A Good Long Weekend

I’m guilty and I’m guilty. I’m guilty for not spending enough time with the children. And I am really thankful for this Good Friday, a long weekend.

Ever since I made the decision to take up a 6 months course that burns most of my Fridays and weekends, our usual routine totally went chaotic. Things were mostly done at the last minute and there were hardly any activities created for little milkie and milo. Thus, when this long weekend came, we decided to spend some quality time with the children and so we did!

They were ecstatic! Waiting impatiently for us to pick them up last Thursday evening to celebrate their daddy’s birthday. We ended up at Swensen’s for dinner and ice-cream, something for them to indulge in.

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And then on Good Friday, we finally use the oven for the first time to bake some cupcakes! She had fun sifting the flour and I took the chance to explain how to mix those ingredients together as they watched the mixer do its job.

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We went out that day to run some errands and she was so happy when she won, for the first time, in our ‘Who decides our dinner?’ game which we always play in the car. Basically little milkie will choose a category, e.g. children’s songs, contains numbers or colours etc., and then we each (excluding milo who usually just hums along) will take turns to sing 2 sentences of a song without repetition. And do you know why she won? She told me that she had been secretly practising and learning new songs from a CD that we bought a long time ago!

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Oh yes! Shocking indeed! But I’m happy that she took the initiative to learn something on her own.

Well, Friday ended and we went for our morning walk the next day. That was my New Year’s resolution – to bring them for more outdoor activities. And so whenever I don’t have my Saturday class, I will bring them for a walk at the nearby park.

Of course it comes with perks for this Saturday! I brought them to the other side of the park and I told little milkie that if she manages to lead us to the McDonald’s, then we will have that for breakfast!

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Yes, she did, but after going in circles for quite a while. I had to give her some hints so that she can get us out of the hot sun! (At 9am)

Milkie then went for her class in the afternoon before we went to the Toy ‘r’ Us to search for milo’s birthday present. But they ended up just playing only…

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… and in the end, it was the sister that gotten sonething! Yes, the dad is going to teach her how to ride a bicycle!

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Saturday’s gone and Sunday came, where we dress up to meet the family for some dim sum at Yum Cha @ Changi Biz eHub. Then we shopped at Changi City Point for a while. Both of them fell asleep before we reached the car.

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And then we ended our long weekends with a treasure hunt! Love these icons from freepik.com! Really comes in handy when you need it.

For the treasure hunt, I simply cut it into small pieces and hid around the living room using blu tac. Then each of them takes one full sheet and paste those that they found on the respective icons!

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Had fun? They sure did! But the time flies and it was back to school and work.

Life can get really busy and tired at times but once in a while, you need to slow down and spend time with your children. They grow up really fast… and a lot of times, they really like you to accompany them…

Milkie: Mommy, can you don’t go to work?

*something to ponder…*

Easter Treasure Hunt

Let’s see… I must have played at least 8 rounds of it yesterday, our Easter Treasure hunt, in the hot wind-less afternoon along the corridor outside of our house. Be prepared when you want to do this. I wasn’t and I thought it would be just one round of hiding, the kids search for it and I’m done. But who knows, they preferred the process compared to the end result!

Nonetheless it was fun and they enjoyed themselves other than getting a little too competitive at times.

So we started early in the morning, gathering the plastic eggs that we decorated weeks ago.

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Then I asked the kids to randomly put the Pokemon characters (still the latest craze), that I bought, into the eggs.

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And then it’s time to plant the eggs! We tried it in the living room once before we took it outside to the corridor. Do be careful and ensure that it’s safe outside if you were to do that though. And that your neighbours doesn’t mind.

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So there’s 11 eggs in total. By right it’s 12. Milkie and I each planted 6 the night before in the house and we only managed to find 11 in the morning. Oops. I wonder who is the forgetful one!

Anyway, here’s some photos of the two kids playing. Milo is too young to understand and thus only join in the running around.

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Treasure hunt is always something that I enjoyed for it actually trains the child to be more observant. And as more rounds are played, you can see the children getting smarter and finding more difficult spots. Definitely a nice game to play for the whole family!

Bunny Surprise!

It’s late at night, but that doesn’t stop me from making the bunny basket with the Panda biscuit as a surprise for the kids!

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Materials needed:

  • Plastic cup
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Coloured paper
  • A pair of self-adhesive eyes (can use hand-drawn)
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape

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Cut out the shapes for the ears, nose and ribbon (optional).

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Then simply start pasting them! Take note that for the ears, paste it inside the cup, with the front of the ears facing outside.

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Starting putting in the ribbon, nose and eyes.

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Then using a marker, draw the whiskers, mouth and teeth!

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Paste the pipe cleaner inside and we are good to go!

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It’s a very simple and quick project. The kids had fell asleep by the time I started this. The other bunny (on the right) was done by little milkie a few days ago on her own when I gave her the materials.

Anyway, she loves it because I just received a call from her. Happy eating the small treats!

Decorate Easter Eggs with Stickers

With Easter Day coming in about a month, it’s time to start doing Easter Day’s crafts and activities! The mom had been a little sick for the past few days and still is, so let’s start off with something simpler – decorating plastic eggs with stickers! Yup, I don’t think I want to paint on real eggs yet for there will be a higher chance where the empty eggs will crack instead of get painted.

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So what do you need? Plastic eggs. I’ve gotten those that can be opened so that I can put something inside for our treasure hunt later in the month. I bought these for 12 in a pack at one of the party supplies shop along Middle Road. Isn’t the colours nice?

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And then I’ve got some washi tapes and small stickers that will be used for the decorating. There we go! Time to decorate!

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Firstly, I paste the tape just above the opening, to let milkie knows clearly that she should not paste on or near the opening. She’s excited, of course, especially now that she had changed her Kindergarten into a Church Kindy, she learned about the story of Christ (at least that’s what I thought since she had been rambling about some parts of the story to me at times).

Well, that’s only at the start, after a while, you can see her face changing as it’s slightly challenging for her to peel off the very small stickers that I’ve bought. Nonetheless, she took up the challenge and managed to finish the first one!

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And a few more after that… and the rest of it, with the help of her grandma, dad, aunt, younger brother and mom. It’s fun, to enjoy a simple activity with the whole family! Now, time for me to pack up quick, and get some good rest.