I’m not a fan of spoiling my own kid because I was raised not spoiled. We only buy things for Munchkin when he needs it or special occasions. We don’t randomly buy him a toy out of nowhere. I believe it’s easier to learn this way in the future. If he scores good grades – then he’ll deserve a present kind of reward. You know what I mean? Since we don’t spoil him – family members, aunties, and uncles spoil him. ONLY on special occasions – such as Christmases and Birthdays only.
But since it was his birthday a couple days ago – we got him a pair of Jordans like last year. I want to have something he can collect throughout the years till he’s old enough to get his own jordans. Maybe a full time job at 24? Who knows – till then we’ll keep getting him a pair of Jordans every year and it’s something that he can look back to. My hubby is a huge shoe fan and hopefully Munchkin can share with his daddy one day. lol.
Last years pair vs this years. He grew out of his first pair last September.
WHERE ARE YOU SUMMER?
I think we have enough of winter this year – I’m so ready to put on my t-shirts and shorts and head to the park with my baby boy. He’s bored at home too – there’s only so much to do during winter seasons. I can’t wait to go out for morning runs and get in shape. Can’t wait to bring Munchkin back to swimming lessons. Can’t wait to have picnics, garden parties, and etc. One thing I’m more anticipating is – cleaning the rugs in the foyer -_-” – you have no idea how much it is bothering me – even though I vacuum it almost every day. Do you call that a phobia? lol. I can’t wait to clean Hubbys’ car – all that disgusting salt and snow stains. SUMMER please come by soon!
We brought Munchkin to Xplore & Play at Stouffville on his actual birthday where we ran around and just played for two hours long. He was a bit sleepy to start off with but when he saw so many kids – he began to hyper up. Hubby & I love watching him play and just enjoy himself. It’s another milestone of his and we are there to witness it. His happiness is our happiness. Our pride and joy. He’s hubby & my little creation.
We took the day easy – after the indoor playground – we headed home so Munchkin could nap for two hours before heading out for dinner with the inlaws. Of course gotta take family selfies together. Look at silly this boy is.
Our favorite food – Japanese food. Even Munchkin loves sushi just like his parents. He loved the avocado maki. I can have this every day if I could. A very satisfying dinner indeed. On a special day like this – all I want to do is spend family time and just relax. Hence why I did his birthday a week early. I don’t want to be so busy on his actual birthday – I want to enjoy the moment with him. Happy 2nd birthday baby boy.
Finally blogging about our 6th Valentine’s day together. I know my blog posts is not in order but oh well – I can only remember so much. Time is very limited too and I only blog during my Munchkins’ nap time. My only free time out of the day. When he’s sleeping – it’s hubby time.
Anyhow – some may think – what’s the big deal with Valentine’s days? To me – it’s special. Not a big deal but it’s special. Does that even make sense? lol. Spent our 6th Valentine’s day together. Every year – except 2011 Valentine’s day – I would be cooking at home. I enjoy homemade food instead of going out to the busy and noisy restaurants. I enjoy just spending time with my other half. Well – of course with Munchkin too. It’s Munchkins’ 2nd Valentine’s day with us this year.
This year I made Surf & Turf with grilled potatoes & lobster soup. To top it off – we had cupcakes as desserts. Chocolate goodness!
Here’s Munchkin wearing his PJ’s on Valentine’s day! He had a bite of the cupcakes too and loved it immediately.
For me – I don’t need anything fancy and extravagant. All I want is to spend time with my love. The more time he gives me the better. I’m sucha clingy wife eh? I just love having my husband home to cuddle. There’s nothing more I want. <3
I’m feeling a little bittersweet – in 3 days my baby is turning 2! How time flies! I can’t call him a baby no more because he’ll be a toddler! I always look back to my albums and reminisce back to the day he was born. Everything was so perfect and pain-free. It’s surreal this Munchkin is turning two – I would love to keep him like a baby forever in my arms. He’s learning quite a lot, talking a lot more now, and understands almost everything we say.
Back when he was 9 days old! See how tiny he was. I’ll be having another blog post for his actual birthday next week. Stay tune for that.
We hosted Munchkins’ birthday a week early – reason being is – I want to have him all to ourselves on his actual birthday. I just want to relax and enjoy having him play around and enjoy his day. I think I might do this every year now – I’m glad the birthday party is over – now I can just enjoy the moment. There were a lot of prep work but it’s well worth it.
All the yummy food & desserts we had that day.
Love watching Zach & Munchkin play together. Can’t wait till the other 2 that can run around next year! I’ll be looking forward to next years birthday party even more – by than all the kids will be running around and enjoying themselves.
We played 2 rounds of Chubby Bunny & 1 round of Musical Chairs. Quite fun and exciting! This is a note to self – we need to change the location of cutting cake next year – I can’t stand the natural lights in these pictures. It makes the picture so dark and can’t even see our faces.
Present opening time for the Munchkin. Thank you all for showering Munchkin with presents. Feels like Christmas all over again for him! & Photo booth pictures.
Glad the photo booth backdrop worked out!
Group picture – some friends left early and came late – so couldn’t get everyone in this! Thanks for a memorable 2nd birthday for our Munchkin.
Look at how excited this boy is! The first thing after opening this gift was to hop on his new bike. This bike gift was actually my idea. I didn’t want people to spend so much on a gift for him – so I gathered a bunch of friends to get this bike for him. So far – he’s loving it. Party started at 12pm and didn’t end till 11pm. Munchkin was beyond excited to have so much fun with his Uncles, Aunties, and little friends. He was nonstop running around. Another memorable day for us.
Munchkins’ 2nd birthday party was last Saturday and boy did I prep all the stuff early. I picked out the theme long ago – maybe a little after his first birthday. Yes – call me the crazy planner but I love doing these things. I love planning themed parties and it’s just oh-so-fun to me. The picture above is the favors for this year – assorted candies. Includes – jelly beans, skittles, and life savers. All within theme because they are rainbow color.
Three prize baskets made. I love customizing my prizes to the way I want – I find that it’s just more thoughtful and cute that way.
Here’s the finish product that includes kettle corns, soft lifesavers, hard lifesavers, colorful marshmallows, and I forgot what that chocolate thingy is called.
Hubby & Munchkin testing the backdrop for me. How cute is this right? It was a last minute decision to DIY our own backdrop because I couldn’t find a Sesame Street table cloth. Last year I just used a table cloth as a backdrop for photos.
This is how the final product look like.
I set up the favors table in advance – love the colors!
Dessert table with the Sesame Street cake.
Lots of food that night – good thing was there weren’t much left overs! Portion control is very important. After hosting so many parties throughout the years – I learned how much food I really need for a party. That night we had: Fried beef noodles, fried rice, Caesar salad, smoke salmon, hash-brown, mini quiche, beef meat balls, chicken strips, Mexican canapes, and garlic bread. Stay tune for post number 2!
Munchkins’ first haircut at Melon Head. Prior to this hair cut – we probably cut his hair 2-3 times at home. However – this time I really don’t want to clean up the mess on the ground and hair sticking on clothes. So we took him to Melon Head. Look at all those hair he had! Crazy eh!
He cried throughout the haircut. But look how handsome he is!
Of course – after the haircut we had to cheer him up! We took him to Toys R Us to play for a bit. I’m actually thrilled at how the hairdressers handled these kids – they were moving nonstop and crying and pushing them away. They somehow did their job! Not an easy job for sure. Haircut for Munchkin was $30 including tips. For us – we think its worth it with the amount of work. Some may think its expensive because adults haircut is a lot cheaper then that. Overall we love the services at Melon Head Markville. They even gave us back some of Munchkins’ hair and a certificate.
A two weeks late post but better late then never right? It’s almost 6pm here and Munchkin is still napping which this is why I am blogging right now. I barely had time to rest today – had to run errands, pick up lobsters, fix munchkins’ bike at babies R us, and lunch with the girlfriend. I just finished making Munchkins’ dinner too. What a busy day for me here.
Anyhow – back to what happened on this years Chinese New Year. This was Munchkins’ second Chinese New Year!! Here’s a post for 2013 Chinese New Year - he was wearing an yellow outfit and he was barely a year old.
This year was a bit different – hubbys’ relatives came for a mini vacation and we had a lot of outings. Family pictures is a must for me – gotta capture all the memories right!
Sporting his red outfit! How cute is my cutie pie! I can stare at him all day – can you call it obsession much?
Coincidentally – most family members wore red. I was debating if I should or not – but good thing I did. I matched the theme. We took a lot of nice family photos this year! Every year we will go to my husbands’ grandparents condo/apartment to ‘bai lean’ and have lunch afterwards. This was probably our third year handing out red pockets to the younger cousins & family members & friends kids.
We ended off the day having lunch at raku ramen & izakaya. Since it was our treat – I picked the place. I like how they have a mini private room which can hold 13-14 people. Kid friendly, not too noisy, and roomy. This is where I held a Christmas luncheon for our friends too. Happy Chinese New Year everyone! May the year of the Horse bring you a lot of happiness, joy, and good health!
What is a regular day in our household on a weekday? Before winter came along – I will be out and about every couple of days with friends to chill/lunch/dinner. But since it’s so freezing cold these days – my schedule is to be at home 6 days a week. Kind of insane right? I used to get bored after 2 straight days being st home. Nonetheless – everything is an habit and I eventually got used to it. There’s really nowhere to be during winter except being home. Now that I got used to being home – I actually enjoy a regular routine schedule for Munchkin and I.
I will get up around 10:30AM and off the bed around 11:00AM to get dress/brush teeth and pick up Munchkin. Make him breakfast (I call it breakfast at 11:00am – some might call it lunch). That’s his first meal while he eats on his own – I make my lunch. While I eat my lunch – Munchkin will either run around the house or be in his playroom keeping himself busy. During lunch is when I create my to-do list (picture above). I love doing a list daily to keep myself busy otherwise it gets me lazy and all I do is just sit around with Munchkin.
I usually cook twice a day for our Munchkin – I actually enjoy the cooking process. He eats four meals and three snacks a day. That’s a total of 7 times of eating a day. How crazy can that be right? Usually dinner – he just eats what we eat. I like to give him a variety of different food with different colors too. I tend to feed him 1 type of carb, 1 type of meat, and 3 types of veggies per meal. The most important thing is he enjoys eating and never really fussy about meal time.
Look at how silly this boy is – my pride and joy. I enjoy waking to his smiles and kisses. He’s such a happy kid and barely cries. I’m a bit emotional today thinking that our Munchkin is turning two in 14 days. He’s no longer a baby no more – he’ll be a toddler. I’m quite sad – or can you call it happy sad? I just want to hold him in my arms forever. I can’t believe how time flies by so quickly. I still remember the day when he was born! So unreal that he’s turning two! He’s learning so much these days – learning how to talk, how to test our limits – how to do things on his own. I miss it when he’s only 6 pounds! Another two years – he’ll be in school too. Maybe 6years later he’ll have his first girlfriend too? 16 years later he’ll graduate from high school? It’s an oh-my-god moment. Time please slow down a little bit! I miss my baby!
It’s never a boring moment at home for me – I always find something to do. I’ll name a few – organizing, DIY projects, blogging work, scrapbooks, picking out pictures to develop, party planning, organizing events, planning for trips, pamper time for myself, online shopping and etc. These are actually the things I enjoy doing a lot. Takes up my time and I enjoy it – why not right? I can only do these things during Munchkins’ 1.5hr-2hr nap. Only if he naps longer – I’ll get more me-time. In the future – I want to take on other hobbies as well. Baking is one of them.
This is my mommy life for this winter Can’t wait till summer hits – we’ll be outdoor more playing in a mini pool, slides, parks, bikes, runs, exercising, mall-ing, lunch with friends. And the list goes on and on and on. Winter is more like hibernating at home and enjoying the coziness.