What’s my morning routine?

We’re onto the 10th part of this blog challenge – I thought it would be hard to keep up but I guess I love pouring out my thoughts so much that it hasn’t seemed too difficult to find the momentum. That’s also possibly because of the number of hours that I’m awake in a day versus the hours I sleep (and one fine day I might crash and wake up like a week later?) – but so be it!

Today I’m meant to share my morning routine with you – I hope you can stomach it! šŸ˜‰

First thing in theĀ morning, I wake up to light streaming through my curtains and birds chirping outside my window. I stretch and yawn, feeling great that I’ve had a good night’s sleep and am ready to take on the new day! I sit back against my plush pillows, sipping herbal tea and trying to decide what colour I’ll paint my nails. Bring it on, skincare regime and yoga…

morningI should feel like this every time I wake up in the morning…

Oh wait, sorry, I think that might be happening in an alternate universe, but certainly not in my house…

Somewhere between 4.00am and 5.30am
Jared (the 12 week old) stirs. He either goes back to sleep easily, or he’s in the happy chatty mood that is so cute but also means he’s not going back to sleep for at least another hour or so. Which brings me to…

Somewhere between 5.30am and 5.45am
Jacob (the 2 and 3/4 year old) rises, and there is the rushed scurry between hubby and I to try and get him to go back into bed. He doesn’t go back to sleep, but some days he does agree to lie in bed until his Groclock sun rises (which is around 6.45am). Other days, it can get quite loud…

6.40am
Hubby gets out of bed and gets ready for work. JacobĀ and Jared conspire against me and both are wide awake, and Jacob conveniently sits on my head and tries to get me to read him books. So I drag my sorry self out of bed to make Jacob breakfast if hubby hasn’t already done it. I put on the kettle and pop a croissant into the convection oven. Then I make my coffee and try to enjoy my croissant while cuddling the bub and feeding Jacob his Weetbix bites & Cheerios.

One thing i might mention is that we say the “Superman” grace every morning and practically every meal (courtesy of Jacob’s cousin in Canberra who taught it to us when his family were over). It goes like this:
Ā (To the tune of the “Superman” theme)
Thank you God for giving us food
Thank you God for giving us food
For the food we eat
And the friends we meet
Thank you God for giving us food… Amen!

7.45am
Hubby leaves for work and I try my best to get things in order for the day, such as:
– Get Jacob to finish his breakfast and feed Jared
– Wash hands, brush teeth, clean Weetbix off my clothing and milk out of my hair.
– Change both boys’ nappies and make them presentable
– Feed the dog and top up her water
– Put Jared down for a nap before he loses it.

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And finally, we work out what we are doing for the day. The following are some of the things I usually do during the week:
Going to playgroup. I often go to one that’s tied to the school Jacob will be going to, and I’ve just started checking out a bilingual Mandarin playgroup too, which is really interesting (and I’m so amazed at how much Jacob has picked up after only going twice. Today he literally sang me one of the Chinese songs – he wasn’t even paying attention when they were singing it, or so I thought anyway!)
Swimming lesson. Jacob LOVES swimming (though he puts up a fuss all morning and all the way there about not wanting to go, and then when we’re there he doesn’t want to go home). Routinely after swimming he gets a nice hot milo and a hot shower at home.
Shopping. I usually try to do this on Jacob’s childcare day but sometimes I have to attempt the shops, ugh! Lots of coping strategies including numerous snacks, entertainment, and sometimes we play hide and seek with the pram cover (mainly when I want him NOT to see the Peppa Pig car ride on that we’re walking past).
A morning in. Sometimes we just have a lazy one – chill out and play with Lego, play outside, read some books or sometimes we do sneak in a bit of TV (if Jared is asleep and if I need to get housework done).
–Ā Church. Jacob loves to go to church as he enjoys the kids program and gets to see his grandparents and sometimes his cousins too.
Anything. Like tomorrow, I’m taking him to this event called “Touch a Truck” where the local council is giving kids the opportunity to ride in and operate a garbage truck! So excited and really hoping there won’t be too many people there!

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What’s the best part of your daily routine?

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15 Facts about Me…

Ever since I was young, I used to love personality quizzes. Remember those quizzes that people would send in chain letters via email or the ones you could post on Friendster? Those were the days!

Anyway, today’s topic in the blog challenge I’m doing is right up my alley – I have to tell you 15 facts about yours truly! I hope you find this list remotely interesting!

  1. I got married at 21, and had my first child Jacob at 23. Yes, it was all planned that way and I don’t regret it for the world! I certainly felt unprepared in a number of situations, but don’t we all?
  2. I am 1/8 Scottish, 1/8 Welsh, 1/8 Thai, 1/8 Malay and 1/2 Chinese. And I grew up in Malaysia. Long story, but that will be for another day!
  3. I used to idolize Avril Lavigne (and she was probably my style guru for a few years – argh!). I still love many elements of her music and we share a birthday – 27th Sept!
  4. I started learning how to play the piano at age 3. But unfortunately I’m no prodigy and can’t say I have Mozart-like talents. However, I am pretty good at playing things by ear so if someone gives me a song and wants it played, I can usually do it (unless it’s like Rachmaninoff).
  5. I used to do cheerleading. Okay, it was only a year of my life and I wasn’t one of the awesome pretty girls being airlifted. Rather, I was a “base” who had to be the tough one to toss the girls in the air. I also sustained a back injury from trying to catch a falling girl, which sometimes rears its head when I try to push my back too far.1kh8[1]
  6. Ā I am a Seventh-day Adventist Christian – I didn’t grow up in the faith but started going to church after I finished high school, and got baptised in 2008. Now I go to a beautiful little “country” church in Birdwood and am particularly passionate about children’s ministry.
  7. I have a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management and started out working in hotels. Since, I’ve moved from that to Real Estate to Education Sales and am in Education Marketing now. I would love to study more though, maybe when I have more time on my hands.
  8. I worked for 6 months in Port Douglas, a little town up in Far North Queensland. It was an amazing time of my life and I went on an eye-opening road trip with friends. I definitely want to go back there sometime.
  9. I grew up with a body image complex and have had anorexia and bulimia at certain points of my life. But now I am pretty much freed from the clutches of self-doubt and am now able to appreciate and love my body.
  10. I used to do Ninjutsu – I learned it intensely for 5 years, and I was getting pretty good! I don’t have the best coordination and motor skills, so mastering some of those skills was very rewarding to me. Also, I have a “nin” tattoo on my back.
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  11. I love action movies and series but ones with more of a storyline and have an element of comedy/romance in them. Superheroes and medieval elements are plus points. Some of the ones I’ve really enjoyed are Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, DC Legends, Daredevil, Sense 8, Heroes, Vikings, Once Upon a Time, and of course, Game of Thrones! I watch a lot of TV haha!
  12. I can speak English and Malay fluently, and a bit of Mandarin and Japanese as well. However, I’d love for my kids to learn European languages, German being a preference.
  13. I really want to write a novel, and also get my poetry published. I would also really love to write children’s books, though I need to find someone to illustrate them for me.
  14. Mulan is my favourite Disney movie – I have watched it over 50 times! I feel that I relate to Mulan in many ways. Also, while I don’t consider myself a feminist, it has irked me that Asian women are often sexualised in pop culture and are usually have something to do with sex and drugs.
  15. My husband is my rock. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me! And he spoils me to bits, picks up after me and indulges me in my silly Asian cravings such as roast duck, nasi lemak and bubble tea. And we make beautiful kids together hehe!

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I have a bit of a busy weekend to look forward to (and a bit of prep too) so I’ll just post what I was meant to post on the 7th as well – a photograph of the town I live in.

We live in suburban Adelaide – the city used to be thought of as a big country town but a lot of development has happened of late that has become a lot more modern and metropolitan. But anyway, I’m not posting a picture of that – here’s a picture of me and my dog in the reserve near our house! This was before we had kids and we could just go off on a whim and do whatever we liked with ourselves!

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Wish List Collage (toddler style)

I’ve made it to challenge topic number 2 – a wish list collage! Just to make things fun, I decided to let Jacob get involved with my wish list (and I put a few things on his wish list on this too – though in truth I reckon I’d be just as excited as him if he got them!).

Before I get into it,Ā I’ll just explain the progression. We were playing around with some cellotape and chalk (after doing the wishlist) – I was showing him how the chalk goes on the paper but not on the sticky tape. Then he kept bugging me to make him a treasure chest (he’s into pirates at the moment) so I used an old box and we stuck his chalk/sticky tape design onto it and put lettering stickers on it, and voila! We have the word “Quest” on it too because he wanted to use the letters Q and U, so I thought we’d just put another word there that sorta went along with the theme!

In the bottom corner, those are a couple of things he put in his treasure chest – a Thor dress up hat, number candles, a tiny green bell (which was confiscated after in case someone swallowed it) and Jared’s socks.

But anyway, back to the point. I was doing a wish list and thought I’d let Jacob make it with me. My kids are my life so there are a number of things that I want that really are for them, but seeing them with something they like makes me so happy. Anyway, here it is!

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Sorry if it’s hard to see, but I’ll now explain what is what. It’s a bit all over the place, full of tangible and intangible things, but this is sorta what I’d like at the moment.

  1. Money

    Yes, folks , I did put a picture of money here. Hubby was watching me make this and he’s like “Who puts MONEY on a wish list?” But in truth, I think we all want more money, so I’ll be honest. There are so many things I would do with more money. I would possibly have another child (we haven’t decided yet, but $ is ultimately a factor). I would probably travel a lot more. I would eat out more and hire a cleaner to keep my house in check. I would go back to study, learn a new language, the list goes on. But the fact is that I don’t have the money to rationalise many of these things, or rather I prioritise other things over my wants. But one day!

  2. A White Christmas

    I chose this picture because Jacob loves snowmen, and tells me he will build one one day. Which is hard as we live in Adelaide where it doesn’t snow (though it has happened once in a blue moon). We’d really like to have a white Christmas one year – maybe somewhere in Germany / Switzerland / Austria or even over in the UK. We initially thought to do it next year but think we might wait a few more years so both boys will actually remember the experience.

  3. The Wiggles Concert

    So, there was a Wiggles Concert here in Adelaide last week and we missed it!! Ugh. I really would like to take Jacob to something like that – either Wiggles or Playschool or even Mister Maker or Disney on Ice. I’ve just been doubting that he can sit still though so an “active” concert where the kids can join in would be awesome. But yes, one fine day we’ll do this. And maybe mummy here might even be able to go to a concert of my own too – top of list would be Ludovico Einaudi or Piano Guys!

  4. Healthy Eating

    Yes, it is a salad. But really, I really wish that I could live a healthier lifestyle and eat better, fresher, greener food. I know part of it is my bad management (my mum was shocked at the state of my pantry when she visited me last) and also making poor choices. And the fact that I LOVE all sorts of food, particularly the hearty, fatty andĀ decadent! I have been eating like a pig since I started breastfeeding but I hope for it to change! We have been eating more salads and fruit lately but I still need to cut down on sweets and portion sizes – last night I had a double helping of spag bol as I was SOOOO hungry!

  5. Mummy and Son Matching Clothing

    By now you’re thinking “What kind of list is this?”. But yes, firstly I admit I’m the type who loves to dress my kids alike, but now I’m taking it to another level – I want to be dressed like them! There are so many adorable ideas and I was thinking maybe when the kids are older, we’ll do a family photoshoot wearing matching things!

  6. More Travel

    I want to travel the world! I want to scale mountains and swim in rivers; I want to seeĀ big cities and small country towns; I want to hear foreign tongues being spoken, experience different climates and taste authentic cuisine. Of course, a lot of this has had to be put on hold due to having young kiddos, though we have been travelling a bit (but mainly in Australia or in Asia/on our way to Malaysia to visit relatives). But I’m confident that we will travel more in future!

  7. Japan (and Disneyland)!

    One of my most desired destinations is Japan! We’re hoping to go there next year but still in the early planning stages. I just love so many things about Japan – the culture, the food, the history, the language, the people… and I’m really excited to go there as they have so many awesome and kawaii things for little kids to do, particularly Tokyo Disneyland!

  8. Bubble Tea

    I reckon I’ve always liked bubble tea, but in my pregnancy with Jared, I was obsessed! It was about the only thing I enjoyed consuming aside from coconut juice, so hubby spoiled me and bought it for me. He knows my order now – large Thai milk tea, 50% sugar and no ice. I was so obsessed I had bubble tea at my baby shower! And I think the addiction has stuck, though I don’t have it anywhere as much!

  9. Tree Fu Tom Garden

    I’m really keen to start up my very own fairy garden in my back yard. Not much grows there, but I’m hoping that I could maybe beautify it with gnomes and fairy houses. But Jacob is not really into fairies – rather, he told me he wants a “Tree Fu Tom” Garden since Tree Fu Tom is one of his new favourite shows. I’m not sure if you’ve seen the show (or if you want to) but this boy Tom transforms into a tiny fairy-sized superhero and he goes out to help the citizens of Treetopolis in his back yard. So, yes, I’m on the lookout for cool solar houses and toadstools etc.

  10. Beach Holiday in Paradise

    I’ve been reading so much about this place called Paradise Resort Gold Coast, which is this awesome kid friendly resort that I’d love to go to! It’s got pools and a number of playgrounds including water play but also rock climbing, ice skating and a Kids Club so parents can have a day without the kids! Definitely sounds like a fun holiday! But I’m also keen to go back to Far North Queensland to bask in tropical paradise.

  11. LOTS of Lego!

    This certainly would be Jacob’s wish, but in truth, I love Lego as well. I never really got into it as a kid but I just love seeing how Jacob gets into it and builds so many interesting things. I’ve actually already bought him some Lego Juniors (which is for 4-8 year olds, but they have so many cool vehicles/diggers that he can make). I might try some of that with him from his 3rd birthday!

And so, that’s my wish list!

On an ending note, I just wanted to share a couple of pics. We went for some buffet breakfast on Sunday and it was sublime! On the way there, the sun was really bright and was shining in Jacob’s eyes. This is his “The sun is in my eyes face”. Then he decided he’d had enough and put my breastfeeding shawl on his head. Oh well. Gotta love his problem solving skills!

Why Mummy of Dragons?

So, I’ve accepted a blog challenge and the first “topic’ is to explain the meaning behind my blog name.

Funnily enough, I actually blogged about this not too long ago when I started this blog. You can look at THIS blog post to see the full explanation as to why I started this blog.

But I’ll summarize it here. I chose to call this blog Mummy of Dragons because:
– I wanted to actually call it Mother of Dragons but that’s copyrighted by Game of Thrones. And because I’m not Daenerys.
– I am a mummy to two adorable little dragons. I mean children. Of the male variety.
– I think that it sounds cool and is a bit catchy.

Is that reason enough? šŸ˜›

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On another note, I am one of those mums who would probably dress their kids in identical clothing all the time if I could. I tried it the other day (including colour-coding hubby too). Don’t they look cute here? (Jacob is giving his death stare)

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We arrived early at church the other day and the lighting was just absolutely divine. So I tried to pretend I was a professional photographer and took some photos. A couple came out alright!

And of course, this is how NOT to take a photo of a toddler:

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Loving my boys, and loving autumn! šŸ™‚