I asked Charlie if he’d like to do something with Mummy today and he said “go to the aquarium to see the crabs” so that’s what we did this afternoon. It turns out that after a quick glimpse at the penguins, crabs and sharks all he was interested in was the kids play area (all of which you need to pay for). When I told him we weren’t there to play but to look at the fish he said quite seriously “let’s just go home then”!!
It had started raining when we were in the aquarium, a rare event for us, and Charlie was delighted to walk and splash in the puddles on the way home.
Last weekend Charlie, Ruby, Poppy & I moved in with Kaylene, Harvey & Toby. They made us feel very welcome and we had a great time in playgrounds, walking, swimming and yesterday visiting a new playcentre in Docklands. With Alan in Scotland iIt was lovely for me to have some help with the babies in the evening – its such a juggle trying to coordinate bedtime f0r everyone. Kaylene & I reckoned 2 adults to 5 kids was a way better equation than 1 adult to 3.
Harvey & Toby were great with the babies (or babes as Harvey affectionately referred to them) and often asked to give them cuddles.
Anyone who knows Ella knows that Sammy is her second hand man….well, a trip to Scotland has resulted in him being lost. I couldn’t believe it when Alan told me because she’s had Sammy since she was born, sleeps with him every night and asks for him whenever she’s tired or needs comfort. He’s been on 2 previous trips home, been on holiday but I religiously made sure he wasn’t lost (largely because we keep Sammy safe at home). I’m so annoyed but Alan continues the search…..
We (Hugh, Rory, Mark & Fi) have been counting down the days to Ella and Alan’s arrival for months now.. its 11 months since we left our best friends, The Donaldson clan in Oz. We miss them with all of our hearts. So when we say it is fantastic to see Ella & Alan, its a huge understatement! Hugh & Mark met them at the airport – such excitement!
Watching Ella & Hugh together it would seem like they’ve been apart for a week rather than a year. They are having a brilliant time playing, swimming, climbing, scooting, cycling all while dodging huge thundery downpours – it is Ireland after all!
Rory is fascinated by the pair’s antics and loves joining in the fun. It hasn’t taken much for Alan to win his Godson’s affections – Rory is completely enamored by him.
Mark & Alan are much the same as Ella & Hugh friendship wise! They came back from the pub last night (with, I’m delighted to say, full control of all bodily functions) and continued their male bonding over Nintendo Wii golf/baseball/bowling games. Alan tried to gamble away a few of his life’s possessions as it got a little competitive but thankfully lingering jet lag (no not the beers) took over and sleep called a halt to that.
There is no other way to say this – I wish Kirstin could be here with Charlie, Ruby & Poppy too. But we have another wonderful day to spend with Alan & Ella before they head back to Scotland tonight. This brief but great visit is going to see us through ’til the next time we all meet up again. Fi.