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friends & signing

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wand practice - expelliarmus!

wand practice – expelliarmus!

At almost 2.5yo, Ollie has a playmate whom he regularly sees and loves playing with whenever D and I hang out. When he was younger, he had this older friend “worship” thing. He would offer his toys to E, share his snacks..etc.

And then Ollie grew up a little, and has recently started with the “this is mine, that yours” statements. Or he wouldn’t share his toys. D and I have agreed that if the toy belonged to either of our kids, we are okay with them not sharing if they didn’t want to do so. However, we would come up with an alternative method to encourage sharing.

Recently, I came to realize how protective I was of Ollie when it came to him playing with E. I had the adult mentality of “hey, if I share with you, I would expect you to share it with me” and I was expecting that to happen between the two kids too. Whilst I was okay with Ollie not sharing his toys, I was not okay with E not sharing his toys, or not okay with E not returning Ollie’s toys when Ollie requested for it back. I was not okay if I felt that Ollie’s feelings were getting hurt, like someone didn’t want to share a toy..etc. I shared my feelings about it with Donald and he told me to let the kids sort it out, and if they needed help with the situation, they will ask for it. And D said the same thing about E as well.

Haha, in fact Donald reckons it would be good if E came over to play with Ollie more often! I just have to remind myself that they are kids, and that Ollie didn’t seem fazed about it if E didn’t want to share his toy. I mean, like WLE, if my kids are fazed about it, then why am I getting my panties up in a bunch about it? Okay, need to play down the protective mummy bit and let the boys sort it out themselves. And constantly remind myself that they are kids!!

Was watching E & Ollie “fight” it out with their pretend wands that actually unsharpened pencils. Both of them were having so much fun, and were in giggling fits as they “fought” it out with Ollie being in the stroller and E going around the stroller. I was getting amused by the both of them. If aaall playdates ended like this..how nice. =P

Proud mama alert!! I am soooooo super impressed by Ollie. Like seriously. He just blows my mind sometimes.

Okay, about a couple of months ago, I started teaching Ollie how to sign alphabets. It was a skill I picked up when I was a kid and it has stuck ever since. Donald can sign a little more than I do. Mine’s limited to just alphabets haha. So Ollie was really interested in it, and he very quickly picked up being able to sign the first, maybe, 10 letters very roughly. It gradually went on to being able to sign all 26 letters and his signing got more refined. He would sing the alphabet song and sign at the same time. Which was pretty cool.

What got cooler was me teaching him to spell the word “airport” using sign language. AND he could quickly recognise the letter I was signing. It was as though he was reading the letters off a page or a wall, whatever. I was super impressed. He’s got everything down pat. So bring on the signing, the uppercase and lowercase letters. He knows them all. Haha.

Today’s Ollie-ism on pooping:

It was a hard one tonight, and Ollie, regardless of any bribe, refused to get on the toilet to do the deed. And that is despite *looks around* Donald doing a demonstration and trying to entice Ollie to get on the toilet by letting him hear the dump. *roll eyes*

Have I officially grossed you guys out yet?

So. He finally did the deed, albeit on the floor. *sigh* And in typical Ollie-fashion, he peered at his poop and asked…

what is this? why so longer longer longer?” Translated: What is this? Why is it so long?

Now that, I am grossed out. Pfffpt. Boys.

one moment

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the moment


this photo was taken on one of the days when I took a day off to monitor the renovations back in December 2010. It was late, everyone had left, leaving just Donald and I. I was taking a break, sitting on a stool in the corridor leading to the bedrooms, and having a moment.

With the cove lights illuminating the living room, dining room and the kitchen partially, I felt really contented. It felt like home, really cosy. I felt that I could sit there and watch the areas forever. *grin* It was just awesome watching everything come together into this place we call home. The feeling was far out.

We officially moved in 21 December 2010. It was the best Christmas present from Donald ever, getting to move in before Christmas. We cleaned, unpacked, stocked up everything in two days, and then we had to go back to work after those two days. It was kinda insane. And then after work, we’d embark on a 40min journey back home, where we’d still start cleaning and tidying up the whole house.

To today. The past couple of weeks have been perfect, living in our own flat. Donald and I have been catching up with some tv programs, and some free channels we scored for a month as part of our cable subscription. It feels damn good to be able to watch any channel at any time.

Last night we had friends over for dinner for the first time. I put the bread machine to good use, after letting it take a break for almost a year. It churned out some pizza dough, and we used the pizza stone for the first time too (which was quite the experience!!). The oven has been put to good use too, I’ve missed having an oven to bake. What a difference it makes!

Donald got busy too, searching for the right mahjong table. Geez. He took WAY too long IMO. Justina arrived and gave me a hand with the macaroni and cheese. I reckon still not enough cheese. haha =P Of course we had desserts, and then a round of mahjong whilst Kenneth & Leon watched some tv.

It was awesome. I reckon even the boys had some fun with company. Definitely looking forward to many more of those!

Can’t believe we are almost 10 days into the new year. I can’t believe how time have flown, and that in a month’s time, I’d have been back in SG for a year. It’s been quite an eventful 2010. New job, new friends, new flat, renovations, moving in. I’ve been placed in situations that are out of my comfort zone, and I’m learning to deal with them. Guess it’s all part of the growing up process eh?

Other than that, can’t wait to fly through 2011. I reckon it’s gonna be bigger and better. For now, i gotta get down to cleaning some glass. Bah =P

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Floor & Wall Tiles

work on the flat has begun! We checked out the flat last Thursday, and the demolition was already in progress. Heaps of hacking of the floor and wall tiles. The entire floor was covered in rubble! I definitely don’t envy our neighbours at this point in time. I can imagine the amount of noise they had to put up with..sorry neighbours. =(

but it’s so exciting! Just a mere 5 days and the flat is starting to take shape. i can slowly see our designs coming to fruition. the hole in the wall between the kitchen and the living room, the walk-in-wardrobe. gosh. i can’t believe it’s starting to happen!

Donald and I aren’t very stringent in popping down to check out the work. I can remember how my parents did it previously. I think they went down almost everyday, with my mom trying to coordinate different tradespeople. Now, Donald and I got just one person to coordinate everything. And I’ve got this wee bit of a time to blog about the renovation hehe.

Apart from that, Donald and I still have been busy with the other aspects of the flat. Blinds. Furniture. Electrical appliances. That and work. I had the tendency to still think about work when I got home and decided last Friday that I was gonna have some me time. So what did I do?

I baked brownies!

yuuuum. We had bought two tubs of ice cream a couple of weeks before. Now I know how awesome good quality green tea ice cream goes with brownies. mMMMmmmm.. I couldn’t stop snacking on the brownies. I had brownies for breakfast on Saturday morning. haha. I think I’m gonna be baking them soon again. The recipe is so simple to follow and they had the right kind of fudgey texture to it. Just barely moist. Shiok!

Another round of me time with some girlfriends tomorrow night! We’re celebrating one of my girlfriends’ birthday with a steamboat dinner. Just what I’ve been craving. hehe. I’ll absolutely chill out, and then prep myself for the week ahead. =D Gonna be away for a work trip, and I think I’m gonna be sneaking in a bit of shopping! *inno*

eh, I got permission okay! =P

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