One month ago I lost the best dad a daughter could ask for. My heart is broken. I miss him every day, more than my words can express. I would give absolutely anything for one more chat, to tell him again how much I love him and to feel his big strong hands squeeze mine. I was lucky to have some of those moments in his final days and, as Ruby says, “grandad is gone but he’ll always be in our hearts”.
We discovered a new park to play in this afternoon which is only 2 blocks from our house, hard to believe we’ve lived there for 2.5 years and not realised it was there. Ella & Charlie were excited to explore somewhere new but it’s not as well kept as our other local parks.
Ella in action
Charlie in charge of the boat
Is it Ella or is it Dora??????? When she decides to dress-up as Dora she gets very confused as to whether she wants us to call her Ella or Dora and it can lead to lots of tears and frustration (from mum!!!!).
Auntie Jill dropped in to visit this morning so we headed along to Middle Park on the bikes to return Ella & Charlie’s library books and to grab coffee and baby cinos on a beautiful spring morning.
Ella/Dora walking with Auntie Jill
Charlie in action
Ella had asked me recently if we could go for another trip on the Circle tram which runs around the city so today was the day! We headed out early and stopped at Mhairi’s work to meet her for coffee & baby cinos only to find she was working from home……typical. Ella, Charlie and I hopped onto the Circle tram and enjoyed the sights. Ella chatted to anyone who sat next to her and Charlie promptly fell asleep (he’s still a bit run down after having the cold all week).
Ella on the Circle Tram
Charlie enjoyed the first 15 mins before he fell asleep
Charlie (still looking sleepy) & Ella on the tram home
On our way home we stopped in at Jill’s so Charlie could see his beloved cats then we headed home for lunch.
This afternoon we met Marie & Frankie in the park. Mhairi was with me so she supervised Ella’s cycling while I pushed Charlie in the pram.
Ella on the swing
Charlie on the swing
Fearless Frankie on the slide
Charlie on the motorbike
Charlie playing with the bark
On our way home from the park Ella got ahead of herself with her peddaling skills. A combination of speed and lack of steering ability saw her fall off her bike for the first time. No injuries and she climbed straight back on.
We were having stir fry for dinner and Alan & I were using chopsticks. Ella asked if she could try using them too and to our amazement she used them with ease!!
Ella had been reading her Fifi magazines and there was a recipe for flapjack. She asked me if we could make some so here we are still in our pyjamas one morning baking. They enjoyed licking the bowl and spoons more than anything else.
Last weekend we took Ella & Charlie to the aquarium – probably the first time Charlie’s been when he’s old enough to enjoy it and he sure did! He ran from place to place not quite sure what to look at first and said “wow”a lot. Here’s a couple of pictures: