Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Wrap-up Photos and Videos

As 2015 comes to an end, here are some normal-life photos and videos of funny and treasured moments from December.

Video 834 - Lauren the thrill-seeker on a kids' ride at Ocean Park

Video 835 - Ashley and Lauren sharing milk and playing nicely.

Video 836 - Natalie flying a kite at the dog park.

Video 837 - The girls playing nicely together on my bed. I love it when they play and interact with each other, especially when they are laughing and enjoying each other's company.

Video 838 - When Ashley is upset, she needs Blue Blankie, her little blue blanket.

Video 839 - We had a little "toddler's New Years" party in the afternoon and did a pre-count-down at 3:00 pm (ish) to ring in the new year with kids at Cafe Causette.  Lauren happily learned to blow a noise-maker with her nose.

Ba-ba does something a man with daughters has gotta do -- play with barbies.

Long, long, long line up to try and get a school bus for Natalie.

Breakfast crepes (savoury and sweet) at uncle Laurent's place, cooked by Laure.

Lauren keeps Ashley company during a time-out.

Natalie and Ava chat about life and it's complexities.

And here are Ba-ba's #best9 of the girls this year

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Party at Home

On Christmas day, we had a little party with other families with sine other girls over to play.  It's a small apartment but we managed to squeeze in 11 girls all playing together for most of the day. Add in some good food, Santa steal (where no one stole anything), some treats, some Othello, some chess a bit of television, and lots of pie, and we had a really fun day with family and friends.  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cousins time!

Thanks Lisa for taking Natalie for some cousin time on her holiday in the lead up to Christmas -- she had a great time with V & V!   We also enjoyed afternoon tea and a ballet show at the Mandarin Oriental, and dinner at Peking Garden with the blended family for Winter Solstice.  Lots of good quality time with cousins :)

Video 833 - The girls make a video saying "Good Morning!" to Lisa yee-yee.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Santa's Hand-writing

Hong Kong post sweetly sent replies to the girls' letters to Santa. Natalie asked: "Why is the hand-writing different?"  Because Santa has help, of course :)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Last of the YWCA classes for the term

And so our time at the YWCA comes to an end as we switch our Saturday morning's up for soccer during the Winter.  The girls had a really great time and learned a lot -- hope we can return after the winter term of soccer (and it starts getting too hot again!)

Video 830 -  Ashley and a friend playing under the chairs while waiting for their class.

Video 831 - Ashley on the balance beam with her teacher's help at gymnastic class.

Video 832 - Natalie and Lauren at Chinese calligraphy class.

With the Lung Family - Hiking, Lunch and Jelly Beans

Earlier today we spent some great quality time with the Lung family.  We tried to hike and managed to get 100 feet up Hatton Road before turning back for rain (and studied a snail along the way). We ended up having fried rice and pizza for lunch together at the Lung apartment, followed by a round of a Jelly Bean game where a jelly bean you pick may taste good or bad (but they look the same). It's funny to watch the expressions of everyone trying to pick or eat a jelly bean -- is it a tasty one or a yucky one?  Thanks Keiks and Jason for having us and to the Lung kids for being gracious hosts, too :)