Scaling new heights

Scaling new heights!

The girl was so excited as we approached Tampines Green Forest Park and immediately set off to climb up the ropes. I was quite sure she needed my help but nope, she was on her own.

It was pretty high, I must say, for a preschooler? In that instant, she showed me her courage. She’s no longer the little girl that I knew who would whined and needed much coaxing to attempt to climb such heights.

She was mighty pleased with herself and each time after she has climbed up, she would shout to her Papa and asked him to watch her. So indeed, the father impact phase has come.

…they are moving gradually from the embrace of mom to the shoulders of dad. The child should now spend even more time with the father. His role in this phase is to affirm the strong capacities of the child and to teach them basic life skills. These are also the years where the emotional security imparted by the mom, coupled with the security of the beneficial disciplining the father provides, becomes a strong fortress from which the child operates. (The World Needs A Father by Cassie Carstens)

We love the outdoors. How I wish we could have access to the mountains. How adventurous, how fun! For now, outdoor playground would do. ;p

While the girl was enjoying herself, the brother was cycling (on his balance bike) along the tracks. He soon got bored and asked to go to the smaller playground which is toddler-friendly.

Overall, this is a really nice park in the east. Hoping for more of such playgrounds!

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Yuzu Madeleines amidst P1 registration

The Primary One registration has started and it inevitably caused stress to this mom. Within me, I was grappling with the fact that my girl will no longer be a preschooler in a few months’ time but was just a toddler a while back?

Then there is the constant battle between homeschooling her and having her attend formal school. Oh, the struggles!

So I was thrust into pensive mode yesterday and decided to do something that could lift my spirit, without fail – baking. I’ve stopped baking after the boy was born. Yes, I do still use the oven or the standmixer once in a while but that’s out of necessity; I’ve mouths to feed. The desire to bake for pleasure has been curbed because it’s just too much work having to look after two active young kids and bake, and having to do the washing up thereafter.

The other day, when we were shopping at Isetan Scotts, I found myself heading towards the supermarket and then, without my knowing, I was at the baking supplies section. Grabbed some baking petals and Yuzu peel and told myself I would bake.

So I did bake. Because baking is therapeutic to me. This time round, I roped in the girl to help and as she went through the different steps in baking the madeleines, I realised that her skills have improved. 她长大了。

And so, I’ve been a mom for six years and a SAHM for the same number of years. I guess things will change a bit as she goes into Primary School?

Meanwhile, we would be monitoring the number of vacancies left in the school we intend to send the girl to and pray that no matter which school she would be sent to, she would thrive and continue to love learning.

Kids, they grow up too fast

Last Friday of the June school hols. You mean the hols is going to be over soon? So fast? I don’t recall doing anything much with them! And before I know it, I would have to register the elder one in Primary School. It’s all happening too fast.

The kids had a playdate, thanks to a mom who organised it. The preschoolers must have missed each other too much for they were ecstatic as they met and hugged.

It was a gorgeous morning, and the weather was apt for a waterplay date. This little man had no peers to mingle with but was content with playing by himself. Phew!

Faith was kept busy the whole time with her friends. I wonder if her preschool friends will continue to meet after they graduated from the kindy?

I have made good friends with some of these mommies and it’s such a pity that we won’t be able to meet often once they enter Primary School. But such is life, isn’t it?

Taking every opportunity to capture memories. Many parents have told me to keep a record of their growing up years in motion pictures but I kept having them in still ones.

This boy is growing up too fast, too soon. He made me laugh a lot these days with the things he comments.

Oh, such happy moments. May you have lots of them even as you enter formal school.

Mustela’s limited edition packaging for their good o’ products. They are doing their part to protect the environment by creating awareness in the consumers in reducing and recycling waste and respect for biodiversity. Hence, the limited edition packaging. These are for normal skin type and come in 500ml bottles. The usual bottles come in 300ml.

Just nice for the kids to use during cleanup.

So much joy in their beaming faces. Why do kids grow up so fast?

Adventures with Gaston Luga’s Classy Mini Backpack

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Both kids are well! Hooray for adventures! No more having to be confined to the four walls. Let’s go!

Our Gaston Luga backpacks will be accompanying us for our adventures. This time round, we are blessed to have the Classy Mini to join us. Designed in Sweden, famed for that minimalist and classic look, the Classy Mini is the newest addition to the Gaston Luga family of backpacks. When they contacted me for this collaboration, my immediate thought would be ‘a backpack for the kiddo! Matchy matchy!’.

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We had a Classy for the previous collaboration and this is the size comparison. Measuring 20 x 30 x 7cm and at 350g, the Classy Mini gets you to pack the bare essentials as you head out.

 

The black Classy Mini comes with an exchangeable flap top with a colour (pink, burgundy or brown) of your choice. It’s retailing at S$199. I…chose pink, of course. The flap top is easy to change, just like how we zip up and down some of the jackets. 😁

 

 

The Classy Mini is made up of the same strong durable nylon as the other Gaston Luga backpacks. It has the same magnetic strap closure and is light weight. It’s water resistant and the shoulder straps are adjustable.

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So there is a larger inner pocket and two smaller inner pockets for some organisation of our stuff. This is really for the minimalist. After I put a water-bottle and wallet, I’m left with little space.

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I much prefer a bigger-sized backpack because I need to pack more stuff when I head out. So I conclude that it’s a good size for kiddos and those who prefer to bring the bare essentials. The Classy remains my top choice and it’s suitable for all sorts of occasions.

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It’s a good size for our girl, and it’s lightweight so she could bring out for our trips. The straps are adjustable to the length we want but because F is still a child, the shortest length is still too long for her so I have to punch a pair of holes to suit her.

I would have preferred to have the straps in leather, like the Classy. 😊

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On me, it would look like this…😌

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If you are thinking of getting any of the Gaston Luga backpacks, the good news is that it is always free shipping (DHL Express or Fedex) + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country, that’s us) + 15% off on the remaining price after tax rebate if you quote ‘lynnlly15’ during checkout. That’s quite a good saving.

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I digress, but don’t you think this address tag look gorgeous?

I leave it to you to browse the website for more information. Happy shopping!

These two weeks

June hols is already running into its second week. How is everyone doing?

For the Queklings, it’s basically a lot of staying at home because… the kids contracted HFMD one after another! Can you imagine my disappointment? I have planned so many activities for the kids, lots of outdoor programmes and made appointment with fellow moms to hang out but in the end…

We had started our holiday adventures on Friday, after we met the kindy teachers for a short meeting. Headed to the National Museum and had such a wonderful time. I realised kids have the most fun when they are in the company of their good friends. Alas, our adventure was short-lived because Dan was found to have spots on his palms and feet the following day. Sent him to the GP and it’s the dreaded HFMD! Arghhhhh…

Thankfully, his condition was mild and there were no ulcers on his throat. The in-laws stepped up and helped to look after him while I tried to go out with the girl for our various activities.

Art class | Board Game Night | Baking blueberries muffins together | Attending birthday party | The usual homelearning activities

On one of those days, I brought Faith down to Mary Kay (SG) office, to see how a skincare class is conducted. I thought she would be bored but she kept herself entertained and even had some fun with one of the ladies, taking wefie!

So after a week of confining the boy at home, we thought we could head out soon after. Little did we realise that the girl was found to have spots on her palms and feet and ulcers in her mouth.

It’s depressing.

This mama here needs the outdoors a lot and would love to have more social interaction. On top of that, we are to go for our church camp soon and with her getting HFMD, we got a bit panicky.

And we prayed. Real hard. Prayed that Faith would recover soon and that the adults won’t get it.

So for the second week, it was really more staying at home. Bleh.

And by Day 5, Faith’s symptoms have gone, miraculously. We went outdoors, basking in nature’s vitamin D but the highlight had to be us delivering Mary Kay products to my friends who ordered this month’s promo.

 

Joyride + ice-cream = fun!

I think we should be good to go on our adventures soon. Please stay healthy, everyone!