Letter to Littlest

Nate, You’re 5!!!

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Holy moly, how time flies!  It still feels like yesterday that we rushed to the hospital to have you, our little waterbaby.  How have 5 years passed us by?  5 is such a big age and I know you are super excited to be older.  You told me on the morning of your birthday that you felt like you knew more things and that your bones had definitely grown!

You started school this year and you have loved it from day 1.  Always excited to learn new things and see your friends and your confidence is developing at a rapid rate!

You make me and Daddy and Ollie smile every single day and you has so much love for everyone.  You want to see everyone happy and you’ll go out of your way to make it so. You’re caring and kind and your giggle is SO infectious!!  You can bring joy to a houseful of people with just one chuckle and you have an abundance of kisses and cuddles to give.

You and Ollie are closer now than you ever have been especially with shared interests now, which is lovely for me to see.  You play the Xbox together, he lets you take part in the movies he makes, he reads to you sometimes and he loves having you to play with.  The two of you still fight sometimes, but that’s normal isn’t it?  You always make up with a sorry and a hug.  Always always treasure that lovely brother of yours.

You are super creative and you love anything to do with drawing, painting, practicing your writing, playing playdoh, using scissors and glue, you’re like me!  I loved (and still do) all of those things.  You’re drawings are SO SO good and we’ve loved having them stuck on our walls and fridge and wherever they will fit.

You still love Batman, Spiderman and every other superhero you can think of and you know everything there is to know about My Little Pony.  You’ve started playing big boy games like Minecraft and Terraria and you love being able to play these two player with your brother.  When Daddy is here you love boys time with him and Ollie and you have a new found interest in board games.  For Christmas you got a small keyboard and you love putting in piano and dance performances for us all.

You’re favourite foods are sausages, cereal and milk, pancakes, pepperoni pizza and pasta, though you do make a huge effort to try new foods knowing that sometimes you find foods that you like!

I can’t wait to learn more and adventure more with you, my little lovesome.  I love each and every day I get to spend with you and be your mummy… you bring incredible happiness to my life and to our family and I love you millions.

Mummy.

Letter to Littlest

Nate,

You are FOUR!  Four years ago that you came into the world on a cold, bright morning in such a hurry it took me by surprise… though you’d been keeping me on my toes a good few weeks before that.  After all the weeks of false labour, you’re arrival was so welcome and it was a relief to finally hold my little mischief in my arms.

You’ve been our littlest boy for 4 years now and we are surprised by you every day… by how funny you are, how independent and strong you are and by how much that grin of yours can cheer up a whole house.

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You’re developing this insanely wonderful personality.  You’re so caring and kind and you are so generous with cuddles and kisses and words to make someone feel happy.  You’re like sunshine and you’re not a baby any more.  You’re a little boy but growing fast and I’m proud of the big boy you’re turning into.

You are outgoing and friendly… you aren’t afraid to try new things… you’re so willing to help… you are adventurous.

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Last September you started at nursery school and that’s where you spend every morning now during the week.  You weren’t nervous to start and you have loved it ever since and you are learning A LOT.  You’ve learnt songs and stories and you’ve made lovely friends.

You adore your brother even though you fight some times.  He tries so hard sometimes to keep his patience and do lovely things with you and you love the attention he gives you and the big boy games he plays with you and on occasion, he reads to you too.  Keep being good friends with big Ollie because you are very important to each other.

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Nate, you love to draw and your drawings are all recognisable and so imaginative… you brought home a drawing of a birthday cake the other day and you draw ninjas and superheroes a lot.  Every day, you bring me a drawing.  You also love Playdoh and kinetic sand.  You love Batman, Hulk, Spiderman, Power Rangers and My Little Pony and you know how to use an ipod.  Wrestling with daddy and Ollie is one of your favourite things to do and you also love dressing up.  Today you are dressed as a Ninja complete with sword and throwing stars.

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I love being at home to collect you from school and spend time enjoying these things with you.  You’re my heart Nate and we are so proud of you.  We love the bones of you.

Mummy xx

Ollie’s 7th Birthday!

We did something a little different for Ollie’s birthday this year… most years he has a party where all his friends are invited and a small family party at home too but this year when given the choice between a party for friends or a trip camping, he chose camping.  Nate hadn’t ever been camping and Ollie hadn’t been camping for a good while… I’d not camped for about 4 years.  We were so excited!

Ollie had to go to school on his birthday so we opened presents before he left in the morning.  This year his most requested presents were inline skates and a real life tool kit.  That’s what he got.  He was so excited and immediately asked if it meant we could go skating together.  The tool kit we got was Red Tool Box which makes real usable tools but for kid sized hands.  He can’t wait to get started with them.

Birthday brekkie was pancakes with syrup and sprinkles…

…and then he went to school while James and I tidied the house and packed for our camping trip.

We headed straight to Bloody Bridge in Newcastle when we got Ollie, weather was lovely so far albeit a little windy, we found a lovely spot, pitched our tents and the kids ran around like they’d never known freedom before while I started a BBQ for Ollie’s birthday dinner.

We had chicken kebabs, pork chops, hotdogs, BBQ corn on the cob, mushrooms and sweet chilli chicken fillets.  James told me I brought too much food, but almost everything got eaten in one sitting.  There was cake for desert.  I made a quick chocolate chip cake with chocolate fudge icing before we left the house and decorated it with chocolate stars in the shape of a ‘7’.

After dinner and cake we had a small fire and toasted marshmallows and made smores before it got windy and chilly and we got into the tent.

The boys fell asleep really well.  Ollie was sleeping in the small tent with James and I was sleeping in the larder tent with Nate. Everyone slept better than I did… I got myself terrified imagining what all the noises were outside and the wind was crazy.  I saw 3 o’clock and then managed to snooze a little.

The next day we decided to head to Tollymore Forest Park which is really nearby after braving the campsite showers.  The weather was being a butt though and we weren’t sure if the rain was going to go off at all but after waiting in the car during a downpour for half an hour, the rain stopped and we got some lovely sunshine to enjoy a dander through the forest.

Tollymore is one of my favourite forest parks and it brings back memories of when I was a kid.  I haven’t been in a very long time.  There is so much to explore there.

After Tollymore we headed to Mourne Seafood Bar for lunch where Ollie got mussels, James got chowder and chilli squid, Nate got langoustines and I got langoustines and thai mussels.  It was all so good and I loved that they bring kids a half plate of anything from the adult menu.  We then made our way back to base camp to hang out/ snooze/ read/ play.

Dinner was along the seafront in Newcastle.  We got chips and sausages and tried to not get blown away haha!  It was lovely and peaceful and the sun was out the entire time.

Back at camp the boys made some friends with a family who had arrived that day.  They both make friends so easily… there is no strangeness or anything, just an urge to get stuck in a play together.  We did colouring in, played zombie dice, played Battleships (one of Ollie’s birthday presents) and lit the fire again to toast the remainder of the marshmallows before bed.

When the boys went to bed, James and I climbed into the car to eat treats and play games until we were tired… James then left to sleep in the tent while I stayed put in the car.  I figured I’d get more sleep there than my previous night of just a few hours.

Sunday morning, we didn’t shower or anything… we packed the car and headed home!  Everyone loved the trip but being home, in comfort, is good too and Ollie got a chance to play with some of his gifts.

On Monday night we had the usual birthday tea party crowd over.  It’s always the same group of people, every year, for both Ollie and Nate’s birthdays and Halloween parties… so it’s lovely that everyone knows each other by now.  We made spaghetti bolognese, pizza, garlic bread, cocktail sausages and lots of sweet treats.  Ollie had requested a ninja cake and beamed when we brought it out to him all lit up.  That grin reminds me every year why I make their cakes myself.  That grin makes the cake decorating stress so so worth it.

I say it every year, but I feel so lucky and happy to know the boys each have so many loving people in their lives.

Nate’s Birthday Party!

DSC_1534 I’m so late in getting this posted but I had a lot of trouble with my blog and those loose ends needed tidied up before I posted anything new.  Nate’s birthday was indeed a couple of months ago now and this year we chose to stay at home and have a few people over.  My littlest man hasn’t yet been to nursery school or anything so he hasn’t the same amount of friends to invite to a big party like Ollie does, so a small celebration at home was perfect.

DSC_1523 He dressed up as Hulk to answer the door to our friends and family… the theme was Avengers, so we had avengers table decor and Ollie drew all the characters on the blackboard in the dining room.  I also made a Hulk cake.

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Instead of party bags that we normally do, I made up little bags of mixed sweeties and chocolate and tied them with a Hulk label that said “Thanks for coming to my party”.

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We got him one of the huge number balloons that are filled with helium and he loved it.  He dragged it about from room to room.

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Most of the friends that came are friends of Ollie’s who, since Nate was born, have taken to him also.  They are all very good with him and include him as much as they can.  We have the same group over for most birthdays and Halloween!

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The food we served consisted of sandwiches, pizza, chips, chicken nuggets, tortilla chips and salsa, grapes, cookies, sausages and potato salad and my mum made a huge pot of her amazing pumpkin soup.

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I also bought limeade, which Nate called “Hulk juice” because it was bright green and he took to calling the grapes “Hulk grapes” too.

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Nate loved the Hulk cake… the second Hulk cake in a week, but by far the easier one because I just iced the cake green and put a Pop Vinyl Hulk on top of it.

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Thank goodness there is a few months before the next one!

Ollie’s 6th Birthday Party

This year we decided to have Ollie’s birthday party at a nearby swimming pool.  It has a separate kid’s paddling pool which is all enclosed off by itself and it can be hired out for birthday parties.  We invited 20-something kids and chaos ensued haha! (It might also be interesting to note that this pool has been here for A LONG time!  It is the same pool that I used to go to with school when I was only 4 or 5 years old… so it’s been there for at least 26 years haha!)

The pool was filled with foam toys, boats and floats and the kids had a blast.  They all played nice, some boisterous… but more important than that, in a party of 25 kids, nobody got hurt haha!  I don’t know why that surprised me.  I guess because I’ve never hosted a party of that size.

So the kids played in the paddling pool and towards the end of their session, my mum, brother and I went to the function room to get the table and the food ready for the kids getting out of the pool.  We had sandwiches, sausages, sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, crisps, cookies, brownies and krispie buns.

The table was full to the brim with happy kids complete with wet hair.  Everybody filled their plates and Ollie sat at the head of the table so he could see everyone.  He had requested a monster cake for his party and I did my best to give him that.  He grinned when he saw it.

I loved walking into the room with his cake and his 6 candles lit and I loved when everyone sang happy birthday to my boy.  He has such lovely friends and so many people that love him.

There was just enough cake to go around the 25 kids and all the adults that came too and there were a few too many kids who requested an eyeball… the cake monster only had three which was unfortunate!

…there’s Nate getting fully stuck in!

When everyone had eaten their cake and getting restless, it was near enough time to finish up anyway, so Ollie pulled up a chair and climbed onto it and then my heart almost exploded as he stood confidently and thanked everyone for coming and for all the lovely presents they brought. He then handed out a party treat bag to each of his guests.

When we got home, Nate went straight to bed.  The whole party completely exhausted him… Ollie still had some beans so he sat and opened all his presents completely in awe of the things he had received.  What a very very lucky boy.  I’m also glad that each of my boys only have one birthday a year, because putting on a party is a ton of work!  I’m grateful to everyone who helped out!! 🙂

Ollie’s 6th Birthday!

Oh my, how time flies.  I can’t believe we have had Ollie for a whole 6 years now.  The day to day is so busy and my kids grow so fast, I sometimes wish I could stop time just for a few minutes to catch my breath and really take them in.  We celebrated his birthday with lots of family and friends last week.

It all started on Wednesday night, the night before his birthday, when we had Grandma, Grandpa Harry, Uncle Jason and Uncle Ryan over for dinner with us.  I made a huge pot of pesto pasta with bacon and green beans (Ollie’s favourite) and garlic bread and Ollie opened some presents… including money in cards (he had asked for money to put save towards an ipod) and a robber costume which he has wanted for a long time.

…and then we had cake.

When mum and Harry and everyone had left, James and I got stuck into getting the presents ready for the morning.  James built the Playmobil police station and I decorated with balloons and wrote him his birthday blog post.  I nipped upstairs to take a photo of him sleeping… his last night as a 5 year old.

Unfortunately Ollie has had a bad cough that wakes him in the night recently and on the morning of his birthday, this cough woke him at 3am… and then he was too excited to get back to sleep! After settling him back in bed at 3am, noise from downstairs woke me at 4.30am… and I went to investigate.  There I found him playing with his new Playmobil police station with a big grin on his face.  I had to put him to bed again.  Because he had been up in the middle of the night, we were all tired and slept in, so there was no time for him to open his presents before school.

This was the first thing on his mind as soon as he got home though… and then he had to wait for Daddy to get home from work an hour later!  It was great that James was able to finish work early.

He opened his gifts at super-speed… it took probably less than 10 minutes and he loved them all, though his new pyjamas were probably his least exciting.  He got Adventure Time figures, Minecraft Figures, Minecraft Lego, new crayons, the Playmobil police station and The Lego Movie PS3 game.  Lucky boy.

We went out for his birthday dinner to Sakura for sushi and mocktails and Nanny came with us too.  He got a couple of plates of the sushi train, that he shared with Nate, the boys each had a Shirley Temple and then they shared a chicken fried rice dish.  It was delicious and after he had eaten, Ollie put his new Minecraft figure on the sushi train and waited for him to come back around.

After dinner, Nanny came to our house to hang out until bedtime and the boys played with the police station together.

Happy Birthday Littlest

My dear, gorgeous and happy little Nate,

Was it really 2 years ago, that daddy and I went to hospital and within 2 hours we were holding you in our arms? It’s hard to believe that 2 years have passed.

You really kept us going for weeks before you arrived.  You even landed me in hospital with pretend labour!  You were a mischief then and you are a mischief still.  I should have realised back then that you were going to be a little whirlwind.  I was the first person to hold you… nobody had even touched you before I held you in my arms. 

Ollie meets you for the first time, a few hours after you were born.

Ollie meets you for the first time, a few hours after you were born.

You have been our littlest boy for 2 years and we are so proud of you.  You’re happy and independent, clever and confident.  You smile, A LOT and your giggle is so wonderful.  You aren’t big or tall for your age but your personality is really something!  You are fearless and friendly.  You make me and daddy and Ollie smile so much and when I think of all you’ve accomplished in your little two years, I can’t believe how much of a blink of an eye the time has been.  Every day I’ve spent with you, I’ve loved.

It was only recently that I realised that you are no longer a baby… you’re not even a toddler.  You are a little boy! Ollie loves having you as his brother and you love having him.  You are best friends but sometimes you get on each others nerves.  But we all bug the people we love right?  How did I get lucky enough to have two perfect, happy, healthy little boys.

You on your first birthday.

You on your first birthday.

You have left behind many of the things that were babyish.  You sit at the table rather than in a highchair, you drink from a cup instead of a beaker or bottle, you sleep in bunk beds with Ollie and your cot is stored away in the spare room.  You still have you dummy though… not sure when we are going to tackle that, we might leave that up to you.  Potty training is next haha!  Maybe in the summer!

Your words are coming along so so well!  You say bye bye in the sweetest voice and the way you say Ollie, makes all of us grin and even if there is a word that you cannot say, you give it a go.  Just today you learnt to say yoghurt (Oger).  You know so many animal noises (miaow is definitely my favourite) and you know where each part of your body is.  Also, you can reach your feet to your mouth and you nibble your toes when I change your nappy because you know it’ll make me laugh.

Your favourite things are ANYTHING with wheels, in particular trains (which you call chooch)… diggers and unlike your brother, you LOVE to snuggle soft toys.  You love lego and playmobil and you really enjoy playing with the toys that are Ollie’s rather than your own toys.  I guess you like the toys that have tiny pieces.  

You, just a couple of weeks before your second birthday.

You, just a couple of weeks before your second birthday.

You are creative, just like Ollie was at your age and you spend a good part of an hour sitting still and painting or drawing or playing with playdoh.  You look more like me than Ollie does… Ollie is the double of daddy but you all have the same hair colour.

Keep being the amazing little boy you are.  You and your brother really are the excitement in our home.  I love you little one.

Mummy.