Thankfully hubby is arriving home tonight, and I don't have too much work over the next couple of weeks, so I should be able to play catch-up!
You know how my last blog post was about my obsession with owls? And on my layout about this I mentioned that I could only find socks with the image on as grown-ups clothes? Well, literally a few hours after I'd posted this I arrived at my mum's in Kent and was presented with this:
I love it, love it, love it! How great is my mum? I think she'd somehow heard my plea when I was creating the layout. It shows that even though we've lived apart for over ten years now, our bond is still strong! She'd also bought me a dress which fits me like a glove - which is suprising as I've lost a stone in a half in the last couple of months (rosemary conley diet and exercise - wahoo!). So how did she manage to get a dress to fit me just so when she hasn't seen me since xmas? Miracle mum!
We had a great time spending the week with her, and my sister and stepdad. We also get to see my brother and his wife and kids when we visit as they live in the same town, so it was great for my daughter to have some quality time with them. She also enjoyed the fact that granny has a garden (we only have a paved-patio space), she did some twig collecting and some watering the plants for them:
I really want to get her a little watering can and plant some flowers in a pot at home now too!
It was her birthday while we were there, and we spent the day playing with her cousins and then having a b-day tea of pizza and chips followed by cake! Then on the following day, when daddy didn't have to work, we all went to the farm, also joined by my parents in law and hubby's foster sister. There was thirteen of us! Unlucky for some, but lucky for us as we had a fab day despite the drizzle. We watched a bird show where my daughter got to stroke an owl, saw some farm animals, and played on the boucy pillows (like bouncy castles but without the walls!). We also had a feast of a picnic for lunch (all our birthday celebrations seem to involve a lot of food!) Here she is (and me in pic 2) enjoying the day:
The day after we got back home to Dorset we had a little birthday brunch for her at our friend's house, where one of her presents was this little owl puppet/egg cosy:
And the day after she had her birthday party with her friends from playgroup - 4 little girls and a baby brother came so it was busy and fun! She really had an extended birthday - four days of celebrations - I'm quite jealous!
To finish off for now I'll show you a pic of her with a couple of the presents we gave her - disney princess barbie dolls. I wasn't sure whether to get them yet as I thought they might be a bit old for her, but she's really got into watching the films lately so we bought them - and she loves them! Plays with them all day long! As she was playing with them I remembered I got her this snow white costume at a car boot sale last summer and put it away until she was big enough. Her eyes really lit up when she saw it and she kept showing me her dress and the snow white doll's dress like she couldn't quite believe they were the same! I want to get her more costumes now!