Category: My Son

[Summer Fun] — Toronto Railway Museum & Ripleys Aquarium

My son loves all types of transportation – so riding the Toronto Museum Train was a must on the list. The mini train seriously is nothing much but he still got very excited. An adult must be riding it with him – it cost $6.00 for the both of them. Whatever makes your kid happy right? I believe it was less than a 5 minute ride around the area.

 

After the mini train ride – Ripley Aquarium was our next destination. We’ve wanted to visit this place for awhile – so fitting it into our summer calendar was a must.

My whole family was excited when we got to the entrance. The tanks of fishes were so gorgeous! There’s so much to learn and see. I am sure that both munchkins’ will have class trips in the future here.

My faves were the jellyfishes. So unique and interesting. The play area was small and crowded but that doesn’t stop my son for having fun and playing with other kids.

We bought some candies at the gift shop to end our fun day out. We took about 2.5 hour to walk through the whole aquarium. If we had more time – I think I’ll go through it one more time. It’s a nice place to go once but I’m not sure if I want to revisit? Maybe in a few years?

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[Summer Fun] — Lake Wilcox Park

Fun day at Wilcox Lake Park with the kiddos. It was our first time here and boy was it busy! It’s a nice park with picnic area, barbecue area, park area, and Water Park. A pathway to walk near the lake too. Too bad we didn’t have enough time – Hubby wanted to take a walk around the lake area.

It was a nice little get together before all the kids start school again. Hopefully next time it won’t be as busy!

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[Summer Fun] — Canada’s Wonderland

When was the last time I ever step foot in Canada’s Wonderland? I think over 13 years ago! Crazy much? It was nice to be back! We visited Canada’s Wonderland late July with our two kiddos. Munchkin#1 was overly excited even before we got in. Munchkin#2 behaved so well even after an 8 hour day out. I serious could not complain!

We stayed at the kids’ area and with eight hour we had. It was just not enough time for all the rides plus the park was so busy and so much to do too! Definitely worth getting the season pass!

We had to literally bribe & drag Munchkin#1 out of Wonderland! He loved it and is constantly asking to go back. He sure doesn’t know how fortunate he is to be enjoying all these summer activities. Sometimes I feel like our kids have life so good. For sure Wonderland will be a place to be back. Till next time!

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[Summer Fun] — Safari Niagara

It was our first visit to Niagara Safari and it was amazing. It took about 1.5 hour drive with 1 pit stop. It was an extremely hot day but thank goodness both kids behaved & cooperated.

 

There were so many animals to see. We walked about half way than decided to hop on the wagon ride to see the rest of the Safari. This place is huge!

Munchkin#1 learned so much about animals and his fave was the giraffes. It’s cute how little things interest him. Other than the giraffes – his favorite part was the park. He wasn’t too interested with the water park. Which it was a good thing for us – no need to change him. The park itself is huge. There’s a lot to do! From what I remember – we spent around 5 hours there. We sure did soak in those vitamin C & D that day! For sure we’ll be visiting again one day!

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[Cayden] — 9 Month Update

This active cutie pie is such a handful these days but mommy is embracing every bit of it. I’m blessed that I get to raise both kids on our own and watch every milestone.

He hasn’t been putting his fingers into his mouth as much as before because he puts other things in his mouth now. Literally whatever he can put in.

He doesn’t let anyone hold him except myself and his daddy. Usually he prefers mommy. But if I am out of his sight – daddy is fine too. Picky much?

He crawls literally everywhere! Kitchen, bathroom, foyer, and bedrooms. It’s crazy how fast he can go too! On another note – he’s been standing so often – that he takes steps by holding on the ledge of something. I think he might be walking very soon. Which means – it’s more trouble for mommy. I haven’t been sitting on my bum lately because I’m always walking around cleaning or watching him to see where he is lol. Perhaps it’s a good thing?

We have started baby classes last month. It’s a great class for babies to interact and play together. Great for us mommies to have a conversation too. So far – he enjoys it.

He understands ‘no’ – but sometimes he still does it. Rebellious at 9 month old already? Oh no! If we raise our voice – he’ll know we are serious but if we have a smile on our face – he knows it’s not that serious. How do such young child know these things?

He is still taking iron supplement and D-drops.

He has been on liquid formula for a month now. It took him about 2-3 days to get used to it and now he loves it. He drinks about 4-5 ounce per feeding. Which is 3 times a day. Usually when we are out – we skip the afternoon milk.

He’s still having four meals a day with three bottle of milk. Keeps mommy busy for sure!

Still taking 2 naps but the naps seem to be getting shorter and shorter! Usually it’s two hour long – but these days seem to be an hour or an hour and a half. Maybe he doesn’t need as much sleep anymore? I forget when did Munchkin#1 cut down to 1 nap. Maybe soon?

He’s been playing with everything. Even things he’s not suppose to – he shows interest in everything. I got to say – comparing my two boys – this one is definitely much more active than my first born! Even though my first born is very active – this one is extremely active. Hopefully it’s a good thing – so mommy can loose some weight chasing after him lol. That’s it for his 9 month update!

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[Jayden] — 5 Year & 1 Month Update

My baby looks so grown up these days – makes me teary to see how much he’s grown for the past 5 years.

He’s been eating more vegetables and fruits lately. I’ve made an effort to include fruits every dinner – so there’s no excuses in not eating fruits. Vegetables – I make sure I have it all cut up in his bowl of rice or pasta – he’s been more open to eat it. Doesn’t love it but he would eat it. It’s a good start. He understands that it’s healthy and good for you. I believe he’s learned that in school too. It’s all just an habit – I think in no time – he’ll have no problem with eating it.

Also – I’ve cut out after school snack. It is just so close to dinner time. I wanted him to have a proper meal instead of eating half his dinner. Just makes more sense that way.

I’ve given him a few more responsibilities. When he gets home – he puts everything away and takes out his lunch bag to put it in the counter. Sometimes he would clean after his baby brother when his baby brother makes a mess. Helps mommy put this and that in the washing machine, brings his bowls to the sink, and has been bathing on his own. Maybe soon – I’ll add in vacuuming? I believe introducing chores at an early age is a good thing – builds his habit up.

Since soccer ended up March – swimming has started late April. He was reluctant in going back to swimming because of the last swimming experience. We didn’t give him a choice – he just had to go back to swimming. After taking a few months off – I think it was enough time off. After his first class back – he is much more comfortable with new instructors and a new group of kids. I’m glad he is loving it again.

 

There’s a time to have fun and a time to do work. I truly believe that a routine in life is a must. In order to earn Ipad time – he does his writing in his workbook. Depending on his mood – he can do up to 10 pages a day. Than he goes onto reading a book. Not too much to ask for right? I remember before – I used to have to stress about getting him to write. After putting in a routine – he has been enjoying writing a lot more now. No need to raise my voice anymore.

He’s still not a big fan of sharing his toys or anything with baby brother – so we have to remind him on a daily basis.

He’s been coming up with hilarious sentences – kind of cracks his parents up. I enjoy hearing him say silly things or things we never heard him saying. It’s so cute to us. I think it’s a parent thing?

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[Celebration] — Jayden’s 5th Birthday Party

Celebrated our son’s 5th birthday party on March.5th.2017, a Sunday afternoon. This was his third 5th birthday celebration. We are very grateful to celebrate his special day with all his little friends – thank god it was the last celebration till next year! I believe this party is his most looked forward for because it includes all his favorite little friends. We even got a helium tank to fill up over 12 medium size balloons this year. All the kids were so happy to bring one home too!

For the menu – I focused more on what the adults would love to eat because – let’s be honest – the kid wasn’t here for the food! They can careless of what they eat. They were here to play with each other and explore different toys. Most importantly the birthday song and cake cutting.

The older kids got to do an art & craft which lasted about 5 to 10 minute long. Yes – these crafty things gotta be fast because their patience is only so limited. There were about 12 kids total – including ours as well. I was so surprised that they played so nicely and quietly. No one was shouting or arguing. The Mama’s got to chill and catch up while the Daddys’ got to play video games!

All the kids were so excited about the Minion cake – it was deliciously made and bought from T&T Supermarket! Not too sweet or too creamy either. Definitely will be purchasing their birthday cakes from there from now on! Can’t believe our first born is 5 already! We love celebrating with these kids every year – it’s the same bunch of kids that grew up together and we add in a few new friends every year.

Look at these kiddos! I can’t wait to plan the next party!

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[Party Planning] — DIY Minion Birthday Theme & Activities

DIY party favor bags is definitely a must for each party! I love the whole process of it: Designing, cutting, gluing, and putting it together. For the favors this year it’s mainly snacks & useful things such as bubbles, crayons, and stickers. It was so much fun putting 12 favors for these kids. I always make extra in case there are extra kids.

Banner designed by myself. I wanted to get Munchkin involved in it but he didn’t have much idea. It was yet again so much fun designing and putting it together. I love designing banners and everything related to theme parties! SO SO SO much fun!

Backdrop to me is very important because I like to capture lots of pictures for memories. Decided to cut around 30 minions out and put it around the window frame. The big minion on the left is a balloon but decided to just tape it on the wall for another decorative piece. It’s cute eh?

 I DIY these food stands for food. I made about 60-70 of these. I toned it down a lot – I use to make around 150 to 200 of these. It just gives a finishing touch to all the party food I make.

Since last birthday we did the head band art and craft for the kids. I decided to pick out another art and craft for the kids to create this year. It’s always fun to watch them do it together. I got these prepared and all they had to do is put it together with parents help. Hope they’ll have tons of fun with it.

The rest of the stuff I bought. I love the Minion eye googles! That’s really it for all the prep stuff for his 5th birthday party! I can’t wait to plan the next party. Stay tune for more hauls & reviews!

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[Cayden] — 8 Month Update • Sprouting 2 Bottom Teeth

 

My second child sure has some character! A whole lot of character comparing to his big brother! He will scream and get angry at things – I know right? Get angry and throw a fit at 8 month old? I sure don’t remember his big brother doing that at this young! I’m going to read up upon how to control baby behavior and fix this issue. It’s better to start it early than later – otherwise it’ll be even harder to fix.

My little Munchkin has officially sleep trained in his own crib. He hasn’t slept in the play pan for over a month now! I have to say he’s only 90% sleep train. I am still working on skipping out on the night time 12:30AM feed. Other than that he’ll cry in the middle of the night once in awhile. Sometimes I ignore it and he goes back to sleep till 7 in the morning. I’m glad we started this sleep training process early because Mama gets her beauty sleep back!

Big brother loves baby brother. Baby brother loves watching his big brother do things. I love their interaction and am in love watching them both grow up together. It warms my heart so much that they’ll have each other growing up together when we are old and wrinkly in the future.

He loves standing up and jumping – quite active! He shifts around on the floor and goes everywhere. When I leave him their for a few minutes – he’s gone! I’m not going to put gates up for him – so I got to keep my eyes on him at all times. This kid is fast!

Mama has finally got his routine down. He’s down with 2 naps, 4 meals, and the rest of the time is play time, bath time, and etc… Having a routine is such a must – it just makes my life easier and I can plan ahead. I still nurse him before naps and before bedtime. He has cut down to half his nursing.

He graduated from his play mat and blue bouncer. I’ve sold them – makes me kind of sad when it’s gone because that means he’s grown up and soon not a baby anymore. The blue bouncer was from his baby brother over 4 years ago. A little sentimental to me for sure.

Loves playing toys and listening to music. Whenever I sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” – he settles down.

Look at that cheekiness!

I’ve been preparing his solids 2-3 times a week. I try to mix up a bit of the ingredients so he doesn’t have the same things all the time. I don’t think it makes a difference for him but I want him to try new things. So far – he’s been alright eating solids 4 times a day.

So far he’s tried most vegetables and meat except for beef and tomato – I’m going to wait a little bit more for those food. I enjoy preparing and cooking these meals for Munchkin#2 – totally reminds me how I made solids for Munchkin#1. It’s not that feeding store bought food is not healthy – I just like making my own, so I know what’s in it.

That’s all for the month of January 2017 – stay tune to see what’s in store for this little guy next month! There sure is a lot of changes in each month as he grows.

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[Travels] — Gran Bahia Principe Coba • Mexico, Cancun • Day 7

Day seven didn’t start out the way we wanted to. We woke up to a sick child. Munchkin#1 caught a fever! Thank goodness I am always prepare for every trip we go to. I pack all their medicines and thermometer. Gave him his medicine and he puked a few times.

We took a break from the water park and beach – Munchkin#1 was just too tired. From the past few days he was NONSTOP running around and being under the sun.

Hubby and I had cocktails at the bar while both Munchkin rested.

We ordered room service for lunch as well. Not a huge fan of their room service menu because it was very limited but we wanted Munchkin#1 to rest up.

He took a few hour nap and woke up very hungry and energized. Lol our son only needs a few hour to recharge than hes good! His fever was gone and he asked to go to the beach too. We were just shocked how fast he recovers. Of course we didn’t listen to his request. We wanted him to rest more for our flight the next day.

We had dinner at the seafood restaurant and my salmon meal was delicious. There were a lot of seafood appetizers too. It was a delicious meal!

There goes our day 7! Cant believe our trip is coming to an end! Despite having an extra child to care for – it was very manageable still. It all comes down to organization and extra patience! Stay tune for our last day of our trip! Thanks for dropping by!

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[Travels] — Gran Bahia Principe Coba • Mexico, Cancun • Day 6

Excursion day!

We woke up super early on this day because our excursion bus picks us up at 7:40AM. We woke up around 6:30AM to get ready and have breakfast.

Our first stop was of course the famous ChiChen Itza. Before booking this trip – Hubby was like we MUST visit this place. So we had to! This was our first 7th of wonders we visited!

Walking in this famous Pyramid – there were lots of shops to buy souvenirs and gifts. The prices are very reasonable comparing to other shops. I recommend you to buy your souvenirs here instead of anywhere else. You can bargain as well! We didn’t get anything but we got my Father-in-law a handmade ChiChen Itza for $5USD.

It was a very very hot day. Especially being under the sun and carrying a almost 12pound Munchkin. I hope I lost some weight and gain some muscles that day! Lol. We stayed at ChiChen Itza for about 2.5 hours. Learned a bit of history and explore different pyramids.

After exploring ChiChen Itza – we had a buffet lunch at a restaurant.

Where the restaurant was located was also where we were going to explore one of the Cenotes. Very cool. We could of swam in it but we decided not to. Not up for getting wet and than changing after with 2 kids. We just walked down to have a look and took some pictures.

Than we headed to a little village nearby which I forgot the name of it. It had a really nice and big park. We wanted to do some shopping there but couldn’t find anything to get. When I get something – I’m very specific and it has to match my home too. OCD much?

After walking around for half an hour – we headed back to the bus. It took about 1.5 hour to get back to the resort.

I have to say that our kids were AMAZING with minimal fuss! Some people didn’t even notice there was a baby on the bus! Cayden was that good! It was a long day for both my kids & they did awesome. Makes parenthood that much easier when they behave.

We paid $75USD each person for this excursion – both kids were free. I definitely recommend this excursion – ChiChen Itza is definitely a must see!

We got back to the resort around 7:30PM – the first thing we did was hit the buffet! We were all very hungry. After that – we went to the privilege lounge to upload photos.

Than we headed back to our room to bath and we all  slept right away. We were all so exhausted! It was so so so much fun exploring! I didn’t get to take videos but I did capture a lot of photos! Stay tune for our day 7 of our trip! Thanks for stopping by!

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[Celebration] — Our 2016 Christmas Morning

Still catching up with Christmas events! I finally got things settle and am back to my regular schedule! Woohoo! Anyways – this was a very special Christmas for all of us. It was our second son’s first Christmas & It was the first Christmas that we introduce Santa to our first son. He was believing in everything – he even saw a little clip with Santa on a sleigh and reindeer flying in the sky. It was SO magical for him! It was so amazing to watch! I love it! I never got to know or experience Santa’s magical fairytale and I am so glad my boys get to experience it!

Christmas morning is just for our family only – it’s a day where we spent it opening presents in the morning in our matching pajamas. It’ll be one of our traditions that started last year. My heart is so warm and happy watching my boys grow and be happy.

This Munchkins’ 1st Christmas – look at that cheerful boy! We had an eventful morning – Santa brought everyone presents! Munchkin#1 helped with opening baby brothers’ presents too. I don’t need anything else because I have my family – they are my everything! Can’t wait for 2017 Christmas in about 10 months! Are you excited for Christmas in 10 months? Lol – I must be a little crazy!

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[Celebration] — Hubby’s 34th Birthday && Christmas Eve

This is how we celebrated Christmas Eve slash Hubby’s 34th Birthday. Our friend Dana and her newly Husband came for a visit during the afternoon. It was so nice catching up with them and seeing how they love their married life.

I had some time to take photos of my 2 boys in Christmas outfit. As you follow my blog long enough – you would know I love taking photos! Hahaha. These photos will be memories for us to look back to. I love it!

Look at my two loves!

We went out to Loblaws to pick up a birthday cake for my husband. Munchkin#1 got to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to his daddy. It’s also Munchkin#2’s first time celebrating his daddy’s birthday. Aren’t they cute or what?

Yes – mommy took a selfie too! Look at those chubby arms? I shall do something about it soon! I love my pink Santa hat!

At night we headed out for dinner at Baton Rouge. The restaurant was packed and good thing I made reservation! Otherwise – it’ll be a super long wait. Had my fave baked potato with steak. Everything was yummy!

 

Baked some cookies for Santa. Apparently – Munchkin#1 was suppose to help me but he walked off and wasn’t interested. I think he just didn’t want to touch the cookie dough. He’s a little OCD just like his mommy. We put out cookies for Santa and carrots for reindeer. Yes water for Santa too because we ran out of milk!

It was so much fun because it’s Munchkin#1’s first year understanding that Santa and reindeer are coming and dropping us gifts! Love it! It’s so magical!

Here’s our Christmas Eve night time outfit. Our matching outfit which I bought a couple months ago. The outfit where we open Christmas gifts in the morning! There goes our fun and eventful Christmas Eve & Hubby’s 34th birthday. We love spending it as a family and at home. No need to attend to other people or places. Just some peaceful moment for us.

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[Kids] — Christmas Gingerbread House 2016

We decided to do our annual gingerbread house at home this year since I couldn’t find a class at Loblaws for it.

We bought a kit at No Frills for $10 bucks. The pre-built ones are more expensive but since we can never keep the house up – I decided it’s best to get the pre-built ones. Just easier for us.

We had fun decorating – Munchkin#1 helped with decorating the roof while we did the rest. Munchkin#2 helped by just watching and not crying lol.

Look at how concentrated he was! I have to say that this year he is more excited and enthusiastic in all these Christmas activities!

I think we’ll just buy the kit every year – so we can spend family quality time at home. Maybe next year Munchkin#2 can help too! What kind of festive activities did you do with your kids? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more daily updates and reviews – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for dropping by!

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[Lifestyle] — 25 Christmas Books • Starting December 1st

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I was so thrilled to find 25 Christmas books at such affordable prices! The most expensive one was $3.50 and these are amazing quality books! Hard covers too! I’ve wrapped up all 25 books and starting from December 1st – my older son will be unwrapping one book a day until Christmas. I want this to be a tradition in our household. I’ll probably use these books for a few years – I don’t think he’ll remember it after a whole year right? I’ll be replacing a few books here and there but overall – it’ll mostly be the same ones.

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Just for a little self reminder – I took pictures of the 25 books – so in case I shop for a few new ones – I won’t get duplicated. I can’t wait to do elf on the shelf next year as well. What are your family Christmas traditions? Comment below to share with us! Stay tune for more daily adventures & hauls – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time. Thanks for dropping by!

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