Wednesday, 27 July 2011

80's Themed Hen Night

On Saturday I got glammed up 80's style for my friend Mama N's hen night. Proceedings were to begin at her house at 2pm with hair crimping and food and then we were setting off into the city centre for a night of fun, drinks and more fun. Mummy N and I arrived at her house at 5pm all set to go, bottles of wine already uncorked and being drunk rather quickly. Everyone else had arrived and they were all looking just fabulous! Mama N's outfit was bride meets rock chick and there were plenty of tutus and leg warmers in various neon colours.

The mini bus was arriving at 6pm to take us to the city centre so we passed the time with drinks, complete with willy straws, and a game of shots. We had a board with a spinning arrow and we all had a shot and if we had done the rude thing that the arrow landed on then we had to take a shot. The winner would be the one who'd had the least amount of shots...not so sadly, I didn't win. I was merry!

Mama N had to bring her chanty, which is a sort of pot that the bride has to carry around with her and charge men for kisses. You can adapt them and I've seen them as potties or in Mama N's case, a little basket with a baby inside it, decorated in lovely paper cake cases. The little baby doll was pretty scary! Mama N had to jump the chanty before getting in the mini bus; why, I don't know?!

This is the chanty and the scary baby!
We arrived at the venue for the evening which was a bar/nightclub/restaurant. We paid £25 and for that we got a cocktail on arrival, which we could choose ourselves, a 3 course meal, 1 hour in the karaoke room and a cocktail making class. I was drinking the Sex on the Beach cocktail as it is my favourite and so delicious.

The karaoke room was pretty small but we still had a laugh even when trying to figure out how to work the touch screen jukebox. Mama N and I did a dodgy rendition of Barbie Girl by Aqua whilst some of the other girls, who were really fab singers, covered the likes of Adele and Rihanna. We had some Incubus at one point. When our hour was up, we went back to our reserved table and had our dinner. I had soup, chilli con carne and then chocolate brownie with ice cream. The food was nice but the brownie was a bit weird because they served it cold, but it was almost like it had been frozen and left to defrost so it was a bit hard. Mind you, it didn't matter as it was merely providing a sponge for the alcohol that was flowing through our systems.

The cocktail making class was fun. There was one rather dishy barman who was teaching us how to make our cocktails. Cue lots of giggling. I chose my Sex on the Beach again whilst Mummy N went for a French Martini. Once the class was over, the barman treated us to some more shots and then it was on to the dancing. There were a few hen parties in that night but none of them quite lived up to us. We invaded the dance floor and provided the lighting and the noise for the place with our fancy whistles. I had taken a big bag with me with my flat shoes because I knew my feet would be aching in my sky-scrapers and I felt like I needed to really boogie on down to burn off those drink and brownie calories. And I was enjoying a night of freedom!

All too soon it was time to go home (at 2am!) when the mini bus came to collect us. It was a fantastic night out and I think we all really enjoyed ourselves even if some of us are still suffering! I'm gutted though because I lost my willy straw! It's probably a good thing actually - imagine if Wee Z or Miss C found it? That would really top the winkie story!

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Happy Blog-Birthday To Me

Two years ago I sat down at my computer, clicked on "Create your own blog" and spent 10 minutes deciding on a blog title for what would become a collection of my thoughts and sharing of stories of my children growing up. I could have been really sentimental, original, clever or chosen something that didn't have the word Mummy in it but I always kept coming back to the blog title I've had for the past 2 years. Why? Because it rhymed and it made me smile.

Last year when I wrote my anniversary post "One year on from blogging" I talked about my blog being my hobby which is very much still the case. Blogging has become more and more popular. I really enjoy the community that blogging offers and have met some lovely people through blogging. Whilst it would be nice to be mega popular and really successful with my blog, I don't worry about it too much. I'll keep blogging for as long as I enjoy it and for as long as my children keep doing strange things. Like today when Miss C did a huge poo in her pants, realised what she was doing, took them off and sat on the potty. She wanted me to congratulate her on the small chip of poo she managed to get in the potty whilst I had to stop the cat from smelling the one in her pants...! Or how she calls the Gruffalo the Fuckalo cause she can't say his name properly yet...!

Starting my blog really came about because I loved keeping a diary when I was younger and with my family staying quite faraway, the idea that my Mum could read my blog during her lunch break so she could see what Miss C and Wee Z had been up to was great. I plan to print my blog off and show the kids all my posts when they are older so they can read all about what they did when they were growing up.

Thank you to those who do stop by and read and comment on my ramblings. If you do comment, please leave me your blog details or twitter details because I always, always check out your blogs.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Anyone For Some High Tea? You Could Win One!

Competition is now closed!

Well if high tea looked like the High Tea Shape Matching set we received to review from John Crane Ltd then I'd be having high tea every day of the week.

The High Tea Shape Matching set is available to buy from all good toy stores including Dillon's ToyBox. This is a gorgeous wooden toy with dinky cupcakes and fairy cakes that look so pretty, if they were edible, I tell you now they'd be gone in a matter of seconds. The cakes are different shapes and colours and each cake has a number on the bottom of it which corresponds with a number on the cake stand. Not only does this toy help your child with learning their numbers and shapes, it helps with their hand-eye co-ordination and encourages role play and communication.

Miss C loves having little tea parties so the high tea set is a welcome addition for her and her dolls. Wee Z loves anything to do with numbers so he quickly slotted the cakes into their correct number slots whilst Miss C pulled them out, studied them and then popped them back in again. The cakes are quite chunky but do have small decorations on them. The toy is for ages 3+ but I think so long as you supervised then a younger child could play with them too.

The toy comes flat-packed but it took a matter of seconds to assemble (myself!) and is quite sturdy once together so long as you tighten the base properly. Once it is all put together and the cakes are in place, it does look really lovely and fun to play with. It made ME feel a bit like Monica in that episode of Friends when she gets that gorgeous doll house but no one is allowed to "play" with it but the kids couldn't wait to get playing with their new toy. It has kept my 2 amused all afternoon on this wet, miserable day. It caused some arguments too. A sign of a GREAT toy!

Now for the best part of this post. John Crane Ltd are offering a High Tea Matching Set as a prize for one lucky person who comments on this post. I'm sure this would make for a very happy child and could be a birthday present or even kept for the C word. All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post and because I'm nosy, tell me what your favourite cake is.

For an extra entry you can tweet the following - "Win a High Tea set from @johncraneblog by entering @lauracymft competition

Following my blog isn't an entry requirement but please feel free to do so if you don't already!

The winner will be drawn at random when the competition closes on Friday 5th August at 23.59pm. UK entry only. Make sure you leave some way for me to contact you if you win. By entering you agree to have your details passed on to John Crane Ltd for them to post your prize. No cash alternative.

Remember to check out the John Crane Blog to keep up to date with all their news and toys!

We received the High Tea Shape Matching Set for purposes of a review. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

I Do Love A Good Shoe...and A Bag Too Please

Last weekend I did a very brave thing. I dared to brave the chaos of...the Next SALE. Luckily I was able to go child-free because I'd have been worried for their safety had I taken them amongst the hordes of  women frantically searching rail after rail for as many bargains as possible. There were some men too. Mostly they were used as shopping baskets with giant arms and were showing the ability that it is possible to not only fall asleep whilst standing up but to do it with your eyes open.

Everyone was frantic, grabbing what they could. The Next sale is obviously popular because their clothes are definitely well made and the fact they only have 2 sales a year is bound to make everyone a bit crazy. I was in for some holiday clothes and I was also picking up some shoes for Mummy N's little boy Wee L.

Gorgeous colours!
One of my favourite things in the world is shoe shopping. I love shoes. People who know me maybe wouldn't believe me as I tend to be in practical Mummy shoes all the time but Husband will confirm that when we pass a shoe shop with a pair of killer, sparkly heels in the window I slow down and gaze at them lovingly. Sometimes I drool. I wonder if they make Lelli Kelli's for women...!
Come to me my pretty!

A few months ago I was invited to the Next Autumn/Winter '11 press day however I couldn't make it. Thankfully, through the Next Blogger Network I've managed to have a nosy at their new range, including their AW11 accessories. Shoes, bags, jewellery and hats. Perfect! Their trends this season are a mix of the feminine and the androgynous, prints and monochrome and a bit of vintage and futuristic. I am in love with the Navy bow detail platforms, they are so cute and girly. I'm also loving their Black wooden wedge ankle boots which would look great with my skinny jeans.
Clothes wise, the trends are faux fur jackets, bright colours for a 1960's feel, iconic tweeds for a bit of heritage, animal prints and leather. I can't wait to see them in the shops! Of course, I'll be most looking forward to seeing their kids range too. I can see Miss C rocking a little faux fur jacket this winter! And Wee Z in a tweed flat cap...!

I think this jacket as a bit of a Mary Poppins feel to it. I love it!

I haven't received anything for writing this post!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Gallery - Vintage

This is probably one of my oldest possessions and my Mum gave her to me a few years ago. This Japanese Geisha doll belonged to my Gran and was displayed in her fancy glass cabinet in her living room amongst all of her other treasures.

When my Mum first gave her to me I wondered where I could possibly keep this "thing" because it doesn't really fit in with any of my decor. So she sits in my bedroom beside my TV and watches over the room. Her raised eyebrows and red lips remind me of my Gran a little bit.

I don't know much else about this doll except she possibly dates as far back as the 1930s but could be placed sometime later. Maybe even earlier. Trying to find out more about her has proven difficult online as there seems to be little information on them. Plenty to buy though!

I'll keep her though; she'll be with me until I can pass her on to Miss C or perhaps my own grandchildren. It's lovely that I have something vintage and possibly collectible to pass on with the story of my Gran and her treasure filled cabinet.

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Vintage.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A Romantic Dinner For Two

Friday was our anniversary and we've made it our tradition to visit the restaurant we had our wedding meal in every year to celebrate. The food is delicious and it is a really intimate restaurant tucked away on a quiet street in the town centre.

I was so excited about going for our meal that I resisted tucking into pasta at tea time with the kids so I wouldn't ruin my appetite. We were going all out, as always, and having 3 courses - you just have to! It is an Italian restaurant and I was really looking forward to tucking into fresh pasta and tiramisu for dessert.
hmmm Carbonara
Once the kids were in bed and FIL was there ready for his babysitting duties, we dashed out the door and were smiling from ear to ear, raring to go and enjoy some freedom. The restaurant was busy but that made it all the more inviting. Adults. Conversation. No kids.

Husband doesn't "do" vegetable!
Husband ordered Cajun battered prawns, Sirloin steak in a whiskey and haggis sauce and hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream whilst I had garlic and white wine prawns, spaghetti carbonara (my absolute favourite pasta dish!) and, of course, tiramisu. We devoured everything, playfully feeding each other bits of our dishes. The head waiter, who we know well, even commented on how quickly we'd eaten. We assured him that this was because we were starving the food was so good and not because we wanted to get home quickly.

Chocolate + cake = Heaven
We decided not to drink any wine with dinner instead we headed home with full bellies and opened a bottle of champagne with a few of our friends and my FIL and his partner. We had a lovely, lovely anniversary. Roll on next year!

Wish it had been a bit bigger!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Cupcakes - I Love Them

Doesn't that look delicious? I went shopping on Saturday in one of the shopping centres near us and I saw a stall filled with cupcakes. They were screaming at me and I had to buy some on my way home. I love cakes, as you know, and I really wish I could create something as beautiful as these cupcakes!

The stall was called Bumblebee Bake Shop however I couldn't find a website for them in the UK. I think they've just started up or they may be a franchise. Either way their cupcakes looked amazing!

There was plenty to choose from, in fact I was a tad overwhelmed. I knew I had to get the vanilla "99 cone" inspired cupcakes for Wee Z and Miss C. I chose a vanilla, caramel and honeycomb cupcake for Husband and I asked the sales assistant to recommend one for me and she chose the lemon cupcake. Each cupcake cost £2.25 however they went down to £2.00 if I bought 4 or more. A bit more expensive than your chain store cakes but I was hoping they'd be worth the price.

We shared them after dinner and they really were as delicious as they looked. The sponge was really moist and not too sweet and the icing was really yummy. The lemon one had just a hint of lemon in the icing so I was a bit disappointed as I was hoping for a lemon sponge cake. The vanilla and caramel cupcake was definitely my favourite. Of course, it doesn't matter what I thought...

Friday, 15 July 2011

Our Wedding Day & Five Year Anniversary

Our wedding day had finally arrived. I woke up very excited and nervous and ready for the day ahead. I wasn't worried about anything going wrong and didn't care if it rained. All that mattered was we were getting married.

The car was due to pick us up at 2.30pm and we were getting married at 3pm so I had plenty of time to get ready. The sun was shining so Best Friend, Sister and I sat in my garden and had breakfast and a good girly gossip. I helped them to do their hair and put on their dresses and they made sure everything was ready to go when the car arrived.

Sister, Best Friend and Best Man - those 3 made our day for us!
My hairdresser came around 12pm to set my hair in curlers. I wanted to wear my hair down but have it really curly and my hairdresser did a great job. The girl doing my make-up arrived about 1pm. I wanted a very natural look and she also did a fantastic job. Husband was staying just up the road and we kept spying him and his Best Man coming in and out of his house. He told me afterwards that they had gone for McDonalds and beer to settle their nerves.

My Mum and Step Dad arrived to follow us to the registry office. As we got in the car I could feel the butterflies building and I sat in the back of the car completely silent. Best Friend kept turning round from the front seat to make sure I was OK, which I was, it was just surreal that the day had finally come.

As we pulled up in front of the registry office, all of our friends and family were arriving. I got to see my new niece Miss A, who was only 2 months old and my Dad was there with my Grandma. Everybody looked fab in their dresses and suits.

We did it!
My Mum walked me down the aisle and give me away. I think she was happy to get rid of me LOL! I can't remember where or who I was looking at when I walked in. It went so fast and then there I was standing beside the man who was about to become my husband. The ceremony went by in a blur, a good one, and that was it. We were married.

We took some pictures outside of the registry building and we found a pretty little garden area to take more pictures. Although we were on the beach, we didn't have photos done there as it was a gloriously hot day and the place was mobbed. I didn't fancy having some topless balding man in my wedding photos!

We got to the restaurant for our meal and enjoyed speeches from my Dad, Husband and Best Man. Best Man was hilarious, he really did a fantastic job and was able to handle himself when there was a bit of banter from the guests. It was a really intimate meal with the new family and very good friends and they all really made our day so special.

The new family
After our meal we headed over to the reception venue which my In Laws had decorated for us. They had stuck to my colour theme of white and gold and placed white table cloths on the tables, white and gold balloons around the room and they'd set my cake, favours and guest book out too. Many of our friends turned up including one of my friends I made whilst on holiday in France who I hadn't seen for years. Everyone was in high spirits (literally!) and enjoyed the dancing and the buffet. Our first dance was to a song by Hootie and the Blowfish who Husband loves. At one point during the evening the DJ played "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which is Husband's karaoke song. The DJ handed him the mic and our guests made a huge circle and danced around him as he sung away. It was a great night!

There's a cake to be eaten!
Five years today and we are still happily married. I can't imagine my life without Husband and I'm so happy that he asked me to marry him all those years ago.

I love you, baby, with all my heart and soul xxx+o

Thursday, 14 July 2011

The Night Before Our Wedding

Months of planning were finally done and it was the night before we were due to become Mr & Mrs. My Mum and Step Dad and my Sister travelled up that day and spent the evening with us. Best Friend was staying over night with me too and the In Laws popped in with some cake for us to enjoy. It was a really relaxed evening in the company of all the people we love. There was a real buzz that evening and any worries I had about the weather were soon forgotten as dusk set in. The sky was a brilliant red colour with not a cloud to be seen.

Everything was ready. My dress was hanging in the spare room along with my shoes, underwear and garter. My jewellery sat in boxes ready for me to put on. I was nervous but really excited for our special day. If anything on my list wasn't done by now - it was too late!

Husband was staying with his best man, who conveniently lives just 6 doors away from us. I waved him off for the night. Our last goodbye as boyfriend and girlfriend. I can remember the text he sent me that night as I lay in bed, too excited to sleep. It said he couldn't wait to get married and I felt the same. In less than 24 hours we were going to be husband and wife.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The Little Bits and the Hen Night

After I bought my dress, everything wedding related was kicked up a gear. My checklist in my wedding magazine had gone from a few points each month to more than 10 points per week. I could see why people hire wedding planners!

Husband didn't have much to do with the wedding planning; I just showed him things and asked him for a yes or a no and that was it for him. He chose his kilt himself though and made sure all the men in the family knew where to go to get their own kilts.

I bought my jewellery, underwear, shoes, garter and tiara. I knew how I wanted my hair and make up done and had booked girls to come to my house on the wedding day and beautify me. We had chosen gifts for our bridesmaids and best man which they would receive the night before the wedding.

I ordered some favours, deciding on chocolate themed ones in our colours of gold and white. The day guests were getting chocolates and liqueurs and the evening guests were getting chocolate mints. I had them packaged in little white bags embossed with gold writing. I had ordered a guest book for our guests to sign so we could remember everyone who attended and shared in our special day.

The invitations had been written and sent out and we were receiving cards everyday to let us know who was going to make it. We'd booked our honeymoon to Portugal, booked our DJ and food for the evening reception. We booked our photographer. The cake was going to be made by one of MIL's friends. Everything was going smoothly.

I believe we have hen and stag-dos to let out the stress that builds up when you are wedding planning because after all the preparations were in place, I was ready for a good night out. Best Friend knew what I wanted and took care of everything for me. We were picked up in a white limo and taken to a delicious Chinese restaurant complete with karaoke. There were cocktails, copious amounts of alcohol and plenty of singing and dancing. I had a great night! I was ready to get married!

The Gallery - Travel

Last week we went to Aviemore with some of our family. If you've never been to Aviemore then you have to go. It is simply gorgeous. The scenery is beautiful; mountains with peaks right up to the clouds, trees heavy with the greenest leaves and rivers and streams of deep blue. It is so peaceful and relaxing.

As we drove through the town we were staying in, we passed this bridge. Husband was desperate to get out and take a picture of it.

It may not have been a 5 star luxury holiday to somewhere exotic and sunny and hot but that didn't matter. Sometimes you don't have to travel far to enjoy somewhere truly breath-taking.

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Travel. Go check out where everyone else has been too.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

A Bride To Be Goes Dress Shopping

Wedding planning was in full swing. We'd chosen our venue, a registry office just by the beach in a nearby town. Whilst we've both been christened, we don't practise any religion and although church weddings are beautiful, I wasn't about to commit myself to God just for the sake of a lovely church wedding. My In Laws are members of a small working men's club and said we could have our reception in there which meant it would cost us nothing and the drink would be cheap as chips!

One of our favourite restaurants is a small Italian in our home town and they agreed to open early for us to have our wedding meal in there. They were so helpful and put together a gorgeous menu for us and were really accommodating to our huge family. I'd organised my seating plans, remembering that certain people couldn't sit together and strategically placing some people for matchmaking opportunities.

Our car was booked and we had chosen a BMW 5 series in silver. I've always loved BMW as I love my manly cars and the BMW is definitely a sexy, manly car. We also booked a mini bus so our guests who weren't driving could get to and from our venues.

One of the best days of my life has to be the day Best Friend, Sister and I went dress shopping. I had asked them both to be my bridesmaids, with Best Friend being my maid of honour. We also invited along my mother in law to be (MIL) to help us as my Mum couldn't make it up. Our first port of call was for the bridesmaids dresses. I knew what I wanted and where I was getting them from. I went for a light gold colour which I thought looked really warm and summery. The dresses were long and fitted around the bust and waist with a ruffle effect across the bust. Once they were bought, we decided it was time to look for my dress.

I'd seen a gorgeous dress in Monsoon which was a boob tube style, long dress with gold and ivory through it. It was really beautiful and I didn't really want a traditional white wedding dress. However, when I tried the dress on it just didn't look right. We trailed about the City Centre, wedding shop after wedding shop but no dresses were really catching my eye except for the high end expensive ones and I'd set myself a £500 dress budget. My Mum had offered to help me pay for my dress and I didn't want to take the mick!

After treating the ladies to lunch at TGIs, we headed off to a little boutique that we'd heard of. It was nearing closing time for most of these shops and a lot of them were by appointment only. I was really starting to think that I wouldn't be finding my dress that day. When we walked into this little boutique, a young girl was standing on a podium trying on this very pretty dress which sadly did nothing for her. We asked if they had anyone free to help me try on some dresses and after a long wait, I was allowed to browse the rails. I picked a few dresses and my MIL suggested I try on the dress the girl had been trying on. I decided to try that one on first to get it out the way as I wasn't really in love with it.

As I stepped out onto the podium Best Friend, Sister and MIL were staring and smiling. As I looked in the mirror I couldn't believe how gorgeous this dress was. The one that looked so average on the other girl looked totally different on me. I fell in love with it and MIL was holding back I knew it must be the one. This was the dress for me.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Our Engagement and Wedding Planning

On Friday Husband and I will have been married for 5 years. I thought I'd share our experience of wedding planning and the wedding itself over this week with a few blog posts.

Ever the romantics, we actually booked our wedding date before we got engaged. I guess we wanted to be sure it was booked before we committed to an engagement and we knew we didn't want a long engagement. We didn't really have a special date in mind for getting married. We got together in October and I knew I didn't want to be an Autumn bride so we decided to go with 15th July because it was the weekend before Husband's holidays were due to start so I knew we'd have 2 full weeks together to enjoy a honeymoon and newly-wedded life.

Me and Husband on one of our first dates

Husband officially proposed on November 11th 2005. It wasn't really a surprise to anyone because they knew we'd booked our wedding but I was delighted and loved showing off my engagement ring. I had no idea when Husband was going to propose but I definitely wasn't expecting it when he did.

Obviously we had booked our wedding date but I hadn't started planning anything. First thing on my list was to buy a wedding magazine to get lots of ideas. We set our budget and as we were paying for it ourselves we knew we had to be realistic about what we wanted and what we could afford. We had to make a budget of £3000 stretch.

I loved gazing at the wedding magazine with all the beautiful dresses and cakes and flowers. The one I had chosen had a handy countdown planner so I could tick off what I needed to do before the big day. We had to decide on our venue, cars, flowers, cake, meal, music, outfits, bridal party, best man, favours, rings and most dress!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

A Family Holiday to Aviemore

I was fairly quiet on the blogging front last week as we were away on holiday. My Grandma (GG) owns a chalet up in Aviemore and was taking my niece Miss A and my nephew Mr L with her for a week and asked us if we'd like to go with them. Miss A and Mr L live about 3 hours away from us, so we don't see them often. In fact the last time we saw them was when we went to visit them after Miss C was born. It wasn't going to cost us anything to go and we were off anyway so decided to go away for a few days with them.

We set off on Monday morning and arrived mid-afternoon. Miss A and Mr L wandered out, curious to see who had arrived for them to play with. We hadn't seen them in 2 years so they were a bit wary at first but within a few minutes were happily showing Wee Z and Miss C where everything was. It was lovely to see them all playing together and feeding the many ducks who came right up to the chalet doors demanding their bread.

The chalet is in a lovely and quiet area in a resort in Aviemore. There wasn't much for the kids to do but they enjoyed going swimming and sharing the bunk beds in their room. There was a play park but they didn't get much use of it because it rained for most of the week. They went to the kids club and did some bead-making and glitter drawings and then Husband taught them how to play pool.

It was great to get away and spend some time with our family and the children really enjoyed themselves. I remember spending some great weekends with my sisters and cousins when we were growing up and seeing Miss C and Wee Z with their cousins reminded me of how much fun we used to have.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Gallery - Grandparents

I've talked a lot about my Gran on my blog because she was the one Grandparent I always felt closest too. I remember the day someone from our school reception came into my class and told me to come with them. I thought I was in trouble but a few minutes later there was my Mum. I can't remember how she looked but she told me my Gran, her own mum, was in hospital and wasn't going to make it. My Gran lived up north, we lived down south. The journey would take almost 5 hours and we should have left straight away. For some completely selfish reason, I chose not to go with my Mum but to run. I ran to my friends and told them what was happening. I wasn't going to accept that my Gran was going to die and maybe I thought that if we didn't leave to go to her then it wouldn't be real.

Bella and Wee Z meet for the first time
When I see my Mum with Wee Z and Miss C I often think about my Gran and how my sister and I were with her. When we lived abroad, she was the person I missed the most but she wasn't keen on the heat so my suggestion that she came to live with us never came to. I could listen to my Gran's stories for hours and would often asked her to recount her journey with my Grandad in his new car during the night. It was quite dark on a country road and he had only his headlights for vision. They heard a noise outside. My Grandad quickly stopped the car thinking it had been scratched against one of the metal wire fences they were passing. My Gran was trying to hold in her laughter because the noise was her breaking wind.

Miss C meets Bella for the first time
I hope that Wee Z and Miss C will have the same closeness to their Bella as I did with my Gran and I hope the same for Miss Baby K too.

Bella with Miss Baby K
This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Grandparents.

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