Chubby Anecdotes | Singapore Parenting and Kids' Art Blog: March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the first time in forever...

Today marks my first seventh year living as Mrs Foo. 7 is my favourite number. It is the the birth month for Renee and birth date of Nat. Growing up Christian, 7 to me  symbolises perfection - God made the world in 7 days.
Just as I anticipated, I spent today eating dinner, watching movie and reading lovey dovey card... but all without the husband.
For the first time since I signed on the dotted line for a happily-ever-after, i am celebrating my anniversary alone.
The husband was in fact on medical leave today and I made plans to free my evening then spent the whole day not knowing what I was anticipating. A dinner date? A little gift? Maybe a hug? Nope. None likely, not for a couple who are not even in talking terms. Especially not, when the husband is not well.
So that was today, my heart broken anniversary. My tearful day trying to conceal and not feel with little success. My buddy popped by in the afternoon and saw the broken me, it must have been to a certain degree traumatizing for her that she had to come by before the kids' bedtime to check that i was okay. Thank God for girlfriends.
It's less than 2 hours to midnight and I now have to learn to let go of my hopes for reconcilation on anniversary day.
Here I am, blogging with my phone beside the girls' bed. I cannot help but feel a sense of emptiness within. Aloneliness wraps around me as I sit here in the still of the night.
For the first time since our together-ever-after, I don't want to give in. No, I still don't.
No lover, nevermind. I don't need a man to save the day. I'll grab a pack of chips and celebrate my 7th anniversary. Renee made me a card and Nat and Shanice gave me lotsa hugs today. Look, Mrs Foo, you've got much.
7 years, 3 kids and a place to call home. You did well mdm. You know that. Even if u don't hear it from another person. Even if no one remembers the date. It doesn't change it's significance abit.
Here, on 31 march 2014, this post will remember it for u.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

up up UPcycling Soda Can Aeroplane


Shanice was out with her daddy for a sleepover in school and Nat slept early last night. It was a perfect time to bond with Renee alone, a much needed time alone with meimei. I got her to plan what she would like to do together, and she said craft and tv. Seemed easy enough to me and so we went ahead with a quick soda can craft followed by tv time.

It was Renee's idea to do something with the soda can I brought home earlier yesterday. We'd shared the soda among the 4 of us (the kids and me). As soon as the can was emptied, she asked if she could keep it, then happily washed and dry it before returning it to the dinning table. I was more than happy to work with the soda can since it was quite an eyesore, sitting on the otherwise (reasonably) neat dinning table. Much to my dismay, the little girl had no intention to keep it in her room.

I managed to find some leftover ice-cream sticks, colour paper and ribbons, and decided to put them together. Perhaps, influenced by the MH370 news which is all over social media, or restricted to the materials we have, we eventually made a little aeroplane. Our thoughts and wishes are with MH370. We hope it will be found soon. The news spreading around the media varies - some disturbing, some bizarre. The latest I read suggested that the plane might be hijacked. It isn't an all bad news to me, cos it means there may be still hope - and I hope the truth would come to light soon. God bless MH370 and all the families and friends who are waiting agonizingly.

On a lighter note, here's the little recycling craft we did with our soda can. It's a Pepsi by the way :) We do not have it often at home and so it was a treat to the kids!

Here's how the happy can became happier...

Roll soda can up with colour paper
Paint ice-cream sticks.  
Fix the sticks to the soda can with glue (and/or tape) and colour paper strips
We used 2 sizes of ice-cream sticks, the bigger ones for the front wings and tail at the back, and the smaller ice-cream sticks for the back wings. 
I tied a simple bow and stick it to the can to make the propeller. Ain't it pretty? :)

Decorate it further if you like to. 
And voila! Here's our little aeroplane!
A prettier photo of it taken this morning. It's always easier to take photos in natural light :)
While Renee enjoyed making it, Nat was more than happy to have a new toy plane. What a win-win! 
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

When I grow up, I want to be...


"Mamee, I know what I want to be (when i grow up), I want to be..."

And mummy was anticipating something grand. I thought to myself, "Doctor? Lawyer? CEO? Teacher?..."
After the longest split of a second, my little girl announced her ambition gleefully, "... a Mamee!"

Jaw dropped. Eye widened, and I am pretty sure my eyeballs were at the verge of popping out . 
A mommy?

It took me a while to digest the thought and I wasn't sure how I felt about it then. I guess I got a glimpse of how my mum felt when I decided to bid my corporate career goodbye to focus more on the kids.
I can almost hear a little voice in my head, "A mother? I gave up so much for you to be a... mother????" *tight slap* Isn't that what I strives daily to be - a decent mother to this little girl standing in front of me? Speaking of double standards, ha. 

Yes, being a mom isn't a profession per se - you don't need a BA, MA or PHD. Scientifically, you just need to be able to conceive and delivery a baby to be a biological mother. But mothering a child goes beyond childbirth. And though, we do not need to be qualified to conceive a child, it does takes a lifelong of learning to mother a child. I guess, we can think of it as reversed qualification - you got the job before you know how to deal with it then spend the rest of your life learning, re-learning, unlearning and learning again.

It is perhaps the most rewarding, yet most depreciating job on earth. Though the reward is pure love, but let's face it, we will never love our parents the way we love our children. It doesn't mean that we do not love them, or care enough. It's just the dynamics of relations- our children cannot love us, the way we love them.

Yet indeed, being a mother to my kids is what I desire to do well at. And I hope my little girl's saying this because she *coughs* admires me *coughs, beams, coughs*, and values my contribution to the family (yeah! I am pretty (only pretty) awesome!)

So, darling, you wanna be a mom? Cool, let's work on our ABCs first, you'll need to teach your kids someday, just like what I'm trying to do now :)

Baby, mummy wants you to be happy. Now, and always.
Image credit: http://piasportal.wordpress.com/


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

[Product Review + Giveaway!] Our Splishy Splashy Fun-Time with Aqua Sphere Seal Kid Goggles

So it goes, whoever holds the bucket rules the pool in a water-fight...

But whoever wears a pair of goggles has already won the fight! 
Cos, come whatever, barney printed buckets or daddy's super duper soaker - who cares to be wet in the pool anyway, as long as the eyes are well protected. 

The girls have got their pretty pinky goggles, and they are great! But this pair of Aqua Sphere Seal Kid goggles from tinylittleone (thank you!!), beats them all, here's why:

Mummy's fav feature: Easy-Adjust Bucket System.
Less hassle adjusting and so much more comfy for the kids!
Shanice's fav feature: 100% UVA and UVB Protection!!!
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  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • Anti-fog coating
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Toilet Roll Owl


The girls wanted to play at the playground after school yesterday. But, playground at 2pm? And under the blistering sun? No, thanks! 

Since I had to work in the evening, which meant NO PLAYGROUND for them yesterday, I had to suggest something to 'compensate' their lost. So, craft was what we did in the warm afternoon, safe from the glaring sun rays and with the fan blowing at us. :p

Here's sharing the little activity we did - Toilet Roll Owl.

Step 1: Press down 2 sides at one end of the toilet roll. 


Step 2: Wrap the toilet roll with felt

Renee working on hers...
... while I work on mine.

Step 3: Let's decorate! Let your creative juices flow.
Here's my owl's wing. I agar agar  cut out the shape of a cartoon wing.  Looks more like a cloud to me. 
I used buttons to make the owl's eyes. Renee however, preferred the googly eyes.
Ta-ahhh! Our colourful little owls.

And, it was playtime! 

humm... any resemblance to the owl our storybook?
Let's draw the owl's home..

Hoot hoot! goes the owls under the yellow egg yolk moon!

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