It's so nice to see and hear from so many familiar voices / faces / bloggers! I'm looking forward to meeting new ones as well.
Hmm… so what have I been doing since last year?!! Well first of all, I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. Does anyone else think it has? It seems like only yesterday that we had New Year's Eve and it feels like I've only just stopped writing '2008' by mistake! Oh dear. Actually, the other day I wrote 2010 on a cheque and had to tear it up. There must be something wrong with my internal clock ☺
Anyway… back to looking back on the year. The best thing we did this year was, without a shadow of a doubt, buying a caravan. Those of you with photographic memories may remember me mentioning that we planned to buy one when I blogged in August 2008 – and we did! As far as I know caravanning is a very European phenomenon. I wonder whether any of you living outside of Europe have ever seen one in your countries? I'd be interested to hear. Basically, a caravan is a little house that gets pulled along by a car. You can stay in it on a campsite and it's just like a little home away from home.
We bought a 1970s one called a 'Safari'. Here is a picture of it:
Inside we have a little kitchen and a double bed and two single beds (bunk beds) at the other end for the boys. We've been to some absolutely beautiful places in it, including a couple of lovely trips to Wales. Here is a photo of one of the beaches we have visited:
Amazing, isn't it! Sometimes I think I should work for the Welsh tourism board ☺
My two little boys are growing up fast. It's going to be Oslo's 2nd birthday on Monday. At the moment he is obsessed with horses so most of his presents are horse-related. He does have a certain penchant for diggers and tractors as well. Louie is going to be four at the beginning of January. He's been enjoying going to nursery and loves bossing Oslo around. We're going to have a party to celebrate both of their birthdays on the 12th of December. We're doing a joint party with our neighbours' daughter and between us we've invited fifteen children… wish me luck! If you can think of any good party games for us to play let me know! I'll try and post some photos afterwards so you can see the chaos.
All right, better not give away all my news now or I'll have nothing to write in later posts ☺
Hope everyone is well and happy.
to tear something up: to rip something into small(er) pieces, usually paper
without a shadow of a doubt: definitely
a photographic memory: the ability to remember things very clearly and precisely
bunk beds: two beds that are one on top of another. Usually slept in by children.
to be obsessed with something: to think or talk about something all the time
to have a penchant for something: to like something a lot, to be attracted to something
to boss someone around: to tell someone what to do without giving them a choice
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