him everytime she wants his attention. Christopher LOVES it and has yet to get fed up with her incessing "kor kor" "kor kor"!

She calls me and hubby very well now. Can even scream for us from upstairs.

Still such a responsible girl. She sighs when I forget stuff and she runs around getting them for me. I just need to mention one word and she will run and get it for me without me having to ask her to do so. It's really too cute this level of responsibility she has at this age.

She is loving her music classes. She has one more class to go and I will most likely let her continue the class. Seeing as she has a good friend in the class. She is also up for a coming concert. Her first!

She has been very good at following all the teacher's instructions, if her best friend doesn't instigate her to act naughty. In fact has been meticolously practising every other hour since she learnt the dance. I think she will do great in Sunday School dances! :)

Eating wise....alright. She loves her noodles. But I still sometimes need to get the iPad to occupy her during her meal. My bad, I know.

We stopped giving her her pacifier 1 month back. She has been doing fine without it thus far. She is into holding our fingers now when she sleeps, and when she drinks milk, and when she sits in the car...for that matter, anytime she can get our fingers, she will. Trying to wean her off that too....

Potty training has had its up and downs. She can go diaperless at home now. Still a few incidents. But she still doesn't like to poo in the potty yet. I wonder why. She hates the toilet bowl even though I put the kid's seat for her. So we have had our share of poo stained pants at home very often. Work in progress....

She loves her fruits. I always tell people I have a fruitarian daughter. She seldom ever says no to fruits. Good thing unlike her brother, she loves her cakes and bread too. Much easier to feed in the morning.

And that's it for Caylee. She got her hands on the scissors again the other day and cut her hair again. Just when the previous accident was growing out. Oh well.....