Monday, 29 May 2017

School Time: Henry's Birthday Celebration

We celebrated Henry's birthday with his class last week. We are leaving at the end of June, and will not be here for his birthday. I have mentioned before that the school makes a big deal out of birthdays, well they allow the parents to make a big deal out of birthday. I wanted Henry to have the chance to celebrate with his classmates. They have become good little friends. I am going to miss them terribly. I am sure Henry will too, but I am really going to miss those little cuties. 

His teacher was understanding and allowed us to celebrate his birthday. Henry was so excited, telling everyone that it was his birthday all the days leading up to his party. I made a Lego BB-8 cake. He's been asking for it for a year plus now. He loved it so much, he didn't take a bite of it when it was time. 

Parents and siblings are invited to join the class during birthday celebrations. Lyndon was able to join us, as well as Rapah. Having his daddy there made Henry extra excited. Lyndon threw him up the air and did all sorts of crazy tricks. The teachers were like okay, we know where he gets his energy now, haha. 

For the special birthday activity we brought four of Henry's favorite books: Mix it up by Herve Tulle, Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, and The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson. All four books are great stories, and really fun to read with the kids. I am a children's book lover. Lyndon and I took turns reading. The kids enjoyed all the books, especially Mix It Up. Hard not to like that one. 

BB-8 Lego Cake!

Playing with daddy the way only dads can play. 

I know Henry was happy his daddy was there, and so was I. So grateful he took time to spend with Henry. Henry is a daddy's boy and is attached to his hip whenever possible. It was really special to have him there. 

This was supposed to be a picture of Henry and Ms. Clara, but the girls wanted to join in too. I couldn't say no. Really grateful for Henry. Glad we were able to celebrate his birthday Singapore style at school. We are really going to miss this place. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

School Time: Sports Carnival

 In addition to Sports Day, the area PCF Schools put on a Sports Day Carnival! There were carnival games, drawing contest, and relay races! 

It was your typical super hot Singapore day. Henry was sick, so just Cosette and I went. We played every game they had, participated in the drawing contest, and geared up for the relay race. 

There were four schools that participated. Each grade had a relay race competing aginst the other schools. The winning team won trophies. The relays were very similar to sports day, but slightly more complicated. Cosette's team was the green team. I cheered them on the whole race, which took forever. Seriously like twenty minutes plus. Their team won! It was so exciting!

Then the parent child relay races started. Cosette and I were the first leg on our team. We had two newspapers that we had to use to get across the basketball court, throw a soccer ball to hit a 2 liter soda bottle filled with water over, return the ball to it's place, then proceed back to the start using our newspapers. It was a bit of a challenge. Our team did not win, but we had fun. 

The drawing competition topic was: My Happy Home. This is Cosette's illustration of our "happy home". 

When you are the tallest in your class, you can pick up all your friends. 

Events like this are helping this girl learn good sportsmanship. She did not win the game that allowed to get the sky dancer prize. A little girl who had an extra one gave it to Cosette when she saw that she was distraught over losing. Such a sweet thing for that little girl to do, and a lesson of gratitude for Cosette. Hoping she learns to pay kind acts like that forward. 

Green Team K2 champions! I'm not proud or anything, haha. 

She is so proud of her trophy. 

Cosette and Ms. Sui Hoy, best K2 teacher! We love and appreciate her so much. 
Thank you to the schools for putting on such a fun event. We went home with lots of prizes, and priceless memories. 

Post about Sports Day here and here

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

School Time: Sports Day

School has been keeping us really busy, if you can't tell from reading this little blog. 

A couple of weeks ago we had Sports Day! The whole school participated in relay races against their age group. The classes would divide in to two teams and race against each other. The winner of the race would advance and compete against the others class's winning team.  

The teachers put a lot of emphasis that this event was for the children to learn good sportsmanship, not worry about winning, but focusing on having fun. Each relay was designed to work on the athletic skills that the class's age group should be able to do. They had them do some pretty complicated stuff. I know because I even had to do it. 

I participated in the parent's relay race. We lost horribly, haha. Walking on those stilt things is tricky business. Learned that the hard way. Cosette and Henry were excited to watch me race, actually I do not even know if they were watching. I do know that when they were asking for volunteers Cosette was looking at me and pointing for me to volunteer. The things we do for our kids. I at least hope that she remembers that we did sports day together. 

Both kid's relays advanced to the finals, and both did not win. I like said earlier, it was all about having fun. And they did! And still got suckers. Chupa chups for the win!

He kept jumping up and down, up and down. He was the first and last leg of their first relay race. 

Still jumping.

Cosette's teacher demonstrating the directions for the relay. 

The cutest little smile.
Here I go! The problem was that I needed to take my shoes off before the race. Live and learn. Rematch anyone?

This kids, haha. Love him!

Henry's teacher demonstrating how to do the race. 

Sports day success! I love this picture of Henry. His smile captures the spirit of the day. And he was so happy to get his London Roll. Grateful for everything they are learning. It will serve them well through out their life. 

Last year's sports day post here

Saturday, 20 May 2017

School Time: Mother's Day Tea

Cosette's class had a Mother's Day tea at the school the Friday before Mother's Day. All the mommys were invited for coffe, tea, and plain water. I love that there was an option for plain water, because it was not just water it was plain water. I think there is big difference there. When Cosette asked me what I wanted to drink I told her plain water. She said "I knew you would choose that". It made me laugh because she knows me well.

The purpose other than celebrating the mommys, was for the children to have an opportunity to serve those who serve them everyday. The school does such a good job at teaching the children different attributes. 

Cosette was excited for the tea. She kept reminding me to be there at 8:30 am the days leading up to it. It's like I am always late or something, haha. Mom time is a real thing. But I did make it on time, dressed, make up, hair done. 

The children came out with drinks and biscuits for us to enjoy. They also sang a couple of songs, one in Chinese and one in English.  
Passing out tea cake, aka London rolls. I love her pigtails. 

Blurry pic of us moms. US, Vietnam, India, and Malaysia all relocated to Singapore in this pic here. 

My special book mark. 

Had to make a little video of their performance. 

 K2 Gymnast and all their moms. This is kind of our second family. Us moms have a group text we chat on pretty frequently. I feel like we do a decent job of looking out for each other. We come from all different backgrounds, like so many different backgrounds, but we have our children in common. It is beautiful.

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