Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Now you are Seven.... {Leonidas}

Dear Leo,

I hope you had a very happy birthday, we had a very busy weekend of celebrations this year!  You all seemed to have great fun at your Star Wars Party and we had a lovely family BBQ afternoon on Sunday - with 'Daddy's Yummy Chicken' and halloumi and pringles at your special request!

Starting First Class
The biggest milestone for you this year was starting big school and going into first class. It took you several weeks to get used to it as it was a big change but you love your teacher Loukia and now have lots of friends at school.  You are very good at your lessons, especially maths and your Greek language is amazing.  I am so proud of how well you speak and understand the language.

Homework is still a challenge for you, although you very good at it when you put your mind to it, you still need quite a lot of encouragement to get on with it!

English lessons are your least favourite thing about school, as naturally you find them far too easy! You were very unimpressed that your first couple of lessons were spent learning how to say 'Good Morning, How are you?'   and learning the names of the colours!

It's been great to be able to spend time with you at your school and see what it's like.  I visited for the Tsiknopempti celebrations and also spent a day with you in your lessons. You were very helpful explaining what was happening and what everyone was saying!

Earlier this year you had to spend a night in hospital after suffering from neck pain, although you were upset to start with you were very good and patient while we stayed there.  We spent many hours playing games and reading stories together.

You still love to play on the Wii whenever you get the chance but it's great that you are now old enough that we can play lots of different games together.  Your favourite for a while now has been Avengers Monopoly, which you brought with your own money, but now you also have the Star Wars version I think that might change.

It's great that you are grown up enough to play games properly and (mostly!) be gracious in defeat, you understand that the fun is in playing the game and winning isn't everything.... although of course it's better when you do!

Good game Daddy!
You can be very grown up these days (although you have plenty of silly moments when you forget to listen) and you are often a great help with Louka now,  understanding that he is not quite as grown up as you and needs a little patience.   I love seeing you be such a protective and caring big brother to him. 

Thank you for being so understanding about the times that Dad and I have to work and for being a good boy for Nana and Grandad.  I know you are looking forward to the day you are big enough to come and work with us.

It's not long now until the summer time,  only a couple of weeks of school left now, and we will have lots of time together, pool times, film nights and game tournaments - I'm really looking forward to it!

I hope you have enjoy being seven years old and that you have a wonderful year!

Lots of love, 
Mum xxxx

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Blink and you miss it....

So much for my renewed enthusiasm for blogging and my promises to myself that I would set aside time at least once a week to writing here again.  There is so many things I could write about but I just can't get them from my head onto the page, and then when I get the chance I don't even know where to start!

For so many years I've had so much time, I never understood those who didn't have enough time.   Well, to be honest I still kind of don't!   If you want to do something enough I reckon you can always find a way to do it even if it's hard work.   I want to exercise / write a blog post / cook a healthy dinner etc.... but I just don't want to do that more than check facebook or sleep  - it's not that I CAN'T do those things.

So the month of May has flown by in a whirlwind of stuff, all good stuff but it's confused me and I could do with a little lie down now.

All the things that I would have once written about and now the time passes and they will be forgotten.   It makes me sad when I read the early years of this blog now and I relive things that I don't even remember now, the stories and carefully chosen photos to accompany them.  I don't take as many pictures these days, unless you count wearing a silly hat for a photobooth test shot - I've got hundreds of those!

In an ideal world I will be back on and blogging about the things we've got up to in May (and after having a quick flick through the photos on my phone, the things I've not written about Feb, March and April) but I realise it may take a while and by the time I get round to it, it might just be too late to do them justice, but in the mean time

The personal highlight of the month was the visit from my friend Nic who came to stay for a week at the start of the month.  A brilliant week which went so fast and consisted of plenty of wine, breakfasts at the beach, a little bit of dancing and a whole load of chatting.

Family highlight is of course Leo's 7th birthday, which is today  (and as yet I've not written my traditional 'Now you are 7' post,   that one will be coming up soon for sure!)  We've had a full on weekend starting with the Deryneia Strawberry Festival on Friday, Leo's party yesterday and a family birthday today.

Business wise, it has been one of our busiest ever weeks with 3 weddings in the last 5 days and 6 more coming up just in the next week.  It's fantastic that we are this busy and I love every moment but it does explain why I've not been able to even think about blogging!

Added to that we had Cypriot Easter at the start of the month, trips out to the beach, Easter events and even a few days of looking after our friends dog.

I've not got round to sorting out the chaos of my utility room,  editing and sorting my phone photos from the last couple of months and many other things that I can't even remember right now.    But it's all good,  my emails are up to date,  I have no unread messages, only 4 emails in my inbox to sort. The kids are ok and I'm still managing to meet up with friends and still arse around online or watch a bit of tv each day so it could be worse!

Where do you even begin to find photos for such a rambling blog post as this one......   so random picture of the sky it is!

Thursday, 5 May 2016

One Good Reason to be Cheerful!

I used to love joining in with Mich's Reasons to be Cheerful but it's been such a long time that I have - joined in that is, I've been cheerful of course!   When I noticed the other week that it was going back to her blog this week I realised there was no way I couldn't join in...

Tomorrow sees the arrival of my oldest friend,  my playgroup buddy from the age of 3, school friend, college, (no not college that didn't really last very long!) and general drinking / partying / getting into trouble friend!

Almost two years ago she turned up on my doorstep in Cyprus for a surprise visit and it was just brilliant to catch up after all the years and show her my new home - especially as it was her first trip abroad and not only her first solo flight, but her first time on a plane at all!

This year the trip was planned, and like a kid at Christmas I've been counting down since the flights were booked!

I've been searching for some old photos of us, but all I can find is the really early ones, the cute primary school photos and the birthday parties.  The teenage years and early adult years are very few as it was in the years before digital cameras and smart phones.....  thinking about it, this is probably a Very Good Thing.

So while if I stopped to think about it I could come up with more reasons to be cheerful, this week they are all based around one.....

As you can imagine, I'll be quiet on the blog next week.....  plenty of catching up to be done with my girl.  
R2BC at Mummy from the Heart

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