This year, I had three goals for the CNY: First is to get a snap of all the little cousins together. Second is to train Roo and Red to independently wish their elders "Happy New Year" without my constant supervision (More coffee time for me in the future), and lastly but more importantly, to get some quality playtime and "hanging around" moments with the little ones to make up for my constantly crazy busy schedule these days.
Chronicled our first three days of the new year in images, and if this sets the tone for the year ahead -- then even this not-so-lucky pig might have a great year despite all the numerologists' and feng shui masters' forecasts. Oink!
ROO was excited to collect $2 for her allowance for the week ahead, and in collecting the pretty designs of the new ang paos for her arts and crafts ideas.
As part of tradition, we headed over to the temple for prayers. I was happily surprised that the little ones took it on well. While I am not religious, I do believe in earnest thanksgiving and a prayerful contemplativeness that requires us to think back on the year to count the good things, learn from the bad, and keep a positive attitude about what's ahead.
After the temple, it was off to the Lao Mah's -- the eldest of the paternal relatives. It was a rainy day, so we were confined indoors. I've been itching to shoot all the little cousins together at grandma's nice little garden.
We had a little bit more sun, so we made sure to bring the kids out to the park (in between visiting at the grandparents') for some play. Lovely greens! Can't say it enough -- I just love Bishan Park!
Easing off visiting, H went over to the temple to pray for the family. He got to see the urn of his dad's granddad, whose ashes had to be flown from China to join the family at the columbarium. We've shown the little ones their great grandfather, and great great grandmother, but have yet to introduce them to their great great grandfather. That's a lot of 'great's!
At home, Roo started off the day with some crafty fun, with Red watching on. I had my breakfast in relative peace, and was even able to catch up on some work. :)
Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing everyone a year filled with meaning, a positive attitude despite the obstacles, and the versatility to weather the storms that are ahead in this slithering snake year! :)