Pretty Much Back to Normal

Aaliyah is fighting Amritsar in the living room, trying to steel her ‘Heeleys’. Thor is hugging a soft ball we brought in Grasse, France, two years ago, purchased from an artisan shop in the old town lanes. Caleb is sat on daddy’s lap, as is Tara! Thirty minutes ago, the latter two were asked to leave the dinner table due to Tara eating her dinner slower than a snail, as was Caleb. I tried to help Caleb by spooning the said food to his mouth. He then took a swig of water and proceeded to spit the ‘lentil bake’ all over my hand. Thor and Aaliyah ate with gusto. Odd really as Thor was the main voice of opposition to the lentil bake and Aaliyah on the other hand simply refused to eat the dish the last time it was had. An early night for her that night due to her sheer indignant behaviour.

Tara and Amritsar are now sat beside the television looking like identical twins in their new matching pyjama sets. As you know they are not identical at all, but do have a blush of similarities and pretty much the same hair style, albeit Tara’s newish fringe. Aaliyah has vanished, Thor still grasping the soft ball and Caleb is clinging to daddy’s head firmly.

Bath time now, to be followed by bedtime. Hopefully they will sleep well as they were all up past 10pm last night playing silly buggers on the stairs for a fourth night. They will certainly find the return to school next week very challenging.

Aaliyah is now screaming ‘Caleb is not my friend, Caleb is not my friend’. Both Aaliyah, Thor and his ball and Caleb are swarming over Daddy’s head. Aaliyah shouts loudly, now Thor has vocally joined her. A relative cats chorus.

I have just implored Daddy to start the bath time duties as I am tiring of the antics in motion. Remus is snuggled on my lap with Gracie beside.

Daddy’s trip to the fridge has just resorted in Caleb going ballistic. He was given some Brie much to my annoyance with his behaviour at dinner time. Caleb spits his dinner at me and now complains that he is hungry!

He is presently squeezing daddy’s legs saying ‘I want you, I want you’ wailing louder and louder. Oops! He has just produced a rather large snot bubble. Sadly not caught on camera as was Thor’s world record breaker of last spring!

My cold on the other hand, after 4 years now, has yet to clear up! Clearly the little ones are still sucking second hand objects at school with their classmates. Odd that the girls stopped doing that once they escaped their old, germ infested preschool…

Family Day Out on Exhibition Road

A big thank you to cousins Jamsey and Theo (Over from Dublin) for entertaining our guys today at the Science Museum in London. Of course we were in the company of Auntie Sara and Uncle Gerry also. Just back home in ‘The Shires’ now and the children up to bed. Some sounds of volatility, but hoping that they will settle soon. The last few nights have seen them coming down the stairs repeatedly, up until past 9pm. Only natural being on their Christmas Holidays. I just cornered them off midway. Somehow they have unearthed their old hairbrush, now missing 6 months. God knows where they have been excavating!

Children can be a bit mental when they are having fun.

I can fully recommend this fun day out. Even at this time of year, the Science Museum was not too busy.

So many fun things to engage with.

Do excuse the portrait angle of my phone! Unlike many, I always shoot in landscape. Obviously I was as carried away as the rest of the crew.

Our Very Merry Christmas

Hopping you all had an amazing time of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In the end I thought that I would not intrude. This time of year is a very special one and one that is devoted to family – isn’t it.? Well here is our Christmas morning up until the big Christmas dinner. Today seemed an appropriate time to share Christmas morning with you as by this time you are all pretty much Christmas’d out in your own homes, so here is our rendition of the BIG day!

Christmas Eve

Last Christmas I avoided all diary entries for a while. I guess I just thought that everyone had enough on their own plates to deal with, including a turkey, a ham, some sprouts, plus all of the trimmings!

I remember starting an Instagram account on Boxing Day with some footage of our Christmas dinner and then a rendition of the twelve days of Christmas. I only maintained the Instagram account, though it still exists, for 6 months. Damn, that concept of social media is so time consuming. I found that all of my spare time was just being absorbed and nothing really came back as to followers from there migrating to my diary! It was all about capturing a moment in time albeit a photo or a short video. But I do that with words in my diary don’t I? Well that, coupled with an image for the day.

I think that this year I will do a few daily updates with what’s going on here on my blog.

I hope everyone has a stress free time tonight with the preparations for Santa’s Visit.

I remember a couple of years ago, the family from Ireland all chipped in for a flat pack ‘Pirates Castle and boat’. The arguments that John and I went through for the 2 hours to put It together and struggling with the 1000 pieces, the allen keys and obviously, those inevitable missing pieces! Never again I say, never again.

So once again, good luck with tonight everybody…