X’mas Pop Up Cards

Ho ho ho, how’s your December coming along? Ours are busy and busy. Had been keeping the kids busy with the advent calendar activities when mommy is back home. At the same time, the small little ‘presents’ (Lego theme this year), are keeping them real busy too in the afternoon too!

Had gotten little milkie to start writing letters, the-seem-to-be-forgotten-method-of-communicating, to a few of her friends since she won’t be seeing them so often when she goes Primary school next year. With Christmas approaching, it’s time to make something and send it through snail mail!

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So there we go, doing some simple pop-up cards using a piece of paper. I cut and paste while she decorated the cards with my newly bought silver and gold Sharpies.

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It’s interesting at times to see how creative a kid can go (or not go). Comparing the two siblings, little milo don’t seem to show any sort of creativity at all. *LOL*

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Unlike little milkie who always amazes me with her drawings + story (tho’ some are really, totally illogical).

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Here’s the first one! A few more to go. Wonder if her little brother wants to do too. Hmm…

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Inside…

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… and outside…

LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!

The Three Elves

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s finally December! Our favourite month of the year, and we hope it’s yours too.

As always, since a few years back, I got inspired by some online blogs and decided to create the advent calendar for the kids, in the form of a storyline. This year is no difference, and so here comes, THE THREE ELVES!

But first, we have got to make it! Here’s what we use: yarns, wooden balls, small beads, felt cloth, cotton wool, craft glue and last but not least, the tools required to make pom pom.

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This activity is definitely too difficult for a 3 years old, so after attempting to go round the pom pom tool for a few minutes, I ended up helping little milo for the rest of it.

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Even little milkie took a while…

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But eventually she got the hang of it, and finished her pom pom ball.

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There we go, all 3 of them. One for the mommy, one for little milkie, and one for little milo. Can you guess who choses which colour?

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What’s the next step? Using the wooden bead, put some glue on it and stick it to the pom pom ball. Press and hold for a while, then let it dry so that it doesn’t drop off.

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Then stick the nose to the wooden ball (a.k.a. the head) and again, let it dry for a while.

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Gently stick some cotton wool (the beard) and draw the eyes.

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Cut out a shape of a quadrant and rolled it to a cone shape (the hat). Stick it and let dry.

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Lastly, stick the hat to the head!

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Our elves for 2018!

Look out for some other activities that we will be doing soon!

It’s Pokemon Again!

Pokemons are still here! Little milkie has requested for a Pokemon theme (again -.-”’) for her mini birthday celebration at home with the big family two weeks ago. Challenging? Definitely for the mommy as she cracked her head trying to think what else she can do. I seriously hope that she won’t request for it again the next year.

It’s weird though that little milkie insisted to just celebrate it at home instead of with her friends, and told me that she is too shy to want to be the center of attention in school. Not sure if that’s a bad thing but anyway, it was quite a last minute planning. Was so happy that I got to receive all the items that I ordered just slightly more than a week ago!

So after cracking my head, I decided to try and make a pinata, just for the fun of it. Had initially wanted to bake a cake too but there simply wasn’t enough time. Sometimes I really wonder how did some of the mommies do it all, to manage the chores, and homework, and yet still can find time to accompany the kids.

Anyway, the night before the celebration, I stayed up late to make the pinata. Apparently there seems to be 2 ways to make a pinata, using either paper mache or cardboard. I chose the latter one which was an easier choice.

It’s not that difficult if your shape isn’t those irregular ones. It’s just time consuming as there’s a lot of taping (use paper tapes) and gluing.

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After 6 hours of slow work (while watching movie on the TV), I am glad it’s done! And it looks like a pokeball!

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And so we started our mini celebration with openings of goodie bags…

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Followed by ‘smashing’ of the pinata… (which partly got took over by the adults)

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That dropped off the small pokemons and tidbits, and made the 2 older kids go all crazy…

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Then that’s it. No baking of cake so we bought a new cake from Bengawan solo. The pandan cheese roll flavour now made into a round cake, topped with pokemon figurines that I bought from Qoo10.

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Click! Click! Click!

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And hope these kids will grow up together and be as close as now.

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The moment she’s waiting for…

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That’s about it. A nice little celebration with the big family. I’ve always like the idea of such gatherings but of course it also depends greatly on the relationships. We are blessed to have that so treasure it if you have.

Time flies and my little milkie is already 6 years old with 3 baby teeth dropped. Hope she will continue to be as happy as now, and grow up healthily!

Happy 6th birthday! Love you always! 😘

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…

That’s the song that had been playing on TV recently, and little milkie has been singing and repeating all day long, especially when she’s doing her advent calendar activities!

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So far so good. This year seems better than the last as we managed to do most of it albeit with some failures. Here’s what we’ve done last week, doing up the Christmas tree in our house! In case you were wondering why there are 2 trees, well, one is at their grandparent’s house (the advent calendar) and this is at our own. (o^.^o)

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Other than just hanging up the Christmas ball ornaments, I got little milkie to fold the origami stars. It’s a tad difficult so I simply had to help a little here and there. But I’ve always like the idea of exposing them to origami. Little milo is there too to join in the fun, crumpling up his paper! Still, he seems excited to be part of it!

Here’s what it looks like after it’s complete.

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And we hung them on the tree…

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Went round with the lights…

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And our not so big Christmas tree is up!

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Little Santa’s Here!

It’s our favourite time of the year again! So how have you been? Yup, we took a loooooong hiatus due to our schedules and now that we are (more or less) settled down, let’s hope we can continue where we left off. And what better time to restart again than during the Christmas season!

And YES! Mommy had planned out the countdown to Christmas, bringing little Santa (bought from Daiso) to join in the fun!

To start it off, we need to build our advent calendar and Christmas tree. I’ve decided to use these nice coloured paper with different designs on both side (which I bought from Daiso again!) and fold it into triangular pyramids to form the tree.

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Here’s the simple instructions:

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Fold the square paper into half, and then the other side half again to get the “lines”. Then fold one of the diagonal into half. Do note that the folding of the diagonals and the rectangle half is in OPPOSITE direction. All these “lines” will make the following steps easier.

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Next, fold the 4 corners towards the middle (top left picture). Open it up and as shown in the top right picture, fold the paper in half and fold down the diagonal line in it. For the 3 flaps, simply fold it in.

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To note, there isn’t any base for this pyramid. You can stack them up and it does looks a bit like Christmas tree too!

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Little milkie helped to fold some of the pyramids as well as write out the numbers too!

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And then we pasted the pyramids onto the wall, at 2 edges, so that I can slot the ‘instructions’ of each day at the other side of the triangle. As the paper is very light, I only use normal scotch tape.

After some simple decorations and we are done!

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Say HELLO! Let’s start counting down!

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