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Uncle Jeff, Taekwondo and More

We got a visit from Uncle Jeff for a few days in January. Always good to see him.

(That one photo is Nyan measuring his height against Jeff, so we can compare the next time we see Jeff.)

Nyan continues his taekwondo, including sparring:

He had another grading session in late January, which — if he passed — would mean another level up.

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Did he make it? Tune in next time!

Finally, here’s a brief selection of some of the art and drawing that our boy got up to in January.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Night at the Circus

The Moscow Circus came to town, so we took Grandma and Grandpa to see it, along with Nyan, of course. It was at the same location we saw Cirque du Soleil a year and a bit ago, and while it’s hard to compare, we think we might have to say Moscow was even better! Nonstop action, laughter, thrills…  no animals, either. Just freakishly talented people doing acrobatics, contortion, motorcycle tricks, etc.

Motorcycle tricks? Yeah. Like four motorcycles zooming round and round inside a tiny metal ball, and somehow managing to not hit each other.

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Check out the faces during the show. Spellbound!

We actually took hardly any photos of the show itself; too busy being enthralled. Here are a couple shots of the scenery outside the big tent, on a beautiful full moon night:

And finally, just goofing around with camera filters, and with the reflections and the CC tv display at the subway station just outside the circus. Silly boy.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Grandma and Grandpa Come to Town!

November was a busy month. The highlight was definitely Grandma and  Grandpa flying all the way from Iowa to visit Nyan (and Mommy and Daddy) for three weeks. They got up to all sorts of fun, which we’ll be chronicling in upcoming posts. Here’s a first look at some of the general frivolity.

The day they arrived, Nyan and Daddy met them at the airport. (Mommy was in Hong Kong for a brief business trip.) Here’s our boy, anxiously watching for them to arrive at the baggage claim, and then posing while waiting for a taxi.

One evening, we stayed up late (10pm!) to watch the movie E.T. Here’s our boy on the couch with his grandparents.

As any long-time reader of this blog knows, Nyan loves to read. So he did a lot of that with Grandma and Grandpa. See:

Toward the end of their stay, Kathy and Joe — Grandma’s cousins and close friends — happened to be in town for a few days, at the end of a weeks-long cruise through Asia. Kathy and Joe adore Nyan — Kathy came to visit him in New York when he was just a few months old — so we spent a lot of time with them. Here they are one evening, Kathy and Joe (and Grandma and Grandpa) watching as Nyan does his abacus homework.

Nyan of course likes to draw too. Here he is, explaining one of his creations to Grandpa.

Nyan helped Grandma in the kitchen too, peeling potatoes one evening:

He also enlisted their help to put up and decorate  the Christmas tree toward the end of the month.

And here are a few pictures of Grandma and Grandpa (and others) out and about in Singapore.

We close with these shots of Nyan and Grandma, just hanging out and enjoying each others’ company.

We’ll have much more about their visit in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Universal Studios with Zuzu and Iain (and Mommy)

One of the highlights of Uncle Iain and Aunt Zuzu’s visit in October — which happened to coincide with a week off from school for Nyan — was a day spent at the Universal Studios theme park. Even better, Mommy took the day off and joined in!

There was plenty of fun to be had.

They went on the miniature indoor ferris wheel:

And the merry-go-round:

Nyan’s favorite ride by far, though, was the one called Dino-Soarin’. It’s part of the Jurassic Park section and, as the park’s website puts it, allows children to “ride on the back of flying dinosaurs called Pteranodons, soaring up into the sky or plunging down into the shadows.”

Whatever it was, Nyan kept going back to it, over and over again.

A fun day at the theme park with no school and a trio of doting adults? A little boy’s version of paradise!

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Hanging out with Zuzu and Iain

We got a nice visit from Uncle Iain and Aunt Zuzu (a.k.a. Mommy’s sister Emerald) for a few weeks in October. They’re two of Nyan’s favorite people, so he had a blast.

What did they get up to? There were Legos:

And iPads:

He made sure they met his school bus at the end of each day, and that they helped him up the stairs.

One evening, Nyan took them to see the nightly light show over the bay downtown. Here they are afterwards, featuring Nyan goofing around for the camera:

Another day they went to the National Gallery, a big art museum downtown, with Mommy.

There was a section in the museum where people could make their own art, which Nyan and Mommy were happy to do. Here’s Nyan’s output:

And Mommy:

Another day, Zuzu and Iain wanted to take Nyan someplace special…but we’ll save that for another post.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Hanging with Phwa Phwa

Phwa Phwa – Mommy’s Mommy – stayed with us for a few months, escaping much of the cold, dark, dreary and damp English winter. It was lovely to have her, and Nyan certainly enjoyed the companionship and attention.

She spoiled him, as grandmothers are wont to do. (To be honest, she somewhat spoiled mommy and daddy too, cooking us delicious meals nearly every night!)

All good things must end, and in late January, she needed to return home. Seeing her off at the airport brought a special treat: a model showing what the place will look like once they build the new, gigantic Terminal Five about a decade from now.

Then it was time to say goodbye, in a lush flower garden they installed inside the airport terminal. We do love Changi Airport.

Farewell, Phwa Phwa, and come back any time!

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ice Hockey in the Heart of Winter

It was a cold, cold time in late December in Iowa; we would routinely wake up to temperatures of -10 degrees F (-25 Celsius). So we decided to celebrate by – what else – going to an ice hockey game!

The city of Cedar Rapids, just up the road from Grandma and Grandpa’s place, has a semi-pro hockey team, and Uncle Scott pulled together a family outing to a game against a team from Chicago one night. It was good turnout: besides Nyan and Daddy, we had Grandma and Grandpa; Scott and Maggie; Mike, Sarah and Mia; and Alycia, Brad and young Kennedy.

The ice arena wasn’t huge, but it was pretty crowded, especially given how painfully cold it was outside.

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Nyan spent time sitting on various laps:

(Note: it wasn’t *that* cold inside. Those photos where we’re in winter coats were taken shortly after arrival. The coats came off soon after.)

We had good seats, near the ice and just to the left of the goal. They were also right next to where the Cedar Rapids team came off and on the ice, which gave a chance to steal some high-fives from the players (along with a *very* zealous fan):

For much of the game, Nyan and Kennedy hung out by the glass, watching the action, jumping around, chit-chatting and generally being goofy with each other. These two are about two years apart in age, but have never spent any significant time together, since Nyan lives on the other side of the planet. So it was heartening to see them hanging out and being pals.

Check out that excitement when Cedar Rapids scored a goal!

The game ended with an overtime loss for Cedar Rapids. Bit of a bummer, that, but still a fun evening. Here’s Nyan giving Uncle Scott and thank-you hug in the frigid parking lot after the game:

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And finally, here’s Daddy, showing his “ten-below-zero” face. Brr.

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Posted by on January 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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