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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Another Month Closer

We had a rather quiet weekend. Daddy came home from Saudi on Wednesday and he was also poorly with the virus that I had. Both of us were miserable so Mummy was in charge of looking after us! Daddy had to come home early on Thursday as he really wasn't well, and I hadn't been allowed to go to nursery so had a duvet day on the sofa watching Mickey Mouse with Mummy. Friday we were still ill, but we did manage to have a little walk in the morning together and we went swimming in the afternoon.  The sun was very hot though so I wasn't allowed to stay there too long. It was still lots of fun and I'm getting much better at swimming. .

By Saturday we were both on the mend so as usual, Mummy dragged us to the supermarket! Daddy and I hate shopping, we had to find other ways to entertain ourselves whilst Mummy filled the trolley up! Mummy, Daddy and I all went out for lunch after we had been shopping and I gave Daddy his present for his promotion. I'd helped Mummy pick a nice tie for him to wear the next day at work. I think he liked it. I thought it was really boring, we should have got him chocolates or the mickey Mouse DVD I showed Mummy!

I was back at nursery this morning and Daddy was back at work. I had a lovely day playing with my school friends. My teacher is teaching us the alphabet and I showed Mummy how well I can do it this afternoon. She was very pleased and gave me a sticker! It was just like being in nursery again! Daddy came home early enough for us all to have dinner together and then I splashed him lots whilst he did my bath!  Mummy and I have been talking about my baby brother a lot this weekend too. Mummy also realised that it's October tomorrow which only gives us a couple more months to get prepared for his arrival. She looked very worried...

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. We have a great one planned next week as it is Daddies birthday! I can't wait to celebrate with birthday cake and give him his presents!

Lots of love

Ella xx

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Daddy

This week my Daddy found out that he had got the promotion he'd interviewed for a couple of weeks ago. Mummy and I are very proud of him and pleased for him, even though we knew he'd get it! It does mean that my family will spend longer than anticipated over here and we won't be coming home in February, but we are very happy to extend our stay for a little bit longer. I would miss my nursery and my teacher too much if we left so soon and I'm not ready to say goodbye to the pool just yet. We are a little sad that we will be so far away from our family and friends for longer but Mummy has planned a couple of trips back to visit next year so we will see you all. Daddy has been in Saudi this week but is flying home this evening so we are going to celebrate tomorrow evening. Hopefully I'll be feeling better then.

Mummy had to pick me up early from nursery yesterday as I had a high temperature and just wanted to sleep on my teacher. I was given Calpol and went to bed when I got home. I slept for 3 hours and felt absolutely fine when I woke up so Mummy assumed I just needed some sleep. I went to Adriana's for dinner and we played until I started to get tired at 7:30pm so Mummy took me home to bed. When Mummy checked on me before she went to bed, my temperature had gone up again so she gave me more medicine, some water and I spent the night in her big bed. We didn't get much sleep though as I was very uncomfortable. Today we are having a lazy, duvet day and Mummy is letting me watch Mickey Mouse! I hope I feel better so I can go to nursery tomorrow!

At least I have had a lovely week. I spent Sunday morning at nursery and after I had my nap, Mummy took me to soft play with Eleanor and we had pizza for dinner! Daddy was home when we got back and he was doing his weight training so I joined in! It was hard work! On Monday Adriana came up to play so that her mummy could help her sister revise for exams this week. We played and had a picnic together before we went to Adriana's house for dinner and to watch cartoons.

I hope you are all having a lovely week.

Lots of love

Ella xxx

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekends with Friends

Our weekends are over far too quickly for my liking but at least we had a lovely one. Mummy and Daddy took me shopping on Thursday as I needed new sandals. I chose some very pretty white ones and Mummy got some new black ones. Daddy had to buy trainers as he has started running again now that it is getting cooler outside. Mummy and I went to Adriana's for dinner and to play in the evening as our Daddies went out to the yacht club with their friends. We had a lovely time and I stayed up until 11pm when Daddy came home! I slept for a long time on Friday morning which I think made my parents very happy!

Sporting a tummy like Mummies at Adriana's house

We went to the Dubai Mall on Friday morning. We wandered around the shops for a while before we had to do our usual Waitrose shopping. Adriana and her family came for dinner that evening and we had lots of fun together. We also made an impressive mess by pulling out all of my toy boxes! Daddy was trying to encourage Adriana's daddy to do a 10k run with him in 8 weeks time. I think it worked! The best part is that we will be spending a night at the Atlantis hotel that weekend as a treat from Daddy! Mummy will be very close to having my baby brother so we are going to have a little break away together one last time before the sleepless nights start for my parents again!

On Saturday we went to look around the hospital where Mummy will have our baby. It's a very modern and clean hospital which looked more like a hotel than hospitals back home! Mummy looked quite scared and was not her usual chatty self. Daddy asked all of the questions though so hopefully he covered everything! When my mummy has to stay at the hospital, my Granddad is going to be here to look after me! I'm really looking forward to having my grandparents come over and visit us! Mummy and Daddy took me swimming yesterday afternoon and I showed Daddy how well I can swim and even better, how I can jump in the water at the deep end! We called my Grandparents on Skype afterwards and Nanny has a week of dog sitting for my Aunty! I'm not sure Granddad is impressed with 3 dogs in the house and I don't think our doggy Josh likes the new tenants too much either!

I'm back at nursery today and Daddy is working in Abu Dhabi although he told Mummy he'd be home early as the football is on! Mummy is taking me to soft play this afternoon with Eleanor and we are having pizza for dinner! I'm looking forward to that! I hope you are all having a good weekend and that the weather isn't getting too cold just yet!

Lots of love

Ella xxx

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Weekend

I'm so glad the weekend is finally almost here and I get to spend some time with Daddy again. Adriana and her family are coming for dinner tomorrow evening too which will be lots of fun. I'm sure we will make lots of mess for Mummy! This week has been busy again and Mummy and I are beginning to feel quite tired. Mummy is also getting bigger and she is starting to struggle with chasing after me now. She says both the baby and I make her even more tired! Nursery is tiring for me too, although i do have a lot of fun when I am there. This week we have been learning all about people's feelings and how we should be kind to each other. Mummy has been very impressed as she said I have not hit any children this week at all! Cheeky Mummy!

On Tuesday I went to Adriana's for dinner with Mummy as both of our Daddies were working late. It meant that I had another late night and was a bit grumpy yesterday. Mummy still took me to meet Eleanor at soft play in the morning though and then we had to go to the mall and do a bit of boring shopping. I still need some sandals so poor daddy and I are going to be dragged to the mall again this weekend! After I get home today and have a sleep, we are going to the swimming pool. I haven't been for a week so I'm very excited. I'm also hoping that Daddy will come home early so we can start our weekend!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend too.

Lots of love

Ella xxx

Monday, September 17, 2012

Splashing Fun

Mummy, Daddy and I had a busy weekend. Mummy and I did our usual Friday morning supermarket shop which I always find incredibly boring but have started adding items to the trolley that I want which makes it a bit more fun. Especially when Mummy doesn't notice until we get to the checkout! I went to my friend Lily's 3rd birthday party in the afternoon which was great fun. It was held at a soft play so I made Daddy go up and down the slide with me. I'm sad that Mummy can't join in anymore, I'm looking forward to her getting rid of that giant tummy so she can slide again too!

Saturday was spent at Ikea buying more toy boxes and bedding for my big girl bed. I could tell by Daddies face that he was having as much fun as I was there! I was glad to come home and help Mummy sort out all of my toys so that they are no longer bulging out of boxes and taking over the living room! We got my train set out after that whilst poor Daddy had work to catch up on. My Uncle Christopher and Aunty Lisa got married on saturday too but we weren't able to attend which was very sad. Fortunately they are having a bigger do next year so we plan to go back for that instead. It sounds like it was a lovely afternoon though and we can't wait to see photos!

I was pleased to get back to nursery on Sunday, I missed my teacher and friends over the summer. We had lots of fun in the sandpit, although Mummy complained that half of it was in my hair when I got home! We did some painting too and I can't wat to show Mummy the picture that I made for her and Daddy. Mummy has told me we need to buy scrapbooks to keep all of my art work in because there is no room left on the fridge or door anymore!

This morning I had breakfast out with Mummy and we talked about nursery and Mickey Mouse. We were hoping to go to the park but it's still a little hot here so Mummy filled up the paddling pool for me! I'm having so much fun splashing Mummy and emptying water out of the pool! This afternoon I am going to Adriana's house to play and was very excited to hear that Daddy will be home early tonight because he has to be up very early to travel to Saudi tomorrow. It means we can have dinner together and Daddy can give me my bath!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Miss you lots,

Ella xxxx

Friday, September 14, 2012

Catching Up!

Nursery got much better as the week went by. The noisy new children stopped screaming quite so often and I actually enjoyed being back. Mummy was able to leave me for much longer each day and I was so worn out by the time she came to pick me up that I'd have to have a little afternoon nap as soon as we got home! Twice this week I came home with stickers for my good work and behaviour, only once did I find myself in Time Out which wasn't fun, so I won't be shoving other children again for a while! On Tuesday I had a lovely surprise when Adriana came to pick me up from nursery with our mummies! She has been back to nursery this week too but we go to different ones.

I went to the pool with Adriana on Tuesday afternoon too which was lots of fun. Our mummies complained that it was very cold, so did Adriana and her big sister. They were not as brave as me, I just jumped straight in! It really was cold but great fun! Daddy came home early too that day so we had dinner together and he got me ready for bed. Wednesday was another busy day after nursery. Mummy and I went over to Eleanor's house to play and we had dinner together whilst watching Tinkerbell. Our mummies hadn't seen each other all summer so as usual they had a lot of catching up to do- mummies can really talk!

By Thursday, all of the children in my class had settled and finally stopped crying so I had a really good morning there. Mummy and I went shopping for presents afterwards and I went to Favourite Things to play with Toby and his sister Elodie afterwards. It was a lot of fun and I screamed when Mummy told me it was time to go home! Daddy had come home early again though so we had a lovely evening together which is always a great way to start the weekend! I have a birthday party to go to this afternoon so Mummy is making sure I have a lazy morning and go back to bed soon! I bet she makes me wear a party dress too! I can't climb very well in dresses!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Lots of love

Tinkerbell xxx

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Nanny!

Today is my Nanny's birthday! I'm a little disappointed that we are not still in the UK so that I can help her out with eating the birthday cake!

I hope you have a lovely day though Nanny and I hope that Granddad spoils you lots!

Lots of love

Ella xxxxx

Me with my Nanny!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Our First Week Back

It has been very strange coming back, Mummy and I have found it hard to get out of holiday mode! Daddy had to go back to work as normal last week and I've really missed having him around. It took me a couple of days to get back into Dubai time too which I don't think Mummy and Daddy were best pleased about- especially when I was still up playing in my room at 11pm! We went to see Adriana and her mummy on Wednesday morning. I'd missed her a lot and we had lots of fun playing together again! As usual our mummies spent all morning chatting over coffee! Mummies talk far too much! I was even more excited when we went to Adriana's for dinner on Thursday. Daddy had gone out after work with colleagues and Adriana's daddy was flying to Italy so it was a girls night in for us!

On Friday we went to the Dubai Mall for Daddy to treat us to our favourite Chinese! It was delicious but very soon after we had finished eating, I started to feel poorly so we had to go home. Daddy had planned to take us out on the Saturday but his plans had to be put on hold as I woke up with a very high temperature and didn't feel well at all. We had a lazy day instead and Daddy looked after me as Mummy was very tired from carrying her big tummy around! In the evening, I started to feel better and insisted that we go outside with my trike for a bit. The weather is cooling down now but it is still hot and humid, even at night time.

Daddy had to go to Abu Dhabi for work this morning and I had my settling in session at nursery. I cried when I got there as there were a lot of new children in my classroom who were all screaming. It frightened me but my teacher, Miss Vicky, gave me lots of hugs until I calmed down enough to explore our new classroom. Mummy came to get me a little while later and I was glad to get away from those noisy children! I have to go every morning this week to try and help my new classmates adjust to the nursery. I really hope they don't plan to scream everyday! I had been so excited about seeing Miss Vicky too!

Mummy has arranged for us to see friends all this week after nursery which I'm really looking forward to! I hope you all have lots of fun things planned this week too!

Lots of love

Ella xxx

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Our 2012 UK Trip

We are back in the sandpit- 17 days went far too quickly! Mummy, Daddy and I had such a lovely time at home, we wished we had planned to stay longer. Our trip didn't start too well. The morning that we were due to fly, I woke with a temperature but after some medicine I felt fine. That was until we got on the plane. I spent the entire flight sleeping or just sat watching Mickey Mouse and felt awful. I didn't want to eat or drink anything and just needed cuddles now and again. When we landed, we got through security and baggage very quickly and waited for my Nanny & Granddad. I was so pleased to see them, Nanny gave me a Minnie Mouse teddy too! I went back in their car whilst Mummy and Daddy picked up our hire car and met us back at their house. I was very pleased when Aunty Becci arrived too but it was already 9pm (midnight for my body clock) and I soon fell asleep on Mummy.

I woke the following morning and played with Granddad whilst we waited for my cousins to come over and have breakfast with us. I loved seing the boys again and forgot that I wasn't feeling very well whilst we ate and played together. We then set off to Kent to spend a few days with Nanny & Granddad White. I slept for the whole journey and when we arrived, I felt terrible. Mummy gave me some more medicine and tried to make me eat but I really didn't want to- not even the birthday cake that Nanny had bought for me. Mummy noticed a few spots appear on my tummy later that evening so Daddy had to come home from the pub as she was worried (like she always is when I'm not well!). I felt much better the next day and spent the morning playing with Rose and Nannies dog Roxy.

We stayed at my grandparents for 5 days and didn't do very much. It was great, Daddy was very relaxed for the first time in a long time! Granddad took me to the park one afternoon and I was thrilled to find a sandpit there! We also spent an evening at Daddies Aunty and Uncles house where I played 'Olympics' with my cousins. Mummy said I did a great job of running and jumping! My Great Granddad came for dinner one evening too and I liked him a lot when he gave me money and told Mummy to buy me an ice cream!

It was sad to say goodbye to my family in Kent but we had to head back for my cousin Ollie's birthday that weekend. I was very excited when Mummies friend Sarah arrived on Thursday to spend the afternoon with us. We went for lunch and whilst I was busy eating, they talked excitedly about Sarah's wedding next year. It all sounds very lovely, Mummy can't wait! We spent Friday at the Monkey Forest in Trentham with my Grandparents, Aunties and cousins. I got a bit bored after I spotted a few monkeys so just ran off and explored all of the greenery! I was amazed by how many trees there were! Ollie had his party on Saturday, it was football themed but I wasn't allowed to join in with the games as Mummy said I would get hurt. Nanny Irene came to stay and we had dinner at Aunty Becci's afterwards. I fell asleep there and woke up back at Nanny and Granddads the following morning.

I went to my friend Oscar's birthday party on the Sunday. It was a lot of fun and I was very happy when we were all allowed to play in the garden. Daddy came to pick us up later and wasn't feeling very well- he had been at the pub all night with his friend Gary! When we got back to Nannies house, Evodia and Ian came to visit us. It was all so tiring that I had an early night. It was just as well as Aunty Claire, Uncle Garfyn and my cousins arrived the next day. Before they arrived, I met my bestest friend in the world for breakfast! We also visited some ducks whilst our mummies chatted and they had a lot to talk about! I had dinner at Frankie and Benny's that evening with my family which was great fun. Charlie and I sat together and watched Mickey Mouse on my iPad whilst the grown ups talked ( a lot!)

The following morning, we all went to the park but Daddy had to go to work. It was sunny and quite warm but Mummy insisted on putting a coat on me- I felt a fool as I was the only one wearing a coat! Nanny & Granddad joined us for lunch at the park and then Mummy and I had to leave and go into Birmingham to do some shopping. We bought shoes and accessories for my Aunty and Uncles wedding and then met up with Daddy before going to Wagamamas with Kiran and Sarah for dinner. I really liked noodles! Daddy was back in work on Wednesday so Mummy and I met with most of my baby friends at Annabels house. I loved seeing everyone again and especially liked seeing Annabels dog Paddy! We had lunch together and then had to say goodbye as we had more shopping to do! Daddy came home with Sian that evening and we had dinner at the Hedgehog before she had to go back to Oxford. On Thursday, Mummy and Daddy took me to the farm with Aunty Becci and the boys. I had a brilliant time feeding and petting animals, sitting on a pony and riding in a tractor! I think Daddy enjoyed it as much as I did too!

Our last weekend was spent in Wales celebrating Aunty Claire and Uncle Garfyn's big day. It was really lovely and I was able to stay up dancing until 10pm! Everyone seemed to be having a great day and my Aunty looked beautiful. Sunday was a very sad day. We had to say goodbye to family. I was especially sad to say bye to Aunty Charlotte and her boyfriend Jason. They live in Australia and we don't see them very much. Mummy and Daddy are hoping that we can fly over there before we leave Dubai and spend some time with them. I hope it is soon! Back at Nannies, Aunty Becci, Uncle Matthew and the boys came over for dinner as it was our last night. Mummy managed to pack most of the cases too so the following morning wasn't too chaotic. My cousins came over and we had to say goodbye to Aunty Becci before she went to work. Mummy cried again!

I was very excited that my Grandparents and cousins came to the airport with us to say goodbye. Mummy doesn't like being on our own when we go there. We had lunch together and before we knew it, we were on the plane and flying 'home'. We can't go back to the UK this year as my Mummy can't fly. My grandparents are planning to come over two days after Christmas for a couple of weeks though as they want to be able to help Mummy and Daddy when my baby brother arrives. Nanny White will also come over when they go home so I'm looking forward to seeing them all then. I wish the rest of my family could come too though.

I hope you've enjoyed reading all about my adventures in the UK. It was lovely to see so many of you and such a shame that I didn't see everyone I'd hoped to this time.

Lots of love