My favourite time of year - #R2BC

It seems rather strange to be writing a blog post about about autumn when it's still around 30 degrees  but it is now October and therefore it must be close!
The boys are back at school of course, although it doesn't feel as different as in previous years now they walk there and back by themselves.  They have not yet had there timetables for the year and homework is very little when they actually have any! 
We have still been using the pool but there is a distinct chill to it now that doesn't wear off after a length.  I was in last week but there is a chance that might be my limit now for this year.   Louka thinks it's freezing, Leo is still powering on trying to convince us all it's lovely.  
I have been enjoying going down there though and being able to sit in the sun,  in the height of summer I do all I can to get out of it and find the shade. 

I love this time of year in Cyprus, the temperatures start to drop  - it's still hot enough for the beach but no n…

Pokemon Party

I love a party when I get a theme I can work with and Leo has given me some great ones over the years,  Harry Potter, Star Wars and my favourite.. Doctor Who. 

This year Pokemon was his choice.

I'm not a Pokemon expert but we had been playing Pokemon Go for almost a year by the time of the party, on the way to and from school and on adventures out and about.  It's a great way to get two tech obsessed boys (and their Mum!) out and walking about.

Because of that, and of course aided by Pinterest I was able to come up with lots of bits to suit the theme and have a very happy birthday boy.

The Decorations

I didn't go overboard and apart from buying new bits to make the Pokeballs I recycled what I already had, hence the fact we had a blue tablecloth. Ideally I'd have got one red and one white to make a Pokeball table but I do try to draw the line somewhere.   I like to think I'm enthusiastic rather than obsessed!

When it comes to crafty homemade decorations they have t…

My Sunday Photo (1st Sep)

Can you believe that today is the 1st September?
It really doesn't feel like it!
Apparently it should cool down by a degree or two from tomorrow, and as much as I love the summer we are so ready for a little respite. 
It's been a great summer but I'm looking forward to the routine and the gradual winding down of summer.  We have one week left of the holidays before school starts and 8 weeks left of the summer season. 
I'm sure it will start to really feel like September soon enough

Now you are Seven {Louka}

Dear Louka,

Happy birthday little dude!

So now you are 7 years old, and we should probably stop calling you the 'little one' but as Dad says, he's in his 40s now and is still the little'un according to Auntie Bek so you're going to be stuck with it too.

You've had a great year,  started big school and you have enjoyed it so much more than your little school.  You like going to school with Leo for the first time, and now even walking together without me.   I hope you enjoy 2nd class just as much and do even better this coming school year.

What else can I say about you,  you are a contradiction - very loud and crazy and very quiet, such extreme opposites!

We are proud how you talk to many more people these days, even if you don't really want to it makes such a difference when you answer questions and acknowledge the fact that you are being spoken to.

Your swimming is amazing, you have definitely nailed that now, jumped straight in at the start of summer and …

A Minecraft Party

Just before we celebrate Loukas 7th birthday I thought I'd better share some photos from last years. 
The themes have never come as easily as they do for Leo's birthdays, I think because Louka generally is not one for being really into something.  Leo's a bit like me in the way that if we like it we LOVE it and everything to do with it,  we will read the book, watch the film and know all there is to know about it.  So when it comes to parties we love the little details. 
As Louka approached his 6th birthday however it became clear that a Minecraft party would go down very well.  
Louka only had one special request for the party which was a pinata,  whatever else happened was not a concern of his!.
As usual I jumped onto Pinterest for inspiration, and roped in Aaron for some crafty bits and Leo who is also our resident Minecraft expert.

The Food

I love food labels!
As well as egg sandwiches - a staple of all our birthday parties and a long running joke between us,  and quic…

Musings of a veteran blogger

It's been a while but here I am again, as we approach the next birthday and my thoughts return to the traditional birthday blog posts.  I'm not sure why I  always feel the need to explain my lack of blogging, or who I think might care but here come the explanations (excuses!)

I started work this season, part time,  it's officially 2 days a week but summer is busy and that tends to spill over to 3 or 4 quite often (in addition of course to our  website and photo booth).  I work with a great team of ladies during the summer season here, covering the east coast of Cyprus cleaning and steaming wedding dresses.  I'm enjoying it and it's been a great year so far but it does make a big difference to the amount of time I have and while it's been relatively easy to adjust, it's still a change that we've all had to get used to.

I'd say the main reason for my lack of posts is the age of the boys now,  and the fact that I feel like I should or I want to share …

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!