Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Like Father, like son?

One of the first things asked of new parents seems to always be 'Who does he/ she look like?' I always hated this question as I'm usually unable to see any likenesses in people. It's often been said that I look like my Mum, and try as I might I just don't see it myself.  Many of Aaron's family have said that that Leo looks like Aaron, and occasionally I've been told (mainly by my Mum) that he looks like me.

Again, I've never really thought he looks like either of us, so I had a look through some photos, and this is what I found...

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Big night out!

As you probably know by now, I love a good night out and most exciting are the 'posh' ones!  I'm lucky in the fact that Aaron also loves a 'Black tie' event, and constantly despairs of those not doing properly. We love an excuse to dress up and we don't care who else is... New Years' Eve in our local pub Aaron wore his tuxedo and I a cocktail dress even though most other people were in jeans!

Aaron is one of the few people I know who owns his own tuxedo and he loves to have a reason to wear it so as this weekend saw the first Daxi Magazine Business Awards ceremony, and some of our friends nominated for awards we saw the perfect opportunity.  I wore a gorgeous dress, on loan from The Maternity Wardrobe.

Set up by business partners Carine and Uta, The Maternity Wardrobe offers glamorous dresses to own or borrow and offers free delivery and returns all over Cyprus. With fantastic customer service - including not only beautiful packaging (I'm a sucker for a bit of ribbon and tissue paper!) but getting a second dress to me within 24 hours after I realised I'd vastly underestimated the increase in the size of my boobs!)  they are the solution to every girls posh frock dilemmas!

It was lovely to get all dressed up and have a child free evening,

The evening was a success, and was the first of what is planned to be an annual event. The food was good, the alcohol was flowing, albeit not for me, and my only (very flimsy!) complaint would be that in my opinion piles of fruit does not make a desert - something sweet would have gone down very well, although had I been drinking I would have cared less about that!

It was a shame that our friends Mike and Claire were unable to make the awards, especially as they were nominated in two categories for their business MG Health and Fitness.  Also well done to Gemma from Performers Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts on being nominated too. Hopefully next year, we'll all be back and you're be collecting awards too!

This is not a sponsored post, I received a dress on loan from The Maternity Wardrobe but received no other payment and the opinions are my own.  You can find The Maternity Wardrobe on facebook, they also have a range of skincare, shoes, accessories and everyday wear and currently have a sale on!

Project 52 - Night out

Taken last night, you can find out why I had such posh nails and read about our evening here.
Taken for Project 52 - a photo a week for a year
TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky

Friday, 27 January 2012

A rainy day in Cyprus

Cyprus - an island in the sun, with 340 days of sunshine a year, or so they told us!  So that means only 15 days of rain right?   I think that might be a little bit of exaggeration creeping into that sales pitch as it seems we've certainly had more than enough of this....

On Wednesday this was the view that greeted me as I opened the curtains,  I suddenly had the feeling this day was going to need a bit of effort to survive it. Leo has been suffering from a bad cough which had seemed to be on its way out but has now turned into a streaming cold.  I am amazed at the amount of snot that can be produced by one child!

Because of this, Leo's not feeling his best and therefore is not he's usual happy self. A plan was needed to cheer him up....Let the activity day commence!

First up......
Making biscuits, but not just any biscuits, oh no, a day like this calls for the most exciting biscuits you could imagine if you are 2..... train biscuits!    (recipe taken from Trouble Doubled)

There was a bit of a meltdown after I agreed we could ice then before realising I had no icing sugar, and again as he wanted to put the uncooked biscuits on his tracks rather than in the oven but we got there in the end.  We then enjoyed tea (for Daddy and me)  and milk (for him) and a train biscuit each.

After some Thomas on the TV (Leo) and washing up (Mummy) I realised it was past our usual lunchtime, this is not something that happens very often as like his Mum, Leo doesn't ever miss meals! It was obvious he was feeling poorly so I took inspiration from Vanja at Emma's Lunch and made it a bit more interesting.

He looked a bit confused when presented with it and said 'What you done to my lunch Mummy, it's gone a bit funny'. After explaining it was a special lunch it was quite taken with it,even though he pretty much just ate the cheese!

After lunch, I suggested we made a rainbow picture, (an idea to use up an old paint chart) which was met with large whoops and cheers so I thought we were onto a winner. We were, but only in a couple of chunks of about 5 minutes,  after which he insisted I did it while he watched then attacked it with a purple crayon!  Oh well, it kept him happy for a while...

After all that he went for a well earned nap, something which is becoming a rarity these days so he must be off colour. The sun did make a break through in the afternoon but by then all he was fit for was cuddles under a blanket on the sofa and a Thomas DVD on the TV.

Hopefully the sun will be out again soon and everyone will be back to full health.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

A productive week

There's nothing like a very productive week to leave you feeling cheerful is there, and this week has been more productive than most.

After more than two years we* have now painted every wall in our house. Leo's room was finished earlier this year, and this week Aaron's, with a little 'assistance' from Leo been on a decorating mission.  In just three days he has painted the front room, bedroom and bathroom, and it looks great.

In the process we've also had a  rearrange of furniture and a big clear out. It's a perfect Januray activity for me as it's very productive and makes you feel like you're getting somewhere!

The only thing left to be done is one wall in our bedroom which will be our 'feature wall' and then we have a fully decorated house.  I have a sneaky suspicion there will be changes again early next year and more rearranging as I once again lose patience with things being pulled off low shelves and move it all high up again but for now we're ok!

*When I say 'we' I mean Aaron as I am banned from painting for once painting the hallway in Aaron's old house a rubbish pale pink colour, which obviously would have been bad enough but he also happened to have a deep red carpet, oh I didn't actually cut in very well meaning that the rubbish pale pink also ended up all over the white woodwork - whoops!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

My Photography resolution

This week's Gallery prompt is 'My photography resolution'  and can be anything from learning to use a 'proper' camera (which would actually be a good one for me!) to getting yourself in photos a bit more often as opposed to just taking them.  This seems to be a common problem for Mum's as they are usually the one behind the camera all the time.

My resolution for this year is an easy one, to get not just myself in the photos but the also record the progress of 'the bump'. When I was pregnant with Leo, Aaron got some lovely photos right at the end but had he have been on time we probably would have missed out on them. 

I seem to have very few photos of the rest of the pregnancy, this time I'd like to make sure I get some more as I go along, and hopefully some similar photos towards the end with Leo involved as well.  

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Toddlers and technology?

Unsurprisingly, given the fact that Aaron and I are often online, Leo is very interested in playing with our laptops these days. We use mine to look at 'the engines' on the Thomas and friends website and with Daddy he likes to type his name into Word.  He doesn't realise that he could also do this on mine yet! He's become very good at it in just a few days and goes around spelling his name to anyone who will listen.

It seems that many toddlers are already used to todays technology, (although that could be a slightly false impression I've gained as I read a lot of blogs and bloggers are naturally going to be fans of laptops, smartphones and cameras, so by default their children will want to be!)  and sometimes I feel a bit mean by not letting Leo loose with any of our gadgets.

It's not that I'm against toddlers using them, or that I think they are too young, it's just I don't trust a heavy handed 2 year old with my precious things.... I don't even let him hold my phone with the keypad locked! Just lately though I'm starting to feel a bit mean, especially since a friends toddler now even has his own photo blog :)   The thing is, if he drops my camera or messes up my laptop I will cry.... I cannot be without either of those things!

I'm working up to the idea of getting him started with a mouse on some of the age appropriate stuff online, there are some games on the Thomas site, which so far I've played while he watched as I don't generally use a mouse which makes it quite tricky, and I had a quick look at Cbeebies the other day and saw they had some too. My only reluctance is the fact that once he knows they are there he'll be wanting to do it all the time!

I think I see a birthday present idea forming for him..... he has a Leap Pad 'laptop' (but it's obviously not as desirable as Mummy's) maybe time to investigate 'kiddy proof cameras?

What do you think, should I loosen up and let him have a go?  Do you share your 'toys' with your children?

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Project 52 - Week 3

Slightly confused by a pair of gloves!

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Reasons to be cheerful again

It's cheerful time again!   This week seems to have flown by which must mean I've been feeling more cheerful than I have recently.

1. After more than 2 years we have finally decided to paint our living room and bedroom, I debated if we could afford the paint but with a little assistance from my Mum it turns out we can, and as I justified it to myself - if we had the money to get the paint Aaron wouldn't have the time to actually paint it as he'd be at work so better get it painted while we can!

2. I've discovered Pinterest, this is possibly not a good things as I didn't really need another way to waste time online but finding a lovely new site to play with is the next best thing to getting a new gadget.

3. It looks like Greek4Kids lessons will soon be coming to my area, which I'm really excited about. When they launched last year I really wanted to take Leo but it was just a bit too far to go every week. I think the lessons are a brilliant idea and hopefully I can help to promote it in the area and help their success.

4. I got some amazing bargains this week  and we ended up rearranging almost our entire apartment to fit them in. It meant we had a good old sort out and declutter and I'm really pleased with the result, we've actually managed to make the place look bigger even though we've put more furniture in it!

5. I had an unexpected parcel arrive yesterday from my lovely friend in the UK. She sent a colouring book, crayons and sticker book for Leo and it was lovely to see how excited he was about it!  It's so nice to receive something out of the blue, and she's written a lovely long letter to all of us too.

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Thursday, 19 January 2012

They really do say the funniest things!

I know it's often said that kids say the funniest things but I never expected to be rolling about in hysterical laughter as often as I am with a 2 year old. Leo comes out with some absolute classics and often has brilliant (purely coincidental) comic timing. It recently occurred to me that I'm never going to remember later the things he said that I found so funny, until I remembered I had a blog that is....

So I'll apologise now Leo, in advance but try not to look at these as embarrassing in later life, more as cute!

Trying to get cough medicine into Leo has been an absolute nightmare, worked ok for a few days until he just refused until promised chocolate coin afterwards. The other morning he had the medicine and his chocolate and then five minutes later asked for more chocolate.
Leo: Can I have more chocolate please Mummy?
Me: No, you just had some. I told you, you only have one
Leo: Oh please Mummy, I want more chocolate
Me: No, you can't have more chocolate, you were lucky to get some this time of day anyway, that was bribery really.
Leo:  Oh, Mummy, I want MORE bribery....  

This last one is just cute, (and possibly beats 'Mummy is wearing a Princess' when looking at our wedding photos!)

Earlier today I asked Leo for a cuddle, he paused to consider my request and replied with
'Erm no, I'm a bit busy'
Me: Ok' I replied 'I'll cuddle Daddy then'  
He looked at us frowning...
Leo: 'No Daddy, stop cuddling my Mummy'
Aaron:  'Why'
Leo: 'Cos she's MY Mummy'
Aaron: 'She may be your Mummy, but she's my wife'
Leo:  'No she's not she's my LIFE'

Wot So Funee?
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Also linked to Friday Funny

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Far away but not forgotten!

What would we do without the internet?   That's not a rhetorical question by the way, I actually have no idea what we'd do!  Clearly I am a big internet user, and can hardly remember a time when I wasn't but since we've lived in Cyprus it really has become an essential. It's been a god-send in helping us to find out about the area and important information on moving to a new country but most importantly for keeping in touch with friends and family back in the UK.

Email and other social network sites are all very well but these days a quick 'Happy Birthday' on someone's Facebook wall does not say (to me at least) that you've remembered and care about their special day, it doesn't take a genius to realise that if you've put your date of birth on your profile then everyone gets a reminder.

The best thing to do is something a bit more personal, something that shows you've actually made an effort.  The problem with being abroad from our loved ones is that its hard to find presents to send back and then you have to rely on unpredictable post or huge postal rates, so we found that at the best gifts for her come direct from Interflora.

My Grandma for example loves her flowers and since being here we've still made sure she gets her birthday gift on time, which is handy - as I can't really see her signing up to Facebook any time soon!

Now all we need is them to also deliver to Cyprus and I might be able wangle one of these as one of my wedding anniversary gifts!

This is a sponsored post but my Grandma does love her flowers and I really do have no idea what we'd do without the internet!

Blue Eyes

My love of photos goes way back, longer than I can even remember, My Dad was a photographer before I was born and therefore we had lots and lots of photos in the house, each with the date written on the back and lovingly put into albums. (Dad was a photographer but Mum is really organised!) 

As I grew up I spent many an hour looking through all the albums and between my Mum and I we have now scanned all the photos onto disc, and backed them up, and uploaded them to two different websites... well you don't want to be losing all those irreplaceable pictures now do you!   

I'm so pleased that I have this lovely record to look back on and share with Leo as he gets older,  and how else could I prove that my eyes were once blue!

These photos were taken in Estepona in 1983...

Growing up, people often said I look like my Mum, and my Mum says she often sees glimpses of her Mum in me but as a child I definitely had my Dad's blue eyes.

I'm linking up to The Gallery - this week's prompt is Eyes,  so it gave me a great excuse to dig out one of my best photos - even if it is nearly 30 years old!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Who doesn't love a bargain!

I have to say that since living in Cyprus I really do miss shopping, this is a little bit of a surprise to me as I was under the impression that I hated it!   Although I wasn't a fan of clothes / shoes shopping (I had no patience in finding things to fit and I don't 'do' heels which takes the fun out of shopping for shoes) it's nice to have to the option and I used to spend many an hour (pre- baby) wandering up and down the high street in the good ol'favourites, Wilkinsons, Asda, Primark, being the three I miss the most!

It's probably the thing I miss the most (friends not being a 'thing') and one of the biggest topics of conversation between my friend Sam and I!  Buying stuff is just so expensive or hard to find here.... not just the clothes but the little things, Craft stuff - stickers, paint, crayons. Baby stuff..... 10 euro for one plain babygrow in Carrefour!  I could go on.

Luckily not long after we arrived I was introduced to the wonders of the Thrift shop, a small building with a tin roof up on the army base. This little bit of occasional bargain wonderland is only open 3 times a week for a few hours each time but we'd be lost without it!  Not only can you find a bargain, but you can take your unwanted items up for them to be sold, they keep a percentage and the rest goes into your account so sometimes not only do you find a bargain but you leave with more money than you arrived with! I've lost count of the great finds I've had from there - I got a Early Learning Centre play garage for Leo, 60euro in the shop, 10 from the thrift and most of the toys he currently owns!

There are several forums and groups on facebook selling second hand stuff, and this week we've been on a bit of a roll with our bargain hunting......  I know it's very early to be buying baby stuff but this stuff doesn't hang around.

First up - a lovely Mama's and Papa's cot and wardrobe for 50 euro. Only 10 euro more than we sold Leo's cot for back in November and in a much better condition!

2nd - a Graco Tour deluxe pushchair and carrycot  in brilliant condition just slightly sun faded apparently, not that I found it was very noticeable. The following day I then found the matching group 0 car seat for sale by someone else which attaches so a complete travel system for just 50 euro.

And they say that things come in threes...  today we found a moses basket with stand and bedding for 5 euro. I wasn't planning on getting a moses basket this time round as Leo was in his for only 6 weeks but at that price it was rude not to!

It's not just me out bargain hunting, everyone's at it these days, Emma at Me, the Man & The Baby and Me and My Shadow are bargain hunting and blogging too.

Me and My Shadow

Monday, 16 January 2012

Making new recipes!

I'm usually quite good at finding a reason to make cakes, I mean you have the obvious birthday's, visitors coming or some other vague celebration but the other day I didn't even bother to create a reason. I was bored, hungry and really fancied something sweet, then I read that Jenny (Mummy Mishaps) had been playing with her new toy - a Cake Pop maker and so suddenly decided I NEEDED cake.

Bored of plain jam sponge cakes I dived for my new 'Cupcake recipe' book (well - it's not that new but I've only made 2 of the recipes so far!)  Unfortunately it appeared I didn't have the exact ingredients for any one of the 'different' cakes so for the first time ever I messed around with a sweet recipe (was always told you can do what you like to a savoury recipe but never mess with deserts!)

That's the recipe.... and what they are supposed to look like.

125g soft tub margarine   (I used hard butter)
125g caster sugar          (I used granulated)
2 large eggs         (I used medium eggs)
150g self raising flour    (I got this bit right!) 
2 tbsp cocoa powder   (didn't bother measuring it as there was not much left in the tin)

For the filling...
85g softened butter
175g icing sugar
25g plain chocolate, melted.

My usual cake making method, chuck it all in a bowl and stick the hand whisk in it!  Leo helped with the cake cases and chucking mixture everywhere while I managed to get some into the cases.   I've only made butterfly cakes once successfully as I've no patience when it comes to cutting the tops off so I decided against that but also I realised I had no plain chocolate as I got to that bit!

After a rummage in the cupboard I found some white chocolate left over from my Christmas baking so used that instead.  With the decorative addition of some chocolate sprinkles by Leo our cakes were made... bearing no resemblance to the original recipe but very yummy nevertheless!

To see what other cake people have been making this month, click the badge below...

I Love Cake

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Project 52 - Week 2

Sometimes you just can't beat lollipops and a bit of television to give three Mum's a chance for a decent conversation!

 For other Project 52's and 366 entries head over to The Boy and Me's weekly link up.        

Friday, 13 January 2012

Greek for kids - preparing for school

Since (hopefully) enrolling Leo to start at pre-primary school later this year I've been thinking of what I can do to help him settle in. Although I'm trying to learn Greek and I know he will pick it up very quickly when he starts I want to do all I can to make it more comfortable for him.

Obviously his English is much better than his Greek but we have always tried to teach him things we know as we've gone along. We taught him to count in both languages at the same time, for a long time he didn't separate the two,  counting 'one, ena.. two, dheio'  but now will count in whichever language you ask him to.... when he feels like it of course!

He knows colours in both languages and will often pick something up and ask 'What's this colour in Greek Mummy?'  to reply with 'yes that's right Mummy, that's clever' when you reply!

I've been following a great website now for a while - Greek For Kids and I'm certainly going to start using some of the ideas on there. I decided to start with making a Caterpillar Name tag with him as being able to recognise your own name  has to be a good start doesn't it!   He can spell Leo, and read 'Leonidas' so now to teach him how to read Λεωνίδας.

As it turned out, Nana arrived just as we started and as she is a  lot more patient than me at such things I let her and Leo get sorting letters and making his caterpillar. Leo really enjoyed it and he listens to Nana much more than me so they both had lots of fun.  We had lots of circles over so we also made a small caterpillar that says 'Leo'  and a 'Leonidas' in English.  We have stuck them all to his bedroom door and he now proudly points out which is English and which is Greek.

I'm linking up to Multiple Mummy's new Family Frolics linky which in her own words 'is aimed at parents / bloggers like me who do not feel 'naturally creative or inventive' but enjoy creative and inventive things with the family'  To join in or just see the other entries click the badge below.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Reasons to be cheerful

After the ultimate Reason to be Cheerful in my post last week where I announced I was pregnant I thought it was going to be quite hard to follow it, I've been joining in with the link up lately but to be honest have been struggling a little to find reasons, this is the beauty of these posts though, they make you realise you can always find something but this week I actually am feeling cheerful, it seems the tea and sympathy from the other day helped!

Today I've been very busy and I've been in 'good wife/ mother AND daughter' mode and it's felt a bit more 'normal' to be doing stuff... not only that it's still only 2pm and I haven't even poked my hubby in the eye for not actually helping with any of those things :)    However I will now be going on strike for the rest of the day I think!

1. I went to get my blood tests done (all 7 of them!) and it was an unusually successful hospital trip. I was there at 7.30am and was out in under an hour, there is a ticket system in place for the blood tests and people were actually sticking to the order, in over two years in Cyprus I think this is the first time I've actually seen a queuing system work  :)

2. I drove my Mum to her Reiki appointment as my Dad is still recovering from the flu, and I gave my Dad some home-made tomato soup as he's been unable to eat properly for the last few days.

3. In between hopsital appointment and driving duties, I had a housework blitz and mopped, swept outside, did washing, and got everything to how it should be. I even remembered to defrost chicken for dinner!

4. I got Leo to eat a full lunch for the first time this week by cutting bread, ham and cheese into Christmas tree shapes - it was going to be Mickey Mouse shapes but he saw the tree cutter and was adamant he wanted that one,  that was not a battle I was going into - trees he wanted so trees he got and he ate the lot!

5. Yesterday I went to register Leo for school - another thing I'd been not looking forward to and the blog post I wrote about it resulted in some very helpful / supportive comments and emails. It's also inspired me to do some more language learning stuff with Leo and to get stuck into my own.

6. Last but not least, Michelle mentioned me in her own Reasons to be Cheerful post as one of her 'hidden gems'

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dazed and confused - finding out about schools in Cyprus!

My least favourite thing about living in Cyprus is the fact that I generally have no idea what I am doing most of the time when it comes to the 'official' stuff.  I realise this is partly my fault and if I could speak some useful Greek (rather than the random things I have learnt so far) then life would be much easier, but as yet my Greek is so limited I cannot hold any kind of helpful conversation and I'm constantly trying to figure out what the hell is going on!

I have spent many many hours on line trying to find concise information on everything from becoming residents, getting medical cards, tax rebate and most recently how, when and where to enrol Leo into school.  Although over the last couple of years I've used many websites I have yet to find one with all the answers, this is probably due to the fact no-one knows all the answers as I have a sneaky suspicion they frequently change!

Using a combination of websites and experiences of friends I managed that the Ministry of Education of Cyprus offer education to children age 3 and over, but it is only compulsory from the age of 4 years and 8 months. This means they MUST complete a year of Pre-primary before entering Primary School from 5 years and 8 months old. I'm not 100% sure on this bit but I believe this is free of charge when the child is four and there is only a fee if they start at age three.

This morning I went to register Leo at the local pre-primary, I found out they start at 7.45am and finish at 1pm. They have limited places for afternoon but I believe these are offered first to working Mums (which makes sense). It will cost 80 euros or 100 (and something) if I wish him to have lunch before leaving just after 1pm.

That's about it, I don't know any more about the whole process - what they do, how big the classes are, when they start the term, and other things I haven't actually wondered about yet!  They will ring me (when I have no idea!) to tell me if he has a place, obviously as it is compulsory for 4 year olds to attend priority is given to them first.

To be fair the ladies at the school were very nice and helped me to fill in the registration form which was all in Greek but I always feel so uncomfortable sitting with many conversations going straight over my head and feeling completely lost.

Although I'm sure he will be fine and take to it all like a duck to water, I worry for Leo and hope he picks up the language quickly. I would love to be sending him somewhere in advance of school to get him more used to it but at the moment finances will not allow that.  Time to really get serious and finish my Greek course so I can help him out I suppose!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Tea and sympathy please

I feel like I've been very quiet on my blog lately compared to recent months, this is partly due to trying to keep the fact I am pregnant quiet, and then on the day I blogged about it I came down with the cold/ flu bug that Aaron had over Christmas, I really felt rough, and this was not helped by the fact I couldn't have any decent medicine...... by the way did you know you can't get Lemsip (or equivalent) hot lemon sachets out here, it's tablets or nothing! Now Leo's taking his turn with a cough that's keeping him up most of the night, and reminding me how rubbish it is to have interrupted sleep, hmmm forgot how bad that was.

So today I'm linking up to 'Here Come the Girls' for the first time and joining in with her Tea and Sympathy link up.  I generally try to stick to talking about cheerful things on my blog, aware that I might accidentally go into a bit of a rant and scare everyone off but I'm liking the idea of a bit of tea and sympathy, although can we have cake too?

I'm really not a fan of January, last year I felt like I was waiting and this year I've just got the hump! I hate being cold and although the days are usually warm and sunny, as soon as you get indoors it's freezing,  I never realised how much I took central heating and carpets for granted! My winter wardrobe is very limited, and it getting worse as already my jeans are too tight to wear (to be fair they were fairly tight before!)  and I'm living in leggings which is getting  bit dull!

We are still waiting though, waiting for social insurance payments, waiting for doctors appointments, waiting for news on Aaron's car which had been off the road for over a year, and above all else waiting for a miracle   in which Aaron finds a job. 

I have what feels like the longest ever list of things in my head, and it seems that none of these can be easily fixed. I am plodding slowly from day to day with no plan of action but hopefully it's just a January thing and if I grit my teeth and go with it, things will work themselves out.

Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to register Leo for pre-primary school, although I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm not really looking forward to it..... 

Actually forget the tea and sympathy, can I have a large vodka and some cigarettes?   


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Project 52 - Week 1

Welcome to Project 52...... a photo a week for a year.  

After deciding not to join in with the 366 photo challenge that many of my fellow bloggers are doing as I didn't want the pressure of having to do it EVERY day I realised that Project 52 would be a much more achievable goal.  It also means that I no longer have to be 'completely Silent' on Sundays!

This was actually the very first photo of the year, taken just after Aaron had made a mad dash through painful hailstones to protect our glass dining table.

Can you believe the size of those things!

 For other Project 52's and 366 entries head over to The Boy and Me's new weekly link up.              

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The one with the announcement!

You may have noticed a bit less in the way of blogging from me over the last couple of weeks, although this was handily disguised by Christmas the real reason can now be revealed....

Yep..... I'm pregnant!  
Regular readers of my blog will possibly guess this wasn't entirely planned (or even vaguely!) but 'Que Sera sera' and all that!

I found out just before Christmas and although I was fairly sure as I took the test (even though one before had been negative) it was still  huge shock to see those two lines staring back at me.  People had asked if we planned to have another and my standard response was always 'No, but never say never'  Truthfully I'd always wanted two children but finances and living space was never conducive to having a bigger family.  The timing could be MUCH better, as Aaron is still looking for work, and we are struggling, and we sold Leo's cot only in November! but as several people have told us, it will all work out in the end...... I admit I have no idea how but we'll have to figure that one out!

It's still early days and I did wonder if I should wait before announcing so publicly but blogging is such a part of my life I know I'd want to write whatever happened so I saw no reason not to. I am 7 weeks at the moment, which makes me due at the end of August......   that's going to be fun in 50 degree heat!

I've had 2 scans, one before Christmas at a private clinic as I had no idea of my dates and was concerned I could be anything up to 12 weeks already, and today I went for my first appointment at the General hospital where they scanned again and gave me my dates.  So although many people in the UK wait until 12 weeks that's usually the first time they have a scan.

It will be interesting to see the differences in giving birth in Cyprus compared to the UK. I've heard lots of things......they can be very quick to give c-sections, they don't do much in the way of pain relief, and they are not hugely pro-breast feeding among others but that's only things I've heard on the grapevine so I won't be making any sweeping generalisations and I'll let you know of my experiences as I go!


Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

I'm linking this to Michelle's Reasons to be cheerful, it's the 1st year anniversary of the linky this week and I thought as reasons go it's quite a good one!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Top five photos

It seems at the moment it's all about the photos, the blog world is full of people starting 366 projects, where they plan to take a photo each day to have a record of the year to look back on. The Boy and Me successfully completed the project last year and I did consider joining her and the others this year but as much as I love my photos I don't think I could manage to keep it up for the year.  Maybe if I was using a smartphone to take and post my photos it would be a lot easier, but the thought of using my camera, finding the lead and uploading a photo a day seems a little ambitious!  Also I didn't even take a single photo yesterday meaning I would have failed before I'd even started!

Instead I think I'll be focussing more on the photo blog I started last year - Discovering Cyprus. I started with good intentions and then got a bit distracted but I will start to look back through my large collection of Cyprus photos and gradually share them with you.

Talking of photos, for this weeks Listography, Kate asked us to share our top 5 photos of 2011. I debated over scenic shots, family shots, and in the end came up with these...  it was a very hard choice!

Silent Sunday

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