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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Arrival of Yi Qing

We're pleased to be "re-affirmed" as Ah Pak and Ah Nyong with the arrival of our niece Yi Qing on 9 September 2010. Her Christian name is Rosalie.

Yi Qing
[Yi Qing]

Yi Qing is the fourth grandchild and first granddaughter of my parents.

Congratulations to
Niq & Chui Ying.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Picnic Fever

We went for a picnic in Balik Pulau on 29 August 2010 in the company of friends from the Catholic Engaged Encounter Penang community.

We were at the picnic site, a stream flowing through a fruit ochard, at about 9.30am. The water was clean but cold!

The stream
[The stream]

Justin did not warm up to the water and protested when his feet were dunked into the water. He prefered to stay dry and keep an eye on the food instead... *smart boy*.

Justin at the picnic
[Justin at the picnic]

Justin and drinks
[Justin in charge of drinks]

Julian on the other hand took charge of the fun and eagerly got himself wet. The water was indeed cold even by adult standards but Julian did not seem to bother... not even after his hands turned white and his lips turned purple... talk about sheer will power to have fun... *slaps forehead*. We think that among all those who were there, it was Julian who had the most fun... *slaps forehead again*.

Julian upside down
[Julian in charge of fun]

Julian in the water
[Julian braves the cold]

Julian's new hairdo
[Julian's new hairdo]

Since it was a potluck picnic, we brought along cocktail sausages and some brownies that Julian baked
two days ealier.

Makan time
[Potluck tuck]

At around 11.30am, it started to rain. The rain soon turned into a thunderstorm which lasted about an hour. We all took shelter at the ochard house. When the storm had abated, we were surprised that the stream had turned into a small raging river and that the water was now the colour of "teh tarik". We left at around 1pm.

Flash flood
[A stream no more]

Well, too much of a good thing can't be good. Julian had fever that very evening, and even had a sore throat and some diarrhoea. He was his usual self after about 4 days. Justin started having a temperature last Wednesday (probably courtesy of Julian) which lasted about 3 days. He also had some thrush. All was well by the weekend *phew!*.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Julian at 39 Months

Julian turned 39 months old on 28 August 2010.

Some observations this month:
  • He is a bit more receptive to eating noodles, which he totally rejected previously.
  • He loves chocolate and would ask for it almost every day. We try to keep this under control as we feel it is bad for him to have too much. The only good thing is he would be satisfied with even just one Smarties pellet.
  • He eats one or two vegetable/multi-vit gummies a day.
  • Sometimes he wants exclusive attention from us (e.g. when he's cranky). He would climb on our lap and when Justin comes, he would say "I don't want Justin" and attempt to push his brother away.
  • When he doesn't want Justin to have something, he would 'make up' excuses like "you cannot eat" or "it's dangerous" or "it's sharp" even when it's not.
  • We finally got him a kiddy table with not one but two chairs as younger brother Justin is sure to want a stake in it. We're happy he's making good use of it.

Julian ponders
[Julian ponders]

Julian's tortoise
[Julian and his tortoise project from playschool]

Julian ticklish
[Julian is ticklish]

Julian is strong
[Julian is strong! (imitating Mickey Mouse in one of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes)]

Julian with party hat
[Julian partying at home]

Julian at the kiddy table
[Julian hard at work]