Archive for November, 2011

Calvin turned two

November 22, 2011

We can’t believe how fast 2 years went by. We didn’t really have a big birthday bash. It was just the three of us, a small apple swirl cake made by yours truly and a very happy boy who suddenly received a new box of fire engine toy because it’s his birthday. I highly doubt he knew what was going on at all. His papa’s been busy with a class project the past week ( and is still working hard on it as I type) so he hasn’t had as much time with papa as he would have liked. The weather is mercifully good though so I’ve been able to bring him out for walks.

He’s just such a cute little fellow that I find it hard to deny him, though sometimes we must, for his own sake. I would hate it if our indulgences turns him int a spoiled brat. But he’s such a good little trooper most of the time like when we were at a store and he saw an RC car, he started to put it into my cart. When I took it out and gently reminded him that mama needs to finish his shopping, I was surprised that he willingly left the items behind.

He is such a ‘TV’ addict though. Everyday, he will clamor to watch his videos on my iPad. His favorites are Chuggington and word world – not that we have much else for him to watch. Every day after he finishes his allotted half hour to one hour viewing, he never fails to cry/ whine/ tantrum about it. He’s even started singing the Chuggington theme song while playing with his trains; pretending that an empty toothpaste box is Action Chugger and making us sing the action chugger song for him; reenacting his favorite scene where Harrison, a blue train is stuck in the snow and Coco plus a lot of other trains pulls him out.

He still reads a lot everyday. By that I mean he gets read to. ‘more books’, says the little emperor. He loves our visits to the library, though it makes me feel rather guilty when he’s looking for a book we’ve borrowed before and I have to tell him that they are at the library.

He’s also taken to sleeping in either of our arms. It’s rather endearing but it does get tiring when you really want to get something done but he keeps waking up wanting to be held… But I guess even this phase won’t last so might as well enjoy it while it lasts.


Words to melt a Mummy’s heart

November 21, 2011

Our little guy loves his daddy. So much so that it makes the mummy sometimes feel exasperated and sulky about it, but the other day, he did something just for mum.

We have two child sized wooden chairs, one of which we finally assembled after some long procrastination. So Calvin sat on it to give it a test run. His dad sat on it too. I was sitting on the floor, feigning sadness and said ‘oh, mama has no chair. She’ll just have to sit on the floor in a corner’ and started to give a good sulky performance. Then little Calvin gave his papa a little shove. ‘Pushes,’ he says. When the seat is vacant, he points to it and says ‘Mama sit’. Aww, my dear boy, I’ll forgive all the monkeying you ever did.

A busy busy baker is me!

November 5, 2011

Since Johnny started putting more hours into his studies (a much needed change), I’ve been busy with taking care of Calvin, cooking and the general upkeep of the household. But that isn’t stopping me from baking 2 to 3 half loafs of the no-knead bread every week. I feel kinda hippy doing all these cooking from scratch stuff since I was getting sick of reading labels off the bread in the supermarket every week to make sure there’s no High Fructose Corn syrup. What’s worst, i end up with yucky bread pretty often coz I’ll pick the lowest price loaf with the decent ingredients. So on to more baking it is. It’s good that I can sneak in things like flaxseed and even oats into the homemade bread as well.

I’m quite surprised at how well my culinary experiments are panning out. The recipe with white flour tastes just like those artisan bread you get from fancy restaurants – crispy crust and chewy crumb. The apple pie experiment last time went well too. The recipe I got online made a really great apple crumble pie, except that the calories in that measly pie kinda freaked me out and I’m sure I really want my waistline to endure all that.

Which reminds me of the Halloween trick or treat a the uni on Monday. We brought Calvin to look around 6pm which was near the end of the session. There were so many kids in hilarious outfits like skunk, beefy super hero, jedi, king kong and of course hanging on to their buckets of candy. We saw quite a few gobbling down candy as they walk and I was wondering how they were going to eat any dinner. Now I’m starting to get worried about Calvin when he is old enough to know what modern day Halloween means. I’m not sure I’m even getting him a costume unless he asks for one? Well, we’ll see how it goes. I was almost tempted to get him a crummy stiff number that was on clearance (it was at least a rocket which fits into his current vehicle craze) but J being the guy who’s not blinded by the 70% off sign just says no which dissuaded me easily.