Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Our holiday in Turkey

You know when you procrastinate doing something because you have so much to do on it that it is easier to just put it off?? That's kind of how I feel about blogging at the moment! It feels like we have been so busy and so much has happened that not only have I not really had the chance to blog but I just kind of want it to magically do itself! However, one great thing about playing catch up is getting to remember all the fun things again so it's not so bad!

In June, we went on our first family holiday to Turkey! The last time Seth and I went away was on a short weekend break to Paris for my 30th Birthday and that was before either of the boys were born so needless to say, this holiday was much needed! We went with our friends, Ben and Emma and their children, Blake and Sienna who are similar ages to Caleb and Levi.

Caleb was so excited about going on a plane, when we woke him up at 4am on the morning we left, he was practically bouncing up and down with excitement! I couldn't get a picture that wasn't blurry but he looked so excited so I'm posting it anyway!

He had the window seat on the plane and was so excited to see it take off and land. The flight was about 4 hours and the boys were brilliant, no problems at all! It helped that Levi slept for some of it and Caleb had things to watch and games to play on the tablet!

Our hotel was lovely, we stayed at the Eftalia Splash Resort in Antalya, about 2 hours from the airport. It is definitely a family hotel, there were quite a lot of children there even though we went during term time (oh the joys of having children who aren't school age!). Our room was great as we and the boys had our own bedroom, which meant that we didn't have to go to bed when they did!

It was such a chilled out holiday. We spent a lot of time out at the hotel pool. Seth found it too hot and was often cowering in the shadows, ha ha! I love the heat so I was fine :). Aside from getting sunburnt! I couldn't believe it, I rarely get burnt but I guess my skin just isn't used to it so for the first few days I had to wear a t-shirt out by the pool until it healed up.

We also went to Eftalia Island, which is 10 minutes walk from the hotel. There are loads of restaurants, swimming pools and water slides there and it was just another fun area to go to. I always thought I was quite a wimp when it came to water slides but I was loving going down them! Emma and I I may have ditched the boys and left them with the kids for a couple of hours so that we could try out all of the slides, it was so much fun! Caleb loved going down the water slides at the hotel and it was so nice to see his confidence grow. He went down one huge one which freaked him out a bit but he really wanted to try it! The worst thing was, I went down first so that I could catch him at the bottom and once I was at the bottom, I realised that it would be way too fast and steep for him, but at that point, there was nothing I could do, as I couldn't tell him to not come down! He did look pretty scared as he was coming down but the boy handled it like a champ and came up grinning! He didn't want to go on that slide again though, ha!

On one of the days, we went on a pirate ship to Alanya. The pirate ship was pretty cool, they were playing Pirates of the Caribbean music as we boarded which was pretty cheesy but fun. There were "pirates" climbing up and down the ropes and swinging around, they are so brave! One of them could have only been around 12 or 13! It was incredible to watch. At one point, the ship stopped so that people could jump off and have a swim in the water. I didn't go in but Seth only went and jumped in from the very top of the pirate ship! MAD! He told me afterwards that when he got up there, he thought about not going through with it but a little crowd had gathered to watch him so he had to do it!

On another of the days, we hired a car and headed further afield to do a bit more exploring and went to Side to see some ancient Roman ruins. It was so beautiful there and the little town is lovely. The area we walked around seemed a bit less touristy than where we were staying and the views were just incredible.

From there we went to Manavgat waterfalls. They were doing a lot of construction near the falls so we couldn't get close enough to really see them. We really wanted to swim in them too! We found a nice area a bit further up stream that fed into the waterfall and went into the water there. Despite it being such a boiling hot day (I think it was around 45c that day...) the water was freezing and if you stood in it for more than a few seconds at a time, you would begin to lose the feeling in your feet! Still it was very refreshing!

Did I mention that we went jetskiing??! We went jetskiing! It was one of the things on my bucket list and I really wanted to do it! I screamed for most of the time, Seth was the one driving and I am convinced that he was trying to throw me off the back but somehow I managed to stay on. It could have been that I had an iron grip on him so that I wouldn't go anywhere, ha! It was such a rush though, I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat! Maybe I would even be brave enough to drive the next time!

All in all, it was a lovely holiday and just so nice to get away and be with family and friends. You would have thought that the holiday would have satisfied my wanderlust but somehow it has made me more greedy and made me want to go away again, ha! I'm really glad we got to go away and spend some quality time together.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

eighteen months

A couple of weeks ago,  the littlest love of my life turned 18 months old. I look at him and I can't believe that he is the tiny baby I held in my arms yesterday. Or, clearly not yesterday but seriously, I know it's been said time and time again but where does the time go? And why can't I pause it?!

I feel like I don't talk about Levi enough on here, so if you don't know him, let me fill you in on a few things!

My boy loved to cuddle. As long as he has his muslin and his dummy, he is all yours! He will lay his head on your shoulder and it is just the most amazing feeling.

He has a temper. If he doesn't get his own way, you know about it. He likes to scream and headbutt the floor so he pretty much always has a bruise on his head :(.

He is a charmer. He says hi to everyone and will wave to them. He just loves people and loves it even more when he can see how well they respond to him.

He has a love / hate relationship with Caleb. They are brothers, so they fight over toys, etc. and he gets pushed around a lot, being the little brother. However, he will also randomly go up to Caleb and give him cuddles and kisses.

He is the instigator. Do not even think about being the one to offer the cuddle or the hand to hold. He likes things to be on his terms and if you are going to get a cuddle from him, then he has to want to give it to you.

He loves music, singing and dancing. We always listen to music in the car and he sings along to the songs. He only has to hear music before he is dancing away!

He knows he is cute and I think that already he tries to use it to his advantage. I'm hoping that he grows out of that! Not the cuteness, but playing on it.

Levi is a Daddy's boy. If Seth is there, I do not even get a look in. He will choose Seth, all the way.

He gives my Mum more cuddles than he gives to anyone else. Just like Caleb, he absolutely adores his Grandma and isn't afraid to show it.

He likes to make people laugh. He knows when he does funny things and he will keep doing it to get the laughs.

He blesses the food. He folds his arms, mumbles something and then says amen. It is adorable!

There are so many more things about him which are adorable, loveable, infuriating, exhausting and so, so cute but I thought I would save you from a 10,000 word essay on it. Let's just say that I am pretty much in love with him and I am so glad that this little man is a part of our little tribe.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

He has finished!

Last week, Caleb finished preschool! It is such a weird feeling, I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by!

I remember taking him to preschool on the first day. Although he looked a bit nervous as he waited to go in, he was actually so excited about it all and was really looking forward to it. He would always come home talking about his little friends there, in particular the girls?! I don't know what to make of that, the little ladies man, ha ha! He settled so quickly while for the first couple of weeks, quite a lot of the other children cried when they were dropped off for preschool. I can remember the staff telling me that although he is fine going in at the moment, he may regress as a lot of them do once they realise that they will be there for a few hours. I think I can count on one hand the amount of times that Caleb had cried going into preschool. In fact, I know that there has only been three times!

He loved preparing for his Christmas preschool play. He knew all of the words and actions to all of the songs and he sang them all the time at home from December through to March :). He was the cutest little innkeeper I ever did see!

He has enjoyed being there so much and since September, I think he has developed and progressed so much. He has always been pretty confident talking to adults but he was never quite so confident around people his own age. Since being at preschool he has got so much more confident with other children to the point of sometimes being pretty boisterous and I have to tell him to reign it in! He will now readily chat with any children that he meets. He always sings songs that he has learnt at preschool and often likes to play "preschools" at home. He gets pretty annoyed with Levi when he won't sit still for the register :). Bless him!

I honestly can't praise the staff from the preschool enough. They have been so good with Caleb and have helped him to develop so much. Needless to say, Levi's name is already on the list to go there when he turns 3, even though it's not the closest one to our house and we have to drive there.

Almost every morning since he started preschool, he would run to the window so that he could wave to me and blow me kisses. It was the cutest thing, especially as Levi would then wave and blow kisses back to Caleb. I'm not going to lie, I may have teared up a little as we did this ritual for the last time....

When Caleb starts school in September, he isn't going to know any of the children in his class. I knew this would be the case as the preschool isn't in the catchment area for the school. Whilst this would possibly cause a lot of parents some concern and angst, I am feeling completely fine about it and that's because I know he will be fine. He is so happy and ready to go to school that even though I am in denial about my baby growing up, I know that he will be absolutely fine.

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Who wants to be a fireman?

A few weeks ago, our local fire station was hosting an Open Day where you could go and have a look around the station. We always drive past it on the way to Caleb's preschool and he has pointed it out every.single.morning on the journey. He also says each time, "that's where Peter works!" as our friend is a fireman. Caleb thinks it's really cool that he actually knows someone who is a fireman!

We went along to the Open Day and that place was packed. There were families everywhere, which was lovely to see. Caleb was so excited to be there, he is all boy in that he loves buses, trains, fire engines, etc. so this was like a dream come true for him. He got to climb onto an old school fire engine and ring the bell.

We waited in line for a long time for him to get to use the fire hose and he was so excited about it, he was literally bouncing up and down! His face when it was his turn was a picture, he was in his element! Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of it because I was too busy filming it.

He also got to sit inside a fire engine and pretend to drive it. I'm glad that he actually did it as we have seen fire engines in town a few times and when he has stopped to have a look, the firemen have always asked him if he had wanted to sit inside but he was a bit too freaked out about it so it's nice that he did it.

Caleb dressed up like a fireman too, he thought he was pretty cool and let's be honest, does he not look adorable?!

Levi was actually there too, in case you were wondering! It was so busy there that we kept him in his pram for most of the time but we did let him out for a little while when it started to calm down a bit, plus he got to walk back to the car holding Daddy's hand so the boy was in his element, little Daddy's boy that he is!

We were only there for an hour or so but it was definitely worth going there, especially as it was something that Caleb enjoyed so much and it was so lovely to see him so excited by it all! He left there saying that he wanted to be a fireman when he grows up so who knows?!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

No, it isn't just like riding a bike!

And what, do you ask, isn't just like riding a bike? Riding a bike. You do forget how to do it. Or at least I seemed to have done! I haven't ridden a bike in 22 years and I didn't think it would be that hard to do again, so when Seth had the day off and suggested that we hire bikes and ride through the forest I thought, why not?!

To be honest, I've completely made it sound like I hated it but it was so much fun! We went to a place called Bedgebury Pinetum about half an hour away from us where you can hire the bikes and cycle on various different trails through the forest. The orignal plan was that I would have Levi in a buggy behind me and Seth would have Caleb on a tug bike behind him. Caleb was a bit too small for the tug bike though so both the boys went in the buggy which was attached to Seth's bike. The boys looked so cute together in the buggy although neither of them were too convinced, ha!

Once we were all sorted, off we went! I nearly died when I nearly fell off the bike about 5 times within the space of 5 minutes! Seriously, how hard can it be to ride a bike?! Surely anyone could do it?! I was blaming my rubbish biking ability on the fact that the day before, I had started a new workout - the Kayla Itsines BBG for anyone who had heard of it, and I had done the leg workout. I could not walk afterwards! Well, I could but my leg kept doing weird things every time I tried to take a step. My thighs were killing somewhat, but it was so much fun cycling along and trying to keep up with Seth who, despite the buggy, managed to get quite some speed up, especially going down hill! Uphills were quite fun...... yeah, I got off the bike and walked up a couple of the steeper ones, I'm not gonna lie! 

The boys weren't loving life that much, bless them! Levi was crying for most of the time and Caleb was trying to sing to him to get him to stop crying. I think towards the end of it, they started to enjoy it a little more...?! 

I think Caleb will enjoy it more when he is a bit taller and can have the tug bike. I would definitely go again though, it was so much fun to have that day with the boys doing something a bit different!

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