It’s Always Home When Love Is There

We have had lots of fun over the past 2 weekends. Last week end, lao ber ee and family came over for the weekend all the way from KL just to meet Aurora! Unfortunately we were all so excited about seeing each other that we forgot to take any pictures together. 😦 Aurora met her auntie Ning, lao ber ee and lao ber ee zhang. My mom has 9 siblings so I have multiple cousins so Aurora is going to have manyΒ lao aunts and uncles as well as normal aunts and uncles. haha! It will be until this Christmas before she meets them all. So far other than auntie Ning, she has only met auntie San and Uncle Bie. She’s going to have to remember so many names!

This weekend we celebrated Aurora’s one month. One at my in law’s place and another at my parents’ place. While the one at Ah Ma’s and Ah Gong’s place is mostly for Aurora’s paternal relatives, the one at my parents’ place is for our close friends.

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Here’s Aurora with her paternal relatives – (from top left clockwise) tai ma (great grandmother), uncle alan, uncle ryan and with the rest of the family ah ma and ah gong. Mom in law seemed happy to be a host, and we were very fortunate that many relatives and mother in law’s friends came by specially to see Aurora. πŸ™‚ And thank goodness she was well behaved! Just the day before, she was feeding almost non stop in the afternoon. I was worried she would do the same on Saturday and then the guests wouldn’t be able to see the baby girl they specially took time out to see.

Later that afternoon after the celebration, we decided to go to a mall nearby to buy a birthday cake for our little furkid from US dog bakery; he’d be turning 2 this Thursday. It was our 3rd time taking Aurora out. But it was different from the first 2, where she only went for her regular medical check up. This time, she started crying because she had a major poop. Luckily we brought along the super awesome bag lao san ee made for us. It has a changing mat attached to it. (I’ll take a picture of it one day.) So we had to change Aurora in our small humble little car. It certainly was an experience and even though it doesn’t seem like much, I felt hubby and I did a good job! haha! It was an accomplishment for first time parents and I’m looking forward to much more experiences we will go through together as a family!

Yesterday, the celebration at home was a blast. Mom and dad woke up early to make the traditional red eggs.

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After boiling them in salt (or sugar depending on which recipe you follow) and letting them cool down, dad dipped them into a bowl of red food colouring with some vinegar. Did you spot the apron my dad was wearing? Also another made by lao san ee! haha! With all the free time she gets ever since she left for down under, she’s been making bags and aprons for us all.

Hubby catered yummy food for about 40 people and while I only know most of his friends by face, I was glad they came to see Aurora and share the joy. πŸ™‚ I had a bit of a panic attack, what with everyone carrying her and touching her, I didn’t want her to catch anything, since she hasn’t had all her vaccinations yet.Β  I complained to hubby and as usual he was accustomed to my paranoia and was very calm about the whole thing. haha. Me, I’m going to be checking her very closely the next few days. haha.

We had cupcakes too! We ordered them from the same shop that did our wedding cake 3 years ago. They taste great and are quite affordable.

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Below is a picture of the cake that we ordered specially from Whips Cupcakes for my wedding. I requested for a Lilo And Stitch themed cakes.

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Sadly I did not manage to eat any of them on the wedding day itself. But I have bought cupcakes from them before soΒ  we knew what we were getting. haha. If you’re looking for affordable custom made cakes, look no further!

Some of my friends and our mutual friends made it too, which really touched my heart. It had been a while since we last talked and now that we are more available, I’ll definitely try to arrange more meet ups! It’s important to keep in touch with close friends. πŸ™‚

And coincidentally, 2 of my friends have shelties too! We have to make a date for all our furkids to meet up!

At night when everything was over, when every one has left and the place has been cleaned up, we gave our furkid his little surprise – an intimate birthday celebration. While he may not know it is his birthday (or rather it will be in a few days), I hope he knows how much we love him. Here’s to celebrating the love we have for the one member of our family who never fails to melt us with his warm hugs of welcome and who always puts a smile on his face no matter what the day brings.

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Within second, furkid has cream all over his whiskers and fur. He was so adorable! Hubby had to clean him up after. haha! All of us had a good time. πŸ™‚ It was a good few days. I was glad to talk to old friends, something a socially awkward person like me don’t do or feel comfortable doing much. I was happy to see people trade stories and share our joy. I was glad my parents had a good time too despite being tired by the end of the day. Mostly, I was glad hubby had a good time with his friends. After all, he is already the father of the year in my heart. πŸ™‚

And at the end of the day, while we were all smiles and full from the caterer’s food, we were also very worn from the excitement of the day. Furkid was so satisfied with his cake that later, he took a short nap beside baby Aurora.

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Looking at the pictures, and carrying both baby Aurora and furkid in our arms, I can’t help but feel a sense of completeness. Thank you, hubby, for giving me our own family.




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