Saturday, March 07, 2015

Akmal Turns Six

i can't believe the little baby i refuse to accept was turning one is now six year old! he's such a baby-big boy. on one hand, he's still being carried around by me, he still sleeps on my lap, he still asks to be fed, he goes around with at least one (sometimes three) soft toys, he's still addicted to his thomas but on the other, he talks like a grown up, he uses big words like 'interesting' 'excellent' 'awesome', he asks really tough questions.

i was just so not up to preparing for his birthday. he's been asking for a frozen-themed cake, more for olaf, but i wasn't planning on doing anything in school. until his teacher sent me a text asking if i was. then i thought, ok lah…final year in kindy and all. but i only made that decision the weekend before his birthday so there was no time to book a cake. on monday, i went to giant, grabbed some chocolates, cookies, small packet drinks and note books for his party packs and got a ready-made cake at kings. for that price, i would really have felt better if i called up for a specially made olaf cake and better party packs *sigh* see…laziness doesn't get you anywhere.

i went to his school about 9.30am, akmal's class would be out for snack at 10am. gave me enough time to put the cake up. i knocked on his class door first to let his teacher know i'll be in the canteen. his friends were all cheering and clapping, excitedly waiting for the cake cutting to begin. when they came into the canteen, they were all happily jumping, they even pulled out a chair for akmal to sit on, sit here, sit here. lovely kids, they are.

the cake cutting was short and sweet. the kids finished the cake, like totally gobbled it up and akmal took back the party packs to be distributed in his class. he was on cloud nine. made me feel extra guilty for not preparing for this earlier. but he was absolutely happy and i guess that's all that matters.

of course a birthday is never complete without dinner at chili's. probably 6 times a year, every year.

he did get a surprise cake, by the way. we were in damansara for pappy's birthday dinner the weekend before. as we were singing happy birthday, we changed the name of the birthday boy from pappy to akmal. needless to say, he was shocked but ecstatic. he got his frozen cake. he went home with the biggest smile that night. i can bet that's why he was ok with the low-key birthday celebration in school.

thanks, adik baby, you're a real joy to have around. you keep everyone on their toes, not knowing what information you'll come up with next. you're our very own dictionary and encyclopedia. i know you love your birthday present!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Amir's SRA Kem

a week after we came home from london, we had to part with amir again. he had to go away for the weekend to a leadership camp (for prefects, librarians and school monitors) with his agama schoolmates. it was very daunting for us, not for amir - he was super excited, but for hubby and me. its not easy to let one of the boys go away for the weekend, and it was especially difficult knowing there's to be a river at the place, albeit a small one.

amir was busy with school exams the few days prior to his camp. so i had to run around preparing his bags and clothes and other necessities. his exams ended at lunchtime on friday and he was to leave for camp after friday prayer so we only had a few minutes the night before to go through the things he would be bringing. i packed everything his teacher had list down plus a bit more - hand sanitiser, plasters, panadol (though we've never given them without supervision before), insect repellent, sleeping bag, 2 extra sets of clothes, extra socks, packets and packets of tissues, wet wipes.

amir wanted hubby to take the afternoon off to send him to school. not content with that he wanted both asyraf and ariff to take the day off from school to send him off too. yes, first born - always thinks he's mega important. hubby did take the day off, i think he wouldn't be able to sit still at work anyway.

we got to school a bit late after friday prayers. we should have gone straight after prayers but we took amir home for a quick shower instead. the bus was to leave at 3pm. we made it to school with only 10 minutes to spare. amir's friends were all boarding the bus. he quickly ran to his friends, leaving hubby to carry his bags and put them in the bus.

i held on to his schedule from the day he left til the day he came back. we missed him terribly and couldn't wait for him to come back. even asyraf said he missed amir and it was no fun without him (disturbing everyone) around.

amir's bus was supposed to arrive in school at 4pm on sunday but we got word that the road was clear and they would be earlier than schedule so we left for school. it was wonderful seeing him after 2 days away. even though he came back with some negative stories about the camp and forgot to bring back his school shoes and slippers and socks, he said he had a wonderful time. maybe we'll be a bit more prepared if there's another camp for him - just for him though, not for asyraf or ariff and certainly not for akmal.

after amir came home, he quickly rushed out for his weekly futsal. i was at home, preparing chili crabs for dinner for amir. needless to say, he slept very, very early that night.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Back Home

we were away for the long chinese new year break last week, took a trip to good ol' sunny london. now we're back home and back in the grind. school's going to be busy with tests and exams and school trips before the march school holidays. and its hot back home. good for the laundry, not to good for afternoon naps.

entries on our recent short trip is here -


the value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults - peter de vries

grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explainning things to them - antoine de saint-exupery