Legally an Adult…

Well, at least in Switzerland, my boy is now considered an adult at 18 years old!

Oh my, where did the time go? 18 years ago, we welcomed this little chubby baby into our lives and what an adventure it has been. From the uncertainty of first-time parenthood to his first steps, from his first day at kindergarten to two broken arms, through the frustrations and the joys of being a family (every family has its moments), from growing pains to pride, he is now on the brim of adulthood! Wow!

He decided that for his 18th birthday party to have just a couple of friends over for some food and games. So we bought his favourite sushi and added on some KFC to make sure that hungry teenagers are well fed. Of course, the must-have red velvet cupcakes was made and consumed. Very low key but that was what he wanted.

We did break with tradition and instead of me cooking a nice dinner at home, we went out to a lovely restaurant by the river and had some lovely fish.

Sigh! My baby is now an adult. This will take time to sink in. And while I mull over that, here are a few photos…

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17… Where Has The Time Gone?…

Time has just flown by. My little ‘Sayang’ (beloved in Malay) is now all of 17 years old!

Last year, he had a lockdown birthday, as did most of us. This year while we are not in a full lockdown, not everything is open, so he opted to have some friends over for makan (food in Malay) and gaming.

Here are some photos from party day:

We are missing our traditional birthday photo of us in front of a cupcake. Maybe it’s time for another tradition? We’ll have to give that one a think.

Looking ahead, i will be savouring the moments while he is still living at home, for the next 2 years at least.

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Lockdown Birthdays…

i don’t usually blog about my own birthday or about the Husband’s birthday, however, we have been dealing with pandemic times so i thought i would make a note of it here that we have all had our lockdown birthdays!

Tobias was the first one to have a lockdown birthday and it was during the first lockdown when restrictions were quite severe. So it was just a quiet one at home, with some special homemade cupcake deliveries to a few close friends of his. We did manage to make up for it by going for a belated birthday paintball day at the end of July when everything was opened for a short while.

On the train with friends, on the way to belated birthday paintball outing

Lexi’s birthday was up next in July! Usually we would be away for her birthday and would not be able to celebrate with her on the actual day. But extended quarantine requirements meant we didn’t make our annual trip to Singapore so i made a special doggy cake for her and we made a fuss of her.

Lexi with all her birthday presents

When my birthday rolled around, theatres were still closed so my wish to see a show was not a possibility. The lovely Husband booked a socially-distanced table at a local Greek restaurant (just weeks before Switzerland went into another semi-lockdown) and we all went for a nice meal with an opportunity to learn a few Greek words off the napkins.

Learn some Greek words while you wait for your Greek dinner to be served

The Husband just celebrated his birthday very recently. With all the restaurants still shut, we went to town, at home, with a chicken curry dinner (i rarely cook a curry cos i don’t really eat it) and a yummy chocolate cake. You might think it’s nothing much but it is something special for us because pre-pandemic, most years, the Husband would have been away on a work trip on his actual birthday! So it’s nice to be able to celebrate it on the right day.

Decadent birthday chocolate cake for the Husband

Did you have a lockdown birthday? How did you celebrate it? Care to share?

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