Posts Tagged ‘goingout’

Worst Night Ever

July 12, 2009

Yesterday we went over to Barbara’s for her birthday party. We decided to take Ella, and stay over. This meant that a) Ella would go to bed later than usual; b) probably be somewhat over-excited; c) sleep in the same room as us, which does tend to make her more difficult to put down; d) sleep in a slightly unusual cot (which she does sleep in occasionally). Okay, not the best set of influences for a good night’s sleep, but every-so-often, on a special occasion, you have to push the boundaries. She was quite excited at Barbara’s house before everyone arrived, and remained so after the party goers turned up. We didn’t keep her up long after the party started, and settled her down to bed. After a while she was still awake, so Hannah spent some time in the room with her, and she did go off to sleep. It’s not unusual for her to take an hour to go to sleep at home, with her just talking or singing to herself or her toys. When we went to bed, which was about 2am (rockstar lifestyle), she popped awake and wouldn’t go back to sleep. I have to confess to being quite rubbish, having been under orders from Hannah to take advantage of not having to drive and consume beer; and Hannah did most of the work to try and get Ella back to sleep. Eventually, after some fitful periods of sleep, Hannah and Ella got up around 5, and went off to watch TV, though Ella did bash Hannah in the eye with a book, which didn’t help. Hannah got me up at 7 so she could have a some kip. So come 10 o’clock when we left, all three of us were quite tired. Ella did do quite well in the breakfast stakes, having got one from her mother early on, and another later from her Gan-gan when Hannah was asleep and no-one knew Ella had already had breakfast.

She was rather crotchety at bed time tonight, but she was asleep nice and early (which you can tell from the fact that I’m writing this now and it’s 7:15, when Ella would normally still be heading for bed) so hopefully tomorrow she’ll be bright and breezy again. She’ll need to be because Miriam (Hannah’s younger sister) is coming to stay, and no doubt Ella will be engaged in a whirlwind of activity for the few days Miri is here for.

A Small Adventure

July 10, 2009

I took the day off today to look after Ella while Hannah had the day in school running one of the Arts Blast events (you’d have to ask Hannah for information on what that was). In order to go and pick up my new phone, and as Hannah had the car, and as the weather was quite good, I thought that Ella and I would have a walk down the cycle path to Newport (where the parcel office is). The walk to Newport took about an hour and a half. Ella didn’t walk all the way, indeed, she was in the buggy for most of it because I was on a deadline to get to Medina Quay for lunch with Hannah. She did have a couple of short stints powering herself; the first when we got the the start of the cycle path, and Ella was definitely full of energy, doing quite a bit of ‘chasing’; and then later on as we neared Newport and I was less worried about the amount of time left. In truth, in the whole journey, the thing that interested her the most was the noisy cement/aggregate works on the edge of Cowes; apart from the packet of carrot stix crisps she ate.

We met Hannah for a nice lunch, though Hannah had to dash off, as she only had an hour. After which we stopped briefly at a swing park, before catching the bus home. It wasn’t a very tiring adventure for Ella, as she was pushed most of the way, but it was for me. She did get a good sleep when we got home, and I got to play with my new phone. 🙂

New Photos

July 6, 2009

I’ve uploaded some photos to Facebook. The first set are a few of ours from Ella’s birthday party. They show how much fun Ella had that day, enjoying some of her presents and cake! She definitely does know what presents are now, showing a great deal of interest in the ones Hannah gave out to the Choir.

The second set is from yesterday, when all three of us went to the Choir’s beach BBQ at St Helens. It was excellent weather, and everyone had a great evening. It was a shame to miss out on a thrilling Wimbledon final, though. I was doing the barbecuing for ourselves, Barbara, Brian, Petra (a friend and choir member who lives across the road), and a couple of other folks. I don’t believe anyone is unwell today, so that must have been okay, despite some items being dropped in the sand and ‘recycled’. Ella had a great time socialising, or alternatively doing her own thing. When the folks who stayed on late were having a sing-song Ella had a good old dance along with them, and once armed with a maraca she helped beat out the rhythm very well. She was most impressive.

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.