Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Non-stop drawing

Posted by Dawn at Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1 comments Links to this post
My elder son loves to draw. When he comes home from school, after changing out of his school uniform, he would head straight to the board to draw. Either that, he would also pull out my drawer of rough paper for him to draw.

So he is either wasting lots of paper and pen ink or whiteboard marker ink. Caleb could spend almost an hour just drawing. I am amazed as he can't even sit still doing his work for 15 mins.

Here's Caleb when he was 4 years old.

 
 
 
 


 
Then at age 5 and 6,


 



Just yesterday, he drew on the paper and he keep leaving it everywhere on the table. It makes me annoyed as I would always find stacks of paper left behind from all his drawing. I am really amazed how he can think of things to draw. He sure has a very imaginative mind.
 
Another thing I am impressed with him is how fast he would draw his pictures. Its as if he has drawn the same thing over and over again before. But he hasn't as from what I see, his pictures all usually very different and random.
 
I once asked him if he wanted me to sign him up for art and craft, he said no and I think he is just happy drawing what he likes..
 
Here's his recent drawings which caused my table to be so messy but after looking at it when I had the time, I can't help but smile as the expression on the faces of his drawings are priceless!
 
The question in my mind is how should I groom him? Think for now, I will just let him be and enjoy it! I am sure he would let me know if he wants any art classes.
 




 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My 1st love letter from my 5 year old

Posted by Dawn at Wednesday, February 12, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
My girl has been rather close to me since I quit my job last July. We have spent every morning walking Korkor to school, having breakfast together, doing household chores etc etc before Danielle hops onto the school bus at 10+ am.

Recently in her school, she has been learning all about penguins and yesterday morning, she was busy writing and drawing while I was vacuuming and moping the floor.

Initially I thought she was doing some random drawing of penguins but after she was done, she handed me this!


She actually wrote a short message for me which I was taken by surprise as usually if she draws something for me, she would just sign off her name. Nobody taught her to write all that and that's what melts my heart. She even drew my favourite penguin as I once commented that I love fairy penguins because they are small and cute.

I am definitely going to remember this moment and treasure my very first love letter from my girl!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Chinese New Year Visitations

Posted by Dawn at Tuesday, February 04, 2014 0 comments Links to this post
Every Chinese New Year (CNY) is almost the same. During the eve of CNY, I would go back to my in-laws place for lunch while its dinner at my parent's place. On the actual day itself, I start off the day by cooking rice and a chup chye (mixed vegetable with mock abalone, mushrooms, bean curd skin etc etc) for breakfast. Then off to my mum's place to wish them happy new year by offering tea and collecting our ang baos(red packets). My children would also offer me tea as a sign of respect. It is a good tradition that I would like to keep.

Wonderful to see how much Caleb loves Baby Jadon


My family and my parents
My family with my parents, brother and sis-in-law

After that, I would visit my in-law's place, then to my grandma-in-law's place for lunch where I would indulge in my favourite fried prawn roll and pig stomach soup. After that, I would go back to my mum-in-law's place to wait for relatives to visit.


Throughout the whole day, the relatives would all hop from house to house to visit, starting with my mum-in-law's place. It's interesting..Then we would end the night by having dinner at the last house where we would get to eat the all popular pig stomach soup with extra punch from the peppercorns! Its the best pig stomach soup I have tried so far.

So the first day of CNY is always a challenge both mentally and physically. But once the day ends, I feel very accomplished that I survived after visiting about 5-6 houses till night.

On the 2nd day of CNY, it would be my side of relatives where we would gather at this house where we would indulge in carrot cake and yam cake. So that's why I named her "carrot cake aunt". That would be my lunch there. As for the children, they would eat a little to fill their stomachs but throughout our time at 'carrot cake aunty's' place, they would be out in the corridor running about.

Even though every year- the adults would be in the house eating and talking over their food while the children would be outside playing in the corridor, it is also always different as every year, we get to see how the children behave with one another as they grow older and by God's grace, there are new additions to the family as well that makes the visiting so much more interesting.

My mum with her grandson, Jadon
My aunt (father's sister) who seem to get younger and slimmer each year

All our children should call him," Uncle"!

David trying to carry his uncle

Aw..how sweet


Rare shot with most of the cousins

Anyway, though festivities tire me out because of whole day visitations and late night sleeps,it also energises me through the New year goodies (All-time favourites would be the bak kwa and pineapple tarts) and food!

In a nutshell, CNY is always good for family to get together and bond. Without a festival like this, people may just give excuses that they are too busy to meet up or just lazy.

Now, probably looking forward to the next year as baby Jadon will then be running about and playing with the rest of the children!

Wishing everyone a great year ahead!



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