When you grow up

Whilst going through some old blog posts I came across this little gem from 2011,  it was part of a 'Blog meme' where lots of bloggers would tag their blogging buddies and everyone would join in and write a post on a certain theme.

It was part of a longer post which is not relevant now so I thought I'd update it

Back in 2011 I asked Leo what he would like to be when he grows up at several different times in the hope I would eventually get an answer that made some sort of sense. (Don't forget he was not yet two years old!) 

Replies included
bebums (raisins),
look Mummy dirty feet, 
a circle. 

Eventually I got the crayons and paper out to immense excitement from him as it is possibly his favourite activity and asked him to draw what he would like to be....

I also rephrased the question and asked him what he wanted to be when he was bigger.....

He replied (with arms waving above his head)   'BIG.'        Fair enough!

Starting on Leo's 3rd birthday and continuin…

Girls Day Out - Part 2 Abandoned Theme Park and a Dry River bed

Our girls day out for Sam's birthday was a surprise for  her but was also a mystery road trip for me in some ways.  It has all been organised by our friend Lucy and I'd not seen her before the day to hear about any of the plans so it was great just jumping in the car and having nothing to do with the organising - not something I am used to! You can read about the first part of the day in my earlier post - Girls Day Out.For lunch we stopped at a lovely forest picnic site in the village of Mosfiloti called the Agia Thekla Excursion Area,  it was well equipped with toilets, bbq areas, lots of benches and a play area and even wheelchair access and benches designated accessible, which is very good for Cyprus, apparently according to the website there is also photovoltaic cell systems to provide lighting at night but we weren't there that long to find out. We didn't explore much of the area, in fact we just headed to a bench and started eating - moving once as the sun came r…

Mummy on the Move - A Halloween twist on Elf on the Shelf

How much magic happens in your house?  Does the Tooth Fairy visit?  Is the Easter Bunny an annual visitor?  Does Santa leave magical snowy footprints, eat mince pies and drink whisky?  (He ALWAYS has mince pies and whisky - no cookies and milk here!)   Will you have carrots left out  for hungry sleigh pullers or sparkly reindeer food scattered outside on Christmas Eve?Do you have a magical Elf that sits on your shelf, and gets up to all kinds of mischief throughout December? 
I'm sure it varies but the Easter Bunny passes us by - luckily I'm always on hand to supply chocolate eggs.   The Tooth Fairy is pretty reliable here - only missing one tooth collection due to being ever so busy that night, and of course Santa wouldn't miss his whisky and mince pies in exchange for a couple of stockings here. No Elf for us though, it was questioned once as to why someone else had an Elf  and I dodged the issue by being really surprised and saying I had absolutely no idea it was even po…

Girls day out

In July I had a great day out with the girls, this time a birthday present for Sam, in fact it was a present from Lucy but Rachel and I got to tag along too so it was a bonus for us! It was great to have a day out that I had no part in arranging at all.  I had a vague idea of one of the places we were to stop at but the rest was just as much of a mystery to me as it was to Sam.   First stop was just off the Larnaca - Limassol highway just before the village of Klavdia to see the wind turbines.  This is something that Sam has wanted to do for ages and she was absurdly excited about it.   I do admit it was pretty cool though, and not something I would have ever even considered doing so it was great.  The turbines are really difficult to get a photo of, especially to demonstrate just how big they are.  Below you can see Sam standing at the base of one. 
Next stop, Panagia Stazousa,  a medieval monastery in the village of Klavdia itself.  We had come prepared with cover ups assuming that we…

A cloudy sky

Today is the first day in a long time that I have seen a cloud.  Not that I am complaining as such,  after all I moved to Cyprus and who doesn't want clear blue skies day after day?
They do make for much better sky photos though. 

I was excited to see a cloud in the sky though,  and a little dip in temperature today.  It has been so very hot for such a long time now,  it's actually been record breaking this year with the highest temperature since records began of 46 degrees in Nicosia recently. 
I'm eager for it too cool a little and for things to move on (and continue moving on hopefully!)   School returns tomorrow after being delayed by a week at the very last minute due to the heatwave rather than covid issues.    I'm looking forward to not feeling like I need 6 showers a day, to going for a walk, and so much more. 
Its time for a new season and some normality to return please, I'm hoping the cloud is the start of all that!  

Questions in Quarantine

During lock down when facebook wasn't full of COVID posts there were several question and answer posts doing the rounds,  one was a list of questions to ask your child.  I asked the boys but didn't put it on facebook,  not when there's a blog post to be made of it! I've had the answers written down for months now so thought I would share. 
Leo was first, and as usual was very literal and slightly sarcastic in his answers
1. If you won a million pounds, what would you buy?Nothing because I'm not in England. 
2. How long does it take to get to America?
Depends from where and how you are travelling.
3. What does Mummy always say to you?

"Love you"  or "Leave me alone I'm eating"
4. What job would you like to do when you're older?

A good one, that pays well and I enjoy
5. What is the capital of England?

'E'  (then after my rolling my eyes and repeating the question with the word city in it ) London
6. Where do babies come from?

A woman's bel…

Louka - Now you are eight

Happy 8th birthday Louka!I know you are very excited that your birthday is here and we hope you have an awesome day. You told me that you can hardly believe you will be 8 as you feel you are getting big fast,  I agree because it doesn't seem like a whole year has passed since you turned 7. 
You often say that you don't remember things you did when you were younger, and you don't remember much about your previous birthdays or anything about the years that have passed.  I don't think you will have any problems remembering this year though. 2020 will be talked about all your life so I'm sure you will remember this one.

It's certainly been a strange year for you, but you have coped with it all very well.  Last September you started 2nd class in school, although due to covid19 and the lockdown you've not been there since March.   Likewise with your Taekwondo lessons that you started earlier this year, I think you only went to 5 sessions before they closed but I k…

Anniversary Wishes

On our wedding day Aaron gave an awesome speech, one we can both remember pretty much word for word even now.  It was written in rhyme and definitely one of the highlights of the day.   Since then he has written several other rhymes over the years, usually writing them on facebook for me to wake up to, including this one on our 10th anniversary and this one on our 14th
On our 13th anniversary Aaron wrote this..
It's that time of year again when I break into into a poem in honour of my wedding speech so here goes....So it's now 13 years that you've been my wife and that is exactly one third of your life.But I'm going to be a little bit naughty and remind you again that your nearly 40.We were married in England which was colder and wetter, then we packed up to Cyprus where things got better and better.2 great kids, our house and our job and a life in the sun away from the mob What more could you ask for i know your thinking, as we sit on the balcony and carry on drinking T…

An Epic 11th Birthday

Earlier this year Leo turned 11.  It seems crazy to type that, not because it's unexpected, of course they grow older and we all know how fast it seems to happen, but because I'm still here blogging about it.  When I wrote about his first birthday as much as I couldn't envisage his 11th,  I really didn't think I'd also have a blog that was 11 years old!

This year was indeed epic, not because of the party itself,  or the presents but because of the people. The same people that have been to every one of Leo's birthday parties and the people we have always appreciated but never more than this year. As we approached the day it was unknown whether a party would be possible due to COVID restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather and the lock down measures that had been in place. I was starting to think how we could celebrate online and have some sort of zoom party but luckily the first relaxations came into place a few days before and we were able to have …

A surprise Hen weekend - #BatcherlorEverAfter

Time for a flashback post.  It was a weekend that wasn't all that long ago yet seems like a lifetime in many ways,  a weekend that had been planned for many months before hand that was supposed the be the start of a series of events.   Unfortunately that weekend was back at the start of March and no-one expected how the year was going to play out after that.   Last November you may have read my post on the fact that two of our best friends were getting married and I was to be a bridesmaid. The wedding was due to be on 23rd May this year and I had arranged several Hen celebrations leading up to it.  Of course the wedding had to be postponed due to the pandemic, which I am gutted about and it's not even my wedding so I can't even imagine how they feel. We had our weekend away just before the world as we knew it changed, something that I am very grateful for at least.  Once we were in lock down I actually couldn't look at the photos at first though as it felt so surreal h…