Sunday, July 26, 2009

Racial Harmony Day

Thursday was Racial Harmony Day at Kylie's school. All of the kids get to dress up in their cultural attire and celebrate their heritage. Cool concept, huh? Everyday should be Racial Harmony day throughout the world. Kylie enjoyed being able to wear her Asian outfit to school. She looked so cute and she knew it. We had another lovely weekend . On Thursday, we celebrated our friend Nolan's birthday at my new favorite place, Chili's. The restaurant opened up a couple of months ago and I can't get enough of that Western food. Yum! Friday after work my friend Nikkole and I took a bead class and made a couple of cute bracelets. Nikki is a pro making everything from miniature purses to miniature dresses. They are gorgeous! We purchased a kit and crystal beads and well now I'm obsessed with this new hobby. After our class we went to a restaurant, met up with friends and enjoyed Pizza. I LOVE Pizza and there is plenty of it here thank goodness. So far all of the Pizza I've had here has been great. On Saturday after Kylie's swim lesson and on Sunday, we spent the weekend visiting two new malls (new to us:-). Singapore is loaded with shopping malls and they are always packed. It was cool to check out new places to shop. It's a good thing I work because I can seriously see myself checking out every shopping mall on my off time from start to end and that can be quite dangerous to our wallets:-) Kylie is always saying something smart and funny. I keep saying I want to blog about them but I wait so long and then I forget. Well, today she said something so cute and I remembered! She was being very cute and buttering us up for a treat. She said, "may I please have something sweeter than me to eat?" Too cute! Of course, we bought her ice cream:-)

Dress up for Racial Harmony Day in school.
Kylie admiring herself in the mirrow while we wait for the elevator.
My Pretty Girl.
Do you think they enjoy the gorgeous view as much as the grown ups do?...Nah.
Pizza and a Singapore Sling. Life is good here in S'Pore:-)
Celebrating Nolan's Birthday in Chili's Restaurant.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

"I'm not tired..."

"I'm not tired, I'm not sleepy, I don't want to go to bed, I don't need a nap". We hear these words from Kylie almost every single day. She refuses to go to bed by 9pm. Each time I've tried, we have had to guide her gently back to bed at least 20 times and in the end she ends up crying herself to sleep. Knowing that her little brain is actively processing at high speeds, I have relaxed the rules so that we can try to settle her in between 10pm and 11pm. By then we still have to guide her back to her room at least 10 times. On the weekends, she wakes up between 6am-7am all on her own. On the weekdays, it's not so easy as she normally doesn't want to get up and get dressed. Most kids we know LOVE to sleep, but nope not our girl. Today, Kylie had her swimming lessons which normally lasts 45 minutes, we went to the movies (we saw Ice Age), we did a little shopping around the mall, came home and she couldn't wait to color with her new highlighters. I set up my laptop, directly opposite where she was drawing and I was having normal conversation with Sean who was in the kitchen at the time. All of a sudden, there was complete silence with no one trying to interrupt our conversation and this is what we saw...

Notice that our little "lefty" still had the highlighter in her hand? I took full advantage of the fact that she was tired. I woke her up so that she can eat, watch a movie (Toy Story was on), tucked her into bed and read a book of her choice, "Cinderella". Yep, that 5 min. power nap gave her renewed energy. Anyway, she was finally out by 8pm and I'm enjoying a quiet evening sorting photos, digital scrapbooking stuff and of course blogging on a Saturday night - whoop, whoop!

Monday, July 06, 2009

4th of July Weekend

We had a lovely 4th of July weekend! The American*Association*of*Singapore puts on several events throughout the year for Expats including the 4th of July celebration. There were tons of traditional American food, drinks, bands and a good 'ole fireworks display. We met cool new people with interesting careers and we had great conversations. I'm starting to see why people come to work in Singapore and decide they want to make this place their permant residence:-)

Thursday, July 02, 2009


The weeks seem to be flying by. It's hard to believe we've been living in Singapore for 6 months now. It has turned out to be the best and happiest experience for our family. Kylie is learning tons. She can count to ten in 3 languages. She can actually count to 30 in English but the teens get a little fussy at times. Did you know there was an "eleventeen" in our numbering system?!? She can almost write her name consistently. She is learning to read in both English and Mandarin. Her curiosity about life is in full swing. She'll ask why all the time about everything. She is well behaved in school and saves all of her sassiness for her Mommy and Daddy. Her full sentences, reasoning and humor amazes us. And all at the tender age of 3 yrs old.

We miss our family and friends back home but life is treating us well here in Singapore so we are going to try to enjoy it while we can.