Monday, October 17, 2011
October is a more joyful month. With the kitchen completed, it's time to hold birthday parties for the October babies - , Weiwei, Daddy, Lleyton & Leanne, each of them less than 1 week apart from each other. The parties were kept simple, and they were held over a few Saturdays when the families gather during the weekends. In addition, both Lleyton and Leanne also had a joint birthday celebration in school!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Mummy has implemented a reward chart system for Lleyton: for every 5 stars awarded in each category, he will get his reward upon request.
1) Brush teeth twice a day = 1 big chocolate
2) Feed himself and finishes food in 30 min = Go to the Playground
3) Keep toys after playing = Go to the Zoo
He was keen in the initial stage, and was actively monitoring his stars. There were some negotiations along the way (including removing stars if he refused to do certain things) or swapping for stars with other categories. Finally when he received his full 5 stars for the "Zoo" category, Mummy arranged one big outing together with his cousins and Ah Ma, Ah Gong, Ah Yi etc.. Ah Yi kindly helped to obtain 2 corporate passes (= 8 adult entries) and off they went!
The 2 boys were seated comfortably in the push-cart, while Leanne sat in the stroller.. only weiwei has to complete the entire course on feet (which explains her grumpy look?) :)
Besides stopping to look at the animals along the way, the first show was the Splash Safari. The highlight of the day was a proposal that was pre-planned by one of the audiences, in collaboration with the zoo management. It was indeed touching though.. and all their family members were present to witness the event. What's more unforgettable was the "BIG SPLASH" that got Lleyton & Leanne totally drenched! Well, that again explains the change of clothes before they proceed to the Elephant Show.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Lleyton was excited on the day of the visit, and was keen to meet the dentist. The consultation room was well-equipped with toys, cute sunglasses and a TV showing cartoons. Poor little Lleyton had a little filling, and the dentist told him that she was trying to catch the worm trapped in his teeth. The 15-min visit was not cheap, but at least now he is more convinced that he should brush his teeth in the morning and right before he sleeps.
Daddy agreed with Mummy that more videos on the kids should be taken, simply to record their development and how they progress in terms of speech, movements over the initial years of growth. Here's one on Leanne demonstrating how much she loves school, even on a non-school day, insisting that she wants to bring her school bag with her everywhere she goes.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The terrible 2s have started. And indeed terrible. Leanne loves to throw tantrums, cries non-stop in order to get what she wants, screams at the top of her voice. Mummy has a perfect plan, which she learned from the show "超省时妙招". This technique basically states that any crying baby who watched herself cry on video, will stop almost immediately. So she puts it into practice, filmed Leanne crying non-stop and showed it to her at that instance. It worked! And here's the video.. bet she is going to blame Mummy if she watch this when she grows up.
Monday, May 2, 2011
That day also marked the end of the 5-day Easter holiday in Australia, and Fremantle was abuzz with excitement and fun. There were street buskers and performancers on the roads and market, and the crowd were exhilarated with the fun-filled atmosphere and engaging performances. Lleyton and Leanne were no exception.
Day 6 started with a stroll around the Perth city centre, where the family stayed at. After a quick dash to the local supermarket for supplies, the family headed for a picnic at King's Park! The kids enjoyed it tremendously. Lleyton was so excited by the feeding of the ducks that he wanted to give away almost all the food! He and Leanne fed the ducks with cereal, biscuits, and some bread.
After the picnic, it was shopping time. Mummy had her fill at Harbour Town Outlets. Following that, the family had a sumptuous seafood feast at the Fremantle wharf. It was a great meal of fresh seafood, comprising oysters, squid, various types of fish and chips amongst others.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
The first day was spent travelling on flight, followed by another 3 hours drive from Perth airport to Margaret River. The supermarkets have closed by 7pm, so the family bought Pizzas and Fish&Chips take-away. Lleyton totally enjoyed the spa in the apartment, and insisted on having his bath in the Spa.
The family started off with a visit to the Market which was held during 2 Saturdays in every month. Lleyton had a go at designing his own Easter egg. A visit to the supermarket was made to stock up on groceries before they set off on the trip to Yallingup Shearing Shed. It was one of the the kiddos' first close encounters with farm animals. Both looked intently at the sheeps with curiousity, yet feeling reserved about feeding them. The rest of the day was spent travelling around the vicinity, with visits to Cullen Wines (2 bottles of Carbarnet Sauvignon Merlot), Simmos' (Ice)Creamy, Margaret River Nuts&Cereals etc. Dinner was home-cooked noodles, served with roast chicken and chips. The nights generally ended early, thus the adults continued with few rounds of card games after the kids fall asleep.
The third day was packed with more activities, with a short trip to Cape Leeuwin (Leeuwin Lighthouse at the the south-western tip of Australia) as it was along the way towards Jewel Caves. Tickets were bought for the 12pm visit to Jewel Caves, and unexpectedly there was a black-out in the cave half-way through the guided tour! A black-out in the cave = pitch-dark. The guide advised all to walk back the way where the tour started with the help of the pathetic torchlights. A refund of half the ticket price was given as the tour was more than half completed. Needless to say, few photos were taken (those taken were not clear as the cameras were not good enough). Lunch was at Karridale Tavern, a cosy little pub. Ordered pizza and fish & chips again.
After lunch was a visit to Leeuwin Estate, and Daddy bought another 2 bottles (of Brut).The day ended with a visit to Sunflower Farm. The kids were thrilled at the close promixity to little bunnies, chickens, sheeps, kangaroos. But what excite them most was the...playground.
(to be continued...)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Mummy decided that there was sufficient time for a workout before Lleyton attend his class at 11.30am, thus promptly got ready the gears and off they go!
Both kids were overjoyed as they were free to roam around the court with the balls and rackets . Don't they look like professional players (except that they were holding "badminton" instead of tennis rackets)?
Meanwhile, she has turned demanding in many aspects, more fussy, more stubborn.. She also recently got her very first hair cut since birth. Lleyton has physically grown taller, talks non-stop but sometimes with intelligence, and replies his age as " I am three years old, going to four years old". At times, he will start his baby-ish language just to imitate his sister and irritate his parents.
Nevertheless, they are a bunch of joys and definitely takes the tension and stress off work after working hours. Happy 18th months Leanne, and Happy 3.5 years to Lleyton!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
These kids are definitely growing fast.. with Leanne eating almost the same portion as her brother, and playing games that her brother is playing. That is the reason why the big brother has been reminded several times that he ought to set good examples for his little sister.
For a change, besides building his Thomas the train set, Lleyton now prefers to do his writing exercises and maths activities nowadays, and has taken an interest in spelling. His usual phrase: "Mummy, XXXX (e.g. truck) - A B C D is what?". What he meant was to find out how to spell a certain word. To date, though he can spell only a couple of words (i.e. Lleyton, apple, cat, cap, car, brush, bus - almost) on his own, it is still a good attempt. He has been teaching Leanne new words as well. Glad that they are helping each other.