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!  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Break Fun!

I've already blogged about our trip to Bintan and Little India.  Here are a few other things we did over the 11 day hiatus from school.  

Science Center with friends! 

Human Body exhibit- this is the boys in the cardiovascular system.  


Wind tunnel

Visiting the Merlion

Date night in Little India

Deepavali treats from our neighbors! 

The neighbors going out for their big holiday celebrations. 

These two are CRAZY!  They were pretty good for me during fall break.  I tried to do my best to keep the three of us busy so we weren't driving each other insane.  These two can sometimes get a little crazy to haul around with me all day in the city.  It's a good thing they're so cute because there was lots of arguing every day and that makes me glad that school is back in session today!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Little India/ Deepavali

Oops!  I forgot some photos.  Republishing.  

Deepavali is today!  It's the Indian holiday, Festival of Lights.  I took the boys down to Little India on Monday and we cruised around checking out all that was to be seen, heard, touched, ate, and smelled.  

The markets smell like flowers because there are so many of these lovely garlands hanging up.  

I'm pretty sure this food is always like this there but I just love the way it looks.  

The streets are decorated (and light up at night) for the big holiday.
This is one of the lanes where the merchants are selling all kinds of festive Indian decor.
These are placed on the floors, sometimes made with colorful sand or rice.

We had to have lunch in Little India since Indian is probably our favorite food!

We stopped by the temple.  When Evan went for his field trip a couple weeks back I think he got to go inside.  Today we just took pictures outside.