Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Idea of a Playdate...

The kids have started their whopping 3 wk (you've got to be kidding me) Chinese New Year holiday. During the 100 hrs of non-stop rain that Singapore just had, we stayed indoors sorting through old papers, making our own comic books, and watching movies. Lots of them, like: Annie, Cinema Paradiso, Billy Elliot, and Bend it Like Beckam. Alexander's first movie at three was Amelie so he's no problem and will watch absolutely ANY movie: Volver, The Bicycle Thief, you name it. (With 5 yr old Eliot we have to occasionally resort to sophisticated tactics to get her to sit through an entire movie. I mean, what were the chances of there really being a princess or a witch coming up soon in Bend it like Beckam?) After the movie, I crank up the music and the kids dance all over the house. My idea of fun. The music is quite eclectic too and can go quickly from Bocelli to Green Day to Elgar's Cello Concerto (I wonder what this will do to them?) Then, we all sit on the sofa, while I tell them stories about when my great-aunts, Josie and Milly, were little and usually end up with mugs of hot chocolate and books scattered all over the sofa, reading next to each other. Now, that's my kind of playdate.