Saturday, October 18, 2008
And he's 11 today...
Brian and his friends have just woken up, it's 10am, and I think they only slept after 4am! I'm pooped too, difficult trying to sleep when 5 boys are in the next room talking loudly and laughing. They all sounded chirpy even at 4am, full of energy these kids! And they had had a full day, first school, then back to my place for bowling, then rushed over to Pokrovsky Hills for Trick or Treat and Haunted House.
This is Brian's first time going Trick or Treat, and my goodness, these kids do get excited over candies, don't they? Many of the houses were decorated really elaborately.
Closer look at the haunted house, which was hosted by Brian's friend Eric M's family; they built this with the help of some neighbours, just to make kids happy! Eric M says everyone calls his family the Crazy Canadians, cos they organise all the crazy stuff, like Haunted House, Snow Fort etc; I told him that he's just such a lucky kid.
Got back to our place at 8pm, cake-cutting, dinner, followed by Harry Potter movie. Didn't bake a cake nor cupcakes, aiyoh, lazy lah, so many things to think about. Bought this mousse-ice-cream-like cake; not nice at all. Should have relied on my own baking. Doesn't matter I guess, these kids just weren't interested in eating, they had loads of treats and were just munching candies while watching the movie.
After the movie, they went into the bedroom and played x-box. I know they stopped playing xbox around 1 plus am, and when I peeked in to wish Brian Happy Birthday, they were all standing on the floor, bed, holding on to one sword or another, but mostly just talking. Another round of xbox and by about 3am maybe, I nudged Eddie to go over and get them to stop playing. Even after stopping xbox, I could hear them talking loudly for another hour. And then suddenly, SILENCE! It's like they all shut down at the same time.
These kids are so witty and smart lah. Not sure if these are the cerebral ones that Brian's teacher was talking about, but they are definitely not nerds. They come across as extremely intelligent kids, easy-going, and very funny too. They talk to adults with no inhibitions at all. And boy, do they talk! But not in a ya-ya or arrogant way; they were pretty mature, and really cool, sweet, good kids.
And Monica, all four of them are oldest boys in their families. 3 of them are from families of only 2 boys, like Brian. Another is the oldest boy but he has an older and younger sister, and a baby brother. So you're right huh, about kids gravitating towards those who are same birth-order as them. And except for the one with the baby brother, all the rest think their kid brothers are annoying!
Thanks to Scrapblog, I was able to make personalised Thank You pictures, and placed these in a glass frame together with Halloween pictures, for each kid to take home and retain the good memories.
Phew, that's one thing done. Now to arrange packing for our trip to Singapore and then onwards to Tokyo. Will be pretty busy the few days I'm in Singapore (computers to repair, visa to renew etc), so won't be making firm plans to meet up with anyone. In December okay?