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Some old church friends gathered at Rissy’s baby’s one month party and we took a picture with the newest additions to each of our families.  We’re missing Ruth and the older kids, but we plan to get a shot of everyone at the next gathering!

From being Sunday school mates and singing together in our little acapella group, Psalty Harmony, to being wives and mothers! We should definitely sing our favourite song, O Perfect Love, altogether when the kids are older, maybe at their weddings! :)

Dawn & Caitlin, Me & Alyssa, Iris & Nathan, Shareen & Isaiah

Dawn & Caitlin, Me & Alyssa, Iris & Nathan, Shareen & Isaiah

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Homecoming

SCGS held it’s 2014 Homecoming celebrations and I dragged the family down. We almost didn’t make it! I had spent several weeks building up the boys’ excitement to go for this event, telling them about the carnival and all the fun they would have. They were really keen on it, then on the morning of the day itself Jon tried to change their mind by telling them it’s a girls’ school so boys shouldn’t go. What?!! And they were almost convinced! Jon really got it from me. Thankfully, I got the kids excited again. Don’t underestimate the power of The Bouncy Castle.

Strangely though, I felt less nostalgia going back this time around. I suppose it’s partly because we recently went back for Mee Pok Day, also partly because it was just so crowded, and chaotic if I may say so. But it was nice to meet with many people I haven’t seen in a long time! Too bad in the midst of everything, I didn’t get to take many pictures.

Still, the boys enjoyed themselves. And we even stumbled upon Bumblebee! See, who says it’s all girl’s stuff.

Ellery on the merry-go-round

Ellery on the merry-go-round

Getting ready for their train ride

Getting ready for their train ride

Wheeeee

Wheeeee

Performances by current and ex students and teachers

Performances by current and ex students and teachers

Bumblebee!

Bumblebee!

I liked this idea - boards for different batches to sign on

I liked this idea – boards for different batches to sign on

One picture before we left

Grabbing a family picture before we left. It was Alyssa’s first time in SCGS, the school she’s most likely going to be attending in future.

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We attended Jacob’s 3rd birthday at Amazonia.  His 2nd birthday was also held there, and the boys still remember having a great time playing, so they were really looking forward to the party.  On a random note, last year Ellery couldn’t pronounce Amazonia properly, and kept calling it “Ama-no-zia” instead :)

The most wonderful thing about this party was that the boys overcame their fear of the big slide at Amazonia!  They aren’t exactly the bravest when it comes to big slides.  But with Ellery’s newfound fearlessness from Westgate Wonderland, and my psych-ing Asher up with stories of how he went sliding down the big slide in Penang during our holiday last year (leaving out the fact that I went down with them), they both went down and there was no stopping them after that!

Once they realised it wasn’t that scary, they just kept going down over and over.  In fact, I was really pleased with Asher cos he was trying to make himself go down faster by pushing as he went down.  Then he and Ellery raced one another.  Even when it was time to go, the ‘last slide’ became another 10 slides down.

Yay!
Jacob's Amazonia 1

As for the party itself, Jacob chose a whale cake, so the whole theme was fish and sea creatures.  The kids had fun decorating little fish tanks with stickers.  And later on, we were surprised that we were given goldfish to bring home as the party gift!  The boys were very excited and thought hard about what names to give them.  In the end Ellery chose “Dino-llery”, and Asher chose “Raspberry” because his fish had a reddish tail, and the head had the bumpy look of a raspberry.
Jacob's Amazonia 2

Sadly though, the fishes didn’t last very long.  I woke up the next morning to a crying Asher.  He was so sad that Raspberry had died during the night.  He really needed a lot of consoling.  Poor boy.

The next night I saw that Dino-llery was struggling to breathe and decided I needed to get an air pump the next day.  But that was one day too late.  When we woke in the morning we found Dino-llery upside down.

We are really not very good fish-people.  The fishes that come home from the kampung fishing excursions don’t last very long either.  I think the next time, I’ll go straight out and get a pump!

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Anya celebrated her 5th birthday with a princess mini golf session at Lilliputt.  I was very happy to hear her party was being held there because I’ve been wanting to bring the boys there but we just never got around to going.

I had heard from Del how each hole was done up to show a place of interest in Singapore.  There was the zoo, the airport, the Botanic Gardens, a hawker centre, the port, among others.  The boys agreed that their favourite was definitely the military one where they had to putt the ball through a loop-the-loop, and through the barrel of the tank.

As there were quite a lot of children, they had to break up into groups.  The four Quah and Nair cousins automatically formed one group.  They huddled together very quickly, and Del and I commented on how the in-crowd, out-crowd thing starts quite early.  But it was nice that they had each other :)

The cousin group

The cousin group

The staff there made sure to brief the children properly, and told them the rules – if you take more than 8 strokes you are considered to not have passed that hole.  Well…I think the kids failed every single one of them, but who cares!  I stopped filling in the card after the first hole because there really was no point.  The kids had so much fun trying to get the golf balls through the various obstacles.  It was especially challenging for Ellery, and I had to guide him quite a bit.

At the end of the session, we still didn’t manage to try all the holes.  The boys want to go back again, so I guess we’ll have to make a trip there soon.  Definitely on my list of go-to places if the haze comes back.

Anya looked like she had a wonderful time, and she was a very good host to her guests too!  She made sure everyone had cake, and everyone lined up to get their goodie bags.  Princess manners indeed!

Colouring before the party started

Colouring before the party started

Briefing the kids before they ran off

Briefing the kids before they ran off

The military themed hole

The military themed hole

At the bird park

At the bird park

At Suntec City

At Suntec City

PSA

PSA

Pretty princess

Pretty princess

All the Wees!

All the Wees!

My best attempt at capturing a cousin photo

My best attempt at capturing a cousin photo

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Emma’s 5th birthday was held at Pita Pan at Marina Bay Sands.  What an unexpectedly great location for a party, made even better by the fantastic January weather this year.  There was a ton of space for the kids to scoot and ride, and the breeze was very refreshing.  The kids had endless fun riding up and down the wide path outside the Art Science Museum, racing each other and taking turns to be the leader.

The food was great too!  I’ve always enjoyed Mediterranean food, and Pita Pan does a wonderful platter that includes falafel, hummus, and a wide variety of vegetables for stuffing into your pita bread, including beetroot, yum!  The falafel was absolutely divine!  I haven’t had such good falafel since Jon and I were on exchange in the US.  The hummus was a winner too, with the right texture (not to thick nor too smooth), and the right balance of flavour.

I forgot to take a picture of the food.  Here's a pic taken from Pita Pan's website

I forgot to take a picture of the food. Here’s a pic taken from Pita Pan’s website.  Looks good huh?

We’ll definitely be back for more!

The other kids went on to explore the new Gardens by the Bay playground, but Ellery was getting worn out so we headed home for a nap instead.  We’ll have to check that out some other time!

The kids and their rides

The kids and their rides

We were quite a crowd

We were quite a crowd

Emma sampling her cake

Emma sampling her cake

Fellowship of the Cake

Fellowship of the Cake

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Our first birthday party of 2013 was a combined party for the Sng siblings Joanie, who was turning 3, and Joash, who was turning 1.  Joanie is in love with all things Hello Kitty, and Joash is into Elmo, so the party centred on those two themes.

As always, Joanne is crazy and amazing.  She did up a wonderful kids snack table, and decorated the wall with photos of the kids in the past year.

Kitty & Elmo table

Kitty & Elmo table

Joanie's Year in Photos

Joanie’s Year in Photos

Joash's Year in Photos

Joash’s Year in Photos

The boys had a blast chasing after balloons in the strong wind, and burst a good many in the process.  It’s nice to see the kids growing up and being good friends.  Hope it keeps up!

Pretty Jo & Jo

Pretty Jo & Jo

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Love how Joanne joined the cakes with the banner

Love how Joanne joined the cakes with the banner

 

Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo & Jo

Jo, Jo, Jo, Jo & Jo

All the kiddies and their parents

All the kiddies and their parents

Boy Band Wannabes

Boy Band Wannabes

 

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The Party

We held the party at Temasek Club’s De Happy Ark.  We had gone there for my nephew Adam’s first birthday and thought it was a good location for a kids party.  There’s a very decent indoor playground, a party room for food, and a kids pool just outside.  Asher really enjoyed himself then and asked for his party to be held there.  It has the added convenience of being really close to our house.

Got there earlier to set up the banner and the various activity stations.  Had made Asher and Ellery take a nap before the party so that they’d not get cranky halfway.  It was a miracle that Asher napped.  He hadn’t been napping well, if at all, for the previous few weeks, and immediately after his party day he continued his poor napping habits.  It was only on that day alone that he napped on time.  I had been prepping him the whole week but was still skeptical that he would actually do it.

Banner up!

Banner up!

Craft station to make wooden and paper planes

Craft station to make wooden and paper planes

Wooden plan was Del's idea.  Cute huh?

Wooden plan was Del’s idea. Cute huh?

Anya was the only one who tried all the stations I think!

Think Anya was the only one who tried all the stations!

Jane making a plane with Kaizer

Jane making a plane with Kaizer

Dawn & Austin.  Austin does some great colouring!

Dawn & Austin. Austin does some great colouring!

I think the kids had fun running around the playground and playing with the riding toys.  After I put up the pinata, the boys were the ones who naturally gravitated towards it and knew instinctively what to do with it.  I had to stop them and tell them to wait for the actual  game in case my pinata burst before the game began!  I wasn’t sure yet how strong the pinata was.

Joanie going for a ride

Joanie going for a ride

The sign says "Please do not climb" haha

The sign says “Please do not climb” haha :)

Del & Adam

Del & Adam

Daddy corner

Daddy corner

My brother & my cousin Lincoln!

My brother & my cousin Lincoln!

Family shot!  One extra child - Josiah! :)  He was such a good boy to hold Lincoln so well though.  Ellery looks like he's been caught red-handed irritating his cousin (although in his defence, Adam was already crying :) )

Family shot! One extra child – Josiah! :) He was such a good boy to hold Lincoln so well. Ellery looks like he’s been caught red-handed irritating his cousin (although in his defence, Adam was already crying :) )

The string turned out to be the weak link.  I hadn’t tied it securely enough around the pinata before paper marche-ing over it.  Josiah had given such a powerful hit that the pinata came right off the string after the second hit!  We ended up tying it by the tail.  In the end the pinata was quite strong and Jon needed to help give it a good whack before it broke open.  I had only done 2 layers of paper marche and it felt quite thin.  Was surprised it was as strong as it was.  Starch is quite surprising.

Josiah's powerful whack!

Josiah’s powerful whack!

Asher's giving it his best shot

Asher’s giving it his best shot

It was fun to see the kids rush for the goodies.  I was particularly impressed with Kaizer because he went for the choicest pick of the toys.  He has some allergies so he knew he couldn’t eat the wafers and jellies, so he focused on the toys and got a pretty good selection of stuff :)  Most of the other kids went for the snacks.

Cheong ah!

Cheong ah!

Divvying the spoils

Divvying the spoils

Airplane hat anyone?

Airplane hat anyone?

Tearing it up after

Tearing it up after

Ellery was easily content.  He found one jelly and asked to eat it.  He then spent the next 15-20 minutes sucking on it!  He couldn’t get the bottom bit out but kept on trying anyway.  When it comes to food that boy sure is persistent.

Slurrrppp

Slurrrppp

Enjoying their treats

Enjoying their treats

Asher was mightly pleased with the cake.  Thankfully most of the guests said the cake tasted ok.  I was a little worried it wouldn’t taste good!  That’s the risk with making your own cake and trying a new recipe all at the same time!

Added the wafer bits to add some interest to the cake.  Not sure it was a good idea though.

Added the wafer bits to add some interest to the cake. Not sure it was a good idea though.

Happy Birthday to Asher!

Happy Birthday to Asher!

Happy brothers :)

Happy brothers :)

Most of the kids

Most of the kids

Eyeing Joanie's cake

Eyeing Joanie’s cake

After more playing we eventually moved outdoors for some swimming.  The weather was fine and I was glad the kids could have some outdoor time.  Most of them were very happy sliding down a slope at the pool.  But Asher and Jo Claire had their own plans.  It almost seemed as if they were on some romantic date.  They’d swim together, follow each other around.  At one point Asher asked, “shall we go to the deep end together?” Haha!  It was very cute :)

Martinna with Evan, Jonathan, and Titus who liked hanging out with the other two

Martinna with Evan, Jonathan, and Titus who liked hanging out with the other two

Titus would wait for Jonathan before sliding down

Titus would wait for Jonathan before sliding down

At first...

At first…

...then...

…then…

...and

…and then

Splashing good time

Splashing good time

Overall, a good party and Asher was one happy kid!

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