Now you are 10

Ten years of birthday letters, blog posts about parties, and birthday interviews!

Our Leo is now in double digits!

No birthday blog letter this year, I've still written one but I've printed it off along with all the previous years and will be giving them all to him when he gets home from school today.

Not too old for the themed party though - it was Pokemon this year (at the time of writing it is still in planning )   Going on last years birthday blog fail, I may or may not write about it!   I realised I'd missed the post party blog only last week and wrote a very belated birthday post.

It's fine, May is crazy month and with work, kids and businesses it's amazing I've even written this!

Happy birthday to my (not so) little Leo!

A Marvelous birthday party!

Next week is Leo's 10th birthday and as I started to write my usual birthday letter I have just realised that I broke the habit of a (blog) lifetime last year and didn't write about his party!
After so many epic themes (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Spiderman, Lego, and Thomas the Tank Engine)  it was always going to be tricky to beat,  it was entirely Leo's choice (unlike a couple of the others where I may have gently planted the idea!) 
So we had a Marvel party, complete with fancy dress - adults included! 

With a 'Hulk Smash' Cake, Thor's Hammer marshmallows among other yummy treats. 
As well as the traditional pass the parcel we had a couple of super hero training games 'minute to win it' style. 

It was full fancy dress too, well until much of it was abandoned due to the heat!

It was a great afternoon /evening for us adults as well as the kids!

Bowling with his brother - #FlashbackFriday

A flashback post today, back to early 2015
Leo was 5 and Louka was 2. 
It was quite early in the morning and we were having breakfast outside.   That was quite a rare event, and one of the only times in all the years we've been here that we did that, I assume it just seemed like an unnecessary additional effort especially in the high chair days. 
There had already been a pre-breakfast playdough session, 
I really don't miss days starting that early with things like that!
It may be more than 4 years ago but I remember the morning well,  the breakfast went well.  Leo buttered his own bread (sort of)  and no-one cried or moaned or had any drama - this is why I remember it, it was a rare event!

I sat and watched the boys play thinking how lovely it all was, the sun was shining the boys were happy and had been playing nicely together so far all day (remember it was breakfast time but you had to celebrate the little things).   
I may have suggested to Leo 'How about bowling wit…

Day out at Melios Zoo and Extreme Park, Nicosia

I've had a big 'to visit' list for many years ans slowly but surely we are getting round to ticking things off.  It's taking time due to a variety of reasons, usually money, often time,  sometimes weather and some which were just not as appealing with young kids.

Earlier this month we crossed off two places from my family day out wish list with a trip to Nicosia, a planned trip to Melios zoo and an impromptu visit to Extreme Park.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Melios as I'd read several bad reviews online over the years but looking at the website it seemed to me to be worth a visit. Entry prices are low (€3 for adults €2 for children) but I knew everyone wouldn't be impressed if I dragged them all to Nicosia and it was rubbish!

You can buy big bags of carrots for €1 and feed the animals if you wish.

It was actually a great place to visit, the boys really enjoyed it and we were surprised.  I do sadly have fairly low expectations when it comes to visitin…

A Boy and His Bottle #SiggCyprus

Louka's favourite thing at the moment is football, he spends ages on the balcony kicking a ball around (and often over the edge!) or down with his friend on the field outside.  He loves anything and everything with even a hint of football about it, so you can imagine his joy when we gave him a football themed water bottle!

Since then he's taken it to school of course - as that was the intention

He's carried it around the house, used it at the dinner table, in front of the TV and taken it to bed!

I explained to him that we received the bottle to review and he took it very seriously, telling me that it is a good colour and he likes the footballers on there especially the one with the blond hair.   The best bit apparently is the lid because it looks like a football and he's never seen that on a bottle before.

The bottle is by Sigg Cyprus and is part of their Aluminum Kids range.   

It's great to have a bottle that the boys like to stop them wanting plastic bottles al…

A First For Everything

This weekend saw our first beach trip of the year!

It felt very strange to put on shorts and a bikini top for the first time,  after not being out of jeans, cardigans and boots so far this year but it seemed a bit silly to go to the beach dressed like that, especially as it felt warm in the sun.  (about 21 degrees in case you area wondering)

I learnt from previous experiences and made sure the boys were wearing swim shorts as I couldn't even tell you the amount of times they've ended up soaking wet despite them saying they are not going in the sea.  I even put sun cream on us all!

As you can see it wasn't very busy,  it's not one of the busy tourist beaches though,  Fig Tree bay and the like would have certainly been busier but this was nice and peaceful.  We counted less than 10 people, including us!

I even managed about 20 minutes laying in peace while the boys played - something that has never happened before. It was actually relaxing too as I closed my eyes not ha…

Spring has sprung!

It's my favourite time of year!

After cold winter spring seems to appear suddenly, almost overnight. You can feel a real warmth in the sun and you start to remember the kind of heat that will be on the way in the next couple of months.

Unless you also live in Cyprus I expect you are thinking 'Cold winter? She doesn't know the meaning of cold' etc etc, but living here in winter is a whole different kind of cold.   While it might nice enough outside, indoors can be uncomfortably cold. The houses are really hard to heat and we end up wearing so many layers and snuggling under blankets all the time!    This year has also seen an amazing amount of rainfall, the most I think in over 100 years I'm sure I read somewhere.   The country is just not good at dealing with this and there are been roads collapsing and property damage all over the place.

But Spring has sprung and I just love it!

Carnival week always seems to be the start of it, everything seems to speed up from t…