Toby: 29 Months Old

Toby is fast catching up to Jude. He’s already the exact same weight (17kg/37.5lbs) and only a little bit shorter measuring 92cm/36inches.

IMG_2733Toby had an okay month. He doesn’t deal very well with life moving fast and so Grandma and Grandpa coming and then leaving as well as our trip to Cebu was all a bit overwhelming for him at times.

IMG_2694He had his moments where he was totally into Grandma and Grandpa but then other moments where he wanted nothing to do with them.

IMG_2753He loved giving them a hard time especially when it came to picking him up out of his crib. They weren’t offended though as this is one of Toby’s signature plays. If I go to pick Toby out of bed; he refuses and cries for Luke and vice versa.

IMG_3247Toby was pretty good on holiday.

IMG_2882It sometimes took a bit of effort to get him to get into things.

IMG_2986But once he was in the water or doing whatever activity, he wouldn’t want to get out or stop.

IMG_3082But man this kid has such a strong will. When he doesn’t want to do something there is no bribe that can tempt him.

IMG_2957I especially love these photos from one of his field trips this month. The photos capture Toby so well. This is Toby not in the mood.

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IMG_3314Toby is really into Batman at the moment. He loves parading around in this mask talking in a low, authoritative voice. He also loves the Lego Batman movie soundtrack, especially the heavy metal tracks.

IMG_3472Toby has started calling Jude ‘Judah’. This is what everyone at school calls Jude as in Chinese, using Pinyin, the ‘de’ is pronounced ‘dah’.

IMG_3259Toby always wants Jude with him. He doesn’t want to go anywhere without him.

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IMG_3457    The boys are so good at adding little rituals to our day. At night time they love things in a certain order: tucked in, story, kiss and hug, and then a song. Luke made up this cute little jingle for them that Toby just loves.

(To the tune of ‘Rock a Bye Baby’) Rock a bye baby, your cradle is green, Daddy’s a Nobleman, Mommy’s a Queen, Jude is a Captain who sails his own ship, and Toby’s a drummer who drums for the King.IMG_2695Toby, you are one tough (but very sweet) cookie. IMG_3430

Jude: 46 Months Old

Jude got measured and weighed at school recently. He is 101 cm (39.8 in) tall and weighs 17kgs (37.5lbs).

IMG_3244I love seeing Jude’s photos from school as he always has a smile ready for the camera.

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IMG_2778This was an extra special month for Jude thanks to having Grandma and Grandpa around. He didn’t let Grandpa out of his sight. Grandpa had to put him to bed and wake him up in the morning. He wouldn’t let anyone else.

IMG_8415Jude loved being on holiday. He was really well behaved for the most part. There were certainly meltdowns along the way – most of which occurred when Jude was overtired but wanted to keep playing when it was time to head back to the room.

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IMG_3144On the way over to Cebu as we had to wait in a long  immigration line and Jude and Toby were antsy so I gave Jude my phone to look through our photos and instead he started taking photos of other people in line. Most people were good sports about it like this lady who we now have 1/2 a dozen photos of!

IMG_2816Toby was not so keen on having his photo taken.

IMG_2830Jude is really into posing like a superhero or ninja. This is one of his signature moves:

IMG_8377I love when he starts these elaborate role-play games with Toby and they get so into it they forget I am there.

IMG_3428IMG_3427I love taking the boys out to play but the playground closest to us is quite close to a busy road and so I get really nervous as there are two sections and you can’t see the one section from the other. So if Toby is on the playground and Jude is on the other side, I wouldn’t be able to see him. It really sucks as its so close but I have decided not to take them there anymore as Jude naturally just wants to run when we go to the park and I am constantly having to yell at him to get back to wherever Toby and I are as I’m worried. It just means we have to travel a little further for a safer space to play in.

IMG_3432Our lovely friends (Sia and Sivi) gifted their old All Blacks jerseys to the boys. We love them and will certainly put them to good use.

336DD53C-C890-4E11-B8F1-BBA38276E45FWe had a few days off school during the month for a national holiday and so invited them  over to bake a cake and make pizza. They are obsessed with Moana too so we all sang the album together.

IMG_3379We have a mere 25 days left in Taiwan so I took the boys for our final Costco trip. They were so well behaved, even in the toy aisle, it was really great.

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IMG_3440The boys are always hungry. Jude especially asks me for something to eat what seems like every 5 minutes. He will scarf down a big meal and then want more and more and more. It’s incredible that this time last year we were struggling to get him to eat well. He is very adventurous too, he is open to trying pretty much anything. The exception so far being lentils.

IMG_3363Silly, sweet boy. It was a really fun month with you.

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Grandparents Last Visit to Taiwan

In February, my parents made one last trip over to Taiwan before we leave for good. They arrived on a Friday and so at midday came with me to pick-up the boys. It was quite the surprise!

IMG_2719For our first lunch we had potstickers and dumplings.

IMG_2725The boys went crazy when they saw the PJ Mask figurines Grandma and Grandpa got for them. Big hit!

IMG_2731I had a haircut planned that day so I said goodbye to the boys and left Mom and Dad to it. They were troopers to watch the boys considering how exhausted they must have been. They even put the boys to bed that night as Luke and I had a dinner with friends.IMG_2736On Saturday we drove out to Juming Museum and wandered around the sculptures.

IMG_2750It’s such a cool museum with lots of great activities for kids.

IMG_2741And Saturday night we headed to Chilis for dinner and margaritas.

IMG_2758Sunday we took Mom and Dad to a fancy hotel in Dazhi for an Australia/New Zealand Day lunch celebration. It was a great opportunity to introduce them to a lot of our friends in Taipei. The food was great and we all got lucky and won several raffle prizes.

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IMG_2771On Monday, with the boys back in school, we were able to do some longer walks and have nice breakfasts out. IMG_3586

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IMG_2770Getting the boys off to school each morning was a struggle as they wanted to stay home and play with Grandma and Grandpa instead. Thankfully they were always happy after school but then it would be a struggle getting Toby down for nap. So much FOMO going on.

IMG_3587Jude, much more so than Toby, was all about Grandma and Grandpa. He was attached to the hip with them and managed to get a lot of one-on-one time.

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Lucky Jude got to go see the Lego Batman movie with Grandpa one afternoon while Toby napped. They stopped and got donuts after and bizarrely enough there happened to be a news camera crew at Krispie Kreme at the exact same time they were there and so we discovered from his teachers that Jude was on Taiwan’s nightly news picking out his donuts!

IMG_2775One sunny day after school we picked up a bunch of food from 7-11 and had a little picnic with the boys. IMG_3559

IMG_2788On Valentines Day, Mom and I did yoga together and then went out shopping and for dinner.

IMG_2796The big highlight of the trip was travelling to Cebu in the Philippines. We were all hanging out for some sun and warmer temperatures. We had a 7am flight to Cebu so we stayed at the airport hotel the night before. Grandma and Grandpa showed off their ping pong skills to the boys.

IMG_2809Arriving in Cebu felt great. It was raining when we landed but warm and not long after we got there and checked-in we were drinking margaritas overlooking the beautiful beach.

IMG_2868Jude and Toby loved this lady, who they called ‘princess’.

IMG_3560We spend 4 nights in Cebu at the Shangri-la and it was fabulous. Hands-down one of the coolest things about the resort was how kid-friendly it was. The boys had a ball everyday playing on this water playground.

IMG_3570The water slides were for kids-only which we found out right after this photo.

IMG_3566The pool area was so perfect for little kids. We loved the kids pool which was quite big and even had a canopy slung above it to keep the sun out.

IMG_3567IMG_3568IMG_2894Most days, after several hours at the pool, we would grab NZ Natural Ice Cream and chill out in the shade. IMG_2920The beach was also one of the better ones I’ve seen for kids as there were tons of shade umbrellas for guests to use.

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IMG_2925We had breakfast outside every morning at Aqua, in the Ocean Wing. The boys loved getting a donut there every day. IMG_2881IMG_2876Luke and I snuck away one night for date night but ended up at the same restaurant as my parents and the boys!

IMG_2934Here are some more photos from our trip- so many good ones.

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IMG_3577IMG_3579We also took a trip in the Gondola up to Maokong. It was cold and raining so we didn’t stay long. IMG_3580IMG_3581IMG_3582Jude got to go to the movies with Grandpa and Grandma to see Moana again. Burger King, popcorn and ice cream – lucky boy!IMG_3584Of course no trip would be complete with out a meal at Din Tai Fung.IMG_3263And for their last night out we went out without the boys for a more relaxing meal at our favourite places for Shanghai and Szechuan cuisine. IMG_3276On their last day we picked the boys up from school and they played one last time before saying goodbye.

IMG_3565IMG_3564It was a great trip with so many great memories had (even by our little pout-pout fish, Toby!). Our goodbye this time wasn’t as sad as it usually is as we will be together again in no time.  See you guys in May!