Wednesday, May 30

Three: It's The Magic Number

Weeeee! Here's our new baby and its tiny spine. It's landing earthside in November. We are all very excited about a cosy winter of cwtching a small person. 

Monday, May 28

Gwen is Five

Dear Gwen,
Your are five years old. Here are some facts about your five-year-old self.

1. School
This year was a biggie, because you started school. You've learnt to read and write and you're constantly trying to spell words aloud. You write everything phonetically, and even write little stories with pictures, which are just delightful. Your best friend is Lucy, and you love your teaching assistant Mrs Stockten, who gives you big cwtches every morning. You've developed a very strong, over-exaggerated Valleys accent and you never, ever eat your packed lunch.

2. Songs
You are really into bad pop music and you love Radio One. Your current favourite songs are Dynamite by Taio Cruz, Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs and Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen (blimey - it's like 90s indie never happened). You have got some amazing dance moves and a rather lovely singing voice.

3. Sleeping
Every night before you go to sleep, you come out of your bedroom because you've "had a bad thought" about vampires biting you or cows trampling you or monsters chasing you or crocodiles eating you. Sometimes, I begin to lose patience with this - sorry.

4. Stuff
You love dressing up, playing paper-rock-scissors in bed in the mornings, eggy bread, Disney Princess everything, drawing (amazing things like people throwing spaghetti out of space rockets and vampire princesses and grandmas with chicken pox), made up stories about Fireman Sam marrying a mermaid called Shelley, playing with the girls in Class 7, having a sleepover at Nanna's house, Friday Treats after school, sneaky jelly beans from Bampa, going to the cinema, jumping off really high walls, jumping over waves in the sea, Saturday croissants, getting me to draw things on your back with my finger and you guessing what they are, wearing socks and sandals (or Crocs and socks), making beds all over the house with duvets and pillows and blankets, paddling in streams with your wellies on, playing 'Rapunzel' using an incredibly long old scarf of mine as hair, playing 'Mums and Babies' and watching Beebies.

You are chatty, articulate, excitable, a realist ("But mermaids aren't actually real Mammy"), sensitive, highly emotional, very affectionate and an all-round amazing snail.

Love you loads and more and the most,


Saturday, May 26

Gwen's Rainbow Party

Gwen turned five today and we had a rainbow party. Five of her school friends came (without parents - eek!) and there was face painting and rainbow nail painting and glittery tattoos and dancing and lots of rainbow food. It was ace.

Sunday, May 20

List 11/52 Things to do This Summer

Has it really been two months since I posted here? Wowsers. Been in a bit of a fog, but the haze is clearing now. And the sun came out today - hurrah! So what better time to plan a summer of loveliness. Some we did last year. Some are on The List. Some are new things to try out. We never do everything on the list, but we'll enjoy trying. Bring on the sunshine.

Grow sunflowers - really big ones
Go on an impromptu camping trip on a sunny weekend
Make ice lollies
Go to a festival
Go on lots of bike rides...
... and buy myself a new (to me) bike
Visit Bristol Zoo
Have a beach barbecue with friends
Swim in the sea
Throw a summer party for friends and neighbours
Go to a park with a big paddling pool
Make our garden beautiful
Make home-made lemonade
Spend a day in Mumbles
Grow peas
Have a lovely holiday in West Wales
And another lovely holiday at the in-laws magical cottage in the Dales
Grow pumpkins to use for Halloween
Have a picnic in a castle
Go away overnight with the mister
Go on a boat in Roath Park
Phone in sick from school on a sunny Friday
Camp in the garden
Paint our toenails with a different colour on each toe
Have a water fight
Go strawberry picking
Celebrate all of our birthdays - Gwen, then Moll, then Dave, then Blod, then me!