I took his class some cinnamon buns on Friday, the day before his birthday.
I let Evan sneak out of class for a birthday treat!
Ryan wanted to have his birthday party at the beach. And he wanted me to make a "beach" cake. I am NOT a cake decorator. Sure, I pin lots of fancy decorated cakes on Pintrest but that does not make me a decorator. Speaking of Pintrest, I got this idea and kind of went for it. I made 2 round cakes, blue frosting (Mom's recipe) and crushed up some Digestives, added a little sugar and made the sand. I took some ocean toys and added them to the cake! BAM. There you have it. Don't know what it tasted like but it all got eaten!
Ryan's Birthday fell on Saturday this year. He got a couple of big presents from us in the morning.
And a carpet of balloons in the hallway when he woke up.
Nerf gun! Because you really can't have too many of those!
And a rip stick.
It amazes me how quickly he can learn things.
After presents we grabbed Ryan's good buddy and headed down to Sentosa. We met Stuart and his kids at the Luge and rode that down a couple of times with lunch at Subway in the middle.
Then we headed to the beach to play in the water and sand for a little while. Aunt Brooke met up with us here.
We got hot and decided to go to Stuart and Brooke's hotel to swim. Then we had some yummy local food and headed home.
I went with a few friends on a mommy-field trip to the Spode Dish factory in Malaysia. We had the best time and it was an experience I won't soon forget. We met at Becky's in the morning and got our three car caravan ready to go. We said a prayer, did a cheer and were off at about 9 am. We crossed the border without any issues (except for toll top-up cards) and hit the road. In about an hour we arrived at this little side-of-the-road pottery market. It was typical of a third-world place. True Outlet shopping. There was a nice aluminum roof and some big fans to keep us cool. The plates were very dusty from being outside so long but there were so many lovely treasures. We all had a good time just wandering around searching for new dishes.
I was looking for a set of every-day dishes and anything else was a bonus in my mind. Spode is a European brand that outsources production to Malaysia. Their retail cost is pretty high but we got some amazing deals. After we had be…
The Elementary School at SAS celebrated Festival of Stories this week. They had several days and activities devoted to stories, writing, and illustrating. Evan was looking forward to dressing up for the culmination day: Character Dress Up Day. He decided he wanted to be a YOP from Dr. Seuss's One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. He chose the character and assembled the outfit entirely on his own (So Evan) and he was ready at least a week ahead of time. He asked me every single day (even weekends) how many days there were until Character dress-up day. He loved meeting the Author and Artist in Residence (as did Ryan: they had a different author and illustrator visit the older kids) and they even got a signed copy of Todd Parr's book!