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

Back to School!

Summer seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye this year and here we are back to school.

Ollie is now in P4… crazy grown up!  Nate just started at the preschool and he goes every day from 8.45am until 11.45am.  It’s an odd feeling being at home in the morning every day by myself and I imagine it will take some getting used to!

Both boys go to breakfast club at the school which starts at 8am.  There they have breakfast of cereal or toast and they choose juice and fruit too.  Ollie is looking after Nate there because there are only a couple of preschool kids that go.  He is making sure that Nate isn’t sitting alone and that Nate gets his breakfast.

This year is the first year that Ollie is at school every day until 3pm!  It’s a long day for him and the work load has increased too but I know he will love it when he gets used to the new routine… for right now it’s making him super tired!  We have him signed up to start football next week and he has already earned himself a sticker for excellent behaviour for a full day.

Nate loves preschool so far.  He isn’t in for the full time yet because they stagger it.  He walked in on the first day with not a care in the world, I told him I was leaving and would be back soon and he didn’t mind at all… he set to work on playing with his playdough straightaway.  Each day he comes home with the name of a new friend or to tell me what his snack was that day!

Can’t believe I’ve two boys in school.  It’s just Marcie the dog and me at home in the mornings now!

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.

Letter to my 7 year old!

Dear Ollie,

You’ve been 7 for almost a month now, we’ve known each other for more than 2500 days!  It’s so hard to comprehend just how fast your years are flying by us.  You are growing at an astonishing pace while I watch in awe.  It really was 7 years ago that you arrived into our family and changed our whole world.  If you want to stop time soon and stay your sweet, energetic, excited little self then be my guest.  Haha!

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We are so proud of you Ollie, you have the largest personality of anyone I know and your confidence is in bucketloads.  You have so many friends in school and though you have a little trouble paying attention for extended periods of time, you’re doing really very well there!  We just got your report home and your scores are above average.  You’re so imaginative and you consistently get your maths and spellings tests all correct on Fridays.  You absorb information from the pages of books like nothing I have ever seen.  You’re so curious and that’s just one of the amazing things about you.

At school you’ve a few best friends, but mostly you’re very good friends with everyone.  You are finding interests in common with your friends and I’m catching a glimpse of what it will be like in the future with regards trends and all that malarky!  At the moment it is a few computer games which you all talk about endlessly, movies too.

Your little brother looks up to you in every way.  He loves when you come home from school and he loves when you spend quality time playing with him.  Even when you are not here, he plays the things that you play and he waits patiently until after lunchtime, giving a big grin when I tell him it is time to collect you.  You’ve such an important job as his big brother and I know you know that already because I sometimes see you trying hard and trying to have patience with him.  I know it’s not always easy!

In the past year you have made me laugh so incredibly much, you’ve told me your stories, you’ve told me your worries.  You had your first date with Sophie, read your first novel by yourself, cuddled me almost every night before bed and you got your own bedroom.

You love anything to do with Egypt, ninjas, assassins, computer games, Minecraft, lego and you spend the majority of your time outside with friends on your scooter or your bike.  An independence that you were ready before long before I was.  You love rambling in the forest and for your birthday you got your first real life set of tools… your grasp of technology astounds me! Your favourite foods are baked potatoes, cereal, pizza and sushi.  You’re even brave enough to eat the raw sushi which mummy won’t even try!

You’re just wonderful.

You are my world, Ollie Hughes, you are my heart and I love every single day that I get to be your mummy and I’m excited for the days and years to come.

Love you millions, Mummy.

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.

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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!

Nate’s Birthday

Nate turned 3 a few weeks ago and we had a wonderful time with both a birthday day, just family, and then a proper party a week later.

His birthday always comes so quickly after Christmas that it hits us like BAM and we are sat choosing presents again (even though he doesn’t need very much) and wrapping again.  Sick of the sight of wrapping paper haha.  It was all worth it though when he woke on his birthday morning.  I’m so glad it was a Sunday, so James didn’t have to take a day off work to be with us.

This year he unwrapped a Spiderman scooter, a Teenage Ninja Turtles dress up, Playdoh, a toolbox, a Nerf gun and some superheroes!  Each unwrapping was met with a grin and a gasp… so much fun watching him open presents.

I served the boys Brioche for breakfast and then we got up and dressed to take the boys out on their scooter/ skateboard.  It was freeeeeezing so we didn’t stay out long, just long enough for Nate to get somewhat to grips with how his scooter worked.  We grabbed a KFC on the way home and waited for Uncle Ryan to drop by.  He had a family ticket for W5 and we thought it would make a great birthday outing!

After spending a few hours in W5, we went to Nando’s for dinner.  It’s always a fail safe for us, the boys love the food there and they get all you can eat frozen yoghurt afterwards!  When dinner was done it was straight home for cake and bed.  Hulk cake that is.