Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tinsel Time

Evan's first grade class, along with a few others, presented their program "Tinsel Time".  His class did a number on the bells and Evan had a speaking part.  The whole thing was very cute.  

Evan is in the middle, he's the E in THE
the whole class message reads:

Sunday, December 07, 2014

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas!

We've been getting ready for Christmas around here.  We've set up our tree, we've wrapped gifts, we built a train, and we've mailed out Christmas cards.  It's beginning to look a little like Christmas!  Nana and Grandpa Bruce sent us a package of goodies for Christmas this year.  There was this cute foam train set and the kids and I had a fun time building it.  It turned out pretty cute too.  She also sent a candy Advent calendar and the boys have enjoyed taking turns eating the chocolates.
Ryan working on the train

Evan working on the train

The completed train
The coolest part is it actually rolls.  The kids were excited to learn that.  Although I must say that they've been quite good about leaving it alone for the most part.  

Ryan decorating the tree

Evan decorating the tree
It makes me happy that the boys like decorating the tree as much as I did when I was little.  They love to look at all of the ornaments, remember where they came from or when they were made.

Christmas cards are in the mail!  Whew.  I'm not gonna lie, these suckers took me a long time this year.  I'm not really sure why though.  I enjoy sending them as much as I enjoy receiving them so it's worth the effort to me.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family.  
I am grateful for many things.  
Family is probably first on the list for me.  I'm so grateful for our little family.  Colin and I love being parents to our crazy boys and he's a great husband.  I am grateful for my extended family near and most of them far.  I miss them and I love them all. 
Friends are so important in my life.  I'm grateful for all that I have both near and far!
I'm grateful for this beautiful world that we live in and for the opportunity I have had to explore parts of it.  I wish I could spend more time traveling because I do enjoy seeing new places. 
I am grateful for my health even though it's a fight every day against this body of mine. 
I'm grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I'm thankful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Being a member of this church IS who I am and I am thankful for that. 

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving we had a lovely Thanksgiving meal with great friends.  The food was incredible and the company was so enjoyable.  I had a great time visiting and I was grateful for the chance to have a nice conversation with adults.  

 On Thanksgiving day we took the boys to the water park at Sentosa, Adventure Cove.  We had a lovely afternoon playing at the park with the boys.  We all came home sunburned.  We stopped in Little India on the way home and went shopping for some Christmas gifts and ate at my favorite restaurant, Muthu's Curry.

Funny little side note.  The lifeguard was so mad that I was behind him taking this photo.  I'm all for safety rules and procedures, but they gotta make sense.  Telling me to back up when the kids had to walk 50 meters to the end of the slide just doesn't make any sense!  ah, Singapore!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grade 4 UN Day

Ryan and the rest of the 4th graders at SAS had their UN day this week.  
They dress up in traditional clothing, bring in food to share, have an assembly and learn from the parents about something cultural from their home nations.  

I was bringing in food and presenting a cultural lesson for Ryan's class so I figured I may as well make a whole day of it and come for the assembly too.  There were selected classes who presented a little bit about UN day to the rest of their class.  It was student led and very good.  I was glad I was able to attend.  


The whole 4th Grade sang the song "Agents of Change" at the end.  

After the assembly we had a luncheon.  I brought in my snickerdoodles and we enjoyed a lot of food from around the world.  

Then the kids had recess and afterward I presented a lesson and activity on Thanksgiving and The Mayflower.  I taught the kids a little bit about why we celebrate Thanksgiving, what happened at the first Thanksgiving, and then I spent the majority of the time teaching them about the Mayflower.  When I taught school in Sandy, Utah we spent an entire day teaching our fifth graders about the Mayflower.  So presenting a 20 minute lesson was quite short.  

Then I taught them clapping games that the children aboard the Mayflower may have played.  We did Peas Porridge Hot and Long Legged Sailor.  I think I had more fun than the kids!  

Ryan's class second rotation was with my friend Sarah.  She taught them about Mardi Gras.  Way to represent, USA!  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rain Gutter Regatta 2.0

Ryan participated in his second Rain Gutter Regatta this week.  He designed, built, and painted the boat completely on his own.  He had a lot of fun racing his boat too.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

a Special Sunday

The boys had their primary program today.  Actually, so did I! Since I'm kind of in charge of the primary, I think I was probably way more nervous than they were.  This morning we left our house super early at 8:00 am.  We cruised down to the Stake Center to be a part of Summer's blessing.  The "other" Dean family leaves Singapore in a week and man, we are sure going to miss that bunch!  

After Summer's blessing we headed over to our building to set up and get ready for our program.  While walking around, Evan slipped and got his shorts ALL dirty!  BOYS!  :) 

While I was setting up for our program, we received word that there was a really bad accident on the freeway.  Half of our ward was affected by the traffic jam as a result.  The drive that usually takes about 30 minutes took some families well over an hour!  We delayed sacrament meeting for as long as we could and the counselor conducting did his best to stall.  After the sacrament was blessed and passed, quite a few families walked in.  I was so grateful that everyone was safe and that so many were able to make it in time before we got started.  

Junior Primary, Singapore 4th Ward 2014

The program was beautiful and the kids really did an amazing job.  Primary Program Sunday has long been my favorite Sunday of the year and I have to say that this was probably the best program ever!  My counselors, music directors, and pianists are amazing.  I am so grateful to be primary president in this ward and work with these amazing kids and teachers.  They have all taught me so much and I love them all to pieces.

Senior Primary
Singapore 4th Ward

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Twenty Fourteen

Ryan's 4th Grade Class Halloween Party

Captain Rex playing charades 

Evan's 1st Grade class Halloween Party


Evan dressed up as a green monster this year.  Once again, this child's creativity comes out.  He planned and carried out this costume completely on his own.  He was so pleased with the way it turned out.  I took this photo on Tuesday for our Halloween practice run.  I painted his face this time around and on the real Halloween he said he didn't want face paint.  He told me that he likes his face the way it is better.  He didn't like the way his freckles looked with face paint on.  I love that Evan loves his freckles.  I'm glad he has the self confidence to know that they are beautiful.

Ryan went as Captain Rex of Star Wars the Clone Wars. 
When I bought this costume in July, it fit.  When he put it back on this October... well, that was a different story.  
He made it work though and it was all good.  

Evan and Maple before trick-or-treating. 

All of the kids before trick or treating. 

Kids in their character poses.  Maple is taking a bow. 

Last year I blogged about Halloween in Singapore: here.  It's something else, I'll tell you that!  This year Halloween fell on a Friday and so larger than usual crowds were expected.  Let me just say that it did not disappoint.  I didn't take great photos of the event really but we all had a great time.  Last year the kids only lasted about 40 minutes or so.  This year they lasted about twice that long.  It was a grand old time.

This sweet baby goes "home" to China in a couple of weeks.  We're sure gonna miss her.  

The preschool up the road had quite the Halloween set-up.  It was like a mini carnival in there!

This house handed out cotton candy.
Obviously there was a wait for that as the supply wasn't quite keeping up with the demand.  Yikes!

Typically this quiet street in our neighborhood rarely has any traffic or activity.  On the night of Halloween, all of Singapore converges here to celebrate our American holiday.  Word has spread about the celebrations and it really has become quite large.  Trick or Treating is held pretty tightly to a 6:00-8:00 pm schedule with a peak at about 7:30 pm.  In all, families expect anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 trick or treaters.  I think we were on the high end this year with Halloween falling to a Friday night.  Families supply their own candy at an outrageous cost and hand out one piece at a time.  I've heard that some of the busier homes can go through about 5,000 pieces in a mere 90 minutes.  Writing about it, taking photos and videos of it, really does not do it any justice.  You just have to experience it. If you haven't ever come... I suggest you do so at least once!