Trying to get them all to look at the camera at the same time proved very trying!
The strange thing is that Rachael and I were at school together and whilst we knew each other we weren’t especially good friends. Fate has now intervened and we find ourselves at similar points in our lives in terms of having children which is lovely.
So, this afternoon we sat and chewed the fat, drank coffee, nursed our babies and gazed at this glorious view.
Yeah, the simple pleasures of life are pretty spectacular these days.
Here is the only photo I have of all of us together, shortly after this one of the children refused to be photographed, so whilst few of us appear to be looking at the camera or smiling it kind of sums up this week. It’s been a little but like herding cats but it has been absolutely wonderful!!! I miss these guys so much now we live in Guernsey and it has been brilliant to have some time with them. We are every happy that they have come over to share in The Little Mister’s thanksgiving which is is tomorrow.
This morning the kids all went swimming at the local pool where they had a children’s session with inflatables. This afternoon we were going to head to the park but the weather scuppered us hence this picture is everyone sitting and watching the film Happy Feet.
I am determined that whatever the weather we will get to the beach tomorrow!
This morning we went to visit the Guernsey Occupation Museum. I am sure I have blogged about it before as it is such a peculiar little place.
This afternoon we all trailed off to my sister’s house where the children played and dressed up in various fancy dress outfits. My god-son Mark was really quite take with the monster tail and hat and wore it for a large part of the afternoon.
Another fab day but time is going by so quickly.
Today we went to church, had a roast dinner and then wandered to the park before watching the Boat Race.
This is a typical picture of The Mister and his friend Tom, sitting and chilling out in the play park whilst the kids run about like loons. A perfect day.
We are hoping the weather stays nice and sunny this week, even if it isn’t terribly warm.
They have come to help us celebrate The Little Mister’s Christening and to be his godparents. It also means that we get a little holiday with them and have a change to wander around the island beaches etc.
It’s so lovely to see them and the boys have grown up so much!
She told me that she hadn’t really held a baby before so of course I handed over The Little Mister for a cuddle.
I think she is smitten!
Yesterday and today I went out house hunting for a friend of mine who is moving to the island to work. We ended up at Icart Point after missing the turning for the house we were going to view, but instead we were presented with this incredible view. It was blowing a gale and yet it was still a fantastic seascape. Fortunately the house that we viewed was nearby and shares this incredible view… I shall enjoy drinking coffee whilst looking out of the window at her new house.
It was a rather amusing moment when the estate agent asked us how we knew each other… the conversation was along the line of, well Jen came to Guernsey on holiday and then did a guest post on the imake blog, then I messaged her via her blog, we emailed for a while and then I put her in touch with people who might be able to offer her a job.
Result.. one job offer and she’s moving to the island.
Whoever said the internet wasn’t useful was wrong, and it also proves that it is possible to meet nice people and not just weirdos!
(By the way, this photo is of Jen and her friend Alison who was over the weekend to help her househunt.)
The Mister started his new job in January 2012 and we have both had to get used to him doing shift work. He seems to be enjoying his job, although hopefully there will be more developments that stretch him and give him more opportunities to show off his skills. Work for me has just continued along as usual. It would seem that drug users are the same wherever you work although the drugs of choice are different on the island.
Being back in Guernsey has been wonderful. The opportunity to spend time with my family has been fab. My nephew, Barnabas, and niece, Eden, have continued to entertain us throughout the year and it has been particularly nice to see the relationship between them and The Mister develop. He is brilliant with them!
The sad bit of the year was when we had to have our lovely cat Delilah put to sleep. She had been getting more and more poorly and had renal failure, but she ended up getting hit by a car and had substantial injuries which meant that we had to take the tough decision. I know that it was the right decision, but I still really miss her. I miss the fact that she used to sit on my lap when I was watching TV.
In June we went to Sark Folk Festival which was absolutely brilliant, apart from the camping was pretty basic! The music was amazing and the opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful island of Sark was pretty special. I would love to go back in 2013 but all the tickets have been sold and I decided the only way that I would go back next year would be if we could do it in a B&B. Sadly, there all the rooms were booked up before the end of the 2012 festival. Oh well, another year then!
We also had a little trip to the UK to go to my cousin Sam and Sally’s wedding. It was fab, but boy was it wet! Shame it was in a marquee and I required my wellies by the end of the day!!
As usual in August we went camping with Tom and Anne and the kids, and pants and Alien. We stayed at a lovely campsite in Wales and then went to Greenbelt which was pretty much a giant mudbath. I have never seen so much mud at a festival and by the end of the weekend the centre part of the racecourse was pretty much impassable. Also I was so happy to catch up with Peterson Toscano again. So many things had changed for us both since we had last seen each other. After the festival we stayed a couple of nights in Bath before catching the boat home.
We bought a house in September after a ridiculously prolonged buying process and have spent the time doing it up, massively helped out by my Mum and Dad who have been absolutely fantastic. They have put up with us living with them for 18 months and have just worked so hard to help us get the house ready. We are deeply indebted to them (in many ways if you ask Dad!)
Of course the biggest change to our lives, and something that has taken most of the year to prepare has been the arrival of The Little Mister. I’ve made no secret over the year that we required assistance to help us conceive and I am massively grateful to the doctors who treated us.
The Little Mister arrived on 14 December 2012 and he is absolutely wonderful. Better than I could ever have hoped for and the wait has been well worth it. I feel deeply for those people who shared my journey and experiences of struggling to conceive and I hope and pray that they will be successful in the coming year. I remember only too well how hard it is to hear other people’s news about their pregnancies or births and being disappointed and devastated. I still think of them often.
I end 2012 extremely grateful for what I have. The Mister has continued to be amazing and seeing him with The Little Mister has made me love him even more. We are blessed beyond all measure and very, very grateful. Thankyou to everyone who has continued to read this blog over the year, I have appreciated your comments and hope that you will continue to share the story with us.