The day she turned 7

What an eventful day. I didn’t mean to plan a full day of activities for the kids; it just so happened.

In the end, the girl got to celebrate her seventh birthday with activities that she loved to do and with friends she often played with.

We were especially thankful that the weather was cooling. It must have rained earlier in the day but when we went out for our scooting sessions and meetup, the skies cleared.

After much discussion with a group of moms, we agreed to meet at the reservoir park. Ample green space, playground and cafes available, why not?

Met N, her childhood friend. They got to meet every school hols now since the moms were the ones who wanted to meet up. They warmed up to each other rather quickly and Faith joined N in hunting for… grasshoppers.

They caught a bag of baby grasshoppers and were overjoyed. Ah… it’s so good to be back in the outdoors.

The catch, in pics.

These two, they like to have loads of fun. I mean, which kid doesn’t want? But the mom was feeling rather exhausted by then. We came back to prepare for the next round of fun.

Board games cum birthday celebration!

The kids, facilitated by one of the moms, played a few rounds of board games. There were tears, quarrels, shouts and laughter no doubt, and I couldn’t help but find it amusing. Oh, dear kids who play and fight together.

The only time when it was really peaceful, well, just a tad more peaceful was when their stomach needed to be filled.

 

And then the cake cutting session. More tears. Lol. 🤷🏻‍♀️

One with the older girls.

The girl, being blessed by her friends.

And, one with the family. 🙂

It’s a simple celebration, just with her family and friends. Hopefully, she will grow up to value the ones who are close to her and to celebrate milestones with them.

Blessed birthday, my dear girl. I love you, very much.

Dan’s 1st birthday

Birthday celebration. Purpose? To create memories and hopefully, they are good ones.

Over the weekend, we organised a small celebration for my family at our apartment. It was a simple affair. I prepared dinner for them and it was a privilege to do so since there wasn’t much opportunity to do that often; everyone is busy. Of course, the highlight is the dessert table. I am perhaps the only person who is excited about this. I love the idea of a dessert table but didn’t like the work. Faith didn’t have her first birthday celebration because we were too lazy to organise one. Her subsequent birthdays included a cake which was an improvement. This time round, I thought I should be a bit more diligent and organise a slightly more elaborate one for Dan and Faith in November.

Okay, I would disclose a bit more. It’s because I was a bit bored and wanted to do something more exciting and thus decided to do a dessert table. The fact that I came across some adorable party decor further fuelled my interest. When I told the hubs about my intention, he ROLLED HIS EYES. Oh, whatever! ;p

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On Saturday morning, I gathered the party decor and baked a pandan chiffon cake and sugar cookies before going through the mundane – doing the laundry, sending the girl to swim class, cleaning the bathroom, etc.

The theme was about polar bear and friends, just because the party decor that I bought contain those pictures. I know this is not very creative of me but I wouldn’t want to spend too much time thinking about themes. Besides, I’m quite sure Daniel doesn’t mind at all.

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Dinner comprised pan-fried salmon, a stir-fried broccoli dish, baked honey mustard chicken wings, seaweed chicken bites, soy sauce braised pork belly dish and fishball, meatball soup. So happy that they were all wiped out or was it because I didn’t prepare sufficiently? Geez…

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The dessert table was set up after dinner. Okay, my family was like ‘whatever, we just want dessert’; they didn’t really care about aesthetics. However, they graciously allowed me to do my thing and I promptly did so while trying to avoid their what-are-you-doing look.

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And so, there you have it – Daniel’s first birthday celebration. I have created some memories for the children! Yay! I did have fun designing and coming up with the simple dessert table. Maybe I could do something for Faith’s birthday as well?

Hmm, that will depend on whether I have the time and energy then. ;p

P.S. A special thanks to my sister who helped me capture the memories using the Canon EOS M10.

8 Gift Ideas for Teachers’ Day

Teachers’ Day is round the corner and since the girl is in school, that means that there are teachers to appreciate. I could remember the many gifts that the pupils gave to me on that special day but the more memorable ones were those drawings and cards made personally by the pupils. One doesn’t have to spend a bomb on Teachers’ Day gifts (anyway, we cannot accept expensive gifts) but I thought the following are good gift ideas.

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Most teachers need a lot of caffeine to keep themselves awake throughout the day. We keep sachets of coffee and tea in our drawers and we wouldn’t mind coffee such as the above.

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Some teachers prefer tea to coffee and I thought this is a nice way to package the tea bags. Get your child to help make the ‘tea cup’!

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I know teachers are busy and at times, they skip meals just to catch up with marking and preparation of the lessons. If you are into baking, cookies are always welcome. You can always reuse jam jars and place the cookies in it or you can even use the CD envelope to package them! I know Daiso sells nice jars!

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If you want to go an extra mile and decorate the cookies, these are beautiful ones and they are sure to cheer the teachers up! These are sugar cookies decorated either using royal icing or fondant. Get the child to help!

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This is another wonderful gift idea. Teachers need energy throughout the day and these snacks will surely help!

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How about baking cupcakes for the teachers? Involve your children in the baking and wrapping of the cupcakes and they will be super proud as they present these sweet treats to their teachers.

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Fancy gifting the teachers a personalised mug with your own designs and wordings on it? The Gethsemane Care Ministry (TGCM), set up in 2005 by Gethsemane Bible Presbyterian Church, is a Gospel outreach (non-profit & self-sustaining) to those who are enslaved in the bondage of drug addiction. The Ministry serves to improve the life of the residents by providing livelihood and preparing them to integrate back to society. Recently they expanded their line of service (from disposal, removal, painting, cleaning, transport)  to high resolution Photo Mug Printing services. The prices of the customised mugs range from $7 to $11 and are meaningful gifts for teachers.On top of that, your patronage of the services offered by TGCM will go a long way in helping this ministry stay viable and effective. To engage their service, you may call 62816356.

You may read more about the experience of Mummy Ade who had engaged their services.

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As I have mentioned, nothing beats a card that is handmade by the pupil himself (but that’s just me) and you could perhaps add these gift tags which serve as great bookmarks!

Now, what should I get or make for Faith’s teachers?