Showing posts from July, 2016

Raphael's First Birthday!

Raphael turned one last Sunday, July 24. It's hard to believe that it has been a year since he was born. He came two weeks early and surprised us all. I totally thought I was having a girl and was shocked when Lyndon said "it's a boy!". That day was a crazy one. But he came and he was perfect. My little perfect angel. We had not completely decided on a name for him. We had a few that we had picked out, but when I held him in my arms for the first time I knew that his name was Raphael.

At twelve months Raphael is very curious. He is a really fast crawler and likes to put everything into his mouth. He likes to be involved with what the family is doing. He says "mama", "dada", baba", your typical baby babbling, but it is so sweet. He loves to eat. Every time we feed him he eats like he has never been feed before. He is a great sleeper, as long as he is in his bed. He loves swimming and tires to be very independent in the water. He loves to flirt …

Cosette is Five!

July 22-25 is birthday week at our house. We have Cosette's, Raphael's, and my birthdays within four days of each other. Raphael confirmed it birthday week when he decided to come two weeks before his due date. I don't want to say that we party hard because this is only the first year we have had to celebrate the three birthdays all together, but it certainly is a week where we celebrate. I have worked it out that we don't end up having cake and ice cream so much we are sick by the week's end. 

Cosette's birthday was first, July 22. She turned five years old. And now I am like okay I officially have a kid because she can think, speak, act all for herself and is much more independent than she ever has been. She can read and write! She is a real person, which I have always known and treated her as such, but her preferences are stronger as well as her personality is now. Am I making sense to anyone? I feel like I have to up my Mom game and get with it. With what? …

Singapore Zoo Video

If you have been reading the blog, you know we are zoo people. And the person who made us zoo people is my mother. It was on my Mom's list to visit at least one of the animal parks while she was here, and she ended up visiting two, the zoo and bird park. We spent almost the entire day at the zoo with her. The weather while Mom has been here has been amazing for Singapore. It's cold here for Singapore. Usually when we go to the zoo we are drenched with sweat and dying from heat, but not that day. I made a video of our day there because it was a special day having Grandma there with us. We got to have lots of animal encounter experiences with the orang utan (that's how they spell it here in SG), feed the elephants, petting the pony, and Cosette was picked as the child volunteer for the Safari Splash show! It was an epic zoo day and we were so so tired when we got home. We closed that place down. We saw pretty much every single animal in the zoo, minus the baboons. One thing …

National Orchid Garden

When we were living in NYC, during one of my Mom's visits the NYC Botanical Garden was holding their annual orchid show. My Mom really wanted to go, but ticket prices, times, etc it didn't work out and we didn't go. We made up for that by taking a tour of the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Every third Saturday of the month they do free tours of the Orchid Garden with cost of entry, but that is nothing since the Orchid Garden costs $5 SGD. I love where we live in SG because we are so central. It makes us close to a lot of things, like the Botanic Gardens. Only three MRT stops away! Lyndon took the kids for the day because he is the best and also because he misses them during the week. And we have been gone for so long there was much needed daddy-kid time. My Mom and I got to have the whole day to ourselves to sight see and relax. It was such a treat. I am going to miss her when she goes back home. Lots of rambling going on so I will get back to our…