Thursday, 14 June 2007

Birthdays, Bali and Babies

Hello everyone,

Apologies for being pretty slack this month and not blogging, but its been an action packed month and I'm only just slowing emerging from the yucky flu and chest infection I've been suffering with for the last week, which was my reward from the Gods for rushing around like a loony for weeks.

Ollie's Birthday party was a great success. He shared the day with his friend Lola from school. She holds a special place in his heart as she is the only girl in the class who will not give into his Romeo ways. Barney the Dinosaur came along to the party too and it was absolutely the best kids party I've ever been to. The kids were happy, calm (I know - at a kids party!) and totally transfixed by Barney's games. The fact they could see the lady's face didn't detract from their absolute belief in her Barneyness either. I never felt a moment's stress and will happily be hiring out this entertainer again and again whilst we live here.

Here's a few clips of the action....











The day after Ollie's birthday the 4 of us were off to Bali for 5 days with Mike and Maureen for a lovely holiday. We stayed at a beautiful villa with its own pool, so the kids were in heaven. We just chilled out really, eating and drinking our way through the week. Here are a few pics of the holiday....







When we got from Bali we had a few more days with Mike and Maureen so thought it would be rude of us to let them leave Singapore for the second time without having tried a Sunday Brunch. So off we trooped to Sentosa for a lovely afternoon of free flowing Champagne and food, followed by some napping around the pool whilst the kids were playing. My friend Michelle and her 2 kids joined us too....


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We said Goodbye to Mike and Maureen on the Monday, then Hello to my friend Emma and her 2 boys, Declan and Joseph on the Friday! It was wonderful for me to have Emma here, Singapore is wonderful but having her to stay made it perfect. We are having a great time here, but missing friends and family is still tough.

We definitely had an action packed week whilst she was here. Both of my kids had their Sports Days, plus we did the usual tourist stuff of Raffles, River Boat Tour, Photos with Sir Raffles and the Merlion, Night Safari, Science Centre etc etc. Emma and I even managed an evening out shopping, cocktails at a posh hotel and my favourite Singapore Restaurant, Din Tai Fung - mmmm, lovely. There was also a Brunch [Emma was not feeling the full ticket so didn't eat much] and some vodka drunk in the first few days.

I'll let the pictures do the talking - are you checking my new super-duper camera yet with 10.1 megapixels...??? I love it and am even more of a photo pest than ever now....
















Oliver's Sports Day efforts deserve some photos of their own. He started his 100 metre sprint in prime position to take the Gold...



...and then, disaster strikes [or rather, his Barney trainer fell off]...



...his nemisis, Lola was confused, should she stay and help or run for the prize.....



....Hugo tears past them both with glory in his eyes....





...But our lovely Ollie is the Hero of the Hour, when he puts his shoe back on and races to the finish line like nothing had happened to lots of applause and smiles from all the mums and dads watching in the stands...




Well, that's all folks for now. In just over 5 weeks me and the kids will be back in Blighty for 4 weeks of our summer holidays (though a week will be with Dad & Co. in Turkey) so I'm hoping to catch up with as many of you as possible. All dinner invitations, nights out, shopping trips, BBQs etc will be gratefully and cheekily accepted! Missing you all,

love V xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


PS For of you with the Beady eyes, I did talk about Babies in the title. Well, its not me, but my lovely Emma who is pregnant...



For the even more beady eyed amongst you, did you notice I said Babies as in plural???? That's right, we discovered whilst Emma was here that not only was she pregnant but also expecting two. TWINS!!!! OHMIGOD!!!!!

So that's TWINS by the way - TWO Babies!!! Emma, good luck to you, glad I was there to share the discovery with you but glad its you not me. Phew! Here's what Emma's number 3 and number 4 child are looking like in her tum so far...