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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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