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Even though our house is messy, my friends and I decided to have the yearly gathering at our place. It was a happy little crowd of adults and children bonding over pizza and presents. Nice :)

It has taken us this long to have a bunch of kids born in the same year! It’s also the first time we’ve attempted a group shot with all of us. Even then we were missing one cos Alex went off earlier.

The youngest set

The youngest set

Alex the baby whisperer

Alex the baby whisperer

All except Alex!

All except Alex!

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If 2013 was rushed, I’d say 2014 was just scattered. That seems to be the word that pops into my mind when I think back on the year.

Scattered because there were some big things going on that needed a lot of attention to small details. And a lot of little things that needed attending to as well. I found myself being quite scattered mentally. It felt like there were always a lot of loose ends that I hadn’t tied up. Possibly it could be the lack of sleep, unrealiable technology, and/or over-stretching to achieve too many things. Whatever it was, I often felt like I had something weighing on my mind unsettled.

Start of 2014 there was my technology nightmare, which led to a long backlog of unbacked up data. I started making blankets to sell but I have yet to launch it properly – it was put on the back burner because of Alyssa. I’m hoping I can get that off the ground this year! There was baby and lack of sleep, and just being a mummy to a small child while settling the needs of the older two. There was looking for a new school for Ellery in the east. There was the massive task of doing up our new house, many meetings with the interior designers and doing house related things. There was the move! There was settling our old home. There was getting ready for Primary 1. In the midst of all this, there were the inevitable strains placed on a marriage. It was a tiring year, but there was hope that things will get better.

The best thing of 2014 has to be the arrival of Alyssa, of course. What a darling little girl she is! She can be quite the charmer with her sweet smile, and even her brothers (Asher in particular) gets a real kick out of making her laugh and smile.

I’m grateful for our new home. I felt displaced at first, but I’m getting used to the locale. I am saying things I never thought I’d say in a million years (“Bedok South is quite nice!” – for background, Bedok was in my mind just very very far away and I didn’t have any reason to venture there anyway.)

For 2015, I hope it’ll feel less scattered. I pray that with God’s help, I’ll be able to hold things together for the kids (both in new schools) and husband. I pray for good health for the entire family. I pray for love, laughter and fun even as Asher starts formal schooling, and Ellery attends a more serious kindergarten (as opposed to childcare). I pray they adjust well, and mature in their ways. I pray for God’s care over Alyssa and for her to hit her milestones because, honestly, I have no idea what she should be doing!

May you have a good year ahead too!

 

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New Year’s Eve was rushed yet relaxed. I had one main thing to do – finish my photobook from our Hong Kong holiday. I had a Groupon voucher which had it’s validity extended, then further extended and was expiring on 31 Dec. Yes, I’ve been making sure that I create a photobook for every single holiday we’ve taken since my technology troubles last January. It takes a lot of effort to hammer out the photobooks – several nights of sleeping at 3am or 4am and feeling terrible the next day, but when I hold the finished product in my hands it feels so worth it. I’m always very happy whenever I leaf through the books. I never got around to printing pictures for all the key events, only some, but I thought I’d at least capture our holidays in hardcopy.

The boys had a blast. From the moment they were up, right until they went to bed at 1230am on 1 Jan, they were playing and playing and playing. We did not interfere nor interrupt their play except for meals, we didn’t drag them anywhere, and didn’t stop them from creating a giant mess in their bedroom and at the play area. It was wonderful to hear all the happy sounds! No fighting! The wonders of rest. Just the day before Ellery was a complete grouch and whinier than ever from morning to night. He went to bed several hours earlier than usual and was a thoroughly cheery person on New Year’s Eve. He was like a different person, a different child altogether!

My family had invited themselves over (which was fine by us) because my father told us about how at the stroke of midnight, ships all over the world sound their horns and some shoot flares! We were really excited! The boys too forced themselves to stay awake until midnight in order to hear the ships. In the end it was softer than we had expected, though we were aren’t that close to the ships I suppose. I’m sure on the ship it’s really loud. So at the turn of the new year a low blares slowly rippled across the water, and after a while, red flares were fired into the night sky by quite a lot of ships. Not all at one go, but a few at a time such that there was at least one red glow in the sky for the next 30 mins. It’s really beautiful to see.

We were treated to a double sighting of these flares. When Indonesia welcomed in the new year the ships in Batam fired up their flares too, and we could even see fireworks twinkling in the distance at many spots on the island.

I think this is something I’d definitely stay up for every year!

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SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Hello 2012!  I wonder what’s in store this year!

Although almost everyday was similar in the general sense that I had a routine of bringing Asher to school, taking care of Ellery, and settling the kids in the evening, 2011 was very fulfilling.  Obviously the main reason is the kids.  I loved watching Ellery grow and seeing his personality emerge, watching as Asher became more settled in school and amused me no end with his stories and dino-mania.  And I loved seeing how the boys got along, even if there were the occasional tussles over toys as Ellery became mobile.  At the very end of 2011 they really started playing together and can enterain themselves for a while :)

I also fulfilled most of my resolutions.  I’ve never been good at resolutions, but I think that was cos I tended to make goals that were intangible and, in psych terms, difficult to operationalise.  So last year I decided to make concrete goals, with tangible outcomes that I can observe clearly whether they have been achieved or not.  And yay, I did ok :)  Top of the list was to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, next was to get back to pre-pregnancy weight (and thanks to a bout of stomach flu, I exceeded and weigh even less now!).

There were a few intangible things I wanted to strive towards.  These I did not include in the list, but kept at the back of my mind.  I think I’ve made a dent in those, and will continue to work towards them this year.

Anyway, I’m so far behind in updating this blog, largely because I’ve been quite busy this Dec!  There were the kids shows here and there that we went for, there was the prep for Ellery’s birthday, then Christmas, then playdates, and new year’s eve activities, etc.  I hadn’t even had time to download the pictures!  I will try to slowly update everything, mainly for my own pleasure.

Related to that I’ve been harbouring thoughts about the whole concept of blogging in general for the last few months, and maybe one day will put up a post about that.  In the meantime….enjoy the new year!

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Shan & Ben came over to our apartment on New Year’s day and brought their Nintendo Wii with them.

I think the funniest thing is watching people playing Wii. In games like the 100m race in Mario & Sonic Olymic Games, it’s so funny to see the three of them suddenly burst into action and shake their hands frantically when the whistle blows :) (The faster you move the faster your character runs you see).

But then Jon & I apparently entertained Shan & Ben no end too when we were playing boxing. We were literally prancing around desperately trying to KO each other, and Shan & Ben were just laughing their heads off… Jon & I had learnt to play the game from people who were equally, if not more, animated. But we shall try to learn the more controlled, and less tiring, way of playing heh…although I must say prancing around makes it feel a little more realistic :)

Anyway you can see how traumatised Shan was in this photo ;)

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