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For the last couple of years we’ve been celebrating National Day at the Marina Barrage with the Sngs (and I just realised I never got around to putting up posts on those occasions!!). This is our 3rd year there and the boys were excited to see the airplanes zooming by.

I felt that this year’s lead up to National Day was extremely muted. There was barely any buzz without a theme song (however bad last’s year’s song was, at least there was buzz), and just an overall lack of excitement about our nation’s 49th birthday. I do think they could have toned down on the 50th year thing. Maybe wait until after the 49th birthday. The 49th is just the prelude to the 50th, it seems.

The boys were VERY disappointed with this year’s fly-by. That was the main event for them, the thing they loved most from last year. And it was such a let down. The planes came in a V formation, and left…and never came back. Asher kept asking, “Where are the planes? When are they coming back?” For the last few years the planes did more than one fly-by and the boys have come to expect that.

With the best part gone, the boys barely watched the rest of the parade, preferring instead to play with Josiah and Joanie.

To be fair, I thought there was one segment that was quite meaningful. About how even though some people were in very tough circumstances, they did not let it get the better of them.

It was also quite amusing to see the Red Lions take their jump. Amusing? Yes, because one of the jumpers got stuck in the air for a while! I don’t think it was shown on TV, but the last guy to land was stuck in the clouds and unable to come down for a good long while. At times he got lost in the clouds. Thankfully he made it down, but everyone at the barrage was pointing and speculating that perhaps he had opened his parachute too early.

Anyway, hopefully next year, being the big 5-0, the planes will take part in a bigger way.

Alyssa's first NDP

Alyssa’s first NDP. She has nothing in red, so pink was the next closest thing.

Ellery wanting to be in gree

Ellery wanting to be in green

Family shot!

Family shot!

National picnic for the 3rd year running

National Day picnic for the 3rd year running

Climbing on Jon every year (I need to dig up those pics from the previous 2 years!)

Climbing on Jon every year (I need to dig up those pics from the previous 2 years!)

Upside down!

Upside down!

Sea of people

Sea of people

Daddy & kiddos

Daddy & kiddos

Red Lions drifting down

Red Lions drifting down

Siblings :)

Siblings :)

Beautiful evening

Beautiful evening

Every year the fireworks are blocked by that same building. Wish we could shift MBS a bit to the left.

Every year the fireworks are blocked by that same building. Wish we could shift MBS a bit to the left.

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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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I used to say that the boys play very well together and only sometimes fight over toys. Lately it seems they mainly fight and sometimes there is peaceful play.  I find myself being amazed and grateful when they go a long while playing together without fighting.

The fights can be about anything.

“I don’t want my plane to die!!!!” when Asher says he shot down Ellery’s plane.

“Ellery’s plane is still flying even though I shot it down!!!!”

“I want to sit in the middle!!!!!”

“That is MY cup!!!!”

“I want to choose the snack!!!!!”

“No, I am Darth Vadar!!!!”

Arghhh. Kill me now!

Today’s squabble is right up there as one of the most inane squabbles.

The boys were doing some (what I hoped was going to be quiet) painting. There were 2 bowls of water to dip their brushes into. 2 bowls so that if one got too mucky they could use the other – and I told the boys that. Somehow Ellery thought of it as a bowl for him and a bowl for Asher. When Asher dipped his brush into ‘Ellery’s bowl’, Ellery got upset, started crying and saying he wanted to take back the water from Asher’s brush. He then proceeded to chase Asher around the house to try and take back the water from the brush!!!

Sigh. A day in the life…

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Leah Sim

Went to visit my infant cousin Leah on May Day.  The little girl was born an aunt to 5 nephews and 2 (now 3!) nieces :)  The boys were very eager to go see ‘baby Aunty Leah’.  It’s quite normal for them to call her that since they’ve been calling her brother ‘Uncle Lincoln’ though he’s only 2 years old :) Had a really nice time catching up with Chye & Celia while the kids played.  Too bad we got there too late so they couldn’t play with Lincoln who had gone for his nap.  Next time!

Princess Leah

Princess Leah

Meeting their aunt

Meeting their aunt

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We were invited to Jo Claire’s “Under the Sea” party, so I initially thought the theme was going to be based on the Little Mermaid.  Then Jon met Joe for lunch a couple of days before the party and Joe said JC was going to be wearing an Elsa dress.  That made me think it was a Frozen party instead, so I went searching for Frozen stuff for the present.  In the end we hunted high and low for Frozen things (they were sold out in many places), and finally found someone who sold it far away from our house.

When we got to the party I was surprised to see JC in an Ariel dress!  And when I pointed that out to Jon and Joe, Jon said that it’s still somewhat a Frozen party because Elsa’s picture was on the poster.  I looked all around and couldn’t see it.  Then he pointed to the door and said, “There!  That princess in blue!”  He meant this princess:

Argh!  Men!

Anyway, thankfully JC also likes Frozen.

On a frozen note, the party was held at Ice Cream Frenzy, located next to West Coast Hawker Centre.  It’s a small little shop, but the ice cream is really good!  Everything is homemade and there are some really interesting flavours.  The most interesting one I tried that day was the avocado and almond flavour.  It sounds really strange, but it tastes very good!  Mild and creamy, the boys almost thought it was vanilla, though it had that hint of creamy avocado that I liked very much.  I also tried the salted caramel which tasted exactly as the name suggests.  It was a good pairing with the avocado ice cream.

We had free flow of ice cream during the party, though we couldn’t down that many scoops after lunch anyway.  For the birthday girl, the owner crafted a flavour just for her and called it “Jo Claire”.  It was a pink strawberry ice cream with sprinkles and marshmallows.  I passed on that one because it sounded much too sweet, but I thought it was so lovely that he did that for her.

Joanne provided a range of costumes for the kids to wear and even included a bunch of pirate stuff for the boys.  Asher gamely dressed up as a pirate and even pretended one of the poles outside was the mast of his ship.  Ellery was only interested in the inflatable sword and called himself Optimus.  The girls were all dressed up in various princess costumes, but they were gungho princesses.  Oh yeah, you betcha.  The princesses battled with the pirates/robot.  Running all around at the open space outside the shop, the pirates/robot tried to kill the princesses and vice-versa.  Very, erm, ladylike :)

Pirate Asher

Pirate Asher

Optimus on the ship

Optimus on the ship

En garde!

En garde!

The battle rages on

The battle rages on

Ice cream truce

Ice cream truce

The party ended with a mermaid cake (not Frozen…) and the boys fell asleep in the car.  Peace and quiet at last.

The Moks

The Moks

Met Iris there and discovered she was due soon after me!

Met Iris there and discovered she was due soon after me!

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I took the boys to watch How to Catch a Star presented by ABA Productions and the Blunderbus Theatre Company.  It’s based on the book by Oliver Jeffers and is about a boy who loved stars so much he wanted one of his very own.  It traces the story of how he tries different ways and means to get hold of one.

We borrowed the book from the library prior to watching the show so that the kids would be familiar with the story.  It’s a simple yet sweet story.  Asher and Ellery’s  favourite part is when the little boy in the story thinks what he sees in the water is a fallen star, when really it is the reflection of a star in the sky.  And they laugh gleefully when he thinks the starfish that washes up onto the shore is really that fallen star.  They connected with that simple story and were really excited about going for the show.  When I went to pick them from school they ran out of class yelling, “How to Catch a Star!!!!”

While the flow of the show followed the storybook, it was embellished with a lot of fillers – common for a stage adaptation of a children’s book, especially a short one.  But they managed to stretch the fillers in such a kid-pleasing way though.  I’ve never seen Asher laugh so hard in a show before.  He was laughing, guffawing, squealing with delight, giggling, and every other form of laughter you can think of.  And perhaps a bit too loudly because the people in front kept looking back (eep!), although they were smiling too and looked amused at how tickled Asher was.  To be honest, much of it was quite slapstick, but that’s what the kids love!  Seriously, the kids just lapped it all up!  For me, it was a wee bit too much slapstick for my adult sensibilities, but there is no doubt at all that the children totally loved every bit of the show.  Asher and Ellery declared that their favourite parts in the show were when the little boy got sprayed with water, and when a lollipop got stuck all over the place (watch it and you’ll know what I mean).

The little boy and his favourite star (Picture taken from Blunderbus website.)

In the show there were also two additional characters, Aurora and Ariel, who were the ‘star keepers’.  They served as narrators, and also helped the little boy in his quest to obtain a star.  I liked that the characters interacted a lot with the audience.  Before the show, they went around chatting with the children, and during the show they sometimes called out the names of the children they’d met.  They also kept turning to the audience for help with a variety of things, whether it was getting rid of horrid hiccups, blowing boats, or waking the little boy from his sleep.  Everyone (adults included) were more than happy to join in.

Catching sight of the star through his giant telescope (Picture taken from Blunderbus website.)

I do wish the last bit, where the boy sees the reflection and thinks it’s a fallen star would have come through a little more subtly, rather than just telling the children that he saw the reflection of the star in the water.  That part all the way to the end was the most poignant part of the storybook, I thought.  So it was a bit of a shame that it got glossed over at the end of the show.  But that’s probably an adult preoccupation. The kids were more than happy with the way it was presented.

Overall, the kids had a blast!  It was definitely a show that thoroughly delighted them.

If you’ve not read the book, you can watch a video of it on YouTube.

There are only 7 shows left and the show ends its run this Sunday, 27th April, so book your tickets soon.  Tickets are available through SISTIC.  You can also check out the poster for the show here.

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On a side note, we had a real surprise today!  We bumped into Asher’s old classmate, M, and his sister L.  And by sheer coincidence, we ended up sitting right next to each other!  What are the chances?  The two boys had a great time playing with one another.  It’s so lovely to see that they remember each other and get along so well even though they have not met for more than 1.5 years!

Old buddies catching up before the show

Old buddies catching up before the show

Asher, Ellery, M and L with two of three cast members from the show

Asher, Ellery, M and L with the cast of the show

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Disclaimer: I was given tickets to review the show.  All opinions are my own.

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Chubby Cousin

Ellery has taken an interest in his baby cousin David, and has been saying things like, “He’s so cute!” and “He’s so chubby!”.  Since then ‘chubby’ has become his new favourite adjective.  He describes animals as chubby, softtoys as chubby, and anything vaguely poofy he says they are chubby :)

Anyway the other day Ellery asked to carry David, and I thought it was a good chance for him to interact with a little baby.  Del agreed, so he sat on a sofa and I put David on his lap.  David at first was a bit surprised and just looked around, but after a moment he decided he didn’t think much of Ellery’s skill in baby-carrying, and starting wailing :)

Carrying his cousin

Carrying his cousin

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