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Christmas Tea

Headed to Dawn’s place after church with Asher (sans Jon since he was still recuperating at home). Asher had fallen sounded asleep on the way there, so went for a short detour to Macs to pick up a double cheeseburger cos I was absolutely starving!! No breakfast! Got to Dawn’s place and decided to let Asher continue napping while I left the windows all open and stayed within eatshot in the house. It was a nice cool day and the birds were chirping in the garden, so I figured the car was as good a place as any to nap in. He naps a lot less nowadays, and whenever he does nap, I’m inclined to not move him and let him sleep for as long as possible. Meanwhile, Dawn and I had a good time catching up cos it’s been a while since we sat down to chat.

In the end, he woke up at about the same time as Austin, and the tea time fun began. Dawn had brought down the playpen and dubbed it the “zone of fun”. Evidently the two tots found more fun running around outside the pen. Asher himself has never actually been in a playpen, and it was not unexpected that he wanted out quickly. Austin was a bubble of smiles, and true to Dawn’s description, becomes completely awake from a nap in an instant. Nicky, the son of Bryan’s schoolmates, was there too. He’s a sweet boy, and very polite and well-mannered. I think I might have startled him with the bursting of balloons, though. I was attempting to do some balloon sculptures when I burst my balloon – twice!

There were lots of toys, and they took turns playing with the balls, the racket, the spade, shovel, cones and cups. Some of these were newly opened cos Dawn gave them as party favors for the kids :)

It was a good afternoon, having iced tea and home baked yoghurt cake while chatting about Alien and Aliens (did you know there was a difference? Did you know there is no Alien 2?!), and other random, but interesting things :)

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Warming Up A House

The Wees have moved, and to a lovely place at that!

We trooped over for lunch and I was the driver/porter for the day – lugging our stuff, the cake we brought, and presents too, plus Ergo-ing Asher at the same time. Why? Cos Jon was still on crutches! Reminded me of the time we went to Iceland and I was carting everything around as well cos of his other injury :)

Very lovely place they have, and I think it doesn’t need us to warm the place cos it’s already filled with lots of warm and loving touches :)

Anyway, some pictures Del took that day (thanks!):

Anya being cher-kek-ed by my Dad :)

Coaxing Asher to sleep, but he was just teasing me

The two grandpas and their grandkids :)

Anya showing Asher her toys

Playing with Ah Zou

See the beansprout sticking out of his mouth?? Hahaha, it’s as if he’s eating a worm! One of the popiah ingredients we let him try :)

Trying to escape from Anya’s cot (or from Anya?)

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Aidan’s Birthday

Aidan celebrated his birthday at his Grandma’s house, and we all certainly had a great time :)  Jon couldn’t go cos he had just gone for his knee op recently, and was still resting at home.

I think Aidan knew it was his special day because he was brimming with laughter and smiles the whole time.  He especially enjoyed singing his birthday song, clapping continuously throughout the song each of the three times we sang it (yes, he loved it that much!) :)  It was adorable watching him, and he really looked sooo happy :)

 With one side of the family…








 ….and the other!

 Asher enjoying all the singing







Another family shot for the road!




After the very lively cake cutting, we had an even livelier time over in the living room.  Aidan can dance!  Sharon put on some pop music and Aidan starting jiving away to the beat!  We all couldn’t resist bobbing and jiggying along with him – especially his Daddy :)  I don’t know which was more amusing, Terr or Aidan :)  But I thought it was such a wonderful moment for them to share – dancing together on his first birthday!  How lovely!  I think Sharon got it all on video :)

Asher was just being Asher, walking about, hitting things with other things…I was a bit concerned he might crack the glass cos he kept banging on it with the drumsticks!

I was actually really surprised that Asher was as lively as he was.  It was way past his bedtime, but there were so many things to see – the beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas decor, the toys, the glass, the toys, the glass, the toys, the glass. 

As an observation, the two boys seem to have developed an affection for one another.  They seem comfortable in each other’s company, smile when they see each other, and well, I don’t know how to describe it,  I think they just know each other better.  I was reminded of one of the first times Asher met Aidan. It was in the first week of Aidan’s birth and we went to visit Sharon at her Mum’s place.  When put in the same cot Asher started fussing.  But things are so different now! :) 

Anyway, I headed home about 10plus, and 2 minutes into the car ride home, Asher was sound asleep ;)

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I’ve been wanting to change my URL add, but didn’t quite get round to finding out how.  Thought I might have to re-upload everything onto another site, which I was reluctant to do cos of the hassle.  But I found that there is actually a function on blogspot to change address! 

So here’s the new link: http://unlikelyladyofleisure.blogspot.com/

Please update your bookmarks, if any, and do keep reading! :)

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Christmas Craft

Christmas is coming!

I really wanted to get a tree this year (as I did last year, and the year before that), but I didn’t get around to it. There’s been too many things going on! Jon’s gone for his knee op, so he’s on crutches for 6 weeks; and other stuff too.

So I decided that, like last year, I shall create a ‘tree’ to liven up our home this festive season. My brother had several years ago given me a short string of lights he bought from Thailand that came with little purple baubles that you could blow up and attach to the lights. I had never found a place to use them, but last year used the string of lights to create my ‘tree’. I had wrapped the lights around my lamp-post, and put a teeny tiny tree (about 4-5 inches high that Jon and I had bought from IKEA long ago) on a stool next to the lamp. That was last year’s ‘tree’.

This year, I decided to make my ‘tree’ more tree-like. My raw materials were the same string of lights, the pack of purple baubles, the last little bit of aluminum foil, the box that the aluminum foil came in, the cardboard tube that aluminum foil was wrapped around, plus a scrap piece of ribbon. Oh, and to hold everything together – blu tack!

I took this photo after I was done, so not all my ‘ingredients’ are shown :)

The final result! I must say, I’m quite pleased with it!

I gathered up all the presents we’ve received, and those I’ve wrapped for others, and put them under my ‘tree’ for this photo. Kept them all back under the table in the corner of our house again cos don’t want Asher getting at the presents when he plays :) The ‘tree’ is in a prime spot!

With the lights on…

…and the lights off!

What do you think of my ‘tree’? :) For one thing, it’s definitely eco-friendly!! All material was readily available or reused/recycled scrap! Very much in line with the ‘green’ effort these days :)

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Be Ye Glade

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name
Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name
You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

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Infantcare Fun

Asher celebrated his birthday in school with his other friends who were born in November :)

Hmm…I don’t think I like the feeling of the elastic around my chin…

Other photos from school:

Where’s our foooooodd???

Yayy! Eating time!

Driving around the playground

Asher with his schoolmates & teachers

Clearing up after a game

I’m an artist!

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