Christmas Day 2017

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Here’s my Christmas gift to you from all of us at Owls Well!

P.S. If you have not watched the ‘Platoon of Power Squadron’ web series yet, you really should! (Mummy warning: There are fight scenes, kissing scenes and some cursing. But if your kids have already watched any mainstream superhero movie made within the last 10 years, they’ll be ok.)

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Advent 2017: Day 23

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! Today’s musical accompaniment is courtesy of the voices from Aldersgate Methodist Church in Singapore, where we attended a Pre-Christmas Carolling programme this evening.

Afterwards, J commented that he loves singing the Christmas songs together with everyone, and that he would love to sing a Christmas carol every single day this season. Hearing him say that made me feel very happy.

By the way, the game that the kids are playing together is “Tak: A Beautiful Game“, which is an abstract strategy game inspired by one of our favourite book series (for grownups), The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a really versatile and elegant game which the Barn Owl and I really enjoy, along with J and Little E.

(Buyer’s note: We bought the Tak Tavern Pieces and Cloth Board from The Tinker’s Packs, where all proceeds are donated to Worldbuilders, a charity working to make a sustainable difference in the world.)

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

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Advent 2017: Day 18

It’s my birthday today! Happy birthday to me!

 

Thoughts for today:

  1. Project For Awesome is still happening so please join us in helping to decrease World Suck by donating (in exchange for some very cool swag) or by voting for your preferred charity!
  2. Disney’s “Coco” is a very emotional film and I highly recommend it. The music is beautiful. It made me remember the day that my grandfather died – the Aged P shared a moment with him where they both sang a song together. So yeah, I cried a lot, and so did my kids. (Parent warning: Not for kids who fear skeletons and have not yet developed a reasonable understanding of the concept of death).
  3. I had no idea that the Mexican Dia de Muertos bore such a marked resemblance to the Chinese 7th month and ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’. The offerings of food, the candles, the musical performances, putting up photographs of the dead, the elaborate paper decorations, the flower blossoms…that’s all pretty much the same. The only thing that is different is that the ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ is generally for all the spirits who have no families to put out food for them during the year. So don’t worry kids, the Mexican ghosts don’t disappear into the ether, they just come to Singapore to enjoy the food here instead. Singaporean food is the best there is anyway (*runs for cover*).

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

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Advent 2017: Day 17

My birthday is coming up, so this means two things:

  1. Project For Awesome is happening!
  2. The Barn Owl takes me out on a date!

 

Thoughts from today:

  1. Going to the Cathay Platinum Movie Suites at JEM was a real treat!
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a little problematic in places, but I still loved it.
  3. Please join us in helping to decrease World Suck by supporting the Project For Awesome, either by donating (in exchange for some very cool swag) or by voting for your preferred charity!

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

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Advent 2017: Day 14

I had a decent rest last night so I’m much better but feeling extremely tired. J’s friends came round for a playdate so I fortified myself with mini-apple crumble tarts for breakfast and just carried on.

The kids are playing “Ravensburger Labyrinth (I talked about this in a previous post) and another game called Marrakech.

This is a really fun carpet-laying strategy game set in a busy market square. It’s easy to learn, very tactile and requires some keen thinking, and is a real hit with the kids including Thumper, who just likes putting out the moroccan blue carpets in a zigzag pattern. (Buyer’s note: We bought our set from My First Games, but you can also find it on Amazon.)

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

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Advent 2017: Day 12

We spent the day with the Aged P today – the kids have missed her so much!

 

By the way, the game that we are playing is called ‘Qwirkle‘. It’s a simple colour and shape matching game with a good measure of strategy thrown in, so it’s a good one to play across generations! (Buyer’s Note: We received this game as a Christmas gift from a relative who purchased it from My First Games, but you can also find this game on Amazon.)

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

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Advent 2017: Day 10

The Barn Owl and Thumper are both still recovering but after a nap this afternoon, Thumper was back to his usual happy self, so we took him out with us. He was getting cabin fever from being kept indoors for so many days.

 

Hopefully the Barn Owl will be back to normal tomorrow as he has a particularly tough work week ahead.

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

P.P.S. Check out our other Advent posts here with lots of crafty fun for the season and subscribe to our YouTube channel!