What's the story morning glory?

Life as a mom to my baby girls Nyx, Nya and Nyla.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Making it work across distance and time barriers

Let's face it, long distance relationships are tough to maintain especially when the time difference makes it hard to connect on phone calls and video calls at convenient timings for both parties. And in our case with both of us working as well as our four little ones who go to school and come home at various timings, you can imagine how challenging it can be to get everyone together at the same time to video chat.

Nevertheless we've made it work over the years whenever the daddyman or I have to travel overseas for work for weeks, months and in our current situation.... years. 
And none of this would have been possible without the help and support from our loved ones especially my mum and dad ❤️. Thank you grandma and grandpa! 
They say it takes a village to raise a child and I wouldn't contest that, but with four kids to raise I am nothing short of grateful for the unconditional love and support from our loved ones who have played such an important role in being such great influencers and caregivers to our brood.

As I pen my thoughts at this point while flying from Boise to Los Angeles alone, my heart is filled with so much love and gratitude. Spending the past week alone with my husband visiting theme parks, taking thrill rides, going shopping and just appreciating one another was just what we needed. And even though we've been married for 16 years and together for 22 years, it shouldn't get boring. 

 This past week, he took me from theme park to theme park riding roller coasters knowing how much I enjoy the thrill rides. I felt like a little girl again when he made sure that I didn't collapse from heat exhaustion under the 43 degrees Celsius heat. And i was moved when he drove for hours to make sure I got to eat some good xialongbaos and visit the beach in California. 

 Thank you baby for making sure that we got to spend time together even though the kids and I were here with you just two months ago. Thank you for the thoughtful gestures along the way. And thank you for the careful planning to make this happen. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

The toughest part of this June holiday

What would be the toughest part of this near month-long holiday to see their dad in the USA? Apart from handling the kids alone while flying and transiting....it really was when we had to say goodbye to the man who took such good care of us these past few weeks and pampered us like we were princesses (and a queen). 

 

From the moment I knew we were making this trip to visit their dad in the United States, I already started to worry about how I would manage the four kids alone. Yes a lot of prep work had to be done especially in enrolling the older girls to help with the baby and the luggages. And it's really no joke having to collect our checked-in luggages upon arrival at LA, going through customs, finding our way to the domestic terminal from the international terminal in order to check-in these luggages again and then catching another domestic flight to Idaho. The trip back to Singapore is much of a hassle too but this is was all so worth it considering the memories and experiences we shared these past few weeks as a family. 

The older kids got to revisit some nostalgic places like our old house, the parks I used to take them to, the animal shelter, the malls, the theme parks, nature reserves, etc. Yes they've forgotten much of the past because they were so much younger then, but that got me digging out many old pictures to share with them and we had so much fun reminiscing.

 

Standing in front of our old house where we used to live at.

When it came to the end of this holiday and parting ways with their dad at the airport.... my oldest girl tried to hold back her tears and Small asked me why we couldn't just bring daddy home with us. Medium as usual was just cool as cucumber but she did tell me on the plane that she missed daddy already (Small said this 9 times throughout the flights). And Extra Small just kept me busy with her endless fountain of energy and screams from the moment we boarded till we arrived in Singapore. During the flight from LA to Seoul, I had to help her with her constipation (yes it was grotesque but successful) and I honestly feel like I've aged 10 years because of this trip back. 

Would I do this again? Heck yeah :) just to see the smiles on my girls' faces, and Daddyman too of course. 

  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy International Yoga Day!

This is the third year that International Yoga Day will be celebrated since its inception in 2015. This day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly and what's so significant about the 21st of June which was chosen as Yoga Day is the fact that it's the longest day of the year.

This special signifies Global Peace, Harmony and Health, and celebrates the practice of yoga as well as spreading the awareness and benefits of the practice.

It's doesn't matter what physical limitations we have, what age we're at and what style of the practice speaks more to us. Everyone can can benefit from incorporating Yoga into their lifestyle, even if it's just starting off with a small component of it. It doesn't have to be all or nothing :)

And what better way to start off International Yoga Day than a practice with my girl army? Yes, puppy included! ❤




 
  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Desert surprise

Back home in Singapore I always make the time to recharge myself at some of my favorite spots at the beach. Sinking my feet in the sand and letting the waves lap at my legs..... breathing in the sea spray or just standing on the cool grass just beyond the shoreline, all these make me feel more alive and rejuvenated and I always leave the beach with a smile on my face and my heart ❤️.

For the past week while we drove to Las Vegas and Los Angeles and spent time in the theme parks and the city..... I didn't have much of a chance to get that recharging that I needed, so it felt extremely satisfying this afternoon when we got to stop by the Parganagat National Wildlife Refuge. 

I shared with my kids about how taking the time to just be quiet and alone in nature brings about such a positive effect on me and I can only hope they appreciate it as much as I do. 

 

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Disneyland with my Dudettes

I remember when I came to Disneyland the first time when I was a kid, the second time just after getting married, the third time after having 2 kids and now this fourth time we're back here again with 4 kids. And it never gets old ❤ Disneyland is for kids and the inner child in all adults. 

This time though the older kids are definitely enjoying the rides more and although the lines can sometimes put our bladders to the test..... seeing the faces of our kiddos light up makes it totally worth it. 

And I'm so grateful that the hubs booked a hotel for us that's just a short walk away from Disneyland and Adventure Land so we can easily walk over to the theme parks for the next 3 days. Thank you Daddyman! Xoxo 

 


   

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Vegas baby!

I've lost count how many times the hubs and I have been to Las Vegas, but over the years since 2001 after we got married till now, we've travelled here numerous times as a couple, with two very young children, while I was pregnant with Number 3 and now with 4 kids. And each time the experience is a little different. 

Timing pee stops is definitely something we have to do while on this sort of road trip 😂 and obviously managing our shopping because otherwise we would just go stark crazy and end up not having leg room left in the MPV (yes it's happened before). 

One thing I appreciate about #thatdadoffour is how he would make sure the kids have entertainment in the car during the long drives. Games, music, riddles...... Yes it's way better than in-flight entertainment. Ha!

Visiting Vegas with babies does limit what we can do and the types of shows we can watch for sure. And it also means we often walk around with a sleeping child or in our current case..... sleeping children! So we end up having to carry kiddos while we go about town. Thank goodness for all that training.
Still..... there's so much we've done. Visiting the Grand Canyon, taking the rides, catching the shows, taking in the sights and eating way too much. 

I can only hope that our older kids will remember these moments and keep them dear to heart ❤️ 

 

On our last trip here to M&Ms World in 2011 and I was over 5 months pregnant with Number 3.

 

Back when they still had the lion's habitat in MGM hotel.

   

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

That First Road Trip with Four young kids

So it's been almost 6 years since the hubs and I embarked on a road trip with the kids. The last time we drove across the different states was when we only had two kids and a baby in my belly. Now there's four of them aged between 10 and 1 so it's definitely a very different experience.

Well for one thing, the number of bags we have to pack along and the size of the cooler box have to be upsized!
Spending hours on the road also means keeping entertained in the car. And I must say the older kids have been nothing but helpful when it comes to the caring of the baby and being amazing travel companions. 

 
 

Though we've been to several of the pit stops below multiple times, the kids have obviously forgotten many of them and are seeing these places with a fresh set of eyes again. And it makes my heart sing to see them being so happy looking at snow capped mountains...... herds of cows grazing and canyons. Can't wait till we get to Vegas and bring them to see the Grand Canyon again! ❤