A Pictorial Of Our Weekend

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Woke up to this beautiful sight. Some said they are dogwood, some said they might be almond blossom like the ones Van Gogh painted. I am still trying to find out.

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Went to a cultural event, where the adults pigged out and the kids hung out having fun talking about poo .. oh well, boys !

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Headed for the Big Red Barn but too much of the poo talk made us missed the carnival

Sunday morning was wet and perfect for snuggling up with Dad who had just came home.

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The weather cleared up during noon, so we headed out for lunch. On the way home, we spotted a lovely sight, so we pulled over the car for this.

It was St Patrick’s week  and my 4 year old learned a great deal in school and we learned a great deal from him. He told us about ‘shamrock’, which is essentially the Irish word for ‘young clover’. It is a type of weed that usually has  3 leaves. If you ever find one that has 4 leaves, it would bring you good luck.

We came home and had the best doughnuts for tea, the Krispy Kreme kind that melts in your mouth,  and Dunkin Donut just can’t beat.

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So it was our 11th wedding anniversary and instead of 2 new rings, we bought ourselves 4 new ones. The little one helped the Dad put everything together while his elder brother busied himself with some secret mission.

We later found out that he was working on a video for us, compiling pictures downloaded from this blog, completed with our wedding march in song. He can be this sweet !

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And of course, we had to have a family portrait on this special day.

It was a quiet sort of happy day.




After Book 1 Of LOTR

They were still crazy over Star Wars and we were trying to search for Star Wars books but found out that George Lucas only wrote ideas for the film but not any of the novels that came after.

Unlike other great movies such as Lord of The Ring and Harry Potter, Star Wars was not made from existing books. George Lucas never had 6 scripts sitting there on his desk to be made into movies. All he had was his story outline that he evolved into the scripts for the 6 movies.

So there was essentially no great literary Star Wars fiction book before the movies came out.

Then last week, Malcolm came back from school with a torn and tattered book. It was a 2nd edition of The Fellowship of The Ring he found in his school’s library.

I was surprised he did because I remember him hiding his face behind cushions during most part of the movie when we watched it a couple of years back. But I guess not having find any great books on Star Wars had made him desperate enough to pick up Lord of The Ring.

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Since then, he had been either burying his head in the book or watching the movie on DVD. Then a few days ago, he came to me with this long list of inconsistencies, and it really reminded me of the time when he watched The Hobbit

1. in the movie, the dragon fireworks was launched by Mary and Pinpin,but in the book it was Gandalf that did it as a signal for supper.

2. in the movie, Frodo left right after Bilbo did, in the book it was 17 years later that Frodo left.

3. they skipped 3 chapters of the story on their adventure to the Prancing Pony.

4. in the movie, there was no Tom Bomberdil, in the book he was an immortal who helped the Hobbits to speed up their journey to the Prancing Pony.

5. in the movie, Gandalf went to Helms Deep but in the book he did not.

6. in the movie Gandalf and Sauroman fought at Isengard, in the book they did not.

7. in the movie Gandalf did not meet Radagast, the brown, in the book he did and it was Radagast who told him that Sauroman would hlep him.

8. in the book, Aragon was referred to as Strider.

9. in the book, the Hobbits did not trust Aragon until Gandalf sent a message via a person named, Butterbur to tell them to trust him.

10. in the movie, Aragon’s sword was not broken but in the book, he carried a broken sword around because it was a heirloom passed down from thousands of years ago.

11. in the movie, Elrond was there when Frodo woke up after being stabbed by a mogul blade, in book, he was not there.

12. in the movie, Gimli tried to destroy the ring with a hammer, in the book, he didn’t.

13. in the book the entrance to Moria was invisible.

14. in the book to stop the Balrog Gandalf said “you shall not pass” 3 times, in the movie, he only said it once.

15. in the book Gandalf broke his staff when he was stopping Balrog.

16. in the book Gollum was following the company.

17. in the book there was no battle at the end with the orcs

18. in the book Boromir did not die.

19. in the movie they shortend the peacful parts and added more violent parts and made the violent parts longer.

20. in the movie they skipped the first meeting wth elves

This list continues but the bottom line was that he enjoyed the book more than the movie as it was less violent.

With this and The Hobbit, I wonder whether he will ever watch a Peter Jackson’s movie again.


Solo Parenting Week 1

My husband is currently out of town and he’s been away for a week now and I am glad we survived. Apart from crashing in bed as early as the kids on most nights, everything’s well.

The fact is solo parenting needs practice and the truth is, I haven’t been getting much practice since we got here, which really isn’t something that I should complain about.

Because of a less hectic work schedule, my husband gets to spend more time with the kids. He gets to help out with the chores while I get to slack off. And as the day for him to travel grew nearer, I panicked.

Before he left, I sat down with kids and had a talk with them, on how they could help while the Dad was not around. My 4 year old gleefully offered to cook for us.  How I wish he could.

Getting the boys ready for school and disciplining them have to be the main challenges when the Dad is not around. I have to admit that how each day turns out very much depends on how well my 4 year old cooperates.

On a good day, he would wake up in the morning change his school uniform, brush his teeth and get ready for school on his own. On a bad day, I would have to nag, bribe and threaten before he would get out of bed.

Then there were the daily squabblings which required constant mediating and can be totally energy sapping. And the soccer games in the evening 3 days out of the week. Dinner has to be prepared ahead of time because hunger usually means grouchiness for the 4 year old.

The first week passed quite uneventfully.  I realised I needed to conserve my energy as the week progressed. So I skipped my morning runs and we had fewer after school playdates. During the weekend, we went bowling dates, movie dates and birthday parties. Time flies when everyone was having fun.

Then at a Chinese restaurant, while waiting for our food, my elder boy took out his book for read while the little one quietly work on a sketch of a toy he brought along. It was all so peaceful and the waitresses look at me, visibly impressed. I felt like the perfect parent with perfect children. And I wonder whether we have been too hard on the boys.

So over the weekend, as a reward to myself and the kids, we went on a shopping spree at Target. I bought each of them a new toy – a Lego set each. My little man was so anxious to get it fixed that he stayed up past bedtime to work on it.

And the next morning he was up as early as 6.30 am to continue what he couldn’t finish the night before. He was finally done an hour later but my the clock on my phone showed the same time, 6.30 am.

Apparently it was Daylight Saving and we were just moved forward an hour which effectively meant that we were up since 5.30 am on a Sunday morning.

All thanks to the new toy and thus another week of toiling began.

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