Anniversary

11 Apr

Read this today:

Wow! Has it been five years already? I am honoured, although I feel that the quantity of this blog is not “worth” five years.

Just the same, I feel good. Thank you, WordPress, for the greeting and the reminder.

Good night from my side of the globe,

Marie

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Rush.

9 Apr

My long weekend is over. This afternoon, as I was excitedly playing with the kids and reading stories to them, I was reminded of tomorrow’s bittersweet goodbye again.

Goodbye as in me leaving for work, and spending about 10 hours away from the kids. Tough job.

And that I would be in a rush tomorrow to work, attend and make a presentation at the meeting, and accomplish what I need to for the day. Then rish back home to be with the kids, have dinner, play with them, clean then up, and tuck them in.

Long weekends are fun but, at the same time, they cause anxiety when they’re about to end. Separation anxiety from my loved ones. But I am grateful I have this job.

Tomorrow’s another day.

Sleep tight, y’all.

Blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie

Sick Kids, Tired Mums

8 Apr

Was searching on the net for a touching parenting meme on taking care of sick kids when I chanced upon this on Pinterest.

Couldn’t help but laugh.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile :-)

8 Apr

This week’s Photo Challenge is “smile”. The challenge is to post a photo that makes you smile or one that has a smiling face.

Here’s mine. My two-year-old, who has been feeling under the weather for days now. She was feverish for three days with a nasty cough. This was taken this morning while watching the movie, “Three Men and a Baby”. She’s getting better now and, hopefully, on her road to recovery.

Mobile blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie

Where has my blog gone?

7 Apr

I am ashamed.

I only had a few entries in 2017, when I planned on rebooting this blog and breathing life to new posts every day. Or was that in 2016?

I failed.

It’s not because I have nothing to write about. It’s just about finding the right time to blog when the kids (yes, I have two kids now) are already in bed or when they nap in the afternoon on weekends.

You see, I am a working mum. My job entails countless administrative tasks and attending meetings that take up most of my time. Not that I am complaining and planning on using working hours to write a short entry or two. But I simply do not have the time to do so.

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Happiness. 

8 May

Every parent would agree with me. Our kids’ happiness always comes first.

Monday.

6 Feb

It’s almost 1am and I can’t sleep. I am tired and I feel like the weekend is not enough since I worked on a Sunday instead of chilling with the family.

I was just looking at my not-so-many posts and was transported back to the times I was excited to write them. And then I got busy and temporarily stopped blogging. I could’ve hundreds of posts by now if only I committed to it. Oh well.

I wish I could get this going now. For real.

I hope I could be like you, a blogger, who does not waste a day without posting for his/her readers. More than that, for his/her soul that craves being heard.

It’s Monday. For sure it’s going to be busy but I hope I get the chance to write a post about my day even for a couple of minutes.

Blogging from my side of the globe,

Marie@Work

Sunday Work.

6 Feb

I brought the Toddler, my energetic three-year-old son, to work today. We were in my office shortly before 10.30am, enjoyed our fried chicken lunch at 11.30am, and, well, I tried to do some work at 1pm.

I succeeded. Partly.

I started working on a presentation that’s due tomorrow morning. I was on my second slide when the Toddler came up to me and said, “Kiss”, and he gave me his usual sweet kiss. And then, “Hug!” And he hugged his Mum for a few seconds before dashing off to my mini sofa and doodled what seemed like a galaxy to me. Or it could be his own version of the terraces. Or a rice field. Who knows?

All I know is that it’s my son’s masterpiece, which made me smile as I tried to peek through. He was happily singing a mash-up of nursery rhymes. Some I can barely understand, while some I memorised by heart. Who wouldn’t? Every mom with a kid this age would sing all these songs and know every word by heart. That comes with being a mom. And knowing the actions, too.

I started working on the next slide when the Toddler approached me again, and asked for water. I gave him his bottle, cleared the little sofa and propped up a pillow for my little guest.

I didn’t realise I spent a few good minutes watching him drink his water while holding his ear. I got lost just by looking at my son, and admiring him for all the things he learns every day, the sweet things he does to me, to his dad as well as to his baby sister.

I am in love. No doubt about it. And, if you had read my previous post on what excites me, I would now include the many adventures that he and his sister will have in the future. With us.

Today’s a good day despite the sweltering heat, the chilly air conditioning that cannot be adjusted, and the unfinished presentation deck. I got to spend time with the Toddler on a working Sunday. I’m glad and he was happy. 

And that is all that matters.

What Excites You?

28 Jan

Traveling. That’s my answer. 

I remember countless conversations about winning it big in the lottery, and what I’d do with my winnings. 

I’d travel the world and see more of Europe. Yes, I am in love with Europe, but that deserves another post. 

This one is about the day I realised I’d gift my family a quick trip to Disneyland this year for their birthdays, instead of the usual presents, kiddie parties or fancy dinners. 

This year, the four of us (the hubby and I, and two toddlers!) are going to see Mickey and Minnie in Hong Kong! And it’s a celebration of “firsts” for our little family:

1) It’s not my first time to see HK, but it is for the hubby and the kids. 

2) It’s our first out-of-the-country trip together as a family. 

3) First out-of-the-country trip for the toddlers! Yay!

4) A first occassion to celebrate all our birthdays in one day. 

5) First trip without a stroller. I read from a blog that HK is not stroller-friendly so hubby and I will each have a kid in tow. 

6) First time to see the Disneyland fireworks! I missed it last time because we had an early start and the heat was unbearable. By the time we finished our stroll at the park, we were extremely exhausted and had to run back to the hotel for comfort. 

7) First trip without a nanny. Hubby, we can do this!

8) First opportunity for us to save up for the trip. Goodbye, unnecessary expenses and eating out. 😊

9) First time we are sharing a birthday cake!

10) First learning experience for us as a family, as we discover a different culture, see new places and meet new people. 

The trip is in November, and it’s only January. I can’t wait!

Yep, I’m excited! See you in a few months, Hong Kong! 

Thank you. 

24 Jan

As I type this entry on my mobile phone, my three-year-old boy is “typing” on my tummy, pretending that he is working on something. 

Add to this “typing” is him being adorable to his Mummy. My heart is rejoicing!

Anyway, last year, I started jotting down things I’m thankful for, and I have over a hundred of them. The exercise was meant to “produce” five things I am thankful for every day, but even with my small handwriting, I only used up three pages. 

There were days I’d forget about enumerating them, and there were days I’d exceed the five-per-day requirement. 

So here I am again, attempting to simply transfer the exercise from my journal to this blog. To help me fill it with content when I think I do not have anything to write about. 

At least, there is always (always) something to be grateful for. 

Like this. This very moment when Marcus, my firstborn, is singing “Baa baa black sheep” at 10.45pm. 

Thank you, love, for keeping Mum company. It’s way past your bedtime but who cares? When you grow up, you and I won’t have this special pre-bedtime moment anymore. 

Thank you, God, for this. Thank you, Universe.