July 12, 2010

[Sleepless nights and playdates]

The past few weeks have been full of sleepless nights for us, while the girls are oblivious to those nocturnal wakefulness. (well, they probably wondered why we were unusually cranky when waking up in the morning!). Work and the world cup contributed to all these nocturnal activity, and as we get older, we realise it is pretty impossible to survive on less than 5 hours of regular sleep, especially not with 2 very active kids!
We managed to meetup with G's favorite friend from Kindie finally, as due to both set of parents work commitments, haven't been able to meetup for quite sometime. G told us before we met - "i don't even remember how Gis looks like now!"
The 2 friends were so excited to see each other again after so long, they played together almost immediately, but as usual, this closeness starts to wane once the first excitement wears off.
We spotted a huge sandcastle built for a certain lucky somebody's birthday party.
The water fountain that never fails to bring out the best in the kids.
They LOVE playing there, it is such a simple yet effective playdate
The younger set of girls didn't really have much affinity playing together, but tolerated each other and shared and had fun making tiny overtures of friendship
It was a good playdate and the 2 Gs have been hard at work planning for the next one!

Some stuff documenting G's creative works now too:
She loves drawing and have started demonstrating lots of tiny details that are very cute. Where she used to just draw straight from her mind, we've started to notice that she's observing how other people are drawing their characters (princesses, castles etc) and often tries to emulate the portions she finds pretty. In this case, she has started to draw the eyes of her princesses with quite a lot of detail - eyelashes, eyeballs and eyebrows. This is how her older cousin E draws them and she thinks it makes the character much more 'princessey'. :)
Accompanying the princess (a caricuture of herself) are her most precious things - from L to R: Ginger miao miao, Cloud bu bu, Bearbino, Softie the blankie.
Another princess drawing

Lately, we have also been quite a number of scale models as part of our work. Of course, once the girls saw the materials etc out, they too had to be a part of this. This is G's own model. She took my scrap pieces and orchestrated this model all by herself! The only help I did was to cut out the doors / windows based on her sketch. She will also define the rooms and spaces herself. (I don't know why 'Perry' is written there though...)
Also, we have recently been gifted a really nice bike by P - Thank you VERY much (check out her blog for the classes that she teaches - her weight loss is amazing and a true inspiration to us all!)!! Even though G loves it and wants to cycle right NOW, with all the packed activities over the weekend, we have not had a chance to do so yet. Soon soon!

It has been quite awhile since I last scrapped, and as I put together the photos, papers and embellishments, I am once again reminded of why I love it sooo much. It is like revisiting a longago friend, lots of memories and fun!
Finally also had a chance to put my first few pages of 2010 into this scrapbook from Paperchase at Border.
The pages are 8x8", a good size to fit into the 9x9" album!

This last is a 2-pager that is not quite completed... will post more when I'm done with them! (Most products are October Afternoon)

Last but not least, G has to wear corrective glasses!!! Boohoo, as most parents in Singapore know, it isn't a question of will she or wouldn't she, but when? I guess with both parents short-sighted from a young age, it wasn't a surprise that she would be a "four eyes". After bringing her to the refraction clinic, and also to a reputable optometrist, she was diagnosed at 100 degress on both eyes, with a slight astimatism on her left eye. The general prescription is based on wearing the glasses only when she requires to view far objects, and the aim these early years will be to ensure that her degree doesn't get worse. Most importantly, for our little bookworm, that means taking many breaks from her reading and to have proper lighting always.

A little video below of the effect of glasses:

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