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Christmas Tree

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An Ikea Christmas catalogue came in the mail today, in all of its Christmassy goodness. Can’t believe it will be Ollie’s second Christmas in slightly over a month’s time!

Christmas is a big thing in my family. When I was young, we lived in a flat with over 10 people. We would have a tree and once the tree was up, the wrapped presents would go up. I could remember peeking around for presents with my name on it.

Now, Donald doesn’t celebrate Christmas (think Chinese Scrooge). He sees it as a day off, a festive holiday. But to have him fork out money for pressies? Bah humbug =P okay, he will buy presents for Ollie and me, but that is the extent of his generosity.

It also means no tree at home. Hey, I am okay with no tree, I remembered everyone was happy to put the tree up, but taking the tree down was another story altogether. Tree “leaves” everywhere on the floor and the tree never went back properly in the box again. We all know that scene. Haha.

I wanted Ollie to get into festive mood at home too, since he picked up saying “Christmas tree” after we last went to the airport and the decorations were up. I sure as hell wasn’t getting a tree so we needed an alternative that wasn’t costly, could involve Ollie and would last for a while. I had considered making an advent calendar but figured he was too young to understand it as well. So tadaaah, eco friendly tree on paper, using recyclable materials!

I drew an Ollie-height tree on a huge piece of paper, and then got Ollie to stick torn pieces of magazines that had some green tinge or patches on the “tree”. Once it has been filled up, we will probably cut out some “ornaments” from magazines and stick them around. He seemed to be getting the hang of it, giving it a “pat pat” to make sure the double sided tap on the magazine pieces stuck to the “tree”.

It also gave me some sense of satisfaction, being able to do something with him. Heh. I reckon this could be a permanent activity in our family in time to come =P

Detox week

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It was one of those moments where I felt our family (Donald, Ollie & myself) needed a time out. A week off for us.

Let me explain why.

Every week, my parents come over on a Wednesday for dinner and Donald’s come over on Thursday for dinner. Saturday and Sunday evenings are spent at Donald’s aunt’s place and either of my grandma’s place for dinner.
I was adamant that we should do so initially cos I wanted Ollie to know his relatives and be close to the family that we are close to.

Now that Ollie is familiar with them, I feel that we needed to take a step back and take a breather. Technically speaking, we only have 3 nights with Ollie, Donald gets half a weekend with Ollie and I don’t get uninterrupted time to cook and do some of the things I want.

With half my family away in Perth on a holiday for the week, I took the opportunity to tell the in laws we are taking a breather for the week. The detox week started yesterday and it was awesome.

Donald had a bit of a sleep in, I had a nap after Ollie woke Donald up, we headed out to grab oxtail stew ingredients, Ollie had a nap whilst I cooked & Donald went on a hunt for a bicycle to take Ollie cycling. We had a simple homecooked lunch, took Ollie out and then had a homecooked dinner. We finished the night off with Ollie in bed by 7.45pm and a movie.

We had more time to do stuff. It was a pleasant pace. I missed having the time to do some cooking at home at a leisurely pace. Donald decided that with a bicycle, he could take Ollie on Sunday morning bike rides. It was hard to do so previously cos with Ollie’s nap times, we have less time to search when we had to be at our relatives’ houses by a certain time.

Our parents are probably puzzled by the “week off” thing..afterall they think they are giving us a break when they come over to play with Ollie. I don’t deny they are giving us a break and I do appreciate that break. But just sometimes, we need to some stuff as a family too.

I am looking forward to this week’s detox already. Heh.

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figuring it out

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hi-fiving the stilt walker

hi-fiving the stilt walker

Last month, we stumbled across a kite carnival at West Coast Park whilst grabbing lunch at Macca’s. Ollie had a blast watching the kites, munching on free popcorn and basically going crazy at the playground. We found out that there was to be final kite festival later in August and thought we’d make an outing and bring Ollie along.

Thankfully it was a beautiful day out, the sun was blazing down but there was a breeze. Ollie was wandering around on his own, looking at the kites and the various performances. He wasn’t sure about the mime artist, but he sure had his favourite performers, two stilt-walkers in costumes with bubble blowers and wands. He even gave one of them a hi-five!

Donald then decided to let Ollie free and mingle around with the kids and let him chase some bubbles. Ollie was basically the smallest person in the crowd of kids. The other older kids were jumping around and bursting the big bubbles, whilst Ollie could only TRY to jump (he hasn’t quite figured it out yet) and ended up chasing after the smaller bubbles. At one point in time, Donald and I could see that he was really bummed out. He would frown slightly, with a small sulk, stomp around a little before being distracted when he heard the other kids squealing, cos it would mean there was another round of bubbles coming!

As a mother, I felt for him. He was trying really hard and was not reaping anything at all. He didn’t burst into tears, he settled for smaller bubbles and he tried again to reach for the bigger bubbles that were way out of his reach. In the end, Donald gave him some help by picking him up and rushing for the next big bubble for him to burst. Ollie got one, but he was okay with it. Not extremely ecstatic about it. Hmmm..had he already given up?

Ollie ran around a little more, had some water, and then this mama stepped in. Let’s lift Ollie a little differently. Haha. Not that Donald was carrying him the wrong way. Just that I thought it was fairly restrictive, Ollie would have to hold on to Donald with one arm, and only had another arm free to burst a bubble. I lifted Ollie at his hips, so he would have two arms free to wave around. He got two bubbles in his face and he was squealing happily. I was happy to see Ollie happy again. Donald then said to me, ” Feel better about restoring your son’s self-esteem again?” hahah damn sure I am.

I guess, down the path of parenthood, there are gonna be days when things just get your child down, and it is our role to provide the support and encouragement that they need. How far will I be willing to support my child’s interest and dreams if he is willing to put in the hardwork? Probably as much support as I can, both emotionally and financially. But ask me again when I have to split all that support between all my kids. Surely there would be a trade off somewhere?

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