Thursday, August 14, 2014

1st Grade!

Evan was quite put-out that he had to wait 2 days after Ryan started school to go back himself.  But.. the day finally came and Evan is in love with first grade and his new teacher!  On Wednesday we had an appointment to meet his teacher so before our meeting Evan and I explored the library.  He even found his fish that he made in art last year as part of a mural in the library... pretty cool!  

Evan's teacher, Ms. Lauren, is new to SAS and according to him she's the best teacher ever!  He is super excited to have a few friends from Kindergarten in his class again this year.  He has had art and music and loves both of those teachers and hasn't said much about his Chinese class yet.  

We are looking forward to another amazing year of school! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4th Grade!

At the end of the summer there's no way Ryan was as excited about entering the fourth grade as he was on the day he finally did.  Ryan had a bit of a rough year last year and this year he was ready for a FRESH start.  I was quite excited when I found out he was going to be in Mr. Davidson's class because he's got a good reputation at SAS.  

The first week is done and Ryan is as happy as can be.  He LOVES Mr. Davidson and the rest of his specials teachers.  He is happy to have a few familiar faces in his class.  We are all looking forward to a GREAT year!  

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Singapore National Day

Singapore National Day is August 9.  This year that lands on a Saturday.  MY birthday actually happens to be the following day so we rolled them into one and CELEBRATED.  It was a pretty fun day.  
Most of the housing developments here are showing their National pride with these beautiful flags displayed.

We started the day off with Mos Burger (my favorite) and a movie.  We were a little early for the movie so we let the KIDS play at the arcade beforehand.  

Air Hockey is my favorite.  Colin knows that and challenged me to a game.  He even let me get a few points too.  

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy.  It was a pretty fun superhero flick with lots of action.  

 After the movie we headed downtown to go celebrate Singapore's 49th Birthday.  We had dinner early at Thai Express.  I love me some pad thai and they even made it with chicken instead of seafood.

Colin's co-worker invited us down to his room at the Ritz Carlton for the National Day parade.  His room was on the 24th floor and from up there you could see EVERYTHING.  It was seriously awesome; a once in a life time experience I won't soon forget.  

From the room you could see the skyline, the stage on the floating soccer stadium, the stands, the "back stage" areas, the bay where there were military and speed boats as part of the show, the paraders coming on and off stage, and the sky too. We could see the Aapache helicopters flying the Singapore flag all the way around the bay and behind all of those large sky-scrapers you can see in the background to make its entrance across the front of the stage.  

all of the military groups 

giant color smoke bombs
 The program went on for 2 hours with the National Anthem and fireworks at the end.
This is when the different service branches started doing their stunts.  The fire brigade shot water at the stands; which I am sure they appreciated in the Singapore heat.  

And then the singing, dancing and musical performances. 
 There was military numbers, dancing, singing, ministers, the Prime Minister, the President too, and lots of celebrating.
 At the end there were FIREWORKS.
It was an awesome event and I'm so glad we were able to go.
Colin and I had a genius plan that actually worked out.  We took the train from City Hall to Orchard and jumped off to grab a taxi near our old Serviced Apartment.  There was NO line there and we were home before 10pm!  Score.

Such a fun night!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Oh, the Jet-Lag!

No matter how hard you try, you're still bound to have trouble adjusting to 14 hours in time change.  The boys never went to sleep the night we got home and went to play with friends at the Science Center anyhow.  It was actually probably better because they "almost made it the whole day".  The poor things just crashed the moment they walked in the door and didn't wake up until about 5 am the next day.  

I was worried that the kids would wake up hungry if I didn't feed them before they fell asleep but before I could fix Evan a quesadilla he was asleep.  

A few days into our return we had all "flipped" back to Singapore time. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Going back to Singapore

Colin left for Singapore a few days ahead of us.  His first flight got turned around and he had to wait until the following day to fly out.  The boys and I left on Thursday the 30th of July and with the time travel we arrived in Singapore on Friday the 1st of August.  We didn't exist in July 31 except for a few hours.  That sort of messes with your mind a little bit when you think about it.  

 The kids were pretty well behaved the whole trip and did OKAY on sleeping too.  We flew Alaska Airlines to Seattle then Delta to Tokyo and onto Singapore.

 Ryan took these photos as we were getting ready to land in Seattle.

This is us boarded our second flight. 

 Enroute.  Man.  That trip across the pacific is LONG.  And there are definitely longer flights than the one we took.  It's hard to get comfortable enough to sleep. Evan was pretty upset about that.  I told him to try and imagine being three times his size!  Ha ha ha.

 Our layover in Tokyo was pretty long but that last flight I didn't mess around.  I gave the boys and myself some Melatonin, plugged in the ear plugs, put on a night shade and went to sleep.  It worked okay too.  I think I slept for about 4 hours.

Once we got to Singapore there was an insanely long line at immigration.  I'd never seen it like that before.  But it was moving quite quickly.  Luckily for us, we have work VISAs so we didn't have to stand in a line quite as long.  We gathered up our luggage and tried to find a taxi.  This was the FIRST of I'm sure hundreds of frustrating interactions I am to have here in Singapore.  We had too many pieces of luggage for a regular taxi but no one wanted to tell me where the Maxi Taxis were.  Luckily I am smart and figured it out.  $60 and one vomit episode later, we arrived at home.  Colin greeted us and helped me lug all that baggage up to the apartment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

California Road Trip

14 of my closest family members and I traveled to California last week for our Clegg Family Reunion.  It was a grand-old time if I do say so myself.  Our reunion was held at Santee Lakes like last year.  This year attendance was pretty low, I'd say less than about 70 people, however we had a great time visiting with all who were able to come. Our time in California is never long enough but since I was only VISITING Utah this summer, it felt especially short.  Anyway, here are the photos I took of our trip.