Sunday, November 24, 2013
I saw someone post a link to Star Wars snowflakes on Facebook and I was intrigued. Bobby was sleeping and Scott was doing his own little gluing project so I gave it a whirl. I did Darth Vader first, but cutting out the eyes (through twelve folds of paper) was way too hard without an xacto knife, so from then on I stuck to templates that didn't have any freestanding holes--just cuts from the edges.
This is a Scout Trooper
The eyes on this weren't bad because they were square. I LOVE the little ewoks. I had to double check the website, but this is an AT-ST Chicken Walker.
Wolverine--this is probably my favorite.
Here are the ones I did for the dining room with a friend. Most of them were templates because I feel lazy now, but there are a few originals, too.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
The answer is no, they do not celebrate Halloween in Laos. However, there are a lot of ex-pats here and Halloween is celebrated by British and Australian people, though maybe not to the same extent as Americans. So, I volunteered to host the Thursday morning playgroup on Halloween. I did it with the help of Marissa. Her husband is new to project Matt's working on, so I was able to buy costumes from Amazon, send them to Marissa in the States and have them in time. It was awesome. She also brought Halloween decorations from Wal-Mart that really made the house feel festive. And we made green punch (kiwi juice and sprite) and cupcakes. It was a good time. Also, there was a party at an international school here that we attended. They got to trick or treat at 7 doors there on Halloween, and at 5 doors two days before at Matt's coworker's apartments. They didn't get a ton of candy, of course, but that is totally fine! And the kids love their costumes so much that they have been wearing them ever since!
Day 4 in Hong Kong was the day we set aside to attend the temple. Matt went to a session first at 9am. We took two trains to get there and walked a little ways down an alley--someone at the train station gave us directions. There is a park just across the street, so the kids played for a while and then sat down with the iPad and watched some of a movie and then we walked to the street and took pictures of the temple from across the street. And we had some snacks. It was a nice, relaxing morning.
The plan for Day 5 was Disneyland, which is across the water on Lantau Island near Discovery Bay. Since the airport is also on Lantau, we decided to switch hotels for our last two nights. It was awesome! They had a spa and I left Matt with the boys for dinner and went to get a pedicure. After walking all over the city, it was SO nice. We gave the kids a bath. The bathtub/shower was SO cool!!
It had a big fountain for filling the tub.
This was the view from our room: Aaaaaaah. Can you feel me relaxing?
Day 5: Hong Kong Disneyland!!!
We got strollers again for the boys--you like how I'm pushing both of them??
Next we went on Space Mountain. The kids aren't big enough (or brave enough, frankly), so we did a "rider switch." I sat with the boys in a little waiting area while Matt went on first. We looked at the planets and stars hanging from the ceiling and the kids liked it a lot. Then it was my turn for Space Mountain and Matt took the boys back on the Buzz Lightyear ride. Matt said that he steered and the boys both used the laser guns--I guess Bobby caught on a little better the second time around. Unfortunately that was followed by another breakdown from Bobby that was even more intense. This time we happened upon a stage show that was about to start, The Golden Mickeys. Bobby was crying all the way up until the show started and then once he saw Mickey and Minnie on stage he was in awe and stopped. They were good the whole show. There were lots of different songs from a bunch of movies the kids have never seen, but Matt and I were singing along the whole time. Then, I twisted Matt's arm and made him go on It's a Small World with me. I really like this ride! Maybe it's the fact that it's on a boat. I don't know. I took loads of pictures, but most of them didn't come out. Oh well. Here's some that worked out:
The next part of the park was called Mystic Point, which just opened and is a World Exclusive. The only ride in that section was Mystic Manor, which is a similar concept to Haunted Mansion. The mansion is owned by Lord Henry (I thought he looked a lot like Jane Porter's dad from Tarzan, but Matt finally proved me wrong last night, so I guess he's not from any movie) who has a house full of antiquities from around the world. His pet monkey opens a music box that has the power to bring inanimate objects to life--so we were zoomed around the manor in a little car and saw all the different rooms and monkey being scared of everything. The kids didn't love it. Most of the ride, Bobby was very nervously saying, "Off. Off! Off!" I'm not sure if he wanted us to turn it off, or he wanted to get off the ride. But he was not pleased, but he didn't CRY either. And at the end of the ride, Scott said, "I was very brave." We asked if they liked it and they both cautiously said yes, and then when we said, "Wanna go again?" they both said, "NO!!" It was cute.
On Main Street, they had Monsters University set up, so you could take your picture with Sulley and Mike and get a student ID card. And they had figures from Oozma Kappa and Roar Omega Roar. The kids just watched the movie a little while ago, so they were pretty excited about it.
We had a great trip!! I can't wait to go back! We still need to see the Lion King Show and go on the train...