Sunday, October 17, 2010
The visit included two bird shows which the kids loved, as well as a feeding session. As expected, Lleyton "chickened" out of feeding the birds, whereas Leanne looked on nonchalently at the proceedings.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Mummy often likes to recall the day before Leanne was born, it being the very day of the start of her 1 week advance maternity leave, the day which she celebrated Lleyton's birthday in school, and the day whereby all 3 symptoms of labour appeared, yet not knowing she was already in labour. She had to attribute it to her high pain threshold which allow Daddy to bring her to hospital within 15 min with contractions already 10s apart. Thank goodness, labour was short and this considerate little missy arrived within 30 min upon Mummy being sent to the delivery ward.
She is probably one of the best things that happened to Daddy and Mummy, and of course, as a best friend to her elder brother. When she first arrived, the big brother treated her with hostility; today, he showed the highest level of tolerance he had for her, accomodating her sometimes unreasonable requests, which deeply demonstrated how fond he is of his little sister.
It is great fun watching the two little kiddos playing together. Leanne loves to interact with others even when she is surrounded with toys, unlike Lleyton who prefers to play on his own when he was her age. That was probably the kind of positive influence siblings can provide each other even at such a young age.
It is always so heartwarming to sense her joy and excitment when she sees Daddy, Mummy or her brother coming home from work or school, showering them with hugs and full of sweet smiles the moment they step into the house.
Today, a simple birthday party was set up for the duo, to mark this special day of Leanne and also that of her 3 year old brother. This party was smacked right in the middle of the busiest and uncertain period of Mummy's new work schedule, but she was glad everything turned out well (apart from the little blemish* created due to her lack of follow-up). Nevertheless, it is the joy the kids had which was priceless, accompanied by the great gifts and sweet thoughts from all their friends.
Leanne, may you stay sweet and adorable always. Happy Birthday!
Love, Daddy & Mummy
(* As a result of Mummy's "blurness", she only realised today that she had accidentally left out some guests in the invite list, even though she thought she had invited them. To the guests who did not get the invite, please know that you were only mistaken left out.)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Most of the time he won't even bother posing unless there are some favourite cartoon characters that he poses with. Leanne definitely looks more natural in pictures..
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
During the movie, Lleyton was snuggled tightly between Daddy and Mummy. They had bought him a popcorn set (coke was of course kept away from him), in the hope of keeping him seated in case he got bored . Surprisingly, he was exceptionally quiet through the movie. Besides munching on the popcorn, his eyes were always fixated on the screen with a occasional smile when the adults laughed at certain scenes.
He sat through the entire movie without a stir. Finally at the end of the movie (where the credits were shown), he fell asleep in his seat. Daddy and Mummy praised themselves for the good selection of movie on his first attempt. Curiously, they wondered if he understood the plot or at least remembered the characters in the movie. Hence, Mummy went to youtube to refresh his memory. Yes, he remembered all the cartoon characters, including the "telephone", "purple bear", "big baby", "potato", 2 dogs ( 1 real dog and 1 springy dog), even the "elephant". Was there an elephant?. Yes, he said it was in the school.
There can always be a 2nd movie for him, when a good one comes along.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Marking this milestone, Leanne started "talking", making sounds of "Dada, Dadada". Naturally, Daddy has taken this to be a premature form of "Daddy", and is pleased with Leanne's progress. This is in contrast to Lleyton who took to saying "Ma" way before "Da".
Hopefully, Leanne will be able to pronounce "Mummy" and "Daddy" soon...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Daddy reckons that Lleyton has a good shot at winning the best Mandarin-speaking-foreigner contest, for his accent is so hilarious!
Leanne is now able to stand on her own, albeit with structural support to hold on to. This started when she was exactly 8 months old. The domestic helper screamed when she saw Leanne holding onto the edges of the cot, standing by her own. Daddy ran in and took the video above.
Thereafter, Daddy placed Leanne lying down, so as to prevent her from hurting herself, in the event that she fell. However, it was fruitless, as Leanne was soon back on her feet on her own, as shown in the video below.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The sharing from the PTM were largely as expected, that Lleyton is generally okay. The details include comments that Lleyton is more talkative now, and a bit too much that he chats with his classmates when lessons are on-going or when the class is doing an assignment. He is also inadequate in colouring his worksheets, and he gets disinterested when the lessons were revised or repeated.
Nonetheless, Lleyton has shown immense enthusiam in physical activities, and listening to stories. He is also very eager and curious to find out more about the aftermath of stories (even after the stories have ended). Lleyton is sociable, and and communicate well with his classmates. His teacher has also commented that she is surprised that he can recognise all the mathematic numerals even when those have yet to be taught in class. On the same note, Lleyton has demonstrated great strength in his academics, especially in maths.
From the session, Daddy has also found out that Lleyton does conform to the normal diet and sleeping routine in school, despite recently being picky about found at home, and not wanting to take afternoon naps on weekends.
On the whole, Daddy is pleased that Lleyton has developed well over the past year that he has spent in school. Keep it up, young man!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Furthermore, the battery issue has resulted in Daddy using the lenovo thinkpad more often instead of the macbook, where the photos are stored.
However, Daddy is aware of followers who will like to see Leanne's recent photos and clips of Lleyton playing with Leanne, and will endeavour to put those on the blog as soon as practicable.
Daddy's main quip is that Lleyton's level of proficiency is largely still the same as he was before he started lessons, and that there is no clear sign that things will improve in the coming weeks or months. When probed, the instructor has replied that the kids can only go further after they know how to hold their breathe in water, otherwise they will just be put through "water confidence" exercises. That really irked Daddy, as Lleyton will not need a private swim coach (charging moderately high rates) to let Lleyton play in the pool, as Daddy and Mummy have been already doing that for the past two years. To worsen things, the instructor has told Daddy to teach Lleyton to hold his breathe. Daddy has been thinking hard, if Daddy is able to teach Lleyton to do so efficiently, what will the swim instructor be necessary for?
Daddy has quietly decided that he will inform the swim instructor this weekend that he has 4 more lessons to show some improvement in the kids' standards, or his employment will be terminated. Daddy is adamant that when a private coach is hired, his training regime and pace has to be customised according to the standards and competencies of the student, rather than impose a slow common pace to all his students, in the hope of dragging the lessons over a longer period.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
The swim coach turned up 40mins late for the first lesson! Just as the kids were about to get restless, he arrived, and soon the class was underway. The class started with basic water confidence drills and kicking exercises. Thereafter, the coach brought the trio for a familiarisation "swim", or paddle in the pool, with their floats and boards. This was way too much more flotation than what Lleyton is used to, so he seemed pretty relaxed and at ease with the swim.
Daddy was left wondering how Lleyton has developed his over-confident self...Perhaps it is time to let the young boy learn about the perils of the water...
The journey from home to Iluma had taken approximately an hour. Unfortunately, at the end of the hour's walk, the kids discovered to their dismay that all the shops (less coffee bean) at the Iluma were closed. Hence, Daddy suggested taking the overhead bridge to cross over to Bugis Junction instead. There weren't many shops that were open, and J Co happened to be one of the very few. The party of five settled at J Co for breakfast. Lleyton argued for Leanne to be seated with him, and look at him hug his little sister.
Breakfast was a spread of six sumptuous doughnuts, coffee and mocha. The video below showed that Lleyton certainly loves his doughnuts, to the extent of neglecting his image....
Look at her wide smile, when driving her brother's flashy red car without a driving licence! Daddy certainly hopes this is not an early omen for things to come 18 years later....kids nowadays...sigh...
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lleyton started using Daddy's iPod when he's barely two, and has now mastered many games on the iPod, at the grand age of two and a half.
Leanne is looking to outshine her brother, as she has now started on the iPod at six months old!! Her great prospects are also enhanced because she is being coached by the former brilliant protege Lleyton!