Monday, February 22, 2010

Will's first day at nursery

Will had his first day at Lighthouse Nursery today, and was practising his scary "I'm a big boy" face with Tom!


He seemed cool, calm and collected as he headed in...


And once he found out that there were cars there, he would have been happy to stay forever!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Banham Zoo

We made a very cold, but very fun, trip to Banham Zoo while we were in Norwich. There were even a few flakes of snow in the air, which made the penguins happy.


Not so sure if the red panda and giraffe were so appreciative of the cold, though!


And the dinosaur looked positively frozen...


We had an interesting few questions when, ahem, one of the mummy tigers gave one of the daddy tigers a 'piggy back'. No photos of that, but here's a tiger behaving himself.


And here's another tiger who looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The cupboard under the stairs

Like something straight out of Harry Potter, the children kept being drawn to the cupboard under the stairs while we stayed in the cottage.

Every time Chloe and Anya came to visit, everyone would climb into the cupboard, bringing toys, cushions and food with them, and then use it as their secret den!


Still, it kept the rest of the cottage looking tidy!

Fire starter

Andy was in his element during this holiday, as there was a wood burner in the cottage, which allowed him to play with matches without being told off! The worrying thing is that the children also seemed to enjoy the fire, so Ruth is going to have to keep those matches hidden from them, too!


Will was happy to help at the other end, and enjoyed cleaning out the dust and ash, like a modern day Cinderella!


Monday, February 15, 2010

Indoor fun

A cottage holiday in the UK in February means that you're likely to spend a lot of time indoors. But, we came prepared on this trip...

For mental activity, we taught Will the skill of Mastermind. He now knows which coloured pegs taste the best!


For further mental activity, Ruth worked hard on a jigsaw puzzle... until Will decided that it would be more fun to take it apart than to make it!


For physical activity, we made good use of Ruth's new Wii Fit. Our yoga moves are something special to behold!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Norfolk cottage

Our first (aren't we lucky!) holiday this year was to Norfolk, to visit Uncle Tim, Auntie Abby, Chloe and Anya. We stayed at a lovely cottage just outside Norwich, which had fantastic views and a beautiful garden.


Of course, having a pond in the garden meant that we all had to act like gnomes and try our hands at fishing. We never caught anything, though!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Mum

Ruth had an even crazier birthday than usual, as we were packing to go on holiday the next day! So, her birthday cake this year was actually a birthday pancake - but we couldn't let her miss blowing out the candles!


And, after we had stuffed our faces with pancakes, it's a good job that her birthday present arrived so that we could all work off the extra weight!


Monday, February 01, 2010

Welcome to the world, Rebekah

Cousin Rebekah made an entrance into the world today, as an extra-special birthday present for Nanny!


Auntie Jan and Uncle Mike were their usual laid-back selves, despite all the excitement, and Bethan was clearly enjoying having a baby sister.


Hannah and Thomas also liked the idea that they had another cousin who'd be able to get up to mischief with them in a couple of years time.