Friday 20 December 2013
Thursday 19 December 2013
The trip there was quite "interesting". In short, all these things happened:
- flight out was overbooked and we got bumped on to a later flight, so several hours to kill at Edinburgh airport
- just missed bus to hotel so needed to get taxi there
- one of our group was almost unable to check in at hotel as they wanted our booking reference number, they didn't have a printed copy, and that's the one day when the university email system wasn't working well enough to retrieve it
- taxi didn't appear when ordered at airport - cue most animated conversation in German I've ever seen between hotel manager and taxi company, followed by scariest taxi ride ever (and I've been in an Italian taxi)
- lengthy question session by UK Border people for one of our group
- burst tyre five minutes from my house in Stirling
Still, we got there and back in one piece, and I did very briefly manage a quick trek into the centre of Zurich while waiting for the return flight. Here is some Swiss scenery:
PS: I'm told that Naomi answered "Zurich" to the question "where's your daddy today?" :-)
PPS: I'm quite entertained that this can be classed as a "day trip"!
Sunday 8 December 2013
One thing she was very excited about was getting a Christmas tree.
Here we are having chosen the tree (as a side note, Sandy had the day off work and it turns out that Monday morning is an incredible time to buy a Christmas tree, the queue was non-existent!)
Here is Naomi making some decorations for the tree. She wanted to make it sparkly but the decorations were in the attic and I wasn't in a position to get it down on my own so I said she could make some things for it
Here is the tree with the decorations Naomi made
Here is the tree with a few more decorations including a star that Naomi made with Daddy yesterday.
We will be up in the North East for a fair wee while over Christmas and New Year so looking forward to catching up with you soon...
Wednesday 4 December 2013
In the bath last night Naomi was having a lot of fun with her hippos. They were having a lot of adventures but at one point the pink one wasn't feeling well.
So, here we have the blue one being a doctor, the link one in the doctors bed, and the whale being, well, a whale. What else?
I like this stage of development :-)
Sunday 24 November 2013
The day after Miriam's first birthday was her dedication at our church. This is a bit like a baptism but without the water: we give thanks for her, ask God to look after her as she grows up, and we (as parents) and the wider church promise to bring her up right.
If you'd like to see it, the church were able to take a video and we've put it on our youtube channel, below.
Tuesday 19 November 2013
|There were lots of "memory" pictures of us in much more youthful times, including one of my favourite local press pictures of all time - not so much for me, but for Needsy (his surname is actually "Needs" not Neeps!)|
Monday 18 November 2013
Thursday 14 November 2013
Right, birthdays need cakes. I decided to try and make one that looked like Miriam's favourite toy pictured for reference)
Here are some bits of cake in an approximate doggy shape
I was over the moon, though, at how well it turned out!
On the morning of Miriam's birthday Naomi, literally, lined up all the presents for opening
Birthdays are, of course, hard work, so at 5pm this happened...
The next morning also featured Naomi saying (in a robot voice) "I am a robot" and walking around like this
It was a beautiful day, we had lots of fun and Miriam received lots of lovely gifts.
Saturday 9 November 2013
It is becoming a tradition to write to my children on their birthdays and I am very excited to write you the first of your birthday letters.
What can I say to you, I have been trying to decide for so long.
Firstly, I love you. I love you so much. I would love you whatever you were like but you are such an easy baby to love. You always have a smile and a giggle or a kiss and a cuddle for me. You are the happiest baby I have ever known, everyone comments on how amazingly happy you are. The only times we really hear you cry are when you are being attacked by your big sister and when you don't want to go to sleep.
Music makes you particularly happy. Your favourite song continues to be twinkle, twinkle. You can do all the actions (but choose not to if you are being filmed). I love to watch you dance along to music, you have this happy little bounce which melts my heart. You particularly love to dance to worship music, I am sure your Daddy in Heaven is so incredibly proud of your gift of worship, you dance, you clap and you reach out to Him, so relaxed and happy in His presence. I hope and pray you never lose your ability to worship, it is a joy to watch.
You are a total poser, as soon as you see the flash on a camera you stop what you are doing, look right at the camera and smile. Such a beautiful smile that you will no doubt try to use to your advantage in your toddler years to get away with all sorts of mischief. I suspect you may find it works too, your smile is hard to resist!
I love to watch you learn, you watch your big sister mainly and then give it a go. Currently you are learning to walk, I suspect you won't take very much longer at all. You have a patience and a persistence that I admire greatly. I suspect it will take you far in life.
You love bananas, there isn't much to say about that but you love them so much that it felt like I couldn't write a letter about what you are like without mentioning it. I think you would eat bananas constantly if I let you but you'll settle for most other foods if that is all that is going.
You love your toy doggy. You stop most things to give him a quick cuddle, he helps you feel happier on the rare occasions you feel sad. You are very good at going to places like creche but if you are feeling a little less secure you take doggy with you.
You love your Daddy. You play with me so nicely all day but as soon as Daddy comes home from work and I can see the love in your eyes as you crawl/cruise over to him for a special Daddy cuddle. I love watching you love him, I am so pleased you have a Daddy who cares for you and whom you care for.
Miriam I love you, I love having you in my life and I love that I get to be your Mummy, it is a joy and a delight. When God made you, He gave you to me and the honour and privilege is all mine. Soon your sister will be going to nursery and one the reasons that makes me excited is that I will get to spend some proper time with you. You are so tolerant of being abandoned when your sister needs the toilet or bashes you on the head but I am looking forward to spending some one on one time with you and seeing you grow and develop even more. I am excited for the person you can and will become.
Keep being special
Monday 4 November 2013
Here we are all snug and ready to go...
A small point to note about Miriam's temperament being different to Naomi's is that I can report, with some astonishment, that Miriam was still wearing gloves when we arrived at toddler group and when we put them back on to come home she was still wearing them when we got home! Naomi has never kept a pair of gloves on for more than about 15 minutes, ever!
And finally, just because I love the picture. This was Naomi having a play before Church yesterday...
|Don't let the blue sky fool you. It was freezing!|
Friday 25 October 2013
Each visit that I do I get a picture of the room - though as you might expect they all look surprisingly familiar!
I've not been to the University of Nottingham before. The CS department is huge - they have a building to themselves. The Jubliee Campus, where CS is based, is relatively new. They've gone for an upside-down library just like Loughborough's (although less concrete and more wood)...
Of course, one of the nice things about being away is getting sent pictures like these:
|Naomi has started getting dressed by herself a lot of the time - here she is being quite proud of her achievement|
You know you are a parent when...
1. You are drowning in clean laundry...
2. Your draining rack features as many craft items as it does eating utensils...
3. For everything you own that is dangerous (and therefore interesting) you have a fake/toy version...
4. You consider yourself lucky to have gone to the toilet and only returned to this little mess...
5. Every cupboard that has something breakable in it features a plastic equivalent...
6. Running out of bananas meant you had to use all your best peace keeping skills (and make an emergency trip to the supermarket)...
7. Finding cream cheese on your hair brush isn't odd...
8. If you fancy a bath you must first wade through this lot...
9. Getting to put your feet up for a few minutes is a note worthy event...
10. You have no idea how you would function without these...
11. You love your small people more than words could ever express...
Thursday 17 October 2013
Anyway, this morning I decided to walk to work to get some nice clean Scottish air into me. The clouds were looking really good this morning so I thought I'd share:
I also spotted this picture of Miriam on my phone, from a couple of weeks ago. She's getting the hang of this eating business - just need to get a little more of the food in the mouth...
Wednesday 9 October 2013
Sunday 6 October 2013
Just a quick video to show you how much Miriam loves her doggy, almost anything will be stopped to give him a quick cuddle.
We wanted to put on a video of Miriam doing the actions for twinkle twinkle but she has recently become a little camera shy and stops doing them as soon as we start filming. Hopefully that one will be online soon, mainly because it is very, VERY cute!
Thursday 3 October 2013
Having not been out for a fair few days I decided to go out despite the rain, in fact light rain is about the best weather for running as it is refreshing but not too cold. That said, about half way into my run the rain came on hard and although I still enjoyed the run I was pleased to get home and have a bath!
Saturday 28 September 2013
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Here is how it worked out...
Here us Sunniva showing Naomi the ropes (literally). To add a bit of fun Naomi had to "rescue" Peppa Pig (she loved this element of the game).
Working out where to put her feet
But with her eyes on the prize
She made it!
After climbing one needs to eat a snack/lunch and share it with the newly rescued Peppa
Apparently, though, Peppa needed to be in the picture properly
She had an absolute blast and is looking forward to doing it again :-)