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 😃

Lana von Strudel

<Elisabeth names everything. Her scooter is called Thomas because he is blue like Thomas the Tank Engine. Her bicycle is called Rudolph because when she came into the living room on Christmas morning her wrapped up bike did look like a reindeer. Our car is called Azun which she picked up from Dora the Explorer and there are many more things that have names. 

Next week Elisabeth is going to pre-school every afternoon, so we have been making the most from our afternoons together. we enjoy sitting in our dining room where Elisabeth can draw and I do some sewing or make some jewellery, she loves watching me when I make "pretty things". The other day I was making wire wrapped rings and she pointed at my wooden mandrel and said: "Let's give that a name mummy. Let's call it….let's call it Lana von Strudel." I was rather speechless to be honest. I later found out that this Lana von Strudel is a character in a Bob the Builder film she has been watching, so it is not quite as random as I initially thought but still it made me laugh, and my ring mandrel will forever be called Lana von Strudel.

Elisabeth is quite worried about going to pre-school, she is worried because she won't see Jenny (her childminder) anymore, she is worried because "there might be scary children there mummy!" But the thing that she most often mentions is that she is worried because "I just want to be with you all the time mummy." Poor little lamb. I know she will be fine and it will be good for us both to spend a little time apart, as we have been seeing a lot of each other with me being on maternity leave, but I can't help wanting to pick her up in my arms and never letting her go.

Jacob will miss her too, he loves nothing more than watching her. He is doing very well my little giant baby. He is absolutely massive, so much so that I am starting to worry about my back! His nappy suits are size 12-18 months and he is not even 8 months old yet. He eats enormous amounts and still wants 4 bottles a day – although 2 of them are now a lot smaller than before. He is sleeping less and less during the day, he now has 2 naps of about an hour and after a month of bad night time sleeping he is slowly getting back to sleeping through the night again. He is a very relaxed baby – as long as his food comes often, quickly and in big amounts – and has a great sense of humour. If I do something that he finds funny, he often laughs so much that he gives himself hiccups, which then will make him laugh even more.

Elisabeth has her moments when she just doesn't want him around, she struggles with having to share my attention with Jacob and an ever increasing amount of washing. Sometimes when I cuddle her in her bed when she can't sleep she quietly tells me that she doesn't want a baby in the house anymore, but other days she tells she wants another baby – unlikely!

I have really enjoyed watching Elisabeth become more independent over the last month. The first time I heard her go to the toilet on her own without asking for my help was really strange. The second time she used so much toilet paper she seriously blocked the toilet. It is great to know that if she needs the toilet whilst she is at pre-school she is capable of going on her own. Today we were on our way upstairs to clean her teeth when Jacob started crying so I popped back down to see him and said to Elisabeth that I would be up in a minute, when I got back upstairs she was in the bathroom cleaning her teeth! And when I tried to help her she got in a right strop telling me that she doesn't need help because she is so much bigger now :-)

So, I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried about next week, but I think she is going to do great and she will love it.