Zufelt Family Feb 2015

Zufelt Family Feb 2015

Friday, February 28, 2014

Arm Stints

Let the eye therapy begin!! In order to stop Ashlyn from taking her glasses off we are at the point we need to stint her arms so she can't bend them. Her vision is getting measurably worse because she won't wear the specs. Here we are testing to find the right setup and we are having a grand old time. I gave her chopsticks and made her look like Edward Scissor Hands and no one could stop laughing! Funny today. Not so much tomorrow. Or the next day or the next, next, next onwards. Having some mixed emotions tonight.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Medical Clearance Funnies

Today we visited the doctor for our medical clearance exam.  As part of the exam, we all had to submit urine samples.  Angie took Madison to the toilet to fill her bottle and discovered Madison "forgot" to wear underwear.  A little later Angie noticed Madison was wearing flip flops and asked Maddie why she was wearing shoes she would not be able to wear to school.  Jacob responded, "At least she is wearing some clothes.". We found this a little extra funny, glad that she was wearing clothes to hide the lack of clothes underneath.

FHE Lessons by Jacob and Homework for Next Week

Our Family Home Evening lesson tonight by Jacob.

Disgusting lemonade is kind of like gods plan.

If you choose the good things to put in the lemonade and make it yummy then we are following gods plan and can go to heaven.

If you put the disgusting stuff you get to go live with Satan.

For next weeks activity I decided to dole out some homework. Each child is to prepare an oral argument and defend their position on which bedroom they want to have, if they will share and with whom.

Madison decided that mom and dad should also have to defend why we should get the master bedroom. You're on buddy! Now we need to hire some judges! Anyone game for next Monday night?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Books vs. Movies

Brian was reading a novel to Jacob at his request. I haven't had the chance to finish a movie, My Fair Lady, so on this lazy Sunday afternoon I asked if it was too distracting to put it on in the same room. We both know that none of the kids really liked the first hour last time we watched it and only Madison didn't drift off quickly from boredom.

About 2 minutes into the show I looked back to see Jacob at the edge of the couch sitting straight up watching the movie. Smiling my apology at Brian I told him "Sorry." Then I asked Jake, "Don't you want dad to keep reading you the book?"

"What book?"

So distractible, ungrateful and hilarious. Funny because he's usually our kid that always remembers to say thank you these days.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Two Oranges

Madison announced that she had two oranges today when she got home from school. Everyone knows two oranges are given during Chinese New Year for wealth and prosperity in the new year so I asked her, "Are they for luck?"

Knowing full well what she was saying she relied with a sly smile, "I think they are for eating."

She's getting more cheeky these days.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


"I need to go to giant turd city tonight. Do you need anything and want to come along?"

She replied back letting me know it had autocorrected. I can't stop laughing. Giant is the name of a grocery store here. I was going to the one at the shopping complex called Turf City.

Clone Wars for a 1 Year Old?

In an effort to keep the piano lesson quiet for Ben I found myself trying to entice Jacob and Ashlyn (and Anderson) upstairs by promising a movie. We had already ran around the block a bundle of times, rode bikes, petted the neighbors dog and they wanted to go inside from the heat. It took me a long time to figure out how to make the wii actually work and we started them playing Star Wars clone wars light saber duels. As soon as it started Ashlyn, my not quite two year old, started yelling "I Luke!!! I Luke!!!" I had no idea she knew anything about the wii or Star Wars. I guess Ben plays more than I thought. She never settled down and screamed for the rest of the lesson until Ben came upstairs to join the little boys exclaiming, "I KNEW I heard this game!"

Too Picky/Literal/Something Jacob

Jacob: Mom, can me and Anderson got swimming in the back yard?

Mom: Sure.

(they run off up the stairs to change clothes)

Jacob to Anderson: See, I told you she wouldn’t say yes.

Anderson: It’s still the same as a yes.


I guess when my kids complain that I never let them do “stuff” and I never say “yes” they might be correct? I just can’t please ‘em somedays.


Self Confident Kids

My house isn’t usually the favorite place to play. Most kids choose to play at their houses and my kids are happy to get outta jail here. Here is the conversation on the way home from Pre-K today with Jacob and his best friend Anderson.


Anderson, do you want to go home to Jacob’s house or to your own house with Susan?

Jacob’s house!

But mom, he came to my house yesterday.

I know but today he can still come play at our house if he wants.

That’s not fair.

Did you know that I’m the luckiest mom in the WHOOOOOOOLE country of Singapore today?

Because I get to have Anderson come to MY house two times in a row.

(giggles from Anderson)

Oh yeah, well Ms. Jennifer is the most luckiest one in the whole world. Do you know why?

Because she got to have ME come to her house FOUR DAYS IN A ROW!! She’s so lucky.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Dinner Discussion

There is a new Lego movie out in theaters and I had thought of taking the kids tomorrow night. Something else was already scheduled so Jacob was disappointed and yelled out, "Let's put it on the To Do list!" Brian and I are certifiable boring if we have kids saying stuff like that. 

Discussion turned to the medical exam everyone has to do before we go to Saudi and they weren't feeling so good about the idea of the shots they have to get. We asked Ashlyn if she wants shots and she said yes so we asked what else she wants in Saudi and she wants a banana. We promise if she will get her shots she can have a Saudi banana. 

Shopping for hand bags

Ashlyn found some handbags she really likes. Mom didn't have quite so much luck but it was fun shopping with my little side kick and her daddy.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Expat Living

Saw this quote today and it made me feel thoughtful and kind of introspective today with myself as we spend our last days with Brian and we anticipate our departure from this wonderful place we have carved a life out here in Singapore.

"You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness and of loving and knowing people in more than one place." www.Girlgi.com