|a pretty a day is here and away|

Documenting life's beauty, as seen through the eyes of a lady blessed with everything a girl could dream of, and more: five gorgeous kids, patient and providing husband, an adorable dog, a very cheeky frog, and still time enough to get crafty and creative in the kitchen or with my trusty needles, thread and yarn!
The joys of being Queen of the household! Rejoice, and the world joins in!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My birthday video!

A great gift put together by my creative daughter, melissa...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Alfred's Birthday Video!

Today, I came across a big box of birthday memories... Mostly videos made by the darling Melissa, actually. Some drawings from Nicholas, and nice little crafts from Ben!

Then Nick came along, and asked me, "Why don't you put them on Youtube?"


My hands are just itching to get crafty wit Milly's new buys... YARNS, NEELES, EVERYTHING A GIRL COULD EVER NEED/WANT/DESIREEEEEEEEEEEEEE so... just a lil filler!

Monday, June 21, 2010

To Alfred, Forever Young!


May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

The gang headed out to hunt for the perfect pressies... and I knew just were to find the very thing that would trigger a happy nostalgic trip! Aramis cologne for Pops, along with other goodies (good food, mainly, and new clothes!)

Fun fun fun with my lil 'uns!

We also caught Toy Story 3... hmm... curious that an ANIMATED movie about TOYS - TOYS!!! - could bring a tear - okay, tears - to my eyes!!! !!!

Good movie!

Father's Day this year sure was cool ;)

Now to plan Kimmy's sweet sixteenth... Good ideas comin' through, and we're only halfway through our plans!


OH, AND KIM'S ROCK STAR BABY BIRKINS ARRIVED TODAY! Door bell never sounded sweeter!

More photos next time!

Putting the final stitch on a crafty lil something for a great green frog!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Daddy Daddy, quite contrary...

A Fathers' Day Poem by Nick:

Daddy Daddy quite contrary,
how do your children grow?
Such table manners,
No slurping or moulding of dough!

Daddy Daddy quite contrary,
you're the best of all.
Making time for all of us,
And making sure that we all have a ball!

With only good wishes for the hero in our lives...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Benji's shopping escapades!

Benji got his regular nightly grocery fix at the 24-hour mega-supermarket at Jurong Point last night!

This boy really knows where to get the good stuff. Within minutes of zippin' around the aisles, he had his cart full of all the stuff on his shopping list. WAY TO GO, BIG BEN!

Just a little note to let you know how amazing you are!

Lovingly yours,
Momma Yol

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

They Paved Paradise...

Nick's been a'singing again! Such a riot every time he gets a new recording done!!! Love his voice! We've grown so fond of this lil dude that we decided we HAD to capture his voice (on tape... or ... in these Digital Times... on GarageBand) before Age gets him first!!!

Employed the ever-helpful Nick, Kim and Mel to help in putting this up on YouTube and all the techy stuff...


In Love with my lil boy!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Call

My latest earworm, folks! 'The Call' by Regina Spektor! The result of a great afternoon watching The Chronicles of Narnia with my boy Nickynick!!!

Ah, the joys of the holidays! Best time of the year, we look forward to this mid-year break every year!!!

And year after year, we spend a few days lazing about in front of the telly!!! So many good channels with so many shows to catch up on and so LITTLE TIMEEEE!


Friday, June 11, 2010


melissa is wonderful, friendly and funny and adorable and charming. When we're together, we laugh and then laugh some more and even more when her frog's around.

this post is by my special son, Ben Lam, who turns 23 this year and enjoys the simple things in life. Ben simply adores Melissa and is always in awe of his amazing sister.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Once, there was a girl. She was twenty and traveling the world!

Hey, world, that girl was me!

Then, there was a mom. She had four kids and took them to see places.

Heads up, folks! That mom was me!

Now, if you come round to Westwood Ave, you'd find a mom with FIVE kids, one doggy, and she has plannnnsss to take them places!

We were just dreaming up Dream Travel Destinations - Mimi now wants to go to Warsaw, Poland, Nick wants to go to Legoland and Tin Tin Museum (Germany???), Milly just wants to be EVERYWHERE, Kim just wants to go where everyone else wants to go, BJ just wants to be by my side, Alfie's got his eyes set on Denmark, I'm just happy dreaming up dreams!

And Milly's halfway through her TV project for school and she found this song:

Ben's kinda into it so I'm just puttin' it up here so he can sing along and all!

Brings back good memories of my own travels LONG AGO!!! (Now where are those old albums...)

By the looks of it, Mils and her Amazing Linkin'-Cities Skills will be put to the test once again very very soon! (A wedding is brewin' in Oz, and Mims has Music Pursuits in London... I'M KEEPIN' MY FINGERS CROSSED THAT THEY ALL GET TO GO!)

Ah, the days of Skype calls and BE CAREFULs and DON'T-GET-LOSTs!

We had a 'bowl' of a time (can't get enough of that pun) at the Chevron tonight! Nick's on his way to bowling stardom! Hahahhahahahhahahahha... The rest of us... well let's just say we had a great dinner! Good times always!

Smiles smiles smiles at night

Friday, June 4, 2010

Feels like today!

Phew, after yesterday's amazing morning thrill of seeing myself and reading my words in the daily newspaper, wow. I may have been even more thrilled than I normally am by Nick's writings appearing!

Well just a nice easy Friday today, laidback and carefree! Just the way my Benjiboy and I like it, watching videos on YouTube and living it up!

And we're awaiting treats from Mils and Kim, who are off to see the wizards! The wonderful wizards of Oz! :)

What can I say - God blessed the road that's taken us this far! So off on the yellow brick road of Life, all of you! :)

Kids, if you guys are checking this out on your phones (as I trust you regularly do!!!!) here's a big virtual hug! Love to all, wherever you are! (Claim real hugs when you guys get back!)

Hurry home, homies!

Speaking of roads... my dreams (for Singapore)... etc.... HAHAHA... Here's my wish for YOU KIDDIES.

My wish for you, lovelies, is that this life becomes all that you want it to...
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
This is my wish!

I hope you never look back but you never forget
All the ones who love you and the place you left
I hope you always forgive and you never regret
And you help somebody every chance you get

Oh, you'd find God's grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take
But more than anything,

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
This is my wish

All smiles,
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