Category: Heartbeat

Can’t Sit With Us

Chemps and I

As many of you may know, my little Chempedak has just entered Primary school this year. It was much of an adjustment for me as it was for her. No actually, I think the new school transition had a higher impact on me. Kindergarten was always a comfortable and fun learning environment, and while there were episodes where she came home in tears, I knew it wasn’t anything a comforting hug and a chat couldn’t cure.

But school… well…school’s different, and kids can be so mean.

Her first few weeks went by rather well. Then her first encounter with real life occurred.

Chemps has a best buddy in her class, and most of the time, they go about exploring the new routines of daily school life together. Then one day, her friend fell ill for several days and so Chemps found herself a bit lost.

On one of those days when her friend was absent, I picked up a rather glum looking Chempedak from school.

Me: Hi! How was school today?

Chemps: Ok.

Me: You don’t sound very happy.

Chemps: Damia didn’t come to school again today.

Me: Ohh.. I see.

Chemps: Just now during recess, I didn’t have anyone to sit with, so I wanted to sit with these other girls from my class. Then one of them yelled at me “Go AWAY!”
I said to her I just want to eat with all of you, then she said “You cannot sit here!”
I didn’t do anything to her, Mommy.

Right there, at that moment, my heart crushed.

We’ve all met them before, the mean girls. Perhaps we were once one of them. But never did I imagine a seven year old would already have that sort of attitude. Heck when I was seven, the entire class ate together under a tall tree by the field and after which we all played catch with much carefree joy. No one cared who could or couldn’t sit where and with whom. We just enjoyed the fun company.

I didn’t know how to explain to my daughter simply because I couldn’t understand it myself. Too young for them to be cliquish and yet it happened. Where did that little girl pick up on this? Older siblings? Cousins? YouTube? TV? Parents? Where?!

Me: Well, that wasn’t very nice of her. It’s ok, as long as you know you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about. I’m sure there are other nice kids you can sit with. Where did you sit after that?

Chemps: With some other girl. We shared our food! It was nice!

Me: That’s great. Don’t have to waste our energy on nasty people. We just be nice to everybody ok?

Sigh. I guess I can only protect her for so long….

May Allah protect my children from the evils of this world and the hereafter.

 

This… is…

SPARTAAAAAA!!! *screams in all macho glory with spittle flying everywhere*

Ok, ok now let’s try that line again but this time…

THIS. IS. DOODLE!!!! *skips about and throws confetti all around*

Hahhahahah, ok not much of the spittle effect (thank God) but maaannnn it feels good to be back!

HelloooOOOooOoo!! Boy do I have a kabillion stories to share with all of you. Where do i start, wheeere do i start…

OK, from the top!

WORK
I’ve resigned from my full-time-oh-so-comfortable-been-there-for-almost-a-decade job.
Yes, I did it. I’ve been wanting to do it for quite a while. Unfortunately, back then, I didn’t have the guts to take the plunge. I kept mulling over the idea, throwing what-ifs and what-nots… and then, a friend resigned from her job. We share a similar passion, all things kids and parties. She took the brave step, and seeing that, I felt inspired (and in awe mostly). I mean, berani weiii!! So i thought to myself…why not, right? Rezeki itu, Allah yang tentukan.

I came home from work tired, weary and out of sorts one day, and asked my other half… can aa? should i? what do you think? can i?
He said YES!
Needless to say I submitted my resignation letter the next morning *grin*

And you know what? It’s one of the best decisions of my life, ever!

So now here I am. A full-time WAHM. It’s my dream come true!! It’s what I’ve always ALWAYS wanted.

Party Fluff is now not just a passionate hobby, it also pays the bills hahaaha! Hence you can imagine I’m working on party stuff with more heart and soul. Ooh, and I also have my very own working studio now! I’ll share more on my little studio in another post 🙂

Meanwhile, do check out Party Fluff’s official website (buat sendiri k, so please do let me know if you spot any errors). We have party packages available, a gallery of previous parties and more!

 Apart from Party Fluff, I’ve also ventured into a new career adventure (because life gets dull without new challenges, hahahaha)! I’m now proudly a COWAY Health Planner!! Yeaaappp, you read that right! Apart from doing parties, I do water and air purifiers 😀 😀 😀

I know i know, it’s like two completely different ends of job categories but you know what it has in common? I get to meet people 🙂 Yup. I get to meet old friends and make lots and lots of new friends! As cliché as it may sound, I actually really do enjoy meeting new people. Perhaps one day, I’d get a chance to meet you too 😀

Oh, in case you’re wondering what in the world is COWAY, you can check out my official COWAY site. Will write more on my COWAY adventures later on!

FAMILY
Chempedak and Pomelo are no longer babies *cries*

I just can’t get over the fact that Chemps will be going to Standard One next year. She has to go to big kid school. Where life starts to get unfair. Sigh. Camana dia nak gi beli food kat canteen? Can she even reach the counter? Nanti orang tolak-tolak, dia tak dapat beli food pastu dah habis time rehat! *mommy nanges berjurai*

Pomelo is now a cheeky little 2-year-old who just loooooves football and is fond of playing tricks on people. Yes, he does that. Among his favourite antiques is he’d pretend he hurt his foot, going OUCH OUCH OUCH and even walks with a limp towards you. The moment you come over expressing concern, he giggles and runs away like nothing happened. SABAR JE LAH.

The husband has just finished his final exam and is now in the process of doing up his thesis. *smiles proudly*
PhD is no joke. I get stressed just looking at him study! Rajin gila nak ambik exam lagi semua. I’m waayyy over all that hahahhaha! Even if you offer me a scholarship to sambung study pun I’d say thanks, but no thanks! 😀

Oh! And we now have a new addition to the little family. No, no, I didn’t get pregnant and give birth while i was away from the blogging world. (If only it was that quick and easy! hahaha!)

Everyone, meet Bunny Jr.! Chempedak’s pet rabbit!

Cute kaaaaannnn!! She’s so fluffy and adorable!! (biased statement di sini)
She doesn’t like to be carried around much but loves to come over for loving rubs and would snuggle up next to you if you’re sitting on the floor.

Why is she called Bunny Jr.? Well, Chemps named her pet and according to her “Sekarang dia small lagi, so nama dia Bunny Jr. Nanti bila dah big, jadi Bunny je lah.”

Chemps just loves her to bits! So does Pomelo but unfortunately he love to SHOW his love by grabbing Bunny for major hugs and squueeeeezes. Kesian si Bunny. Hence no pics of Pomelo with Bunny, because most of the time they’re together, we’re screaming “IHSAN NO!! KESIAN BUNNY!!”

ALL OTHER STUFF
What else what else… well I guess most of my updates revolve around work and my family. To detail everything out in one post would be close to impossible, hahaha! To be honest, I’m actually a lot busier now than I was before! I send and pick up the kids from school, attend to them after school, and try to grab the free hours doing Party Fluff and COWAY work. It’s not easy, and I have to schedule my days properly to ensure that I meet my customers’ orders in time, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. As hectic as my days are, I get more time with the kids, the husband, and I’m doing what I love most 🙂

It’s nice to see you again Doodlers 🙂 I’ve missed writing in this silly ol’ thing and hearing your wonderful comments.

Till the next post!

Much love,
-me-

Jungle Animals themed birthday!

My precious Chempedak turned four last year and when I asked her what theme would she like for her birthday party, she excitedly replied “ANIMALS!!”

Of course, at that moment, we were watching Madagascar 3. Why else would she want something other than animals. So just to be sure, weeks after, I asked her again. She still wants animals. The following month, I asked her again, this time, she elaborated.

“Mommy, kita nak lion, elephant, giraffe dengan yang white and ada stripes black tu, apa tu?”

“Zebra?”

“Ye! Birthday kita nak ada zebra!!”

Right. So an animal themed party it shall be!

I was really excited for her party this year. She’s already at the age where she could understand and follow instructions well so proper games would be a great addition to the party.

As always, the first thing I did in the party planning stage was to settle the venue and guest list. Truth be told, every year I wish to throw a huge birthday bash for Chemps. I just want to invite everyone in my phonebook and have this huge celebration. Unfortunately. I’ve gotta be realistic. My pocket isn’t exactly as deep as Kim Kardashian’s. Hence, after thinking it through, we decided to keep the guest list small and ensured that it consisted of those around Chemps’ age instead of the other way around.

I spent weeks prepping for her little party. I had to steal time whenever I could, it wasn’t easy DIYing a party when you have a baby taking up most of your free time but I was determined to make it happen, hahahah. So, for around two months, my office desk had animal themed prints and props strewn on them. My colleagues became my ever willing test subjects and my boss deserves an award for being the most understanding boss EVER.

Alhamdulillah, party day finally came and all went well. My husband became my super-sidekick and while I did all the major background prep, he was the excellent executioner. All the kids had a superb and memorable time and most importantly, Chemps was the happiest four year old on that very special day. Check out what went on during her animals themed birthday party!

The cake cutting session started off the party, with a very amusing animal themed cake complete with a pink elephant and a voluptuous monkey.

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A whimsical jungle themed cake, the birthday girl was thrilled!

 Then it was time for games!!!

First up was Animal Rescue! Earlier in the day, the husband and nephews hid plastic toy animals all around the garden.

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Shhh… they’re hiding

We rallied up the kids and told them that they have to help rescue these missing animals!! It’s their mission!!

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Are you ready??? YEAAAAHHHH!!!!!

Once they were all riled up to search for these missing wild animals, we gave each of them a pair of home-made binoculars to help them in their search and rescue mission.

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I wonder how this works…

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I see you!

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“OH! I see a lion!!”, says one of my Rangers.
My nephews and niece had duties as Rangers that day, to ensure the younger kids played safe and did not accidentally touch thorny plants during their search.

And off they go!

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Where oh where can the animals be?

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Rescued animals are placed into the Rescue Centre Basket 😀

When all the animals were safe and sound in the Rescue Centre, we moved on to the next game: Pin the Tail on the Hippo!

For this game, I printed out a large picture of Gloria the Hippo (from the movie Madagascar) sans tail and made a few card board cut outs of her tail which i simply drew free hand using MS Paint.

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Our sexy hippo with the missing tail 😀

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Each kid took turns to be blind folded…

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And took a wild guess where the tail should be!

The next game was Feed the Monkeys!

This is simply an altered form of the carnival bean bag toss game.

I printed out a few cute monkeys, pasted them onto two cardboard boxes stacked together and cut holes where their mouths are.

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The hungry monkeys!

As for the bean bags, I made hand sewed some felt bananas and filled them with mung beans! They were just perfect! The kids had a splendid time “feeding” the monkeys!

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Monkeying around 😀

Once they’ve had enough of the monkeys and bananas, we let the kids roam about to do whatever they felt like.

Some took pictures at the photo booth which I made using a photocopy machine’s cardboard box 😀 I got lucky as the office made a recent purchase so I grabbed the empty box and made full use of it! Of course there were animal face props-on-sticks to complete the feel!

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Grab a prop!

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Strike a pose!!

The sand pit was also a great winding down section. Perfect to calm the energy bunnies that were slowly running out of steam.

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Sand play all the way!

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A congregation of jungle plastic-ness

And there you have it 🙂 My DIY Jungle Animals themed birthday party 😀 Hope you enjoyed this little post!

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