Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Xavier's TERRIFIC 3 Birthday !

Here's a new milestone for Xav ! Goodbye to the Terrible 2 stage as he steps into his TERRIFIC 3 ! Happy Birthday, Xav !! Have plannned a Mickey Mouse Theme Party for him this year as he was kind of into Mickey's craze. Guess what ! He was really excited and looking forward to his party ! Almost everyday he has been bugging me for his Mickey Mouse Cake and telling me that his party is on Saturday !

Due to space constraint @ home, I have scaled down the list for the invited guests. I mainly invited his closer friends, no daddy and mummy's friends. Highlight of this yr's home party was the huge Mickey and Minnie Airwalkers ! We were seriously excited over it ! Thanks Jo for helping to collect the mice and the cake.

Adding a touch of red and black to the party theme.

On top of that, I ordered Mickey Mouse Design Polariod films from Christopher to give away as a keepsake for the little guests !

Thank you Rebecca for being the Polariod photographer and Christopher for sending the films all the way down for us ! For me, I made some embossed cards to hold the pictures before giving them to the guests.

As for party packs, I wanted more fun this year since most of the todds have started school. I packed Crayola Pip Squeakers, cryaons, Mini Stamper, Play dough, stationery and some fun stickers, with a Mickey Headband, one scratch fun sheet and two packs of snacks ! I always believe that less junk food is better, most of the time, I hardly allow Xav to snack ! So if I dont give Junk to my boy, I wont give it to other kids too !

The party began !! Xav seriously loved the airwalkers as much as the todds ! He was playing with them for days after his party ! His new found dancing partners !

All the kids were instantly attracted to the cake ! It's really a sight to see them crowd around it and singing the birthday song together !

We were happy to hear that the kids love the party packs and had enjoyed themselves that evening ! We would like to thank all of you who have graced this special moment with your presence, blessings and gifts !

The first change before Xav turns 3 was, he is now officially a preschooler ! He has started school 2 days before his birthday !

On the eve of Xav's birthday, dear bought him a mini Percy Cake to celebrate at home for he has got to work on the next day.

We wish our precious here again a Happy 3rd Birthday and be always bless with good health !!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lotus Seed Soup with Solomonseal Rhizome

Been quite sometime I boiled soup for dinner if you have noticed, I hardly post up recipes nowadays. Been so difficult to cook only for two person or should I say one and a half ? The dadddy is always on duty else it will be coming home late !

Anyway, this recipe is from my recipe book.

Solomonseal Rhizome, 8g
lily bulb, 3 slices
lotus seeds, 4
red dates, 2
chicken, 2 pieces (I used 2 drumsticks)
water, 100ml (adjust yourself if you want more)

Add salt to taste.

Function of this soup: it strengthens the spleen and heart; treats insomnia and it's good against cardiac palpitation. Functions for lily bulb and solomonseal Rhizome can be found here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Xav @ 35 months

Less than a month to go into his Terrific 3s !

Yes !! He's turning 3 soon and soon formal schooling will come by although most of his friends have started attending schools while he is still stuck with me at home ! Best part was, there isn't any enrichment classes for him at the moment ! Meaning, he's idling ?! hahaha .. Well, this is where, homeschooling comes in and plays a part.

This boy can be full of ideas at times ! Just yesterday, he woke from his nap, came into my room, saw me napping and he goes "Hello, hello , ni2 hao3 " ...

I replied him and continued to sleep. Guess what he did to make me wake ? He went to pull up the blind and brighten up the room !!! So I got no choice but to wake right ! Lil' rascal !!!

Speech wise, Xav is still blabbering !!! Though he can hold simple conversations with me.

These are the few scenarios :

Scenario 1 (Rainy weather)

Xav : mummy, I want to go out ...
Me : but it's raining Xav ...
Xav : I can wear rainboots and raincoat !
Me : but it's really too heavy to go out ... After it stopped ok ?
Xav : ...... (defeated) hahahaha

Scenario 2 (Shower time) :

Xav : bathe and go out ...
Me : but mummy needs to buy vegetables and cook lunch. Where would you like to go ?
Xav : Go NTUC !

Good one Xav ! At least you know where to buy vegetables !

He started to ask questions like:
- what is this ? (in mandarin too)
- whose picture is that ?
- where is daddy ?
- are you sure ?

Am waiting for him to ask me "why" hahhahhaha ....

And he knows where the swimming pool and the fish pond is ! He will tell me "mummy, go Farmway (The nearest lrt station). He loves water for sure ! But normally I will only go swimming when the daddy is around, else I'll bring him to feed fishes when am alone.

Just recently, we brought him to NEX where there is this water park.

Other than that, he is doing good in learning mandarin @ home.

He's currently reciting "San1 Zi4 Jing1" with me and he loves it ! Every now and then, he will just recite to me whenever he feels like it. As for me, I'm learning too together with him. I need to remember and know what they mean before I can recite without the book with him and explain the meaning of each phrase when he is able to apprehend.

I'm trying to teach him the basic strokes though.

As for English, he started to get interested in learning to spell words ! He kept asking me "how do you spell ... "

and apart from being able to spell his name "XAVIER CHUA", he learnt his first 3 spellings ! He could spell ZERO, ONE & TWO !

This lil' boy here I would say he is ehem ... over friendly ... ? It's good to be sociable but I feel that it's kind of dangerous to be so friendly to strangers !

Xav most of the time will greet guests who came to our house "ni2 hao4". He does this too sometimes when I bring him down to the void deck, he will greet people who walked by and really amused them !

I brought him to the park one afternoon and he saw this group of students sitting on the ground and he went to join them happily ! He made the jie-jies so happy with his cheerful personality !

And guess what ... when they started to leave, Xav held onto their hands and refused them to leave and started crying ! Wanting them to play with him ! Tell me what to do with this boy ! And he can tell me "bye bye mummy" and hold onto their hands !

I hope he could be like this when the term starts for his school on the 21st March ! Wish that there won't be any separation anxiety and happily embark on his new learning journey !

B for B.E.A.R

B for B.E.A.R ! Printed out this bear like almost a year ago ! Finally, it's out from my folder !

From this craft, he learnt different sizes of the circles as well as some shapes (Circle, oval, heart and crescent ) that the bear was made up of !

and one last thing he learnt for sure ! He told me that the heart is the flag of USA ! Well done, Xav !

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