Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Trip to Edinburgh

We got back last night from Edinburgh. We spent a long weekend up there with mum and dad, and had a nice relaxing time.

The grandparents were thrilled to see Lauren as always and the little girl had a great time. She loved exploring the house (she doesn't remember it as she was only 4 months old when she was last in Edinburgh) and had loads of fun playing with Grandma and Grandpa.

Here you can see some photos of us having lunch at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was the first time we had been there; we didn't go when we stayed in Edinburgh last. It first opened after we moved away from Edinburgh.

Lauren especially enjoyed looking out at the ships and the seagulls; we had fun despite the grey day and the rain.

Mum and I also had the opportunity to talk about the family and Aunt Barbara's funeral. It was good to talk about it; it is still such a shock to the family.

I've decided though not to travel by the last plane out next time though. We did not leave Heathrow until 8:50pm, and Lauren was totally exhausted as she had been at nursery all day. She only managed a short cat-nap in the car on the way to the airport. She was really mardy for the first 15 minutes of the flight (I did feel awfully sorry for the people sat in the row in front) but there was nothing we could do because she was so tired. Fortunately, after all the crying, she did eventually fall asleep for the remainder of the flight.

Coming back to London, we travelled in the early evening and Lauren had had a good nap in the afternoon beforehand. It was much more pleasant, and Lauren was pretty calm and made little fuss (apart from a minor objection to being strapped in for take-off and landing).

Today, we went to Balans for breakfast (this has become a weekly ritual, usually every Monday) and Lauren had fun eating toast and drinking apple juice. She wasn't keen to eat anything else whilst we were out, but ate a big lunch when we came home.

She was all smiles and loved walking around the restaurant beaming at everyone else having breakfast there! The staff loved her and are beginning to recognise us as regular customers. We got a table by the window today, which Lauren really likes because she loves to look out at all the people and cars going by.

I'm back to work tomorrow, but looking forward to my 3 week holiday (in two weeks' time). I feel quite run down and will be glad of the break!

I've also managed to update both photo sites with all our recent photos; hope you have opportunity to look at them.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Dancing Princess

Just before we head up north to Edinburgh for the weekend, here's a video we took recently of Lauren. She loves dancing and pirouettes with the best of them!

We had the TV on, and a pop video from the musical "Grease" came on air. She loved it and began dancing; we managed to capture it on video.

Press the arrow (bottom left corner) to play the clip.


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Going Public

Well Serena and I just got back from Queen Charlotte's Hospital and are now ready to go public.

These are the 11 week scans of Baby Ayers #2. Touch wood he/she is due in September.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Format

As you can see, the New Year has brought with it a new look for the blog. Both Jase and I have revamped our Blogger templates to (hopefully) make the blogs easier to read. I was indexing my blog until late last night; as you can see, it is now fully searchable by category, as well as by the standard search box.

Hope all you like the changes; any feedback is welcome!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The New Year

You can imagine that with recent events, it's been very hard to get into the mood for the New Year. Today is the first day of the year of the Pig and is normally taken up with lots of noisy celebration and (of course) much feasting.

However, we had a quiet night in and had a family meal, just the three of us.

Mum gets back from Toronto on Wednesday and we are going up to see them this weekend.

The new year always signifies new beginnings for Chinese people. Let's hope this year is brighter than the last.

Sad Goodbye

The family had some very sad news last week. One of my mum's sisters, my Aunt Barbara (and cousin Amy's mum) died very suddenly and unexpectedly. She was a young 70, and a very fit and healthy woman. It's been a terrible shock for us all, as we are a very close family.

Mum flew over for the funeral to Toronto, where my Aunt and Uncle have been living. I desperately wanted to go too, but mum did not want me to go in my present circumstances and she thought Lauren would find it quite difficult on a 7 hour flight.

So the family said a sad goodbye to my Aunt on Saturday, on the eve of the New Year. We will all miss her terribly, and even now can hardly believe that she was taken from us so suddenly.