Tuesday, October 31, 2017

birthday celebration at school!

feel so blessed to be able to join the birthday celebration for the october birthday stars
at school today....

i waited in the classroom for the kids to return from another class
the heard the kids lining out outside...

one familiar little face peeked inside 
and we grinned at each other

one by one the kids came in

"your mom is so handsome!" (my response:  eyes wide open, lol)
"this is your mom?!"
"your mom is here!"
"hello auntie!"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

tonight's the night... pranava

the one and only diva, sandy lam

Friday, October 27, 2017

starry night on his 7th birthday

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happy birthday our dearest

may you have the bravery to reach for the sky
may you be the light to those around you
may you stay young at heart
may you never feel alone
may you walk side by side with your little brother and explore the future

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

my first lesson of making fabric flowers

i absolutely adore fabric flowers

while writing this post
i went back in time in this (blog) space to see when did i first put my hands on trying to make them...

and oh dear,
it was over 5 years ago!
april 2012
right before i got very sick that time (with serious outbreak of chicken pox)

since then
i have been making them on and off
learning (and guessing) how to make them be referencing to books in japanese..
dipping linen into glue-based water to harden the fabric,
drawing, tracing and cutting the flower shapes
ironing each cut-out...

wanted so much to learn how to make them properly,
including the color dyes and dying the fabric myself...

and finally this year,
i found a local learning center!!!!

patiently waited for the next available course....

then it happened!

it's absolutely a dream come true!!

in the first lesson,
we learned how to mix colors, hand-dye, iron....
the end product will be a flower garland

Saturday, October 21, 2017

oh dear, i really did it... a pokemon themed party, happy 7th birthday my dear

another amazing cake done by dear joanna

the sweet and the savory treats
(oh yes surrounded by pokemon balls and balloons...
imagine the nights and nights of cutting, folding and pumping, lol)

.... and some of the little guests did pick up and pose with the photo props (lol)

lots of colors vs. monochrome
to compensate myself,
i am monochrome *lol*

Friday, October 20, 2017

done! pokemon photo props!

to be honest,
i struggled a bit when he told me he really really want a pokemon themed for his birthday party....

i originally planned for a monochrome themed party...  everything in black and white

well well well

afterall it's his birthday party

i spent the couple of weeks before his party to prepare for various things
like pokemon scavenger hunt game,
magnetic board game,
aim and throw board game,
a booklet of mazes and puzzles for each little guest,
wall deco,
these photo props:

lots of cutting and pasting again...
i am quite happy with the end products
the kids turned out to be too busy with the scavenger hunt and other silly games
that they didn't really use these photo props much

preparation... continued

more cutting

these are pokemon balls

for his birthday party

Thursday, October 19, 2017

our birthday party staple

lots of balloons

standing on paper cups, cupcake holders
have become our birthday party staple

it means
lots of pumping and arm workout the nights before the big day

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

our breakfast

these days,
bbb is very much into cooking

whenever he says "cook cook"
we know the drill

take out all our food and cooking toys
and sit down on the sofa at his command "sit sit"

this round
we are having a bread basket and milk for breakfast

Monday, October 16, 2017

our little teacher

teaching me chinese


teaching me the count-on math strategy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

my little helper helping himself

helping me to help prepare for his birthday party

cutting and pasting
drawing and arranging

Saturday, October 14, 2017

a book for myself

got this book from muji
supposed to be a bedtime reading with the boys
i don't think they will feel it the same way as i do
a mami

this book gets me all teary

motherhood is definitely not something to be taken for granted
it's a true blessing

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

our little weekend routine

it has become our little routine to take a "group" photo before we leave the house on weekends...
brownie never fails to amuse us with his pose

featured here,
a furry whirl

and his other poses....  
check out the lower right hand corner one...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

afterparty of our slow life

@ round 1 stadium, namba, osaka

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slow life @ ε―Œη”°ζž—γ‚΅γƒγƒΌγƒ•γ‚‘γƒΌγƒ 

on the same farm for picking grapes

the weather was so nice
the place was so peaceful and relaxing
lots of trees, swings (made from tires), hammocks in the trees
i could totally see myself grabbing a good cup of coffee, a good book, a large blanket
and read through the day while lying on the grass or the hammock... feeling the gentle breeze with a tint of autumn

slow life, this is what it would be like....

he loves the hammocks, trying each one he came across...

and this!
monkey bars!   so old school!
i don't think we even have these in hk anymore...

brings back fond memories
there used to be one in my primary school...
my friends and i used to play like monkeys during recess....

as soon as little bb saw it,
he dashed over
i wasn't fast enough
he was already inside
before i even reached it,
but then he yelled, 
"mami, lots of spider webs!  i can't come back out!"

of course, he managed to get himself out of the spider web bar!

where is bbb?
how come he is not in any of these photos?
he fell asleep!
too bad he missed out all the fun!