Thursday, July 30, 2009

A little conversation with the little one

Firstly, I'm not pregnant or planning on the 2nd one as yet. Just in case you thought I am after reading this post.

Recently, Grace have had great times getting to know and get together with her cousins (children of my cousins). And there was this one little brother that she likes most, he was Qi Xian (my cousins, Khai Hong's son). Qi Xian is about 1 year 4 months (I think). Graces love to play with him, care for him, wanted as much to carry him and to an extreme, wanted to bring him home to stay with us. At one point, she told me (as instructed by her uncle (my brother) and her grandma (my mother), "Mummy, please give me a little brother, so that I "bao bao" (carry) him". LOL!

So I took this great opportunity to ask her several questions in regards of her being an elder sister. Here's our little conversation:

Grace: Mummy, I want a "di di" (little brother).
Mummy: Really? Will you love him?
Grace: Yes.
Mummy: Who will care for him?
Grace: I will.
Mummy: If baby cries, will you sooth him?
Grace: Yes.
Mummy: What if "di di" wee wee or pooh pooh?
Grace: He can use my potty. (wow, so generous?)
Mummy: Can you then wash him up?
Grace: Yes I can. I'm big "che che" (sister) now.
Mummy: Can you teach "di di" to read and stuff?
Grace: I can.
Mummy: "di di" wants to drink mummy's "nen nen" (means being breastfed), can he?
Grace: Yes, both of us drink together!
Mummy: .....dumb!
Mummy: Where does "di di" sleep?
Grace:...fingers pointing to a specific location. "Di di" sleeps on my bed.
Mummy: Where do you sleep then?
Grace: I sleep on mummy's bed.
Mummy: Mummy?
Grace: Sleeps beside me.
Mummy: Daddy?
Grace: Sleeps with "di di" (still, she wants to own me)

There you go...the mind of a 2-year-8-month old girl.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I'm it

Ok...let me get this done real quick. I'm not used to being tagged and getting rewards. My sis presented me with an award last week, but had not have time to post the reward as yet. And today, she tag me again. Let's get this later one done first.

The rules are:
1. Mention and link back to the person who tagged you.

2. List 6 little things that make you happy.
3. Tag 6 other blogger and let them know they're "it"


Now for the 6 little things that make me happy:
1. Like I scrap before, when Grace is happy, I'm happy!


2. Seeing hubby at home, playing and fooling around with Grace makes me happy.


3. Being able to scrap all I want, makes me happy.


4. Going to my parents place every Wednesday and relax a little makes me happy.
5. Hearing from my siblings makes me happy.


6. Getting comments from fellow scrappers on my layouts makes me happy

And the "tag, you are it persons" are:

The Holy Alliance
Wishful Thinking
The One and Only Blog of Liana Lioe
Leena
Crafting in a crazy world
Create Idea 2 Scrap

Monday, July 27, 2009

Great grandchildren of late Ah Kong

Yesterday was my dear Ah Kong's funeral. All his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were there, together with some relatives to pay our last tribute to the great man.

As Ah Kong's close family members, everyone of us mourn for him and we were given different "badge" (I don't know what it is called in English) to show our different relationship with Ah Kong. Well, the eight great grandchildren of Ah Kong had the most special "badge". There's this string of red or pink ribbon tied across them, just like in beauty pageant. Red is for those with the same surname with Ah Kong (child of sons of Ah Kong's sons) and Pink for those with different surname (child of sons/daughters of Ah Kong's daughters or child of daughters of Ah Kong's sons).

And so we had all these "beauty queens" post for us. It's a rare occasion that all 8 of them could get together. And the kiddos love it. They remained seated for a period longer than what we expected.





Friday, July 24, 2009

A week of mourning

This was a sad week for my family, the Ngs and the Tans. Our beloved Ah Kong (grandpa) passed away on Wednesday at 20:18.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I together with my parents and little girl will be in KL for a week to take a glimpse of my brother's house. But we cut short our trip and rush back on Tuesday night.

My Ah Kong was already ill for the pass weeks and the illness had get critical on Tuesday. One side of his lungs fail (he had pneumonia) to function and thus having breathing difficulties.

On Wednesday at around 3p.m. the hospital called notifying us that he's critical and requested that we bring him home. And so arrangement was made for him to be sent to my uncle's house. At that time, a booster dose was given to boost his heart beat and at around 4pm the drips was removed and he was on his own determination.

All his 3 children (2 uncles and my mom) and a few of his grandchildren was with him during the last journey of his life. We were all by his side. It was very obvious that he's waiting for more grandchildren, especially his eldest grandson, whom was rushing all the way from Pulau Pangkor (2-3 hours aways from Penang) to reach. There were 2 occasion when he stopped breathing but with our persistent calling, he breath right on. But unfortunately on the 3rd time, it was really his last breath and so he left us. We were all so sad and cried.

My Ah Kong was a good man and lived a good life. He gave us very good example. For his whole life, he was hardworking, honest, humble and mellow. Though he was the head of the Tans, he never ever dictate his children and grandchildren. And even in his later years, and suffering from stroke (his entire right side was paralyzed), he kept on equipping himself with latest news, work and move the most he can. I want to give honour to this great man in our life!

Here's some photos so share (more for the benefit of my elder sister, whom is unable to be back to pay tribute to our dear Ah Kong):

His very last moment

His very last moment




Monday, July 20, 2009

This blog is still alive!!!

Hey....just wanted to say that this blog did not die.....it's just temporarily neglected...haha....

I'm up to something, which I can't say now, thus is busy doing something. You will know it when the time come.

Am now in KL, wanted to take a glimpse of my brother's new house.

Scrapping and blogging will have to wait....just a little.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A walk at the botanical garden

Little Grace was really excited when we told her we're going to the park (referring to botanical garden) on Monday morning. You see, hubby's aunt (Aunt Sue) and her son (James) are visiting from Australia, so we brought them to the botanical garden for a walk (to burn some calories), before heading to Bali Hai for breakfast.

She (I mean Grace) sure was happy that day. She kept on saying that she will race with Uncle James. As soon as we set foot on the botanical garden, she starting running. She even opt for the roads heading up hill and was running...yeah, running up hill (only a little girl can do that)...ehehhee...Eventually, almost three quarter of the journey, my little girl was tired and wanted the daddy to carry her. Lucky she did not ask the mummy to carry her. Else, we might have a headline in local newspapers the next day: "A 31 year-old mummy died of exhaustion"! wahahahaha.......Anyway, it was a great walking trip. And thereafter, a good breakfast and time catching up.

I left my camera in my drawer, so I used hubby's hand phone to take some of the photos. Which I couldn't wait longer to scrap it. Here it is, using sketch #28 from 52 sketches...52 weeks.


I created kind of a scene as the environment we were walking in....trees and grass. Used crackle paint for the tree leaves. You could see the effect on the second photo.





Materials:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Core'dinations
Others: Product packaging chipboard (as the leaves), felt (as the grass), Heidi Swapp She chipboard alphas, Dymo tag maker (for the journalling), Distress Crackle paint, Hero Art stamp (for the tree trunk), Staz On ink

Watch out! Another blog candy!

My blogger friend, Avina, whom had sent me a great giveaway last month, is having another giveaway on her blog. Hop right on to her blog and check it out! Also check out her layouts...they are great!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Craft, craft, craft....

Earlier in May, my dad bought a bicycle for Grace (I think I did blog briefly, err very briefly) and Grace was super excited with it. It was a Sunday at church (my dad was at my church to give sermon) when dad showed Grace a photo of the bicycle. And since then (even we had yet to have our Sunday Service) Grace asked and requested to go to gong gong's house. After which, we did went over and boy....she was so eager to take her first ride. She needs help in getting on and down from the bicycle, guardian at the sides (so that to catch her should she fall) and a few guidance on how to peddle. She's a smart little girl. Just a day of training and she's all ready to give it a try at the park.

Well, she's now able to balance herself real good on the bicycle and peddle a few rounds. We're now teaching her to navigate her bicycle.

I finally get to scrap her "biker" photos. I used Sketch #005 from Twisted Sketches with the twist of using fabric. The papers and fabric is from Scrap-n-Crop.com's July "Oh So Hot Summer" Kit.



Materials:
Patterned paper: Fancy Pants designs Frou Frou collection - Gossip, Basic Grey Gypsy Collection - Amber, Autumn Leaves French Twist Collection - Petit Habou, Making Memories NW Delaney diecut stamp
Others: Amy Butler fabric, Darkroom Door stamps, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

And, here's a card I made earlier and sent to my elder sister in the US. It's her birthday on July 12th. Waited till now to share so as not to spoil her surprise.



Materials:
Cardstock: Core'dinations, The Paper Company value pack
Patterned paper: Old paper from Qtea
Others: Prima Essential 5 flowers, Gelatins Spiral Symphony clear stamp, Crafty heart polka dots ribbon, Adirondack Dimensional Pearls

Then this card I made on Friday night. It's going to the ebay listing too.


Materials:
Cardstock: Core'dinations, The Paper Company value pack
Others: Cuttlebug Tiny bubbles embossing folder, Cuttlebug Script texture embossing folder, Cuttlebug slider die, Tim Holtz Distress Ink

There's blog candy over at "There's Magic In The Air"

Yeah...that's right, you heard me right, there's blog candy over at "There's Magic In The Air". Not one but two. Wow.....there's one small candy and another one is really big. So, what are you waiting? Scrapping friends, go check it out and get yourself in the drawing. Non-scrapping friends, you can still go check it out and probably if you win, you could post it all to me...wahahhaa.....just kidding.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy 7th Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Moses Chee

Today is our wedding anniversary. Is a day for celebration and of course, dining!

Well, I made this for hubby. This is for our 7 years of happy marriage and the many more happy years to come.




Err....I'm a shy, old-fashioned kind of Chinese lady, so I hide the journalling, only hubby gets to see it on the physical layout.



Friday, July 10, 2009

Oversized Bathtub

I've mentioned numerous time, how much little Grace loves to go "swimming". Well, it's not actually swimming for her, it normally will be the mummy swims, while pushing her forward.

Thus, going down to the pool has a certain "must have". Her float, a mini pitcher, her rubber ducky, worms and spider crab. She will be playing with her set of "toys" at the pool. This definitely is an over-sized bathtub to her all this while, until recently.

Well, recently she'd master the skills of kicking (like in free-style swimming) and what's more, she could actually "kick" herself to me! Great! Of course, she would be playing with her "toys" at intervals.


Materials:
Cardstock - RoseMoka Appel de la nature cardstock pp
Patterned paper - Autumn Leaves Petit Habou, KI Memories Organized Skinny Stripes
Others - Basic Grey Porcelain collection alphas, Pink Paislee Office Lingo die cut

And since I'm here, might as well share on a very simple card that I made yesterday.


Materials:
Cardstock - Core'dinations, The Paper Company paperstack
Others - Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder, Zig textile marker, Prima Marketing rub-ons

Thursday, July 9, 2009

2 Cards and a layout

Well, here's to share the 2 cards and a layout that I made last night (midnight..beware).

Anyway, the layout is based on Twisted Sketches, Sketch #004 and the twist is to use at least 1 transparency, can be any sort of see through embellishment. The layout is on Grace in one of her dress-ups. She loves putting on all sort of clothes and cloths and then run to her grandma's room (cause there's one big mirror there), then look at herself in the mirror. Gosh...even at this age? Yeah, even at this age, girls will always be girls!

This is rather a simple layout. I created the scalloped border by punching circles from a blue pattern paper, then arranging it behind the originally white cardstock. I inked the white cardstock using Antique Linen distress ink, then lightly stamped with scripts stamp, using Vintage photo distress ink. The butterfly (which is an overlay, i.e. see through embellishment), is originally white, but it couldn't stand out, so I coloured the backing with black marker. The alphas were originally yellow, I changed the colour and texture using Ranger's Copper Acrylic Paint dabber. Well, that's about it!



Materials:
Cardstock - The Paper Company White cardstock
Patterned Paper - Collage Press Citrus Collection, Arctic Frog - String of Flowers
Alphas - Basic Grey Porcelain collection
Stamps - Hero Arts
Overlay - My Little Shoe Box
Others - Qtea cloud tag, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Copper, Zig Signature Pen

Next 2 are cards with matching envelopes which I plan to list on ebay for sale, to get some extra cash for more scrapbook supplier (grin..grin..grin).


Materials:
Cardstock - Hero Arts Kraft Notecard with envelope
Stamps - Hero Arts
Others - Tim Holtz Distress Ink,Archival Black Ink, Marvy Le Plume II, Zig Textile Marker


Materials:
Cardstock - Core'dinations, The Paper Company
Patterned paper - 7 Gypsies Capri Catalina, Basic Grey porcelain collection
Stamp - Darkroom Door
Others - SnC Trims, Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Juggling Balls

Well, here's the story of the juggling balls that I mentioned earlier, here.

Now, Grace had been watching Hi-5 (Australian cast) since she was like 8 months old (or it may be earlier) and since she was hooked! Just like how I was hooked to scrapbooking....grin. This is the only show that she likes and will watch at this moment. No other cartoons, not that I don't allow, it's she refuses, for some reason. Might be fear of the characters.

Anyway, back to my story. I must say, she learned a lot from the Hi-5 series, especially on some English words (you see, we speak to her mainly in Mandarin and only a little of English), and she picked up her singing and dancing skills there too. Though she's very talented in both. Well, whenever she sees something new from the show, she will ask, "Can Jia Yun (her name) do that?". If I answer this, "Yes", she will follow with, "Mummy, I want". LOL. So this juggling thing, she once saw and asked and ended up saying, "Mummy, when you go to Borders, please buy the juggling balls for me". After a few months of saying the same, I finally decided to get her a juggling book and kit. I know, I know, she won't be able to jug (or even start practicing) until she's older, but let's just say this is to save my ears! But it ended up me being a clown! Sigh...sigh.

So that day, I think it's a Monday, while having dinner, I told her to quickly finish up her dinner so we could go Borders. Actually, it's me whom wanted to get a scrapbooking/ card making magazine there. But as soon as she heard, "Borders", she says, "Mummy, please buy the juggling balls". So I drove her to Queensbay Mall. The car park was amazingly quite full for a weekday, forcing us to make a few rounds in search of a parking space. This then is our little conversation:

Mummy: Hmmm....no place to park. So many cars today.
Grace: Why so many people?
Mummy: Because, they are here for shopping.
Grace: Why they are here shopping?
Mummy: (just to tease the little girl)....they are here to buy the juggling balls.
Grace: (starts to panic).....Then, after they buy, there's no more juggling balls for me! Mummy, quick...run to Borders.

And just because I tease her, I get to run to Borders....

(just a little update on my progress in juggling balls: still looks like a silly clown, dropping all the balls)

Something exciting to look forward to!

I'm waiting anxiously for this, I mean, FREE digi stamps weekly, who could resist that?!? Read for yourself here. Let's sit back and wait for the great release on August 3rd!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Woohoo!

I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so excited!

Err....sorry, got carried away there. Heehee...

I'm one of the Twisted Sketches Sketch #001 winners! Isn't that great! Check it out here.

It was really a great challenge with a twist. Definitely going back there and get more challenges!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I need a break...

......else I will break!

Sorry, just shouting out loud here to release some tension!

Not sure why, yesterday and today (and again I'm late in my post) was just not right for me. I feel so irritated with just about anything! Sigh.....maybe it's just because of a sore back and neck.

And to make matter worse, Grace is super active these days! It's just so hard to get her to sit unmoved for a second and it's even harder to get her to sleep at night. Argh! Not to mention her million or trillion "Whys?"!

Oh...may be I'm already taking a break from being a mother, now taking on the role of a "clown". Practicing juggling in front of Grace, whom find it all so amusing! Sigh, sigh, sigh...will talk more on this.........when I'm back from my break?....nah...when my back and neck heal.