Sunday, 25 May 2008
I am sorry to announce however that he has caught yet another cold and is snuffling and snorting away as I type. Poor baby!
Speaking of decluttering, I don't know if I mentioned that Bertie has been laughing at my most recent method - dropping dishes and smashing them into smithereens! Evs, you would be welcome to join in this activity! LissaLou is following in my footsteps and dropped a glass bowl of ice cream last week. You will be glad to know the ice cream was more or less finished (wouldn't want to waste some delicious Carte D'Or!) and that brings us down to 5 bowls...
I contacted the council and have written to give notice for our flat. We have to clear EVERYTHING out, that includes the carpets and floorboards! Otherwise we get a £275 fine. Nice.
I have also written to the home insurance and council tax people. Strangely enough, they have exactly the same address but a different postcode. Why is that?
Bertie contacted the shipping people and for 5 cubit m3 to be taken over, it would come to the grand total of....£3269!!! 10 cubit m3 would be a mere ££5849. Thanks to Dad who worked out what 5 cubit m3 was, and the result is, no, we are definitely not shipping! So I will have to start thinking very carefully about what we REALLY need to take...
I have cancelled various accounts and cards we don't use, nice to simplify life a bit.
Baby JoJo's UK passport form has been sent off AGAIN. Watch this space to see if it finally meets the approval of Her Majesty's Identification and Passport Services.
Half term this week and lots more appointments happening. It is good to see my list turning fluorescent pink bit by bit!
After such happenings, it was refreshing to head out to the beauty of Kenwood. This time the rhodedendrons were out in force for our friends to see and were much admired by us all. It was quite...challenging keeping an eye on our very active girls (2 four year olds, 1 two year old and one 18 month old) so we were very thankful to have the Grandmas with us to watch over Baby JoJo and the buggies, as we kept running off in various directions - mostly after CassCass, who is struggling with the concept of obedience. Very exhausting for me, but presumably good exercise!
We began with a nice cuppa and cake to give us strength for the afternoon ahead, whilst the girls chalked the stones (it was a beautiful day, but the torrential rain since has no doubt washed them all away!)
Whilst the Grandmas study the latest Royal wedding in Hello
We then moved on to our picnic spot
Baby JoJo was happy to kick around on the mat "Catch me if you can!"
So cute! Gorgeous girls!
The afternoon included a bit of nature studyBefore heading off for some rolling down the hill (we did this when we were this big too!)Closer... ...uh oh, too close!
The day of course finished with ice creams before we headed home. Thanks to the very kind bus driver who waited for us to run along the road and get our entire party on.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
CassCass lost her bottle approximately one second after this photo!Can you see the milk?!A few of the animals - baby lambs all piled up on each other, so cute!
Okay, enough of the animals said CassCass, and off we went to the indoor playpark. Crazeeeee! LissaLou whizzed up and down on the slides, and CassCass even tried them out (including one pretty steep one) before having a meltdown. We mums enjoyed a cuppa before the dads went off from some crazy golf (Bertie lost - evidently all the skills he has honed on the golf course aren't transferable!), leaving us in charge of four children - how glad we were when they returned! I mostly videoed this part of the day but I haven't worked out how to put them on the blog. Don't they take ages for people to download too?
I do my best to keep him on a three hour feed pattern during the day - it doesn't always happen. He still loves his sleep, and will get as much of it as he can, but you can be sure that he will be awake in the afternoon just when CassCass goes down for her sleep, foiling all my attempts to get some sleep too... He is probably most agitated in the evenings when he rarely sleeps and usually feeds lots. His nights are going well - he only wakes up once as a rule, and the last few nights has slept 6-7 hours in a row. Roll on sleeping through the night! (Which I am still hoping for before we leave for Guadeloupe).
He loves lying kicking on his mat and sitting in his chair watching the world go by. The girls do a great job of looking after to him, singing him songs and lullabies, chatting to him, showing him things... I love the eye to eye interaction in this photo, as he listens intently to Big Sister's words of wisdom.He had his first set of immunisations this week and caused the nurse great concern as he frothed at the mouth afterwards. Completely normal behaviour I assured her! He has now caught yet another cold, poor boy. Hope it clears up soon. Despite such ailments he is a wonderfully smiley boy, especially if you sing his favourite song "Little Green Frog". I can't reproduce it here, but it requires sticking out your tongue like a frog catching flies!
I learnt how to take panoramic pictures which the camera then stiches together to produce one long uninterrupted picture but apparently you need software for this - any ideas where to find this?
On two nights I got active and did some pilates - with the girls accompanying me on one occasion. Feel better already!
Monday, 19 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
He loves his bathtime (but in the interests of decency, no photos I'm afraid!) and on this occasion actually enjoyed getting dried in his Yoda-style towel
CassCass spends hours making lines with her cars, then someone is bound to come and knock them over, much to her dismay
LissaLou getting creative - this may look like paper to you and me but is actually a meal of fish and chips. Mmm. Apparently she informs me when she is older, she will do all the cooking and washing up. I shall hold her to it!
There is always a sister happy to hold her little brother - LissaLou is getting quite a pro at it, CassCass still needs a bit more supervision, especially as she tends to get bored and thrust him at you to take!
Bonding with Baby JoJo Hours of running around after the girls and she still had some energy left!
What a fine couple!
It was yet another beautiful day
Mum let LissaLou loose with the camera and here are some of her pictures of the scenery