Sunday, May 30, 2010

England Trip Week 3

We had some more lovely weather, so we spent the afternoon at the beach! Here Brogan is wondering down to the water to play with his boat with Grandma :)
Then Avery went down by the water with Grandma to build a sand castle, and they ended up with a sand boat, with a steering wheel and everything :) Aunty Evey helped too! I think here they might be pointing out the Isle of Wight to Avery... or maybe it was just a boat or a bird.
Brogan got very sandy, but it didn't seem to bother him too much :)
The Furbanks had lots of fun beach toys for the children to play with :)
Avery wore Grandma's sunglasses because she kept on getting sand in her face when she was flapping her hands! Somehow I don't think they fit her quite right.... :D

A real robin. That's right. Not one of those silly American "robins"! It came by to see if it could get some of the picnic we were eating in Grandma's garden :)
Grandma's friend Allison came for dinner, and Avery thought she was wonderful :) I'll be adding video's to these posts after I get home.
Wrapped up.

We went to look at the animals at a little courtyard place we used to go to when I was growing up. Brogan stuck his finger in one of the chicken's cages and got pecked, of course, but he seemed to think it was quite funny! He didn't do it again though :)
Avery looking at the fluffy bunnies. We also saw cats, kittens, mice, hamsters, chickens, roosters, and all sorts of little birds!

We all went into Poole that afternoon, which meant that Eveymartine had to go on the train, since my mother's tiny little car doesn't have room for all three adults plus two car seats! So on the way there, Brogan went on the train with Aunt Evey, and they met us at the fabric store. We had to get some fabric and several other things for Aunt Evey and Uncle Naeem's reception, which is going to be next Saturday. After that, we bought some delicious milkshakes and walked down to the quay to watch the boats sailing in and out for a while. I only took one picture, and it's not a very good one, but we had a nice time :)

In the evening, after the children were in bed, Amy, Talitha, Natalie, and Felicity came over and we had a very silly time trying out some of the moves from this book...
I watched and read the instructions, and it was very amusing :)

Also, I found out the girls' plans for our day out on Wednesday! Felicity, Talitha and Amy are taking me up to London to see Wicked!! I'm very excited!!!

On Friday, Eveymartine and I took the children to Moor's Valley Park where we met up with Sebastian, Jenna and Noah, and had a lovely afternoon! And I'm definitely feeling a lot more comfortable driving my mother's car around on these little roads now :) The first time I drove Eveymartine and I over to Poole, it was... well, an adventure :) But it's definitely much easier now, and we only had one "fun" part where I forgot that I was in second gear and stalled on a roundabout....!
We got there before the Brogans, and we went straight to the smaller playground, where Avery and Brogan had a lovely time. Brogan ran all over the place, which is probably how he managed to fall off a step and get a mouth and nose full of sand, which wasn't his favourite part... But other than that, they both loved it!
Avery in her castle.
The fun increased after the the Brogans arrived! Avery wanted Uncle Sebastian to come into her 'house', but since it was far too small, she had to make do with just his head stuck in through the window :)
Uncle Sebastian got "stuck" in this little tower, and he needed help getting out, so Avery took his hand and pulled as hard as she could!
You can really tell that Noah trusts his daddy completely! Even though Sebastian was standing several feet away, as soon as he said "3, 2, 1", Noah just launched himself off the ledge, knowing that his daddy would catch him!! Brogan watched and though it was great, so he wanted a turn. He wasn't quite so fearless though, and stood with his arms outstretched waiting for uncle Sebastian to come close enough to get him :)
Noah's not scared though :)

Playing with scoops and pulleys.
Avery saving the little stick as it fell through Sebastian's hands with the sand.
Playtime with Aunt Evey as we waited for Sebastian to return with the picnic :)
Jenna, Sebastian and Noah. Thursday was their 4th anniversary, which I completely forgot until Saturday morning!! So I didn't mention it at all that whole afternoon! Sorry! Happy Anniversary!

We walked over a bridge to have our picnic on a picnic table by the lake. We picked a table far away from the lake, thinking that it would mean we wouldn't have to stop the little ones falling into the lake quite so much, but it just meant that we had to run further :) In this picture, Sebastian had run after Brogan who was getting too close to the lake, so then Noah ran after Sebastian, and Jenna ran after Noah, and then Avery saw everyone heading to the lake, so ran all the way across the field shouting "Uncle Sebastian!!! Uncle Sebastian! Here I am!! Uncle Sebastian! I'm coming!"

It was a very pretty afternoon. Lovely and sunny, but just a little breezy.
Looking at the ducks.

The ducks came straight over to us, obviously thinking we had food, so in the end, Aunt Evey went back to the picnic table and got the leftover tuna sandwiches. Lucky ducks!

Then, of course, Uncle Sebastian had to be wrestled to the ground.
Several times.
Brogan chased 4 ducks all the way back to the lake with a jam sandwich, but by the time he got to the water, he had eaten the whole thing :)
Avery chasing ducks.

And we looked at the cows too :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

England Trip Week 2

More time with great-grandparents.
Picnic in the garden
Helping the plants grow :)
First train ride!
The swing in Grandma's garden!! Avery loves it, in case you can't tell from the look on her face :)

The baby bunny that Uncle Sebastian and Aunt Jenna rescued!
We spent Friday with my little brother's family, and in the afternoon we went to the nearby palace ruins in Bishop's Waltham. It was so much fun! And, believe it or not, I had a really hard time narrowing down the photos to the ones I have posted!!

Looking through one of the windows.
Avery loved her Uncle Sebastian, and spent a lot of time being carried around on his shoulders :)

So pretty :)

Noah is four months younger than Brogan, and it was really fun to watch them interacting with each other!
They spent a few minutes exchanging flowers very sweetly :)
I like this one because it looks like Noah's saying But Wait! Here's another one! Where are you going?! But apparently Brogan had had enough of the flower swapping :)
Brogan has been missing his Daddy, and also male company in general! He is the only boy in the house, and every time we are with other people, he gravitates towards the men! He is very fond of his uncle :)

Avery thinks her cousin Noah is very cute :)

My sweet affectionate little boy :)

This was a very pretty place with some lovely trees.

Avery kept on covering up Sebastian's eyes.
Brogan didn't want to leave this little crypt area, but he stood there and watched while everyone else climbed out and walked away, and as soon as the last person disappeared from view, he threw a little tantrum in protest!

On Saturday morning Avery and I took the train up to London and met up with some of the girl's I lived with my first 2 years of university! In the autumn it will have been 10 years since we all moved into Waveney Terrace together and called ourselves the Waveney Bunnies :)
Avery tickling Jess with some leaves...
...and hiding behind the "biggest ever" leaves...
We met up in Trafalgar Square and went to a little cafe for some over priced but yummy ice cream and drinks (£12.50 for a waffle, two scoops of ice cream and a coke), and then made our way to Hyde Park where we spent the afternoon sitting under a tree and catching up :)
Jess had to go catch her train, but the rest of us went to Pizza Hut and shared a couple of pizzas.

Avery and I discovered that London would not be a good place to be a disabled person, unless you had enough money to avoid the underground. In zone 1 of the system (ie, where everything is), there are only about 9 stations with elevators. Waterloo, where we started, had one elevator (which I only found after asking for directions), and it was only for the jubilee line, so I still had to take Avery's stroller down a flight of steps to get to the line we needed. Luckily, everywhere we went, there were lovely random men who took the time to ask me if I needed help getting her up or down steps, otherwise I just wouldn't have been able to do it. The scariest part for me was actually the long escalator we had to take to get out of the underground to meet up with my friends. I tackled it backwards, so that Avery was looking down the escalator while we went up. It was fine until we got about half way up, and there was no one behind us, and I realised that if I lost my grip on the stroller it would mean a serious long fall for Avery. Not my favourite part of the day. Obviously, it got a little easier once I'd met up with my friends because then they all took it in turns to help carrying the stroller up and down the many flights of stairs! But it's just a good thing that I decided to only take the stroller and no walker.
It was a lovely day though, and Avery absolutely loved the trains! The whole time we were walking around London, and while we were in the underground, she kept her hands firmly over her ears, but still enjoyed seeing all the big double decker buses and everything :) I thought she might sleep on the train on the way home, but I was very wrong - there was far too much to see and to get excited about!
One of the many photos Avery took on the train :)
By the time we got home at about 9pm, she was exhausted! She had to tell Grandma about her exciting day, but after that she went straight to bed and fell asleep very quickly :)

Brogan had a wonderful day with Grandma and Aunt Evey while Avery and I were in London! He did lots of playing outside, went to a party at the library with Grandma, and spent a lovely afternoon on the beach! Obviously, I don't have any pictures, since I had the camera with me in London, but he had a wonderful time. Didn't stop him from being very angry with me for leaving him though!!! He woke up in the middle of the night, and when I went in, he first hugged me and then spent the next half hour or so shouting at me and crying very angrily, and I don't doubt that he was just letting me know that even though he'd had a good day, it hadn't gone unnoticed that I'd left him, and he wasn't happy about it!!!

On Saturday, Eveymartine and my Mother had worked hard to finish the sandpit they had planned for the children, and after church on Sunday we had the great unveiling :D
It was (and is) a big hit!!!
Brogan finds his Aunt Evey quite amusing... :)
My pretty girl.
Avery making faces at Grandma as she pushes her on the swing.
Brogan and Aunty Evey.
My Aunty Maureen came down for the weekend, and as you can see, it took a while for my little wall-flower of a son to warm up to her!!!! :D
In the early evening, Great Grandma, Great Grandad, Aunty Evey, Aunty Maureen, Amy and Felicity came over, and we had a lovely time sitting in the garden playing with the children and then enjoying delicious homemade rolls (made by my grandma!) with egg, tomatoes, tuna, and the best lemon curd you've ever tasted (also my grandma's!)!! That was followed by my mother's excellent rhubarb crumble with ambrosia custard! Yumm yum!