There;s nothing like a bit of modern art - especially when cousins Chloe and Anya come to visit!
Most of the paint did make it onto the paper, but you can see from the photo of Thomas that he wanted to try out some war paint.
Here is the moment caught on camera when Thomas decided to copy Mummy and give us a hand with the cleaning.
A few shakes later, and we have an empty pot of 'Shake and Vac', and a Christmas scene on the (freshly mopped!) kitchen floor!
Time to put a lock on that cupboard...
This photo will haunt Thomas for many a year! Why should girls be the only ones to dress up as Christmas Fairies?
PS - The yellow and red all over his face isn't bruises from where he fell off the top of the Christmas tree, but Hannah was trying out the face paints that she had for Christmas! Everyone in the house looked like that today!
You get to see two presents in one in this photograph!
Thomas and Hannah love sawing, hammering, screwing and drilling anything that moves (including Ebby the Cat if he's not quick enough!) on their new workbench - which they had from Nanny and Grumpy!
But, it's all such hard work that they need to sit down on the chairs (from the table and chair set) that they had from Grandma and Grandad!
Thanks to everyone who sent cards and presents and emails! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
Thought that you might like a glimpse of what Christmas in the Hurley House is like! If anything, it will stop you from visiting next year!
To start, you have to try on every item of clothing that you get in your Christmas stocking, including swimming goggles!
For Christmas dinner, the contest is to fit as many people as possible around a six-person table, while also filling the table with enough food to last until next winter!
Just a quick note to wish everyone who visits this blog a Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year!
Please come back in 2006 (doesn't time fly?) and see more news and more daft photos of The Hurley's!
Have a great Christmas!
Love Andy, Ruth, Hannah & Thomas
It's that time of year again in the Hurley Home when Christmas kicks in. It all starts with the mad rush down to Sainsbury's to buy the last packets of raisins and sultanas for the Christmas cake.
Everyone helped (even Daddy did his share of licking out the bowl), and the cake is looking and smelling delicious! The countdown has begun!
Believe it or not, there was actually enough snow falling in Cardiff today to let Hannah and Thomas build a snowman in the back garden (with a bit of help from Grandad).
They had to pretty much scrape the garden clean to find enough snow to build it, and now that the sun has come out and the snowman is sunbathing, it seems likely that all that will be left in a couple of days time will be two sticks, two stones and a carrot!
PS - What do you call a snowman with a suntan?
Answer - A puddle!
Uncle Tim, Auntie Abby, Chloe and Anya came to visit us this week, which was great fun.
Chloe joined Hannah at the Thornhill Church Holiday Club for a couple of days, which deserves a blog entry of it's own, and we made sure that the weather didn't stop us from having a fun time.
We took a trip to Cefn Onn park and made some great hippopotamus impressions as we wallowed and splashed in the mud! That's what mud is for!
Despite being snapped in half, knocked to the floor countless times, and a local delicacy for every slug within 3 miles of the house, Hannah's first ever sunflower has finally flowered!
(But we won't talk about the other 20 sunflower seeds that never grew bigger than 5 cm!)
It was Hannah's first day at 'big nursery' today, at the local school. She charged in as soon as the door was opened, and when asked for a goodbye kiss replied "But I want to play with the water..."
I'm sure that she missed us really.
And Thomas didn't want to go home from there, either...
We're pretty sure that the sunflower in the picture is man-eating, but Hannah is OK, as she's a girl!
It would be nice to pretend that we'd managed to grow a sunflower that big, but really it's been plant-napped from Auntie Jan, as the one that Hannah was growing had a slight accident...
Luckily, the sellotape is doing the trick, though, so if Hannah's sunflower ever does flower, then we'll post a picture of it on here!
As a prize for managing to go two whole weeks without waking up in the middle of the night and calling for Mummy, Hannah got to choose a "special treat" for herself today.
She could have chosen anything - a new car, a trip to New York, a round-the-world cruise, but she chose big and asked to go to Heath Park to fly her kite!
Even better than that, Uncle Mike, Auntie Jan and James also came, and we had lots of fun in the play park, flying the kite, playing 'pitch-and-putt' (which was more like 'pitch-and-duck' with the standard of golf on show!), and then a visit to the model railway!
And, to cap it all off - Daddy, after managing to survive a whole summer without getting sunburnt, got sizzled and turned into a beetroot! Even though it was cloudy nearly all day!
We went to Andy's cousin Mark's wedding celebration this evening at Cardiff Castle - which is a fantastic place for a wedding reception, if anyone reading this is thinking of getting married!
It was great surroundings, and there was a brilliant soul band playing, too!
Our only regret was that we didn't get invited to the wedding itself. Mark and Tracy got married in St. Lucia in the Caribbean! We'd have been quite happy to fly that far to throw a bit of confetti!
Looking to make the most of the last few days of Andy's holidays, we headed for a mystery trip to the "Mohair Centre" in Gloucestershire today. We had no idea what to expect when we got there, as we'd only found it while surfing the 'net, but we were very pleased with what we found.
It's basically a farm, with the usual pigs, sheep, rabbits, ducks, etc., but with plenty of things to do for children - a huge soft play area (where we spent most of our time!), a giant sand pit, tractor rides, even pedal-powered go-karts.
We had lots of fun, on what was an absolutely scorching day!
Following on from Friday's huge success in collecting plums, Ruth has been hard at work yesterday and today boiling up the plums to make her delicious plum chutney (with lots of help from Hannah!).
The house stinks of vinegar now, but the chutney is looking tasty, so place your orders now! We've still got a pile of plums left if anyone wants them!
It was looking like a warm night so we held a quick barbecue this evening, and invited Nanny & Grumpy and Mike & Jan around.
It was actually only a ploy to get some helpers to come and perform the annual plum-picking extravaganza from the plum trees at the bottom of the garden. Some pruning in recent years led to a bumper crop this year, and we needed all kinds of extra tools and techniques to gather in the plums - including a fishing net for reaching those 'hard-to-get' plums, and a paddling pool to collect them in!