Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Look Back - Singapore the Beautiful

Continuing our look back to our Singapore trip, Saturday and Sunday would conclude the trip, but it would be quite the whirlwind! We had a lot to pack into our last two days. And, of course, we wanted to soak up as much time with our niece and nephews as possible. But at the same time, not overdo it as I was not feeling so great (first trimester yuckiness).

On Saturday, John and I went out alone to go to Orchard for some shopping and to the Botanical Gardens. I really think the Botanical Gardens are the most beautiful place I've ever been.  The flowers and greenery there are just amazing. It also has a large open space -  a rarity in Singapore. It's a beautiful park and then the Orchid Garden attached.  I took a ton of pictures. It was my second time there, and I was just as blown away as the first time. John greatly enjoyed it as well.

We couldn't spend as much time there as we would have liked as we had Evan's birthday party that night!  Our sweet nephew was turning 5 with a McDonald's party.  He really likes the movie Frozen, so as you can see, the cake was Olaf!
Games during the part. Jeremiah didn't participate. ;)
It was Jeremiah's first time getting a Happy Meal. He really enjoyed it. It was great seeing the boys enjoying themselves with their friends!
The next day, we had two church services at the church where my brother is part of the pastoral staff. In the second service, Anna was being dedicated to the Lord.  A dedication is the parent's affirmation to raise the child for the Lord, and an acknowledgment that the child belongs to the Lord. Ultimately, God gives us our children to raise, but they are still His children. It was a sweet ceremony for our very sweet little Anna.  
Anna was born with a cleft palate and would need to have surgery to correct it during her first year of life. This was very hard on her family, especially her parents.  We prayed multiple times for a divine healing so she wouldn't need the surgery, but that ultimately didn't happen. I'm happy to say that the surgery (in October) was a success and Anna did well. I think knowing what she would face made her dedication extra sweet- recognizing that Anna Joy was God's daughter and He would take care of her gave me peace.  
Also, as we posed for family pictures, we posed in front of a rainbow. A rainbow signifies God's promise.  God has promises for Anna and He is faithful and true to those promises!

Silly family picture

With our niece

The beautiful girl

 That night, it was a very bittersweet time. I cried -  a lot.  I didn't want to leave. I wanted more time there.  I miss my Singapore family very much! I miss seeing my niece and nephews grow up.  But I'm happy knowing they are where they are supposed to be.

I'm not going to write about the flight home because I would prefer not to relive it.  Let's just say 23 hours, 1 toddler, and 2 adults is not fun.  Not even a little. :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Look Back - Singapore, Here We Come!

This year, on Jeremiah's first birthday, we left on a trip to Singapore to visit my brother and his family. Most exciting, we would get to meet our new niece, Anna! She was born December 16, 2013. 

We left our house early on Sunday morning to begin the long trek to Singapore.  It's about 24 hours total travel time. With a one year old.  On a plane.  Yikes. 

Jeremiah actually did really well on the plane! He wasn't feeling the greatest, so he slept a lot.  Plus, there were four adults to pass him back and forth between. The hardest was eating.  It's not easy having the tray down with a baby on your lap!

When we finally arrived, it was Tuesday morning in Singapore. We went to bed (it was about 1 a.m.) and then got up around a normal time to start the day. It was so great to see everyone!  

That day, we went to the Singapore Aquarium - Jeremiah and my mom stayed at the flat with my sister in law, Evan, and Anna. So that left me, John, Cameron, my dad, and Caleb.  The aquarium was amazing!

That night, we had "Christmas."  The best part was when my brother and sister-in-law opened their picture of Jeremiah wearing a "big brother" shirt.... even though my mom had ruined the surprise for her and my dad earlier. :)
My nephews with one of their gifts

The next day, we left to stay on the beach in a chalet. The chalet was on the South China Sea.  It was nice to walk out onto the beach.
On Thursday, we went to the zoo.  Singapore is known for their beautiful zoo.  It was great to all go as a family. In addition to all the animals, there is a lot of beautiful scenery.

At the zoo

Jeremiah enjoyed the animals to a certain extent. He was still a little young to really get into it.

With Anna at the zoo

My parents and Jeremiah at the zoo

Jeremiah did not like the igloo!

Delia and a friend :)

Caleb driving
That night, we went back to the chalet and Delia's family came over. It was great to see them. I love them like family!

The next morning, we left to go back to their flat.  That afternoon, John and I went downtown while leaving Jeremiah with my parents to rest. We took a boat tour, saw the Merlion, and more. Here are some pictures from our day!

That night, John and I went to the Night Safari at the zoo.  It's not really my favorite, but John wanted to see it. I thought I might enjoy it more than I did the first time, but it turns out it just really isn't my thing.  You ride around in a trolley and see some animals more up close.

We got home around 1 a.m.!  We were so tired. It was a long day in the heat.

More to come....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Pictures!

I am so behind on Christmas! A week from today, Christmas will be ending! I had great intentions of being prepared. I was doing great. Then I got sick.  To the point that I had to call in today.... and I never call in. I ended up spending most of the afternoon at urgent care, where I was diagnosed with Influenza A.  Not fun. Not fun at all.

So I'm now behind.  We're supposed to be going out of town next week, but obviously that depends on my health. Praying hard that my boys don't catch it!

Since it appears most people will NOT get their Christmas cards before Christmas, I decided to do a sneak peek of the Christmas card pictures! You know, the ones that were actually not a fail.

"There's the baby, Daddy"

My boys

"He's kinda heavy, Mommy."

"No hands!"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Card Outakes

A couple of weeks ago, we went to get our Christmas card pictures done.  We had them scheduled for much earlier (so cards would go out beginning of December as usual), but then one of the boys got sick. So we rescheduled. Then Jeremiah got pink eye.  So, finally, we scheduled it.  By that point, we were in a rush to fit it in. It was finally scheduled for a Thursday night at 7:20 p.m.
"Look at my mouthful of food that Mommy was bribing me with!"

Gulp.  That's a late time for two young boys.

"It'll be fine," I thought. "Jeremiah can take a late nap," I reasoned.

I may have been very, very wrong.




"Escape attempt thrwarted. Mommy doesn't look happy."

"What was Mommy thinking?"

"There's the door! Can I make a break for it?  Probably not since I can't run... or walk.... or crawl.... or even roll."

"More pictures? Now with props?"

"You can't make me show you the football."

"Escape attempt #2"

"Still not successful."

"He doesn't usually go to bed until 8:30. We'll have a whole hour before meltdown occurs!"