Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bossy Little Baby

This little baby has become so bossy recently, demanding we read to her whatever she brings to us. If we don't, she will just keep going, "Hey, hey, hey!"

This morning I had to get ready for work so we needed to leave the nursery and go into my bedroom. She was furiously flipping the pages of her book and didn't look too happy when I asked her to follow me.  Instead she carried the huge book along with her, saying "Hey, hey, hey"!

My father-in-law thinks she might grow up to be a bookworm!

Anyway, this is a clip of her after we cut her fringe the other day. She looks like she is on a mission, searching for something or someone. She also looks a little bossy here too heh heh.

Sigh...but I love her so!!!



Breathe when you run.

Breathe when you are upset.

Breathe during labour.

Breathe before a big leap.
Breathe when you think you can't anymore.

Breathe for relief.

Just breathe.

And in the next moment...revel in the fact that you are still alive.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pictorial Update

Miranda after we cut her fringe. It was a bang-up job (pardon the pun haha) cos' she was fidgeting so much!

Keeping this forever in a pretty box for her.

Going on a walk with Mommy and touching ALL the flowers.

At the playground. 

We have a driveway!

Painted walls.

Handles, drawers and shelves fitted in the kitchen.

Taking advantage of the warm weather to dress up a little!

This post is missing pictures of my best friend so I'm going to make sure he's all over the next time I post photos!

An update of sorts

I've always been slow with picking up new music. I hardly listen to the radio or go out of my way to find out what's new so yes, that song "Some Nights by fun." has just got to me and I've been listening to it non-stop - during my runs, on the way to work, last song before I fall asleep etc.

While we're on the topic of music, Dwayne and my father-in-law think Miranda loves music because she needs music to fall asleep. I don't think she thinks anything of it just yet, to be honest. She also doesn't dance like some babies do. At first, I thought this was a "thing" and she had to be a strange one but it doesn't worry me now.

Anyway, she's just been hilarious these days and we laugh till our bellies and cheeks ache at the antics she gets up to.  She tries to imitate our words but I think she's having some difficulty - not enough teeth, I think! Yes, she only has three and a half (two bottom ones, half a top one and another one in the gums sure to protrude by Christmas.) She says "ah-wer" for flower, "ah-oh" for uh-oh, "eh-oh" for hello. Not many words but what she lacks in words, she sure does make up for in actions with her keen sense of observation.

For example, on Friday, I caught her carrying one of the small Easter gift baskets and then walking around. I told her it's really weird that she's carrying a basket with nothing in it so I filled it with her hairclip, her sunglasses and Elmo's mic. She was so thrilled and started to carry her little basket in the crook of her arm, as one would do going to a picnic or something.

On Sunday morning, Dwayne was still asleep (from watching his soccer match!) so I closed our bedroom door but left it slightly ajar. Miranda thought it was fully closed and tried knocking on it a few times because she missed her Daddy. Usually, she swings it open with all her might when she sees even a small gap. Each time, she would come back to the nursery to play with me. Finally, she brought her basket to me and obviously wanted me to fill it up for her again. I put my house keys in and the look on her face was priceless!

She immediately walked to our bedroom door with her basket, took the keys out and started to use a key (at her eye level!) to try and open it. Then she put the keys back and swung the door open. She was ecstatic and began to cry out to Dwayne.

I was so amused and by the time I realised what she was doing, it was too late to capture the moment.  It was just about the funniest, smartest thing she's done yet.

So that's just one of the many things that has me thinking about her throughout the day at work. I miss her so incredibly much.

And work, ah. It's gotten so much better since the evil creatures of the past are no longer. Good, happy vibes these days.

And then the house! We are so hopeful to move in by Christmas now that it'll be kind of a letdown if we don't, seeing as it's coming along so quickly.

I hope this has updated you guys to some extent and the next post shall be one with pictures instead!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Love You (Two) Like Mad

A few months ago, I was kinda dying to watch a musical of some sort so I went on to Ticketek and Ticketmaster. I was hoping for something spectacular obviously.

Even before I got on to these sites, I was wondering who on earth was going to accompany me for a show should I find one. But, I had no such luck. Nothing interested me. Randomly clicked on the "Concerts" tab and saw Boyz II Men.

I stared at the screen for awhile.

See, I'm not a hardcore fan who knows all their songs. But this boy I'm married to...he knows all the lyrics to nearly every song (Boyz II Men or otherwise).

And I knew he'd love it.

So in about 5 minutes, my wallet was opened, credit card numbers punched in and e-receipt was delivered safely in my inbox.

When I told him, I could almost hear the shrug in his voice. Bit of a letdown, if I say so myself. He went on about how I shouldn't be wasting money on concerts when they probably sounded the same as on the CD. (You have to agree most singers ARE like that. They aren't really performers so much as singers.)

And then today we went for the concert. And The Husband was happy. Like, really happy. Like the band said, they've been together 21 years so we have known their songs for more than two-thirds of our lives. They sang all their best known hits and the Motown ones, which I loved even more.

It was a great time out.

Date nights come by so rarely and they really are awesome but as we were driving home, D and I were feeling the exact same thing. We missed the little one and our bedtime ritual. I read to her (she's a bit more demanding these days- just one book will not do), they they say the bedtime prayer and watch cartoons on Youtube till she rubs her eyes and wants to be put down in her cot.

I can't even give her a kiss and cuddle now that's asleep so come tomorrow, when she wakes up bright and early at 10 to 6, I'm sure I'll be running to her room!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Process of Building

I always thought I'd share the building process of the house here. I wanted to upload pictures every step of the way on the blog but ......our builders are doing so well that they're already at the last 15% before completion!

Here are some pictures though. :)

 First time we saw the frames up!

 When the roof went up.

 With the bricks.

 Dwayne and Miranda in the living room. Cemented floors, plastered walls.

 My kitchen. 
Cabinets done but stone bench top not put on yet.

It's been really fun watching the house take shape before our very eyes and I'm so grateful for the opportunity of building our own place here.

Crossing fingers now that all the chosen materials will somehow mesh well together. And then the buying of the household stuff. (Thankfully we have managed to accumulate quite a lot of stuff in our four years of marriage and "shacking up". )

But this is the fun part. Stressful, but it will be well worth it. I expect it to be even better than planning our wedding, as it's going to be an ongoing process. And it's not just the two of us involved anymore!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Miranda My Cherie

Tea Party with Mommy

Picking flowers


The day the weather could not make up its mind

Out & About with Mommy & Daddy

Little China Doll after mass

Miranda lately..

Friday, November 2, 2012

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I can't wait for the house to be ready. As it is, the builders are way ahead of the schedule and they say it's not impossible for Christmas completion. I'm not holding my breath for that quick a move-in but it's just been so exciting to watch the progress every step of the way.

Above are some items on my list to get!

Gold piggy bank (So grown-up and what a far cry from my pink plush piggies from tweenhood!)

Vintage globe for the bookshelf/ shelves - not quite sure what to do about it yet - we hardly have the space

Anthropologie's monogram trees - I love trees, and monogrammed trees? Even better!

Candy jar with a little sparrow. Cute and classy at the same time.

Garden gnomes. How could I resist? Methinks I'm going to have a whole army of them in my backyard.

Lastly, beautiful chair by the super talented Kelly Wearstler that I obviously won't be getting. It's so pretty to look at that though. (If you haven't checked out The Coveteur's feature on her, do!!! It's OTT but OMG.)