We love just hanging out doing toddlery stuff locally but it’s nice to have a treat day further afield from time to time. Tesco reward vouchers made that possible for us recently when we met up with E’s also-2-years-old cousin at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. E was more interested in clambering and running than fish gazing but he very charmingly shouted ”Wow, look at that” as he zoomed past!
We lunched afterwards at Pizza Express (food for free when £2.50 in vouchers = £10 towards the meal). E was worn out by his adventures and fell asleep on my lap much to the delight of Daddy who could indulge in his favourite chocolate ice-cream without having to share.
On the way home we pulled into our beloved Hillfield Gardens to stretch our legs after the journey. E decided my vacated front seat was a much better option and cheerily refused to get out: ”Euan doing driving”. So the boys stayed in the car and I enjoyed a peaceful sit in the scented garden, lovely.
I eventually managed to persuade E out of the car with leftover pizza and the promise of meeting a new doggy friend. Here he is trying to share with Isla* dog!
Did you know that Euan would have been an Isla if he’d been a girl?
It turns out Birmingham is quite a big word for a small boy to master.
”Burmigan. Burmingung. Burminham”. He soon got in when I broke it down to ‘Birming-ham’. I later overheard him saying to himself ‘‘Birming-ham. Yeh, that’s right. Burming-cheese too. Burming-breakfast’. Burning-dinner’. What a busy brain!
This on a day when he’d already informed me ‘‘Red light says stop. Green lights says go go go. Yellow light says Fix the hoover”.
George’s favourite wooly hat was mauled by a dog. His head wasn’t in it at the time thankfully. In true frugal fashion I darned the hole after teasingly asking if he wanted a Fulham Football Club badge sewn over it. I now suspect he may be giving this idea serious consideration and if you are dearest I’m sure you’d like the privilege of sewing it on yourself? Here’s some advice if you’re not sure where to start and I know your Dad has darned a sock or twenty in his time so you can compare notes. On second thoughts I’d happily do it for you – I don’t fancy trading it for any of your blue jobs!
© poster from The Children’s War Exhibition in 2010 at the Imperial War Museum, London, unearthed in my drafts folder!
This time last year E had a cold for weeks. This month it was my turn with a lingering cough that turned into a stuffy nose post swim! I seem to have shaken it off faster than all other colds in the last 2 years – proof that unbroken sleep really is the best medicine now E no longer wakes at night (hoorah).
The pub lunch was perhaps a bit more predictable and certainly eating lots of birthday cake back at Nana’s was an absolute given. We had a great family weekend together. The at-arms-length family portrait snapped on my phone wasn’t intended for Me and Mine (see my last post about never having a camera with me anymore) but it’s the only family portrait we have this month.
It’s interesting to see how the cousins have changed since last year. For E development appears be measured in hair growth and reluctance to sit for a picture!
Taking part in the Me and Mine family portrait is proving to be brilliant for year on year comparisons. It’s never to late to join in. For more info and posts by other bloggers see Lucy’s blog Dear Beautiful Boy.