Friday, 23 December 2016

ZooRassic Park

The Zoo and River Safari had a dinosaur exhibit going on the last couple of weeks. We made a couple of trips up to the Zoo to see the dinosaurs. Like everything the Zoo does, the exhibit was fantastic. There were some stationary dinosaurs, but most were animatronic. And we could touch them! We might not have been supposed to touch them, but they were so close to us on the path we did. Everyone was, so that makes it okay right?

The kids had a lot of fun, and we met up with friends at the zoo. It is always a trek to get there, but so worth it. It makes us all so happy. I love the zoo.

This kid loves to growl. It was pretty adorable at how excited he was to see everything.

Not our wagon.

Brothers playing together.

Henry for once you can touch the things and its not a problem.

A couple days later we went to the River Safari to see the rest of the dinos. They only had a couple there, but the River Safari is my favorite. We saw a wild monkey hanging out on the top of the walk way. The Anaconda was swimming around in it's water. We had never seen that before. We made it out alive of the Squirrel Monkeys alive. Saw the largest salamander in the world getting fed. It was a good River Safari day. Henry only ran out of the gift shop with toys twice. And biggest thing of all, I did not take a stroller! I am graduating from the giant diaper bag to a smaller one, and from my big stroller to my smaller stroller. It was nice not having to lug as many things around as I have in the past.

And checking out real life dinosaurs, reptiles.

We can now say we survived ZooRassic Park. Thank you SG Wild Life Parks for rocking our world once again.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Girls Day to the Nutcracker

Cosette and I had a girls day last weekend to see The Nutcracker! I was so excited to take her. I love this ballet. And I have been waiting for this moment or a moment like this where I can take my girl and introduce her to something I love so much. She is at an age where she is able to sit through movies, ballets, etc enjoy them ( I made her sit through a choir concert earlier that week that she only somewhat enjoyed). She enjoyed The Nutcracker. She asked lots of questions during the show, mainly when were we going to get ice cream. She said that the Spanish Dancers and the Sugar Plum Fairy were her favorites. It was nice to hear that she was paying attention, Most of the time when I ask her what her favorite of whatever we were doing is and she will always say "the end". It was refreshing to hear something other than "the end". She was engaged the whole time. I had told her the basic story line, so she would understand what was going on. She loved the costumes, which is hard not to love. The Singapore Dance Theatre did a good job and has started/continued a tradition that we do not always get to every year, but one that we are now going to forever keep. I love The Nutcracker

Lyndon to me to see it performed by Ballet West for our second date. When he asked me to go see it I was so excited for two reasons: I was going with Lyndon and I love The Nutcracker. And now I got to take our little girl to see it. 

The theatre was full of families, and lots of moms with their daughters. And I ran into several people that we know from Church, Lyndon's work, and school. Made me happy because that means we are really settled here. It's nice to recognize people/run into people that you know. Being in a foreign country that is not something that happens a lot, so it felt good to see several friends.

She is my rough and tumble girly girl. 

So much illegal picture taking, but I could not resist. 

My favorite part of the show is the dance between the Snow Queen and King. The music just takes my breathe away. It's so beautiful. And this is part is not something that I would naturally like, so it was surprising to me after I had seen it a few times and absolutely loved this part the most. The music! Ah! Tschakovsky is an incredible composer. I love his music. 
The Singapore Dance Theatre put their own spin on the show. It was different from the other productions of The Nutcracker I have seen. I have to say I prefer the traditional one, but it was cool to see them make it their own. The shops in the very beginning had the shop names written in Chinese. Not going to see that in any other Nutcracker production.  
I should have asked someone to take a photo of the two of us, but I will not make that mistake again. I loved taking her to see the show. I hope that she will grow up with fond memories of going together. I try so hard to be a good mom to my kids. I just want them to have all sorts of different experiences with culture. This ballet is something really important to me, so basically I hope it will be something that she can appreciate.

Cross walk at the theatre.

Picture of my girl outside the Esplanade Theatre where we saw the show.
Looking forward to our next girls day. 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

School Time: Last Day of School

The kids finished school back in mid-November. It was kind of an emotional day for me. Their school has been so fabulous and their teachers so great. I got a little emotional when I went to pick them up and tell their teachers thank you for all that they have done for my kids. All three of us are really excited that they will have the same teachers and classmates this coming year.

Each student has a binder with all the projects and teacher evaluations in it. It is basically a scrapbook of their school year. Both kids had one and these binders make me so happy! Seeing their progress that they have made, their cute art projects, pictures, handwriting. I am so in love with these binders. The second best part is that I did not have to make it. Love that! If we ever have a fire those binders will be something I run in after for. They are so special to me. And I know one day the kids will be happy they have them.

School here is a little bit different. The school year begins in January and goes till mid-November. And then they are on the British educational system in terms of what they call their grades. Dumb American here, and I am not really sure what grade they would be if they were in the States. All I know is that they have flourished and done exceptionally well this year. I'm so happy and proud of them.

It was a real back and forth for me about putting them in school initially. Now after completely the year I just laugh at myself for essentially freaking out about whether to put them in school or not because if was the best thing I could have done for them.

School break has been a blast! I love not having a schedule for places we have to be at a certain time. We can just relax have a laid out tentative plan for our day and do what we can. It's been really fun. We kicked off their school vacation off right with a trip down to the Art Science Museum. Photos and a video of the outing.

This room is just beautiful. Wish I could live there. 

Best big sister. She took Raphael on the slide over and over and over again. He was in heaven. All thanks to his big Sis.

I thought that I would not like school breaks, but after our spring break I love having the kids around on school breaks. It is hard sometimes, but like I said we have no schedule that we have to adhere to. We set our own schedule, and it's a pretty good one. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Family Pictures 2016

We got our 2016 family photos done this past week. We had them taken at Hort Park by the Kent Ridge Trail. Lovely little park with lots to do and see. I laughed when we got there because this park was the location of a not so great date Lyndon and I had, but now will be forever a place that I love because these pictures turned out so great. These people are mine, and my whole world. My entire life right now is devoted to raising these strong, independent, curious spirits. They have taught me so much. My life would be so empty without them. 

Henry's face in this one was too good not to share.

She is going to do amazing things. 

My best gal pal right here.

This is how most pictures when down. Lots of tears, frowns, and looking at everything but the camera. 

Lyndon finally realized how high he throws the kids, and why I used to freak out inside, and why Henry does not like being thrown up in the air.  

Normal expression.

Jazz hands!

Tossing to key trick kind of works.

This is how it was trying to get a picture of the three kids. Plop them down, and run before they move. 

My boys.

Henry in this photo! I love his little expression. 

And they are done. I am done! We all are done!
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