Mommy’s Day Out

To keep me from going insane. I try to go out once a week after dropping Adrian to school, instead of going home to do chores. I have a nice and relaxing breakfast (with Aden), sometimes I make an appointment for an overdue pedicure and/or go to the mall and do some window shopping (sometimes not just ‘window” hehe). My husband doesn’t mind this so much as long as he doesn’t know exactly how much I spend! haha

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Fat Pancake from Fat Burger (25 AED)

Mind you I don’t go overspending and maximizing his credit card, a simple blue shirt or something to help me organize my stuff makes me over the moon happy, that’s not so bad right????

 

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Stressed morning

I don’t know why but I had a stressful morning today. I hate this types of mornings because it affects everything I do, from preparing Adrian to school, to dealing with my husband, to going on the school run. And as if my youngest Aden noticed my stress he cried, wait wailed ALL the way home from Adrian’s school it was so terrible. As soon as we got home I put him down for a nap and he hasn’t moved since, that was 3 hours ago.

I love my sons but sometimes some peace and quiet is just what the doctor ordered.

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Time to get ready for another school pick up!


Wake up call

Last night, Adrian woke up crying but because he was sleeping with Arnie, I didn’t bother to see what was wrong. Later he crawled into my bed and hugged me really tight. Even if the bed was not big enough for the three of us I let him sleep in our bed.

Pre-Aden age

After he fell asleep in my arms it got me thinking, is it possible with Aden around, he feels neglected by me? in a way so obscure to him that when he sleeps he wakes up crying for me?

Dramatic I know, but when you think about it, I’m juggling a baby, a toddler, the house and a husband (plus a blog) I’m afraid to say it but something’s gotta give.

I pray to God this is not true and is only a product of my over dramatic brain. I did make the extra effort today to make kuya feel extra special. After school, I asked him where he would like to eat and of course my boy shouts out “Mc Donalds!” even if I had lunch prepared at home I gave in. We even abandoned normal rules of eating on the table and sat on the living room floor for a “picnic”. I also tried not to be to rigorous with my rules to lighten up the mood and it seemed to work. I have to remind myself sometimes that the boys (including Arnie) always come first. The laundry, dishes, ironing, cleaning will get done – somehow!

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indoor picnic


Weaning the iPad

Lately, we’ve been trying to wean Adrian from the iPad. Don’t get me wrong it has been an invaluable tool for his development. He learned how to recite and identify his ABC’s, recognize his shapes, know his colors and learn to read all from the iPad. But now we’re concerned that he doesn’t interact normally with other kids his age

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Like for example: I brought the two boys to a friends house for a play date one Saturday and since there was WIFI in the house he just sat in one corner and started watching his youtube videos.

 

Another example is whenever we are out, he will always be the first one to say it’s time to go home only because he wants to get hold of his iPad and start watching his videos. This is not good especially when Aden is asleep in the stroller and I have some time to window shop. He will keep asking to go home or attempt to run out to the parking lot to go to the car. He never does go through the mall’s glass doors without me but I always run after him and never call his bluff because I’m always scared of fast cars and drivers using their mobile and don’t pay attention to the roads.

So now sans iPad, our house is a mess! It’s been turned upside down by Adrian trying to find his iPad or iPhone (he got my old one and uses it when his iPad is charging-I told you it’s bad). Another strategy he has is to annoy us to no end so that we would give up and give him the coveted iPad just so he will behave. This tactic made his father very proud of his son, saying pa with pride “Ang talino niya!” (He’s very smart).

After hours of crying and countless attempts of bribing with Disney channel (which mind you were unsuccessful). He was finally allowed to watch 3 youtube videos from the laptop, which at first irritated him because he had no control of the laptop but finally gave in and watched his videos in peace. Mind you after the videos, he went to his bed and laid there until he fell asleep without his usual bedtime routine (I think it’s from all the crying and searching that he was just simply exhausted)

All this drama and it’s only day ONE , actually 2 but he found the iPhone yesterday so that day was a fail. We still have a long way to go and I don’t even know if we will truly be successful in this challenge. God help us all.

“May the odds be ever in our favor.” 


Sharjah Desert Park

What I originally wanted to write about on 18 February 2013 was our trip to the Farm last weekend but got side tracked when I did some research about my #sigelang slogan. (I must have undiagnosed ADD or some form of it…)

anyway, here is what it was suppose to be about

We brought the boys to a Farm in Sharjah inside the Sharjah Desert Park last weekend. For those of you afraid to drive to Sharjah (like we were) there is an alternative route to get to the farm without passing through the city. If anybody is from Sharjah I’m truly sorry but traffic in your area tends to be THE topic of conversation whenever the Emirate comes up. Anyway, it was about a 45 minute straight drive from where we lived passing through the E611(Dubai by-pass road) and then E88 (Al Daid road).

We came early, just as it has opened so it wasn’t crowded. A nice change from all the mall in Dubai.

The area itself is divided into 3 the Children’s Farm, Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, and Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden. The Wildlife Centre and the National Museum are both indoors so after walking around and seeing all the animals you don’t end up sticky and sweaty like when you go to the actual zoo. Arnie and I agree that this place is great to visit even in the summer when it’s really hot outside and we’re craving for some kind of outdoor activity.

The Children’s farm was great! Adrian loved every minute of it! He said “Hi!” to all the animals and fed them hay which was provided for and free! We think that the animals are so used to humans that when you approach their enclosure they even go up to where you are…so close that you can touch them and of course feed them. This alone got my vote as one of the top places to take your child in the UAE.

Hi Horse!

Hi scary Donkey!

feeding the goats


The Wildlife Centre did not allow any cameras inside so this is the only picture we have of it…but imagine seeing the animals in their natural habitat behind glass and you are in a AC building now isn’t that just great?

The Botanical Gardens were also ineresting since they mixed it up with science projects that you can play with and learn something. So, I think bringing the kids back here again when they’re a bit older will be great because they will be able to pick up something else.

All in all I think it’s a gem! In this country where malls are abound there are places like this that enables you to go outdoors (my definition) and bond with your family…

2 thumbs up from this happy mommy!

Check out the website to learn more http://www.sharjahtourism.ae/en/heritage/museums/sharjah-desert-park


Bella’s 2two party

Sweet little girl Isabella is the daughter of my friend Ate Dinky (my unofficial event party designer). She is the luckiest little girl I know because her mom is as excited as her when it comes to her birthday parties. I even think her mom already has plans for her future birthdays too!
On her 2nd birthday, last 23 November 2012 we celebrated it at  Zabeel Park. The theme of the party was a “2two party” (See the play of words?) Girls were asked to wear a tutu and boys were to wear bow ties. I secretly wished I had a baby girl to dress up in a tutu, but looking for and seeing the boys wearing bow ties made me a happy mommy too.
Our little family with Tita Doris
i love this table setting
Cake toppers
Ate Dinx and her supportive team did all the decors themselves. I really love the attention to detail they’ve put into everything.
a closer look at the beautiful table
Carrot Cake with Walnuts
The Cake was made by Fadge Cake which of course looked and tasted really good!!! Check out their FB page (link) if you are interested to order.
handmade invitations made by Ate Dinx (of course)

At the end of the day, We were tired from all the activities but there was a certain kind of high that I felt leaving the party, the kind that made me want to keep talking about it because there was sooo much love and effort put into everything. Now isn’t that the best way to leave a party?

P.S. Now you understand why I’m excited that Ate Dinx is helping me with Aden’s party.IMG_3519 IMG_1788


Lemon Drizzle Muffin

This is the first muffin recipe I found online that I am truly happy about! The product was very light, fluffy and not too sweet! I even made a non-dessert loving friend like it!
P.S. grating lemon was not my favorite part of the process (I never realized it will be that hard – and then my husband told me that cheese graters like knives also gets dull – palm to face moment)
Ingredients
Serves: 12
  • 220g plain flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarb of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 250g natural yoghurt
  • 85g butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
      Lemon drizzle:
  • 80ml lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Preparation method Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 20 mins

  1. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg, yoghurt, butter and lemon juice. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Take care not to overmix.
  4. Fill muffin cases 2/3 full. Bake at 200 C / Gas 6 for 20-24 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes; leave muffins in tin. Using a skewer, poke 6-8 holes in each muffin.
  6. In a saucepan, combine the lemon drizzle ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Spoon over warm muffins.