Totally overdue post. Heck, it's nearly close to Eid Adha and I'm only blogging about Eid Fitri? *grin*
Anyway, with my big brother back, we decided to take a family photo. My sister had this masterpiece of a plan - get everyone together in Ipoh and take a family photo with everyone in it. (The last time we took one, my mum was still around and I was in my first year of Uni - which was about erm 10 years ago??!!) The problem with masterpiece plans are, they usually flop. And that was exactly what happened. My father bailed out on us as he had to celebrate his anniversary with his 5th wife (not kidding you!) and some of the others were not available. So in the end, we decided to just proceed with the handful of us in KL. At the Picture Company, of course!
We got the first slot that morning, and just my luck, it was also my maid's day off. Imagine getting two ooppss make that three boys, ready with their traditional clothes before 10am! Absolute havoc!
Anyway, Ian fell asleep in the car seat so instead of waking him up, Hubby and I decided to capture our lovey dovey photos first. Then while we coax Ian awake, my other siblings posed for their own photos as well. Finally, group photo! Oh, it was a nightmare getting Aiden and Ian to cooperate. If Aiden was smiling, Ian wasn't and vice versa. It was a good thing we had a really good photographer that morning.
After a good two hours of posing, we finally went for breakfast while the photographer edited the photos. Everyone was getting slightly cranky, so we decided to forgo the diet and everyone had a big breakfast at Pappa Rich.
|We came straight to Gardens in our traditional clothes. My sister and brother were smart enough to bring a change of clothes.|
|Monopod to the rescue. The patrons on the other table actually asked what we were using. They had never seen a monopod before! Hehe|
|This boy insisted on pressing the shutter - as usual.|
|The three boys!|
|My sister and I.|
|My Abang really wants to have one of his own. So we plopped Ian on his lap and made him babysit. My brother lasted a good long.... one minute!!!|
After a very long and satisfying lunch, we returned to the Picture Company (now called Fam Glam studios, mind you) to view our pictures. We were very satisfied with the photos! Despite all the drama we had earlier, we managed to get some pretty decent shots!
|The formal family shot.|
|This is a real cute one.Candid habis; with Aiden kissing me and Ian showing off his bald spot. Priceless!|
|Everyone all smiling. Ian looking so cheeky here.|
|In this one, we were asked by the photographer to look at Ian. Truth be told, I couldn't even see Ian from my angle. Posing jer lebih!|
|The photographer wanted us to pose with raya packets. Ian promptly placed one in his mouth!|
Next up, our family photos. Good thing we took these photos, I desperately need to include Ian's picture in the house. Aiden has been dominating the living hall since he was born. Sorry, Ian!
|Love my shoes? 70% off at Aldo (eh tiba tiba)!|
|New Facebook cover photo coming up!|
|It started with the three of us...|
|And now we're four. Definitely new Facebook profile picture here!|
|Aiden happily cooperated in front of the camera.|
|This was the best shot we had of the two boys.|
|And also the three boys.|
At the end of the photo viewing, we received a call saying that my in-laws were on the way to our house with a few other extended families. They wanted to datang beraya!
I panicked! Like crazy panicked. While Hubby got the car from the valet, my mind was already whirring, "What to cook? What time is the maid going to get home? Is the house clean? What do I do first?" were among the thoughts rushing through my mind. In the end, based on what was available at home, I decided to do mee bandung.
As soon as I arrived home, I put a pot of water with eggs on boil. Then I defrosted the seafood and put Hubby in charge of slicing the vegetables i.e. condiments. Ran around like a headless chicken setting the table and plating whatever food we already had in the fridge like rendang, dendeng and even my favourite akok. Barely ten minutes after we arrived home - the guests arrived. 4 cars of them, to be exact! Enlisted my sister-in law's help to make them drinks (to buy time), then got to work with cleaning the seafood and with Hubby's assistance, started with the mee bandung. Thank god for instant mee bandung paste!
|See how many mouths we had to feed that afternoon?|
|"Everyone say, mee bandung!!!"|
|Last pose outside, and guess what, my maid arrived right after we took this photo! Great timing, so we graciously left the clean up to her. *grin*|