Monday Listicles

Top 10 highlights of March 2014

 

March really seemed like a shorter month then February. Technically it is longer as it has 31 days however with a week long spring break in between time really zoomed past.

This month was jam packed with activities for the kids due to the holidays.

1) It was also an exciting month for me as my first born turned 10 years. He is officially a tween  and has stepped up a notch in his art of skillful negotiation at home.

2) I started a new series- Parenting with Less Stress where I document my struggles and experiences with the kids. The hits and the misses and what I am currently trying out with them in relation to their holistic development.

Lovely pink bloom

Lovely pink bloom

 

3) I showcased the photos which I took at the Garden at the Bay and they really do have many lovely blooms there.

Brush like bloom

Brush like bloom

4) Some of the flowers were certainly really unusual and reminded me of bottle brushes which we commonly use around the house.

A red bloom

A red bloom

5) Patience is really Golden and essential to have as a parent. I shared how I have been cultivating this value of patience throughout the years since the birth of Monkey boy.

 

Book Cover

Book cover

 

6)  What can one do if failure is not an option?  This book which I recently read shares some useful tips on how to overcome your fears and I tapped on the knowledge in this book to create Positive affirmations to use with Monkey boy to teach him how to cope with his fears.

 

 

The boys enjoying themselves on a horse ride

The boys enjoying themselves on a horse ride

7) The boys had a taste of Turkey when we visited the Exotic Turkey Exhibit over at Changi Airport Terminal 3. They enjoyed themselves engaging in a horse race, fishing and learning more about the country.
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8) March was a month for reminiscence  as I recalled how it was like to breastfeed the kids. If you didn’t know I had been Breastfeeding for 31 months for both Doggie boy and Tiger girl back then.

Doggie boy posing for the camera

Doggie boy posing for the camera

9) The boys piano recital was on this month and  I’m really proud of both of them as they played their solo pieces well.  The yearly piano recital is something that both of them look forward to and I’m glad that they are confident enough to perform.

My entry for the Bento Making Challenge

My entry for the Bento Making Challenge

10) Even though I only got a consolation prize I really enjoyed myself in the Bento challenge which I took part in last weekend. It was fun getting to play with food and create art from it.

 

How was March like for you?

 

Top 10 Highlights of February

The reflection of a castle tower at Tokyo Disneyland

The reflection of a castle tower at Tokyo Disneyland

February was a really fast month for me.  It was over in a blink of an eye. It seem like a reflection in the water, here for the moment and gone the next.

1) In February I managed to clear the backlog on my December holiday post on Japan and the kids and I had many fun moments together.

Tiger girl and me on a ride

Tiger girl and me on a ride

2) We went on many different rides at Tokyo DisneySea and the best place there for Tiger girl was at the Mermaid Lagoon which had her favorite character~ Princess Ariel.

Duck swimming

Duck swimming

3 ) I shared with everyone how I have been doing practicing my photo taking skills with the photos of Ducks which I took at Tokyo Disneyland.

Monkey Boy's Gold Medal

Monkey Boy’s Gold Medal

4) This year was the first year that Monkey boy took part in the events on Sports day at his school. He was selected to represent his house in the 6 x 80M relay and his team came in 1st  out of all the 5 teams who were  running in the relay. It was certainly a proud moment for him when he stood on the podium to receive his medal.

A pink bloom

A pink bloom

5) It was a month long expression of Love for me.  I wrote on how Tiger girl is loved to bits and how I enjoyed my Valentines this year.

Tiger girl smiling

Tiger girl smiling

6) 10 ways I love my kids is another post on the theme of Love which I wrote in Feb. There are many different ways to express your love and it is not only limited to physical items.

 

Monkey boy and Tiger girl having fun

Monkey boy and Tiger girl having fun

7) Spending time with the kids is what I manage to do  and I shared on how I encourage my reluctant kid to read. Since embarking on the new reading routine with Doggie boy he now actively looks to read with me every night before bedtime. One of the books that we have read together was  Dragonbreath

The Arabian Coast at Tokyo Disneysea

The Arabian Coast at Tokyo Disneysea

8)  Going on a vacation need not be a stressful affair.  It is possible to have a fuss free vacation by leaving the planning to the kids.

Tiger girl posing for the camera

Tiger girl posing for the camera

9) Tiger girl is one of my favourite subject for photography.  I took many snapshots of her over the weekend when we visited Gardens at the Bay.

If you are into child photography like me you should check out the books which I reviewed this month-  Your Child in Pictures and Design Aglow posing for Family Portraits

10) I completed my 1st series here on the blog- Learning with Dominique (English Composition) where I shared with my readers tips on how I teach English Composition to the boys. It is not as difficult as it seems when you understand the rubrics of testing in this component.

 How was your February?

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