Monday, 8 July 2013

Catch up

It's been a while and I have a number of mashed memories that I know I wanted to record days, maybe weeks ago.

Seth is now 6 months old!!!
 At 24 weeks he started rolling over both ways and he's been on the move ever since. No more being left on the bed or sofa allowed (that is speaking from experience!)
 He can commando crawl and does the rocking back n forth on his knees that Ben n Joseph did at a similar age. Put a ball in front of him and he goes after it with intent. In fact he loves to see what he can grab. His eyes widen and he lunges forth.
He likes to practise his pilates pushing up on his hands and toes! 
Two weeks ago he had a couple of rough nights and one little bottom tooth poked through.
Weaning has begun (totally forgot how messy this stage was!!!) Before food passed his lips, Uncle David reckoned that he was 19 pounds heavier when holding Seth on the scales!! So far no food has been refused - baby rice, banana, carrot, butternut squash, toast, rice cakes, broccoli, apple, pear. 
 He's delish!

Nathan and I got to go out for a meal with Craig, Frances, Debs and Al before Craig and Frances left for a 5 year stint in China.
It;s just so nice to spend time with each other. It doesn't happen often enough however the lapse of time does not alter how comfortable we feel in their presence. 
Although I am biased I think anyone would find it hard to argue against July 2002 being a fabulous month to get married.
Craig and Frances - 06/07/02
Alun and Deborah - 20/07/02
Nathan & Kathryn - 27/07/02 

2 of the cheekiest boys around + 1 lipstick = 1 big mess + 0 lipstick!!!

I love to hear them both pray. Ben currently loves to claim the right to bless food at nearly every opportunity. He buries his head into his folded arms and quietly prayers. We pick up on the odd word hear and there and then 'amen' ... sometimes we 'amen' too soon as we think he has finished only to be told ' I've NOT finished' so we repent and refold our arms and he continues or sometimes he starts again!
Joseph speaks to Heavenly Father like he's in the room having a conversation. He  speaks about things on his mind and gives thanks fro lovely days and asks for lovely days to come. He can flit from one thing to another for example the other day part of his prayer went - 'I love Jesus and I love fruit shoots..' This made me do an eyebrow raise! as I'm not sure where the fruit shoot thing came from lol! (The boy aint allowed fruit shoots as they send him loopy especially the blackcurrant one!)

Crazy day - 27/6
On the way to taking Ben to Rhiannon's for the afternoon. I gasped as I remembered I had a dentist apt booked for the afternoon. I had almost forgotten all about it and felt relief that it had come to my mind. Seconds later I gasped again as I realised that I'd actually forgotten Ben's speech therapy apt that morning! I hate it when my mental memory starts to break down it makes me feel like I'm loosing it. Rang Nathan and being a wimp asked him to ring the speech therapist as I didn't want to get told off!!! Crazy afternoon running here n there.. dashed to my dentist appointment... a few searches later the receptionist politely smiled and informed me 'your appointment was actually yesterday!'.......hangs head in shame!

Crazy night -  1/7
At 10pm, Joseph was sick! Tonnes of the stuff! All over! Even all over Ben who was not roused by it - gross! I think he'd overdosed on watermelon.. it certainly looked that way and he was totally fine afterwards! Talk about brotherly love; Ben insisted on joining Joseph in the poorly bed we made on our bedroom floor.
3am - I wake up yelping/screaming.. my back had seized and I couldn't move without serious shooting pain (as bad as labour , no joke). I was frozen on the edge of the bed, scared to move for a good while. Nathan went to locate his oil to give me a healing blessing. Joseph unaware of Nathan's intent called out to him  "Dad just give Mum a blessing!" Love his faith.
I manage to move very gingerly. Nathan gave me a blessing. As Joseph had been sick it meant that for the next couple of days whilst I was still very sore and stiff I didn't have to do the school runs - tender mercies.

Sleights a fabulous place to hoilday

Hillary holiday 2013 - Manor hall Farm, Sleights Nr Whitby

Hill rolling

Time getting to know Aunty Ashley

Whitby beach, day 1 

Stunning panoramic views around the farmhouse

Gorgeous Whitby

The Super Seven with the Grands

Our Charlie LOVES cake!! (Hillary trait)

Super man poses

Kid's dining

 Super Bear!

Story time in the 'quiet room'

Scarborough beach rockpool finds
Emily was action girl; finding crabs, eels and fish.
Ben wasn't too sure about getting too close! Joseph neither!
Nathan had to retrieve an escapee crab from amongst the bags!

When asked what his favourite part of the day had been, Ben replied ' playing in the dirty sea' aka the puddle around the bottom of the steps!! Joseph invented the game, throw the bouncy ball up the steps and then try and catch it. The four of them loved it. I tried not to think about the grossness of the water!

Sarah had a nap under the parachute

Joseph played boules with Grandad and Uncle Dave - guess who threw the 'jack' in this picture!

Ben and Jack played catch or place the ball onto each others scratch pad!

Seth loves the ball on his pram toy

They sure love to run!

Recreating beach poses

..and then there were three bottoms!

Seth's first trip to the beach

Attempts at family photos where we are all looking were a plenty!

Photo bombed!

Spending money from Grandma Josie

Whitby Abbey photo shoot - the five, the ten, the seventeen.

The Grands and the Super Seven #2

Photo success!

So you can count on them all facing forward when it's funny face time!

Whitby Abbey (sunglasses as filter!)


Emily: Boys, just so you know - you can see his bum!
[Boys hurry to have a look at naked statue's bum then wander around the front]

199 steps

Boat trip. Missing Jack -'I like trains and planes but not boats'.....'stop telling me, I'm not coming on'

 Cutie pie 

Wet Wednesday - play gym time. Ben typically spent most of his time in the bus. Wrestle time where Isabelle cam out on top!

Wet Wednesday Wellie Walk


Time for 'vendgers' aka adventures. 
Joseph, are you coming on an adventure??
Thier adventure of choise was to go up a staircase at one side of the house, through the boys room which led to the unused bedroom at the top of the house and then down the staircase at the other side of the house and back round.

Talk about double trouble!

Dalby Forest -truly 'The Great Yorkshire Forest'
Emily saw a real life badger, we missed it - gutted though we did see a deer on the drive out. 
Amazing park, stunning scenery.

Daddy time

So handsome

Quite like the flat cap look!

Birthday cake - shared with Aunty Caroline

Family scripture time

A holiday highlight - hot tub time, indoors or out, take your pick!
Kids in bed and the adults relaxed even more if it involved an ice cream as well! Aunty Gemma was hot tub Queen - in every night!

Pile on Uncle Stuart time!

The 19

North Landing - Granne has a paddle

Great pals

Seth's first dip in the sea - his expression says it all!


Exploring the caves with Grandad.
Fabulous day at the beach to end a fabulous holiday.

Manor Hall Farm aka 'The Farmer's house' = one truly fabulous place to have a holiday.