Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Caitlin goes to school

 My little girl has grown up. It's been two days now, and so far, Caitlin just loves school. There are so many things in school to keep her busy she doesn't even turn round to say bye when I leave. I stayed for half and hour on the first day and just 15 minutes with her today to "settle her in", although after five minutes into school Caitlin really seemed so "settled", that it was really worry on my part about her not wanting to let go. Ellie took two weeks, but with her big sister with her, Caitlin is totally at ease in her new environment. She cried a little yesterday when the children crowded round to check out this new girl on the block and asked for me a couple of times, ("I cry-ded" said Caitlin) but by today, Miss Liz (the principal) said that she was "on her own". According to Ellie and Caitlin, Caitlin showed her "smelly cloth" for show-and-tell on monday and tried to get her new friends to smell it. Of course I don't think anyone did.

I am enjoying the 3 hours I get on my own. Catching up on sleep. Packing the house. Just having some quiet to do my own thing. Things that sound pretty mundane but are pure luxury when you have to deal with two active preschoolers for the rest of the day.

Caitlin on her first day at school.

The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden children's season at the Singapore Art Museum is such a great idea, it is a pity it is only running for 2 months. If I were living in a space this big this is what I would design for the girls. Concept driven play spaces, that a two and four year old can enjoy for hours. Even KM said he was inspired after the outing.

We travel light these days and hardly bring our SLR. These were taken with my iphone. The problem with using the iphone as a camera is that you just can't get enough light or enough speed to capture 2 girls going gaga over the spaces at the museum. These are two of the spaces.

All you need is some turf, green bean bags, space and lots of imagination. Ellie and Cait making themselves feel at home at Walter the Rabbit's garden.

Caitlin falling asleep in the Enchanted Garden.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June Hols

The school holidays went by so quickly! Didn't really anything big this time round. Too tired to plan huge play dates or any really long days out. We went for church camp the first weekend. Then outings to the supermarket, the playgym, library, beach, Spotlight, the Science Centre and Sentosa with Papa. A picnic by our own pool, swimming, baking (pretty tasteless chocolate cupcakes), lots of drawing, painting sessions with grandma. Chilling out at home with toys. Somehow the 4 weeks just zipped by, and Caitlin will start school on Monday!

I can't believe Caitlin's going to school. Ellie is really excited to have her little sister go to school. She can't wait! Part of me is happy because I get three hours to myself (so precious) for 2 months (or maybe less) before the baby comes, but part of me will miss spending mummy time (the three hours when Ellie is usually at school) with Caitlin alone.

Here are some pictures of the girls at home. We just don't bring our camera out with us enough these days.

Ellie with her butterfly costume. I got the skirt and tee for $10 each! Unbelievable! They were on sale at  CottonOn Kids.

Caitlin with one of her favourite tees. I bought Caitlin a butterfly tee-shirt but she just wasn't as thrilled to wear it as her big sister was. Caitlin loves tees with animal pictures. Did I blog about what Caitlin says she wants to be when she grows up? She wants to be "An Elephant".

The two sisters goofing around.

Homemade Fairy Wands

Pictures of our home made fairy wands. We bought iron-ons and felt from Spotlight, used chop sticks from hawker centre takeaways, and stiffened the wands with card.

Ellie's pink (of course) wand.

Caitlin's blue (her favourite colour) wand.

Caitlin's do-it-myself wand made out of the felt scraps.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Enjoying the simple things

This is the life. Blogging by the pool while the girls enjoy their picnic and play and the space around. Now why don't I do this more often? I don't use the pool enough. It is only downstairs but we spend most of the time indoors and then try to figure out which beach holiday to have, when our own pool resort is just 2 minutes away downstairs.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I want to be Nemo when I grow up

Third time round, the aches are setting in earlier. Backache, leg aches, pelvic aches. Sigh, must be my age. I just don't remember feeling so tired during my first two pregnancies. Its the June school holidays but I just don't feel like planning anything big. A trip to the supermarket with the girls is enough for one day. Anyhow, Ellie and Caitlin seem to like busying themselves around the house for most part of the day, and so far (this afternoon for example) I have not had to tear them apart.

I feel like a beached whale for the most part (hope I don't look it). Two more months to go!

Caitlin is getting funnier. This bit here is about what they want to be when they grow up. Caitlin wants to be "Nemo" or "an elephant". Ellie want to be "a Ballerina in the morning, Mermaid in the afternoon and Artist at night." No one wants to be a doctor or lawyer. Too much arty crafty activity at home I think.