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Entries on this site with 'birthday'

  • 15th Birthday Plus One Nia
    In a blink of an eye, Irfan is now 15 years of age. He is more or less an adult, as I myself do not remember 15 being any different than 25 besides more experience by dint
  • And Then It Was His 14th Birthday
    Irfan's fourteenth birthday came and went. So did Irfan's grandparents from Perak. It would be easy to say "I can't believe how tall and how far he'd come" but the truth i
  • Celebrating One Anniversary and One Birthday
    The twenty-ninth of each year brings about both the birthday of Sila and the anniversary of our parents. She has always quipped that she was Atok and Opah's third annivers
  • A Birthday Dinner Appeared Out of Nowhere
    What words can I write that would do justice in wishing a happy birthday to a woman who has always been on my side through it all and still can smile and laugh with me? Pr
  • Happy Birthday to Little Adik
    Happy birthday, Little Adik who is now four solar years old. He is quite the loquacious dude on Google Hangouts as the image to the right reveals. I can't believe he's tal
  • Yet Another Cousin Arrives
    After our inaugural viewing of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Alor Setar, Cikma - who was very far along her pregnancy - was admitted to hospital for blood pressure that w
  • Is that 13 Solar or Lunar Years?
    And just like that, our once-newborn son is a teenager. As Irfan is so fond of reciting, "Masa berjalan begitu saja." Although Atok and Opah had treated us to an early bir
  • 83 Months
    83 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions This entry is written two months late so I will keep it short. June was a busy month with work travels for me. We
  • Rafe - 41 Months
    The boy is now 41 months old! Almost 3 and a half! That is the face he made after eating his fill of roti canai at the Straits of Malacca . * Mouse over the pictures for c
  • 82 Months
    82 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions I'm feeling pretty proud of myself in that it's not yet the middle of July (only the end of June) when I'm writin
  • Rafe - 40 Months
    And so Adik is 40 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It is mid-June and I am yet again very very late in writing Adik's blog entry. All the same reasons an
  • 81 Months
    81 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It's the same old story of super late writing of the entry. April entry written in mid-June. But that's how it's
  • Rafe - 39 Months
    And now Adik is 39 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Somehow I am getting more and more delinquent - it is mid-May and I am just now writing this March en
  • 80 Months
    80 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It is mid-May as I write this and so I will keep the chatter brief. March was another busy month where I had my v
  • Rafe - 38 Months
    Here are Adik's 38-month photos. Mouse over the picture for captions. So, when I mentioned in last month's entry that we were moving to the smaller entry, I really meant i
  • 79 Months
    79 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions February was another crazy busy month. I traveled (without Vin and the kids) 2 out of the 4 weeks of the month. I
  • Birthday Burgers
    Ain and I couldn't celebrate our recent birthdays during our birthdays for one reason or another. Then we both received some extra coin for doing some freelance work. So w
  • Rafe - 37 Months
    Adik is 37 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions As mentioned in last month's entry, we are now moving to the smaller entry for Adik, where we just round up h
  • 78 Months
    And so, the girl is six and a half years old! 78 months of Yaya!   * Mouse over the pictures for captions January turned out to be a crazy busy month! I started a new proj
  • The one with the no-Graeter's Ice Cream Cake party
    Thirteen days after Adik's third birthday, we had a small party for friends and neighbors.  * Mouse over the pictures for captions In the morning, we take a short break du
  • Rafe's 36 Month Birthday (And he is 3!)
    And so, the boy is now 3 years old! Or as he would say it, "thwee" * Mouse over the pictures for captions To be in line with how I did Yaya's blog entries, this will be th
  • 77 Months
    77 Yaya-filled months! Unlike some children, Yaya was completely happy to play with her "lumps of coal" Christmas present. She made a drawing of a cat using various charco
  • Rafe's 35 Month Birthday
    One more month before Adik is 3! That photo was not taken on Adik's 35-month birthday but it was so cute I had to include it. The makers of Nutella can feel free to contac
  • 76 Months
    76 months of Yaya!   * Mouse over the pictures for captions OK since it is almost January as I sit to write this entry, I feel like I can barely remember what November was
  • Rafe's 34 Month Birthday
    Two more months until Adik turns 3! He is now at his 34th month! Whee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Adik's reading skills just seem to keep improving. He is reta
  • 75 Months
    75 months of the girl!   * Mouse over the pictures for captions October has been pretty action packed. We have been back and forth to and from the new gig (Tampa, Florida)
  • Rafe's 33 Month Birthday
    We are 3 months away from Adik's third birthday. 33 months old! 2.75 years old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Adik just loves to read. He is obsessed with the wri
  • 74 Months
    74 months of Yaya! * Mouse over the pictures for captions September had its quiet and un-quiet moments. Vin had to go away for a few days to attend a funeral, leaving me a
  • A Birthday Once More
    It's Irfan's 12th birthday. We were supposed to set something up for him, like allowing him to invite his friends over. But because of low resources, we had to cancel. But
  • Rafe's 32 Month Birthday
    32 months old now! Only four months (less than that, given the actual date I'm writing this entry) until the boy is three years old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions
  • 73 Months
    73 months old now! Please don't mind the belatedness (and backdated-ness) of the entry. * Mouse over the pictures for captions August was a quiet month again - I worked fr
  • Rafe's 31 Month Birthday
    And the boy is 31 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Like Yaya's 6th birthday, we were in Minneapolis for Adik's 31-month birthday. It has definitely been
  • 72 Months (a.k.a the sixth birthday!)
    And so the girl is now six years old! 72 months old! Hurrah!! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Apparently we are feast or famine type people. After the end of June (
  • Rafe's 30 Month Birthday
    Adik is two and a half! 30 months old! Happy half birthday, little boy! * Mouse over the pictures for captions As stated in Yaya's  71 month entry , June was a very quiet
  • 71 Months
    71 months! One more month and the girl is six years old! How amazing is that? Where does the time go? * Mouse over the pictures for captions Where May was a very social an
  • Rafe's 29 Month Birthday
    Adik is twenty-nine months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions What can we say about the boy this month? He seems to just be growing up too quickly! Speech status:
  • 70 Months
    And Yaya is now 70 months old! Two more months before the big S-I-X! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It has been an eventful and social month. Really beginning from
  • Rafe's 28 Month Birthday
    28 months old! Caveat: this entry (for April) was written in June. Thank goodness for backdated entries! Also, we kind of forgot to take pictures of the boy to document hi
  • 69 Months
    Here are the 69 month photos! * Mouse over the pictures for captions So here's the deal. This entry was written practically in June. So I will try to be brief and let the
  • Rafe's 27 Month Birthday
    Twenty-seven months old now! * Mouse over the pictures for comments Speech status: There is nothing this child can't say. He does have trouble with Malay or Spanish though
  • 68 Months
    68 months now! Five and 2/3 years old! Whee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: nothing new. She is still eating our homemade bread. I am thinking I shoul
  • Yaya's Super Frog
    Yaya drew a  super hero of her own design for Sila's birthday  earlier in the year. I prettied it up some more for her. 
  • Rafe's 26 Month Birthday
    And now the boy is twenty-six months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Speech status: as with last month, Adik is very verbal and loves to use his words. Here ar
  • 67 Months
    Another month! 67 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: Yaya has been eating home made bread. Mostly the Cuban Bread (which looks and tastes like
  • Rafe's 25 Month Birthday
    The boy is twenty-five months old now! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Speech status: it is unbelievable how many words the boy can say. He is also formulating his
  • The End of January...
    ...specifically today, marks both the Anniversary of Atok and Opah , and the birthday of Sila , the best sister and bounty hunter ever! Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthda
  • Ain's Birthday Dinner
    Ain levelled up yesterday. She's gained a year, so we thought we'd splurge a bit on a proper birthday dinner. It would be a proper dinner with proper food, namely burgers.
  • 66 Months
    66 months! Five and a half years old! Whee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: No real new foods this month. I forgot to report that last month she also t
  • The One with the Party and the Forgotten Cake
    So two weeks after Adik turned two, we had a small gathering at our house with friends and neighbors. * Mouse over the pictures for captions It was a fun time and we got t
  • Rafe's 24 Month Birthday (aka Second Birthday)
    And so the boy is now two years old! The big T-W-O! Twenty-four months have passed so quickly! * Mouse over the pictures for captions So I was looking at Yaya's 24 month e
  • 65 Months
    65 months! Five years and five months have passed. * Mouse over pictures for captions Food status: A few new tastes! Yaya tried hot chocolate (during the snow adventures),
  • Rafe's 23 Month Birthday
    One more month before the big T-W-O! Whee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions I don't know how we got here, but here we are a month before Adik's second birthday. The
  • 64 Months
    So we are now at 64 months! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: Yaya tried one new food this month! Honey. She finger tasted it. I have hopefully convinced
  • Rafe's 22 Month Birthday
    Only two months until the big second birthday for the boy! * Mouse over the pictures for captions So another month has passed, and in two short months, the boy will turn t
  • 63 Months
    Sixty-three months now! * Mouse over the pictures for captions So this month, Yaya had some adventures in trying new foods! First, there was the disastrous attempt at eati
  • Rafe's 21 Month Birthday
    And the boy is now 21 months old! 3 more months and he's two! Wheee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Again, I am so very late writing this entry. No need to make ex
  • 62 Months
    Sixty-two months since the girl was born! The hat was a gift from Pak Yope and Wan Yong way back in 2010. * Mouse over the pictures for captions As I mentioned in the sixt
  • Irfan's Eleven
    Irfan's eleven now! It started when we thought about inviting Emma's forthcoming family-in-law for dinner. It just so happened that it was on Irfan's weekend's birthday! S
  • Rafe's 20 Month Birthday
    Our intrepid hero is now 20 months old! Whee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Where to start? I have left this entry to be written so late that I have to be sure th
  • 61 Months
    And so the girl is now sixty one months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions I debated whether or not to stop the girl's monthly blog entries, given that she is now
  • The One with the Actual Birthday and then the Party
    So on Yaya's fifth birthday, we went to the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton as her birthday treat. We had originally thought about going to the zoo but the fact th
  • Fun Yaya and Adik pictures from July
    So it seems we took way too many photos in July and there were a few with the kids together that I couldn't fit into either of the "usual" blog entries, and they were too
  • Rafe's 19 Month Birthday
    During the whirlwind that was Ramadan , where Yaya and Papa both had (real) birthdays, Adik sneaked in to being 19 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions I was
  • 60 Months (a.k.a. the Fifth Birthday)
    The girl is five years old now! A whole half decade! 60 months! 1826 days! Wheee! Happy birthday, beautiful! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It's been another whirl
  • Rafe's 18 Month Birthday
    Here we are at Adik's 18 month entry! The boy is now 1 and a half years old! * Mouse over the picture for captions Adik is now fully mobile - walking, running, and climbin
  • 59 Months
    One more month till Yaya hits the half decade mark! Woohooo! Note: Mouse over the pictures for captions It has been a busy month of June. We started off at the end of May
  • Rafe's 17 Month Birthday
    And so, another month has passed by and the little guy is now 17 months old. He'll be a year and a half soon! Wheeee! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Adik can now p
  • 58 Months
    Two more months till the big birthday! And how much do you love backdated entries! Woohoo! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: No change. Nothing new passe
  • Rafe's 16 Month Birthday
    After another fast-paced month, Adik is now 16 months old. He seems to have grown so quickly - when I look back at pictures of him as a newborn I can hardly believe it is
  • 57 Months
    The countdown is on to Yaya's fifth birthday! 3 more months! Time passes so quickly - I can't believe how big Yaya has gotten. Where did my little newborn baby go? * Mouse
  • Rafe's 15 Month Birthday
    Adik is now 15 months old! One and a quarter years old! Since I'm always late with the entries and happily backdating it, I wonder if I should even mention that anymore. A
  • 56 Months
    Yaya is now four months away from her first half decade! 56 months now! Where did all that time go? * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: something weird hap
  • Rafe's 14 Month Birthday
    And here it is not even a third of the way through March and Adik's 14 month entry is here! As always, thanks to the gods of backdated entries! Adik has at least seven tee
  • 55 Months
    And so Yaya is now 55 months old. Five more months before her first half decade! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Food status: no change. Although I did catch her ta
  • Rafe's 13 Month Birthday
    Another month, another very late blog entry! Again, we give thanks to the gods of backdated entries (whee!). * Mouse over the pictures for captions This month, Adik went f
  • EOTE: Irfan Escapes Mos Shuuta
    Edged by the Empire Episode 01 Escape From Mos Shuuta During the events of the previous blog entry, the GOKL gang also presented me with an early birthday: A Star Wars Edg
  • Another Ain Birthday
    Last night, Cik Ma & Cik Su took us out for Ain's belated birthday dinner! Sometimes I can't believe I've known Ain for so long and it seems like we've only met yesterday.
  • 54 Months
    And so Yaya is officially four and a half! 54 months! Where did all the time go? My little baby isn't so little anymore! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Happy New Y
  • The one with the (second) first birthday party
    So two weeks (and a day) after Adik's first birthday we had a small gathering of friends and neighbors at our home, to celebrate Adik's birthday (again!). * Mouse over the
  • Irfan Meets Cousin Zara
    Zara Arissa, sister of Aiman , arrived 21 days before 2013 did, so we took a trip to visit the young one at Pasir Mas. Unlike her brother we couldn't be there to greet her
  • Rafe's 12 Month (First!) Birthday
    And now, Yaya can no longer declare that Adik is zero years old! The boy is now one! Yayyyyy!! He's pretty pleased about it, too! * Mouse over the pictures for captions It
  • 53 Months
    53 Months! Again, backdated. She's really getting close to her 54th month, but let's not go there, yes? * Mouse over the pictures for captions It has been a busy month. Lo
  • Rafe's 11 Month Birthday
    So here we are, at 11 months! Only one more month before Adik turns 1! It's really amazing how quickly time has passed. I mean, it's almost a year since he was born! And l
  • 52 Months
    52 Months! And backdated entries are a good thing.   * Mouse over pictures for captions Another month has passed - without traveling again! Things are pretty quiet at home
  • Rafe's 10 Month Birthday
    And so Adik is now 10 months old! (And change, if I were honest - thank goodness for backdated entries!).  * Mouse over the pictures for captions Adik has abandoned the co
  • 51 Months
    And so another month has passed. The numbers are rising! And the girl has definitely come a long way in 51 months * Mouse over the pictures for captions We had another fun
  • Rafe's 9 Month Birthday
    Another month has passed and now the boy is 9 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions Adik has continued another month of commando crawling - he's fast too! He
  • 50 Months
    50 months! 50 months of Yaya! This month's activities included our first work-related trip (to Chicago), seeing Becky and Phil in Elkhart for Labor Day weekend, Yaya's fir
  • A Decade of Irfan
    Once upon a time, this baby thought it'd be a good idea to come live with us. Ten years later to the day - last night, he's celebrating his birthday with his parents and a
  • Rafe's 8 Month Birthday
    Another whirlwind month filled with stuff to do, places to go, and people to see has passed.  And Adik is 8 months old! * Mouse over the pictures for captions So Adik is s
  • 49 Months
    And so, another month has passed. Time does not march on, it flies faster than a speeding bullet. Four years and a month old. The darling of our lives, la reina del punto
  • Transforming into a Tiger: An Additional Birthday Story
    A short addendum on becoming and being a tiger on one's fourth birthday. You know what to do for captions, right? You begin with face paint and instructions to do what the
  • Rafe's 7 Month Birthday
    And so the boy is 7 months old (and a bit, but thank god for backdated entries, right?) *Mouse over pictures for captions Unbelievably, another month has flown by and Adik
  • 48 Months (a.k.a. Fourth Birthday)
    The big day arrived! Yaya is four years old, officially! Unbelievable! It feels like Yaya cannot possibly already be four. Didn't we just bring her home from the hospital
  • The one with the be-earlied pre-Ramadhan party
    So since July 22nd fell on the 3rd day of Ramadan, we decided to move up her party to the week before, on Sunday July 15th. We invited our friends and neighbors to what ha
  • Rafe's 6 Month Birthday
    It is Adik's half birthday! Yaya says, "But he's still zero!!" While he's not one yet, he's already 1/2 year old, but apparently we haven't taught Yaya fractions. Can you
  • 47 Months
    One more month till the big birthday!! Can you believe it? We certainly cannot! We had another activity filled month - the 5 days Zarin was here were quite busy (more on t
  • Rafe's 5 Month Birthday
    Adik is five months old! Almost to the half-year mark! Where does the time go? * Mouse over the pictures for captions So May was an action-packed month, as we mentioned in
  • 46 Months
    The countdown is on! The girl is two months away from her fourth birthday! Woohooo! It has been an action-packed month, since Vin's sister Jo was here for over two weeks.
  • Rafe's 4 Month Birthday
    Here we are, at the four month mark. He's just getting so big now! He seems to be just growing up almost too quickly! * Mouse over the pictures for captions He went out to
  • 45 Months
    This cheeky girl is 3 months away from her fourth birthday! Amazingly, that is what you get when you ask Yaya to cry! She can't help smiling while she does it . Another mo
  • Rafe's 3 Month Birthday
    Rafe (a.k.a. Adik) turned 3 months old! His first quarter of the year mark. He has been growing and growing (and maybe getting a little cheeky too!) He enjoys tummy time a
  • 44 Months
    It has been a busy and activity-filled month for our Yaya! And very quickly she turned 44 months old. She has definitely come a long way from the little baby that we broug
  • Rafe's 2 Month Birthday
    Despite the date on this entry, it has been a long time since the boy's 2 month birthday. It's been a crazy busy time, but definitely a wonderful, and exhausting time for
  • 43 Months
    So another month has passed. Another fast and hectic one! We are settled in and pretty well adjusted to the new member of our family, and Kak Yaya is doing a great job of
  • Rafe's 1 Month Birthday
    And so the boy is a month old! (More than that by now but thank god for backdated blog entries, teehee!) This month has really flown by. Since Adik's adventures in bilirub
  • 42 Months
    It has been a milestone month for everyone! Yaya spent her first month as Kak Yaya (big sister Yaya), and we all had to adjust to having Rafe in our lives. And now the gir
  • Rafe's 1 week birthday
    Here's an excuse for gratuitous baby pictures, Rafe's 1 week birthday! I've included pictures of the boy taken over the past week, including some professionally taken ones
  • The Arrival of Rafiq Charles
    The new member of our family has arrived. Vin and I welcomed our son Rafiq Charles Renstrom to the world on December 29, 2011 at 4:35 PM, Eastern Time. He weighed 8 lb 11.
  • 41 Months
    Another impossibly quick month has passed. Don't ask me where the time went. Despite my best efforts, this entry is quite late and (guiltily) backdated. My excuse: work. I
  • 40 Months
    So the girl is now 40 months old! Three and 1/3 years old. This month has totally flown by and it's definitely been a crazy one! For one thing, we had our first October sn
  • 39 Months
    At 39 months, Yaya is now becoming aware of the seasons changing - the need to wear jackets to go outside, the leaves on the trees turning color and falling off the branch
  • Birthday Cake Transforms Into...
    Well, the birthday cake was transformed into digested matter submerged in digestive fluids in our stomachs. However, the box with which the cake was transported was transf
  • 38 Months
    So Yaya had her 38 month birthday while we were in New Jersey. Another quick and fun month has gone by, and here is the girl lounging on the bed in the hotel while Papa ca
  • 37 Months
    Hey everyone! So the girl is 37 months old today. We had her 3-year checkup this morning and she was 40 1/4 inches tall (102.2 cm) and 38 lbs (17.2 kg), and at the 99th pe
  • The one with the rainy-day party
    So on Sunday July 24th (Vin's birthday! Happy birthday, babe!!!!) we had Yaya's birthday party. As in previous years, we had invited the neighbors and our friends and plan
  • 36 Months (aka Third Birthday)
    Not too terribly late this month! And here is the 3-year-old Yaya on the morning of her birthday! Before we start, just a note that this is going to be the last of the lon
  • 35 Months
    Can we just pretend that this is on time? Or at least not so late that the girl is almost 36 months old? No excuses really. Anyway, here is our 35 month old Yaya (almost 3
  • 34 Months
    This might be a new record in the tardiness of the monthly blog entry. The same excuses and the same apologies, but here she is our 34 month old Yaya. In less than two mon
  • 33 Months
    I'm just not even going to mention how late this entry is or the reasons why because they're all the same boring reasons recycled month after month. At any rate, the girl
  • 32 Months
    Well, this month I am (yet again) late with the entry. The girl is now 2 years and 8 months old - she's 2 and 2/3 years old! Not long to the big 3! She's quite the charact
  • 31 Months
    It's a miracle! Only a few days after the girl's 31 month birthday, this entry is being written? What's gotten into me? Anyways, this past Tuesday the 22nd, Yaya turned 31
  • 30 Months (She's 2 and a half!)
    So the girl is now two and a half! Years!! How crazy is that? Time really does fly. Especially in 2011 since suddenly I am so very very late with this entry. Yaya's gettin
  • Aww.. It's NOT Made of Mole Skin
      I've always bought sketchbooks they sell around here, but they're difficult to bring about and open for a quick sketch. Also, they don't have a lot of pages to draw. Las
  • 29 Months
    Another month, and how quickly it passed! Granted, I only fairly recently wrote her 28 month blog (cheating and dating it earlier than it was actually written, but whateve
  • Allie's 28 Month Birthday
    I am very delinquent this month (and cheating by dating it a little earlier - it is actually much later in December that I'm writing this entry but I'm fudging the posting
  • Irfan Meets Mia
    Once upon a time, Irfan's Pak Alang got married .  Yesterday, we all visited them at the hospital to see their new baby Mia who was born a couple of days before. When we f
  • Allie's 27 Month Birthday
    And lo, the child speaks!!!!! Seriously, Allie finally started talking! It all happened starting about two weeks ago - but hey, better late than never, right? The smile-gr
  • Allie's 26th Month Birthday - Zoopocalypse Now!
    In case you haven't notice, it's Hisham writing this birthday entry for Alya instead of Sila, because Alya was at the Tenth Floor when she turned 2 years and 2 months, and
  • After Eight Years, Irfan Reaches Eight
    Irfan's eighth birthday occured when Alya, Vin and Sila were visiting at the Tenth Floor. I was happy they were around for the birthday bash, seeing that they don't usuall
  • Allie's 25 Month Birthday
    And since I was so late with the last two 2-year birthday blogs, here we are, on August 29th. Allie is now 25 months and 1 week old! July and August have just flown by! Ra
  • The one with more birthday cakes
    Finally, on August 1, we had what is becoming our annual backyard cookout and Allie birthday bash right here at home. We timed it so like last year , Vin's baseball team p
  • The one with the two-day party (and more cake)
    I know - it's been over a month and I still haven't finished Allie's 2-year birthday blogs. She's already 25 months old and I'm late posting that blog entry too! At any ra
  • Allie's 24 Month (aka Second) Birthday
    It happened! Allie's big day arrived - she turned 2 (years!!) on July 22nd! We were home from Maryland by then. Here she is, the birthday girl!   * Mouse over the pictures
  • The one with the surprise birthday cake
    We had a crazy busy month of July! I know it is way into August now, and I haven't even done any entries on Allie's big day. That's because we have been running around lik
  • Allie's 23 Month Birthday
    And Allie is now another month older. She was 23 months old last Tuesday, and now is not even a month away from her second birthday! How crazy is that? It feels just like
  • Allie's 22 Month Birthday
    So Allie turned 22 months old on the 22nd (yesterday)! Since it fell on a Saturday and I didn't have to work, Vin and I had a fun day planned out for the girl. And I apolo
  • Allie's 21 Month Birthday
    Yet another month has passed. Allie turned 21 months old on Earth Day (April 22nd). She had an action-packed day, and we all enjoyed it. * Mouse over the pictures for capt
  • Allie's 20 Month Birthday
    It happened! On March 22nd (last Monday) Allie became a 20-month-old! We have no idea where the time went and suddenly she's such a lively and independent little thing! Sh
  • Allie's 19 Month Birthday
    Yet another month has gone by! Allie was 19 months old last Monday, February 22nd. It's quite amazing how quickly time flies! * Mouse over the pictures for added captions
  • Allie's 18 Month Birthday
    It's true! Allie is 18 months old now! She is one and a half years old! (Well at the time that this was written she is 18 months and 10 days old).It happened on January 22
  • Allie's 17 Month Birthday
    Last Tuesday, December 22nd, Allie was 17 months old! Unfortunately, the poor little girl was recovering from strep and possibly the flu. You can see how uncharacteristica
  • Allie's 16 Month Birthday
    So last Sunday, Allie was 16 months old! She's one and 1/3 years old. It seems like just yesterday she was just a tiny little thing and now she's running around, starting
  • Ashley's Sister Emma Auspiciously Arrives
    Let's all welcome young Emma-Grace Ting ChangXin who was born on 26th October, at 3.555 kg and 51.5 cm. News has it her big sister Ashley-Joan has already requested to car
  • Allie's 15 Month Birthday
    Dadgummit! Time, wings, and all that. Can you believe Allie is now 15 months old? And this time I didn't wait weeks before doing her 15-month blog entry. Heh.   * Mouse ov
  • Allie's 14 Month Birthday
    I know - I am delinquent. It's been over two weeks since Allie's 14 month birthday and I am only finally putting together this entry. I'm terrible. I blame it on a) going
  • Eid Mubarak & Happy 7th Birthday
    Aidilfitri greetings to everyone from us who are spending the holidays in Pasir Mas this year. This year, our family was garbed in black on Aidilfitri morning. The next da
  • Allie's 13 Month Birthday
    Behold, a mosquito bit the 13-month-old Allie's cheek! Allie was 13 months old last Saturday August 22nd, also the first day of Ramadhan. She's had another month of a full
  • The one with the birthday cake
    Since there has been a demand for cake, here it is!!   * Please mouse over the pictures for captions On Sunday, July 26th, we held a small gathering, a cookout and potluck
  • The one with the birthday crepes
    Two days after Allie's first birthday was Vin's birthday! And since it was his day, he got to pick what he wanted as his birthday treat and he chose crepes. This is my fir
  • Allie's 12 Month (aka First) Birthday
    Can you believe it???? Allie had her very first birthday, and turned a YEAR old last Wednesday, July 22! Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to Al
  • Allie's 11 Month Birthday
    Well, somebody's pleased to be 11 months old!! That's right, the girl was 11 months old last Monday, June 22, 2009. Another fun-filled month has gone by. It seems like I p
  • Allie's 10 Month Birthday
    My goodness, I can't believe that is is already June. Allie was 10 months old on May 22nd, and yes, I know it is now June but here it is, Allie's 10-month birthday post. I
  • Allie's 9 Month Birthday
    I feel like a broken record, but it's true, time has passed so very quickly. Unbeknownst to us (seemingly), 40 weeks have passed. Allie has now been ex utero as long as sh
  • Allie's 8 Month Birthday
    This past month has also gone by in a whirlwind. I can't believe it, but Allie is now 8 months old (last Sunday, March 22)! She's just continuing to grow and develop befor
  • Allie's 7 Month Birthday
    Last Sunday, February 22, Allie was seven months old. I know I can't believe how quickly time is flying by, and that it is already March 1st. How did that happen? It feels
  • Sequence of Events
    I have a few backlogged blog entries to make, and here is the sequence of events detailing why they were delayed: 1. Thursday January 22, 2009 - Allie's 6-month birthday.
  • Lines of Communications
    Commemorating Sila's birthday on the 29th, we have here a series of screencaptures taken from Skype on Atok Irfan & Alya's computer in Sitiawan The proliferation of the in
  • Allie's 6 Month Birthday
    It happened! Last Thursday, January 22, 2009 (also Yong's birthday, happy birthday Yong!), Allie was six months old! She is filling her (and our) waking moments with giggl
  • Intersections in Real Time
    The counter ticks up for Ain every year on January 22nd, which makes this the thirteenth year I've been around her to hear the counter tick. This year also marks first yea
  • Allie's 5 Month Birthday
    Yet another month has passed! On Monday, Allie was five months old. She is growing into her own little person, smiling and reaching out for a favorite toy, and able to spe
  • Allie's 4 Month Birthday
    And just like that, another month has gone by. Alya turned 4 months old yesterday. It seems so unreal that she is now 4 months old, and able to do more and more, and becom
  • Allie's 3 Month Birthday
    Yesterday, Allie passed her first quarter-year mark. She turned three months old! Wheeeee! Of course this means pictures! You know the drill - there will be baby pictures
  • Allie's 2 Month Birthday
    We can't hardly believe it, but time has flown and last Monday, Allie was 2 months old! Here's what she did on her 2 month birthday: * Mouse over pictures for captions She
  • Six Years Old Today
    It's September 21st again and once more it's time for Irfan's birthday. Wearing his Iron Man t-shirt a gift from Ayah Cik, he greeted the arrival of his cousin Aiman (as w
  • Some Allie Firsts
    Allie is 8 weeks old today! See her enjoying the mobile in her cradle this morning! She looks at the animals intently and occasionally tries to squirm onto her belly (whic
  • Allie's 1 Month Birthday
    It has been an exciting time for us: Allie has been a fun and also challenging addition to the family. Everything we do is according to her schedule, so it has been hard t
  • Allie's 1 Week Birthday
    Yesterday, Allie was one week old. We had a short excursion for her (and my) one-week follow up visit at the hospital. And to commemorate her 1-week birthday, I picked out
  • The End of Aiman's First Year
    Irfan's cousin Aiman's celebrated his first birthday last Sunday. So they gladly played together after the birthday meal. Here's Irfan allowing Aiman to maul him on the fl
  • The Arrival of Allie: A Photojournal
    We finally received some photos of the first hour of Alya Jean Renstrom, emailed by Allie's dad, and here they are for your viewing pleasure. The first thing Ain and I sai
  • Welcome Alya Jean Renstrom
    Last night Vin called to tell us that Sila has given birth to a beautiful baby daughter named Alya Jean Renstrom weighing 8.9 lbs at 10.39am Eastern Standard Time at the A
  • A New Baby For Hanim and Awie
    Young Aisyah has a new brother! Abdul Qayyum bin Mohd Zawawi was born to Hanim and Awie at 0715 hours on the 22nd of April. We went a-visiting the newborn and his family a
  • And now it's Yope's turn!
    February 1st, the day that Wilayah Persekutuan gets off, Hisham graced us with his presence thirty-five years ago. (Well, I wasn't there at the time) Happy Birthday, bro!
  • Oh, For the Thirty-Third Time!
    Happy Birthday Missus Renstrom. You've made it this far, now keep swimming another 33 years and more to get your prize at the end. Which according to Sree is a pair of Eas
  • Meanwhile At Irfan's School (or The 500th Post)
    After Aidilfitri, Irfan also had some events at school, before exam week begins. The first being his belated birthday celebration at school, which apparently everyone has.
  • Irfan: Five Years After the Day
    Tonight was Irfan's 5th birthday, as can be noted via the photo of his cake below. See? It's in the shape of the number five. Five. Five candles, ah ah ah. But yeah, Ain n
  • Irfan's First First Cousin
    Today begins a new era in Irfan's life. He is now officially a first cousin to another human, in this case the less-than-a-day-old, yet nameless newborn son of Kak Nor & A
  • A Birthday At Irfan's School
    It was supposed to be sports day today at the kindergarten. Unfortunately the heavy rain had other ideas, so instead the school proceeded with the birthday party of a boy,
  • On the Topic of New Daughters...
    Gary and Amy both went out and gotten for Stephen a new baby sister ! Welcome to the world, Madeline. Don't worry about it; you're in good hands. You have the best parents
  • Best Text Message I Got Today
    Not 2 minutes ago I received the best text message today. Heck, it even might be the best text message for the last couple of weeks. It conveyed a sense of joy. I can't st
  • Birthday Surprise
    As Hisham so kindly posted, my birthday was just last Monday, January 29th. It was a really good day, not to mention I began celebrating on Saturday with a small dinner pa
  • Another Celebration!
    February 1st. A holiday in KL. More importantly, Hisham's birthday!! Happy birthday, Yope! May this year be filled with happiness and blessings. You're the best brother ev
  • It's That Double Celebration Time of the Year Again...
    ... where I wish my sister Sila a very happy birthday and my parents (and Irfan's grandparents) a very happy anniversary, both from Irfan, Ain & me. May this year bring mo
  • Yesterday's Birthday Cake
    Yesterday was Ain's birthday. I thought I could have the money to buy a present for Ain this year. But we spent way over our regular budget this month getting Irfan prepar
  • Exactly Four Years Ago Today...
    ... Irfan Shafiq was born just before 5 p.m. in the maternity ward at Kuala Lumpur Hospital. He caused his mother to be stuck at the hospital for almost 12 hours before fi
  • Cake on the First of May
    May 1st is Irfan's Cik Su F's 19th birthday. Her sisters, including Ain, chipped in for a cake for a little get together. The cake had oranges and strawberries and mangos
  • Hey, It's Still February 1st here!
    Just a quick little entry to wish my yope (a.k.a. Hisham) a happy happpy haaaaapppy birthday! I realize it's already going on 5 AM February 2nd in Malaysia, but it is now
  • Today is the 29th, Which Means...
    ... it's Sila's birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADIK) and it's Mak and Abah's anniversary (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, IRFAN'S OPAH AND ATOK). Yeah, the rumours are true. Sila was their t
  • Happy Birthday Ain
    Happy birthday and many happy returns to my beautiful wife Nurul Ain. Some cards were sent. A blueberry cheese cake was eaten. Irfan sang the Happy Birthday song. Ain also
  • Spectral Visitors And Other Matters
    Irfan's Cik Su F is here until tomorrow, and she's sleeping in the room next to ours. Some time last night, I was told she woke Emma up, trembling with absolute fear. It s
  • Irfan Cuts His Cake and Eats It Too
    "I want to eat the Happy Birthday Cake!" Irfan begged for hours after seeing the number three-shaped vanilla cake with the Tigger-esque toon on it. He wasn't getting it un
  • HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY IRFAN!
    The two new grandmothers, September 2002. Three years ago, Irfan Shafiq was born at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. Within that three years, he's given not just his mother
  • Picture of a Second Birthday
    Last September, Irfan celebrated his second birthday by eviscerating a cake as seen in the attached image. This year perhaps we'll celebrate his third by watching Firefly.

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