Saturday, May 28, 2016

Night Views

Singapore by night. :)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Settling In

 It turns out that our apartment is in a slightly different area of town than I thought (they have two locations, about a 5-10 minute drive from each other), so we're not right in the midst of the nightlife, but it's still pretty cool.  Our apartment is on the 19th floor -- the first few pictures are the view from the balcony.  It's a really nice place (they even welcomed me with an awesome gift basket of snacks and fruits!)

There's a grocery store right in the bottom part of the complex, and they stock spaghetti, strawberries, eggs, and ketchup -- so even if the little guys don't develop a taste for Singaporean food, they won't starve. :)  (The room service/dining room menu also includes pizza and chicken nuggets!)

The humidity is formidable, and the heat is intense in the sun -- good thing they have so many trees around!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Halfway Across the World

 I've arrived in Singapore!  For a 27-hour trip, it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected.  :)  And that's saying something, especially since on my 12-hour flight, I switched seats with this poor woman who wanted to sit by her husband (so after getting MY seat weeks in advance, I ended up in the middle seat).  But the Emirates A-380s are nice spacious aircraft, so even the middle seat was okay.  And the food was good and there was almost never a wait for the bathroom -- quite a difference from a domestic airline!

The flight arrived in Dubai a bit late and the connections were fairly tight, so lots of people were a bit panicked, but they had staff to meet us and "rush" us through security and the gate to get there on time.

It was very hazy in Dubai, so as you can see from the pictures, we didn't get much of a view of the city.  Flying in, you can definitely tell it's the middle of a desert!

On the second flight, I had a whole row to myself -- yippee!  And the planes had wifi (very, very slow wifi, but still), so I could get updates from Mike about the boys.  (They're all doing just fine.)

It looks like our apartment is going to be in a great area of Singapore -- lots of restaurants, etc. right next door.  And even at 10 PM, it's still plenty humid!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On My Way

Off to Singapore, with a plane change in Dubai on the way!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Splashing and Swinging

 Seth got a new swing that was advertised to be able to hold 600 pounds.  It certainly could hold three fun-loving cousins!

Ninja Party

 The birthday party was allegedly for the kids, but really the adults were looking forward to trying out the ninja obstacles!  Mike and I both made it through the rings and the ladder-to-cargo net, and he also made a valiant effort at the Devil Steps (two ladders together that you cross with your hands, the first one uphill and the second downhill).  Ryan's dad was also a pretty good ninja, as was our friend Matt!

Of course, the boys and their friends had a blast as well. :)  The only slight bummer was that Ninja Darren, who helps run the kids' classes, wasn't able to be there.  (He's also an actor, and the last performance of his current play was the same time as the party.)

Matthew was excited because he got to eat his whole name on the cookie cake.  :)

The boys got to request which obstacles to do during their party, and James wanted to do Cannonball Alley because he still hasn't beaten it.  (I overheard him tell one of his friends that Cannonball Alley was "his nemesis.")