Saturday, November 7, 2015

Life Lately, in 12 photos

Just a quick update before I head off for my lunch! Here are some photos which I've randomly snapped a few days ago...

Reminiscing our Hongkong holiday trip (March 2015)... And Nathan looks like a baby Star Wars Jedi in this photo :D
Again, whenever I look at our various fridge magnets, I can't help but think of our previous holiday trips... So many good happy memories. :) We're not going on an overseas year-end holiday this year, but we'll do so next year and I can't wait! Travelling overseas with 3 kids.. it's definitely going to be chaotic but yet exciting at the same time. ;)
Some of our books. The newest addition to our collection is the Maze Runner's "The Death Cure" and I need to read that soon!!
Shayne was elated when we bought this Star Wars encyclopedia for him. He knows almost all the characters in the book (I didn't know that there were so many characters until I read this book) and he can't wait to watch the Star Wars movie this December. ;)
Anakin Skywalker and R2-D2
Nathan's chubby arm and hand :)
Hello handsome little mister! :))
That little chubby tummy of his which I can't get enough of <3
"Don't take my photo!!" Haha too late, Shayne :P
Deciding which soft toy to give to his younger brother..

27 weeks baby bump <3
Last but not least, have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends! :)

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Traditional Halloween: Trick-Or-Treating @ Woodlands!

 Last Saturday evening, we did our very first trick-or-treating as a family of four at Woodlands Woodgrove! It was our first traditional way of celebrating Halloween, and I'm happy to say that we had fun! :) Luckily, the kids weren't afraid of the ghosts, zombies and monsters.

Just a short background of the Halloween Event at Woodlands Woodgrove:
Every year, on 31st October, there will be a massive Trick or Treat happening in Woodlands Woodgrove, Singapore. This is probably the only place you can truly experience a traditional Halloween Trick Or Treat in Singapore. Thousands of people from every age from all over Singapore come to Woodgrove estate in costume to Trick or Treat. We saw all sorts of characters; bloody zombies and ghosts (which were the most popular), Harry Potter characters, Disney characters, even *ahem* Daddy's Naughty Girl and many more.

This event is privately funded by the generous families living in the Woodgrove estate. The residents pool their money together to hire security and apply necessary permits to block off the streets so that visitors to the neighbourhood can have a maximum Trick or Treat experience. These families spend hundreds on candy and security for visitors to enjoy the Halloween night.

Nonetheless, here are some of the photos taken that night! ;) I didn't manage to snap many photos as we were too busy walking among the crowd..

A quick family photo before we left home for trick-or-treat! That's Papa and Shayne in their Super Mario costumes, and Nathan was in his mushroom costume. :D
We parked at a small alley, about 15 mins walking distance away from the Woodgrove estate as there was a traffic jam.

My Mario boys!!! All ready to receive their candies :D :D
There were many kids receiving candies and it's strongly advisable for a parent to follow their child during trick-or-treating, otherwise there's a high chance someone will get lost...

Headless zombie!
Make way for the headless man...
A quick snap with Shayne, outside a haunted house...

3 happy teenage robbers?!! Haha
Collecting more candies

Can you spot Papa Mario? Lol
A man with his magical-like glowing jellyfish
Can you spot the boy sitting on top of the house's pillar? He was doing all sorts of weird funny hand gestures.. Haha
Bleeding zombie?!!

3 children and burning pumpkins beside them. The fire was actually quite big in real life!

More scary characters...

Mario + Unicorns ;D
These are my favourite costumes of the night!!! Peas and Bananaa! Hahaha just too cute!
Just one of the big furry animals walking around... They must be sweating so much in that outfit.
....Ghostly Halloween decorations everywhere...
Mario + Princess :)
After 2 hours of trick-or-treating (yes, the woodlands woodgrove estate was that big!!), we decided to call it a night and returned home...
Last but not least, a photo of me! Hahaha. I intended to be a pregnant bleeding zombie but I think I should have painted or poured more blood onto my body. Oh well, I shall try that next time. ;) It was a great traditional trick-or-treating experience in Singapore, and it was really cool to see everyone getting into their Halloween costumes and characters. Definitely a night well-spent and I'm looking forward to it next year! ;) Hope you had a great Halloween weekend too!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Letter To My Second Son, The Middle Child.

 Dear Nathan,

You're now an active and cheerful 15 month old baby. Right now, you're the youngest in the family but in 4 months' time, you will soon become a big brother. :) Your Papa and I can't wait for you to take on the role as a big brother to your soon-to-be-born lil baby sister. And in 4 months time, your position in the family will be from "the youngest one" to "the middle one".

Let me tell you a lil secret: You are already so special to me as "the second child" because I, too, am a second child. As such, it's a special bond shared between us. ;) As a middle child, I know there may be times when you may feel a little lost, confused and less important. And when you feel that way, just know that you are never ever less important or precious that any of your other siblings.

Speaking from personal experience, there will be times when you'll get bossed around by your elder sibling who seems to know so much more than you. Growing up as the second child, and with an elder sibling who was taller and wayyy smarter than me, I didn't have the courage to speak up and stand out when I wanted to. I also couldn't find my voice when I felt that I have been wronged. I never want you to experience and go through what I did when I was much younger. Dear Nathan, you must find your voice and speak up when you want to, especially when you've been wronged. As your mummy, I promise to make sure that you will have a chance to speak up and stand out, just like everyone else. Don't silence your opinions and inner thoughts. I hope you'll always have the courage to speak up and stand firm on what you think is right and wrong.

Last but not least, please do not compare your milestones and achievements with your siblings. Do not feel ashamed if you seem to learn something slower than your siblings, and do not become arrogant if you learn something faster than your other siblings. Each of you will learn and do things differently; faster or slower, and that is completely fine with your Papa and me. Remember, you are you and there is no one alive who is you-er than you. :)

Always remember Nathan, whether you are our second, first or tenth child, our love for you is just as much as the love we have towards your elder brother and little sister. You are wonderfully made and a miracle gift to us. Your Papa and I love you very very much and our love for you will never lessen once you become the second child. It will only grow bigger day by day. I'm still so excited to watch you grow up (you're only 15 months old!) and I'm so happy to be a part of your life. :)

I love you forever and always,
Your Mummy.

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