March has a one week school holiday and we did quite many things together as a family. This monthly wrap up post is really a good way for me to check on our family activities and ensuring we have sufficient family bonding time and time for play.
Taking time off from work for the kids
During the 1 week school holidays, I took 2 days off from work to bring the kids out. On the first day, I planned a visit to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum together with the grandparents. We went to sing Karaoke later on. My kids love to sing, and half the singing session was for them to sing their favourite songs. Mind you, the songs they sang were adult ballads and fast numbers, not the kiddie songs. And seeing that we have still some time, we took a leisurely walk at Labrador Park and saw a Holland cruise ship which was exiting to the sea up close! How lucky we were! At dinner, we took a visit to where granny works in a childcare centre. The visit intrigued the kids as they seemed to be impressed that their grandma is still active in the workforce as an assistant teacher teaching little ones just like when they were young.
I am sure by now you know that we love to bring the grandparents and the kids out together. I can’t emphasize enough to the kids that their parents love their grandparents and we place great importance on family relationship and respect our own parents. Hence, as much as we can, we will invite the elders to join us.
On the second day, Master 9 had a playdate. We met over breakfast at Mac Donald’s, had 2 games of bowling, went for a good lunch, and visited Art Science Museum – Future World. It was a good meet up with the mummies who are pretty much in touch even though our kids are not in the same class.
Family Bonding Time
We also went to Gardens by the Bay to catch the Sakura in full blossom. There is a Children’s Garden in Gardens by the Bay. This is the first time we checked out this free playground. It is really popular judging by the crowd on a sweltering hot day!
On the long weekend of Good Friday, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday. My brother-in-law booked the multi-purpose hall in Temasek Club. We brought along badminton racquets, volleyballs, put on running shoes and played ball games with young and old. After that, we swam in the pool and had a good dinner together.
Jogging with the kids
I have started to bring the kids to jog with me on Sunday mornings. For consecutive two Sundays, I took one kid to run with me in the neighbourhood. It happened that the other one could not wake up early enough and so I had one on one bonding with one child each time. They have been wanting to jog with me ever since they know I do that occasionally after they go to school. I treasure each and every second of bonding time and weekends are the best time to do so. We will be doing this regularly. Last Sunday, we took a break from jogging and went to the Ang Mo Kio Playground. I love to have the family wake up early on Sundays so that we can have breakfast together, or visit the playground or somewhere nature. I find it a bliss that the 3 children played harmoniously together and I no longer hear Missy 11 tell me that she does not like the sand. Also the hubby finally read the book that I had so highly recommended to him – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a New York Times Best Seller.
The kids are finally reading!!
Talking about reading, ever since a close friend introduced the book Everything I Never Told you by Celeste Ng, also a New York Times Best Seller, I had been going on a book hunt spree. I started picking up reading and guess what, this might have a positive influence on my kids and they are now into reading too! You will never know how much effort I have put in to get them into reading a chapter book. I think good habits are best learnt by action than taught. Maybe I will write a book review to get busy mums like me to pick up reading.
Picnic in our bedroom
I took the kids to a movie treat when the hub was on biz trip and I ended up bringing the toddler to the washroom thrice. Apparently, how the innocent sheep was discovered as a baddie in Zootopia, I never knew. We had an impromptu picnic at home in the kids bedroom that night. It only takes an impromptu simple surprise to leave a deep happy childhood memory in them and me. I love such surprises, be it surprising others or getting surprised.
One evening when Kel came to pick me from work, I told him that I wanted to go to the beach before heading home. It had been a long while since we had a leisure walk along the beach and enjoyed the sea breeze accompanied by the sound of crashing waves. It was a good moment. On another day, I took a day’s off to pamper myself at the spa, after which I brought my laptop to blog at Starbucks with a Matcha frappucino beside me. It felt good to be off work and to do something I like while sipping something I enjoy. Kel met me after that and seeing that we were early for our dinner date, we went to the place where he proposed to me 11 years back. I felt as though it was our wedding anniversary. We had a terrific dinner but the night ended with an anti-climax – I had to dial in to a conference call with the CFO 🙁
On the day of the eclipse, I also went on a date as rare as the occurence of the eclipse with my BFF. She is a busy woman and busy mum. Hence, getting her out on a girl date is probably harder than an appointment with the CEO. We had a wonderful shopping trip and chatted from the time we met to the last second when she had to ran out the train door. That’s so much to talk to each other!
I visited my grandma on my off day too and decided that I should visit her more often from now on.
Lessons from competitions
Missy 11 and Master 9 each has his/her competitions happening in this month and the next. Missy 11 and her volleyball team got into the Round 2 of the National Volleyball championship and the tough fight will be happening in early April. Master 9 is actively participating in Go Game competition and will be representing his school too. Both had their fair share of winnings and losses. My message for them is very clear: Believe in yourself. Never underestimate your own capabilities and go all out to enjoy the games. I told them that even losing is a good experience and always learn from failures and never be complacent. Good luck to my darlings!
Whoa! March is so fulfilling in my opinion! I am so happy that we did quite many things together. I am looking forward to April too but it will not be as carefree as in March since the examinations are coming up. We will strike a balance though and ensure the children have sufficient play time.
I hope March went well for you and let’s look forward to April!