Rhosneigr

Just looking back at pictures from the weekend whilst Sam is away working in Hong Kong.

I have found some fab ones of the kids! I thought I would post them on here for when they look back in years to come.

Love Rhosneigr, such a great place.

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Half term delights

Half term has fast approached us, which I’m pleased about as the girls needed a well earned rest after throwing themselves into year one.

I had a little Halloween party with a couple of their friends from school on Wednesday and we headed off to Rhosneigr in Wales Thursday morning. 

We are keen to try and get a house in Rhosneigr if finances will allow us. However spending time with friends on the caravan site and seeing how much fun it is we are also open to a caravan. 

The kids loved the caravan site as all the kids (all different ages) played together outside and the big ones looked after the little ones. It was just fab.

We rented a house this time on the beach and it was a real treat. The weather was really warm, which surprised me! All I packed was winter clothes for us all.

See some pics below of the week. Crabbing was a highlight!  Hopefully something will come up in Rhosneigr for us soon.

Phoebe’s eye operation

Since Phoebe was little her left eye wandered outwards when she was tired or if it was sunny she would close it completely.

After many eye tests and eye patches, we learnt that her vision was great. So it was just a case of the muscle needed tightening to stop it from wandering outwards.

This was when we realised she needed an eye operation to fix it. In and out in one day and it would only take an hour to do.

I took her to the Trafford Centre to get a hospital bag to put her pyjamas and toys in. She chose a Dalmatian bag from Cath Kidson so she could put her toy dalmation in.

The staff at Stepping Hill hospital were amazing. Her surgeon Miss Maino told us what she was going to do to correct her eye and a nurse called Beth looked after Phoebe pre and post op.

Phoebe was not nervous at all. Maybe due to the fact that I had to take her to a&e two weeks before for splitting her chin open. 

Three stitches and a teddy bear later she was back at home, so that experience definitely helped prepare her.

We arrived at Stepping Hill at 7am and she was in surgery by 10am. Sam took her in whilst she had the anaesthetic, which I was pleased about as my nerves had kicked in.

Only one of us could go into the room with her and she chose Sam. Afterwards she told me that she wanted her daddy to go in because I had been to hospital with her a couple of weeks before and she thought it would be nice for daddy to do something in hospital with her. Quite grown up for a five year old I thought!

After the operation was complete we went into the recovery room. Seeing her covered in wires brought back all the memories of her being in the neonatal unit. 

It caught me off guard as I didn’t expect to see all the wires so I was glad she was asleep as I welled up instantly.

Holding back the tears we headed back up to the ward where she slept off the anaesthetic.

Her request when she woke up was chips and mash potato, carb heavy! The nurse added some mini chicken kievs to break up the potato!

Phoebe has recovered well and her eye so far looks great. She has another check up in three months before she is signed off.

Brave girl.

Pizza Fridays

When I was a kid we always had pizza Fridays.

My mum chopped all the toppings up and me and my brothers made the dough (sometimes we cheated and bought the bases!).

I really wanted to start doing this with my kids and they were really excited. We made the dough, tomato sauce and got flour everywhere!

Interestingly when I normally feed the kids they quite often don’t finish it all. I think because they made the pizza from scratch they ate the lot.

I’m going to get them more involved in cooking now Jacob is a bit bigger and he can join in. 

It’s good to teach them about different foods and ingredients plus they were really keen to get stuck in. Wish me luck!

The twins turn 5!

Five years ago I was in shock from giving birth to identical twin girls at 29 weeks.

I gave birth naturally from start to finish in an intense three hours. The next two months was a rollercoaster ride of emotions and to be honest I wouldn’t want to go through it again. It was tough.

We were lucky. The girls came home healthy, tiny but healthy, and we were proud as punch.

We didn’t mind the sleepless nights, reflux, colic, the lot. We were happy we had them in our lives and home.

Fast forward five years and they are thriving! We have had a fab summer and we enjoy seeing them blossom into funny little characters.

Happy 5th birthday Phoebe and Tamsin! See below some pictures from the summer. 

We went to Jump Heaven, Build a Bear, the Cheshire Country and Games Show, Minikin paint a pot, and Krispy Kremes (which went down very well!).

Thassos, Greece

We are back! We came to Thassos in Greece last year for the first time and loved it. 

It’s perfect for the children and Sam’s dad has moved here for the summer with his wife Kerrie.

I am sat here writing this now whilst the kids have their afternoon nap. Normally I dose off but today I thought I’d write a quick update of the holiday so far (we have been here four days).

One interesting part of the holiday is Jacob’s no nappies. He has been out of them for around a month or so and now he has decided to wee and poo the bed at night.

We found out he did a poo because he uses his two fingers as a dummy. We woke up to him wreching and he burst into tears.

I had to take the bedding, cushions, (you name it he had pooed on it) to kerrie’s and bless her she washed the lot. Fully gross (and mortified).

Jacob has also managed to fall off his chair twice at dinner so we have resorted back to a highchair.

I guess what Sam and I have forgotten is that he is only two. The twins were still in highchairs and had accidents in the night.

I guess when you are the second child you aren’t as intense as parents and let the rigid routines slide, which results in shit all over the bed and walls.

Yamas!!

Croatia 

I know I said my next blog post will be about Berridon Farm, but I have been at a wedding in Croatia last week so thought I would stick some pictures up of that first.

The groom was one of Sam’s best friends and as always I was apprehensive about leaving the kids for a few days.

It freaks me out when I’m in one country and they are in another. A few nights before I go I sleep badly and dread the flight.

When I arrive however I start to relax and enjoy some alone time with Sam. Sam’s friends are huge drinkers so needless to say each night was heavy. I slipped off early a couple of nights so I managed to do only one 4am finish. That was the average bedtime for everyone else, if not later.

The weekend was hilarious, from people losing their passports and missing the wedding, chilling on boats with nudists watching dolphins, to people losing various items on nights out including shoes.

Poreč, Croatia, is beautiful. Very hot (we melted on the wedding day), but truly stunning. Villa Polesini was a great venue and the view had the wow factor. Me and Sam said we would definitely go back with the kids.