A Day Off

Today I took a day off to go to the bank. With the kids, of course, and my hubby. When I was done with the bank, it’s kid’s fun time!

We went to the nearest waterpark. Nothing would be better than to see your kids’ smiles and laughs, that’s my thought.

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And while the kids play with their dad, I knit!

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Love Letter

Children see magic because they look for it.
Christopher Moore

My 7 y.o son gave me a love letter for me and my hubby last night. He secretly made it by himself, with his own idea. He used his origami papers and cut them into a heart shape.

On the inside he wrote simple words:
“Thank you Mom and Dad
❤ Zidane”

Even the heart-shaped card and the words were so simple, I feel that I’m a very lucky mother.

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Birthday Card Pronto!

July 7 was my hubby’s birthday, and when the D-day arrived I didn’t arrange anything! It’s not that I worship birthdays, but I think it feels good to see your beloved one happy.

Luckily, my hubby went for a job that day for about 4 hours in the afternoon. That was the right time to take an emergency action, haha! So I grabbed the car keys and my kids and we went to our favorite bakery shop to buy a cake. It took about 1 hour until we got home again.

Actually I had no idea what else should I give to my hubby, since I didn’t buy any gift. Then, an idea just popped out! I should make him a knitted cake on a birthday card! I only got 20 minutes before he came home. I walked (or ran) to my ‘office’ room and grabbed 4 cakes of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream solids from my stash.

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I came with no preparation at all, including the pattern. I had the picture on my mind but I didn’t have enough time to look for the pattern. So I just started it.

Here’s what I used for the birthday card:

  1. 4 balls of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. The colors I used was hot green, robin’s egg blue, white, hot orange. They can be replaced with any worsted weight yarns, I prefer pure cotton or 100% acrylic.
  2. A pair of DPN size 4.0mm.
  3. White paper. Just an ordinary paper. I used size A4.
  4. 3 colors of crayon to draw a candlelight. And any other colors you like to write your message inside the card.

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First, I folded the paper twice, lengthwise. Put the paper on landscape position, then fold in half. Repeat it once. Put some glue on the open sides, just on the corners.

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Next, off to the knitted cake. This project was the fastest I had! Well of course because garter stitch was the only stitch pattern I used. Cast-on, garter stitch along the way, then cast-off for the decreases, then cast-off for the entire stitches left.

When the knitted cake was ready, I dropped some glue on each of the corner. After the glue dried, I carefully drew the candlelight on the top of the knitted cake.

ImageThe knitted cake was made around 10 minutes. Let’s write the love letter inside! “Children, it’s your turn!”

ImageMy son wrote a simple “happy birthday”. I thought it’s enough as his ‘fonts’ are big.

That was my 15 minutes birthday card! Pretty enough for the recipient as he smiled his biggest smile when we gave him the card!

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Precious Past

It was Sunday, September 18th 2011 when I finally met my cousin from Holland. It was the first time, ever. She couldn’t speak Bahasa Indonesia, she didn’t know who I am, we’re totally strange to each other. But we’re from the same blood. I wouldn’t tell you the whole stories of my grandparents. But I will tell you with these nice pictures taken by my talented uncle (and he is a real photographer!).

My dad and my cousin’s mother are brother and sister. They didn’t live together as other family most did. There was mystery behind all of these stories that our grandparents hide. It’s like rearrange the small puzzle pieces into one big picture. I have lots of my grandparents’ pictures at my house.

Below: my dad on the left and my Opa Don on the right (1970). These two beloved men had passed away.

Below: my grandparents. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?

And below are my Opa Don’s grave pictures.. I always remember his whistles, his warm hugs and even his voice. I was 7 years old when he passed away. But I’m much luckier than my cousin, she never met Opa Don even once. But she said that his spirit is very strong and she can feel it.

At that day, I really miss my grandpa. His grave is in Kalibata, a special graveyard belongs to soldiers.