Been so crazy busy with Chinese New Year prep and the four days of visiting all over the island. Finally have some time to sit down and look at the hundreds of photos taken over the long weekend. I love that we had four continuous days to visit friends and relatives and we were in a very festive mood throughout.
We had a very full schedule for the four days. On Day 1, we went to my grandma’s place in the morning, followed by Adrian’s grandparent’s home in the afternoon, and finally Adrian’s uncle’s place in the evening. Oh, we had an awesome kumquat bundt cake made by Alpha Bakes on Day 1! Day 2 was somewhat better. The older kids accompanied their Aunt Fifi to a relative’s house, and then we went to my aunt’s place and had a great time there with the cousins. Day 3 saw us at Anya’s schoolmate’s home and then we celebrated Juan/ Sam/ Dan’s birthday at Juan’s place. On Day 4, we went to the Lobos’ new house and we had steamboat for dinner. Phew!
I love getting the kids new outfits for Chinese New Year and this year, their clothes were from Elly and Missy Messy. I wore my new vermilion Lark & Peony cheongsam on the first day, a yellow polka-dotted one from Tong Tong Friendship Store (that has been in my wardrobe for a few years now) on the second day, and Our Bitsy Prints cheongsams on the third and fourth days.
Even though CNY is technically 15 days long, I think I’m all CNY-ed out after the long weekend and I’m just looking forward to a steamboat dinner on Chap Goh Meh!
spent a lot of time walking around with oranges!
the three of them in their Elly outfits
attempted a family photo
looking for oranges
yummy kumquat bundt cake made by Debs
walking around the garden
another attempt at a family photo
Day 2 and another set of Elly outfits
harassing the wooden baby
one with all the cousins
love this tee!
Day 3 with matching cheongsam
with her friends
with the gang
Day 4 with at Lobo mansion
homeless-looking children in Missy Messy
they had a lot of fun
Met up with my friends for a Christmas/ New Year’s Eve gathering on the last day of the year. We wanted to be able to include Viv’s family who was back from Australia and Lisa managed to join us as well. So this time, we were only missing Qi & family and Kwa & husband. Not bad at all!
managed a group photo (minus 2 babies who were sleeping)
one last family photo for the year
kids pretending to be giraffes
elephants drinking water
Adam looking thoughtful
so nice to have Viv’s boys with us
it was Hwee Lee’s birthday as well
We went over to Juan’s new place for National Day and had a great time splashing around in the pool. Really feel so blessed being able to hang out with good friends on a public holiday. We also had a little celebration for Adam with the National Day cake that Xin brought.
refugees on a boat
splashing good time
perched on Daddy’s shoulders
a shower for Daddy!
National Day cake
dressed for the occasion
cutting the cake
someone new is joining us soon!
We celebrated Reuben’s 1st birthday last weekend. Can’t believe he’s already one! Yun and her family were living in Germany so we have only met him one other time back in February. It was really nice to catch up with the rest. We’ve all been so busy that we haven’t met up for ages!
a little something for the birthday boy
Aaron in the ball pit
the girls playing with the littlest one
Auntie Vonnie the balloon sculptor
made by Auntie Vonnie!
Adam found a hat
really pretty and yummy cake
birthday boy and family
We celebrated Easter about a week earlier with my friends since Vivien was in town. It was so nice to be able to see her and her three boys, especially 2-month-old Caleb whom we were meeting for the very first time.
We had decided beforehand that since we had so many kids in one place, we would have a simple Easter programme for them. Juan baked hot cross buns and Xin brought some Easter eggs. Edwin and Ren told the kids the Easter story with a felt story scene as a visual aid and amazingly, the kids all listened attentively throughout! We all chipped in to help the kids make a personalised cross with ice-cream sticks, alphabet pasta and glitter as a reminder that Jesus died for each one of them. It was a bit chaotic because the younger ones kept trying to eat the alphabet pasta but on the whole, the kids had a really meaningful time.
Sophia with Anya’s baby doll
decided a random ribbon would look nice on her dress
Adam when his sister doesn’t give him what he wants
Adam and Jotham
hot cross buns baked by Juan
listening attentively to the Easter story
explaining the craft activity to the kids
After Kate’s full-month party, we headed to Joel’s birthday party. Two parties in a row is tiring especially after two classes (Anya’s piano and Adam’s gym) and a play (Goldilocks & the 3 Bears) in the morning!
I’d gotten birthday presents for the birthday boy, Sam & Dan and Sophia from Elly’s latest collection and we dressed the kids up for the party in matching outfits. The birthday boy already had an outfit planned so he didn’t join us.
Sophia in pink chevrons
Adam in blue chevrons
feeding her little bro
Dan in grey and Sam in yellow chevrons
hard to get a decent group shot!
chevrons in the garden
jumping for balloons
the birthday boy & parents (photo from Von)
Anya’s birthday fell on a Saturday this year so we were able to celebrate it on the actual day. The birthday girl is very much into the Mr Men & Little Miss series currently so that was the theme for her party!
colouring on Mr Men print-outs
This was the first time Anya had a party where she had a say in the guest list! We usually invite our friends/ cousins and their kids but this time we had a few of her schoolmates as well. I think she was really happy to have them there.
fun at the playground
in the cockpit
climbing up and down
with some of her classmates
In keeping with the theme, we had a Mr Bump piñata. The anguished expression on his face makes all the piñata pictures look hilarious! Most of the girls chose to pull on the ribbons below Mr Bump and the boys preferred using the plastic baseball bat that we brought along.
the dainty way
the boys had a smashing good time
Poor Mr Bump!
giving it one final pull
Mr Bump spills his guts
emptying out Mr Bump
Sam and his haul
Isaac managed to collect some too
Adrian was supposed to bake a rainbow cake and cover it in fondant to make it look like Little Miss Naughty but it didn’t work out as planned. Good thing we had Mr Men & Little Miss cake toppers!
It was a bit chaotic this year and Anya was very upset after she accidentally fell off the sofa while we were taking photos so I didn’t insist on the usual group shots!
Happy birthday, Anya!
most of the kids
The grown-ups had fun with the Mr Men & Little Miss photo booth props that I made. I think we are all really young at heart and enjoy being silly now and then! ;)
us being silly
with Selena & Sharon
Will have another post with details of the party decor, goody bag, piñata and other bits & pieces soon!