Thursday, October 26, 2006

Five Day Weekend!

This past weekend was a great one. Singapore is very diverse with many different cultural heritages. As a result, we have a lot of holidays. Last Friday we had the day off for Deepavali which is the Indian (as in India) New Year. Then we had Monday and Tuesday off to "celebrate" Hari Raya (not exactly sure what this is, but it is some sort of Muslim holiday). It has been fun for me to be around the house more often. On Monday we had a party and game night with many of the staff; this was a great hit.

Another fun thing about this weekend is a pair of new books that I'm reading: For Men Only, and Prime Obsession. For Men Only is the companion to For Women Only (Betsy already has a copy of this). They are great books dealing with the differences between men and women. We highly recommend them for anyone that knows someone of the opposite gender! We are currently meeting with another couple from school to study them. We are looking forward to the insights God will reveal.

Prime Obsession is a fascinating book about prime numbers. It discusses the distribution of prime numbers, and the Riemann Hypothesis first stated in 1859. I have been devouring it!

The last great thing (for you) about the long weekend is that there are more pictures, enjoy!
Dinnertime!!!!!!
"Please sir, I want some more"
Time for a bigger tub!
Daddy's little All-Star
Look at my cool PJs!
So cute lah!
Safe in Mommy's arms
Gigi sent me a box!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

International Night

On Friday, October 13, ICS held their annual International Night. All the families from the school cooked traditional dishes from their home countries. We enjoyed experiencing food from about 20 different countries. After we ate all we could, some students and staff put on a top-notch program showcasing music, dancing, plays, and skits from around the world. Enjoy the pictures. Look for Danny in a few (he stands out with a bright yellow cap!)
To start International Day, students were allowed to wear dress from their home countries. It is always a lot of fun to see the bright colors!

Korea, Japan, Korea
Sporting the styles of India
Mexican, Filipino, Chinese
One of the many thematic tables.
Too many choices, too little plate! (So I guess the food has to go straight to the mouth!)
Drama club with a salute to the Armed Forces of the USA
Aussies with a tribute to Steve Irwin
Bangra Dancers - from India, plus a swede and an Alaskan!
ICS choir - "It's a Small World"

From Teething to Teeth!

Sorry, we don't have any pictures yet. This is a brand new development begun at 3 am! Aaron has his left, top tooth poking through his gums. The right, top tooth is almost on par with the left. Aaron woke up early this morning crying and crying. We did all the "lists" of how to calm him down. We even suspected teething and medicated accordingly. However, he finally conked after a small amount of milk. When Betsy went to get him at 8 this morning, voila! Bulging gums and tooth! Finally!!!!!! Thank you all for your prayers. Please continue to pray as it looks like the bottom teeth are not far behind. This will be a rough few weeks. Pray with us that God will ease his pain.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Peek-a-boo!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Friday adventures

Aaron celebrated 8 months on Friday. It is hard to believe! He is quite mobile now, on Saturday he crawled four steps. He seems to be recognizing that getting around is easiest when on his knees, but he still can't stay up.

Friday evening was also the first staff basketball game. Six of us traveled to one of the other International Schools to play against their staff. It was a lot of fun to get some exercise and meet some other teachers. We'd like to arrange games with other schools as well. Please pray for this opportunity to minister to other teachers.

After the game the ICS staff and our wives went out for dinner. It was a lot of fun fellowshipping with each other.
8 months old!
Come on George, look at the camera!
OK, enough posing, I want to play!

Vivo City

The long wait is nearly over. For the past few years we have been watching the construction on the newest mall in Singapore. It is finally almost complete. On Saturday the doors were open for the first time. They are still working on finalizing some of the shops, with the Grand Opening on December 1st. It is an incredible mall! Enjoy the pictures. For those of you that have been here, this mall is connected to HarbourFront. It is about a 15 minute walk from our apartment. We are looking forward to better shopping opportunites within walking distance. (They even have a Carl's Jr.!)
The newest mall in Singapore, Vivo City
Standing in front of VivoCity, facing toward HabourFront, notice the cable cars in the distance.
The waterfront side, many restaurants overlooking the bay.
The interior of the mall.
The "lake" on TOP of the mall!
The playground in the middle of the second floor.
No need to take the bus to Sentosa anymore!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Upwardly Mobile

Life as we know it will never be the same again. We are chasing Aaron around rooms now. He can crawl a few steps, but "army" crawls (elbows and knees out to the side) from one end of the room to the other. Today the house, tomorrow a car on the road. Yikes. How time flies!!

Actually, we are very glad to see Aaron gain movement and begin to explore beyond his reach. He army crawls to whatever toy peeks his interest then sits up and plays until he decides to find another toy. He likes to play a fun game with Mommy. I place toys, one by one, in a small blue basket. When I have about 6 or 7 toys in the basket, Aaron reaches over and dumps them all out. They scatter and he chooses one to play with. In the mean time, Mommy picks the others up and puts them back in the basket. As soon as the basket is full, Aaron drops the toy and dumps the basket again. We play this game over and over. Lots of fun!!

What's going on back there?

Just chillin' with dad

Hey, what's this thing in my mouth?

Look, I can crawl!

OK, maybe not!