Creativity 521 #91 - Origami Tulips for Mother's Day

Posted by ~Summer~ on 5.5.16
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With Mother's Day coming up, as usual, I wanted to do something simple but handmade with the girls. Before you get it wrong, no, I don't just get them to do something for me, I take the chance to ask them to make something for their grandmothers and even great-grandmother too. Yes, it's the perfect occasion to show our appreciation for these people who brought us into the world, raised us, loved us and gave us so much to be thankful for.

I didn't want to spend too much money so I dug around our house in search of recycled and craft materials. Then, an inspiration hit me when I thought about our recent trip to Tulipmania at Gardens by the Bay. Why not make some origami tulips, put them in a vase and include a personalised card? Here's sharing how we did it in today's Creativity 521.

Materials:

1) Empty toilet rolls
2) Scrapbooking paper
3) Origami paper
4) Photo printout
5) Coloured pens
6) Ribbon
7) Gem stickers
8) Scissors
9) Glue
10) Pipe cleaners
11) Long ruler
12) Pencil
13) Sticky tape

Firstly, we measured the height and width of the toilet roll and cut out a rectangle from the scrapbooking paper which would wrap around it nicely. You can use glue or double sided tape to stick it onto the roll.

It was the perfect chance for the three year old to practise her cutting skills and I must say she is getting better every time! I simply love that focused look on her face.



Next, using the base of the roll, we traced a circle on the scrapbooking paper, cut it out and glued it on.

We left them to dry for a while while we started to work on the tulips!

I printed out a tulip origami instructions so that the kids can do it step by step. You can also watch the video tutorial first so that you can pretend to be an origami expert and be able to help the little ones.

Here's how the tulip should look roughly. I couldn't find our origami paper so I cut squares (about 15cm by 15cm) from construction paper instead.

To make the stem, insert the pipe cleaner all the way till it reaches the tip.

The big girl has been very fascinated with origami recently and so it was easy to see that she enjoyed making these tulips. Can't say the same for the little sister because it's still too complex for her age.

To personalise the flowers, Angel wrote the words "Happy Mother's Day XXX. Love from Angel and Ariel" below a photo of the two of them taken at Tulipmania.

I love how colourful the photo looked and that she wrote every word with a different colour (it was totally her own idea). Even though the hubby was home and wanted to bring them to the playground, she let the meimei go first and didn't stop till she finished all the cards. Kudos to you, dear Angel!

Stick a pipe cleaner to the back of the photo using sticky tape and you can also tape this, and the flower stems, to the inside of the roll so that they do not move about too much. Jazz up the vases by sticking on some 3-D stickers or tie a ribbon and you are all done!

Ta-dah! How do our origami tulips look?

Here's wishing all mums a Happy Mother's Day 2016 and may we treasure each day we get to spend with our beloved kids!

For more DIY ideas and craft tutorials, visit my gallery here.

A mother's love - 游子吟

Posted by ~Summer~ on 4.5.16
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I like to expose my kids to Chinese classics and Tang poetry since they are young. They don't need to master every line but they should at least know some of them. For now, our favourites which we chant from time to time are 《三字经》, 《弟子规》, 《静夜思》 and 《春晓》. Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, one of the perfect poems for them to pick up is 《游子吟》.

《游子吟》 - 孟郊

慈母手中线,游子身上衣。
临行密密缝,意恐迟迟归。
谁言寸草心,报得三春晖 。

For those who don't know, this well-known poem talks about Meng Jiao's love and gratitude towards his mum. The first four verses refer to a traveller, or one who lives far away from home and speaks of a mother's love for her child as she stitches his clothing. The last two verses likens children to tender grass and mothers to bright sunshine, symbolizing that we will never be able to repay our mother's kindness and unconditional love.

Take a look at the kids reciting the poem and sending their love to Mummy in this precious video we made.



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Disclosure: We were invited by SK Jewellery to do a sample video and received the gold bar in return. This blog post is non-obligatory and written out of my own will. All opinions are mine.

Happiness is... learning to let go

Posted by ~Summer~ on 3.5.16
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April has been an eventful and exciting month for me. I turned a year older, and hopefully a year wiser, and reflected on some thoughts about being a mother, a daughter, a wife and a friend.

An incident happened last week and got me thinking hard. It's been a challenge trying to cook our meals while looking after the kids at the same time and while I yield to getting takeaways sometimes, I don't want it to happen all the time. So I still try to buy groceries and as much as I can, cook some simple lunches and dinners for the family. One day, while I was cooking lunch in the kitchen (I had already made a soup and only needed five more minutes for the fishballs and noodles), I tasked Ariel to look after the baby who was lying on the sofa in the living room.

Since he couldn't flip or roll yet, I reckoned it should be safe enough. Who knew that he started crying and managed to kick both his feet against the sofa so that he shifted further up and near the edge until.... he fell off and hit his face on the wheel of my swivel chair. He screamed profusely and I rushed out only to see him lying flat on the floor while the sister was still happily playing with her Lego and even singing a tune.

I was so upset, and guilt stricken, that I put the blame on her and hit her on the arm for not taking care of her little brother. Yes, when wrath gets the better of me, I lose sight of all reasoning. I shouted and reprimanded at the toddler as if she was the only one at fault and told her I was disappointed that she couldn't even help me out a little. I also commented that it wouldn't have happened if the big sister was around. Oh dear... I probably said more things that I shouldn't have said too.

Later that day, I saw her hugging her little brother and whispering to him "Next time I won't let you fall okay, didi?" That was when my heart broke a little and I told her how sorry I was, and that Mummy was the one to blame because I had assumed and expected too much of a three-year-old. It was then that I realised that many a time, I just have to learn to let go.

To let go of of expectations because too often, they lead to disappointment.

To let go of assumptions because they can have undesirable consequences.

To let go of blame because what's more important is to learn a lesson and not repeat the mistake.

To let go of guilt because truth be told, accidents happen no matter how much we try to to prevent them.

To let go of trying to be a perfect mum because there is never going to be one in this world.

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It's easier said than done, I know, but I'll have to try. In the meantime, my cup of life is still half full and I'm thankful for all the positive things happening around us. Here's a look at our month of April.


We went for a birthday party held at East Coast Park and it was a non-fanciful affair complete with beach games and a pandan cake. Instead of holding a grand and large scale party, I realise that it's more important to celebrate your special day with treasured friends and family in a simple, straightforward and fun-filled way.




To celebrate my special day, we went for a nice dinner with the kids, met up with the parents and also redeemed a complimentary 2-hour KTV session at Temasek Club, thanks to the Officers' Wives Club. It was the first time Asher was spending my birthday with me and even though he was bawling when I was trying to make my birthday wish, I wouldn't have it any other way.





On good days, I feel thankful to be able to whip up dinner for my loved ones and take the kids to go grocery shopping. On bad days, I make peace with the fact that we should just eat out. To be honest, I find it easier to take three kids out for a meal, even if it means we take the bus or MRT, than to cook, leave them alone and then having to tackle the mountain of dirty dishes.



Besides, we can always go to the library after dinner and have a good read. I'm relieved and thankful that our bedtime reading has helped these two to develop a love for books and I do hope they can keep this up for as long as possible.





This month, we also visited several new places and one of them is Adventure Cove since we have some free passes from the Navy Family Day. Even though the kids were too young and short for majority of the rides, we had fun in the lazy river and the wave pool. The big girl also managed to have a first experience at snorkelling, much to the dismay of the sister who badly wanted to join us but was way below the minimum height.


We also had a day of fun in Future World at ArtScience Museum. It was so much more kid-friendly and exciting than I imagined and if you have not popped by yet, do go and have a look!



Saturday Social BBQ at Timbre @ Gillman was also a pleasant and enjoyable evening with the kids. Read about our experience here and if you have not heard of it, the theme for May is Superheroes so if your kid is a fan, do go check out their activities and tuck into the delicious barbecued food with your family.



It's been awhile since we visited East Point Mall, even though I used to come here pretty often as a kid. We were thrilled to see that there is a newly opened Polliwogs outlet here and a fun outdoor playground at the terrace. There was a huge rope structure which Angel took some time to climb and figure her way out but I was glad she managed to overcome her fears and obstacles.



Isn't it amazing how a simple face or hand painting can bring smiles to their faces? I'm not sure if my boy will end up liking these as much but if it makes these two sisters so happy, I'm glad that we get opportunities like this at birthday parties and events.





The girls have also been attending Herugu classes at Waterway Point and I'm glad to see that they are loving the lessons. It's not always smooth for us because I have to drag them up from their afternoon naps to make our way to Waterway Point, plus I have to bring the baby to accompany Ariel for her class (Angel can go for hers on her own). If he starts to cry or poo, I have to excuse myself and leave the toddler alone in class. So far, we've survived pretty well and they look forward to every class, which is good news to me. Will share more in a review post after their term ends!



We were invited for a meet and greet session with the cast of Madagascar Live! and also managed to get front seats for the show. Yes, perks of being a mum blogger! The kids were totally thrilled and ecstatic that they managed to "move it, move it" and dance with the cast during the show!



As Friends of the Gardens, we have also been utilising our annual pass and have visited Tulipmania at the Flower Dome and gone to the Cloud Forest at night. Though these kids definitely prefer animals and living things that can move, it's refreshing for a change once in a while too.



We also spent one day exploring SAFRA Punggol and the kids had fun painting flowers, making pizza and playing at Splash @ Kidz Amaze. Will share more about that soon!



I also had a week of solo parenting when the hubby flew overseas for work. I found it quite amusing that the kids were not upset to see him go and waved to him through the glass happily. However, when I said that Mummy was going to fly away too, they went "Nooooooo....", "I wanna come with you..." Yeah yeah, that's one of the joys of being a stay home mum - your kids stick to you like superglue.


The baby went for his vaccinations this month, one on each thigh, and decided to let out lots of poo when we were at the polyclinic. Alas there was no changing table available so I changed him on a sink which was relatively quite flat. Improvise, improvise, that's what we have to do to survive, right?



Talking about the baby, he's growing up fast, is learning to flip, outgrowing his baby clothes and gets heavier by the day! It's been a joy having him with me 24/7 and I just hope that his bruise recovers soon for now. Sorry, baby, I'll do better next time!



There was also a series of firsts for the baby this month, for instance he went for his first swim in the bathtub, went on his first ZooMoov ride and his first kiddie ride too! How cute of him and how lucky of me to be able to witness all of these.



Last but not least, he also had his 'first food' ceremony, just like the jiejies, where he got to taste a chicken drumstick, prawn, biscuit, brown rice cereal and apple when he turned four months. Yes, he's four months already, can you believe it? The girls had so much fun taking turns to feed him and even though it became quite a rowdy affair and the hubby had to break them up, I am still thankful to have this handful of kids in my home.

So yes, April was a good month for us and I think May will be an even more awesome one. Oh by the way, we are so looking forward to June because we will be going for our first holiday of five! Guess where? Woohoo!

Hope all of you had a great month too!

Dear kids, this was how I met your Daddy...

Posted by ~Summer~ on 26.4.16
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Dear Angel, Ariel and Asher,

Today is Daddy and Mummy's 8th wedding anniversary.

Yes, that means we got married on this day, 26 April, eight years ago and have been husband and wife since then. It isn't easy to find true love which you can hold onto forever, you know? Today, I'm going to write down our story so that we can reminisce in our twilight years and when you read this one day, you will realise how it all began.

It's going to be a long story but I know you are going to love reading it. After all, it's Mama and Papa's story, the two people whom you love dearly and who love you to the moon and back. You do know that if we had not met, the three of you would not be in this world, right? So, with every beat of my heart and every breath I take, I am thankful for having all of you in my life. A loving family is one of the best gifts you can ever have and like I always tell you, we are so, so blessed and we must always remind ourselves to learn to cherish.

Now, sit back, relax, pop some popcorn (or your favourite Nachos with cheese), grab a cup of Milo (without ice, please) and enjoy reading as I take you back in time.


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It all started in the year 2002.

I was a first-year student, or so called freshie, in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It was the start of my four-year mass communication course and I didn't know what to expect but I was very much looking forward to this new phase of life.

Now, you do know Diana yi-yi and Hazel yi-yi right? They are two of Mummy's best friends in life and I've known them since Secondary 1 in Anglican High School when we were in the badminton team together. So, what happened was that we were told that we could get into the same hall of residence (at that time, there were a total of 15 halls in NTU) if we could represent our hall for the inter-hall games. So, obviously we wanted to stick together instead of being randomly allocated to different halls and we agreed to do so.

That was how I got into NTU Hall 6.

Remember we took you all here in 2015 when I was heavily pregnant with didi but we managed to play softball together?

Yes, this was the fateful place that holds many of our fond memories. Till now, I can still vividly remember shifting into my room, showering in the common toilets, doing my own laundry, going out for late night suppers, having dance parties, going through orientation camps, organising hall events, taking part in sports tournaments, being the darts and softball captain, cramming for tests and exams, eating steamboats, playing mahjong, having chit chats with my girl friends, and so much more. It wouldn't be too much to say that hall life was one of the best times of my life and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. That said, although I will let you all stay in hall if you want to next time, I am so gonna miss each and every one of you.

Setting foot, again, in the fateful place that brought us together as a couple felt so nostalgic and a tad surreal
The first time I saw Daddy was during the Hall 6 Freshmen Orientation Camp. I knew him as the badminton senior who pulled us into this hall, the guy who was not big sized but looked sporty and athletic, and my first impression of him was that he was charming, had this 'bad boy' look and the demeanor of a Casanova. As for me, I was a plain Jane, a happy-go-lucky and very ordinary girl, but you know what, Daddy did say there was something about me that attracted him somewhat somehow.

So, was it love at first sight?

No, I can't say so. When we first met, both of us were still attached. Okay, being attached means we both had another girlfriend and boyfriend at that point in time. Or what we call going 'steady' in that era. Oh well, yes, life can get complicated sometimes and I'm not exactly looking forward to the day when I need to talk to you, and perhaps teach you a thing or two, about boy-girl relationships.

I fell in love with softball and even became the pitcher and the captain in hall for two years, you know?



As time passed, I became more and more involved with hall matters and was one of the most active freshies then. Can you believe it? I joined a total of nine inter-hall sports and recreational games during my first year! Badminton, squash, track and field, female soccer, darts, volleyball, softball, hockey and swimming! Oh yeah, I was crazily passionate and energetic back then, spending a lot of time on stuff outside of academics but I must say I never regretted it one bit. Life is not just about studying behind closed doors and getting good results; it's more about seeing the world, forming relationships and discovering your passions. Mummy must first admit I've been very lucky to have aced my exams from young up till my A' levels, even though I was never the most hardworking one in class. But you have to, have to know that there's so much more to life than tests, grades and certificates.

I made many good friends in hall and my memories of those good times we had are still so vivid. We had parties in hall, we danced all night long, we bonded like no other, we went for clubbing sessions, we organised bashes, we formed groups, we fought hard as a team, we had each other's back, we experienced victories and losses, we supported and cheered for each other, we went through thick and thin, we shared laughter and tears, we walked into each other's life story. Even though we have drifted through the years as we all settle down and move on with our lives, those memories are so precious to me and can never be forgotten.

Having a fun party in hall with some of my best girl friends back then
It wasn't long before Daddy and I discovered that we had quite a few traits in common.

1) We both love to party and could hold our liquors pretty well. You all know that Daddy likes to drink, but what you don't know is that Mummy also loved to back then and was in fact one of the best female drinkers in hall who could beat many of the guys hands down. I was always up for a challenge when anyone wanted to try to win me at drinking games and since Daddy was pretty good at it too, we ended up bonding over parties, booze and drinking games. Wait, I'm not saying alcohol is healthy but I'm also not going to ban you from it. In fact, Daddy and I have this dream that one day when all of you are over 18, we could go clubbing together as a family and chill out over some martinis. That is, provided my bones are still holding me up and I have the energy to boogie despite the wrinkled face. We'll see!

2) We both have a love for sports. Even though Mummy is not even half as good as Daddy in playing badminton or any other sport, the fact remains that we are both outgoing and sporty people. Back in hall, we would play sports under the scorching sun and become so tanned that we could hardly be recognized, we liked taking up new challenges and learning new things, we loved to work out and perspire profusely, we were the type who never liked to stay in our rooms but would be out and running about. So, we met quite often at training sessions and got to know each other better bit by bit too.

Those were the young days when we would sing, party, dance, drink and hang out together often


3) We both like to sing. So we do bring all of you to sing karaoke often and that is because we used to do that with our friends and even on our own. That was the time when youths like us loved to visit KTV places like Party World, K Box or Teo Heng and sing our hearts out. Sshhhh, tell you a secret. I was actually rather mesmerized by Daddy's singing because not only did he have a good voice, he was also very spontaneous, funny and would be the guy who could entertain everyone.

4) We don't sleep. Right, by that I mean we actually slept very little during hall days. No, we were not cramming for tests and exams. Usually, we would be playing mahjong, having chit chats or going out for late night suppers with our friends. We started hanging out with the same bunch of friends and would drive out to have supper together in Daddy's old Honda. Slowly, we began to share more of our life stories, we understood more in depth about each other, we knew what each other liked or hated, and you could say we probably felt a connection but did nothing about it.

5) We love animals. Okay, so you are not supposed to raise pets in hall but we did. Before we got together, Daddy had a pet rabbit named JJ and he would sometimes ask me to go over to his room to play with it or help him to feed it. The rabbit was so adorable and even knew how to jump up to get a baby carrot when Daddy opened his bar fridge. Cute! Sadly, it passed away after a while. After that, a friend gave us a beautiful female bunny and we bought another male one for companionship. Yeah, we didn't really think of the consequences back then. We named them Honey and Ice and they made up a big bulk of our memories from those years. The two of them had over half a dozen babies together but to our dismay, only one managed to survive eventually. So you can imagine the joy, the excitement, the anxiety and the heartbreak we went through together with our pet rabbits.

Our lovely pet rabbits back then. The white one was called Ice and the brown and white one, our all time favourite bunny, was called Honey and she was just a darling.



6) We like to travel. Sure, we might not be rich but we do like to explore and discover the rest of the world. Our first trip was to Batam where we went with a group of friends and it was a rather last minute decision on my part after a friend backed out. That fateful holiday brought Daddy and Mummy closer than ever. We stayed in the same room, we opened up our hearts, we went shopping and feasting on seafood, we had fun playing beach sports, we basically spent all our time together. It wasn't soon after that that things progressed and we moved a step forward. Come to think of it, we have visited places like Genting, Bintan, Batam, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as a couple and also set foot in Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. Of course, we also left our footprints in dozens of cities in Europe when we were staying in that continent.



So, back to the story, when did we actually get together and become a couple?

A year had passed by then and it was July 2003. By a twist of fate, both of us were single back then because our previous relationships didn't work out somehow. By this time, we already knew each other quite well, we often went out together, we chatted over the phone and ICQ, we watched movies, we confided in each other, we were definitely more than just friends.

On 29th July, we were just casually chatting in hall and he finally said something along the line "Let's give it a try. Do you want to be my girlfriend?" I can't really remember what he said or how I replied but I knew from then on, we held each other's hand tight.

Celebrating my birthday in hall and feeling thankful to have him and a bunch of good friends

Life from then on was never quite the same for both of us. Just so you know, I wasn't initially sure if he was the one. You know, the one person whom I was going to stick to for the rest of my life. To me, it seemed like a dream and I didn't know if I was going to wake up the next day and find that he had decided to leave me for another. At that time, we were both young, we had yet to pursue our careers and aspirations, we had no idea where life was going to take us. All we could do and all we wanted to do was to take one step at a time.

We loved to wear matchy matchy clothes and would go out to the streets in matching T-shirts
We love to be out in the sun and the beach was one of our favourite hangouts

We also loved to take wefies and would make all kinds of funny faces and expressions together




Was it all smooth-sailing?

Well, the course of true love never runs smooth. Over the years, we had our fair share of quarrels, fights, squabbles and cold wars. We argued over lies, secrets, excessive drinking, smoking, over possessiveness, insecurities, distrust, differences and it didn't help that both of us could get quite hot-headed at times. We are also both very headstrong and obstinate people which could get us into trouble with each other. That also explains where you got your stubborn streaks. 

This cute little dog was named Pino and was 太婆's pet back then
To support his love for fishing, we went on a 3D2N boat fishing trip together and I was the only girl on board!

This was taken in Bintan where we went for a romantic getaway as a couple
To be honest, there were points where we wanted to break up and just call it quits. This man stole my heart but broke it a few times and there were moments when I started to wonder if we had a future together. I was also doubtful if I was the one for him or that he deserved someone better, someone who could appreciate and accept him for who he was. Despite that my head tried to reason with me at times, my heart belonged to him all this while. It's easy to give up sometimes, you know? That's when you need to grit your teeth, persevere and find the strength you never knew you had. Thankfully, we somehow always found our way back to each other,  managed to ride against all odds and overcome the hurdles that had threatened to tear us apart.

As the years passed, our love got stronger and it wasn't long before I knew that this was going to be the man whom I wanted to grow old with. Even before I had any of you, I had always dreamt of being a mum and it was sweet having someone beside me to hold my hand and give me hope that the future was something worth looking forward to.

At Daddy's convocation in 2003. I was so relieved that he passed his exams!



At my convocation in 2006. We had a photoshoot with our families and these pics are just too precious
Time flew past and we both graduated from university.

It was barely a year after I started working in the media industry when Daddy, who is a submariner, told me that he was going to be posted to Sweden for a year. I knew that I was going to miss him but in trying to stay rational, I knew that a year would go by very easily and he would be back in no time. So, I decided to stay put in Singapore and continue to climb up the corporate ladder. Little did I expect what life had in store for me.

I made a DIY calendar for Daddy using our pictures when he left for Sweden in 2007


Visiting Daddy in Karlskrona, Sweden in July, 2007. Check out those beautiful pink skies! Dear Angel, you were eventually born here, you know that?

One of my all-time favourite couple shots. Took this by placing my shades in front of the camera lens
Upon nearing the end of that lonely year without each other, Daddy called up and said "Dear, I'll be extending my stay in Sweden for another four years." Yes, FOUR! I simply couldn't bear to be separated from him for so long, thus we had a heart to heart talk and I made a big decision - to ditch everything I had in Singapore so I could join him over there.

No, I wasn't looking forward to it at first because I had two jobs here, one working as a media executive in OMD and the other teaching Chinese to kids in Berries. I was happy, comfortable and contented being with my friends, my family and my work. Besides, I was the kind who had to be kept busy all day long and to idle in a foreign land like Sweden, not being able to work and having to become a housewife was not really what I had been dreaming about.

Still, I made the decision to fly to Sweden and you know, it was the best decision ever. Why? Because it started a new chapter of my life, made me a mum and brought me onto the motherhood journey. And I can never be more thankful for that.

The Eiffel Tower holds a special place in our hearts because it witnessed our proposal in 2007, alas all our pictures and videos were gone because our bag was stolen during our holiday in Barcelona. These pictures were taken in 2011 when we revisited and Angel was with us (in a stroller by the side when we took these).

Oh, I must tell you how we got engaged. Which means that we decided to marry each other and become husband and wife. It was in the summer of 2007 and I was on a tour in Europe with Daddy where we visited Amsterdam, Brussels, Venice, Paris, Barcelona and Karlskrona. In Paris, when we were up on the Eiffel Tower, Daddy suggested that we split up to go the souvenir shop to get a gift for each other.

You can call it a hunch or a woman's intuition but I kind of knew that he was going to pop the question. I did wonder why he had no ring but thankfully for him, I am not the type of girl who loves roses or diamonds. It was his heart that mattered to me. So, with a 6 euros Eiffel Tower in hand, he asked me the question "Will you be my fiancée?" Yes, these were the exact words he said. Don't ask me why he didn't just say "Will you marry me?", you do know that your Daddy says the most special and unexpected things sometimes.

I wrote back to him in a postcard that I bought along with a keychain. I told him that yes, I would be his fiancée, his wife and I would love him till the end of time. So, that was how our love story got sealed and we became hubby and wifey on 26 April 2008. 

At our ROM ceremony at Aloha Changi Chalet on 26 April 2008. We had a beach theme and most of the things were DIY-ed! You can read about our big day here and the behind the scenes here.

I was the happiest girl on earth that day when we walked down the aisle, when he put the ring on me and when I said "I do"
We held a fairytale wedding before we flew to faraway Sweden. You can read about it here

Being the hopeless romantic that I was at that time, in line with our fairytale theme, we wrote a song titled 我们的童话 (Our Fairytale) and sang it for our march in during our wedding. Yes, it's this song that you have been listening to in the car and can even sing it with us nowadays. From a duet, we now sing it as a group. How super, duper sweet and amazing that feels to me, you know that. So, here's the song again and I hope you can feel the love that was in the air when we filmed this in 2008.



So, was that the end of our love story?

No, that was just the beginning. We didn't know that three of you would enter our lives (and turn it upside down) and we can't imagine life without any of you. Thank you for being our lovely kids, thank you for being part of our story, thank you for making our happily ever after come true.

I hope that one day, you will be able to find true love in your life and hold onto it forever too. For now, I'm only too happy to be your 'true love' and be your 'other half' since all of you say that you wanna marry Mummy. Love ya all so much!

With hugs and kisses,
Mummy


P.S. Till death do us part. I love you so much, my dear. Thank you for being a great friend, son, hubby and father. Happy 8th anniversary!

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The Chill Mom

This post is part of the "How I Met Your Father" blog train hosted by Michelle of The Chill Mom. Join me and my fellow mum bloggers as we reminisce our love stories and share how we met the daddy of our kids.


Mabel blogs at Amazingly Still, an open journal where she shares her life as a stay-home wife and mother of two. She is finger-trigger-happy whenever she whips out her camera to capture the precious moments spent with her husband and children, most of which are when they are out on an adventure, exploring new places together. Tomorrow, she will share about how she met her husband, and it's a pretty taboo subject!

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