Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer's Almost Here!

Today was Nachos' last day at K1. She went to school in a dress and I was able to take some pictures of her in class.

I can still remember the few weeks of school when we had to pry her off my arms on the odd occasion when she didn't want me to leave her there. But during the last 2 weeks of school, she had been sending me on my way and asking me to go even before she entered her class area. I am so proud of her! She's really grown, even in just baby steps these past few months.

Her growing up in front of my eyes makes me realize I missed out on Boy Wonder growing up around the time Nachos was born. Boy Wonder was 2 years 7 months old when Nachos was born. I missed out on him getting used to school because it was my parents that took him to school everyday while they were here. Then I was so busy breastfeeding and getting used to having a new baby around that I don't remember much of that critical toddler to little man stage they say happens between the age of 2 and 3. At least with Nachos, I totally witnessed it and am amazed at how a little person transforms in such a short time.

Poseidon is scheduled to arrive next week, and I am grateful that the timing this time has given me the chance to watch Boy Wonder and Nachos mature even a bit more in these first few months in HK. I'm glad I'm at least able to be there and see them get used to school and settled down before I will be completely occupied with a new human in the house.

Boy Wonder's last day for this term will be on Friday. I was able to attend their parent-student-teacher conference which I thought was a great idea. I really liked how the students are incorporated into the whole 1 hour and we were able to interact together and get a better sense of how our kids are doing in class. I'm glad Boy Wonder is fitting in just fine and on track with his academics.

Grandma also arrives tomorrow morning, so I'm sure I'll have a sense of relief with an extra pair of hands around with the summer holidays beginning. Grandma is also very patient with the kids, so at least she'll be keeping them occupied after Poseidon arrives.

In the meantime I'm just making the most of the few remaining days of having 2 kids. It'll be so interesting to see how the dynamics of everything will change once there will be 3!

My kids are such goof balls

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day at the Beach

Last Saturday, we made an impromptu trip to Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island. Armed with our new car, Hubby decided to take a punt and go on an adventure drive to anywhere on Lantau. We drove past a sign that said Cheung Sha beach and went for it. There was one parking spot left! How fortuitous.

Once we got out of the car, we saw the restaurants the spilled onto the beach and knew it would be a great spot for me to have a snack while Hubby ran around the beach with the kids.

View from our table at the restaurant of Hubby and the kids running off in the distance.

The first restaurant amongst the row of 3 was a South African one. I ordered garlic bread, fish cakes, meats balls and a few drinks. I know I should have taken some pictures, but it was too hot and humid to bother. After the food arrived, Hubby and the kids went through it really quick which made me order more garlic bread and meats. I think Boy Wonder ate a WHOLE loaf of garlic bread all by himself.

I was also really thankful I brought the insect repellent! Darn those sand flies and little black hovering mozzy like things that bite you!

The kids loved making mud-pies since the sand had a tinge of black in it. Further down the beach was a little creek-like dip into the sand where the run-off from the hills next to the beach flows into the sea. It was lovely. The kids loved playing in the shallow pool of water.

After we ate and the kids played a bit more, it was just too hot and humid to hang around for much longer. We rinsed the kids off, got them an ice lolly each and got back into the car.

View of the restaurant from the beach.

It was great to have been able to go to a nice beach on a whim like that. There was no way we could have done that without a car. I think it's looking like it'll be a more interesting summer than I first thought.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Let's Go On A Picnic

Nothing solidifies the reality of living somewhere than when a car is purchased. Although I'm scared of driving in HK, I actually gave in and agreed when Hubby asked if we should buy a car. And so as of yesterday, we are proud owners of a second-hand Toyota Picnic.

One of the major reasons why we wanted to get a car was to eliminate the stress of catching a cab every morning to take Boy Wonder to his school bus pick up point on Kennedy Road. There was one morning for some strange reason there were NO empty cabs that came. Boy Wonder's pick up time came and went, so I had to drag both kids all the way to Kowloon Tong. Boy Wonder loved it, Nachos liked the unexpected morning adventure in her sleep wear and I hated the commute back stuck amongst the morning rush hour crowd. At least now I know we don't have to worry about that happening anymore.

Hubby took Boy Wonder in the car this morning and this afternoon I drove the car to pick Nachos up from school. It was a pain to park along the street, but at least we no longer have to wait for a taxi to come along.

P knows just how nervous I am about driving in HK. Once we got lost going to M's house. I was in a panic even though I wasn't even the one driving. I just have this thing about one way roads, missing street signs, non-sense road signs and no U-turns! In HK, when you make a wrong turn, you're screwed! So the way I'm going to do this whole driving thing in HK will be to take a cab to wherever I need to go first then drive there myself in the future. I'll also go get myself one of those driving road atlas to know the roads a bit better.

Hmmm... I wonder how much it costs to hire a driver in HK?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Population Explosion

Yesterday was my joint baby shower with M. She's expecting twins! We're only 3 days apart in our pregnancy. When I was trying to get pregnant with Nachos a few years ago, M and I were in the same boat. Although its taken these many years more for her to get pregnant, just the coincidence of getting pregnant at pretty much the same time this time is amazing! I couldn't be happier for her.

The doctor has told us on our individual assessments that our sugar levels are a bit high and so that we should cut down on sweets. But as you can see from M's plate, there was no cutting down yesterday afternoon! I was really bad eating sushi, soft cheese and even parma ham. But heck, we were at the Marriott, so I trust their food would be fresh enough? Oh well, as they were all telling us yesterday: you're about to give birth anyways, no harm pigging out a bit. If only I was not in a rush to get home, I would have eaten a lot more!

Although it was M's and my shower, it sure didn't mean we were the only pregnant women. Out of the 8 ladies that were there, half were pregnant. J should be popping any day now and M's doctor thinks her twins will be delivered very soon too. T is due later this year and I'm due in early July. I just hope Poseidon will be a good boy and stay in my tummy till our new helper arrives!

Its amazing how time flies. Whenever we have occasions like these, I always think back at where we started. I still remember the very first baby showers we threw each other. From those initial days of the baby boom, it sure has been a population explosion in every sense of the word. Not only has our population boomed in terms of babies, but also in terms of the friends.

Thank you so much for organizing such a wonderful afternoon for us Ragamuffin Girl!