Monday, 8 October 2007

"Useless Blogger Finally Updates"

Its official - I am the worse Blogger around!! After a worried phone call from Lisa in England 'cause the Blog was "stuck" on 14 August and a little nudge from Nat (aka Marmite Breath) I've been kicked and shamed into action to get back to blogging.

I could bore you all with my excuses as to why I haven't been doing blog updates but you are probably all sick of hearing me moan about this pregnancy and its associated troubles already so I won't bother with that. Since we got back from England on 20 August its been pretty glum around here as we've battled with homesickness (me), work issues (Leigh), the move into big school (Ollie) and the increased levels of homework at year 5 (Aimee).

Some welcome relief came in the form of Maz (Leigh's sister) when she visited for a couple of weeks with her little boy, Laurie. Was great to have her visit us and experience Asia from a different perspective to her days globe trekking pre-children. I persuaded her to take a trip to Sea Gypsy which she really enjoyed, as did the little man himself.

Life is slowly settling down to normality again, though I'd be lying if I didn't say my hormone surges make me a little tearful for England at times still. The kids have now settled back into school and the routine of school events, parent meetings and such like continues. United Nations Day is fast approaching and with the usual parent "discussions" as to what the British kids will wear in lieu of a National Costume. It is shameful that we haven't got one really, especially in a school with kids from 35 different countries, all of whom seem to have beautiful, elaborate national costumes. Anyway, pictures will follow after the event on Friday.

Ollie has some big news to share though - he has not only moved into Big School but also onto the "Big Boy" bike - i.e. no stabilisers/training wheels (depending on which continent you are reading this on!) He was fantastic. I held his seat for maybe 5 seconds whilst he steadied himself and then, he was off. Now he thinks he can do tricks and become the Evil Knievel of Singapore. Here's what his face looked like after a couple of days with that mindset....



And a little clip of him riding...




Aimee had an exciting weekend as she was asked to sing with her school choir for the Singaporean President at a big event to celebrate the end of Charity Week here in Singapore. (And no, unfortunately no-one here says it like it Smashy and Nicey so my "Charrr-it-yyy" comments have fallen on very deaf ears and confused faces - another lost in translation moment). Anyway, back to Aimee. She was so proud of herself, especially when she was put at the centre of the first row, holding up a candle - "he'll definitely be looking at me mum!!". Bless her heart. Was Leigh's birthday this weekend so we couldn't go and watch her as we'd already invited half the street over for a BBQ but Aimee forgave us when I bribed her with the chance to stay up late and watch Cheetah Girls 2.

What else is new??? Ummm, we've booked a holiday for half term as we never managed to get away in the summer what with all my vomiting and being in hospital. We're off to a nearby Indonesian island called Bintan where they have golf, a kids club and a spa so all members of the family are happy! Our plans to go to the Maldives were crushed by my Docs due to lack of nearby decent medical facilities. Oh well, save that up for next year maybe. Well, better go as I have to collect the kids from school. I promise I'll get better at blogging again but for now here's some pics of life since August....







PS Its a girl in case you haven't heard by now!

1 comment:

Marmite Breath said...

Yay!! Another girl. Great news!!

I'm glad you updated.

So how long have you been in Singapore then? My Dad was there a lot when he was in the Army--he was a boxer there. He loved it.

Whereabouts in England are you from?