Come have a sneak peek at the snippets of our children's development with us. God's child. Mum of 3 who is an apple convert, writes about parenting, homelearning, healthy meals, oiling journey and random thoughts
Looking at this little fellow will always reminds me to slow down in life. Life is short, childhood is even shorter. In many blinks, they will grow up.
God had made things happened and make them fall into place at His time. It's so amazing. Ever since going car-less, we had been learning how to enjoy the time spent together on our public transport rides.
Taking public transport to work is not difficult but lugging my two bags and Lil's I bag can be quite a handful. But he taught me we should just wake up a little earlier, take a slow stroll across the park to the bus stop and making new memories everyday. He will always remind me to be nice and patient if bus is late or not to get upset if bus is too crowded. A reminder of His words:
"with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love" (Ep 4:2)
turning 4 may seem easy for some. But turning 4 is a big deal to me and my lil L. I felt that he grew alot this year, not just in physical growth but in other aspects of development as well such as cognitive and social.
There was a moment I was worried he was slow. Read: delayed development. Cos he took so long to reach the milestones meant for his age. Then suddenly our Lil I decided to have a growth spurt.. Then it also took me a while to realized that I was placing such high expectations of him that I lost focus. But now that I have shifted my focus to him celebrating his milestones and achievement, things seem to have a little change. He grew and he bloomed. Indeed a watched bloomer don't bloom. Just be supportive and he he will thrive.
Here are his recent achievements..
writes some alphabets of his name
can sight read some words
using scissors with one hand and cut a straight line, sometimes curve
hugs and worry about younger or crying baby
dress and undress independently
full toilet trained even at night - except for poo in the diaper still
talks logic such as understand weather and why things can't be done at times, argue at times and even demanding for things
better control in temperament. Understands responsibility i.e. near consequence if he misbehaves
What a long list right? Perhaps this is just another reminder child rearing isn't just about academic expectations.
Do you actually know what you should when you car break down? In fact your car is a very smart machine. You should be able to know that it start sending out signals to you before it actually break down. So last night, my battery light came on. So I was thinking I will send to the workshop in the morning. Alas.. our dear grey car had other lights coming on and I was losing control of my steering wheel as well.
Anyway here are the MUST you should do when your car breaks down.
Turn on your indicator lights and slow down. Park at somewhere safe.
Get OUT of the car
Set up the breakdown sign OR alternatively, open up your boot to indicate that your car is stationary
Call your mechanic or tow truck
Wait for tow truck to come and pass the car key to them. Stand at somewhere safe.
Maybe they forgotten that pain and the cries are part of the package as well.
Today is another medal-less day yet I seen this little boy of mine bloomed and smashed another record of his by 2.99 seconds.
2.99 may seemed trivial to us but it is a nerve wreaking difference to the swimmer. Liked they say: "Every seconds counts".
This learning journey is a tough one yet we are not giving it up. Isa is not giving it up. Not only it trains my son but also it trained myself up. You may think what does a 11 yr old know about hardship. Indeed he doesn't know. He only showed he can overcome the odds and come out shinning from the dark.
Way to go my son. Forge more. The colorful world is waiting for you.
Mama Connie having too many emotional moments in these few months. Pls pardon me again. .
Swimming was always something that I wanted my kids to do.
So far only one did and a good coach is all to make someone from a small fry to someone significant.
Isa joined his first swim camp. He swam up to 5 times a week. And entered his first swim meet. It was some sort of competition. Never forget the heavy downpour and the long drive at 615am all the way to Bukit Merah. Never even need to wake up so early for work.
He did two events: 50 Breast and 50 FR.
It was an exhilarating moment for the mom. Tears welled up my eyes as I saw my son swarm through his first competition of his life. He came in LAST for his pet stroke. I was not sad because he was last. I was in fact so proud of him that he finished his event. I was so happy that he had the courage to swim with other flying fishes. I was SO damn proud of him.
Isa with Head Coach
Fast forward 12 months later.
After another 5 swim meets.
After another 2 swim camps.
After numerous weeks of swimming up to 8 trainings per week.
This is the coach's credit.
This is the team's efforts.
He did 5 events this time: 4 individual and 1 relay.
He finally get his hands on his first medal.
Sonny. We all know how much hard work that is. We all know Mama cannot pay for the medals. Mama pay not just for you to swim. In times like this, Mama pay for you to learn how to handle failures, Mama pay for you to learn how to cry and move forward, Mama also pay to let you go through hardships, Mama also pay for you to handle situations like a man, Mama also pay for you to bit your tongue to bear the pain after the pain comes on after every PT session.
Hope you understand it one day. The credit is yours not mine. The pain is yours not mine, the aches are yours not mine, the cries are yours not mine. The hardships are yours not mine.
But I choose to allow you to go through all these because you are mine. Mama will do anything for you except to spoil you. You are one tough boy Sonny. You are. We hope you can continue to build on your good vibes and perseverance in not just swimming but in your life.
Isa with Head Coach, Coach KK of Sapphire Swimming, June 2018.
See how much this boy has grown in 12 months
As we welcome July with a big bang, let the emo Mama have some rest.
I love you Sonny. You know I do. Jiayou for the next phase in your swimming plans.
And finally we travelled as a family of 4.. you may ask why only 4. Well it is because of one word: budget.
I am not saying that it is impossible for us to travel altogether in my family of 5 but I will also put into consideration that I will want to bring along my helper with us as I cannot leave her alone in the house with my MIL (another story about that). Anyway.. since Lil I does not own a passport yet, we thought we might as well take the chance of travelling with the two bigger ones since we had a better budget this time.
Booking was done about 6 months in advance in order to enjoy this good price. We paid $1650 for a family of 4 to the travel agency. This includes air tickets, transfer, accommodation and a half day city tour (which we should opt out of it actually).
Enough said, let the pictures do the talking..
Day 1: boarding the plane at 1210hrs
I would say Thai airways service was quite good.
Especially for a girl who had her maiden flight.
At the luxurious room at the hotel.
We stayed at Pratunam Centerpoint, the location is very convenient.
It is clean, comes with breakfast, has a pool to exhaust the kids' energy.
By the time we settled in and all, it was already close to late afternoon.
Our first visit to Big C. Yeah actually our trolley was much fuller when we did a check out.
And total damage: THB$5000+
Dont' ask me why and how.. but we managed to go back in a tutuk.
Then we had dinner at some restaurant.
so hungy and tired.
And someone has his first try at a THB$200 foot massage
He screamed ALOT.
So much that he asked for another round on the next night.
Day 2: Trip to Siracha Zoo
Our trip to Siracha Zoo also know as tiger zoo already occupied us up for more than half a day.
We managed to find an local agency who provides transport and entrance tickets.
I think we paid like THB$8K for transport and entrance for all of us.
I bet the cubs were all sedated.
Anyway.. kids find it so amazing that they had to take their own shot.
How can we miss out a jump shot?
Expenses at the Siracha Zoo was quite affordable.
There is the animals petting section, animals feeding section and you also need money for lunch.
I think we spent less than THB$2000 there.
And soon it was lunch.. or was it dinner..
Whatever.. so we ate.. and we ate..
and eat and eat.. .
Bought from the make shift food stalls opposite Big C.
Day 3: At the half day city tour..
We were picked up at 8am (BKK time) for the tour that comprises of a boat ride, a temple visit and some walking around.
Day 4: Time to go home!
we basically only spent the morning at Platinum mall in the morning as we had to leave the hotel at 12pm for the airport.
there you.. 4 days of fun and priceless memories formed.
See you soon again Bangkok!
Hello.. we have been MIA for sometime for now as Mama Connie has been real busy. All mums are busy, its only a matter of time on how we manage and prioritize our duties in every single day. I am not giving up on this blog as I am so proud to say that this blog is turning 12 this year! Oh well.. here we are..
It just seemed like ystday that Isadore just started Pri 1 and come next year.. my little fatty turned skinny little girl is going to be Pri 1! Since when??
Here is a glimpse of her growing up..
8 mths old
2 yrs old..
3 yrs old..
4 yrs old..
5 yrs old
6 yrs old..
Ok I’m sure Dora is all grown up and ready. But Mama Connie is not! You cannot imagine how fast this girl grow and how soon she is going to embark on this primary school journey.
I guess she is lucky as Isa can still accompany her to school as he will be in Pri 6 next year. But I reckon this Ms Gung-ho will not need much help.
So if your child is stil in preschool years and you are shouting help...? I think you really look into a lot more possible situations that are happening in primary school life. Children asking for stationeries, children asking for money.. or even children bullying your child.. And if you think Primary One is all about academic expectations.. think again. In another post, I will also be sharing with you on what you can / should prepare your child for Primary 1. And it will NOT academics we are looking at. I bet you are not surprised.
In the meantime.. I still cannot believe my Dora is going to be Primary ONE!!