My grandmother, Grammie, would always bake a cake for half birthdays. We've continued the tradition for our kids, odd as it seems. It's a fun event, though a bit sad that our little Annabelle is getting so big.
Just a quick update on Annabelle: On October 13 she weighed in at 12 lbs 9 oz. Yes, I realize that was over a month ago - just a bit behind on my record keeping.
She is still the sweetest thing ever with lots of smiles and laughs. She is starting to roll over (front to back) and is loving to grab and eat everything. She is already well traveled and is an angel through it all. Edison and Sophie are fabulous big siblings and love to play with her. Here are a few pictures from the last couple months:
Yesterday Andy ran in the Hell Run (http://www.hellrunner.co.uk/index.htm) at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire. He really did great! The race was about 11 miles through a military camp on trails through rivers, bogs, sand dunes, and all kids of other stuff. (If you watch the video on the website you get an idea.) He finished in just under 2 hours and got up today without any trouble (we did use quite a bit of hydrogen peroxide on all his knee scrapes last night).
He has been running more the last few months doing some 5K and 10K races, but this one was quite a bit longer and much more rough. It all started with some friends at work getting him to sign up with them because they thought it looked "fun". In the end, the two friends weren't well and had to back out - so Andy did it alone, with his little fan club watching. Way to go!!
Before the race - so nice and clean!
The Bog of Doom!
Cheering the final stretch
Yes, that is mud all over his head, his socks were white, and that isn't just sweat.
Video of the Bog of Doom - he is just about to drop in (sorry about my screaming).
It's amazing how the tiniest sniff of something can immediately bring you back to your childhood. I just caught a whiff of the cleaning lady's steamy hot, lemony mop bucket and I immediately thought of Grammie.
When I was a kid she would wash all the hardwood floors once a week and the house would fill with the scent of 'clean'. Afterward she would make us a snack of mincemeat turnovers or brown sugar sandwiches. Oh, those were the days.
Yesterday we walked to the high street to get ballet stuff for Sophie and football stuff for Edison. Sophie was so excited to get everything she could hardly keep still. After the ballet store we went to the sports shop to get Edison his first pair of cleets and shin guards. We went straigt to the park right after so he could try them out.
When we picked up Edison from school the car was bursting at the seams with a matress. He was so excited! Their first night went very well. No one rolled out of bed and the ladder was quickly mastered by both.
I don't have a good picture of her stretching - but I love when you pick her up from sleep (all 3 have done this when newborn) and she stretches by arching her back, tucking in her legs, bum out, and head back...so sweet.
Smiling, well not much to say, just so much fun to see her smiling so much now!
When she is going to sleep, she holds her hands together right up by her face, or sometimes even over her eyes, then settles and falls asleep...so sweet!
In her first 3 months Annabelle has travelled to Boston, New Hampshire, Utah, California, and of course London and a few other places around England - the summer has really flown by. During her second month of life, she was held almost constantly by loving family - maybe that is why she is always smiling! Time seems to be going extra fast now, maybe because I know how fast the other two have grown - I am frantically trying to keep up and enjoy every minute of my sweet baby!
Edison was so excited to go back to school - He came to me at about 6:55 am and was all ready to go. He said, "Okay Mom, I'm dressed, what should I do next?" (His school doesn't start until 8:55) I thought it wouldn't be a big deal for me, but taking him up there to a new class, I can't believe how fast his Reception year went...he is no longer a new little tiny one - he is in Year 1!
Here's a handy tip for parents -- when you take your kids to the beach they will inevitably get sand on the entire surface of their body. If a shower isn't close you can use baby powder to get the sand off. Works like a charm!
For my record I am going to post a few catch up blogs...the last 3 months have really flown by, with some great times that I want to keep track of. We have had such a great summer spending time with family and friends (wish we lived closer) and getting used to our new family of 5!
This post is a bit overdue, but the beginning of this month we went to see the Puppini Sisters at the Pigalle club near Piccadilly Circus. The show was fantastic. Not only were the singers themselves amazing and funny, but the band was incredible - what a fun night out with a couple of Andy's work mates and thanks to them for knowing about the show!
Yesterday I tried to replace the dead lightbulb in our closet. The socket, however, was so loose as soon as I wiggled the bulb it caused a short and we lost power in most of our house. After a quick trip to the hardware store today I re-strung the fuse (something that hasn't been done since the '50s) and mounted a new fixture.
Thanks for all the time you spent teaching me about home electrics Dad; it really paid off today!
Tonight we told Edison that he had to get in bed so the Easter Bunny would come. His first question was "How does the Easter Bunny get into our house?" I replied, "magic!", which seemed to satisfy him for a moment until he asked his second question:
"Does the Easter Bunny wear a kilt?"
Well, since the Irish have laid claim to Leprechauns, the British to Father Christmas, and the Welsh to Dragons, it stands to reason the Easter Bunny must be Scottish.
So yes, Edison, the Easter Bunny must wear a kilt.
So I have complained a bit about all the grey days here - but as if to prove me wrong it has been a beautiful, sunny spring. We'll see if it lasts, but the sunny days are so nice - and the kids (and I) love being outside.
Here are a couple pictures of them painting butterflies in their playhouse in the backyard: