おひなさま

雛祭り (Girl’s Day) is fast approaching and its time to get ready! The festival is on March 3rd, but you start setting up now. Qumi’s friend was extremely generous and sent the girls a beautiful doll set. The idea is that the dolls are setup each year for several weeks prior to the festival. The dolls stay with us until the girls get married and move out, at which point the girls continue the tradition.

The set is very detailed and needs to be assembled in a certain way. The dolls are laid out on a red carpet, with a lacquer and tatami base. There is a gold screen, lanterns and flowers in the background.

the beginning

You need to wear gloves when working with the dolls as they are very delicate and need to last forever. Tying the hat on was probably the hardest part.

careful finishing touches

Here is the whole set.

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A close up of each set. The dolls are the same, but the kimono’s are different. I love that the male doll comes with a katana that comes out of the sheath.

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gong xi fa cai

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s Chinese new year in Singapore and that means its a four day weekend. Everything shuts down and people spend time with their families. Even the shopping malls are closed – the only thing left is Starbucks.

Four days off with the girls is great but exhausting, now that they are moving around, we spend half the time chasing them around. I love the bumbo chair as it locks them in for at least a couple minutes.Bumbo

Kaitlin is no longer just dragging her belly across the floor, she is pushing up on her knees and now starting to pull up. Its time to lower the crib mattress, cover all outlets, attach the bumpers on all furniture, lock all draws, etc.

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Sunday at Starbucks? it certainly doesn’t look like any Sunday at Starbucks. With Chinese new year in full swing, no one is around.

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enjoying the view & dogs shouldn’t sleep like this

The week following Aunt Jenn’s visit was a bit tough as we were back to reality again. Having her here was a huge help and girls definitely miss her. We were able to get a few shots of them smiling though.

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Kristin sitting up (barely). She can hold that position for about 5 seconds, so she is well on her way to full stability.

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In their PJs!

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Black & White really is dramatic sometimes.

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Enjoying the afternoon on the balcony staring off into distance. The breeze was great, and they loved being out there.

Surveying the land

Yuna -chan came for a visit!

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Dogs don’t normally sleep like this, but Inu is a bizarre one.

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Jenn came for a visit :)

Aunt Jenn (our temporary nanny) braved the 24 hour flight from NY to Singapore to spend some time with us. We did some very typical Singaporean things, and some not so typical stuff.

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Kaitlin has been practicing and finally sitting well on her own. She still needs some help to get to the position, but can sit there for a while once there. Kristin is starting to get the hang of it, she can sit for 5 seconds or so.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy Lunar New Year)

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We stopped off for lunch at Din Tai Fun which is a chain from a Michelin rated restaurant in Taiwan. Below are the Shrimp and Crab dumplings.

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Xiao Lun Bao!  The specialty!

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Just by luck, we stumbled across the annual Thaipusam festival in Singapore. Thaipusam is a hindu festival in which devotees pierce their skin with metal rods and attach a large altar to it, then walk about 4km (2.5 miles) barefoot through the streets of Singapore. And you thought your morning was tough. I zoomed in so you can see the rods going through his chest.

That's gotta hurt