happy birthday, still

For the second half of the day, we took the girls to a play gym.  We weren’t really sure what to expect, and thought the girls would be shy or nervous, but we were wrong.  They took off through this gym like crazy, laughing and screaming the whole time.

Kaitlin hanging out in the tunnel.

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Kristin isn’t quite walking on her own yet, she is a bit more cautious then her sister, but she loved this walker. She spent half the time in the gym running with it from one end to the other.

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I think this was meant to slide down, but Kaitlin just wanted to climb up.

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Another tunnel

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Kaitlin ran for the steps and Qumi had to chase after her.  She made it to the top, leaving Qumi more then a bit nervous.

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The girls got a huge present from Yuka-chan, their unofficial aunt!  They spent several minutes playing with the ribbon before we helped them open it.

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Its a great wooden toy that teaches them coordination.  For the first little while they spent most of the time putting the pieces in their mouths.  Kristin though eventually figured it out and put the pieces in the right spot to watch them roll down the levels.  This toy is great and we saw it in Japan, but couldn’t bring it back with us.  We are all so happy the girls have it.

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Mom made a special dinner for their birthday including fruit donuts in different shapes.  They loved them more then anything so far.  I think Qumi is going to be forced to make these more often.

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The cake – even though they cant try it.

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Today was one of the best days we ever spent together as a family.  It was long and crazy, but the girls really loved it. So much that they took 3 naps today. Let’s hope they can sleep all the way through tonight – that would be a great birthday gift for me 🙂

happy birthday

Its been a whole year, last year at 18:48 Kaitlin was born followed by Kristin 1 minute later.  So today we celebrated our survival, if we can make the 1st year, the rest will be easy.  We headed to Sentosa Island to see the aquarium.  sentosa

Resorts World is a cool place, there is a little bit of everything.  What’s really nice is that you are outside, but mostly under cover to avoid any rain.

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The aquarium starts with a tunnel through one of the large tanks. If you look closely you can see the girls are amazed and just staring at the ceiling. They loved every minute!

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Did you say something about a shark?

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This aquarium is huge!  They claim the largest viewable tank in the world, and I believe it. The main tank has a 3 story wall that just goes forever.

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Here is Kristin trying to grab the fish.

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The girls loved being able to get up close to the tanks. Here they are playing footsie against the glass.

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The strangest fish here – Its the cuttlefish, delicious but certainly strange looking.

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Qumi educated the girls on the different fish – which ones are tasty, which are not.

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This cylinder forces the fish to swim around in circles the whole time.  The girls kept laughing at the amount of fish coming by.

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The next thing to check out in Sentosa is Universal Studios, although we have to decide when the girls will actually appreciate it – maybe in a couple of years.

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I have more pictures from today and will post them soon.

having fun with friends

The girls had their friends over and here is the rare picture that they are all together and even looking at the camera. I bet it took Qumi 50 shots to get this picture. 🙂

The Gang

They had so much fun, they all passed out together.

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Mom, you scared me!

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A new french bakery opened up in the neighborhood and Kaitlin is really happy.  The girls do love their bread, especially when Qumi makes it with strawberry’s.

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Future Fashionista?

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Pants? We don’t need pants, in fact I’ll just wear them as a hat.

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I know its not my pacifier, but I do like playing with them.

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That’s mom in the back, taking a nap.  I’ll just go wake her up 🙂

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The girls do love their Disney TV.

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Is that a necklace?

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Look Mom, I can climb up on the couch without any helpClimbing

The girls are growing fast now and getting smarter everyday. Its getting hard to keep up with them. When I came home today, Qumi had setup a tunnel for them to crawl through and they were having a blast. Kaitlin is starting to recognize shapes more and is getting close to putting the square peg in the square hole. Kristin is beginning to get more fearless in her efforts to walk around the apartment. Pretty soon she will be tearing it up around the place. We have to start working on child-proofing the rest of the apartment.

Grandpa Bill is all set to come for a visit that lasts 6 weeks. We are trying to figure out where to take him while he is here.  We are already thinking to go to Japan for the last couple days of the trip since our good friends are getting married soon. Now we just need to decide whether to go to Thailand or Indonesia for our holiday. There is always Vietnam, but since he already visited when he was younger, not sure he wants to go back.

Until next time.