Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sports Day

My best girl at her post-Sports Day picnic!
Fabulous day for it - and all the better as far as Rosie's concerned because I brought her egg sandwiches! (They're her favourites but far too stinky to have in her lunch box normally!) I even gained some 'good Mum' brownie points by taking her an ice lolly in a chiller bag!
Roll on the summer holidays!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Gappy smiles!

Rosie was very excited to finally lose her first tooth on Saturday morning, and even more excited to leave it out for the tooth fairy on Saturday night!
Can't believe my girl is losing her baby teeth - it doesn't seem five minutes since they were arriving!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Yay, no stabilisers!

We finally bit the bullet this morning and took the stabilisers off Rosie's bike. 
An hour later, no grazes at all and she's off like a rocket! Have posted a link to a little video below. 
Well done Rosie-Pie, that's another life skill you can tick off the list!

Monday, April 02, 2018

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter one and all - hope you all had a lovely time.
Rosie had a great time meeting the Easter Bunny and the Mad Hatter at the garden centre (along with an egg hunt, biscuit decorating, a present of a cuddly sheep AND a delicious cooked breakfast!)
Charlie's a bit big to sit on the Easter Bunny's knee these days, but he fully got into the spirit of things with excessive chocolate consumption!
Another nice day planned today - off to an escape room later. (Both kids are very into escape rooms at the moment - for the uninitiated, basically you're locked into a themed room and have an hour to solve loads of cryptic puzzles to get yourself out!) So we'll be trying to escape a mad queen's castle this morning, and then heading into town - Pete's going to take the kids for a wander while I cash in the spa voucher he got me for my birthday. Bring it on - I'm feeling relaxed already!
We're all looking forward to the Easter holidays - two weeks stretching ahead of us. We've got lots of fun stuff planned (along with some homework - sorry kids...) and Pete's got a few days off next week too, so it'll be lovely for us all to spend some time together.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve...

Ok, I know - two posts in as many days - I'll give you a moment to recover from the shock...

So, today has been lovely. We were up earlyish and headed off to Cheltenham for our annual trip to see Father Christmas on a steam train. The roads were quiet and we had a fab journey with carols on the radio all the way.
The train ride is always really mellow - not at all commercialised, and signals the start of Christmas for us.
Father Christmas was chatty and the home-made mince pies, as always, were fabulous.
Then we headed off to the cathedral in Gloucester for the carol service - you simply can't beat belting out Hark the Herald accompanied by brilliant choristers and a mahoosive pipe organ!
So now we're back home, and just waiting for Father Christmas to arrive!
Charlie was showing Rosie the NORAD Santa tracker earlier, so I keep hearing a little voice whispering down the stairs: "Where is he now Mum?" (For the record, he's currently in Malawi, on his way to Mozambique!!)
So there's nothing much left to do now, apart from to watch (another!) carol service on the TV and make sure everything is ready for what is likely to be a rather early wake-up call!
Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Feeling festive!

Hi folks,
All is well here, although it has been a fairly manic few weeks.
Charlie and I spoke at a medical conference in Swansea at the end of November - it's been a while since I did any public speaking, but it was good fun and what we said seemed to be very well received.
And last week we had a letter saying that his Head of Year had put him forward for a school award for service to the community for all the work he has done towards raising awareness of kids with his condition - both through the videos and publicity he has done for Little Hearts Matter and the medical conferences he has spoken at. He was really pleased to win the award (as well as the iTunes gift card that came with it!)
He has also had a lot of rehearsals at the theatre for various productions and Christmas concerts, as well as choir performances at school. He's also been asked to join the adult company at the theatre now his voice has broken, so he's enjoying that too. (And he was recently given an award after the theatre awards night for thinking on his feet and rescuing a scene in which somebody missed a cue and wasn't on stage when they needed to be, so he stepped in and played their part so the show carried on with the audience none the wiser!)
Rosie also did really well in her play at school, and was chosen to do one of the readings at the whole school carol service at the church in the village where Will is buried.
She also won the school Christmas colouring competition, which pleased her no end. She's a really meticulous child and spent ages on her picture!
I don't think I mentioned before, but we went skating at the start of the month and Charlie fell over and got a buckle fracture of his left wrist. (A buckle fracture is where the bone is compressed rather than snapped - like if you stamp on a drink can which then crumples - so instead of a crack, he ended up with a bulge sticking out of the side of the bone on X-ray.) Anyway, other than the first week or so, it hasn't been too painful and he's been in a reinforced metal splint for the past three weeks. Hopefully it should be able to come off fairly soon.
We also had pacing clinic last week - he's grown another couple of inches in the past six months and his pacemaker is still working fine with a minimum of four years battery still left.
This is a rather random post isn't it! Full of various snippets of info I'm writing down as I'm thinking of them!
We went to visit Nanny today - she's at my brother's house for Christmas so we went to drop her presents off. As you can see from the pic, Charlie is much taller than her now!
Tomorrow we're off for our traditional Christmas Eve - a ride on the steam train to see Father Christmas in Cheltenham, then our favourite bit of the day - the carol service at Gloucester Cathedral before heading home to wait for the man in red to arrive!
Hope you're all enjoying the run-up to Christmas - enjoy the magic everyone!