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365 Project - Week 52.

365 Project - take a photo a day for a whole year..... DONE! I was unsure whether to commit to taking a photo every day for a year but as I take so many photos I thought it wouldn't be too hard, I was actually more worried about getting round to getting them all up on the blog! Aaron said I'd manage 2 weeks at best which I thought was a bit rubbish and so spurred on by the Queen of 365 - The Boy and Me I decided to give it a go. I've done it (I may have missed one day, I got a bit confused with the numbering somewhere in August but it may just be the numbers rather than a photo missing, I neither know nor care!) and I'd never do it again! From October it started feeling a little like wading through treacle and it seemed so near yet so far till Day 365, to be honest if I wasn't such good friends with TBAM I'd have given up right then but she kept her foot firmly on my backside and I carried on! So, here we go 365 done and dusted and here are the last

Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

As a child Christmas Eve was a long day, spent annoying my Mum and being impatient for Santa to come, but in the last couple of years I think I might even prefer it to Christmas day itself! In one of our Christmas books 'Kipper's Christmas Eve'  the dog Kipper asks 'Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  What's better presents or expecting presents?' I certainly noticed an air of excitement in the house this Christmas Eve now that Leo understands the whole thing and even though Louka is still too young he was picking up on it more so than he could have done last year at 5 months old. In order to stop us all from going crazy we took a late afternoon trip into the local town of Paralimni to see the lights and get some fresh air. I was really pleased we did. In the main square was a merry go round and a free bouncy castle with a tunnel and a slide (which Leo was very pleased to point out to us). It looked like there had been a market and entertainment earl

Imagination - Nature or Nurture?

Do children have to be taught 'how' to play?, or is it something that evolves naturally? Imagination has never been my strong point and I was forever bugging my Mum by saying I was bored and asking her what I could do. I was never one to play for hours with a box or be creative. I enjoyed my Sindy dolls except after spending an age setting up the house and dressing them all I'd sit staring blankly at them not knowing what they should do next. Leo seems to be heading the same way, at home he is happiest playing the Wii but take him off it and he doesn't seem to know what to do, and I'm struggling to help him. We build tracks but he loses interest as soon as they are built unless I tell him what 'emergencies' are happening or what jobs the engines need to do. He loves to paint but he doesn't know what to paint unless I tell him, He likes to make stuff but unless I see an idea on pinterest I don't know what to suggest, he then wants to watch m

Boxing Day at the Beach

I've often heard of many people going for a Boxing day stroll, getting out the house for a bit, walking off the excess chocolates, and as a child I always enjoyed going out with my Dad to walk the dogs. As I got older and without the NEED to go out due to dogs I've always given it up in favour of the sofa. It turns out I'm really really not an 'outdoorsy' person and I'm in awe of the fab bloggers who join in with Coombe Mill's Country Kids link up week after week. I hang my head in shame that we are not out half as much and I'm often heard to say it's too cold / windy / might rain,  Boxing day morning looked a bit grim and very windy and I cursed the fact that we'd arranged to meet some friends for a walk but Leo was excited so we went ahead anyway.  Here is a good reason why I should always do that.... By the time we'd got to Protaras the sun had broken through and the wind had died down! The waves were quite live

365 Project - Week 51

Just one week to go.... and he said I'd manage 2 weeks! A Christmassy day out at the maze - after fab days out for Easter and Halloween we couldn't resist a Christmas themed one!   This time we searched for decorations in the maze, and found reindeer hiding in the herb garden with Christmas messages, as well as the secret keys with a letter on each which spelled a word. Agios Vassilis (Santa) came to school!  All the children had their photo taken with him and received a lovely mug, personalised with their name and school year on it. Leo received his letter and 'good' certificate via ' Santa's Cyprus Postbox' , he loved it (although was not too impressed to be made to pose for a photo!) and has proudly stuck his certificate on his bedroom door! Struggling now on Day 352 of the year and resorting to late night photos of the most interesting thing I can see in the room! Leo loving a piggy back ride from his big cousin during their fl

365 Project - week 50

Our Cyprus Christmas celebrations so far...

Christmas is coming and preparations are in full swing in our household,We have a simple uncomplicated Christmas so although I'm not rushing round the shops like a nutter I like to create my own festive build up.  The festivities started with a Traditional Christmas Market in Pyla, orgainised by 'Just So Crafty'. Leo saw Santa and for the first time sat with him and spoke to him quite happily without me holding his hand.  He was a bit confused as he left holding his little present telling me sadly that it wasn't what he'd asked him for, but was quite happy when I explained that it was just a little 'pre-Christmas' gift! The following day was the switching on of the Christmas lights in Agia Napa, we've been every year that we've lived here and this year it really felt as if Christmas had arrived when we were there.  It was a busy weekend as on the Sunday was Leo's school farye and another good afternoon.  Leo did very well singi

365 Project - Week 49

Leo's school fair and a big difference from last year.  He hated the pony ride then but this year he asked to have a go and really enjoyed it. Louka, surprisingly loves the reindeer antlers and keeps trying to put them on at every opportunity. Leo trying to teach Louka 'Yiamas' / 'Cheers' Not sure if Leo is being affectionate or trying to stop him from doing something! Dusk over Varosha, taken from our balcony 'Anything interesting happening down there?' Time for a rest Louka?

Our Cyprus Christmases - Flashback Friday

Four years ago Aaron, Leo and I were settling into to our new home, having been in Cyprus for almost 2 weeks. Christmas was coming and we'd hardly finished unpacking before the decorations went up in our apartment. It was a strange Christmas that year, we'd left all our family and friends and were yet to meet many people here, it was Leo's first Christmas but of course he had no idea what was going on and we'd just left a country where Christmas was in full swing to arrive in one where it appeared to be non-existent. 2009, Leo's first Christmas Despite that we did have a nice time, and looking back I like the fact that our first family Christmas was together and simple, I was not worried about how it went, I think I was still in a state of shock at the fact I was now living in Cyprus! How did Santa find us in Cyprus? In 2010, I was not feeling very festive, I spent most of December feeling that something was missing and even the decorations looke