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Showing posts from July, 2010

Summer holiday?

To me, a summer holiday usually means beaches, pools, and wall to wall sunshine, this year I'm doing things a little backwards as I'm leaving all of that behind and going back to England for 3 weeks.  Apart from travelling with a 14 month old baby and without the help and company of AJ I am really looking forward to it. I've been here for 8 months now and although it has flown by it does seem an age since I saw my friends and family. It's not going to be a relaxing break as I have so much packed into the time I am there, but when was holidaying with a baby ever relaxing anyway! I can't wait to catch up with my friends and family, and for them to see how much Leo has grown, he is almost walking and is developing a real little personality now, so different from when we left last November. Also (and  I know this sounds very shallow) as importantly I am so looking forward to shopping! I cannot wait to hit Primark, Asda and Matalan, and even shops I used rarely lik

It's Official!

We are now officially Cyprus residents! We have our "pink slips" which for some reason are actually yellow, (I'm guessing that they used to e pink?) and that now enables us to claim child benefit and get medical cards so we can get reduced or free health care and prescriptions as a Cypriot would. Contrary to what I had been led to believe it was a very painless process, although that may be due to having a screaming baby while they were processing our application. At our appointment with immigration Leo was due for a nap and wasn't best pleased about it, he was so loud and so upset that the very nice lady dealing with our application said we could leave our paperwork and just come back later for our forms! I'm quite pleased we have sorted it all out just before my UK trip as when I return to Cyprus I really will be coming home. Not only that but it means I have completed the first item on my  101 list

Writing Workshop

After several weeks of reading posts for the Writing Workshop I thought I'd give it a go. I chose the prompt Storm.  It's a bit of a cheat as I did write this some time ago..... Bang goes the gate,  There goes the crate, flying down the lane. Crash, Smash, Oh No! Now it's the window pane. Lying in bed listening to the horrible wind, the horrible whistling wooshing wind,  The wind that damages everything.  Clang goes the dustbin lid against the trees,  it's not just a normal little breeze. The trees fall down like a domino rally,  and the whistling wind down the alley. The howling wind goes on all night,  and then, Oh no! Out goes the light. The banging and clanging soon will stop,  and everyone will have a busy job. The moaning, groaning horrible wind, that rips of tiles and everything. The howling wind goes on all night, it's enough to give everyone a fright. Crash, smash, a tree lands on my house,  It goes straight through the window and

The Five Year Meme

I've seen this meme on a lot of blogs recently and thought I'd give it a go..... Where were you five years ago? A long way from here, in more ways than one! We were living in our first house brought together in Walderslade, Kent having been married for almost one year. I was working in a dull but bearable office job and we were just kind of bumbling along, no immediate plans for a baby or to move house, and certainly no idea that we would EVER move abroad! It seems like a lifetime ago. Where do you want  to be in five years time? Still in Cyprus, and still in this area but possibly in a different property, although I love this apartment and I would desperately miss our lovely view I feel it will be too small as Leo grows up. We have no plans to have another but "never say never" and if we did it would definitely be too small. AJ would love to have a villa built but  I cannot see that happening within 5 years! What I would like though is to be running our o

101 in 1001

I first came across this idea over at Toddler Awesome since then I've seen it around several times and after finding the  Day Zero Project  I thought I'd do my own. The Challenge Complete 1001 pre set tasks in a period of 1001 days. The Criteria Tasks must be specific (i.e no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part). I'm in the process of creating my list, you can see it  here.   Any other ideas for me?

One day.....

One day Leo will sleep through the night, and get up later than 6am One day he'll learn how to speak and ask for things rather than randomly screeching while I try to guess what he wants. One day he will know how to sit down so will not shout whilst holding onto the sofa because he has dropped his toy. One day he will walk and we can go out exploring without him eating sand, twigs, drinking sea water trying to crawl over gravel etc. etc. One day I will not be saying "No" a million times a day to him. One day I will not be worrying about him climbing on furniture, destroying things or throwing toys over the balcony. One day I will not watch Cbeebies or "Wheels on the bus" constantly.  But, one day I'll be worrying about something else just as much or maybe more so. One day I'll wonder what happened to my funny little chatty toddling man and have forgotten the broken sleep and early mornings. One day he will not want to sit on my lap for cuddles or l

The Gallery - Holidays

 This photo was taken on the last "proper holiday" that AJ and I took, before the arrival of Leo. It was taken from a cliff side restaurant at my all time favourite beach - Konnos Bay in Cyprus. Funnily enough I was there again last week, You see our last holiday was an unusual one, we had come to see the progress of our new apartment and explore what would be our new village. This was in July 2008 almost two years ago to the day. Yesterday we took Leo to meet some friends at a local pool, it is on an apartment complex but is open to non-residents. It is also where we stayed back in 2008. It's a very surreal feeling still to go back (and we regularly do - it's a lovely pool for babies!) and sit among the holiday makers and to know that we are not cramming in the sun and the cocktails in a panic before our 2 weeks are up.  (or was that just me back then!) Are we on a permanent holiday? Of course we're not... AJ works long hours and is usually knackered,