Friday, 20 November 2015
|We take our swim suits everywhere. There is a pool at every apartment complex, home, or splash pad. We have started not leaving home with out them.|
|Cosette and Henry have been working on their photography skills. And don't let this innocent face fool you. He has pulled out the ice cube trays, spilled some yoghurt, and torn up an entire roll of paper towels all within sixty seconds.|
The food is your typical Asian food. I'm so happy to have the Asian French style bakeries every where. Asia has the best bread! And our favorite place in the Philippines is everywhere in Singapore! We have been eating rice or noodles with every meal. We have had a lot of exposure to Asian food, so it is not a huge shock. We are still getting used to some new tastes. I am telling the kids a lot we have to get used to eating different food. And we are learning to love all the different new flavors. We are lucky that the kids do like Asian food a lot. Rice and noodles are some of their favorites.
We are really lucky to have a sister missionary who served in our ward in NYC who is from Singapore show us around. She has taken us to several food places. One of the places she took us to had restaurant with the meat hanging up and Cosette said that we needed to tell them it was not okay to kill animals. She has shared some traditional kid snacks with us, introduced us to some traditional Chinese desserts, and to Awfully Chocolate. Which for that we are eternally grateful. The ice cream is to die for. Her parents had us over for dinner one night and prepared traditional foods. It was delicious.
We have met the nicest people here. The Singaporeans are such kind people. At least people have shown me a lot of kindness. A woman was so nice to me on the MRT when Henry and Raphael were both freaking out. Instead of people rolling their eyes at me they help. One woman saw me waiting for some friends with the kids and started talking to me about how wonderful it is that I can stay home with my children and I will see the results later in my life. The kids were being kind of rowdy while she was talking with me. After our brief conversation she came back with a snack for the children. It was the sweetest, kindest thing a stranger has ever done for me. I am so grateful for her kindness. It was so sweet, words cannot justly express my gratitude for her. Another story for how nice people are is that I was checking out at the grocery store. It had been kind of stressful grocery trip. Henry, Henry, Henry. Love that boy, but wow! I understand the terrible twos. He is not terrible, he is just into everything. Nothing, I mean nothing is safe. So grocery shopping with him a little crazy. He opened the eggs and got a couple out, he opened the milk, the oranges. So once we got to the check out line I was ready to book it home. And then as I am bending down to pick something up my diaper bag hits a row of gum and knocks the whole shelf off. The lady behind me in line started helping me unload my groceries and one of the employees told me not to worry about it and she picked it all up. Maybe these people think I'm crazy, but at least they are helpful. I do not know what it is, but I am so grateful for the kind actions instead of the negative comments. I have had a lot of people come up to me and tell me how capable I must be to handle three children. It makes me laugh because I am thinking I'm glad you think I am handling it. Its a whole mess of crazy of at home, but thank you. I guess a lot of people have helpers here or family close by that help out. And they only have one or two children.
The people from church have been amazing. We have all felt so welcomed. I had friends who put me in touch with friends over here and we had some contact with people and got the low down on what to bring and what Singapore was like before we got here. So grateful for all of that information. We were able to find out about a ward Halloween party and attended. I am so grateful for the church. I would be struggling with out it. The ladies have been so wonderful. I really feel that if I need anything I can reach out to them and get help. Like I was sick and Lyndon has been super busy (he did not get home till 5am one night). I needed help with the kids and I knew I could not do it by myself feeling this way. I reached out to several people and some kind sister in my ward took the older two for the whole afternoon and brought us dinner. I am so grateful. I am excited to get to know them all better.
The hotel we are staying at right now has a lot of families in our situation. I have met several ladies with kids similar ages and gotten to know them. One friend is even from the South. I have a testimony that our Heavenly Father knows our circumstances and puts us where we need to be. We had only been here a couple of days and I saw a girl wearing a BYU shirt and found out there are three other LDS families staying in our hotel and have kids the same age. Things like this are not coincidence.
I am really grateful we are here. I am grateful for Lyndon being the hard worker he is. I am grateful that the children have been doing so well. I am grateful for the sunshine and the heat. I am grateful we can go swimming everyday. I am grateful for the public transportation and elevators here. I am grateful for the people. I cannot complain about anything and I have nothing to complain about. Life here is wonderful. I am so happy.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
|A friend told us about a free Cirque du Soleil show down in Marina Bay this week. We were able to get tickets (thank you Natalie) and got to see Totem, Cirque du Soleil's two brand new act. The show was pretty amazing. It is incredible how they can bend their bodies. Cirque du Soleil really demonstrates how amazing the human body is.The kids were enthralled by the performance the whole time. Cosette has not come out and said she wants to be and acrobat, but was clearly inspired by the show. She was climbing and doing all sorts of tricks on the way out of the venue. Henry was cute during the show and said “look Mommy! Look!”. I love my littles. I have never been interested in going to one of those shows before, but since the kids loved it so much I think we will have to check it out. Since they enjoyed the show so much and were entertained the whole time it gives me hope that we can do more things like this in the future.|
|There were two acts that they performed. One was a aquatic theme and the second was man's journey to discovering himself.|
|She was having the time of her life. I'm going to have to start calling her my little acrobat.|
|I am so happy Henry enjoyed the show. It would have been difficult if he had not been interested to juggle him and Raphael. It was kind of hard not to be enthralled by it. The costumes, the tricks. It was a time to remember.|
|This photo to document that Raphael and I were there.|
|Being explorers here.|
|They would point to the lights in the ground and say "don't step on the boobie traps". Henry is making sure Cosette knows about this one. I heart them!|
|Lyndon's building. We met him for lunch there afterward. They have a awesome food court at work with food from every part of Asia, and hot dogs. Chicken hot dogs actually. The kids were thrilled.|
|Singapore is getting all decked out for Christmas. I love it. On the Tang Plaza there is even a New Testament verse. I love seeing the religious side of this holiday being broadcast.|
|They were kind of unsure about Mickey. They warmed up enough to get some pictures.|
Here is a clip I got of Cosette answering the question. I was to slow to miss her telling her name and age. She said it loud with gusto.
This day was a great one. I did a good job of wearing us all out, but it was so great. I just don't want to miss anything or the kids to miss out on any experiences here. I am grateful that I get this time with them to explore this new beautiful place we live in. We are still in the honeymoon phase here. Everything is new and exciting. We are all loving it. Cosette does say that it is too hot, but we get to go swimming every day. She is mighty okay with that.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
|Happy Birthday to my love. Lyndon turned thirty this year. It was a big birthday and we celebrated kind of big.|
|Spot light on our new friends the Darren and Sarah who are from Tennessee! Glad we will have some friends to watch the Vols play football or basketball with while we are here. They also know my brother in law. Such a small world.|
Monday, 16 November 2015
|It was a successful couple of days spent there. All of our fall fantasies were fulfilled.|