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Baking Funny Cupcakes

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Baking Funny Cupcakes

The triplets love baking and so here we are again, trying to bake something, haha! How about cupcakes? Hmm... while the kids "fight" to do the mini tasks, cracking the eggs, mixing the flour, squeezing the dough, decorating with sprinkles, mummy is busy laughing and guiding them along the way.

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Triplets Junior MasterChefs

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Triplets Junior MasterChefs

Are your kids picky eaters? Mine are extremely picky! So making meal time interesting is a daily task and I'm almost at my wits end, help!!! 
And then... I heard that involving them in the cooking process will help. Really? So I tried and viola! It works! Start from something easy, like waffles. I placed their toddler table in the kitchen and dressed them up in their painting coats, they were so excited and proud of their final creation. It's fun for me too, watching them decorating their own waffles. Hmm... maybe they will participate in Junior Masterchef someday, hahahaha!

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How To Make Your Kids Love Haircut

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How To Make Your Kids Love Haircut

Does your toddler scream and cry during haircut? It's pretty scary for them, as it's definitely one hell of a ride, sitting on that salon's seat, hearing the razor goes ZEEEEEEEE. Well, here's how we conquer that universal fear, by choosing the kid-friendly salon. The trick is distraction and play. Once their eyes lock onto the TV (cartoon) or their minds start to wander into that imaginative car's land while sitting on race car chair, cutting their hair can be as easy as a breeze.

The salon we went to is specially designed for kids. Toys filled waiting room, fun salon chairs, cartoon videos, treats and snacks, and balloons!!! This is a mini theme park on it's own. Now they love haircut and can't wait for the next trip there. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

LITTLE MUNCHKINS KIDS SALON

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Fun Munching Fruits

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Fun Munching Fruits

Oh man, they love love love berries... strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, all things berries. Reminds me of Arlo from the Good Dinosaur, who will go crazy for berries, LOL.

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谁说办不到

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谁说办不到

谁说有三胞胎就一定要有女佣?或没有帮手就哪儿都去不了。自从三宝贝诞生以来,就一直听到“你办不到的”,“你们一定会很辛苦”,“怎么可以没有多 一个帮手”等等,先入为主的评语。但是事实证明,办不办的到,全在于个人的心志与恒心。若还没有尝试就断定做不到,那就永远不能成功。刚来美国时,我们也 觉得一定要有帮手,所以家婆一回新后,我们便急忙安排我妈过来,而她一回国后,我们又安排家婆再过来,这样来来回回几趟后,我们便开始放松评率。现在家婆 与我妈回国后间中的“无帮手”空档,甚至长达五个月之久。

周日老公上班我上学做实习生时,孩子便到幼稚园上课,周末有空,我们一定会带孩子出门。我们外出也不宠他们,不用推车,三兄妹手牵手自个儿走。买东西到收银台他们得自己付钱,玩碰碰车他们也得自己把票交给看守员,从小就让他们学习独立不怕生。

也许是我们被美国新手爸妈们的独立而感染了,因为他们十之八九都没有女佣或父母的帮忙。美国人一到十八岁就离家到外生活,从小就很独立不靠父母。我 们逛超市时就常常看到妈妈一手牵着孩子,一手推着货品推车,车上幼童椅坐着另一个孩子,有的甚至还用婴儿背带,背着多一个宝宝。所以谁说办不到呢?办不办 得到只在于你。

Sliding down giant tractor, roaming around the farm in silly moo moo cow train, navigating Daddy "driver" of the car aka pull cart, watching farm animals performing cute stunts... we are back at our favorite Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark, California. Highlights of the day: Pick your own fruits!!

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父亲大人

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父亲大人

不久前听教会牧师讲道,叙说他年轻时有一度因生意工作忙而忽略了与孩子相处的时间。孩子们希望他能陪他们到图书馆去,但他放工回家只想休息所以总是拒绝他们。后来牧师娘便提醒他要多陪陪孩子。牧师听后回太太说:“去图书馆?妳可以带他们去啊?”牧师娘便说:“你带他们去就是不一样!”

对啊,妈妈与爸爸对孩子的影响就是不一样。不信?妈妈与爸爸讲同样的笑话或读同一本故事书,效果就是不一样。所以嘛,肚子饿了找妈妈,无聊想玩找爸爸;生病害怕叫妈妈,高兴撒娇叫爸爸。妈妈我也很想被他们像明星般崇拜,但爸爸就是比较受欢迎啊。唉,我也只好认命了,哈哈。

话说回来,上周旧邻居从狮城来美公干,顺道来我们家吃饭,他看到我们家爸爸放工回家还有精力配孩子吃饭,与他们玩,跟他们谈话,便说这很难得,值得表扬。是啊,我们家爸爸真是不错,每天放工回家都快累得不行了,还得嘻嘻哈哈配孩子们,帮我一起跟他们洗澡,哄他们上床睡觉。隔天又得帮忙准备他们起床,开车送他们到幼稚园,周末还得费尽心思带一家人出门玩,爸爸这份差事真是不简单。想当年,我爸也如此,不仅让我感激万分,也让我了解到,他的陪伴与引导成就了如今的我。所以爸爸们,谢谢你们,你们与妈妈一样伟大!

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Treating Cock Eyes

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Treating Cock Eyes

My girl has cock eyes. It's like a nightmare. She's my little princess, my precious girl, why did this happen? Pediatricians weren't so sure before her 1st birthday, they kept saying "let's wait and see". My boy Brayden has a little cock eye problem too. One of his eye seems to be off center. But it's not so frequent and as he grows up, it goes off too.

But my girl wasn't as lucky as her brother. Both of her eyes seem off center. All the time. It was when the Daycare principal sound me out, shortly after she joined the Daycare upon her 2nd birthday. The principal urged me to bring Charlotte to an eye specialist as she's always knocking and bumping into things. Her words serve as the final straw, for me to do something. And it turns out that, she needs an outpatient surgery to correct her eyes' muscle. The surgery went smoothly, and she fully recovered after a week of red eyes and tears.

It's tough to accept the fact that there's something wrong with your kids, but be brave and face it. It's better and easier to correct the problem early in life, and the best part is, they won't remember much either.

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 30:17

Just attended an alfresco backyard wedding with my 3yo girl Charlotte, here's what we did: took lots of selfies like BFF, ate delicious cupcakes, enjoyed Hawaii dances performed by the bride and her guests, and played with firework sticks!! Congratulation Cyndi and Chris!!

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Pause Before You Yell

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Pause Before You Yell

Waking up at 7+ on Sat morning and keep repeating "Mummy ___, mummy ____, mummy ___ ..." Till I acknowledge him with "good job" etc.soon they will be asking "mummy why ___" and it's time 3. Faint.>.<

Posted by WinnieTriplets on Saturday, January 11, 2014

I admit I'm not perfect. I'm impatient at times, and I yell when I want to get things done fast. But soon I realize this is taking a tow on me and my kids, especially when their little minds are starting to get emotional, just like how Riley's emotions get confused in INSIDE OUT. My sister cousin taught me something invaluable when she visited me last Spring. She taught me how to "ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR CHILD'S FEELINGS". She demonstrated how patient she is with her 2 toddlers, by not yelling when they are up to mischief. And surprisingly, they listened after they realized "mummy understand me". She showed me love and care in disciplining kids.

"Well, kids have feelings and thoughts too" she smiled.

So the next time before you yell, please please please PAUSE. Understand the situation and control your mood (you are an adult right?).

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手牵手

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手牵手

多年前,刚踏入社会工作就碰上了SARS全球性传染病入侵,搞得人心惶惶。当时台湾艺人便合唱了《手牽手》来鼓励大家:“手牽手我的朋友,爱永远在 你左右……”,至今还印象深刻。多年后,看着孩子们手牽着手在公园散步,我一边紧紧地握着他们小小的手,心里一边哼着这首歌曲。
人生啊,难免碰到突如其来的状况,特别是人在异乡,更要咬紧牙关,坚强面对。感到彷徨时,看着孩子们若无其事,天真地面对每一天,我便会被他们乐观的精神 感染。从呱呱落地的小宝宝,到如今可手牽着手,蹦蹦跳跳,边唱歌边散步的好兄妹,再怎么艰难也走过来了。因为“Together, we can do anything”(只要一家人积极面对,什么问题都难不倒我们)。

虽然三个小瓜天天吵架,不是你抢了我的玩具,就是我吃了你的饼干,但玩在一块儿时,难掩真挚的手足之情。有时小妹哭了,二哥便会问:“What’s wrong?”(怎么啦?)然后帮她打抱不平。有时二哥跌倒了,大哥便会紧张地跑来告诉我。有时大哥想喝汤,妹妹便会亲切地喂他。看他们如此关心彼此,我 不禁感到暖暖的,心里有说不出的欣慰。希望在未来的成长中,不论碰到什么困难,他们都能像《手牽手》的歌词一样:“不要再恐惧,绝不要放弃,这一切将会渡 过。因为你和我,才有明天的彩虹。”

Hand in hand, going to the playground after school :D

Posted by WinnieTriplets on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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表妹到

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表妹到

“当我们同在一起,在一起,在一起,当我们同在一起,其快乐无比!”还记得小时候总喜欢与表兄妹同在一起。周末我们都会到阿嫲家聚会,大人们打着桥牌,我们几个小不点就玩闹起来。但随着岁月的流逝,我们渐渐长大后,就甚少相聚了,有时一年就只在新年、生日聚会或婚礼宴会上见一两次面。移居到美国后,我们就更少见面了。所以当表妹一家来美国旅游时,我们便安排他们在家小住几天,好重温当年我们在一起的快乐时光。

What a great Sunday! 3 Singaporean families having fun in the farm, with giant tractor slide, hay mountain, cow train, petting zoo n tons of fun picking our own fruits!!

Posted by WinnieTriplets on Sunday, April 27, 2014

表妹的四岁大女儿“薰薰”与两岁小儿子“桐桐”,和我们家那三个小瓜年龄相近,不一会儿就玩在一块儿。表妹牺牲了自己在事业上的发展,把大部份的时间都奉献在养育孩子上,而孩子是家长的一面镜子,家长的一言一行都会在孩子身上反映出来。所以仅四岁的薰薰说了一口流利的英语,仅两岁的桐桐竟能滔滔不绝地说话,令我们夸目相看。这几天的相处也让我在表妹与孩子们的互动上,学了很多技巧,如当他们发脾气时,不但不责骂,反而要与他们沟通,了解他们的心情,让他们的情绪平复下来后,他们就自然不闹了。这让我重新考虑是否要成立网上事业,一边在家办公,一边陪伴孩子们成长,多花一点时间在他们身上。

不一会儿,我们相聚的时光就过了,期待回新旅游时,我们再相逢吧!

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给宝贝的信

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给宝贝的信

亲爱的宝贝:
你们知道吗,到现在有人问我有没有料到自己会有你们三个时,我还是会毫不犹豫地说,打死都从没想过。有时看着你们嘻嘻哈哈玩闹,心里还会不自觉地有:“这 三个真的是我的孩子吗?”的念头。别误会哦,不是因为什么,而是上帝把你们赐给我这回事,真是太神奇了。每当有人知道妈妈有三个可爱的宝贝时,都会瞪大着 眼睛直问:“真的吗?真的吗?”把我都弄得怪不好意思了。有时在商店里,像刚报大减价似的,突然会有一组陌生人拥上来,围着我问问题。有时在新公司里,大 伙儿一听到你们的事,突然都放下手上的工作,争着我的手机,看你们的照片。

其实从前,在屡次尝试怀孕失败后,妈妈一直以为,永远都不会当妈妈了。看到妇产科诊所里,那些准妈妈与她们的小孩时,我都只有羡慕的份。有好多次, 离开诊所后,还会一边开车一边流泪。所以当医生说妈妈有你们三个宝贝时,真的把我吓坏了。我才知道上帝一直都在一旁默默地守护着我,从没放弃过。怀你们 时,因为风险太高,医生说要放弃你们其中一个。但我知道这是上帝的安排,相信祂一定会保护你们,所以妈妈坚持不放弃你们任何一个。

现在你们都快三岁了,每当有人恭喜我时,我都会说:你们是上帝的恩典,是上帝赐给我最好的礼物。

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Rewards and Treats

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Rewards and Treats

Some kids have never tasted chocolate, candies, juice, french fries, or even McDonalds till they are much older. Some kids ate so much of these stuff that their baby teeth fell off prematurely. Rule of the thumb, eating in MODERATION.

And there are parents who strictly forbid iPad, TV, computer games in toddler-hood. They will share highly intelligence articles on Facebook on how destructive these modern devices are. Well, Roger works for Disney Animation, can you imagine how these parents hated him for creating highly addictive "Let It Go" movies? Hahahaha! Rule of the thumb again, playing in MODERATION.

So, I realize that the seemingly outdated psychology theory which I learned in Uni years ago was quite useful after all. It's "positive reinforcement vs punishment" Reward your kids with moderate amount of treats and play time when they are behaving correctly is after all, not a modern catastrophe. Don't be too hard on yourself or your kids, let them grow up happily and healthily. As for those Facebook articles, I view them as "modern chain letter", hahahahahaha.

Positive Reinforcement: adding something in order to increase a response. (e.g. adding a treat will increase the response of sitting; adding praise will increase the chances of your child cleaning his or her room. The most common types of positive reinforcement are praise and rewards.
Negative Reinforcement: taking something negative away in order to increase a response.  Imagine a teenager who is nagged by his mother to take out the garbage week after week.  After complaining to his friends about the nagging, he finally one day performs the task and to his amazement, the nagging stops.  The elimination of this negative stimulus is reinforcing and will likely increase the chances that he will take out the garbage next week.
Punishment: adding something aversive in order to decrease a behavior. The most common example of this is disciplining (e.g. spanking) a child for misbehaving. The reason we do this is because the child begins to associate being punished with the negative behavior. The punishment is not liked and therefore to avoid it, he or she will stop behaving in that manner.
Cited from Dr. Christopher L. Heffner

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一夜长大

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一夜长大

老公昨夜带狗狗出去溜达时,碰到即将要搬走的邻居艾玛奶奶,便闲聊了起来。奶奶膀骨受过伤,上楼到卧房去很辛苦,所以不得不搬到单层楼的小型公寓 去。在这住了16年,她很不舍,但孩子们都长大成家搬走了,她一个人住三层楼排屋也蛮孤单的。还记得孩子小时,她的周末总围绕着他们的活动,不是棒球练 习,就是爬山露营。现在他们都搬走了,她很想念他们,也怀念他们小时候的时光。因此她叫老公要珍惜我们家三宝,虽然他们时不时都会调皮捣蛋,照顾他们也很 辛苦,但小孩子往往在你不知不觉中就长大了。老公听后便回来与我分享,但没过多久,孩子开始吵闹,他也不得不投降。

日前在网上与在伦敦修读硕士课程的好友莎拉闲聊,谈起孩子们时,她也不尽感叹:“哇,都快三岁了!但他们满月时,到你家拜访好似昨天一样。”还记得 把宝宝抱回家,把他们三个放在同一个婴儿床上时,我对他们同时说的第一句话便是,“我们还有好长的一段路要走。”但没过多久,好像坐时空机一样,一眨眼他 们就会跑会跳,还抱着iPad平板电脑不放,哈哈。是啊,养育照顾孩子的过程不简单,时间好似过得很慢,眼前还有一大段路要走。但走着走着,在有时欢乐有 时愁,又好气又好笑的日子里,孩子就这样一夜长大。

Our trio turns 2 yrs old! Time passes so fast we hardly notice it. To mark this great milestone, we arranged a special breakfast with Mickey and friends at Disneyland! Yippee! They were in for a big surprise with birthday cakes in a pirate treasure chest and greetings from their favorite Disney characters!

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今天晚餐吃什么?

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今天晚餐吃什么?

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我妈不久前回国后,主厨的重担便落在我身上。一生忙于学业事业的我,从没想过有一天得“进得了厨房,出得了厅堂”。从前在家靠妈妈,生儿育女后便靠家婆与 女佣,但移居海外后,没了女佣,妈妈和家婆又得回国,我只好扛起这任务。放眼看周遭的美国妈妈们,即没有女佣又没有帮手,还是可以把工作与家庭照料得好, 所以人不到窘境还真的不知道自己有多大能耐,原来职业妇女天天准备三菜一汤是办得到的。怎么做呢?在此分享我的小秘诀。
• 慢锅!早上出门前把配料全倒入,晚上回来便有香喷喷的上汤。
• 洗洗切切最花时间,所以早上便把配料全准备好,一回来便能从冰箱取出烹煮。
• 速冻餐,加热后即可食用。
• 加菜!下班后到超市买新鲜的小菜如烤鸡、香肠、或`沙律等,减少准备一道菜的时间。
偶尔老公还会点菜呢,如上周他便说想吃新加坡式鱼圆肉脞面干。但在美国,哪这么容易买得到这在新加坡街头巷尾都吃得到的面啊?别说买啦,要自己烹煮都难。 幸好这里的亚洲超市还能买得到主要的材料如“面薄”、新加坡鱼圆与鱼饼、黑醋等。没有猪油就用蒜头油,没有甜酱就用番茄酱。老公品尝后还说蛮像的,谢天谢 地没让他失望。如今我们一家最欢聚的时刻便是晚餐。上菜啦!今天晚餐吃什么呢?

Hilarious Chinese speaking moment!

Posted by WinnieTriplets on Monday, February 9, 2015

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分不开

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分不开

三胞胎就是三胞胎,总是分不开。不论是出门也好,上托儿所也好,去那里都要在一起。不是我们刻意安排,但若少了任何一个,其他两个便会呱呱叫。更夸 张的是,在托儿所吃饭时,他们也要同桌吃,还要排排坐在一起,老师也拿他们没辙。若其他小朋友要跟他们挤在一块儿吃饭,他们还不肯嘞。托儿所校长还对他们 每天都同时“便便”的生理时钟感到惊叹不已,总是兴奋地向其他的家长说:“这真是太神奇了!”

相亲相爱,从不孤独,玩耍时总有个伴固然是好事,但问题来了。就因为做什么事都要在一起,任何一个有的玩具或食物,其他两个都要。如老大在骑脚车, 老二跟妹妹便会争着要骑,老大在喝果汁,其他两个便会吵着要喝。这也就是为什么我们买玩具得买三份相同或类似的,出门时都要大包小包地带齐三人份的果汁、 饼干、等。

唯一分开的时候,便是晚上睡觉时。吃了饭,冲了凉,妹妹便会一手抱着她的粉红熊熊,一手拉着妈妈,嘴里叼着奶瓶,向哥哥们说“Good Night”(晚安),便头也不回地到她的睡房,关上门,还自己上锁(因为不想哥哥们进来),只要妈妈陪她直到她睡着为止。哥哥们呢,则到男生睡房,听爸 爸讲故事,陪他们入眠。哇,到了晚上总算分开了,但明天起来又得“粘”在一起了,哈哈!

Our 23mth trio loves Mickey Mouse club house so much, they jumped in joy when we bought them the soft toys and went into a crazy dance mode when we turn on the theme song, spinning, swaying, jumping, shaking their butts, LOL! Asher (boy) holding Minnie Brayden (boy) holding Donald Charlotte (girl) holding Mickey FOLLOW US!

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阿嫲

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阿嫲

自从出嫁后,因为工作忙常出差的关系,就很少看到妈妈,一个月回娘家最多三四次。孩子出生后`,又忙得不可开交,妈妈那时也咳得厉害,怕传染给小宝宝,所以我们更少见面了。后来,妈妈咳嗽一直治不好,后期还得了肺炎,进了急诊室,才让我发现自己忽略了她。之后,我一有空便带宝宝回娘家。

原本以为移居来美国后,相隔万里,会拉长我们的距离,但因为老公上班,我又忙着上学,妈妈就过来帮忙,反而更亲了。数一数,我们来美国这一年半里,她就已经来了三次,每回呆三个月,比我们在新加坡时还常见面呢。宝宝们小时候较少看到阿嫲,所以开始时,会因陌生而害怕。但我妈总有办法哄他们,让怕生的大哥会对她撒娇,调皮的二哥会听她的话,就连害羞的小妹看不到她时还会问:“阿嫲去哪里?”

Such a fantastic western old town! It's like a time capsule sending us back to the old days of Johnny Depp's Lone Rangers. Just as the name suggested, it's situated in a deserted hidden area along our road trip from LA to Vegas, what a refreshing surprise from long hours of driving through the desert.

我妈总说这一生中从没想过会来美国,还来了三次,真是不可思议。所以我们出门游玩拍照时,若是到过的景点,她便会兴奋地指出到访的次数,如五次迪士尼乐园,两次拉斯维加斯,等。我妈也常说来到美国,对甚少出国的她来说,是思想与文化的震撼。而从不打扮的她,来到名牌货出产国,因优质衣物都很便宜,所以也变得亮丽时髦多了。如今她再也不是平庸的家庭主妇,而是既见过世面又时髦的阿嫲了,哈哈!

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他乡会友

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他乡会友

在美国洛城,难得碰到同乡,更别说是志趣相投的新加坡人。打着南洋风味招牌的餐馆寥寥无几,华人超市也甚少售卖新马独有的枷椰酱。在加州,华人虽多,但狮城华人却少之又少。正当我怀念那久未听到,融合着多种语言的singlish时,竟在机缘巧合下,通过脸书认识了米雪儿与丹森一家人。更巧的是,远在天边,近在咫尺,我们竟住在同一条街上!我们年龄相近,家庭生活、成长背景相同,说话时还不时流露出那独特的狮城口音。同时,他们也是爸爸妈妈哦,也有三个小孩。所以我们一拍即合,孩子们也因交了新朋友而乐在其中。

Fun time in Disney's Movie/TV theme Park! Bug's Life, Cars, Little Mermaid, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffin, Sofia princess, Mickey Mouse clubhouse, Toys' story, and so much more!! Our trios finally knew what's going on and love the rides, shows and parade! Finally!

米雪儿的孩子虽在美国出生长大,却说得一口流利的华语,英语更是顶呱呱。大儿子达伦乖巧懂事,对迪士尼卡通很有兴趣,常常问在华特迪士尼动画制作公司上班的老公问题。二儿子迪伦活泼可爱,常常逗得我家三宝贝笑得呵呵呵。三岁的小儿子马瑟斯,小名“猫猫”,非常听话,不哭不闹,是我心目中典型的好宝宝。

我们俩家庭时不时会相约出游,除了刚过的万圣节,我们一同穿着奇装异服向街坊邻里讨糖果外,上周末我们还一起到迪士尼加州冒险乐园游玩呢!我们还约好一起寻美食,享用怀念的新马佳肴。能在异国他乡会友真是难得,希望我们往后能认识更多狮城同乡吧。

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好帮手

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好帮手

我不是超人,突然从职场女性摇身一变成新手妈妈,而且还是一次过三个宝宝,真是把我累得团团转。庆幸有家婆与妈妈的帮忙,还有三姑与教会的阿姨们时常登门拜访,宝宝们才能茁壮成长。我们搬迁至美国后,家婆与妈妈还是不辞劳苦地坐长途飞机,轮流过来帮忙,老公才可放心地上班,我也能继续追求我的梦想,重返校园修读服装管理课程。上周末,我妈第三度抵美,毫无怨言地帮忙,让我感激不已。

这次过来,除了我们爱吃的新加坡小吃如肉干外,她还带了我年幼时的照片,好让我缅怀一番。发黄的照片里,我与哥哥弟弟,还有小阿姨与表弟,在阿公阿嫲林厝老家外的院子里拍照。看着我小时候与兄弟三人的可爱模样,像极了我家三宝。妈妈说当年即没有女佣也没有托儿所,爸爸又忙着在外工作,要不是阿姨时常帮忙照顾我们,她还真是忙不过来。

与我妈聊着往事时,凑巧阿姨在臉书上也发了简讯过来,问孩子一切都好吗,从臉书的照片看都很可爱,长的很好。我回她说孩子很调皮,累死我了。她的回复则让我感触良深:“孩子很快就长大了,养儿一百岁,长忧九十九,等孩子长大,我和你妈妈就老了。”阿姨,谢谢你当年的照顾,如今我有了三个宝贝后,才了解其中的苦,若没有帮手,还真是不可能的任务呢。

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看医生

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看医生

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对在狮城长大的我来说,看医生这码事是家常便饭。身体有任何一点状况,第一时间便会向诊所报道,更不用说对如心肝宝贝的宝宝们,几乎每月都会拜访儿科医生 或医院急症室。老大五个月大时,还因普通的发烧呕吐而住院,但住院时不仅没吐,烧也在隔天退了,最后诊断出“住院观察无大恙”而出院,就这样莫名其妙地住 了两天的A级单人冷气病房。我想大多数的狮城父母也抱着同样的“怕死”心态吧,所以儿科诊所与急症室总是挤满了人,多数都是小病,哪怕要等上数小时也毫不 动摇。
到了美国后,特别是换季时,发烧咳嗽感冒、上吐下泻是常有的事。开始时,儿科医生还很有耐性地向我解释幼儿得到这种小病无需看医生打针或吃抗生素,发烧了 就吃退烧药,上吐下泻就多喝水,吃“BRAT diet”(Bread香蕉、Rice米、Apple Sauce苹果泥、Toast面包),三天后一定好。所以医生通常不开药,而一般的幼儿发烧咳嗽感冒药都可在超市或药局买得到。
但在狮城培养多年的“怕死”精神哪能这么快戒掉,不多久又为了小病,半哄半骗地把孩子拉到诊所。最后还是在儿科医生责备的语气下点醒了我:幼儿得小病无须大惊小怪,先自治与控制饮食,若不见效才看医生也不迟。我的“怕死”心态这才在浩瀚的文化冲击下,不得不收敛了,哈哈。

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