Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Surprise!!!

Just having another bad day, I guess. I thought it'll be an all-new good week. Unfortunately, at this stage, it doesn't look like it's going to be a good one.

Before I went to bed last night, my husband said to me, Yang nampak macam nak snow jek...(Yang, looks ike it's going to snow).

I was like, what the...?

Apa merapu laki aku nie. It's spring already.

Snow? It just didn't make sense. Only a few days ago, I had just posted about it being spring. The nice weather, my gardening, the fact that I had just bought plenty of bedding flowers, seeds and plants for my garden. In my head, I was thinking, What? You must be joking...

Without saying another word I just went to sleep.

I woke up in the morning and my husband declared, Yang, snow lebat giller kat luar...(Yang it's snowing heavily out there).

Again, rubbing my eyes while Hisham was still in my arms, I looked at him with an obviously annoyed look on me. What in the world is my husband up to? Seriously, it was just too early in the morning to be putting up with his not-so funny jokes.

He opened the curtains. I was speechless!

Ok FINE!!!


Oh, no my new flower and fruit patch!

I went downstairs and as usual I prepared a packed lunch for my hubby, had breakfast with the kids and updated my FB status when the mail man came. Ameera when to pick up the post and just handed me over one envelope.

I opened it and even before I read the whole thing, I had a good idea what it was. A rejection letter from the place where I went for an interview last week.

I have mixed feelings though. At the back of my mind, I didn't want to go back to work but on the other hand, I was disappointed because I need a job and the money that comes with it. Sigh.

But after all that, I felt relieved because I can still be with my kids at home, doing everything for them myself. Obviously, I wouldn't have to worry about who was going to look after them while I was at work. Who was going to send and pick up Ameera from school. Yes, I felt disappointed but relieved at the same time. Maybe I was just not ready, yet. Well, that's what I tell myself anyway.

After having lunch, I cleaned what ever needed cleaning-up in the kitchen. I went back upstairs to take a shower and give the kids a bath. Husayn said he dind't want to wear nappy. I asked him a few times whether he was sure.

Tell me when you want to wee wee, OK?

And of course, he said YES. I was in the middle of my shower, when suddeenly Ameera shouted...

Mummy! Husayn wee wee on your bed!!!

What???

I jumped out of the shower and there was another Cinderella-esque task to do: Cleaning up the bed.

I gaveHusayn another shower.

Pheww...what a day! I don't know but I just feel so tired today. Husayn's still screaming and crying his head off. Arrgghh....

I just finished everything and put my kids to bed for a nap in front of my laptop. To top it off, I couldn't get access to my blog account which means I won't be able to update my post today.

Maybe it was just another bad day. Here's hoping tomorrow will be better.

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Enjoy the snow you guys

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's Monday again!!!


Woke up in the morning as usual. It's Monday!!! Arghhh...not again. Have to take a shower, get everything ready as my daughter's going to school and my husband's going to work. Ooops...I just remembered. It's the school holidays. Yay!!!



So, while still wearing my PJ's, I went down and made my husband his breakfast and his sandwich for lunch in the office (isteri mithali gitu). I went back upstairs hoping to continue my beauty sleep. The kids were all wide awake.

Husayn: Mummy can we go down? My tummy's rumbling. I'm hungry. Ameera: Yes Mummy, can we go down? I want to watch TV. Mummy: Give Mummy 5 minutes ok?
ZZZzzz...not in peace but more like trying to close my eyes while my kids kept on whining to go down.

I give up! So here it goes.

I am happy because it's the school holidays and I don't have any obligation to go out in this miserable Irish weather early in the morning to walk to the bus stop. But knowing my kids, who are all very energetic and full of ideas, merely staying at home and curling up under the blankets is just not an option. I have to think of something else. Well actually, lots of things.

Two weeks!!! Well it just made my day. I'll be very busy for sure.

My daughter just made a list of things to do and somehow, I was duped into promising her that we'd tick everything off her list. The good thing is, at least I had planned what to do over this Easter bank holiday weekend. I'll let you know about it soon so, you guys out there who are in Ireland could maybe come and join us.

The best part of the plan is that it's free. I promise. Well, most of it anyway.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Finally... Spring is here!!!

For the last couple of days the weather been very good. Alhamdulillah. Spring is finally here in Ireland. Despite this, it's still a bit chilly but the sun shines very bright and makes my day.


Since last year, I haven't had a chance to make any real changes to my garden largely due to my pregnancy and the fact that I spent most of summer in Malaysia. So, this year, I thought I had to do something useful with the garden.

While my kids enjoyed playing/acting as Power Rangers R.P.M in our back garden, my husband and I were busy clearing a piece of my lawn with the intention of planting some nice flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. The idea is that it's good in this recession that we're in at the moment.

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But they just couldn't resist looking at my dirty hands so, they joined in to help me as well. Actually, it was probably more to play with the dirty soil that has lots of worms in it. Seriously, the worms are very BIG.

Don't mind my outfit. Just couldn't be bothered to change to a proper gardening clothes.

So here's a sneak peak from my almost-there veggie, herb and flower patch. I have few more plants in mind to grow in that small space. Just bear with me though. I'll post and update once I complete it and when it starts showing signs of growth.

Plants that are still invisible under the soil are sunflowers, chilies, tomatos, pak choi, little gem lettuce, tumeric, lilly, blueberries and a few more herbs.

Hopefully everything will grow as planned!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

He is 10 months today

I'm SO nervous today. Well, that's actually another story. Will write about it some other time hopefully. But wish me luck anyway!


My Hisham is 10 months today. This is for real this time. Hehehe. When I wrote my blog yesterday, I didn't realised that it was going to be the 25th today. Don't mind me. I've lost track of dates these days. Maybe, it will all return to normal once I get my self a job. Hehehe.

Anyway, after I gave Hisham a bath today, I think I succeeded in getting his 'Twinkle twinkle little star' video. The fast version. Hehehe. I tried again after I put on his clothes but unfortunately, he won't do it again in front of my camera phone. Well, just enjoy this one then for now.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My baby says O' Ohh...


Lately, Hisham (my nearly 10 month-old baby) keeps copying sounds that he hears. Like most babies, he just watches and learns from his sister and brother and of course, my husband and I.



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I've tried to take a video of him singing the 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' song but always failed. Everytime he sings, yeah he actually sings it 'Tar tar tar tar tar tar tar' while clenching his fist to the tune, I never seem to have my camera/phone nearby. But when I eventually start to record him singing, he just stops singing and puts on his bored face instead.


Well, I'll try until I succeed. Go Mummy go!

Monday, March 22, 2010

How to keep your kids busy without costing you money.

During school holidays, kids might get extra bored staying at home. My kids have lots of energy and we can't just occupy them with the average day-to-day things. They need to get out. OK, I lied, well at least in the title above. Unless you want to walk, you will need some money.

Here's a few ideas that to occupy your kids while using a minimal amount of money:

1. Ikea play centres
If your kids are under 8 and above 3 years old, you can bring them and play in these centres. They'll love it. I used to bring my daughter before and after my lil boy turned 3 he can't stop talking about it.


In there, not only do they have lots of toys and play things, they also have dressing-up costume sessions, DVD's on show, drawing, colouring and lots more.


How much does it cost though?


It's free. You just have to wait your turn and you have an hour of free time for yourself. Cool!!!



2. Visit your local library
In Ireland, county councils provided most (if not all) communities with a good facilities like libraries, community halls, health centres, etc.


In my case, there's a libary only 5 minutes away from where I live. It'ss good sized libary which I think is very cool because not only does it have kids' section, they also don't mind if you bring a baby and noisy kids along too!


There's a specially-assigned playing area where you don't have to worry about your child talking and being noisy. But, just to be concerned, don't let your child make so much noise as it still might disturb people around you.


How much doest it cost though?


Again, this one is free.


3. Museums


There are lots of free public places for people to go in Ireland. One such place is the museum. You just have to Google it. It could be boring for the little kids but during school holidays sometimes they do arrange for some interesting activities for the kids that are museum-related. Apart from having fun part they can also learn more about history and expand on their general knowledge.


4. The park/playgrounds


If the weather's nice, going to the park for a picnic or playing in the playground might help too. They can explore the ground with no limits and climb up and down the equipment provided in the playground. It's also very good exercise. To save on spending money on unnecessarily, bring your own food and snacks. Preparing the food could also be turned into one of the fun activities at home too for the kids.




5. Riding bikes

This is such a good exercise. You can bring your own bike to a park. Or if the park is near you, ride to the park together. Safety comes first. Make sure you follow the cycling, road and safety rules. A good option if you don't have your own bikes, places like Phoenix Park has rent-a rent-a-bike service which, isn't too expensive.


6. Grocery Shopping

Last but not least for the moment, going shopping fro groceries. After all the fun time you have maybe it's time for you to think about what to cook at home. Bringing your kids along to the supermarket would be nice. They'll love it.

As per my previous post, you'll need a comprehensive list to do grocery shopping. So, why not make the list-making fun by asking your kids to write down what you need or if your kids don't know how to write let them draw the simple things you want to buy like fruits such as apples, bananas and oranges.


In the supermarket let them hold their list and ask them to pick the stuff from the list. Some supermarketswould even have mini trolleys for kids and they can push these themselves like a real shopper!


Apart from having fun with you, they can learn lots of things. About fruits, vegetables, fish and even how to pay at the counter.

The School holidays are coming soon(next week). You might just need all the ideas you can find!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bored

I am bored today. But too lazy to do anything. My kids were sleeping. I took this picture. Do you think he was just pretending to sleep?
Really he was sleeping. Can you hear the snoring? :-)

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another Conversation

One afternoon while I was washing the dishes in the kitchen my son Husayn suddenly came up to me.


Husayn: Mummy, can you put back Hisham in your tummy.
Mummy: Why?
Husayn: I want you to put him back in your tummy because he always hits me.

You see, as Hisham is getting bigger he is getting a bit hyper as well. He loves to grab anything in his reach and if he has a chance, he will grab his brother's and sister's heads and pat them. The pats can be a bit hard so Husayn will consider it as hitting him.

Mummy: But he didn't do it on purpose. He loves you.
Husayn (with an unsatisfied face): But he always wants you to carry him, he wants to sleep with you and he always wants to be with you and I CAN'T anymore. So, put him back in your tummy.
Mummy: But you also want Mummy to carry you and you cry like a baby ALL the time. Why don't YOU get in my tummy?
Husayn: But I don't want too. I want to be with you. Out with you. Because I LOVE YOU!!!


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Patrick's Day


When I first arrived Ireland, I thought St Patrick's Day was a kind of independence day for Ireland. I was wrong. It's got nothing to do with the independency of Ireland. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.

For years, I did join in the celebration with the climax beng the parade through the city centre. Thanks to my former employers, without having to worry about the weather and the crowd, I could easily have the best spot to watch the parade from my office which is located in the middle of town.


But since I have more than Ameera this time around, we (my husband and I) decided not to go anymore. Rather than stay at home, watching the parade in front of the telly (which would be the next best spot for us now), we followed the crowd, wear green and went out to our favourite shopping centre instead.


Usually, they will be a few events on the day. Face painting and balloon modelling for the kids will be one of the few fun events. Since Hisham was not feeling too well today, we cut the day out short and after having a few pretzels, we headed home and had another lazy day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Dublin


Auntie Annes's Pretzels: It officially opened in the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, 2 minutes away from my house. Isn't that great?!

Last Saturday, right after my daughter's gymnastic class we went straight to the shopping centre. Luckily, we were just on time for the grand opening. There, people were busy taking the pictures of the ceremony, breaking the giant pretzel etc.etc. Somehow, amongst all the commotion, they spotted my kids who were busy getting their pictures taken with the AA mascot. The AA staff got their offical photographer to take pics of my kids!


Hopefully, the picture(s) could be in the local newspapers soon. I don't know. Maybe. But I was just so excited to be part of it.

We got a free pretzel and argghh...! I still can't stop thinking about the gorgeous pretzel until today. It's like I'm addicted to pretzels now. Craving for it with a constant need to go there again. It's SO dangerous because it's just around the corner. I might have to consider revising the monthly budget for my new unnecassary expense! Oh yes, and the extra FAT!!!



Monday, March 15, 2010

What about Husayn???

Well, we're still on the topic of my kids' development. When Husayn reached 3 last November, I never visited the local health center for his regular check-up. So, when Hisham's visit was due, I brought Husayn along as well. I told him that we needed to go to see doctor. He absolutely loved hearing this and got all excited.


When we were there, the nurse and doctor did the routine check-up on him. They brought out this booklet and showed Husayn all the objects in the book. They basically asked him what the object was, what is it for and what colour it is. With confidence and happyily he answered all the questions correctly.


Well done my boy! I know you are a very clever and good boy. He just couldn't stop talking and explaining everything to the nurse and doctor. He got a really good thumbs-up from them.

As my Hisham was considered to be underweight, I thought Husayn would be in the same leauge. He was always petite since he suffered from bad cases of collic and eczema ever since he was born. He didn't sleep much at night, screaming his head off until 5 a.m. in the morning and refused to drink even my milk. I had to force-feed him using syringes and hold him tight while feeding him by shooting milk and food into his mouth. Sounds really cruel, I suppose.


Needless to say, it was a real nightmare. His face bled all the time and sometimes, even smelt really bad because of the eczema. I had to tie his arms up so that he won't scratch and hurt himself. Looking at him then just broke my heart.

Alhamdulillah, the pain is over. He still mildly allergic to dairy products but it's a lot better now. He eats a lot and almost everything compare to his sister. Surprisingly, his weight was confirmed to be normal by the doctor.

This is his chart :
Weight: 12.4 kg
Height: 87 cm


Believe it or not, to tell you the truth I only weighed 20 kgs when I was 12 years old. Yup. You read it right. I was so petite despite eating lots of chocolate as well as other food. I just could not stop eating all day but still didn't gain any weight. Before I was pregnant with Ameera, I only weighed 40 kgs on average and probably 43 kgs at the max. But not anymore!


The lucky time is over. I still can't stop eating now (as always) but at the same time, my weight doesn't go down at all. The worst part is, all of my clothes in my wardrobe don't fit anymore so I am forced to wear my old maternity clothes. They fit well. Gosh. Help me!!! I do some exercise-sit ups and walks to the bus stop to send my daughter as well as some gardening, vaccuming the floors bla..bla..bla...you name it.


Hah just to justify that it's OK to myself huh? Heheheh. I also run up and down the stairs for many times a day carrying my kids. WHY??? Why do I torture myself like this?


Well, there's been a few times now where some of my friends thought that I was pregnant. Errr...not at this time!

Well, enough about me. Hehe. I am just so delighted with Husayn's progress. Despite this, he is still very short when compared to his other friends of the same age. The important thing is he looks as healthy as ever. His cheeks are chubby now and the most important thing is he eats a lot now. I'm more than happy to see my kids happy.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

In Europe (or at least in Ireland as far as I know), we're celebrating Mother's Day today.


I woke up in the morning and got a big Kiss ang Hug from my kids.



I got this too


and this


Happy Mother's day to all mothers and mothers to be. May your day be as delightful as mine.

I Love You and Thank you very much Ameera, Husayn and Hisham and of course my beloved Hubby... Mmmuaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..!


Friday, March 12, 2010

The Blind Side

As always, every weekend we always have our lazy time together. We stay at home and watch movies. Last weekend, before the 82nd Oscars, my husband and I decided to watch The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. My husband said it's just another American football movie that I would like to watch. Similar in a way to Remember the Titans or Any Given Sunday and many others that I just can't remember.



Honestly, I am not going to review the film. I suck at it. Well, that is what my husband told me anyway. I admit it though. Instead of summarising the movie, I'll re-tell the whole story! Anyway, what I want to write today is about the moral of the story itself.

Overall, I like Sandra Bullock in that movie. She's different this time. More elegent and not clumsy as in her other roles. After watching the movie, I had a talk with my husband. I told my husband how good it is to know that in this world, there is still a nice family well specifcally, a woman like Leigh Anne Tuohy who decided to help someone and change their life for the better.


Leigh Ann comes from an upper class rich family and is surrounded with all these other rich people. Somewhere in her heart (and out of no where), she choose to help a homeless black teenager (Michael Oher) who goes to the same school as her kids.


To cut a long story short, she eventually decides to adopt him with support of the rest of the Tuohy family of course. And as a family, they help Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field. At the end he succees to change his fortunes and becomes a really better person.

I know there are lots of Hollywood celebrities nowadays who do the same thing. But heck yes. They are rich. I mean, really, really rich. Millions of cash in the bank account and can hire 10 nannies for each kid they adopt. But not Leigh Anne. Yup, she's rich too. But she's just another normal person like any of us with the added advantage that she has some extra money to burn.


But the question is, are we going to do the same thing if we have that kind of money? Are we going to just say hello and invite any homeless kid to our house and make them part of our family?


I would love too. But I don't think I'll be able to do the same thing Leigh Anne did. She just touched my heart and made me teary. It made me think, how nice she was and if everyone had the same heart like her, there would just be no bad people out there.

I just don't know how to dramatise my summary of the movie, just try and watch the movie. I hope you'll love it too.







Well done Leigh Anne and the Tuohy family. And what I didn't know previously, I found out early Monday morning when my husband told me. Sandra had won the Best Actress award in the 82nd Oscars for he role in that movie. Wow! She definitely deserves it. She did an amazing job!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Infant Reflux

I just remembered!

I know why my baby, Hisham hasn't grown much.

Yes, now I remember....It doesn't mean I've totally forgotten about it, it's just that I don't want to think about it or look back on the bad experience I had with my kids. It's just not nice.

at the Health Center

Since he was born and until recently, he's had a really bad case of reflux. It's really hard to describe how I felt. But just imagine if we, as a grown-ups keep vomitting everytime we eat. Now imagine if this happend to your tiny baby that doesn't know a thing yet. A baby that keeps on vomitting everytime you breasfeed him. It just breaks your heart. It definitely breaks mine.

I know if you ask any GP here they will say it's normal. But what if it happend every single time right after you feed him. Looking at his tired and exhausted face makes me really sad. Like my mom always said (in a very sad tone)...


Kesian cucu aku, kalau asyik-asyik macam nie, macam mana nak membesar???


Which roughly translates into: Poor thing my little grandson, how is he going to grow up if he is always like this???

Even though all the nurses told me not to sleep with my baby, with my mother's instinct, I still do. Before I knew reflux is quite common and a semi-serious condition, sleeping with him in my arms did help a lot. Usually, when I sleep with him, I will put my arm under his neck and he will sleep on his side rather than on his back. While I breasfeed him all night, this position helps him keep the milk in.


But, in the morning, as soon as he wakes up and is left on the bed, everything comes out. It's as if nothing else is left behind in his body from the night before. POOR thing!!!

I had to go through all this for the last 9 months with him. How can he grow when there is nothing left in his body? Thank God. Alhamdulillah, the worst is over now. I hope he will catch up soon like other normal kids. I am not surprised if he grows up to be bigger than you though!!!

These are 14 steps to help improve a baby's condition with REFLUX


Hope it helps someone out there who is going through the same thing I did with my Hisham...


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In my own world

I don't know why but somehow, in my own world, I thought my son Hisham is 10 months old already. My oh my. What is wrong with me? I blame the work that I don't have. It has been 9 months since I stopped working and officially, 3 months since I got my P45.

Recession, recession.


Since then, I have lost track of dates, and sometimes even the time. My brain just doesn't work properly until today that is.


I got a call from my kids' health center as both of them were due for their check-up. The nurse in charge asked me how old is my son and confidently I said 10 months. Without wanting to embarass me she said, Oh yeah 10 months this month right?


Putting my fingers in front of me (counting like a 4 year old) I nodded and said, Yeah NINE months and going to be 10 months this 25th of March.


Terrible isn't it? If you are my friend on Facebook or if you have read my recent blog about my son's development, I had incorrectly written that he was 10 months old. Somehow, when I wrote it I was a little bit worried because I thought he was 10 months old but he's still like a little baby. I mean he can move himself alright but not crawl properly and is still teething but there is no sign of a single tooth coming out.

This is what his chart says:

Weight: 7.18 kg
Height: 71cm


Despite this, he's eating/taking small amounts of solid food (more than his two siblings at the same age) , the nurse said he is still underweight. Honestly, my other two kids, Ameera and Husayn didn't eat at all when they were babies. I just breastfed them. They were 100% breastfed. They refused to eat anything whether it was food I cooked myself or ready made. Most of the time, I have to cruelly force them to eat as if it was giving someone poison.

Ameera

They just like Mummy's milk so much they don't even want to mix it with anything. But fortunately, Ameera was a happy, big, chubby and healthy baby while Husayn, despite having bad cases of eczema, is petite but still a happy and healthy baby. More importantly, both of them never had any weight problems.

Husayn

Why? I'm not sure. I breastfeed Hisham the same. He's glued to me every night in my arms or beside me. He is getting worse because lately, he'll cry every time I try to pull myself away from him. So, I spend most of the night breastfeeding him. It's making me so tired with really bad back pains as well.


And he is still underweight???

Well, as far as I know, different babies have different styles. I didn't blame the nurse. The growth chart tells the truth so, she's just trying to give me some input and do her job. As long as my baby's happy and he looks healthy and energetic (which I think is absolutely true) I think I am ok with it.

Hisham

He is eating alright even though it's only small amounts. People always say, Oooh...look how small Hisham is! Oh..he is SO petite, so small compared to blah...blah...blah

The same thing happend to Husayn when he was a baby. Honestly, it dissapoints and makes me a little bit sad. After all, I am the one who looks after my kids. I don't have any helper except for my husband who spends most of his time at work, of course. Other than that, I am with them 24/7.

So, what the heck. I know I am a good mother. How I wish all my sons were the same as my daughter (size-wise) when she was a baby. I suppose, God does this for a reason. Imagine if my sons are all big? Imagine if I have to carry them both at the same time? And, I imagine lots of other things. So I am glad and grateful for what I have. At the end of the day, I only breastfeed my babies. No formula and no solid food.

One thing's for sure. My kids are super beautiful (at least that's what my husband and I think)!!! Alhamdulillah. I love them SO much.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Silly Old Rascal!!

Sometimes, I'm just so Geram with my 3 year old son. He can be very sweet but most of the time, he really tests my patience. He loves to use big words and most of the time it sounds funny. Looking at his small-sized figure, you won't even realise that he's actually already 3 years old.

It must be some sort of natural defence system because that makes my husband and I hardly ever get mad at him. Emm... but for me, not anymore!

A few times, I've left him on the other side of the child barrier (that he can't open by himself). He would scream his head off asking for forgiveness and keeps saying those magic words:

I Love you Mummy!

Well, what happend today? This morning, I was in my back garden after almost 10 months of not stepping a foot on it. Yup, it has been that long i.e. ever since I gave birth to my third child and went home to Malaysia and then came back to Ireland again. I've never been outside to give a bit of TLC to my garden. Hey, I blame the weather. I like this blaming part... hahhaa.... really.

This is only a small part of my messy garden..

The weather makes me have this feeling. I don't even feel like opening the back door to my garden and let the cold, frosty fresh air in from that side of my house.

Today, I thought it's about time. So, I cleaned up the mess around the pavement door area and my mini green house which I bought last year. I was in the middle of loosening the soil in some pots and re-arranging some old pots around the garden when suddenly, my cheeky 3 year old son came up to me.

Husayn: Mummy can I have my bee scraper back? (Pointing to his sister's kids soil scraper)
Mummy: Wait ok Husayn? I'm using it right now.
Husayn: I want it now! It's mine.
Mummy: Wait Husayn. It's not even yours anyway. It's Ameera's.
Husayn: Mummy!!!! You Silly Old Rascal.... give me back my bee scraper!!!
Mummy: ????? What? What did you say? Where did you learn that?

He just kept silent.

Mummy: I'll tell Daddy what you said to Mummy. You're very mean to me and said bad things.

Bursting into tears and screaming and crying...

Husayn: No Mummy... I'm sorry Mummy. I love you. Please don't tell daddy.
Mummy: No. You're SO bold. I'll tell Daddy.

All the way upstairs he kept on crying and begging for forgiveness while trying to kiss me and say I love you to me.

I couldn't help but smile. I was SO angry but for some reason found it so funny and wanted to laugh away!

But I didn't. When I told my husband, he laughed out loud.

Would you find it funny too...?


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He just copies whatever Ameera does

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Friday, March 5, 2010

My name is Hisham

Hi, it's me again, Hisham!

trying to act cool... yo..yo wat's up man.. ;-)

Today, I want to tell you about my mummy who always complains that I can't crawl yet. Tadaaa... I can.. Yes, I can. This video proves that I can!!!

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Hehehe... Yes I know it's not a proper crawl but I can move very fast. And now my mummy complains again... hehehe... I just can't stop crawling everywhere. Don't stop me mummy.

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don't mind the mess... :-)

Hmmm.. What else can I do? I can call my Daddy... Daaaaaaaaaa da... My daddy's very proud of me. He is very happy because at last, I can call his name. My daddy was very jealous because I only called my mummy for the past 6 months. Yes, you read it right. I love my mummy SO much I could call her name when I was only 4 months old.

I love to climb too and sometimes, I almost give my mummy a heart attack...hehehe. And, I think I can stand by myself for a few seconds now. I love the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star song because I can clench my fists to the tune. I love the If You're Happy and You Know It song too because I will pat my mummy every time my mummy sings the song. I stare blankly at my daddy when he sings it though. He just doesn't sing it properly.

I also consider myself a good dancer. Really. I just can't stop wiggling my feet every time I hear music that I like.

I am happy baby.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

When the boys go mental

While my husband was washing the dishes... I just looked and took a video of my boys having fun on the table. I wasn't even bothered to move them...let them enjoy themselves

video

If they fall, I'll just blame the table...:-)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Caramel pudding

Despite being lazy, I still have to eat. I enjoy eating and always love it. I never use to put on weight but everything's changed now. Sigh. To make myself feel better or just as an excuse, I keep telling myself, I have 3 kids and still breastfeed my 10-month old baby. I have to eat. Hahahaha....

I made myself caramel pudding just for dessert today's breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper. Don't blame me. Blame it on everything that I mentioned above.



This is my mum's recipe but I modified it to my M&S taste!

1 tin of evaporated milk
1 tin of water
1 tin of fresh milk (my mum ommits this)
6-8 eggs
4 tbsp of sugar

For the Caramel
- I use 1 block of palm sugar: dissolved it with water to make a syrup (boil it in a pan until it thickens)

or if you want...

In a small, heavy saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Place pan on low heat and stir untill the sugar syrup turns golden brown colour. Remove pan from heat.

Pour 1 1/2 tbsp caramel into a small cup or bowl (or according to taste as I like it very sweet). Mix all the above ingredients with an electric hand mixer. Pour in the mixture into the cup or bowl coated with caramel and put in the steamer for 30 minutes.

To make the caramel look nice make sure to not let the excess water from the top of the steamer's cover to fall into it by wiping the cover out every 5 minutes or so.


See how ugly it is. Iwas just too lazy to wipe the excess water :-(

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Too lazy...just whining

I've been very lazy for the past few days.... well... I'm always lazy but lately the condition is getting worse. Just too lazy to write and blog eventhough I have lots of things on my mind. I did tell my husband how I wished whatever came across my mind could be printed out straight-away.


Too lazy to dig out more pics but this what I took in morning. A frozen car despite the sun shining so bright.


I was just too lazy to cook and go out. Yeah...blame it on the weather. It has been kind of weird lately. Once you wake up in the morning, the sky is so clear but when it's about time to pick up my daughter at the bus stop, it's snowing. A few days later, before you going to bed it was raining, the next morning you discover that everywhere was covered in snow.


Last weekend, it was so sunny and bright in the morning, but as soon as we planned to go somewhere, it started to rain. It's supposed to be spring now everyone!!!

The plants start to show buds despite the ground still being covered with ice and frost



You just can't do or plan anything these days. Yeah...blame it on the reccession too. I hate it. Because of it, I don't have any extra money to waste anymore. Well, never had extra money anyway, but the feeling when you know that you have income coming in, you feel secure and relieved to buy or do anythng. Just hate it now.

What can I do now. Well, just enjoy life. I still have my family. My beautiful kids and my caring husband. Just enjoy eating, spending my lazy time at home while I can. Because I know most people out there will say (especially Mummy), I am so lucky to be staying at home being a full time housewife/mother. Yupp...never regret it...Be grateful for what you have. I AM!!!


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