Goodbye 2016

I was telling my hubs that 2016 seemed like a blur to me. Each day, I was so busy that there wasn’t much time to pause and reflect, let alone read. I wasn’t updated on news or what’s happening to my friends because every moment when the kids were awake, I had to be with them or be in the kitchen churning out food.

Yet, I know 2016 was jam-packed with activities and memories both good and bad. I had a wonderful time teaching Faith and loathe the fact that she would be in K1 next year and before I know it, she would enter Primary School and my time with her would be minimised…by a lot. I felt sad just by thinking of that. Many times, I toy with homeschooling my kids but I also know my patience would be greatly tested and perhaps in the end, I would morph into a witch. So, for now, the answer is ‘NO’.

2016 is a year of making new friends and deepening the friendship of old ones. I would never have imagined that I could make friends at my age and that we could get along so well. But yet, God knows what I need and granted me some good company and for that, I’m immensely thankful.

I managed to get a few sponsorships and media invites this year which made my life more interesting. I’m truly thankful for these collaborations but come 2017, I would love to focus more on homelearning and reading to upgrade myself. I thought of enrolling myself in some online Montessori or early childhood courses but again, the fear of the lack of time prevents me from moving ahead.

This year, however, the hubs and I dedicated our time to learning more about raising kids when we attended the 15-week-long course (GKGW) and also a family seminar by the Tripp which helped me view parenting from God’s perspective. Parenting is tough and we desperately need God’s grace to bring up the children in His ways.

I wonder how 2017 would be like…

Christmas with the Queks – 2016 edition

It has become a tradition, that we dress up a real Christmas tree during that time of the year. For the past few years, we have involved Faith in the activity but she wasn’t that keen. This year, her enthusiasm showed.

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Somehow, I find that she has matured a lot over the past one year. Is it because she has an added responsibility as a sister? Or is it just an age thing? In the above, she was trying to sharpen her colour pencils and the brother meddled with them because he wanted to be involved, just like his sister.

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Busy bee…

This year, she was the main person doing up the tree. The adults were resting by the side, watching her dress the tree up. So focused but the tree was heavily decorated on one side only!

Dan wanted to help too and managed to put up some of the decorations. He was mighty pleased with himself!

Are you ready for Christmas?

What’s up for 2016?

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Happy New Year, everybody!!

I’m one of those who makes resolution every year because I like the challenge (crazy me) and also it serves to remind me of my focus for the year. So here goes. I have eight main ones.

#1 Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) has done the family a great help in understanding His word better. All of us have been in the programme for the past 2 years and last year the hubs got more involved by serving in an area. That also translates to more time away from the family. But I think it’s good for him to continue to serve in that capacity and I’m sure the Lord will strengthen both adults to deal with whatever come our way.

This year, we should still be in BSF studying the book of Revelation. Yup, all 4 of us and we aim not to miss any lesson!

That includes Dan of course and I’m praying real hard that there will be a place for him (the infant class has been full since last year). I’ll continue to pull the girl out from school on the day when there’s BSF because to us, knowing God is ultimately more important than having more academic knowledge.

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#2 I’ll continue to prepare home cooked food and to add to that, to prepare Bento for the hubs to bring to office. Erm, I think he needs to watch his weight and therefore his diet because he has been expanding horizontally since coming back from Boston. Granted that it’s because of the nature of his job and there’s no time for him to exercise since he will be helping me with the kids when he comes back from work. Plus he works night shift (taking care of Dan) so the least I could do is to help him with his diet.

We want to be healthy and not fall sick right, don’t we? So eating right is crucial. It’s more important that exercising although you need both to have optimum results.

Please note that I’m not talking about dieting which is a different thing altogether. I don’t encourage dieting because more often than not, it won’t work in the long run.

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#3 Cook a variety of dishes. Okay, I think I need more variety in my food. I purchased a few cookbooks but I’ve no time to experiment with the recipes. So I hope to be able to cook a few new dishes and add them to the repertoire of meals that I prepare for the family. And every year, I resolve to learn to cook Peranakan dishes and every year, I failed to do that. Is it really that difficult, Lynn?

#4 Exercise together with the hubs. The hubs and I decided that we would still go ahead with #bbg. I’ve taken a look at NTC and Popsugar training Apps but because I’m lazy to design a training plan for ourselves, I think following #bbg is the way to go. It’s tough (oh, so tough!) but I think we must learn to persevere. Personally, I want to run a 5km and then 10km race this year. Who’s interested?

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Did my first run in 2016!

Would love to do a kids dash with Faith. Either GE or SCM ones.

#5 This year, I resolve to enrol F in music class. I don’t know if she will like it but I should at least expose her. If she doesn’t like it in the end, then it’s okay. I didn’t have any music lessons when I was young because my mom doesn’t see the benefits of it even though I wanted to learn. Till now, I’m a bit sore about it. Hahaha..

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Update: Got her enrolled and she started the lesson today!

I will also make swimming a weekly thing and teach F the sports. Not sure if I want to enrol her in a class since I can ‘teach’ but we’ll see how.

I had wanted to put her in some Chinese enrichment class last year but since we put her in school for an additional one hour for Chinese lesson, I don’t see the urgent need to do so. She really enjoys her Chinese lessons in school which is really good.

#6 Do not take more than 1 cake order per month. Much as I enjoy making cakes for others, I have to say that each cake takes up a lot of time and usually it eats into the time which I could spend with Faith and working on resources for her. Also, I compromised on family time during the weekends when there are orders and the hubs has to take care of the kids. Though it’s so kind of him to do that because he wants to support my passion, I think it’s rather unfair to him.

So this year, I will be taking fewer orders but bake more for leisure which makes me happier. There are really a lot to learn. This year shall be a year of learning for me.

#7 Meet up with friends and extend help where necessary. In other words, SERVE. I think I am really poor at this. In 2015, friends asked me out more than I asked them. I’m not exactly an introvert but I think I’ve decided not to make the first move because I wanted time for myself – ME time. But there is value in meeting up with friends to refresh and to be refreshed. Also, I’ve received so much practical help from friends in 2015 that I think the Lord is telling me to do likewise. “Get out of your comfort zone!”

#8 Take care of myself. You know, as a SAHM, we don’t really see the need to dress up cos we are often at home and dressing up (when we need to go out) takes too much of our time. At times, we don’t have time to erm… brush our teeth or clean our face because the kids wake up when we are in dreamland and we have to start ‘working’. In the end, we forgot about cleaning ourselves. I know this sounds yucky but it happened to me once! Then slowly I realised I prefer to dress in t-shirt and shorts and then look like a typical auntie.

Gua gua leh (Goodness gracious me!)

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Btw, this skin brush is really superb! Cleans the face so well!

So as a second time mother now, I make it a point to take care of myself. Skincare is important because I’m getting old and I really ought to put in effort in taking care of my skin. I should take the time to dress well too. I know confidence comes from within but looking good gives extra boost of confidence instantly.

I must also remember that I’ve a toddler girl who is observing and learning everything from me, from how I treat others to how I take care of myself. So I’d better buck up.

So, there you have it. Quite achievable right?

What’s yours? 😉