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Merry go round moments – week 37.

Family fun: top shot.

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We have very little furniture here right now. But we did leave a paddling pool, some plastic balls, and some foam mats…this little man is in boy heaven! He sits in there, bashing balls together, gnawing on them, thumping his arms on the sides of the pool, rolling around in the balls. Endless fun.

Memories are made of this.
Our girly is getting so brave, as she climbs up the steps to the top of the ladder then throws herself with gusto so that she can really pick up some speed. A few times this week she has really landed with a bump on the ground, but she picks herself up, gives it a vigorous rub, and then sets off for the ladder again. And all the while her little brother looks on, from the little bucket swings nearby, clearly taking it all in and trying to figure out when it will be his turn! Not yet my boy, not yet!

 

Laugh out loud.
The schools are on holiday this week, so we have had a lovely lazy week at home. Not late rises, but slow starts. We were all piled in our bed, the kids playing together between us, whilst we drank our cups of tea on either side of them. Then daddy grabbed the girly for a big hug, which she tolerated for a minute or so and then said, in her primmest matron voice, “that’s quite enough of that!”. I laughed until there were tears rolling down my face. Little miss Mary Poppins, at her very best!

 

Quick quote.

A bit of a note to myself, I suppose, whilst we travel through a big backwards step on the toilet training with our girly.  She was there.  She’d done brilliantly.  It felt like we were (literally) home and dry.  And then this.  But then in fairness to her, there has been a lot going on in her little life recently.  A lot of change and upheaval.  I guess something had to give.  We will get there again.  But some days the frustration is very real.

“Constant frustration with other people signals a control issue or a loss of humanity.  Have patience with others, for you needn’t change them and they, like all of us, have difficult times.”

Brendon Burchard

 

Music makes me happy.
The Hippopotamus Song – Flanders and Swann. The girly loves singing this one, trying to reach all the highest and lowest notes, in her most dramatic, arm waving way.  It has been a real favourite this week.  It’s a joy to watch her.

 

Good times.

Plenty of playdates this week for the kids, which has been lovely.  Sitting watching my kids playing with their friends, whilst drinking coffee, eating homemade cake or vegetarian momos and chatting with the other mums.  Perfect.  I am really hugely going to miss the friends I’ve made here.

 

 

Merry go round moments – week 34.

Family fun: top shot.

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Getting dressed all by herself.

 

Memories are made of this.

Our girly has started getting herself dressed this week.  She’s been doing bits and pieces of the process for a long time now, but this week she actually did the whole lot, from pyjamas off, to fully dressed, with shoes on.  It makes my heart full to bursting with pride, watching her blossoming into this independent little girl.  I’m hearing a lot of “look mummy, I did it all by my own” these days.  It makes me a little wistful, but also really, really happy.

 

Laugh out loud.

“Look mummy it looks like a raincoat!”.  She found it so funny that her teeshirt got stuck on her head and looked like the hood of a coat.  She dissolved into a total fit of giggles.  I love this age, where her laughter just comes bubbling out, so pure, joyous, and carefree.  And it is so true that genuine happiness and laughter is contagious.  You can’t help but laugh when they laugh.  Best medicine ever.

 

Quick quote.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Music makes me happy.

Days of the week – children’s song. To the tune of the Addam’s Family tv programme theme music.  Our girly came home singing this on Thursday and it has been on permanent loop ever since!

 

Good times.

De-cluttering, sorting, and packing boxes, ready for all our things to be taken away next week for shipping.  Helped (?) by the little man, crawling from box to box, pulling himself up on them and peeling off any stray bits of packing tape.  And little miss, packing her backpack “ready for my adventures”, as she put it.

 

Merry go round moments – week 33.

Family fun: top shot.

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The delight on his face says it all. The little man is now properly crawling (and trying to pull himself up, and open drawers, and get into cupboards, and all those things that come when that previously immobile bundle starts to move!). He is delighted with himself and his newfound ability to explore.

 

Memories are made of this.

I love the hugs and kisses I get from both my kids these days.  Both very different, but so full of love.  The little man sees me in the morning and his legs and arms pump so furiously as he lies waiting in his cot for me to pick him up.  Then he buries his face in my neck once he’s in my arms and pats me on the back as he cuddles in.  So precious.  It floods me with love, every time he does it.

And our girly blows me kisses from her pre-bed shower, saying ‘night night, sleep tight, mummy’ when I go in to say goodnight.  Her daddy gets her ready for bed, whilst I get her little brother down for the night.  She seems just so grown up at times now.  It is hard to believe that she is not even three yet.  I love her with everything I have.

 

Laugh out loud.

My husband walked into the kitchen one morning this week.  He was coolly appraised by our girly and then challenged with ‘why are you wearing that shirt daddy?’  He answered ‘because I needed a shirt for work and I fancied wearing this one today’, and she replied with ‘well, I think you need to go and put a different one on.’  Oh my.  Of course, flabbergasted though he was, he went and changed it.  There is just no getting around it, children are brutally honest, and she did not like what she saw! There is definitely a new boss in town! I nearly fell off my chair laughing.

 

Quick quote.

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

John Lennon

Music makes me happy.

Ben Folds Five – Battle of who could care less. Prepping our car for sale, with a super-duper interior clean, hand wash, and polish, whilst listening to Ben Folds Five on the car stereo.  It had me reminiscing about happy university days with one of my best friends in the world, Chris, as we sat listening to Ben Folds Five, putting the world to rights, and making plans for the future. I cannot wait to see her again in England this summer. Plus her beautiful daughter and our little man are very close in age so it will be so lovely to be able to see how they have grown and changed since we last saw them together in December.

 

Good times.

Date night with the mister.  Nothing big or fancy, but time out from the house – together – just us!  It has been months since we managed a date night, so it  really was lovely to have some space and couple time.