Thursday, 6 February 2014

Major catch up (eek!) Part 1

It's been a long time, I know!  We've had some ups and downs over the last 3 months and I'm afraid my blogging mojo disappeared completely.  I don't know if I'll be back blogging regularly but I thought I'd try and catch up over the next few days/weeks (?).
First up was Megan's 1st birthday.  Her birthday is on Christmas Day but Claire chose to have a party for her on 08 December, so Christmas could still be Christmas and Megan would just get one big birthday present from Claire (and her Christmas presents).  Below are some of the photos from 08 December.
Emily and I went round before the party to give Megan her presents and spend some time with Claire and the girls before everyone else arrived. Megan had a helping hand from Alice when it came to opening the presents
 Her baby doll was a big hit, and still is to date. She loves cuddling her baby and baby often goes with Megan when we go out.
 The little rabbit also got a big cuddle.  So cute!
 Still more presents to open ;)  Megan had got the hang of helping to tear the paper off the presents.

 I didn't take many photos once everyone else arrived but did have to get a photo of Alice and Alyssa who were dressed in a very similar fashion.
 Megan loves reading and was happy to sit quietly looking at her new book.
 When it was time to blow out the candles and everyone was singing Happy Birthday to her, Megan got a bit shy.
Tyler, Alyssa and Alice were happy to help her out when it came to blowing out the candle!

Megan is the sweetest little girl who gives the best cuddles! When she sees me she comes scooting over, climbs up my legs and raises her hands to be lifted.  The arms then go round my neck and the hugs tightly and when she's excited her little feet start kicking too.  I'm happy to take any cuddles she's happy to give!

That said, there's also the other side of her. She knows exactly how to wind Alice up and when Alice is at playgroup or having a nap, Megan likes nothing more than taking all Alice's things - even Alice's dummy which she'll happily suck even though she's never taken a dummy of her own.  She's so funny and we love her to bits!


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Happy Birthday Alice :)

Yesterday was Alice's 3rd birthday :)  She had been counting down the days and was so excited! 
 I went round to the house by 9 and the presents were soon being opened.  The tutu, wings, tiara and wand were a big hit!
Alice changed into the tutu straight away and then went to have a look in the mirror to see what she looked like :)
 before trying out a few ballet moves! So sweet :)
 However, there were more presents to be opened (this one from Uncle Iain and Iris in Australia)
 Lambie (from Doc McStuffins) is another hit - especially when she asks "Do you need a cuddle?"
Alice had been waiting to blow out her candles since morning so as soon as family arrived in the afternoon we agreed it was time. Such a good job - all candles blown out in one go!
Emily snapped this photo of me holding Megan. She was a bit bewildered by all the goings on especially seeing as there were all these new toys and she wanted to play with them too - only to be told no, most of the time.

 Megan got cuddles with Uncle Hugh.
 Alice just loved the whole day, the presents, the playing, the people and the cake!
 Nana Linda and Richard arrived a little bit later with a bike for the birthday girl. Great excitement :)
 Showing Grandpa and Theresa how she can ride (or try to!)
 We love you lots Alice, enjoy being 3!


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Once again, it's been a while!

The past few months have been a bit of a roller coaster for our family. 
The 29 September saw us celebrating Emily's birthday. We went out for breakfast to start off her birthday but while out I got a phone call from Jon telling me that his brother Mike had had a heart attack at Church.
An ambulance got there quickly and the paramedics spent time getting his heart going again before taking him to the main Cardiac Unit in Brighton, about an hour from us. Sadly, Mike passed away in the early hours of Saturday, 05 October.

We're thankful that he was in Church when it happened and help was quickly on hand. We are also thankful that his sons, Ryan and Darren were able to get to the UK from Canada and South Africa respectively, that his sister Deb came down from Yorkshire and brother, Simon, flew in from America and all got to say their goodbyes.

Ryan's wife and sons flew in from Canada, Darren's girlfriend arrived from South Africa as did their mother, Merle and Mike's sister Penny. It was lovely to get the opportunity to spend time with extended family in the run up to the funeral and to see the other family members who were able to make it to the funeral from the UK.

Deb, Simon, Penny, Ryan, Jon, Darren, Ryan's son Owen, Mike's son Steve, Mike's step father Frank and nephew Mark.
 Siblings Deb, Simon, Penny & Jon with Frank
 Alice loved having young cousins to play with - seen here with Owen (thank goodness for iPads!)
 Ryan's wife Shannon - love this girl and so glad we got to spend time together.
 Claire and Megan
 Merle with Shannon (her daughter-in-law)
 Sarah (Mike's daughter-in-law), Emily and Norma
 Darren and Natasha
 Emily and me
Finton, Ryan & Shannon's younger son.
Despite the sadness of the occasion, there were many happy moments, lots of memories shared and Mike's life celebrated. I'm sure he'd have been pleased to see so many family members together again and enjoying each others company.
I hope to post again in the next few days.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

On My Walk

On 01 August 2013, Norma and I joined Weight Watchers (again ;) ).  I'm happy to say it's going well and I'm still sticking to the plan and have lost weight each week. However, I realised I need to get more exercise too.  I'm not a fan of the gym so have been doing some walking instead.  We're lucky where we live because we have a footpath (for want of a better word) a couple of minutes from our house called Forest Way. It's an old railway line which has been built up and smoothed out and runs from East Grinstead to Forest Row through countryside.
Norma has done quite a bit of walking but I'm afraid I've not been that energetic.  We started out walking together (with Norma encouraging me ) but now that Norma has started teaching I tend to walk on my own.  I walk for 15 minutes down the path then turn and walk back again. A half hour walk seems fair enough to me.  A lot of people use Forest Way - dog walkers, joggers and people just out for a walk, so I feel quite safe. Today my walk seemed easier and I walked a bit further than normal in my 15 minutes - I'm taking this as a sign that I'm getting a little bit fitter ;)
Here are a few of the photos I took with my phone along the way.

 Aren't these berries a stunning colour against the green leaves.  I didn't realise until I uploaded the photo that there was a fly in the photo too ;)
 Today I walked to just past this sign
 Then turned round and started back again.
 I love this bridge and there is actually a road over it, though you seldom see cars on it.
 One of the little paths leading off the main track. There's a little gate at the top and I think one day I need to follow the path and see where it leads to.

 I love looking over this gate and seeing if any of the animals are in the field.
 Today it was empty.  The cows had been in a different field when I walked down but by the time I walked back they'd gone - milking time perhaps?

Nearly home - the main road is where you see the light at the end of the path.
This afternoon I was able to have my lunch outside on the patio.  It's been a while since I've done this because we've had so many wasps and as soon as you sat outside with food, they'd arrive.  Now that it's cooler they're not there any more.  I wonder how much longer I'll be able to do that.
Tomorrow's walk will be in to town to meet friends for coffee. Even the hills are getting slightly more bearable ;)