Thursday, March 29, 2012


Kidzania is now open in KL. Dave read about it in an airport magazine. It is a theme park -- kind of -- a miniature city where kids get to act out adult jobs. They get paid for the work they do, and can buy things from shops. Each job lasts about 20 minutes.

Maya chose to be a window washer, painter, pilot, nurse, firefighter, and gas station attendant. She got her nails done and her eyes checked at the doctor too.

Ethen was a bit too young to really enjoy this. I learned that he wants to do a job where NO UNIFORM is required. He threw a fit when we tried to dress him. The only thing he did was assemble a laptop in the Dell store. Later that day he had the symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Poor kid. I probably exposed all the kids at Kidzania. Good thing he just lounged in his stroller most of the time.

Here is Maya in the hospital nursery taking care of babies.  She gave them a bath, swabbed their eyes and belly button, put baby powder on them, swaddled them, gave them a bottle, and rocked them to sleep.

Here she is as a firefighter. They watched a video about fire safety. Then when the alarm sounded, they jumped on the fire truck, drove around the city and stopped to put the fire out.

**Sorry about the sound.  I've uploaded this several times, and it just won't work right.**

Monday, March 26, 2012

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At the pool

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

January Stuff

I received my 2011 Malaysia book last week from All in all it is very similar to shutterfly. The key difference is that they let me print more than 100 pages (mine was 123). The page thickness might be slightly less than shutterfly, and there is a slight grain on the paper, so it's not a totally smooth finish. The colors seem to be okay, however I would have liked the cover to be more brilliant (that might be my fault). The spine is put together like shutterfly, but we'll see if it is more resilient. Only time will tell. Overall I am happy with it.

So I decided not to change up much for my monthly pages in my 2012 annual family scrapbook. This system is working for me and it is totally flexible.

January 1-15

January 16-31

Monday, March 19, 2012

Gardening with Grandma

Pictures from last summer...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

All Aboard

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ethen! I love that he is old enough now to anticipate his birthday (which he has been for days now). I've been making a lot of party decorations that couldn't be hidden. Like this...

The kids have loved playing with it. I got the boxes from Ikea. They are a great resource for all shapes and sizes.

We celebrated as family this morning and he got a new wiggle waggle, which has replaced his 3-wheeled giraffe (so sad to see that cute thing go). But, he is a growing boy who has to keep up with his sister now.

In the afternoon we had a few kids over for a little train party. I got some great ideas off the internet and had fun making various things.

Again, I got the boxes from Ikea. The carrot/celery car is labeled "Produce Car," the olive car is labeled "Coal Car," and the pretzel car is labeled "Log Car."

I really wanted a beverage dispenser for the drinks, but the ones I found here weren't quite what I was looking for and way too expensive. So I opted for pitchers. The "Diesel Fuel" is apple juice.

Station House Sandwiches

Caboose Cupcakes

I laid a black track around the house made from duct tape. The kids loved this.

A fun day.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Maya's Quote of the Day

Maya has been home with me for 2 days because of parent/teacher conferences. We've spent time --just the two of us-- while Ethen has been in school. It's been nice. I love her sweet disposition (most of the time). She is always thinking ahead, problem solving, making sure everyone is on the right page. Two fun quotes from her during these days:

Tonight during her dinner prayer:
"Bless that Ethen can have a Happy Birthday tomorrow with all his friends. Bless that he won't whine anymore when he's 3." I think I shouted "Amen!"

Unfortunately, Maya is also as stubborn as me. I've been making decorations for Ethen's party, and she's been helping where I'll allow it. We butted heads over what colors to make the train, and she got pretty upset with me. Awhile later she was crying. I figured it was still residual from this argument.

I really had to prod it out of her. I sat down beside her and coaxed the reason for her tears out of her. She surprised me when she said, "I am just so happy that I have such a helpful little brother." I was totally shocked. He had helped her pick up some of her toys after I gruffly told them both to clean up. I was moved that Ethen's kindness brought her to tears. It a stark contrast to how I had treated them both earlier.

I then spoke to her about how these were the best kind of tears, tears of happiness and love. I apologized and went away grateful that she is learning this type of love and made a note that she should be learning it from my example too.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Party Invitation

I saw this idea on pinterest. I think it turned out pretty cute. I read a sign on there the other day that said Pinterest: where women go to plan imaginary weddings, dress kids that don't exist, and decorate homes we can't afford.

I miss family during events and holidays. I get frustrated that the paper plates that cost $2.52 in the US cost $8.30 here. Is it worth it? No. Do I do it anyway? Uh-huh. I have lots of ideas swirling in my head (sparked by pinterest) but no clue where to get some of the supplies.

Does Ethen care? No. Do I? Yeah. My creative side sometimes likes to leap the digital boundary. And after all, there is Maya's 3rd birthday at Disneyland Paris that I'm competing with. *sigh*