Archive for May, 2009

The Blog will be Moving

May 31, 2009

Yahoo 360 is closing down, only a year after it was announced it would. Therefore this blog will be moving elsewhere. I’m not sure where yet, but obviously I’ll let my dedicated readers know the new location and when it will move. Yahoo have provided an export function, so the old posts will still appear on the new one. I’ve yet to try it out, so there is a chance that might not work, which would be a real shame.

Bank Holiday Weekend

May 25, 2009

It’s been a lovely weekend on the island with excellent weather. It certainly started well for me because we got everything done on the project and didn’t have to work over the weekend to finish off. There was a real chance of this happening, so it was relief all round at work.

Last week, Clare, my Mum, was staying, and Ella had lots of good time with her. As mentioned in the posting before this, Hannah and I took advantage and went to the cimema last weekend. Apart from the usual choir reherseal, I don’t think we went out otherwise, but certainly we benefited from not having to be responsive to Ella’s hour of wakening, which is getting earlier (often before 7).

Over the weekend we’ve been by the sea quite a lot. On Saturday we went to Chessell Pottery and tried to do some pottery painting with Ella. It has to be said she wasn’t too interested in that, she did like trying to paint the table instead, and beforehand had really enjoyed looking at the little fountain in their courtyard, and picking kidney beans, black beans, haricot beans and chickpeas out of my salad. She does have a very eclictic palate. After the pottery we went to Compton Bay, and being completely unprepared and bad parents, Ella got very sandy and wet and we didn’t have a towel or swimming costume for her. She really loved playing in a pool of water on the beach and digging in the sand. Eventually she was naked, and we dried her off using one of Hannah’s jumpers, which she also then wore. She did get to enjoy an ice cream afterwards.

On Sunday we didn’t go a great deal, but in the evening met up with Barbara (Gan-gan) and Brian, and Barbara’s brother, David; his wife, Diane, and their daugher Isobel, who was one of our bridesmaids. Generally it was a lovely evening at The Woodvale in Gurnard enjoying the evening sun and views over the Solent, but early on was marred by Ella having a very long crying episode. She clung to Hannah sobbing away for fifteen minutes, before having a few minutes with me, and then deciding to cheer up and play with Barbara and Isobel. We don’t know what started it, and she was happy as Larry for the rest of the evening.

Today seemed set to be rainy, and so we set out to Ryde to meet Hannah’s sister, Rachel, expecting to have to choose some indoor entertainment. By the time we got there it was brightening up so we went to St Helen’s beach, which is over on the east of the island, not far from Ryde. The weather got better and better, and soon Ella was digging away on the beach again. She didn’t get nearly as messy as Saturday, mostly because the sand was dry and not very sticky, but she did have lots of time digging away and a wee paddle with Auntie Rachel. There’s a cafe right on the beach so we had some great scones when we arrived and a pleasant lunch later on.

All-in-all, a very pleasant weekend taking in the island like the tourists do. Though there weren’t many tourists at the choir reherseal this evening, so we weren’t entirely like tourists all weekend.

Observations

May 25, 2009

Two thoughts on the last entry:

  1. I thought I’d only made it recently, about a week ago. Seems not.
  2. Curiously Hannah and I went to see the film State of Play last weekend. We both enjoyed it and it was quite good.

State of Play

May 4, 2009

It’s been a month since I last put anything down on the blog, which is very bad of me. Hannah continues to remind me that Ella is changing all the time, and I ought to be recording what happens.

For me, Ella is at a very confusing stage: in many ways she is still a baby (she can’t really talk, she is still in nappies, she can’t walk too far); while in many other ways she is a proper girl (she wants to play, she clearly indicates her likes/dislikes, she delights in taking risks, she likes to get a laugh from an audience). It is weird seeing her as a girl one minute, and a baby the next. I try to treat her like a girl rather than a baby, but that clashes when I put her on the changing table to change her nappy.

Her latest craze is drawing. Give her some paper and a pen or pencil or crayon and she’ll doodle up some mess in a few seconds. She has fairly good control of a pencil, given her age, and can draw straight-ish lines or circles by choice. We’re not at all sure which hand she is going to use, as she switches from one to the other frequently.

Ella’s speech continues to develop well. She does have ‘yes’ and ‘no’, but often just says ‘yes’ to everything, eg ‘did you see some birds today?’ – ‘yes’ – ‘did you see Gangan today?’ – ‘yes’ – ‘did you see Santa today?’ – ‘yes’. Her favourite at the moment is ‘play’, said with a quick ‘pl’ and a long ‘ay’, especially when she’s just about to be put in her chair for breakfast or tea. Your not in any doubt as to what she wants to do. Not that she kicks up too much fuss when she doesn’t get to play.

She is beginning to recall past events. The common one at the moment is about a bee and her hair. When my Mum, Clare, was here a couple of weeks ago there was a bee in the house, and I don’t think it got in Ella’s hair, but might have buzzed round her head, and Clare let it out the window in the living room. The next day, Ella pointed to the window and said ‘bee’ and ‘hair’, and even yesterday when she saw a bee she said ‘hair’, and she is a little wary of any buzzing insect now.

Hannah and I are, of course, both very busy. I’m in the final run to the release of the current version of the product I do the project management for. It was announced publically last week, and a couple of people from the development team are living it up in Las Vegas this week at IBM’s Impact 2009 event. Hannah is dealing with the usual juggling act of regular teaching work, NHS stuff, choir and at the moment, being the chorus master for a production of Calamity Jane.