Merry go round moments – week 12.

Family fun: top shot.


The excitement of playing in the remnants of Autumn leaves for the first time ever (after coming to terms with the newly experienced hassle of boots, coat and gloves!)


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.


Quick quote.

‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.’

Oscar Wilde.


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!


Good times.

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.




9 thoughts on “Merry go round moments – week 12.

    1. jenny Post author

      Thanks Sarah, it was a wonderful, wonderful holiday. I think her face says it all! This was a completely instinctive reaction, but it is also actually the face she thinks you are asking for if you say ‘big smile!’. It’s so funny.

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      1. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

        Oh bless! I swear every child I know has had a different expression for the “smile for the camera” look. I usually figure out a way around it! With Matthew you just have to start laughing and he absolutely beams at you 😉 I think it’s getting harder to capture our children in natural poses as they’ve all learnt to be looking for a camera or phone being pointed in there direction.

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        1. jenny Post author

          Sadly I think you are right about the posing, Sarah. I much prefer the candid shots, where she is just genuinely full of joy about something and it is shining out from her. (It helps that all my photos of them are done on a camera with a lens so I can often get photos without her realising I’m doing it!). We had a family photo shoot recently where I learnt a handy trick. The guy was pulling different faces in quick succession and getting her to do them too – happy, sad, surprised, silly – she found it so hilarious that she was in fits of giggles for most of it, whatever face he asked for. It was perfect! 🙂

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            1. jenny Post author

              Haha – because I’m a mean mum I’ve implemented a temporary raspberry-blowing containment zone, while she perfects her skill!! Only in the bath, the shower and the swimming pool for now (exuberant toddler + raspberry blowing + total lack of awareness of personal space = a lot of people, getting inadvertently sprayed during raspberry demonstrations!!). But I bet you get good results…they all love doing it! 😉

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