Reality Check

Our little girl is all the way at the other side of the world. It was planned, she was excited and we were delighted she was getting this opportunity to have some one-on-one time with her grandparents, something she has often foregone as the eldest of 4. However, the reality has been a little different.

Talking to her on Skype we see a little girl firmly in control of those around her, through no fault of hers or theirs, refusing to do things and speaking to adults in a way she has not been raised to do. Then I realised telling her off through the camera has zero impact. Further thought reminds me she is only 6, away from her parents and although it’s ‘home’ for us it’s not for her. She’s being the best she can be and I’m happy when she tells me that she’s having fun.

She arrives back into Melbourne in the early hours of Saturday to 3 adoring siblings that have missed her a lot.


Reality Check

Hard to believe its been close to two months since I updated my blog…..clearely I’ve been letting the side down!

I have some exciting news to report – Ella arrived safely in Scotland with her Auntie Mhairi to spend the Easter holidays with her grandparents.  She has been so excited about her ‘big trip’ and I’m amazed that the secret was kept.  As departure day drew closer I was nervous during our skype chats that someone would let the cat out of the bag but no – mum & dad got a huge surprise when they went to pick up Mhairi from the airport.  Alan’s parents got an equally big surprise when they went to pick up a ‘parcel’ we’d given Mhairi for them and then were greeted by Ella at the door!

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane…..

The ‘surprise’:

Hanging Out with her Cousins – Elliot & Lennox

Lost Another Tooth in Scotland

Fun in the Park with Grandma & Grandad

I really wish I could be with them but its not to be for now.  Charlie is missing his big sister and while Ruby & Poppy ask for her, they don’t have the same concept of time as to how long she is away.  I’m delighted for her to spend time with the family but in the back of my mind my focus is April 14th when I get to give her a big hug again!