Monday, October 07, 2013

Two, Three or more - managing by God's grace

I've often been asked how I manage 3 and soon-to-be-4 children single-handedly without a maid. Nope, I don't have a weekly cleaner either. And I still have a part-time paid job. 

To keep things short and sweet, I usually smile and simply answer "by God's grace!"

Truth is, I'm not in this alone. I have a very helpful and supportive husband. He does a lot around the house with no complains. 

Mornings are busy - cook breakfast, cook lunch, revision with Joseph, keep Isabel out of trouble, before I send the older 2 to school. Isabel loves the joyride on the school rounds.   
Joy says she has a servant to pull her bag.
Afternoons are quiet when I nap with Isabel and I'm enjoying this while it lasts....not for long. 

Then it's cooking a simple dinner, vacuum the house and checking on the kids' homework before some family time on the bed. 
It's manageable - you just have to close an eye to some toys here and there and focus on what's important. I do find myself nagging at the kids to pick up their stuff. I also get them to make it a habit of bringing their plates, bowls and cups to the sink instead of leaving it on the table. 

It's not easy but I believe it makes the older ones more independent and selfless. They learn to help around the house and set good examples for the younger ones. 

As to how I'm gonna manage with 4....well, I can only say I'll tell you next year. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Buffet Dinner at Vasco@KL Hilton

Since I'm gonna pop almost anytime soon and will most certainly be in confinement when our 11th Wedding Anniversary rolls by, we decided to utilize our complimentary dinner voucher for a pre-anniversary celebration. 

Utilizing the voucher at Vasco@KL Hilton is more worthwhile than Paya Serai@ PJ Hilton or Makan Kitchen@Doubletree by Hilton. Also because this place is newly renovated and I like new things.
Isabel is privileged to tag along because it's free for her!
I had heard bad reviews about the former-Sudu Restaurant so I tried not to have high expectations of this place in spite of its 5-star status.
Round 1 - healthy people start off with fruits.

Round 2 - pizza, bread with butter and apple,spinach and bacon pudding (pretty good!)
I may be pregnant but I still whack everything pregnant women are not supposed to eat... :-)
Round 3 - oysters, scallops, smoked salmon

Round 4 - butter prawns, chilli crab, tandoori chicken with briyani rice

Round 5 - octopus, salmon sashimi

Round 6 - selection of dessert 

crepes - made to order with your choice of filling
After all that, I also had 3 rounds teppanyaki ice-cream. They didn't have the conventional flavours. Instead it was a choice of mango, dates or coffee. I liked the dates flavoured ice-cream mixed with oreos and chocolate chips best. 

Now I wonder if I would put on any weight with all that eating. 

Because at my last check up..... I put on a mere 100g in a span of 2 weeks while baby grew by 400g!!! How is that possible???