Monthly Archives: February 2011

Our Walk Home

Max and I usually have a couple of hours alone while Ally is in school. I enjoy having the uniterrupted time with him and it helps me get to know him better as well.

Today we decided to walk home from the MRT in the swealting heat ( goodness knows what made me decide that) What usually takes less than 10 minutes took us 25 minutes to complete. Max enjoys stopping to look at the buses and trains. He will stop to pick up a stick or a leaf, or he’ll stop just to point something out to you that caught his eye. It’s really quite cute!

Despite the heat we both enjoyed the walk , I was surprised that he actually had the stamina to walk all the way home.

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My Little Mermaid

We haven’t been to the pool for a long time and Ally has been begging us to take her for several weeks. Technically she’s not meant to swim due to the tubes in her ears. But look at that joy on her little face, how can I keep her away?

Picking up dive sticks

Both kids have stopped their swimming lessons for the time being until we settle their schedules. I used to be totally exhausted on Wednesdays, ferrying them to swim class and doing a back to back class for both kids. Now with school in the mix, it’s just a bit too much.

Max enjoyed himself as well!

He's always contented with a bucket and watering can

Ally loves being thrown into the pool

She had a fantastic time with her daddy

If you thought the swimming tired them out, think again. When we got home she still had the energy to take her scooter downstairs.

 

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Some Snapshots from New Year

The children had a fantastic Chinese New Year, they really enjoyed being with all the extended family. Now that the festivities are dying down, I think the kids and I need a day to recover. Both Ally and Max looked awfully cute in their New Year outfits if I do say so myself!

 Max looked like a little green elf

Trying to get both of them to look at the camera was near impossible

There were more exciting things like the buses going pass on the main road

Ally looks so much more grown up this year

This was the best shot that we could get
What a difference a year makes. Check out Max's hair!

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Of Lions and Heart Attacks

Ally had her Chinese New Year Celebration in school today. The school had organised a lion dance performance for the children and all the parents were invited as well. I was a bit hesitant to bring Max since I didn’t know if he’ll be scared of the noise but then again I figured they make more noise than a lion dance troupe at home so I’m sure he’ll handle it.

They had all the kids seated at the playground to watch the lion dance. For some strange reason, the lion head that they brought along was purple. I’ve never seen a purple lion in my whole life, and I overhead one child telling her friend that the lion was the same color as Barney. Too cute.

The purple lion aka Barney

Turns out I didn’t have to worry about Max, he took an interest in the lion dance for all of 5 minutes which for his age, is like an eternity. The whole time he kept pointing to the lion and saying ” dog! dog!” I tried telling him it was a lion but he just gave me a confused look. I don’t blame him, it looks nothing like a lion.

Max isn't entirely convinced that the creature in front of him is indeed a lion

As expected some children cried when they started beating the drums. Most of the older children were really excited though. To make matters worse, the lion dance troupe decided to bring the lion up close to the kids. They started with the older children who squealed with delight but when they reached Ally’s class, half of the class had disappeared. It was like a magic trick, one minute we had a mat full of 3 year olds and the next minute, half of them were hiding behind the teacher in tears. If an ugly purple looking thing came right up to me and started batting his eyelids, I would have had a heart attack as well.

The calm before the lion encounter. Don't the kids look so cute in their rabbit hats?

After everyone recovered from their scare, we went back to their classroom for a little party.  Each class had a plate to lou hei. We had 16 children, 16 pairs of chopsticks, one plate of lou hei and one big mess after. I have to say it was really cute watching the kids toss the veggies. Some used their hands, some tried stabbing it and one kid even landed up with carrots on his head.

The kids were given red packets with gold chocolate coins inside and now Ally is convinced that all ang paos contain chocolate. I guess if I was 3, I’ll choose chocolate over money as well.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Rabbit!

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Art Work From School

Ally brought home a stack of her art work, the first time since she has stared school. It always amazes me how quickly she is growing up.

Spong prints I assume?

Coloring is definitely not her favourite activity

Chinese New Year Craft

This isn't her artwork but a pair of pyjama pants that I sewed for her. Obviously I estimated her height wrongly

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