Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thankful Tuesday: Chance to contribute back to society

I am grateful to know like-minded friends from facebook. Whenever I have problems and do a shout-out, I knew someone out there will response or advise me in one way or other.

I am also on a lookout on ways to contribute back to society. In small little steps which I could cope with in my limited ME time.

Best of all, if I could use my creativity and handmade spirit. What else can I ask for?

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These like-minded friends gave me an opportunities to contribute back to society. I am happy that I can start my card-making engine. Currently, I am making cards to contribute to the KKH's patients (especially children and their family members) and also to some volunteers from a non-profit organisation. If you are interested, you can write to me to find out more.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Sacrifice of my leisure - What does a long weekend meant to me as a SAHM?

This is not supposed to be a grumpy night. Especially on a long weekend.

Well, what does a long weekend meant to me as a SAHM?
1. I can rest and relax more since hubby is not working and can look after the kids.
2. More housechores to be uncovered since I can't do them on a regular day. (Opps, I skipped this part today as I just don't want to do.)
3. I could shop by myself. No need to worry about little fingers touching the displays, crying cos sleepy or hungry or "Mummy, can I go playground and play?", "Mummy, I need to go toilet." etc. Well, at least we were in the same mall but different shops or activities. (In case Small E is looking for me.)
4. I could spend more time with Big E alone.
5. Maybe I could go for a jog.
6. Maybe I could watch my dramas online.
7. Maybe I could sleep early.
8. Maybe I could scrap some stuff.

The reality.
1. I can't skip my daily chores totally. I still have to prepare food and nurse Small E.
2. I can't shop for too long as I can't spend too much on my own things. Normally, I will buy things for my girls or groceries.
3. There are 1001 stuffs that I have to do. But need to prioritise. Honestly, I don't give a shot and just go with the flow.
4. I have lazy bones. But I tried to walk than jog.
5. I wish I have a chance to watch movies in the theatre or spa or massage. I am going to miss so many blockbusters movies.
6. Yes, I could scrap more stuff but lazy.

How do I keep myself sane?
1. Do something I like. I like hands-ons especially scrapbook and sewing. I will try to do something when I have the time at night.
2. Bring the girls out in the morning to enjoy some fresh air and sun. I also need vitamin D.
3. Watch youtube videos especially on scrapbooking. I can't wait to start my mini albums again.
4. Read mummy blogs and forum and know I am not the only one insane.

Night is still young. Maybe I should blog some more.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Baby Teething - Extreme painful period for me

Whenever babies were cranky, teething was always in our checklist. I could not remembered when my teeth came out. Must be extremely painful. OUCH!

Small E's first tooth came during her 7th month. I was so happy for her as some of her peers already had 6 teeth. My only assumption was if her tooth came out late, did it also mean it will dropped later too? I am not sure.

I remembered it was difficult for me and her. She tried to latch but had to adjust some tries to get the best grip. Poor me, I had to endure the pain when she could not. I was quite scared when she bited hard. Soon, her second tooth came out and we had peace for a while.

Then, her top tooth came. That was a difficult period too. She always cranky and woke up lots of time crying. We were unsure if it was due to teething or the oral thrush she had inside her mouth. She was drooling most times and loved to bite anything she could grab hold off. She also bited my shoulders and arms.

Peace came again when the tooth was fully emerged.

The same cycle came again when her other teeth came out. Yes, teeth, not TOOTH. At first I thought she had 2 teeth coming out. I was wrong. My last count was 4 - 3 on top and 1 at the bottom. It must be extremely painful for her. Oh yes, the gripping part is back again. Latch and unlatch.

I am scared to the max as now, she has more teeth.

What I did when she bites:
1. Pinched her cheek.
2. Some mums suggested me to pinch her nose. Some day I might try if she is nasty.

No mood to play with mummy

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Finger pointing - Not the middle one

One day, we saw Small E was pointing with her little index finger. We thought that it was just fun or she was just raising it.

As the days passed, we realised we were wrong. She started to finger pointing us the things she wanted. I decided to do a test for her.

Small E: Pointing to the car toy
Me: Took another toy and gave her.
Small E: Continued pointing to the car.
Me: Gave her another toy next to it.
Small E: Still pointing.
Me: Finally gave her the car.
Small E: Gave me a big smile.

Now, she added sound effects when she did her finger pointing. The "ah", "eh".. etc.

Just hope she will not be using the middle one when she grew up.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Project Life - End of 2013 and Start of 2014

Finally, finally, finally!

Yes you read it.

I have just finished my Project Life for 2013! I know, it is already April and I am so behind schedule (still).

Here were my albums - 2 12x12 American Crafts albums and 1 SMASH book.

2013 memories
I dare not count how many photos I have printed. I was so lucky that Big E helped me with the SMASH book part. I just pasted the photos on the pages and she will decorate for me with stickers and alphas. Phew.

I am ready to start 2014 with this new Project Life Core Kit - Strawberry.

Project life core kit
With the new price increased of the Canon Selphy photo paper, I have to limit my 4R print and develop more 2R or even smalller sizes.

Just hope I can close the gap very fast. I am now 4 months back. Argh!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Artistic Trading Card

I am not good at designing something with one colour theme. In March, the theme was Monochromatic by Shu Ying. I pondered a long time before I chose to use brown for my card.

Then I look through my scrapbook stamps, punches, washi and beads. Here was what I came out with.

My Mar ATC
I almost did not received my package till one week later. What a scare!

Group exchange
I am the host for April with theme - Buttons. Eagerly waiting for my members to mail me. :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happiness is... Love love love

March went passed just like that. We never did anything special but had fun during the school holidays.

One thing for sure, Big E has overcome her fear of stage fright. She surprised us by agreeing to participate in not 1 but 3 stage activities. We were super proud of her at her age. I don't remember doing that when I was young.

Her prizes

My greatest happiness for the month was actually this note written by her. My heart melted when she showed me this.

Love note
Love love love.....

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