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my X'mas this year..



Mine wasn't..Spent the whole of X'mas day in bed.

Had woken up on X'mas eve feeling rather crummy, my body was aching and I had a heavy head plus sore throat..I knew I was coming down with something but was hoping that it would go away..Managed to tahan for the day but by night time, I was in quite a bad shape.. I didn't even send a single sms X'mas greeting response 'coz I was just not feeling very merry. And so I spent the whole of Xmas day recuperating.Woke up in the evening feeling much better..
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Brought the li' one to my office on X'mas eve where we were having a mini Xmas celebration amongst ourselves..The li' boy had a whale of a time exploring the office and of coz he had loads to eat again, especially the chocolate banana fudge cake that my colleague bought from Awfully Chocolate. Oh man, i think i've overdosed on chocolate just this week alone..

Some of my colleagues even bought Aidan X'mas presents even though it was their first time seeing him that day..So sweet of them.:)


Sitting at my untidy cubicle..
His left eye is still kinda swollen as u can tell from the pic..

Aidan with Gabriel, my colleague Wendy's son..

with Ginger, Cheryl, Rebecca, Su Ming and Gabriel on her lap..
See that bottle of non-alchoholic grape wine on the table,
Aidan drank 3 cups of it..he loved it so much that he just gulped it down like that..scary man.

Nixon, who's wife is expecting their first kid next year..was playing with Aidan and the li' bugger liked him alot!

:)
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Spent X'mas eve at Lina's house where she was having an intimate X'mas dinner..the guests (which wasnt many) made up mainly of her family members but they made us feel really welcome...Her apartment was decorated beautifully with X'mas decor and litted-candles everywhere. Was thankful that Aidan didn't even bother to go near those candles..even the ones on the floor! The dinner spread was fabulous.. with smoked salmon, salmon-filled brioche,broiled lobster and baked turkey..I couldn't really eat to my heart's content 'coz I wasn't feeling well and by the 3rd course, my tummy was quite filled which made me feel more drowsy... fortunately, my hubby had a good appetite so he ensured the good food didn't go to waste :P When I was putting Aidan to zz in one of the rooms, I ended up sleeping together with him and it was only when it was midnight that hubby woke me up so that I could enjoy the festivities..Franck, Lina's hubby was dressed up in a Santa's suit and it was so funny! And he then gave up all the pressies which we'd placed under the tree..Too bad i was still kinda groggy then so I didn't take any pics..

Aidan had loads of fun at Lina's place..especially with the pool table..He kept on taking the balls and dropping them into the pockets and that kept him occupied for a while..and later, when Ashley's hubby was 'instructing' him how to shoot with the cue, the bugger was so into it that when it was time for the kids to go downstairs for more fun at the playground, he refused to go and made such a fuss..but he stopped the minute he saw the playground and continued to play to his heart's content..

Will be having another Xmas gathering with my good pals, Darren, Corrina, Bibi, Trevor and their kiddos tomorrow at my place..Hope I'll be okay by then..

A family pic before leaving for dinner..

The gorgeous table set-up and centerpieces..


the cute looking & yummy salmon brioche..

the kiddos' table

Aidan agonising over which utensils to use :P

angels on xmas day hehe..
with Ashley & Lina..

Aidan trying his hand at pool..
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Aidan received tons of toys and clothes for his birthday and X'mas this year...and I don't mean to be rude or anything to those who'd given him all these fabulous pressies..but I was thinking of donating some of them (together with a few of Aidan's 'used' toys which is still quite new since he hardly touches them) to some organisation for kids who will enjoy these toys as much as him. Those who'd come to my house before will know that Aidan has lotsa toys already..the living room has become his territory where his fave toys, like the red fire engine (my birthday present to him which was a hit on his bday party too) and the drumset takes centre stage..And in his room, there's another stack of toys kept away which once in a while, he'll ask to play with them.

I'm not in the habit of recycling gifts so I thought maybe I could give let some other kids enjoy it more. Any idea how or where I should start? Hubby was saying why not the Salvation Army but i was thinking more of a kids charity like maybe CCF..but am wondering whether they accept toy-gifts..Should probably check with them on Monday. Just wondering too whether any of the other mommies who may be in the same 'situation' as me would also like to donate their toys too :)


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flipover
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
The boys received the Soccer set too!
angeliatay
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
heh..im definitely keeping that one coz that's a game i can see my hubby & aidan playing together :)I'm sure ur boys will enjoy it too!
flipover
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
I was thinking...how about an orphanage? The kids might enjoy the toys donation.
angeliatay
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
actually, that's not a bad idea..will do my 'research' on monday! thanks!
sansation
Dec. 25th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hope you get better really quick. Your xmas celebrations sound fun, fantastic and fascinating to read about as always. I wish I was a kid again to truly enjoy this season of giving (bring given pressies that is) ;]

Aidan looks so grown up in the pictures taken at your office!
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
heh..i dunno, ever since i became a parent, i truly enjoy 'giving' :) I love the see my colleagues'/kid's face light up when they see what they've received.its a wonderful feeling..
sweetching
Dec. 25th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
wow your xmas looks fun!
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)
guess it looked more fun in pics..i was pretty zonked out actually..
biglady
Dec. 25th, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas Angie!
... if you are looking to blessed under-priviledged children with some of Aidan's toys, would you like to bless children from low income / underpriviledge families in the Toa Payoh area ... basically the kids that my agency works with. I'll be glad to take them off you and distribute it to the needy families. Do drop me a line. Thanks.
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
lemme know ur email can? will drop u a line. Was thinking of checking with the other mommies to see if any of them would like to donate their toys too so at least we have quantity :)
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misawong
Dec. 25th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)
That looks like a fab X'mas even though you were ill. That Salmon brioche looks too beautiful to eat! The kids must have been eyeing the brioche like crazy!
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
yeah..i thought the salmon brioche was too cute/nice looking to eat too :) the kids didn't see it in it's cute self so they could eat it happily :)
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angeliatay
Dec. 25th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
brand new, unopened. The pre-loved ones are in very good condition 'coz aidan hardly touches them. That's why im thinking of donating the toys becuz experience tells me aidan probably won't play with most of them or that he'll just play it for a day and then ignore it..

i can actually rewrap some of the toys so the kids will feel like they r receiving xmas pressies but bear in mind most of the toys r for kids ages 1-3..hope thats fine..
undievisual
Dec. 25th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
i saw a potential wine drinker in Aidan. LOL...3 cups~!~
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
oh no..pls don't scare me! :P
buzz_cut
Dec. 26th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas, babe!!! You're lookin' real good in the pics! :) Hope you get well soon ok?

Wah, Aidan's really one lucky lil' chap ... so many Christmas presents wherever he goes! Come to think of it, most of the presents I bought this Christmas were for kids too (cousins, friend's kids, etc). I've never wrapped so many toys and kiddy's clothes in my entire life ... or shopped for them until nearly "peng san" with gf. Gf says it's good practice for next time. *rolls eyes* But the look on children's faces as they eagerly receive and open their presents makes it all worthwhile lah. ;)
angeliatay
Dec. 26th, 2004 03:18 am (UTC)
heh..the gorrila appears out of the blues again :) missed ur posts!

i always think that X'mas is for kids..i totally agree, its so worth it just seeing the joy on their faces while they receive the pressies tho i think they enjoy tearing the wrapping papers more..

hiaks..its definitely good practice for u man..i dunno why ur latest entry didnt show up on my friends page..did u backdate it or something? congratz man..abt freaking time too *grin*
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rexkids
Dec. 26th, 2004 11:47 pm (UTC)
hugs to you, hope u r feeling better now.
all the pre-x'mas and x'mas celebration is taking a toll of me too. i'm feeling like a zombie.

on the prezzies, it's ok if you are donating the gifts, since they're aidan's to keep. fully understand what you're going thru. i simply dump the hardly used toys at Salvation Army every year since I had Jaz. By the time I had Jon, I learnt to be more careful where I spent my money. Now I invested more in books, at least those had longer shelf life :)

Maybe you should list Aidan's wish list when inviting your friends. Once I only invite close friends to party and attached a no-presents please note for my friends or ask them to call me if they insist on giving. They are close to me so they are not offended and Jaz got presents she will use. Just a suggestion.

angeliatay
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
last year i was v 'baar'..i did tell pple that if they wanna bring something, i probably will prefer angpow (token amt) but most pple still gave toys..that's y i didnt do so this year :P

will most likely do what u did next year coz it will be a smaller party :)
twp77
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:59 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Ian has the same soccer foolsball set too! Have kept it for now until he can play with daddy :D
angeliatay
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)
Belated Xmas greetings to u!
Heh..i agree..its really such a daddy/son bonding kinda game eh :)
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angeliatay
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
he has ALOT! serious! I think kids will go wild when they come my house hehe..
jinsiew
Dec. 27th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas (belated)..so sorry that you were not feeling well...hope you are better now...*hugz*
angeliatay
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
hope to get well before new year. Dun wanna spend another festive day feeling crummy. Thanks!
meowmeowfelicia
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Merry Belated Christmas!!! *hee*

Hope you are feeling better already!

And Aidan looks leaner! Gosh!
angeliatay
Dec. 27th, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
still feeling blah..spelt the whole evening so now i cant z..thanks for ur well wishes.

Aidan's taller now so he looks leaner ;)
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