2016 has come to an end!Β 

I am glad that I did (or stop doing) most of these in 2016! <article>
Taking care of myself (besides the kids and hubby) is my priority – to stay on ‘top’, one has to do things that makes them ‘happy’ and not just to satisfy others’ happiness – because everyone is responsible for their ownself. We are not targeting to get the ‘best parents award’ but at least we (or I) are fulfilling our responsibilities.

We or at least ‘me and my girls’ have been staying away from ‘dramas’. If you are negative, no one can change your mindset except yourself! For example, if you think you are suffering, you will suffer! Appreciate your own life for many who wish to live does not get to! 

And people who try sarcasm on me (purposefully or unintentionally) will definitely NOT get their way to me! For instance, ‘since you are so busy…’ as an opening to a conversation to meeting us will never get a response from me. Plus please do not plan for me/us. Just be sincere with your invitations. Please remember that we have the right to reject! 

For myself, I don’t believe in ‘diversification’ but to ‘focus’ my attention to my girls and hubby. Sorry, I couldn’t fulfill my duties as daughter, daughter in law or even sister in law – because that isn’t what I want to be! 

Hopefully I would withheld most of what I did in 2016 in the future and continue to create a meaningful living for myself and my family!

The best of US in 2016!
One year ago, we brought Nikki home! And one year now, we have her wandering around at home! πŸ˜‚
It has been a ‘tiring’ year (for me in particular) – adjusting to a new baby, making sure that most things remaining status quo for the elder girl (so that she doesn’t feel left out), making sure everything at home is in order, making sure everyone is well fed and maintaining my own sanity. 
Nevertheless, it has been a fulfilling year – seeing how both girls progress/milestones, bonding and happy faces! I am prouder that I did most of my duties/responsibilities without having to rely on others.
Happy New Year!
We will be ushering in 2017 with ‘sleep’ πŸ˜‚! Good night! 
**I work on the motto that my family relies on me to be strong, to lead, mentor and provide for them.

2016 in review for the 4 year old

Though Noelle is a ‘bully’ at times and rough on the baby, she has been a good sister in a year. 
She adores Nikki – sometimes staring at her sister and says ‘you are so cute!’ or kisses her sister out of sudden! She plays a big sister role when there are friends around. For example, during the recent playdate when her friends were riding on the toy cars; while the mummies were asking the sons to be careful of Nikki who was around – she said out ‘she is just a baby!’ πŸ˜‚ mimicking us (hubby and I when she tries bullying Nikki)!
The greatest moment that I witnessed this pair of sisters yesterday was how Noelle sang out loud birthday song for Nikki (and no jealousy sign) and pulling out the food picker in fear of Nikki poking herself (though at the end she just put the honeydew in her own mouthπŸ˜…)!
For us, the greatest decision made and the greatest benefit of homeschooling Noelle for the year 2016 is the bond between them two. Study and play with friends can wait; but flourishing a sisterhood cannot wait – as one day both will grow up and go their respective independent paths! 
Thanks to my friends constant reminder that siblinghood is something nurture by/from parents; and this definitely has reinstated my belief! 
* I am not against schooling

** I am not proving anything 

*** If you feel anything from this post, it is you and not me! I am just saying what I observe and experience.

Happy birthday to my big and small little 17chipmunks

We decided on Jungle Gym (as we don’t usually frequent this indoor playland – in fact the only time Noelle went there was her 3rd birthday when mama was in the hospital). Moreover, we got the ‘news’ that it will be free entrance for the kids on their actual day birthday – by just showing their identity cards. For parents, there’s an entrance fee of RM5 per person and it comes with a free bottle water. So, for this year’s birthday we spent more than 2 hours there! Despite the price and weekday, the crowd was still building up!
We had sushi lunch before we drop by at Hamsley and then Noelle wanted to join the art activites organised by Atria Shopping Gallery. We went to the supermarket before returning home for nap!

Video on morning celebration <here>

We ended the day with dinner at Chillis. We decided to call it a ‘4th year parenthood celebration’ at Chilis with ‘Kids eat for free’ πŸ˜‚ plus the free desserts (with birthday song by the staff). We had two kid meals but Noelle only ate a little of both; so ended hubby and I ate our respective mains and the kids’ portion.
And then we decided to ‘cheers’ for Happy 4th year parenting. I started with the question ‘so what did you gain in this four years?’
Me: I help you answer. You – FATS! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Hubby: You – milk/ boob size! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Me: πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

We returned home to cut the birthday cake that mama prepared !

Video <here>

Motherhood is full of ups and downs, but I do enjoy it! It actually changed me to a better person (or maybe someone who actually stand for my own and kids’ rights)! 

Happy 1st birthday to my little Michelin! And this also marks our one year breastfeeding milestone! Breastfeeding this happy baby has been a breeze and as with her elder sister, we will allow her to self wean whenever the time comes! 
#fullybreastfed #2ndbaby #mamas4yearstobreastfeeding

Mini birthday party for the two girls

It didn’t come to my mind that I would have a birthday party for them. But this was suggested by Vennzi and she ‘pulled’ in Quinnie! πŸ˜‚ 
We made it a nasi lemak party with me preparing rice and roast chicken wings, Vennzi with her beef rendang and Quinnie with her sambal sotong. I boiled radish soup for the kids (and our dinner). I also baked a simple birthday cake and simply cut a fruit cake for Nikki.

Most things went as planned – we went for a swim, free play, lunch, birthday cake cutting and exchange of gifts! It was a joyous occasion with Noelle shouting out ‘this is the best birthday ever’!πŸ˜‚ Seriously – touched! 

This time around Noelle played more by herself while the two boys had fun together! Nikki enjoyed herself at the swimming pool!

Without Noelle, mama wouldn’t know these two ladies! And these two ladies ‘love’ Noelle (and Nikki) to bits. Thank you very much! 😚

I am a happy mum because my girls are happy! 😊😊
While Nikki seems so blur during the singing ceremony, she is so happy when I repeat the video for her! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Thanks videographer Quinnie Tan for taking these moments when mama was busy snapping photos! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜<video>

Mickey and Minnie’s Fun Never Ends

We finally participated the activities organized by Paradigm Mall – Minnie Mouse’s head band making, Mickey Mouse’s felt bubble making and story telling. Noelle was fine with the craft making session but obviously ‘bored’ and impatient during story telling (yet refused to leave).

Nikki was happy exploring!

Video <here>

Christmas Day 2016

It has been a good day. A 0715am start, which isn’t bad when one has young kids. With Nikki’s on going post holiday blues – her constant nursing plus my little sore left eye – tiredness was there! We decided on The Curve.

 It all went pretty smoothly. We went to the bookstore after Noelle gets her egglettes. We had our Japanese lunch where Nikki also had her first taste to edamame (grateful to a family who finished off their son with food and gave us the limited high chairs). 

We then went to IKEA and bought them a Christmas present – trains track – which will be shared between both of them (Noelle agreed!). 

We quickly rushed for the Mesmerizing Christmas Princess Anatasia show, which Noelle wanted to watch again. She ‘fought’ for a front seat – and a girl pushed her away. Not to make things worse, I just asked Noelle to move forward nearer to the stage. She did cried but I assured her that she wasn’t ‘wrong’, gave her a hug and kiss (hubby was still queuing to pay at IKEA while I brought two girls to the Curve) while asking her to wait few more minutes before the show to begin. As previously, she sat quietly to watch while playing with the paper measuring tape. She obediently sat down despite some other kids started to stand in front of her to shake hands with the princesses. This time, after the show, most of the kids were rushing up to shake hands with Princess Anatasia. I did lose sight of her for few seconds until I pulled her out. She told us she managed to shake hand with Princess Anatasia (haha…not sure how true is this). Anyway, she enjoyed the show as previously. We had ice cream before returning home for nap! They opened and played the train track thereafter!

Butter mixed herbs rice

Butter mixed herbs rice

Melt some butter. Add in garlic, one cinnamon stick, one star anise and some bay leaves. Stir and then add one cup of zucchini and carrot. Stir for about 2 minutes. Add in soaked (2 cups) long grain rice and one tbsp mixed herbs plus a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir and add 1.5 cups water. Cover and let it cook (without stirring) for 10-15 minutes. I was using my Avon mastercook so it didn’t stick at the bottom!

I didn’t add salt to this rice so our baby can have the same rice for dinner.

The side was roast chicken – marinated for 4 hours with blended fresh grapes, dark soy sauce and some corn flour. Roasted under 160 degree celcius for 2 to 2.5 hours. I poked three sticks into the chicken and flipped over the chicken once.