Highlights of August 2014

Dolphin swmiming in the water
Dolphin swmming in the water

August flew by at a blink of an eye. Poof and the 31 days were over before I knew it.  This month has been a busy month for me as I had spent quite  a lot of time reflecting and planning on what I want to do in the next three months. 2015 is fast approaching and I’m hoping to be able to complete all the goals that I have set out to achieve before the year is up. Wish me good luck!! Without further ado here are some  fun moment we had in August.

The kids in a boat
The kids in a boat

August was a month of celebrations as I celebrated my 36th birthday.  This year the kids and I had a fun day out with R as we visited the Alive Museum.  It was a real treat for them as they got to do funny poses and enjoy being part of the 3D exhibits.

Monkey boy posing at the guillotine
Monkey boy posing at the guillotine

I got my chance to literally “kill” the kids as they have been driving me up the wall lately. It was really nice to visually experience them almost getting the chop by the knife.

Monkey boy's last wish
Monkey boy’s last wish

I was rather merciful with him as he had his last wish written down.  Can you guess which one was his? 

Our family of five
Our family of five

Spending time as a family of five  is something that I really cherish. It’s not easy to find time to spend together as R is flying a lot for work.  Most of the time it is the four of us who are hanging out with each other.

The boys playing together
The boys playing together

Watching the kids growing up day by day I’m grateful that I’m given the chance to be with them as they experience the different milestones in their childhood. They can have an incredible amount of fun just playing scissors, paper stone. The two brothers can play non-stop if you let them be. They  will talk about anything and everything under the sun.  Currently they are fascinate with Grotopia and Minecraft. Two games which they play during their free time.

Tiger girl and me with my birthday chocolate mooncake.
Tiger girl and me with my birthday chocolate mooncake.

It has been quite difficult maintaining the delicate balance between the kids at home. Girl and boys really react and behave differently and what used to work with the boys doesn’t seem half as effective with the girl the third time around. Handing relationships is a really tricky business.  It can get rather exasperating at time getting the kids to behave and understand what I am trying to teach time.  They can really bring out the good and bad in you simultaneously. Some times I do feel jaded and wish that I rather be reading a detective novel then handling their squabbles and tantrums on a daily basis.

Homemade Fried Udon Noodles
Homemade Fried Udon Noodles

It is on days like this that I work on diverting my energies to being busy around the kitchen. It does help me ease up and reduce the amount of stress that I may have been feeling. Making noodles , soya bean milk, trying out new dishes and bakes give me a sense of achievement and also ensures that everyone in the family gets to eat healthily. I never regretted giving up my position in the rat race to be with the kids. I feel that I have benefited much more being with them watching them grow up.

How was your month of August like?

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Writer’s Workshop: On Your Own

Tiger girl holding on to a pole
Tiger girl holding on to a pole

It has been nearly 20 years since I graduated from high school.  Back then I was all eager to be set free. I was finally legally an adult and could  do whatever I wanted.   I did not need to be accountable to the elders for  every  little thing that I do. I only needed to answer to myself.

I thought it would be great as I didn’t not need to have to  worry about other people’s approval and I could do things as and when I liked.

There was no one to nag at you for staying up late or for not doing your chores. You could simply focus on doing what  pleased you and don’t even need to do things which you didn’t fancy doing.

I could spend as long as I wanted watching DVDs if there wasn’t a class that day. No one could stop me!!

Little did I know that it was a blessing to get  certain things like bills being paid by your parents.  Being an adult is really not easy.

All of the sudden I was responsible for the so many things which I never really did have to bother before. It was really overwhelming as I suddenly had so many different things to handle all at once.

Staying abroad during my University years I had to handle everything myself. From getting my own apartment, paying bills and even choosing what to eat everyday.  Even though I shared an apartment with fellow Uni mates I had to change my accommodation a few times as it was difficult to find people who you could get along with to stay together.

I had to learn how to budget my finance and make major decisions on my own. If bad decisions were made I had to bear the consequences myself.  It was a really growing experience during the 4 years I spent in Australia for my degree.

There is really a vast difference from what one perceives as “freedom” being an adult and what it really is.

How was it for you living on your own?

 

Jenny Matlock Mama’s Losin’ It

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