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Papa & Ollie going to the market

7 days late into my resolutions but better late than never. Maybe not so much resolutions but goals.

I have been a SAHM for close to a year. Having and raising a kid sure can make your body take a beating, mentally and physically. I don’t think I have ever procrastinated more in my life. Haha. So I decided that 2013 needs to be the year I pick alot of shit up and actually do it.

I feel the need to set an example to Ollie and that means being more nurturing and patient with him. There have been times when my patience is tested..mostly when I am not feeling well and when I am tired. Especially these days, just when I thought Ollie’s routine has been more or less established and I was enjoying longer sleeps between night feeds, Ollie’s flu threw the spanner in the works. He is very clingy and would wake up 2 hourly to nurse to sleep again. Ayyee.

That asides, his signing has expanded quite a bit. He can now sign for “wait”, “milk”, “wash your hands”, “sleep” and “more”. The signing for “milk” really helped to know what he wanted and when he wanted to nurse.

I also think that I need to spend more quality time with him. We spend the whole day together but sometime he is left in the play yard whilst I do my chores and when I do actually join him in the play yard, I am on my phone or just sitting there with him.

On the personal front, Donald says I’m a starter and not a finisher. haha. Weeelll, I do agree with it to some point. When I start something, I really dig into it, and when life gets in the way and the novelty somewhat wears off, I don’t finish what I am doing *points to the stack of fabric sitting in the box*. So I am determined to finish at least one new bag a week. What am I going to do with the bags..I don’t really know yet. But we’ll see how it goes!

I also have a goal for us to eat healthier. Salads at least 3 time a week, and home baked bread for the weekends. More veggies and..more decent home cooked food. I haven’t been doing a lot of meal planning these weeks, cos with Ollie, I tend to do a one pot everything. I miss out on trying new recipes. And yes…I need to find recipes that uses what I already have in the pantry, rather than going out to buy more stuff to add into the pantry! Argh.

This year, it is a lot of culling and getting things done. So…watch this space!

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to the mummies, how are you?

Have a bit of quiet time now whilst the mooncake is napping. It’s raining so we’re not heading out. Just as well, I have a floor to mop. Urgh. Now that Sarah is crawling around, it’s saliva and sweaty prints all over the floor. It has gotten to the point of sticky. You have no idea how envious I am when I step onto clean floors. It’s like sinking into a really luxurious bed.

Err..yar, you get my analogy.

5.5 years into motherhood. Am I enjoying it? I am. It has gotten to a point where it is 75% laughter and 25% frustration. I hope I am not so uptight about things anymore. I am thankful for every moment that I get.

like getting to eat breakfast in peace

Sarah’s grown to play on her own..or annoy her brothers. I can delegate the boys to keep a watch on her. I’d occasionally yell out and ask what’s going on, whilst I sip my HOT tea. omg. What a luxury. But wth, I still have to eat my prata this way. What style you ask? I eat it rolled up cos I still don’t have the luxury to shred the prata into pieces, casually dip it into the curry and eat it.

Nope. Cos that would mean a pair of oily hands that cannot grab stuff getting pulled off the countertop. *roll eyes* One day..one day I’d be able to shred said prata and eat it. but hey, at least the tea is hot right? (at most..teh peng lor)

then there are Friday mornings. No chores morning, and the boys (or rather me I think) get a treat. They get to watch TV. Yup. Otherwise the rest of the week they don’t get to watch any. It is peace and quiet for about 2 hours.

the tv situation

They don’t get the iPad nor phone throughout the week. I think I can live with 2 hours of TV so even I get a break, catch up on social media, some work and some window shopping. TV aside, they still have to complete some tasks on time according to their timetable. We have a timetable, which is more for me than for them. Reminds me to do some activities with them instead of concentrating on the chores. It helps gives me some idea about what I can do with them.

This week, it was all about animals, thanks to our neighbourhood library for the idea!

Sarah doesn’t really give two hoots about the TV programs. She is happy crawling around, chewing on toys left around..or she’ll come over to me for cuddles. I got an almost 8kg baby cruising around, so I might as well make good use of her right?

exercise time!

Excuse the eczema scars. Haha. But helloooo leg raises and crunches. 3rd and last kid liao. No excuses. Time to fight the flab! (self impose hor..not mandatory). She gets a ‘ride’ and I get my exercise. Hahaha. Else all lopsided okay. Got the biceps but got a big fat ass. =(

All too soon (NOT), 10.45am rolls around and it’s time to get the boys to school. Sarah naps when we get home from drop off..and today’s mission of the day?

time to tone the arms

Just for the record, I am NOT so hardworking to use hand and mop every day hor. It is only if the floor is in a horrible condition then it warrants a ‘kneel-down-and-peer-at-the-floor’ kind of mopping. Can you see the prints on the floor??

HOT TIP: Please, for the love of god, if you are renovating your place, DO NOT GET GLOSSY TILES. This will be what you will have to live with. Don’t get sold by the ‘glossy tiles make your flat look more spacious!’ sales pitch. Argh.

Okay I digress. I do have a 3M Scotch Brite stick mop..which I used for 3 years..and I broke the stick cos I apply to much pressure =( 3M can you please please please make stronger poles? haha. I love your mops but I dun want to keep buying poles leh!

I have to say..hand mopping makes the floor soo much cleaner tho. Let me enjoy it for the next hour or so before the boys coming back, before Sarah wakes and makes more prints again.

*sigh* It will be nice whilst it last. So auntie hor?

Meanwhile..whilst the baby is still sleeping, time to continue tidying up the house I guess.

So how’s your morning been like?

Review: Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East

welcome to Wild Wild Wet

With an extended long weekend this lunar new year..we figured why not extend it a little further and take the boys to check out Wild Wild Wet at Downtown East? I mean..come on..all of us were still in major holiday mood lor. I had showed Daddy Ting a photo thata a friend had taken of the waterpark and we were keen on checking the place out already.

Wild Wild Wet opens at 1pm, so we waited for the boys to be done with kindy before heading out with the village (my parents, my sister, us and the kids).

Perfect weather? Check. Free Pioneer Generation ticket? Check. NTUC member? Check. A lot of good deals!

Stepping into the waterpark..we were pretty awed by it. For the price of the tickets, this was really a water theme park on its own. We spent 4 hours there, says a lot about how much the kids and adults (actually only my sister and Daddy Ting) enjoyed! The rest of us just chilled at a sheltered table.

hmm where to go

Where to bring the kids

Obviously the kids were of priority, and upon changing, Oliver ran straight for the Splash Play. It was a little wading pool, with a mini slide and lots of fountains. This would be your usual water play area that you would find at malls like Kallang Wave Mall or Tampines 1. The simple stuff, but suitable for very young children. The floors are tiled.

Once the boys warmed up, they proceeded to Kidz Zone, with bright colourful slides. What I liked about this area that the water area has individual lanes cordoned for each slide, so that kids will not venture into another lane unknowingly and get hit by kids coming down the slide. The blue slide on the left is also wide enough for kids to take a float and slide down it.

If you are organising a birthday party, you can hold one at Neptune’s Cove, which is right next to another children’s play area, the Professor’s Playground. The boys were a little too apprehensive about this one, it was probably meant for older kids.

Professor’s Playground

 

The kids can also slowly drift along the Shiok River, which is a canal like water play area (water depth around 1m). You can rent a float and gradually drift around the loop.

Shiok River rules

Daddy Ting & the boys

There are life vests available for non-swimmers and kids to done on. So even if you don’t wish to rent a float, the kids can pretty much drift in the life vests.

life vests of various sizes

ermahgad. too cute!

Last but not the least for the young ones, the Tsunami, which is a man-made wave pool.

The Tsunami

For the older kids, they can also go on The Waterworks and Ular-lah

steps leading up to the two slides

The Waterworks (smaller yellow slide) & the Ular-lah (blue & yellow slide)

Now..if the adults do get some spare time after following the kids around, you definitely need to check out Slide up! OMG..it gave me the chills just watching people get on it. The steep slope!

Rules for taking the slide

height requirement

OMGGGGGGGG

The other slide that had my heart up my throat was the Torpedo

The Torpedo

The opening of the slide is also so steep! Who in the right mind would go on it?? Okay..apparently my husband and sister did. So basically, as you jump into the slide, there is some water propulsion to cushion your journey down. According to Daddy Ting, you pretty much can’t yell your way down cos water will just go in your mouth. Hahaha. But the loops on the slide tho..it’s like a water rollercoaster without the seats.

There were a couple of other slides but they were currently not opened (Free Fall, Kraken Racers, Vortex & Royal Flush). What caught my eye was the Royal Flush. It looked MASSIVE from where we were seated. I reckon it would be something similar to slide up except there would be more people a tube and sliding round and round like we were gonna get flushed down the toilet bowl.

to be opened: Kraken Racers, Vortex, & Free Fall

Phew..I think I have more or less exhausted the types of areas there are. Moving on to amenities. This water theme park is definitely equipped with the necessities. Cabanas for rent, beach chairs, sheltered benches (if you are cheapo-nanas like me).

at our bench, celebrating the boys’ lunar birthday

Cabana for 6 for rent!

close up of Cabana

Cabana rates

Other amenities include locker rental services, children showers, handicap toilets and baby care rooms

Chidren Showers

Locker rentals (charges by size of locker per 4 hours)

2 baby care rooms available

Conclusion?

We love the place. We love that it is outdoor, and there is a lot of room around, and a lot of slides. We went during the off-peak season, on a Wednesday afternoon from 3-6.30pm. The boys only decided they had enough because they were hungry. Speaking of which, you don’t have to worry about starving! There is McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, NTUC foodfare, Subway, to name a few, just 2 mins away from the entrance. So very convenient!

I was looking through the Wild Wild Wet website and I just realised that they also have baby water carriers too! If I had known earlier, I would have brought my swim gear and take Sarah with me! Welp, there’s always a next time!

Daddy Ting said if we lived right next to Downtown East, he wouldn’t have hesitated to buy the annual pass so we could go there every week. Hahaha. Okay lah, we live in the East..so still go chance to go again!

Entrance rates can be found here. And don’t forget your NTUC card if you have one! #auntiemode