Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It was only upon uploading these photos that I realised Nicholas and I wore the same colours on Xmas. Pure coincidence! Our Xmas tree lacked something and in the years to come, we will look back at these photos and tease E for making the same mistake (or out of sheer laziness) for 4 consecutive years! And there were no photos of Marcus, no family pics either! Tsk, tsk tsk..
And as usual again, E is very generous and I always get the best presents. This year, it is a Macbook (so sleek and sexy that I want to carry it around town like my new purse), a pink TOD's full leather bag (again so beautiful and sexy I want to carry it around town all the time), Heros DVDs and SK II products! Hmm... I know I have to live up to similar standards of gift giving this year once I start getting a fat pay check... for now, I like to believe that he gets so much joy simply in giving..
Christmas was rather quiet. We opened all the presents and went to relative's house for a gathering and that was that. Not that I want a busy, noisy holiday anyway. Overall, it was a pleasant family-only Christmas which went by peacefully.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The kids had fun with Uncle Roberto.
Nicholas posing in his pram during one of our walks around the hotel.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Still, Marcus didn't let us or Father Xmas forget what he wishes for. He tells us everyday.
"Mama, Santa Claus will bring me (patting his own chest) a Lego garbage truck because I am a good boy" (nodding vigorously to make his point).
"Mama, can you tell Santa Claus I am a good boy, so he will bring me a Lego garbage truck for Christmas?"
"Mama, only good boys get presents for Christmas right? I want something from Toys R Us... um.. I want the Lego garbage truck. Oh! Oh! I also want Harvey (from Thomas & Friends)."
His list just gets longer and longer each day but he pretty much gets the idea that he has to be a good boy for Santa to bring him presents on Christmas and he knows that he needs to communicate to Santa by writing to him. Recently he started writing again to Santa "Dear Father Christmas....."
He really wants the Lego garbage truck, amongst other things.. Ever since he received his first set of Mega Bloks construction vehicle for age 3+ which he adored, E has bought him the Lego cement mixer and later the Lego Police car which we brought to Bali. Both for age 5 to 12. He was looking at the Lego brochure one day and told papa he wanted the cement mixer set. Later at Toys R Us, he insisted singlemindedly that was what he wanted, so how could papa resist! He really did well with the 2 sets. Plays with them everyday and now he can construct the police car from memory. Still needs some help with the cement mixer but he knows where all the parts belong.
I can't help but beam with pride when I see him fix up the parts and run to me proudly with the finished product.
Overall, I must say the vacation could have been better if the kids, especially Marcus was more agreeable. He was nursing his cold and very homesick, so he wasn't his best self for part of the vacation. It would be an understatement to say that it was hard for us as parents since it was supposed to be a vacation, but really, we hardly relaxed. However, it should be expected too since we went with the kids without help. Perhaps we underestimated the amount of "work" there would be. Nicholas had lots of fun though, so that was nice.
It was also really nice that we travelled with two of Ed's colleagues, Leon and Roberto and their families, so the kids could play together and the adults had company.