Monday, 26 October 2015

Loukas Name Day and a trip to A&E

According to the Greek Orthodox Church, every day of the year is dedicated to the memory of at least one (usually more than one) saint or martyr. If someone is named after a saint, then there is a big celebration on his or her name day.  Since we have been in Cyprus we always have a small celebration on the boys name days, as they both have their own - Leonidas is 15th April and Loukas 18th October. 

We don't celebrate them as we would a birthday but they get a card and a small present and we usually meet up with friends for a picnic in a park, and of course there is always cake!

Louka loved his card, especially because it had his 'face in the circle', and his new Fireman Sam sticker book that he let Leo do with him. They spent quite a while doing it together with very little moaning between them which is a very rare occurrence in this house!

The boys spent the morning playing and watching tv while I prepared some food for the picnic and made cakes for us all.

Of course, they couldn't resist 'helping' with the cake making process...

We headed to the park to meet our friends for our picnic,  the boys moaning they were hungry all the way were not impressed when I made them wait for the others before eating, of course as soon as they arrived all thoughts of food disappeared as they ran off to play together!

All was well for a while until we heard a loud cry from Louka, we hadn't seen but apparently he fell off a ladder leading to a small tree house (one he has climbed with no problems many many times).  I ran to console him as he was very upset and took him back to the table for a cuddle.

We examined his arm, and established that he could move it as normal and wiggle his fingers, and although he looked sad he soon stopped crying and them curled up on me and fell asleep.  It's been a long time since we've used his pushchair but it lives in the car so I put him in there , where he slept for about an hour.

He woke with a cry looking a bit bewildered but soon livened up once he saw the cakes and eventually walked off to play.  I was not convinced his arm was 100% right but figured it couldn't be broken or he'd not be able to move it or at least wouldn't go walking off!

We carried on as usual until bedtime, with him just saying every now and again he was sad because of his arm but not making any more of a fuss than that.  As he literally threw himself into bed though he landed on the bad arm and once again cried quite a bit - well quite a bit for Louka anyway!

However he calmed down quickly and went off to sleep so I assumed all was ok.

Monday morning came and I packed them off to school, pre warning Louka's teacher that he'd hurt his arm but seemed ok really and to ring me if they needed me.

After getting no calls I picked him up as usual at 1pm and all was well.   We collected Leo and then Louka tripped over, landing on his bad arm in the process,   he cried, a lot but still calmed down quick enough and moved it all about easily.

Deciding it would be best to get it checked I packed drinks, snacks and his tablet into my bag and we set off for the hospital, only to encounter a power cut just as we got into the lift!

Thank goodness for snacks and a fully charged tablet!   Louka was alarmed at first at being trapped in a small dark lift but thanks to crisps and 'Angry Birds'  and talking to my Mum through the door he was happy enough.

About 30 minutes later the power came back on and we emerged,  'Now go fix arm?' he asked.

So I arrived at A&E with a happy looking boy, who while I was explaining the purpose of our visit, raised  and waved both arms in the air to get me to pick him up - the receptionist did not look impressed!

Luckily enough though, we were the only people in the waiting room and it was not long until we were seen by a couple of sceptical looking nurses who examined him.   Louka didn't even flinch during it so they must have thought I was an over anxious mother but they sent us off for an xray anyway.

I'm sure you have guessed where I've been going with this,  and sure enough to their huge surprise the xray showed that he had indeed broken his arm. Cue much fuss and attention for the little brave boy!

We were in and out of the hospital in less than an hour and back home to show off his 'special bandage'

The following day Louka went to school without a single complaint for the first time since September being excited to show off his arm,  the novelty is now starting to wear off several days later unfortunately but hopefully he won't have to keep it on that long.  We have been advised maybe 3 weeks but tomorrow we take him back for an update!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Flashback Friday - Summer 2015

Over the years I have written many Flashback Friday posts, and even ran the link up for a while as it was one of my favourite bits about blogging,  being able to write about things that had happened years beforehand and record memories which might otherwise be forgotten. 

Occasionally I would use a more recent picture, usually when struggling to come up with something to fit a theme or get a post published each week but I always felt that was cheating a little bit!

But, my blog, my rules and I've realised I can use it to play catch up and revisit some of my photos from the year that I didn't get round to writing about at the time. 

Summer 2015 was a great summer for us, with both the boys finishing their respective schools for the last time before moving on in September. 

They were excited to be off for the summer...

We stayed close to home like we have done every year, but where do we need to go!  

I was brave, and took the boys to the pool by myself more often than I ever did before. Now Leo is a fairly confident swimmer, and Louka is happy to wear his armbands and not be held on to. things are a lot easier. Louka will generally stay put when asked to and usually sticks quite happily next to Leo so I know he is less likely to run off and do something stupid, they can both carry things now too which helps!

I took very few photos this year compared to previous years, I think due to the fact I'd got out of the blogging habit and didn't feel the need to capture every little thing, that and the fact I was usually in the pool!

We did get out and about a bit more than in previous years, and now that Aaron and I are running our own business we were able to work our own hours within reason to do things together more. 

I love that we have passed the baby stage, nappies and pushchairs are gone (well apart from the occasional late night out when Louka might go to sleep in it).  I love that the days of following a toddler around a restaurant or park have passed and that the boys can play by themselves (with minimal amounts of moaning / fighting / whingeing!) 

All in all it was a great summer, probably the best we've had in Cyprus, certainly the easiest!

The weather is slowly on the change now as we approach the end of October,  although the boys have been back at school about a month, we were still going swimming up until a week or so ago.  Now, although the tourists are no doubt still in the pools, it's just a bit too cold for us locals having acclimatized over the years (in other words big girly wusses!) 

Our fans have now been put away, and the air con has been off for a while, I wore trousers the other day (although am back in shorts now!) and the boys insist on wearing fleeces to school in the morning, well it was only 23 degrees the other day!

The season is changing,  and as we approach Halloween and the changing of the clocks it will surprise me, as it always does actually how close we are to the end of the year!

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Interview with a 3 year old {Loukas}

Every year since Leo turned three I have 'interviewed' him just after his birthday, asking him the same list of questions each year to see how his answers change over the years.

This year, Louka got to join in with the tradition as he turned three in August....

He was very funny, whispering his answers so quietly at first that we could hardly hear him, and them looking to Leo at each question as if to check what he should be saying.  

He was a little confused at 'What is your favourite thing to wear?' as at that point in the year it had been months since he had been in much more than a pair of pants or shorts!

I'd forgotten how much harder it is to interview a three year old compared to a 5 or 6 year old,  but that's part of the fun.   He was spinning around and trying to stand on his head and told us that his favourite thing to eat was a light saber!

It also turns out that is is rather fond of apples!

Best answer though has to be to the question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?'

Answer..... 'Bigger'!

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