Losing Dad

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”.

To our fabulous friends who took care of our kids like your own for 8 days, I’ll never be able to thank you enough. And of course to everyone for the messages, cards, flowers, meals when cooking just wasn’t front of mind, you kept me going and allowed relative normality to return for the kids. We’re lucky to have you all in our lives.
Lastly to those of you who asked “doesn’t she have family here?”, well; yes I do but that family is my 2 sisters who, while struggling with their own grief, were trying to hold down their jobs and are not as familiar with the school routine as those friends who stepped up. I’m so thankful I didn’t ask you for help.
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Forever in my heart, dad.
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Losing Dad

A New Park

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.

Charlie climbing

Ella in action

Charlie in charge of the boat

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A New Park

Dora the Explorer

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

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Dora the Explorer

Friday Adventures

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

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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.

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Friday Adventures

Baking

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.

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Baking