Best birthday gift…

Today is the 22nd January, my actual birthday and I’m happy to tell the whole world that I’m 42! Hurrah! ๐Ÿ™‚

I had the best dream early this morning. My Mommy was with me on my birthday. I can’t believe it! ๐Ÿ™‚ We hugged, we talked, we laughed. It was such a beautiful dream. It felt real. That’s my birthday wish and it came true. All I want is to see her again, and it happened. I woke up so happy this morning. Thank you Mommy for being with me on my birhday. I know you will always find a way to be with me. You never miss my birthday, in fact, our birthdays. You always made the impossible possible in your own way. You are incredible and I miss you so much! Thanks for being with me today. I had no plans to celebrate at all but you made me so happy in my dreams, and that gave me a reason to celebrate. Best birthday gift indeed! I love you, forever and always! xxx
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Our snowy birthdays…

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For the first time, my daughter and I celebrated our birthdays together with our closest family in Bedford – the Harlows. It was a very quiet celebration and ended with a snowball fight. Fun! I didn’t join though as I didn’t have my snow gloves with me, so I ended up getting hit. Haha

I loved our Italian cake! It’s the best cake in the world. Light and not too sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yummy! Left them at the Harlows though, so that will be gone by tomorrow I guess. Haha

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My birthday is not actually till Tuesday, 22nd January. But today’s been the best day to celebrate it. It wasn’t a party really. My daughter didn’t want a party either, and just wanted to spend time with family. Although yesterday, she had a very lazy day with her bestfriend at school and just watched movies at home all day in their onesies.

 

Great birthday weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Alyanna turns 11!

Our baby is now 11! ย Can you believe it? ย In tears of joy as I look back… ย It wasn’t an easy birth. After 18 hours of painful labour, she finally arrived – via fedex, haha! I had an emergency c-section, had an epidural, and was totally conscious when the doctors were trying to get an 8lbs 12oz baby out of my tummy. Now you know why she didn’t come out naturally. She was a size of a sumo baby!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Kidding aside, it took a while to hear her voice. I was in tears waiting to see that little angel’s face, and those eyes to look at her Mummy and Daddy. Garry was beside me holding my hand, excited but nervous whilst wiping my tears, and Lola Beth (grandma) ย was outside the operating room praying the rosary. It was the best feeling ever, and the moment I held her in my arms, I couldn’t stop crying. After she was given a quick bath, I breastfed her straight away. That moment, I knew she was really mine. She had her Mum’s appetite. HAHAHA I had no problem breastfeeding her. I was very tired after, BUT one thing I will never get tired of is talking about my baby. I can talk about my girl’s story from birth, in details, as I was there for her for the last 11 years and I’m so proud of it! ย ๐Ÿ™‚
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Yes, today that baby is now a young lady, well almost! A happy young girl who is so full of life and ambition. She is serious in becoming a performer and a swimmer someday. I wonder where she got it from? She was so inspired by the Olympics. So inspired actually that she wants to be an Olympian. Whoa! ๐Ÿ™‚ She is currently taking a full dance course training doing 7 classes a week, and she totally loves it. We never push her to do things. This is her telling us that she loves to dance. I grew up being pushed to do things and follow orders, but I will not do that to my child. I will respect her desire to become what she wants to be.

As a mother, ย I am so proud of her. She is a very good daughter, and I don’t regret any decisions I’ve made in my life since becoming a mother. Family is my priority above all. I chose to have her, so it’s my job to look after her and make sure she grows up to be a fine lady with a good outlook in life and follow her dreams. Over the years I’ve learned that it is important to do what you love. I understand my daughter so well, that I will not give her a hard time in pursuing her own dreams.

To our beautiful girl, Happy 11th Birthday! ย Always remember that Mummy and Daddy love you very much. We are not sure if we can give you all the unnecessary material things that rule our crazy world, but one thing we can always give you, which you always had since you were born, is our 100% LOVE, time and attention. ย We love you so much, Alyanna! xxx ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Les Miserables the movie…

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I LOVED IT! ๐Ÿ™‚
I am so thankful that they made another amazing musical film after Phantom of the Opera. We need more of these classic musicals on the big screen. So thank you to all the geniuses who made this film possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a great cast and all of them did an amazing job! I was so moved by Anne Hathaway’s acting and singing. She was so good and a very different Anne Hathaway as I got used to seeing her in romantic comedy films, but playing Fantine is probably the best she’s done, in my humble opinion. So well done, Ms. Hathaway! Hugh Jackman was a BRILLIANT Valjean! Such an amazing actor and singer! Hats off to you Mr Jackman! Russel Crowe, the most criticized in the film based on the reactions of colleagues on facebook. Can I just single out that Mr Crowe was GOOD! I was not bothered by his singing just because people got used to the powerful voice of Javert in the musical. He did it differently, he made it his own, probably the reason why they offered him the job. Mr Crowe did surprise me overall and thought he did a good job! He’s an actor who can sing, remember? I don’t think Sir Cameron Mackintosh would allow Russell Crowe to play this part if he was not qualified. I thought ‘STARS’ was quite justified! I like the fact that he was different from all the voices of Javerts that I’ve heard. Loved the Thenardiers too played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. They were so funny. Again, they did it differently than the ones I’ve seen from typical Thenardiers character on stage. Eddie Redmayne as Marius was quite a scene stealer. He was very good. Samantha Barks sang so well and even acted great for someone new to film acting. I was also happy to see the original Jean Valjean from the original London production, Colm Wilkinson. He played the priest who helped Valjean. Now that was a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚ All of them owned the roles they played and did a great job!
To see these amazing musicals a success in films, that means more musicals will be turned into films too. Isn’t that great?

We have to consider that this is a film, not a West End musical where all you hear is powerful voices on stage. The film brought life to the musical. Honestly, watching the film made the entire story clear in my head, and for my daughter to visually feel the story. Now she is even more excited to see the musical, and even watch the film again. I did not take her to see the musical in London because she was still very young, but now she has seen the film and has a clear story in her head, she felt excited about it.ย She had a cute question about Valjean: ‘Mummy, how did Valjean become the factory owner and the Mayor?’

The Noakes family enjoyed the film so much. I was in tears the whole time. I was speechless after watching it, wiping tears as I listened to the audience’s applause. We didn’t even bother to eat our popcorns because we were so into the film, that we didn’t want to miss anything. Everyone inside the cinema were quiet during the film, laughing at the Thenardiers’ jokes, and applauded when the film finished. Fantastic experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

Congratulations to Garry’s friend too, Norma Attalah, for being in the film! We saw you! Even in Mamma Mia film, we saw you all the time! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ย x

Family time

Sometimes it is unhealthy to read posts on Facebook esp if the new year has just started. Your optimism is being dragged down to a few people’s negativity. I don’t understand some people complaining about the kids being off school too long and that they can’t wait for the school to commence. Well, I feel the opposite. I wish the holidays can be a bit longer to spend more time with my hubby and daughter. We love spending time together.

Although we haven’t been away this year for Christmas, we had a great time. To be honest, it’s not the parties and days out that made my holidays, it’s actually the lazy days we had, all curled up on the sofa watching movies all day or playing board games (not pc games), or simply going for a walk. Simple things like that are priceless to me. I feel sad for those parents who can’t wait to get rid of their kids’ company. I’m a Mum too and I understand that we need a time out sometimes, but not after Christmas. When school starts, our kids are at school all day, and there’s less time to bond in the afternoon after school, that’s why we make the most of the school breaks and holidays.

Our (almost) 11 year old daughter doesn’t mind hanging out with us (I hope I am not speaking too soon lol). Kidding aside, she loves being with her parents. She doesn’t complain wherever we take her as long as we are together. She is easy. But of course, puberty is not an easy stage. I am not saying I don’t get a few issues from her, but in general she is actually easy. She is not a demanding child forcing us to buy her things she wants, nor throw tantrums at home when she’s bored. We are always around for her, and family time is very important to us. Our girl still loves sleeping in our bed, in between her Mummy and Daddy. Sweet. Not all the time though but we don’t mind. We actually love our family cuddles in bed with out little kitty Nala with us too. We know that some day, she’ll grow up and will have her own family too, so we try to cherish every moment we have with her. She knows that she is so loved, she feels it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our kids are only young for a very short time, so spend it well with them. People complain about spending too much money taking the kids out to entertain them. Who says you have to spend a lot of money to entertain kids? There’s no need to spend money to make them happy. Home is the best place to spend time with them. If they are spending too much time on the pc, give them a particular time to play games, and make sure to have time for family dialogue and fun. I don’t know what to do if my daughter sends me a text message to come upstairs and bring her food. N + O = NO! Thank God she is not on Facebook yet. So far, I am lucky that these things are not happening yet. I see a lot of kids on Facebook at the age of 6 or 7. I don’t get it. Our agreement with our daughter is 15. Let’s see if that happens. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚

All I’m saying is, if we find time for our kids now, they will find time for us too once that moment comes that we need their time for us. LOVE is always the foundation in the family. Show love, you’ll get love.

Nyt everyone… Spread love… xx

Goodbye 2012… Hello 2013!

Brand new year, yes, but will it be a brand new ME? ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I was little, I always hear the word ‘resolution’, as in New Year’s resolution. My Mom used to say ‘Think of your NY’s resolution?’, and I’d go ‘What does that mean?’. Change is the bottom line. Now that I’m turning 42 in three weeks time, I guess that word sounds redundant and I would rather use the word ‘goal’. ‘What’s your goal’, instead of ‘What’s your NY’s resolution?’ sounds better.

I have been blessed in my life, and I am so grateful for what God has given me. He gave me a great husband and a loving father to our daughter. We have a great life together, full of love, full of happiness. Even the ups and downs for the last few years turned out to be a blessing for us. Trials can become a blessing when you learn from it and be better. But our trials are just all material things and can be changed. As long as we are together as a family, that’s enough.ย 

My 2012 was not a very good year. Losing the person who gave life to me was the most devastating experience. I will always love my dearest mother till my next life. The pain will never go, and it will stay in my heart forever. Moving on was hard, but I kept focused and just continued doing things that I love and just kept moving forward.ย 
The family also lost our beautiful 12 year old cat, Scalli. We were again devastated. We are all so attached to our pets. No one understands love for pets if you don’t have one, and if you haven’t lost one. But we know what it’s like to lose a pet you love.ย 

Life goes on. Whatever heartache it brings, life goes on. What I will remember in 2012 is how I spent it with my Mom for the last time. I was there till her last breath. My love for her will continue through the love that I give to my daughter and family.ย It was a very hard Christmas for me, and reality did hit me when I realised something was missing. I missed her enthusiasm, her positivity, her strength. She would always be the most cheerful one to greet everybody. She never missed any of our birthdays, and in every occasion she remembered us. I will always love & miss her.

My 2013 started well and I am looking forward to a great year. I have goals that I would like to achieve and make them happen. There are great miracles happening for me and my husband this year, and we are over the moon and thankful for these blessings.

Happy 2013 to all! May you get what you wished for this year…

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