Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Difficult Week, With Some Good Bits

Both the kids have been ill this week, Max had a really bad cough and poor Ally had the stomach flu. She’s been especially difficult, partly because she’s not feeling well and partly, well, I don’t really know.

We still managed to have some fun, even though it was wet and dreary. As you can see from the photos, the kids and Neesha did not mind the wet grounds at all.

See the triangle plate in the back? I finally passed my driving test!

Max really wanted to ride her bike

But ended up pushing her around instead

Neesha had a good time walking into every puddle possible




Here’s to healthy kids and a better week ahead!


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I Made It!

Ally wanted me to sew her a little bag, after surfing around I decided to try and sew her a messenger bag. I kept the measurements pretty much the same except for the strap since she’s kind of small. It took me 4 long hours but finally, its done! And I must say it looks pretty good.


I love the bright colours of the fabric, my only regret was cutting off the little bird’s head off cos silly me didn’t give room for seam allowance. I lined it with a soft, fluffy material just to give it a more padded look. Want to know a secret? Ikea has some of the coolest fabric around, lots of unique prints with bright colors at an average of $10/m. I bought some of the thicker material for the bag, don’t think they will be ideal for clothes though since it’s quite rough.

I’m so happy with the way the bag turned out, oh and if you’re wondering why mine doesn’t have a squarish bottom, it’s because I haven’t figured out how to square the bottom yet and decided to give it a miss.


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Sewing Update

After many late nights and one sewn finger, yes I did somehow manage to sew my own finger, I think I might finally be ready to unveil my completed project. Stay tuned! By the way, lesson learned, keep fingers away from sewing machine needle at all times! I have two stitch marks in my nail to remind me .

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Doing The Unthinkable

I’m learning how to sew, yes that’s right, SEW. I was just given a sewing machine and decided that I should put it to good use. Anyone who knows me will realise that sewing and I just don’t go together. I have trouble cutting a straight line!

It’s been 3 days and I’ve made every rookie mistake there is to make. Tons of broken needles later, the only thing that I’ve managed to produce has been a pair of long pants for Ally. We shall ignore the fact that one leg is shorter than the other and that there is a small hole in the crotch area. It resembles a pair of pants and I’m mighty proud of it.

The sewing has taken me away from my computer so bear with me while I conquer this seemingly mammoth task. I hope to produce something half way decent that I can share with everyone. Till then, it’s back to figuring thread tensions and trying not to prick myself too many times with those darn pins.


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One of those “Perfect” Days

We had such fun on Saturday with the kids! Since the weather was so hot and humid, what better way to cool down then water play. Thanks to a fellow blogger, we found our new favourite hang out, best part is, it’s so quiet, even on the weekends. Matt and I took turns with his camera and I was really happy with some of the shots.

I love this shot, unfortunately, I can't take credit for it!

Max was a bit hesitant at first, but quickly warmed up

It's amazing how a few plastic cups could keep them entertained for such a long time

Definitely our water baby

I like that the water is deep enough for them to have fun, but shallow enough for Max to walk around by himself

I love this picture, makes me go "awww...." each time I look at it

Captured by yours truly!

This is THE shot. So much joy in one picture. I love the carefree nature of children

His saggy swim diaper is too funny

Once the kids were done with water play, we took them to the nearby park for dinner. Everyone was in a fantastic mood and it really was one of those “perfect” parenting days.


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Of Birds and Colds

Max and I have been down with yet another cold. Thankfully I had it first so Max has a much milder form. In between tissues and honey lemon drinks, I had to figure out a way to make a bird costume for Ally’s music class. When I first heard about the costume,  my first thought was  ” What? How am I going to do that?” And then just to make it more interesting, Ally proclaims she wants to be a Medowlark. If you’re going huh? You’re not the only one.

So I turn to my trusty friend Google for help. Turns out a Medowlark is a small yellowish bird, not the most attractive looking I have to say. I decided to ignore the Medowlark request and just find a way to make a simple bird costume.

Thanks to Coolest Homemade Costumes, I found the ideal costume. I decided to do a bit of adjustments, I knew Ally would never tolerate the fluffy stuff around her neck, so I left that out. I went to Daiso and found everything I needed, including a really cool mask, total cost, $8, love it!

After lots of cutting and pasting, its finally done! Took me about an hour and a half to put together while the kids were in bed. Take a look!

Don't ask me what sort of bird she is, I have no idea.....

She loved it ( thank goodness) and though it looks nothing like a Medowlark, I’m still really please with myself. What do you think?


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School Tour

I took Ally for her school tour yesterday, we were very excited, or rather, I was very excited for her. Despite the high school fees, we feel that this is the right school for her. The environment is clean, the teachers are all well spoken and more importantly, the children seemed happy.

I like the way the classrooms are set up, there are different corners for varies activities. Ally was immediately drawn to the sensory corner where two other girls were busy scooping and pouring rice. The library had a good variety of books and they teach the children how to read using the Jolly Phonics program.

The school teaches a lot of the academic curriculum through play which really appealed to me. There aren’t many worksheets ( thank goodness) and the teachers do an assessment of the children’s reading skills every few months. More importantly, parents are welcomed to volunteer in the school from term 2 onwards. It’s a small school, with not more than 15 children in Ally’s class.

We really hope that Ally’s going to adapt quickly and will be happy in her new school. 2 more months and counting!




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Cake and Ice Cream

The children rarely eat cake or ice cream but since we were at a birthday party I decided to let them have a treat. Max really enjoyed the chocolate cake while Ally ate the chocolate top off her ice cream and decided she didn’t like the rest of it. * sorry for the poor photo editing


Max was the youngest at the party, but it didn't stop him from having fun



The Pork Chop attacks the cake



He did really well with the fork!



The girl who doesn't like junk food



Once the chocolate tip was finished, she didn't see the point in eating the rest of it


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Those Pesky Mosquitoes!

Ever since a new construction project has started near our home, the children and I have started to get lots of bites. Poor Ally woke up yesterday with 15 times on her arms and legs. She’s so allergic to them that her foot was so swollen. I had no choice but to give her antihistamines to give her some relief from the itch. We have a steroid cream that works really well but I hate having to medicate her unless it’s really necessary.

I’ve bought one of those vapour things for our rooms so I hope that will deter the mozzies!


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School and Insecurities

Ally will be starting school in January, I’ve finally found a school for her after months of research. We’re going for a kindy orientation tomorrow and ever since I’ve mentioned going to school, she’s been a bit insecure.

One thing about Ally, she hates surprises. If there is going to be a major change in her life or routine, you need to prep her way in advance. Now that she’s older and can vocalise her thoughts, it’s much easier. But I’ve noticed that she’s a bit more clingy, a bit more needy and a lot more whiny. I really hope that the orientation goes well tomorrow. It helps that a lot of her friends are already attending school so I use them as examples. She has said that she’s alright going on her own, but we’ll see. We’ve decided to let her bring her toy penguins to school, on the condition that they stay in her school bag. She can take them out for a sniff or a cuddle if she feels she needs them but other than that, they remain in the bag. I’m hoping that by letting her have her best friends in her bag it will make the transition much smoother.

As for me, I feel sad at the thought of not having her around in the mornings. But at the same time, I’m really excited for her. It’s a huge milestone, and I think I’ll find it just as hard to let her go.

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