Friday, July 26, 2013

QQ's birthday (back-dated)

Our darling QQ turned 6 on 20th July :-). She's funny, playful, happy and incredibly sweet. Loves to be princessy but very much a tomboy too :-). May you grow up healthily, safely, happily and with abundance of love. Happy birthday sweetheart :-). 

It was a happy occasion with a simple celebration with her teachers and classmates at kindy, followed by a school field trip to Vitagen factory the next day. 

On the actual day, which was a Saturday, we did not do much of a celebration because HQ needed to attend two Robotics classes on that day (one regular classs and one special training) and another training on Sunday (and many many weekends to come *faint*), in preparation for the coming Robotics competitions. So while HQ was sweating it out at school, we went for a fun outing at Leisure Mall and QQ's favourite dessert of Snowflake. 

After HQ's two classes, we went swimming, and later dinner at a restaurant of QQ's choice. It was a simple celebration yet QQ was very happy about it :-). 

QQ and her mama-made cupcakes during the kindy celebration.
Up close of the simple milk cupcakes that QQ helped to prepare. QQ's classmates said they were very yummy :-)

QQ and her cute classmates. Where are the boys???

Waiting for QQ's favourite desserts. 

Dinner at QQ's choice of restaurant. 

Birthday cake of her choice; blueberry cheese. 

QQ's birthday present. Present was chosen a few months before her birthday, I think it was April or May. Picture was also taken then. She was good to let us keep it before her birthday, and only started playing with it on her birthday :-). 

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Saturday, July 6, 2013


When QQ started kindy at 4, she has been telling everyone that she wanted to be a teacher when she grows up. She said that she really liked teaching little children like her Teacher Ragesh. 

As she grows older (5+), she wanted to be a scientist. She became very curious about why certain things happen in a certain way, especially mechanical things. She said she wanted to find out how things work, and to invent better things (from there). 

Now as she's approaching 6, she surprised me one evening as we were on our way to fetch HQ from school. As i was driving along, she was talking and I absent-mindedly replied her in monosyllables. 

My ears perked up when she told me: "Mama, I want to be just like you when I grow up. I want to be a home mama and look after my children."

She went on and on about having 8 children (!!!), deciding what home to buy to house her big family (a bungalow), which car to buy to fit everyone (she decided on a mini bus in the end haha), enlisting my help to look after her kiddos :-))), clothes, food, school, and a lot of other things. 

Maybe it's just a childish notion, nothing more, and I won't be surprised if she tells me some of her other ambitions as she grows older. However, hearing her going on and on about being just like me touched me immensely and tears started rolling down my cheeks. I mean, of the years when I worked in corporate, she had admired the make-up that i put on, clothes and accesories that I wore, but never once she said she wanted to be like me. Now as a sahm, clad mostly in simple tees and shorts (or jeans/ skirts & blouse at best), she wanted to be like me!

I didn't ask her why but I like to think that she likes the change in me (happier and more contented), or maybe she enjoys having her mama at home looking after her, so she thinks her children would too :').

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Some of our kiddos' conversation that I want to keep notes on... will be good for laughs when they read these in their teens :-). 

One evening over dinner, I was lamenting to hubs on how as I grow older, my metabolism has gone down and I gain weight more easily. HQ who was listening, commented a matter-of-factly: 

HQ: Being fat is good. That way, when you're old and you die, there will be more for the maggots to eat. And the ground where you will be buried in will be more fertilized. 

How morbid @@
HQ @ 7y 10m old 

Hubs and I were talking and QQ heard us mentioned the term 'Country Manager'. 

QQ : Is Country Manager a Prime Minister? 

Thinking of it, she's quite right. A Prime Minister does lead and manages the country, doesn't he/ she? 

QQ @ 5y 7m old 

QQ has suddenly lost interest in eating avocado (used to be one of her favourite fruit and she could finish one whole fruit in one seating). I was trying to encourage her to eat it again. 

Me: Just try to eat one quarter alright? I'll eat the rest. 
QQ: No. I don't want any of it. 
Me: Why? You used to love it so much. 
QQ: My life has changed. Things that I liked last time, I don't like anymore. Things that I don't like last time, I like them now. So please don't ask me to eat anymore. Thank you. 
Me: @@

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teachers' day baking (belated post)

As mentioned in previous post, I did some baking for my kiddos' teachers on Teachers' Day. For QQ's teachers, I made marble cakelets, and wrapped them up with a few other things that QQ chose - small booklets and pens.

For HQ's teachers, who celebrated Teachers' Day a week later, i baked small loaves of cranberries lemon cake. Everytime i bake this cake, everyone who tried it would be raving about it heehee. I especially love the crumbly texture and lovely citrus taste. This cake never disappoints :-).

I love baking little treats like these, and should be doing the same for next year. Next year will be easier, because QQ will be starting the same school as HQ, so just need to do one batch baking :-). 

Photos are copied from my FB page, so look kind of small here. 

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