Weekend wishes and musings on marriage

“Marriage is not simply the luck of the draw, or something that we get involved in which just unfolds before us like a long movie. Good marriage, like good individual lives or good art, are conscious creations. They are made.” – Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

I’ve been thinking about marriage and relationships lately. More specifically, on how much intentional effort and time it takes to achieve a deep understanding of each other, and to grow in intimacy and trust.

I confess that with three little ones, it’s easy to let the kids take over and steal the show. (And to let marriage subtly slide into second place.) Because their voices are so loud and their needs so immediate, everything about them comes first.

But what’s urgent may not always coincide with what’s important. And marriage is one of those things that can easily be shoved to a corner, while we’re busy fighting fires or changing poopy diapers.

I need to remember to place my marriage as priority, and to place my husband as priority. It comes second to none, except perhaps our personal relationship with God.

The weekends are usually busy and full of different activities, commitments.  But I pray that this weekend, you’ll make time to savour some sweet moments with your spouse, recollect some good memories perhaps, or even a funny incident. Hold hands, even as the little ones tug at your shirt. Share with him what’s been on your heart. Be ready to listen too.

Be humble, quick to forgive, and slow to anger.

Have a sweet and loving weekend, friends.

Simple pleasures

Sometimes the simplest pleasures make up the most precious moments.

Childhood. Is made up of simple joys.

Let’s not be in a rush to grow up.

This weekend, choose to simplify.

Say no to unnecessary activities, words and thoughts.

Allow yourself to just be present, and very much alive. Allow yourself to love and be loved.

And soak in those sunshine smiles.

Blessed weekend, friends

A quiet brunch at La Ristrettos

I decided to have a quiet brunch on my own at La Ristrettos last week, after a visit to my gynae. Hidden on the 8th floor of Novena Medical Centre, I was almost surprised to find it when I was looking around at all the medical-looking suites and entrances. Even the directory at the lift didn’t list the cafe.

I sat outside as they happened to be having a private event. Thankfully it was pleasantly cool that morning.

My mushroom fritatta made me smile.

Yummy fritatta

I was having a thankful kind of morning.

All was well with baby’s development, and my gynae also gave me the assurance that my placenta had moved up (initially it was low-lying).

La_Ristrettos_latte

So the delicious breakfast, ooh and coffee, set amidst greenery and solitude, aptly added to my mood.

La_Ristrettos_reflection

In between devouring delicious morsels of mushroom, egg, tomato, and spinach, on buttered bread, I read Why Your Children Love You and took mental notes.

La Ristrettos, I’m adding you to my list of favourite cafes. You’re perfect for a weekend brunch. Or a quiet weekday breakfast and coffee retreat.

Yum is the word.

Happy weekend, folks!

A shoot to remember

It was a lovely Sunday morning at the Botanic Gardens.

We had an appointment with Steph Tan and friends for a family shoot, as part of her annual Pass It On charity photoshoot project.

All of us were in pretty good spirits, except for little JJ who’d just had a major meltdown before leaving the house.

Here’s Vera looking all gung-ho and JJ looking all grumps.

So we had lovely shots of Vera.

Try as hard as we (and Steph) could, we could barely squeeze out a smile from our sour-as-a-lemon boy.

So he ended up looking cool and aloof. Well, when he wasn’t whining that is…

 

But that’s life.

Whenever we’re planning something fun and exciting, something unexpected could always fall from the sky.

And we just have to make the best out of it.

Thankfully, Vera was all smiles.

As for JJ…glum despite holding his favourite fruit.

Still, it was a day to remember.

The shoot only took 30-40 minutes.

But kudos to Steph and team who managed to capture such precious beautiful memories for us.

My hubby said we should probably do it again next year…

After all, it’s for a good cause.

It’s good fun.

Plus it’ll be our first photoshoot as a family of five.

And who knows, maybe JJ will be the one playing little Mr Sunshine. 😉

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Have a good weekend, friends.

 

Family fun on wheels at East Coast Park

all aboard the family express

This photo was taken last week by a kind stranger we managed to hijack at the jetty at East Coast Park.
For $30 an hour, we had loads of fun on the 2+2 seater, especially the kids.
(Apparently on public holidays, $30 only gets you 30 minutes.)

We got to see people fishing, explain to the kids why prawns were wriggling at the end of fishing lines, and enjoy a picnic of fruits and buns on board. (The jolly umbrella provided shelter from the drizzle.)
For the daddy, it was a good workout.

We didn’t go very far, and in the end only used 45 minutes, as the kids wanted to play in the sand.

We were disappointed at first with the rain and finding out that the old hawker centre, our usual dinner spot, was closed for renovations. But at least we managed to laze on the beach. Lazing around after a workout is always a good combi.

Times like these make me wonder how we’re going to have fun as a family, once baby #3 pops out.
I guess we’ll figure it out when we get there.

Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to more escapades together…while we still can.

Good weekend, friends!

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