Family fun: top shot.
Memories are made of this.
What a week. A 17 hour flight home, stranded at the airport because of a mix up with the transport arrangements, jet-lagged children, super-tired parents. But it was all so unbelievably worth it, to be able to put our little man in his granddad’s arms for the first time and see him lock eyes and give him the biggest gummy smile. Pretty much every photo I have with the two of them in has them laughing together – there was an instant connection there. Just priceless.
Laugh out loud.
The novelty of seeing dogs totally floored our girly. There are occasional strays that we see here, but Islam views dogs as unclean, so they are not a common sight. And to be on the safe side, we give the strays we do see a pretty wide berth. So she was just amazed by the experience of strolling through a little Warwickshire village, where every other person had a dog that would politely stand and be fussed over and stroked by her. She would see one in the distance and be practically dancing on the spot and shrieking with delight. It was so sweet and so funny. And we were so touched by the patience of their owners. They nearly always seemed more than happy to give the few minutes it took, and I suspect it gave her more joy than they could possibly imagine.
‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.’
Music makes me happy.
‘How much is that doggy in the window?’. Which – with all the dogs we saw this week – we sang a lot!
The most amazing Christmas experience at a local petting farm. A blissful morning feeding the donkey, sheep, goats; stroking the rabbits, snakes and guinea pigs. That was a hugely exciting experience for our girly, just by itself, given that there is nothing remotely comparable here in Brunei. Then the wow-factor went off the charts, walking past Santa’s living, breathing reindeer, on her way to a personal appointment with Santa in his study, before heading to the toy workshop to choose her own toy. She was utterly delighted, but also totally and completely overwhelmed by the whole thing. When Santa asked what she wanted for Christmas our girly asked for a gingerbread man! One of the cuter sides of her relatively sheltered, non-commercialised life in Brunei.