Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Found you!

Lydia is now able to count up to 11, so has become even more enamoured with Hide-and-Seek. She'll instigate this by instructing me to hide in the kitchen, will then count to an arbitrary number between 5 and 11, then will come and find me. Then it's her turn to hide, except that she's not quite got the hang of "hiding" yet. Here is where I found her last night (at least 5 times in a row!).

Monday, 3 April 2017


Our big grown-up Naomi has started losing some teeth...

First they go a little squint

Then they wobble

Then... oh dear, they fall out and get lost in the sink.
Naomi wrote this note to the tooth fairly explaining the situation.
"Dear The Tooth Fairy, I lost my tooth down the down stairs plug hole. My tooth fell out this morning"
Fortunately this was enough to result in tooth fairy pennies appearing (which she then kindly shared with her sisters!)

Today, another one fell out. Hope she's being careful this time!


The past few months have been rather full, so I've gathered quite a collection of pictures covering the various goings-on. Some go back a good few months so there are a mixture of old and new house, and slightly younger children. Here we go...

I just enjoyed this message on my phone!
(the MI6 one)

Lydia playing with her toys in the new house, some time before we'd really unpacked

I frequently play hide and seek with Miriam and Lydia when Naomi's out at gymnastics. It's quite easy really, 9/10 times they're hiding in a box.

The girls have provided me with some decorations for my office

Naomi got this castle for her 5th birthday. Only 13 months later, it was complete!

Beautiful wife ready for date night.

Lydia reading her bear a story. This book has textures to feel on every page, so she's helping bear feel them.

Granny and Grandad took us to the park in Dunfermline a few weeks back for a lovely Sunday afternoon. Miriam is just visible on the massive slide here.

A day at the park is truly complete with ice cream!

Naomi's card making skills are coming on *very* well.

Lydia loves to care for her dollies.

Miriam is currently very much in to picking daisies for people. This is mine :)

Fun and games in the evening.

Miriam with her new dolly.

Lydia going for "very cute"
Bath time is always a time for calming down and getting ready for bed!

Miriam has always looked cool in sunglasses.
Now she has real glasses they work even better!

Lydia appears to be looking for something... 
Naomi staying up late with me to watch Eurovision last year.

Fun and games in the garden

Some baby swans on campus last year 
...a humorous alternative to your own lips! 
Another late night for our big little girl!

I think I might have been using the front-facing camera by mistake. That's my staff room ceiling behind me.

Craft is becoming more impressive too.

"I'm not up to anything!"

We got a bubble making machine. True joy to be had.


Naomi is looking far too grown up these days.
She also loves going to Rainbows.

Bed time chaos

Jay had taken Naomi out swimming. This is Lydia waiting for them to come back (40 minutes too early) 

Lydia loves to bounce.

she also loves these drums she got for her birthday.

glow stick fascination

and yet more craft

I can't express how much I love this picture.
Miriam got a mask with her magazine treat, and even wore it to bed.

Lydia getting in to dressing up when on holiday at Grandma & Grandad's house

Parents getting an evening off

Grandma loves to bake with the girls. I think they like it too!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Farewell Trevor

Trevor, it's the end of the road. Well, not for you, we assume. No doubt you'll provide a low-cost mode of transport for someone else with considerable but nevertheless still-only-requiring-5-seats logistical needs.

You arrived at a turbulent time for us. Our treasured Norman had met a sad end at the hands of those thieves who remain anonymous now (at least in this respect they were good at their job). Norman had a lot of "character", whereas you didn't, really. But that was part of the charm! The idea that the rush to hospital to have Naomi would not be accompanied by ropes holding the front doors shut seemed strange to us at the time, but you just soldiered on and got us there without a trouble. You might have been more expensive the past couple of years, but the first couple of years in Loughborough dealing with a real garage rather than "that guy down the road" we really appreciated that hardly anything seemed to go wrong with you.

You helped us move house four times; took our first three children home; provided transport for those long trips north/south; delivered kit to four Imagines; handled the coldest most toothpaste-freezingy winter ever, and one of the hottest summers; carried several wardrobes, a dining table and numerous other free bits of stupidly large furniture; and put up with many instances of child sickness, all without missing a beat. Ultimately, you just did your job, and if it wasn't frowned upon these days to put four children in to three seats (well, okay, that's well-justified), we'd be keeping you.

We'll miss you! Drive well.

The new adventure now begins with Kevin. He seems good so far. the children are very excited about driving "in the boot"! It's just a shame that choosing boys names for cars seems to be so much easier than for children...

*note: I originally aimed to write an "Ode to Trevor" but the scientist in me just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Lydia starts nursery!

My baby (for a few weeks longer) started nursery today! I might have been more emotional if pregnancy hadn't caught up with me this week and I am more than ready for a bit of a chance for a sit down and a rest before baby comes! She will be going twice a week and both she and Miriam are very excited about going to the same nursery (although Lydia in the baby room and Miriam in the big room).

Lydia was very excited. Who is starting nursery today?


Lydia was adamant that because she was a big girl she would walk to nursery! (actually she wanted to go on "my scooter" and it was quite hard to persuade her she doesn't have a scooter!)

Going to nursery, Peppa in hand.

Today was just her "settling in" session so I had to stay in the building (although not with her) and she only did an hour. She's ready to go for a proper play on Monday :-) This didn't stop the fact that she has been exhausted since she came back! Nursery is hard work

The teddy she is cuddling is the one she had *wanted* to take to nursery before I negotiated her down to something more appropriately sized!