Children Are The Hands by Which We Take Hold of Heaven...

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM ~

Ben touching Spicy Baby (aka my 8 months old baby bump)...

"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

The Wonder of a Child's Curiosity & Imagination...

~ Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 8:35 AM ~

I was replying to Uncle Lee, one of my regular blog reader's comment on my iPad app review post about Ben's toys which he had quite a lot, but mostly those are hand-me-downs from our brother and sister in laws and presents from relatives and friends during his birthdays. We do buy him some toys but only on memorable occasions.

And it prompted me to post up pictures (quite recent) taken of Ben recently, playing with one of his newest 'toy'... the SHOE BOX! I think kids imagination is a powerful thing, even with a simple shoe box, Ben could be playing with it for sometime!

Curious Child
Despite the toys around him, he spent quite a long time checking out the shoe box...

Curious Child
Ben checking out the holes on the sides of the shoe box...

Curious Child
Now checking out how big is the shoe box (he later used it to store his toy cars)

Curious Child
Back to checking out the sides...

Curious Child
And closing the shoe box now...

I'm amazed at how a simple shoe box can keep him occupied and entertained for some time.  He used the shoe box to store  (park) his toy cars and later on pretended it was a garage where he opens and closes the 'door' cover and park his toy cars in it.

Goes to show the great wonders of a child's curiosity and imagination! With that in mind, I leave you with these few inspiring quotes to ponder on:

* I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

* When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.  ~ Walt Disney

* Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance. ~ William Wirt

Celebrating The 2nd Anniversary of My 29th Birthday!

~ Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM ~

Phewwww what a day I had yesterday!!!

Just in case you don't know, I have just celebrated my 2nd anniversary of my 29th birthday! Hehehehe.... alright, alright.. I've just turned 31 years old, I get it, I accept it! So anyway, what a great day it was!

To wake up at the sound of heavy rain pouring outside my house (I love, love, love rain!), and then seeing my precious boy still asleep in his toddler dream land and thanking God for a wonderful start for my special day!

And then hubby calling me on my mobile (he was out early to do his banking stuff) asking me what I would like to have for my birthday breakfast and my mind went blank for a moment... I told him I'd pretty much like to have McDonald's breakfast set if I can hehehehe...

Alright, not a healthy choice for a preggy mum with a nursing toddler but hey, it's my birthday!

And then hubby took over the task of feeding Ben his breakfast, leaving me to enjoy my breakfast slowly while checking my Facebook and being greeted and wished by many many many friends and family members on my happy day!

Not fair! Ben never opened his mouth THIS wide when I feed him!
MIL came over and passed my red packet through Ben...

And after breakfast, we watched Ben's favorite movie at the moment (Disney's Cars) and we stopped halfway and I changed Ben into his swimsuit and let him play in his water pool as we've not been doing that for the past few days. Halfway playing, I heard Ben saying 'cooking' and 'boil boil' and then I realised, oh boy... my precious boy is imagining cooking play now! How cute!

Boiling water for mummy...

After sometime playing, Ben helped me cleared the toys and drained the water in the pool. Then I bathed him and it's almost 1pm by then. I got ready his lunch and he happily sat on his pink walker (which we bade farewell sometime ago but ended up still using it as his eating chair in our room hahahah)

Ben munching on biscuits, banana and 2 slices of cheese

And then he insisted in feeding himself the yummy yogurt... just look at his face... yikes!

After a while, it's time for his daytime nap and to my surprise, my precious boy gave me a hug....! Awwww.... sweetness!!

Awww... what a nice birthday gift from my boy!

Ben woke up around 5pm and I gave him some snacks for his tea time break. He had 4 small bananas and happily poked the banana slices and fed himself while watching a Doraemon movie.

Then hubby got home from his errands and we got ready to go out for dinner. We already booked a table at this Japanese buffet restaurant, they were having this promo where customers who are having birthday on the day gets to eat for free! Woohooo! We walked around for abit before heading to the restaurant... need to prep up our stomaches for the big feast! Hahahaharr...

I like the paper placemat! An inspiring story I have read before...

A: Potato salad for Ben. It's very delicious!
B: 2 prawn tempura & 2 pieces of fried sweet potatoes for me!
C: A mixture of tempura, fish, wantons for hubby
D: Udon, Japanese tofu and fried rice for Ben

E: Japanese tofu, a prawn tempura, a crabstick, some fried vermicelli (yummy!) & some spaghetti for me...
F: Some papaya slices, a piece of green tea cake & strawberry cheese cake and 2 Konyaku jelly (check out Ben's finger!)
G: 4 scoops of ice cream~strawbery, corn, chocolate & yam flavors!
H: Soft porridge and some fries for me...

There are other dishes which I did not get to take photos of cos' I was away getting my 2nd, 3rd, 4th helpings hehehe... I didn't get to snap photos of hubby's double helpings of lamb shanks, the yummy Miso soup, the delicious Chawan Mushi and the few more scoops of ice creams and some few more pieces of cakes for me hehehehe...

Ben lost count of the number of jelly he had...

All in all, it was a great day and I truly enjoyed every moment of it! Again, to those wonderful people who take their time to wish me birthday, be it via SMS or Facebook messages, thank you again, and may God bless you & your family! I leave you all with this beautiful phrase to start your day with...

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Read: Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)