Hubby away for 4 days 4 nights

We passed our four mornings better than expected!

I actually planned to wake Noelle up 30 minutes later than usual (since I am sending her and this week is public school holiday – less jam)! But for four days continuously, she woke herself up! So, she watched me shower Norrah before I attend to her!

Nikki showered with Noelle twice in the four days. The first two days she showered after we come home from sending Noelle to school!

As for me, I took my ‘private’ morning bath before they woke. The first morning was a failure when I started to hear Norrah voice after I got naked. Quickly put on my cloth to nurse and then left her in the living room on the mat and with her toys before quickly taking a ‘Buffalo bath’ (mandi kerbau😝). In fact today Norrah woke me up! 😂 So I have to repeat the same as Monday!

We had longer breakfast on the table except today because Noelle wanted to ‘roll ball’ before going school (continue the sampat-ness from yesterday play date, I guess)! We managed to video call before off to school for three days (yesterday papa woke up ‘too late’)! This morning we did it right in front of Noelle’s school – just in time! 🤣

I reminded Noelle that papa will be sending her to school from tomorrow onwards. She says ‘yeahhhh! I missed papa!’ Ok, listen to this first – before she says ‘I want mama send!’ 🙄😂

It isn’t always that hubby travels outstation. And it isn’t the first time he travels. But this time round it gets into Noelle more – especially after several explanation and “lecture” to be good by hubby.

Anyway all three behaved “well”. Actually not much difference to our normal days – just that I have to send Noelle to school and put them to bed myself (which isn’t out of norm – especially in the month of March).

Strawberry banana jam

The latest craze in my home is strawberry jam!

So, I tried making it myself! And it has so far accepted by my girls! It is improvised to ‘strawberry banana jam’ and with no added preservatives plus reduced sugar, of course

We just need a breadmaker!

And because I didn’t want chunks of strawberries in it, I actually blend the strawberries before putting into the breadmaker!

One tub strawberries (about 250g) + 3-4 bananas + 2 tbsp molasses sugar (or as per liking)

Mode: Jam

Done in 1.5 hours! 😁😁😁

One step by one step

Sweat out day! <video>

As it was Noelle’s first rope climb – she only could manage the first rope climb, she was disappointed that she couldn’t do the next rope (in between of fear and her want-to-do-it spirit). I told her this was only her first time and this is level one – just like her reading books – progresses one level to another slowly; doing repeatedly will help. In addition, it was important to overcome her own fear before rushing into the next level!

While Noelle was doing the rope climb, I overheard the man telling the daughter who was struggling to come down. “You have to think and figure out how to come down, just like how you tackle your exam questions!” (In mandarin) I like the example he gave his daughter; will keep that in mind for future use!

I would attest that it is difficult to find parents who will encourage their kids to do this sort of climbs nowadays!

When everyone’s day at my stake

Noelle: I want mama….😔😔😔😔 (as she was about to go school with papa)

Instead of me saying to her ‘what happened?’

I looked at hubby

Me: 😒😒😒What did you do to her?

Hubby: 😑😑😑😑

– Noelle wants me to send her to school-

This started since last week. We actually talked to her and persuaded her enough yesterday night. She even agreed that papa will send her to school. She made a last minute u turn to her decision this morning.

Everyone’s day at my stake! 🙄 if I force her to go with hubby, she would probably cries and make myself worry. Papa will have a bad time dealing with this and maybe run late to work!

So, I agree to send her to school. Nikki is ever ready to go! And so we went! (Nikki in pyjamas while I just change my pants, grabbing Nikki’s breakfast along)

End result – Noelle left the car to school with a happy face and mama with a peace in mind. Papa didn’t have to be late for work – and luckily he did went off himself as he had last minute meeting to attend! Nikki gets to go for car ride. Norrah soothes herself to sleep as we drive home.

Guess I have an additional task and new routine on the weekday now!!

PPC braised pork, fish maw and shiitake mushroom

Inspired by the dish my mum cooked during cny, I cooked this using my pressure cooker.

Ingredients: Pork rib and/or pork belly (blanched), shiitake mushroom, fish maw, garlic, ginger, dried lala (as a replacement of dried oyster), carrot

Sauce: Sesame oil, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, corn flour, water

Under bake mode, heat up oil and then put in garlic and ginger. Stir a while before adding dried lala. Stir and then in pork, carrot, mushroom and fish maw. Next, add in sauce.

Change to steam mode. KPT+15. Immediate release pressure and off the pressure.

I left it there until I serve it about 6 hours.

I served with dried wantan mee!

From ZERO to ‘hero’

Just last week, she asked me ‘mama, why keep on wrong wrong wrong one?😔’

Then I told her because SHE herself doesn’t want us to correct her when she is WRONG! So, how do we help her to be ‘right’! I think that struck her!

And earlier this week, we started taking out the blackboard – for scribbling purpose and it turns to doing ‘spelling’ – using her schoolbooks and books that she reads! (Also since she started school, she has been reading more often – occasionally asked for new books that are kept in the cupboard! Child led – we don’t force her!)

Finally she GOT it! She can’t wait to show me in the car that she had all correct today!

She is in the right direction!

While she praises herself ‘clever’, I try reminding her ‘to keep up the good work by practice and reading’! And we are going to do the same for Bahasa – which she has more wrongs! 🤣


On other things

Noelle: Today Dau keep on want to sit with me and never say ‘dun wan friend’ me!

Mama: 🙄🙄🙄

Noelle: Today we ‘play’ family. Shanggu is baby because he is small size! I am sister. Ee Thong is brother. Dave is father and Dau is mother!

Mama: 😯😯😯

Noelle: Today’s Howard birthday with Spike cake. The daddy and mummy come to school also.

Mama: Wow, did you eat the cake?

Noelle: No. but it is so yummy!

Mama: You say you didn’t eat but it is yummy?! 🙄🙄🤔🤔

Today she is in top form good mood; even telling me that they ate small brown noodle and could tell me what she wants for dinner immediately!

6th month jab at Klinik Kesihatan

Day 4 CNY- kena cucuk tai bei!

Smaller crowd, new system again, we have been reassigned to another zone. For our zone, we were first baby! But still have to wait…Arrived there 7am and ended approximately 840am; just in time to get some groceries before heading home – and enjoy the rest of the last day off with the others!

Norrah weighs 7.6kg at 6m2d

(0.1kg lighter than Nikki at same age and 1kg heavier than Noelle)

At her usual kacau and blow bubbles mode – napped for 5 min before our turn!

Next visit in May 2018!