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Samuel turns 6! (And Daniel turns 3!)

We celebrated Sam & Dan’s birthdays last Saturday at Happy Willow. They are born 4 days apart and will have to celebrate their birthdays together for years on end. Mummy Juan’s birthday is right in the middle so they won’t be able to forget┬áher birthday either. ;)

what about Daniel??

what about Daniel??

Aaron's in the picture too!

Aaron’s in the picture too!

helping Dan with the candles

helping Dan with the candles

the Tans

the Tans

the kids digging in

the kids digging in

yummy homemade fare

yummy homemade fare

the other birthday boy

the other birthday boy

lining up

lining up

listening to instructions

listening to instructions

boys being boys

boys being boys

climbing

climbing

the kids in the ball pit

the kids in the ball pit

building together

building together

busy in the kitchen

busy in the kitchen

Junior Masterchef

Junior Masterchef

sliding

sliding

giving a boost

giving a boost

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Kwa is Married!

We hadn’t seen Sue Fen for quite a while and she emailed us recently saying that she was going to be back for a couple of weeks and wanted us to have dinner at her place. Eventually, it emerged that it wasn’t just a dinner, it was a reception. We joked that she was going to announce her engagement but found out later than she’d actually gotten married in December and this was our chance to meet her husband for the first time. Well, no one has ever said that Kwa does things the conventional way!

We also got to meet little Reuben for the first time! He’s been in Germany this whole time but Yun was back in Singapore for a few days. We had a good time and Adrian even got to catch up with his friend who’s Kwa’s neighbour and there for the reception.

the happy couple

the happy couple

met cute little Reuben for the first time!

met cute little Reuben for the first time!

Aaron

Aaron

Yoshi the border collie kept the older ones entertained

Yoshi the border collie kept the older ones entertained

food!

food!

still harassing Yoshi

still harassing Yoshi

Xin and Yun in a familiar pose

Xin and Yun in a familiar pose

Juan's photo with Kwa behaving herself

Juan’s photo with Kwa behaving herself

proof

proof

First Birthday Party of the Year

We gathered at Lin’s place on Saturday to celebrate Qi & Von’s birthdays. Was a bit annoyed because the party was supposed to start at 1.30pm and, despite my best efforts to get there late (yes, you read that right), I was still the earliest at 2pm. The rest only started coming from 3pm onwards. Very frustrating to feel that my time is totally not being respected but I guess I should be used to it after 20-odd years of friendship with these people. Sigh. Well, the kids had fun playing and it’s always nice to spend time with my friends (when they eventually arrive).

nasi lemak for lunch

nasi lemak for lunch

satay too

satay too

the kids (minus Sam who didn't want to be in the photo)

the kids (minus Sam who didn’t want to be in the photo and sleeping Ian)

little Aaron

little Aaron

two yummy ice-cream cakes

two yummy ice-cream cakes

birthday girls

birthday girls

blowing out the candles

blowing out the candles

Juan's loaf

Juan’s loaf

Christmas 2012 – Christmas with the Gang

We had a little gathering at Juan’s place on Boxing Day. It was a happy and chaotic party with ten little kids, and they were all crawling/ jumping/ running around. The only one who stayed where he was placed was little Aaron, the newest addition! He’s the 14th kid (and 12th boy) in the gang.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of meeting up with this mad bunch of friends. It’s been about 20 years since we started celebrating Christmas together. They are like family to me and I’m glad our kids get along and can play together.

The pictures below are all taken by Vonnie.

lots of presents

lots of presents

some of the kids made pizza

some of the kids made pizza

I made jelly hearts strawberry cheesecake

I made jelly hearts strawberry cheesecake

glad that Lin & family were with us

glad that Lin & family could be with us

Aaron: the newest addition

Aaron: the newest addition

a family picture

a family picture

a chaotic Christmas!!

a chaotic Christmas!!

HortPark Outing

Went to the HortPark on Monday to let the kids play while we caught up with each other. It was quite a hot day but we managed to find some shade where we could hide in and watch the kids run around.

I think it’s really important to bring kids out to a place with lots of space to encourage them to get active because they spend so much time with the TV/ iPhone/ iPad these days. Of course, it’s even better if the kids are spending time with my friends’ kids so I get to hang out with my friends as well!

hot day at HortPark

with Singa the courtesy lion

from one log to the next

on the ropes

mushroom family

hopscotch

see-saw up & down…

monkey see, monkey do

Ian climbing up

Sophia sliding down

making music with bamboo

one of all the kids

safety in numbers

feeding the fish

Adam’s First Birthday – The Celebration

We decided to keep things relatively simple for Adam’s first birthday and took the easy way out by booking the Playhouse at Temasek Club. The indoor playground was a hit with the kids and the party package also came with food and simple goody bags.

We borrowed and used the decorations from Isaac’s birthday party and I made a photo banner featuring each of the 12 months of Adam’s first year.

I wanted to get Adam a simple cake in the shape of figure one and after checking around, found out that Four Leaves offers the best deal. The cake was pretty yummy and more than enough for all the guests present.

Adam slept through the first half of his party but woke up in time to cut his cake. He was a bit bewildered by all the fuss but cheered up considerably after having some cake.

party room

photo banner

food

ice-cream too

the birthday boy slept through the first half of his party

family photo

the three of us blowing out his candles

with Ah Ma and Yee Po, his two favourite people

with Auntie Lena and cousins Marcus, Lucas & Michelle

with the other uncles/ aunties/ cousins!

and the gang

cutting the cake

having some cake

hmm…

what is this wondrous taste?

don’t just sit there, give me more cake, woman!!