04 July 2012

Jun's 28th Birthday!

Don't you just love Reia's face? Little monkey!
Jun's birthday this year fell on a Tuesday, which meant he was at work all day. So what did I do to make him feel special? I cooked food of course! Loooots and lots of food :)

This week, Jun starts work an hour earlier than usual which means he leaves just after 6am IN THE MORNING! So yesterday, I woke up at 5:30 and wrapped up some breakfast for him to take to work and eat. I didn't get a shot of them because it was such a rush that morning but they were toasted English Muffins with cheese, tomato, basil and bacon. Pretty scrummy. I know, because I scoffed one down after he left :)

I made his bento the night before. Every time I try to sneakily make a special bento there is always this awkward feeling in the air because he is 2 meters away from me and he knows I'm up to something and I know he knows too, but you don't want to acknowledge it incase you are wrong or spoil the surprise! Well that's how it was when I was making his lunch. Anyway, this was his bento! I carved the '28' out of cheese and when I asked him about it, he said he didn't see it. Later that night when I was washing the bento box, I found it on the underside of the lid. In a melted blob. -_- Oh well.

I took a nap during the day and woke up to Reia pulling my hair out of my ponytail. I could smell perfume and it was reeeally strong for some reason. I opened my eyes and Reia is all smiles because I was awake. I rolled over to face her I and found the pump spray top to one of my perfumes. Well that was enough to get me out of bed! I flung off the covers and followed my nose to the source! Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to find an empty bottle of perfume next to a big wet patch on the tatami mat. She also saturated one of Jun's ties. Don't think he'll be wearing that again. And that bottle of perfume was a big one! The biggest one I had in fact! It was Mariah Carey's Forever fragrance that Mum gave me for my birthday in 2009. And now it wafts freely throughout our house. It's kind of sickening actually because it's so concentrated! Hopefully with a lot of airing it will fade away soon.

There is only 2 of us and we can't eat a whole cake by ourselves, so we had cupcakes instead! I made swiss buttercream and this was my first time piping icing on to anything, so it's far from perfect!

The main event was THIS! Isn't it glorious? You are nodding your head but have no idea what it is, right? It's called a Lasagna Timpano. A Timpano is an Italian baked pasta dish (look it up on Google, they are amazing looking!) but this one just has a lasagna twist to it ;) Pretty easy to make, but it can take a while to prepare if doing everything from scratch!

Feast your eyes on this! The top layers are cheese sauce and sausages, the middle layers are pesto and cheese, and the bottom layers are meat and tomato sauce, all wrapped up in lasagna sheets :D Such a fun dish! I couldn't wait to cut into it, so it was still oozing out goodness from everywhere!

Between the two of us we only got half way. It was reeeally filling and tasty too! I've had two slices for lunch today :O and Jun took some to work as well ;)

Of course we had some salad :) Jun and I have made it a point to eat a lot of salad before our dinner in our quest to be healthy! I have lost 3kgs already!!! :D

Our small little set up!

Reia loved all the colourful balloons!

Stealing Daddy's card

Happy Birthday!

I got him some new pajamas because......

his old ones had this HUGE rip in the back!! A much needed present I like to think! (I had a very small budget coz we are saving up for Germany!)

We forgot about these and popped them at the same time...

and this was Reia's reaction. Lol! She did NOT like the loud noise they made at all!


We hope you enjoyed your day, honey!
We had fun spoiling you!

02 July 2012

11 Months Today!

It has been one big whirlwind of development this month! 11 months down and 1 more to go until shes a 1 year old! I am still debating on wether I should keep these updates monthly after she turns 1 or not. We'll see what happens. She is a very curious girl and wants to touch and taste everything. Especially the remotes, cords, and bottles!

She can finally CRAWL! Well it is more like half crawl, half walk lol. She uses her left foot to get her places while her right knee drags behind her. When she goes turbo it is hilarious hahaha

She doesn't know how to fall asleep anymore >_< She naps maybe once or twice if I'm lucky, but now that she can sit up and crawl, she can't keep still! She usually goes to sleep at 8pm and is up by 5am. 

When she is really tired and she wants to go to sleep, she squeezes her eyes shut but they peek back open lol so she keeps squeezing them tightly until they stay shut. Cuuuute!

She loves books! She enjoys story time and will happily sit in my lap and soak in all the pictures. I have been reading "Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo" for the past 2 weeks and she loves it!

Reia reading her Hiragana book
She tries to stand up using anything stable.
Mainly walls, chairs, tables, and legs.

At her first Baseball game enjoying the cheers from Chiba's side
She will always go from standing to squat position and will repeat this motion a few times. I have quickly learnt that this is the way she goes toilet. And she just confirmed this 5 minutes ago :/

This girl has some strong leg muscles! Jun knows that very well. He gets kicked in the chest or face sometimes when he's sleeping.

She likes playing in the curtains :)

She like to blow raspberries on my knees and chest. It is the cutest thing when she looks up at me for my reaction when she's done hehe

She is a little bit vain lol. She loooves looking in the mirror and watching videos of herself!

This isn't new, but she likes it when I sing the Dutch hand-motion song, Klap Eens In Je Handjes! My Dad used to sing this to us when we were little and we liked it too. Never knew what the words meant, but it was fun! I hope that I am pronouncing the words correctly haha I might have to get some help when we venture out to Amsterdam next month!

Her Opa bought her a jolly jumper! It's perfect for when I need 10 minutes to clean the house or something. I just stick her in it and I know she'll be safe and not tangled up in some cords somewhere.

She has a top tooth cutting through and another closely following closely behind which brings the number of teeth to 3, nearly 4!

I am pretty convinced by now that her favourite food is spaghetti bolognese. She gobbles it up so fast and loves smearing it all over her face as you can see with this awesome face palm!

She get scared and cries when she sees these particular characters on t.v. Every day during Okaasan to Issho (Japanese kids t.v. program), she always cries when these guys come on. I must admit though, they do look pretty weird :/

When she gets frustrated, she makes this face! 

Her new word this month is "bo-bo!"

She isn't a huge fan of the shower yet (I am though!), but she loves her little fishies and will always crawl to the bathroom to fetch them. I got her this cap to keep the water out of her eyes. It has a hole on the top to wash her hair. Genius!

At her last check up, she was 9.5kgs and 75cm long! I can't get over how big she has gotten. She is huge now! She's a little person, it's crazy!

We are still amazed at how time has flown by so quickly and at how big baby has gotten. It's a bitter sweet feeling that I'm sure many of you with kids are familiar with.


Her next update with be coming from GERMANY! Woohoo!

Have a good one!