Where’s mamma?

Even though my two lovely kiddos look very much alike, they couldn’t behave more differently if they tried.

The most noticable difference at the moment is talking. Elisabeth never really did baby talk, she was almost silent until she could discuss the political situation in Africa (so to speak). She talked so well that when she was two and a half I got asked what scholl she went to (it also helped that she is rather on the tall side). Jacob on the other hand doesn’t stop jabbering, but at over 18 months he is in no hurry to start talking.

He has his own way of saying Elisabeth – Elily – and is still very keen on the words ‘wow’ and ‘ball’. But that is about it.

A few weeks ago I thought he finally started saying ‘mamma’ only to find out he was saying ‘banana’. And soon after that all fruit was ‘mamma’. Funny little man.

The other night at dinner we asked him:
– Where is Elisabeth? – Jacob points at Elisabeth.
– Where is daddy? – Jacob points at daddy.
– Where is mamma? – Jacob points at something in the conservatory and says: ‘ball!’

Ha ha, funny little man.

The First Kiss

The first time someone kisses you is always special. I remember the first kiss with my husband, it was in a nightclub in Clacton-on-Sea. This is 14 years ago and I still remember it as if it was yesterday.

Elisabeth gave slobber kisses for ages when she was little (you know the ones that are more like licking than kisses 😃). And no matter how wet and slobbery, they were lovely.

And then yesterday. Yesterday was great. Yesterday was awesome. I came home from work and gave both kiddos a cuddle. Then Jacob climbed on my lap, grabbed my face with both his hands, pulled my face towards his and gave me a big proper kiss right on the lips, and then another one, and another one and another one. My day, which didn’t start particularly well, brightened up immediately and I couldn’t stop smiling for quite some time.

I don’t think I will forget this first kiss in a hurry!

Elisabeth’s first sports day

Today was Elisabeth’s first sports day, because she goes to a pre-school which is part of a primary school she gets to enjoy a lot of the events with the big children, like sports day today.

It was a great afternoon, the whole school came out at the same time and sat on the big sports field to watch each other races. I loved how it all happened in one place so everyone watched everyone else. A great way to learn about taking turns, patiently waiting and supporting one another.

When we (my husband luckily was able to come as well) got to the field, Elisabeth was just coming out with her class. They look so little when you see them with all the bigger kiddos, even though Elisabeth is extremely tall for her age she still looked so tiny and fragile. The moment she noticed us her little face broke into a massive smile and she started waving like crazy! It was amazing.

They were all so very well behaved and they all did extremely well waiting their turn. The nursery ran (well, walked really 😂) an egg and spoon race in which Elisabeth cane second and a running race which Elisabeth won (no surprise with her long long legs 😃). She was very proud. It was tricky with Jacob because all he wants to do is run around, but I managed to see both her races and throughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Happy days.

Pretty Random Things going global

WARNING: Some shameless self promotion coming up!

Some of you might know that six months ago I started a small business with a good friend of mine. We called ourselves Pretty Random Things (this relates to the stuff we make, not to ourselves 😃) and currently we mainly focus on making jewellery. It is has been great fun and we are very pleased that we have almost broken even!

But there is one thing that hasn’t worked well and that has been very disappointing, our online shops. We have and Etsy shop and a Folksy shop (Folksy is pretty much the UK equivalent of Etsy) and because our insurance didn’t cover selling to the US, we have only been selling in the UK and Europe.

Well, I say selling, we really haven’t been selling at all. Apart from a couple of sales when we first launched we haven’t sold anything for months through our little online shops.

But, we have now sorted our insurance and we can sell to whoever and wherever we want – yay!

Now, don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to buy something from us, but I would very much appreciate it if you could have a peak in both our shops and tell me what you think about the products, the price etc. any feedback is welcome, the more honest the better!

These are the links to our shops:

Click here to check out our Etsy shop

Click here to check out our Folksy shop

Also, if you would like to like (😃) our facebook page, well that would be rather awesome:


I would love to hear what you think!

Als ik kon toveren……

Elisabeth told her daddy the other day that she wished she had a magic wand. When he asked what she would magic with it, she said the following:

“I would magic another daddy, so when you go to work I still have a daddy to play with. And I would magic that Jacob could walk and play with me.”

Bless her, playing with mummy is clearly no longer sufficient 😞. And she loves her brother to bits but his inability to play with her frustrates her on a daily basis. He doesn’t sit still when she wants to cuddle him and the rest of the time he crawls all over her game. Poor little lamb.

Tomorrow is Elisabeth’s first Christmas Production. She is performing in “The Bossy King” at school (pre-school that is). They all get to dress up like angels and have been rehearsing the songs for months. She is very excited and I can’t wait to see it!

Now, I better get back to wrapping some presents, it will be the 25th before you know it. Happy Christmas everyone!

Most of it good

I can’t believe it has been two months since I last posted, well actually I can believe it, I don’t seem to get around to doing anything at the moment. Jacob is at that stage where he wants to crawl all day and touch everything he is not meant to. He will stand up holding onto whatever is closest and then forget he can’t walk and topple over. Bless him. It is fun and time consuming but I am lucky that I get to see every minute of it. For another two weeks at least, then it will be back to work for two days a week. I don’t like leaving my babies for the day but I am looking forward to going back to work and having a day without changing nappies and maybe going to the toilet on my own without someone walking in and wanting something 😃. A lunch break sounds rather heavenly as well to be honest. Oh yes, and using my brain again, assuming it is still there in working order.

Elisabeth has been going to school for over two months now and she loves it! She adores her teachers and loves writing her name. I was doubtful about the school at first (and I still have worries about “the audience” if you catch my drift) but they have done great so far. And as long as Elisabeth is happy there I am happy too. I love picking her up from school in the afternoon, all parents queue up in the hallway (this is England after all, they love a good queue over here!) and the children come out one by one. They are not allowed to run in the classroom and Elisabeth is very strict when it comes to rules like that, so she walks, but you can see how difficult she finds it not to run towards me and she has this funny “I’m not running honest” walk 😃. If the weather is good we go for a scooter ride before we go home to give us all some fresh air. Jacob hates going in the buggy but he loves watching Elisabeth scootering at breakneck speed.

Jacob is doing very well, he loves his food but struggles to eat enough to keep him going. So he wakes up early. Today it was 4.30, normally it is about 5. I don’t particularly enjoy this but I vividly remember many nights with Elisabeth when she didn’t get to sleep until 4.30 so I am not complaining. Unless he is ill or teething (or both like a couple of weeks ago poor little lamb) he will sleep all night and only wakes up every now and then if he can’t find his dummy. He goes to sleep easily as well, last night he was asleep before I even zipped up his sleeping bag. All in all he sleeps really well, but I do look forward to getting up a bit later, ah well, who needs sleep anyway.

It has been nice to have a little bit of time “on my own” every day when Elisabeth is at school. Because Jacob goes down for his nap when we get back from dropping her off I get an hour, or sometimes two, to do some chores, sometimes make some jewellery and more important to have a bit of peace and quiet without the constant demands of two kiddos.

A few weeks ago my husband’s nanna passed away, she was 82 and had spent her last few months in hospital with a broke leg so even though it was very sad, there was a sense of relief that she was no longer suffering and was finally reunited with her beloved Bill who passed away 7 or 8 years ago and who she missed desperately. My husband told Elisabeth what had happened to great nanna and she dealt with it very well. She and Jacob stayed with me when everyone went to the funeral as my husband didn’t want them to come and I didn’t want to leave them with anyone else, but we all went to meet everyone at the pub afterwards for sandwiches and Elisabeth had a great time meeting all the family from Wales. Hope you rest in peace nanna.

So lots going on in Newman Towers, most of it good 😃