Category Archives: Home

Further enhancement to Z’s room

We had headed down to Flexa to place order for the extension parts to convert his bed to a loft bed.

His basic bed (called the Nelly) was going to be converted to a loft bed with straight ladders (called the Claire).  The Nelly had not been too pricey and we had liked that it was a regular single sized bed with a bed guard for its perimeter.  It was lower than an average bed so that Z could climb up and down with ease when he was 3 years’ old.

We had moved him to this Flexa Nelly bed when X came along and took over the cot.  Now that Z was approaching 5 years’ old, we increased the height of the bed to create a mid-height loft.  We had added curtains for the base of the loft.  Z chose the ‘Knights’ theme.  We foresaw a lot of playing and acting for both kids at the loft.

We added a bookshelf ledge and slip-on back cushions for his bed to create a conducive reading environment.

In 2-3 years’ time, we might even increase the height of his loft bed when he was old enough to require proper writing table.

We could not wait for the extensions and parts to come.

The permutations of a Flexa bed were so flexible and fun that I found it a really good investment.

Advertisements

Same bed, new room

A homebound weekend due to hfmd meant that we had time to tidy up the house and rearrange the rooms for the kids, especially X.

Every time the child got a little too challenging and beyond our control, my strategy was to up the game and throw him into a new dimension. X and his upcoming terrible 2s’ tantrums were bad. A week into his tantrums made me decide that it was time to transform his room.

A pity that I failed to take the before picture. He was using the cot and his room was very functional. He only used it for sleeping, bathing and diapering. We occasionally played in his room but those were mainly baby toys, aka boring stuffs.

Mr H converted the cot bed to a toddler bed. This $369 cot bed was in its 5th year running. It had served Z for 1.5 years as a cot bed, 1.5 years as a toddler bed, converted back to cot bed to serve X for 1.5 and a refreshed start now to a toddler bed for X.

We dressed up the room, rearranged the storage of toys (akin to shifting of ‘powers’ from Z to X) and allowed X the freedom to get off his bed at any time.

X was majorly pleased with the change.

So were we.

We also took the chance to rearrange Z’s room to improve accessibility to books and planned to modify his Flexa bed system to make it a fun place to hangout.

X’s revamped room
20140705-225356-82436047.jpg

Z’s revamped room – to be further enhanced
20140705-225355-82435720.jpg

I dug out an old photo of Z’s toddler room and compared to X’s toddler room. Very consistent looking, I had to say for myself!
20140705-225356-82436252.jpg

Meanwhile, a decluttered (of toys) home was a delight to my OCD senses. I loved the neatness so much that it felt like a new house to me.

Love for my kids had forced me to close a blind eye to the mess. Now that Z was a lot older, I hoped that by showing him a tidy side of things would guide him to maintain the neatness and orderliness.

Wish us luck!

Community Festivities

The management office had outdone themselves this year by preparing a line of yusheng for the residents to do lohei!

20140208-224043.jpg

They even prepared a list stating the sequence and well wishes to go with the lohei. It was very well thought.

The lion dance was also very kids’ friendly and all the kids went up to stroke and pet the ‘lion’.

X was scared when the God of Fortune got too near and also cried when he found the lion springing from his back. Z was rather taken aback and got scared too. It took him quite a while to warm up and pet the lion too.

20140208-224328.jpg

Jan packed with parties

The pun was intended.

It would appear that most social activities occur in January. From the very first weekend of Jan to the last, we had parties all the way, with X’s bash being one of the main parties of the month.

Looked how wild it got

20140126-181204.jpg

Today marked the last of January’s parties

20140126-181248.jpg

It was at JWT gym and Z had a hyper session running around. We completed some cny shopping. It was the first time we had actually done so. It was a milestone in our home ownership history through we probably would be spending most of the time at my parents’ place.

With my cautious diet, we decided to focus on quality instead of quantity (in case we were left with surplus). It was an attempt to create a festive atmosphere at home though I had to admit we were really inexperienced at this.