Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Home Improvements

It's really not funny how many projects we need to do around the house but trust me, we are trying! Dwayne mostly lets me plan the projects and he'll execute them with his dad. Some things you can settle on before you get the house. For other things, you need to live in the house and have a feel of what goes where before you can decide.The problem is Dwayne is the kind of person who can't wait to get started on jobs and I'm so fickle-minded with everything so I need time. It's an amusing difference of couple behavior and hardly complementary.

I've learned to deal with my fickle-minded ways though. I always let my picks linger for a long time. I do this as much as I can online - I am a big fan of Saved Items on ASOS, the Watch List on eBay, Pinterest etc. I'll let the item stay on those lists for a while and I'll only get them when I suddenly find that they "just have to be mine!" for clothing items or when I see that a homeware piece fits in the house. To me, it's the most effective way of avoiding clutter and compulsive buys (not that I'm never subject to those but it definitely curbs the tendencies!).

Anyway, on Sunday, Dwayne and my father-in-law finished the fourth of the outdoor home improvement projects. The first being the front of the home, the second was filling the outside completely with rocks, the third was the planter box and the fourth, our spanking new decking!

Took them every Sunday for two months - they endured winter's harshest outside with crazy wind and rain even. I think they've done SUCH a great job. :)

Miranda absolutely loving the decking. I can foresee a lot of playtime here for her. And don't ask me about the furniture for the decking just yet. You already know that's going to take a while!

Next, we'll be tackling something inside for a change.

See this? It's kinda begging for some work to be done. 

The mirrors are recent additions. We've since added another one at that empty space on the wall.

There used to be photos canvases there for a while. Again, that happened when D was impatient and forcing me to decide where to place them. After the canvases were up, they were really bothering me because it seemed to make the already small space smaller. They looked messy and cluttered.

So I thought of framed mirrors. We looked around and found these instead. You can't see them but they have a very nice, bevelled edge to them.

Very soon, we'll be adding another bookshelf and also, some wallpapering.

And... a nice new bar cart, which will be arriving in a few weeks. :)


I've been searching everywhere for months. Bar carts, or tea trolleys are they often called here, are not easy to find here. Prices start at $500 for the bamboo ones, which I love! But those don't really go with the whole look of the home so we got a simple, functional one instead.

So there you go, I'll be slow and steady with all these improvements but I'll be happy and satisfied. :)

Party favors

Miranda is so pysched for this Saturday. Every time I ask her where she's going, she says, "Party!".

She'll name me all the people she wants at the party, all the colours of her cake, what presents she wants ("TOYS!") and that she must have balloons! I've also taught her that when we sing the birthday song, we are also singing to Daddy.

Needless to say, I'm wayyy more excited than she is. This has taken me months to plan. The buying of all the favours started long ago and I have amassed cute little items to put in the kids' little goodie bags.

Anyway, here's a sneak peek:

Bubbles in cupcakes, cupcake stickers, sunglasses, headbands, cupcake stamps and a little bowtie for the one little boy who will be coming to the party heh heh heh. I have been meaning to add a little car for him as well.


Packed them all in these little bags yesterday. The brown one, again, is for little Brandon. I know it's still quite girly but I decided not to veer too far from the theme.

Will be adding some sweets and chocolates in them. Don't worry, not too much! ;)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cotton On Kids...and the death of me.

cotton on kids

There is something seriously wrong with me. 
I spent nearly two hours yesterday morning gift-wrapping and 50% of them were of clothes for Miranda from myself, my parents and sister for her birthday. And yet, when I received the notification e-mail from Cotton On Kids last night that it was only a few more hours before 30% off expires at midnight, guess what I did?
Bought the above, of course. Could not resist. How cute are these? 

Grr, can't wait for her to wear that teeny bikini to show off her little belly!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bookworm

Videos of Miranda reading.

Notice how she stacks each series together. OCD? O_O

Also, I might have to get her more pyjamas since she's always in her pyjamas in her photos. Can't really help it since we only get to spend time with her after her bath in the evenings.

TGIT for me though! And tomorrow is a whole day of fun with her - might even try to bring her out without a stroller for once.




Love the way she says "meow" hahaha.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Too Bright!

Last night, after I was done cooking, I was in Miranda's room for a bit for a little picnic. She suddenly declared what she was doing was "Boring, boring!" and said she wanted to drive her car. She picked up her hat and sunglasses like she always does. I have a funny feeling she thinks you have to wear a hat when you drive because the driver wears a hat in her "The Wheels on The Bus" book.

Anyway, she was out in the living room and hopped onto her car. She was making all these adorable expressions and I just had to capture it on video.

Instead I got told off because the flash was too bright.


She obviously thinks her mommy is the paparazzi. =_=

Monday, August 19, 2013

Miranda Cherie - 23 months

It's only two weeks now before Miranda turns all of 2. She's already quite the character and she has her own set ways. I can't decide whether she's more like me or Dwayne since our core persons are pretty much the same.

I often argue with Dwayne saying that she can be naughty but she's Daddy's little darling so she pretty much can do no wrong in his eyes.

She's just as naughty as every other kid. But she is still eating well, guys. She should score 100 points for that. Luck. Well, when she wasn't sleeping through the night and I heard the other moms talk about how their babies were sleeping in their own rooms for 10 hours straight, I had to ignore that for my own sanity and instead concentrated on giving thanks my baby eats like a champ. You win some, you lose some.

Guess what, though? The other day, I told her dinner was. I said it was rice and... Before I could finish, she said, "Rice? Yuck!" In the same way I said, "Milk? Yuck!"a few days before that.

Two hours later, she sat down with Daddy and had a portion of his dinner. And yes, there was rice.


Miranda can make us feel very special. Her affections are boundless with us but almost non-existent with people she doesn't know (unless they are little girls her age). She is also very fair with her kisses and cuddles. If she kisses Dwayne, she will make sure I get one too. It's the sweetest thing.

She also knows who to go to for what. Grandpa is the one who will "manja" her, Daddy's next and Mommy doesn't. Grandpa and Daddy will play with her (ball, tea party, whatever she wants) but Mommy will play tea party for half an hour max and then we have to do something else. I've always worried that I won't be good at playing with toys with my kid and now I know it to be true. At kindergarten, I was at the "library" instead of playing with my friends but what I did like was playing outdoors - the playground, the park, sports etc. Luckily, we get by on our Fridays together doing other things than playing with toys for more than half an hour at a time - dress-ups, dancing, painting, coloring, reading, building blocks (this I can handle).

I love that she loves her books. She can sit in a corner for about 15 minutes all by herself, just flipping through pages, pointing at the things she knows how to say and describing what is happening. Those scenes are like dreams come true for me.



Miranda is usually out by 9.30pm. Around 9.10pm these days, she will voluntarily pick up some books and go out to the living room. She will demand that Dwayne prepares her milk and when she's done, she will sit on my lap to be read to. Depending on how tired she is, we can read from 2-16 books. It takes a whole lot of effort on my part not to be annoyed at reading 16 books. (If you want them to be future readers, you really shouldn't limit this, right?)

She cleans up after herself these days. I tell her that she cannot start on one thing without cleaning up the mess and she will do it. Of course, there are days when she refuses but when I offer her "help", she will light up and will happily put away her things. 

I can't wait to see how she changes. Because she will, perfect as she already is to me.

I'm not going to focus on the "terrible twos". I have a colleague who said that is a terrible thing to say. And it's true because this coming year - It's going to be a fun year.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Just Keep Swimmin'

Some videos of Miranda in the pool - long overdue:





She was really into the lesson at the trial in the first video but she was less enthusiastic during the second lesson. I think she's not as confident with Dwayne as she is with me hahahahah! Kidding!


Chichi


This sweet boy is the one who helped me get over my fear of dogs. He is going back to BKK today to be with his grandma. We're gonna miss him terribly and I can't imagine how Som is feeling. :(

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mmmm


Just saw this image on Pinterest (Russian Vogue). How gorgeous is it? I love the texture clash of the skirt and the jumper. Probably will never look at the colour combination of camel and wine the same way again either. And the make-up! Though if I tried that, I'd probably look like I was punched in the eyes.

Just altogether perfect!

Snow!

It was kind of awful last week. I just felt very blah and a lot of people were annoying me left, right and centre at work. Every day, I'd go home feeling like I needed a hug. Dwayne would and then he'd tell me it will be ok, which was actually only half of what I needed. What I really, really needed was one whole girlfriend to whom I could go on and on to and they would nod in unison and completely understand where I was coming from and why I was feeling like that. Guys.. are so damn practical and they are never really angry. When they are, it is kind of a forever thing but girls are angry and then we switch back to "whatever" quite quickly after that. Or maybe it's just me and D. But there were 101 other reasons last week - PMS, missing my awesome girlfriends, having no me time, the bloody winter etc.

But then Saturday came, something I've been looking forward to for a few weeks now. We were going to Mount Buller, a town still within Victoria, about a 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne.

Since we decided quite early on that we didn't want to drive there, we had to get up extra early to catch the bus from Federation Square that day. Think 3am. And a baby to grab away from her sweet slumber.

But we did it! Miranda was a real champ. She hardly whinged and was either sleeping or talking on the way there. It helped that most of what we saw were cows, sheep and horses on the way there. She was also stoked that she got to wear a snowsuit. (We got her boots on sale from Rebel Sports a few weeks ago - such a steal at $10!!!) I think she knew how cute she looked too. Without the cap and gloves, she actually looked like a mini astronaut.

Dwayne's parents and myself have never seen snow so we were kinda 'jakun'. We were saying how unfair it was that the little miss is not even 2 and she is already experiencing this!

I've never really wanted to try skiing and snowboarding - seen my fair share of injuries over the years working at an orthopaedic clinic in Singapore. Knee and shoulder injuries from Whistler, results of avalanches in the Alps etc. No thanks. Can you tell I'm not much of a thrill seeker? Hah. So we rented a toboggan. Dwayne said Miranda would enjoy it but she wasn't such a big fan of the snow hitting her face. In the end, the rest of us were raring to go on our turns. Dwayne's parents who didn't really want to try ended up doing it and loving it! I was so happy for them. Especially for his mum who kept saying it would be embarrassing for her. :)

Miranda probably enjoyed playing in the snow the most.Shaping a mountain of snow, throwing snowballs on us. She loved every second there. :)

Oh, but on the way to play with snow at another place called The Village, we had to take a chairlift. It was our second time going on it. The first time, there was someone there to pull the bar down for us and made sure we were seated properly. The second time, there was no one and we were actually ON the chairlift, OFF the platform and Dwayne still hadn't figured out how to pull the bar down yet. It was a major "OH SHIT" moment. I was grabbing Miranda like a mad woman and had my left leg tucked under the chair and my right arm hugging the back of the chair. Luckily, in three seconds he saw that he was tugging on the wrong bar. These chairlifts are not the safest things as you know and I started spewing obscenities under my breath when the bar was finally down. What a nightmare!

Anyway, pictures!!!


Omg, I so have to improve my posture and mindset before the next tobogganing session!!

I was too chicken to take Miranda with me so off she went with her Grandpa.

He loved it, she didn't.


My darling husband.

Chairlift ride - took all of 7 minutes. Super fun..but super dangerous.

My pretty baby. Finally managed to coax a smile out of her on the chairlift.


Back to pensive.

Stopping for a bite.







The only thing I'm kinda bummed about is the fact that I didn't rent a bright colored suit for myself. Haha. Next time!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Where Would I Be Without My God?

I don't know how many times I've posted this prayer of St Francis of Assisi. It's a constant reminder to try, try and be a better person. I really want this done up nicely so I can frame it in Miranda's room.

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in You

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, let me bring light,
And where there’s sadness, bring Your joy

And speaking of St Francis, I really like our new Pope. Check out this picture of him with the dove.