When we got home from the Botanic Gardens Thursday night we hit the pool. Swimming was awesome while they were here because for some reason Declan would actually get in the water and jump in from the edge and such when they were around. He used to do that all the time but for the past couple of months, pretty much ever since our trip to Thailand, he has been a big wuss about the water and only likes the kiddie pool. So I thought maybe the phase had finally passed but, no. It was just a grandma and papa thing. I have taken the kids swimming since they left and he screams bloody murder if I pull him away from the edge. Darn.
Friday morning I took my parents to see the Joss Stick man (or the cinnamon man, as we call him). We have been there before to check out his work. He makes things out of clay made from the cinnamon tree. It's a dying art. These two brothers learned from their father but it doesn't sound like they have any children who will be continuing the trade and they are the only ones left in Singapore. This time the other brother was the one who answered questions and showed us around. They are both very nice but I thought he was a little more animated and easier to talk to.
Watching him make an arm.
Tatum at the paper embossing station.
This little living room and merry-go-round were actually part of the 700 years of Singapore exhibit.
Back in the kids area, putting on a puppet show.
We took my parents to the Basil Inn for dinner that night. It's a nearby Thai restaurant that we have enjoyed.
We had a hard time deciding how to spend our last day together. But in the end we decided to just keep it low key. We played tennis in the morning which was hot but a lot of fun. We immediately went swimming to cool off. Then we got cleaned up and mom and I went to Tampines (a nearby mall) for a little shopping while the guys stayed home with the kids. It was fun to have some time just the two of us.
We met them at a different mall for dinner when we were finished. And dad got his seafood. We really wanted to take him to try chili crab even though we have never had it. We thought we had a restaurant picked out and then made the mistake of reading reviews. There was no way we were going to go so far out of our way for a restaurant with reviews like that. So he had to settle for this fish. Sorry dad.
After dinner it was a movie and popcorn night.
You're welcome, mom. :)
Here they are reading a book together that last night. Both of them crying. It's just too much!
It was so much fun having them here and sharing our life with them! I love my mom and dad and I'm so grateful for all they've ever taught me and done for me. I couldn't ask for better parents. And there's just something special about watching your kids with your parents and seeing their love for each other. I'm so glad my kids get to know them and have a very real, very personal relationship with them. There was also something really validating about having someone from back home experience our life here. I'm just so grateful that they sacrificed the time and money, endured the long flights and hot weather, to come and spend some time here with us on the red dot. Thanks mom and dad! We all love and miss you!
The Monday after they left, the kids and I stayed in all day. They played exceptionally well together and allowed me to do a lot of deep cleaning I hadn't had time for in awhile. And then during quiet time I found this:
Tatum made herself a little bed on the floor in her room and fell right to sleep. She never falls asleep during quiet time anymore. Never. We had an amazing 6 weeks! Four in the United States (Utah, Colorado, and Iowa) with lots of family and friends, and two busy weeks here in Singapore with mom and dad. But I think we all felt like Tatum by the end, ready for a nap. :)