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2013 – an overview!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


This year has been a busy and fantastic one for us.  We moved house in April to my rainbow’s end little pot of gold as you can see up above!  We are now well settled in, and enjoyed making the most of the gorgeous weather this summer.  We moved to the seaside at just the right time – I can assure you working in a heat wave is more bearable knowing you can go for a paddle when you get home!  Many trips to the beach 2 minutes away have been made, and many picnics there and on the deck area at the front door overlooking the sea!

We had a lovely 10th Wedding Anniversary celebration back in the honeymoon suite at Balbirnie Hotel (where we were married) and during our stay did some key conveyancing transactions with the solicitors!  I wasn’t bothered about my birthday this year, just wanted to get into the house and start living “happily ever after”!  In line with this I somehow totally lost my list of pressies and confused myself so much I never got round to doing thank you letters, so I do apologise for that.  If you missed the whole story of the house I did blog about it and I’ve posted photos on my Flickr.

The house is all I dreamed of and more, never realised how content having sea views would make me – and we lost count of how many times Owen squealed happily “I can see the sea” in the first month!  Even the cats love it as they can now go outside as we’re away from any busy roads, we just cross our fingers they won’t jump off the cliffs!  The house has lots of features that I love: an awesome utility room with proper old Belfast sink and a really useful hose type tap; a lovely bathroom with funky lighting; a great ensuite with a double shower; Owen’s room has tons of storage and fantastic views of the coast; a useful hose under the front decking so you can wash the car; a spare room that we can keep just as a spare room (yes that is your invite!); and 2 decent sized lounges including a perfect space for Firefly, my rocking horse.  I could go on but I don’t want to be a bore/show off!  Unfortunately when we moved in we had 3 quite major problems so we’re working through fixing those things (and paying the associated bills!) but generally speaking we’re all quite happy there.  Bryan doesn’t see it as his “forever house” in the same way I do but I’ve told him if he wants to move he can organise it all next time – if he finds a house we like even more than this one!

Our other news is that Bryan’s firm got bought over at the start of the year by Adept4.  Bryan then got promoted in April and the associated pay rise was perfect timing for our increased mortgage, and has meant finances aren’t as tight as we’d predicted.  Plus for the first time in our relationship he is the Main Breadwinner, so that’s taking some getting used to!  Owen and his Grandda got him an “I’m The Boss” badge for Father’s Day so that reminds me.  Adept4 seem to be a great company, and I’m not just saying that as I’m wearing the gorgeous earrings I got from their Christmas party one Saturday night a couple of weeks ago…which was an awesome Bond themed dinner, in Shropshire!  Was nice to get a night away and I got to drive an MPV for the first time as there were 6 of us travelling down from Aberdeen, nice bit of bonding time for the 3 colleagues/IT geeks.

Owen is growing as only little people do, can’t believe our wee baby is 4 now.  This was him as Joseph in the nursery Christmas Show – he was very diligent in learning his lines (and keeping his star role a secret from his Daddy until the big day!).  He’s very excited about going to GaelicSchool next August and has been learning a few words, we even went to a day course to learn some to speak with him.  We also got invited to a picnic of other families involved with the school so he met a boy who will be in his year and some others from above and below his year.  He is great fun, totally into drawing and Lego at the moment – and collecting shells and other beach “treasure”..  This year he’s had his first trip to England (Bryan had a work BBQ for us to attend), he’s been to Mickey Mouse Rockin’ Road Show, the Turriff Show, Leuchar’s air show, Lion King stage show (with Hillside flatshare reunion lunch, first time since kids born, pic below!) and exhibition, had football coaching at nursery, honed his climbing skills (rocks at the beach as well as in play parks) and been to his first music festival.  The last of these was Strathyre’s first attempt and my parent’s hotel was one of the venues.  Creagan is still on the market unfortunately but the good news is Dad finally applied, and was accepted, to The Master Chefs of Great Britain.

My work is going great, in June I gave my first ever seminar to my peers at the British and Irish Association of Law Librarian’s conference (I go most years).  A lot of work, and nerves, went into it but it seemed to go well, I even repeated it for one of the local law firms.  It was called Working Outside The Box and is about transferable skills.  I’ve also been promoted to Vice Chair of the BIALL Website Committee so that means I’m guaranteed a few more trips to London etc for their meetings!  I’ve been encouraging external hires of our library and in September we had our first wedding, in November our first concert – both of which were great fun.

I’m still writing concert reviews so I get to see gigs for free – in fact one birthday treat was finally getting to see Simple Minds in action, great night!  I’ve also seen Olly Murs, Emile Sande, Midge Ure, Toyah (even got my photo taken with her!), Emma’s Imagination (pic with her too!). Young Kato, Pigeon Detectives (ooh another pic!), Joe Bonamassa, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and local band Little Kicks.  Not forgetting of course CS Buchan’s album launch in the wonderful venue of…my library!  If you’re interested my reviews are online here.  I won 4 tickets to see Strictly Confidential, the dance show about Lisa Riley’s life so had a girly outing and we all really enjoyed ourselves.  Ooh and talking of prizes, I also won an iPad Mini so that’s been very handy for supporting my internet addiction!

Our Christmas Day was just the 3 of us in our new house, then Boxing Day we went to the pantomime with Ray, Nicole, Lucas and Maya.  Having moved to the south of Aberdeen we’ve managed to see more of them this year and our sons seem to be growing up as close as their Dads did, which is nice.  On 27th we were supposed to head down to Fife for my wee cousin’s wedding party as she’s finally home from the States where she got married but unfortunately a couple of members of the family were ill, so I still have that prospect to look forward to.  Instead we went straight to Creagan to have a “Christmas Day” with my parents last Saturday.

Unfortunately Bryan’s Dad is offshore this month but we do see him quite a lot when he’s onshore now which is ace, and at the end of January the 4 of us are going to Old Trafford to see Man U play (thanks Adept4!) so we’re all really excited about that, will be quite an experience I’m sure!

So really 2013 has been a great year for us, hope it suited you too?!

1 month down…

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

January is almost over, already.  Really, where does the time go?  So what’s going on with us?  Well Owen seems to have hit the terrible 2s – now that he’s 3!  We’re having a bit of a hard time with him but doing our best to work out why he’s getting upset and to explain to him why his behaviour is sometimes unacceptable.  He does seem to listen, usually, and take it in – and he is very good at saying sorry afterwards!

Our house is still on the market – wanna buy it?  We’ve already had 5 lots of viewers this year and another 1 coming tonight so that’s promising, just need 1 of them to buy it now!  Must admit I’ve had enough of living in a decluttered and tidy environment, I want a home again!  Still our day will come.  It’s interesting seeing who’s looked at the home report as we get regular updates of who’s been looking at it, so tempting to email them all and say “buy it!  And if not please tell me why not in case its something we can fix before the next person looks at it!”  One viewer was kind enough to give our solicitor some feedback but it was that he wanted a garage, so not sure why he came to see a house without a garage – its not like the pictures make it look like the garden is big enough to build one!  Ah well, his loss of our lovely house, just means someone else gets the joy of living here…anyone for a viewing?

Work is going fine, except today and yesterday when I’ve been off sick.  Caught some horrid coldy virus thing – fluctuating temperature, sore head, feeling sick, achy all over.  Yesterday I barely had the energy to lift my head from the pillow but today I’ve even managed a shower and getting dressed (luckily as we have viewing booked!).  So back to work tomorrow!  Unfortunately I missed a fundraising dinner we’d arranged last night at The Courtyard – http://www.thecourtyardaberdeen.co.uk/ – in aid of The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research http://www.euanmacdonaldcentre.com/home.html but I was happy to count up this morning over £1000 was raised so that’s fabulous!  Apparently the dinner and cookery demonstration were fabulous – would have been lost on me last night, I barely managed 3 forkfulls of spagetti bolonaise!

Other than that not a lot to report – oh Bryan got photo editing software for Christmas and may have been playing with it…
Owen

And we may have enjoyed the recent snow…
Snow angel!

Christmas with a 3 year old is magical

Friday, January 11th, 2013

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We had a lovely Christmas, I would say the best ever! Owen being 3 meant he understood and appreciated everything so it was totally magical spending it with him. We managed to do a few Christmassy things in advance – we saw Santa arriving by helicopter at BA Stores, Dunecht; we went for a walk with Santa and a reindeer drawn sleigh from White Horse, Balmedie and; went to a Jo Jingles Christmas party, with a visit from…Santa, of course! As well as this there was a party at nursery with Santa so Owen had 4 parcels under the tree from the big man in red before we even got to the 24th! Plus Owen was in his first ever show – a nativity at nursery in which he was a shepherd. Ooh we also went to see Aberdeen’s main pantomime this year as it was Owen’s beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, we all loved it and had a great time – although afterwards we had to check out that Gangnam Style by PSY video as we’d never actually seen it – Owen can now do the dance quite well I’m afraid to say.

Nursery was shut from 21st December to the 7th January so I arranged to be off the full 2 weeks as well (only took 2 days of annual leave as I have such a fab job!). Bryan was off for most of it, although on call so occasionally had to sit with the laptop and swear a bit (yeap that’s my opinion of his job…!). Christmas Eve Owen and I were alone together waiting for the excitement to begin, somehow we came up with the decision to go and fly a kite. At first I thought we were silly but it was actually a totally fabulous thing to do! I made him watch the bit from Mary Poppins before we go when they sing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” so he was singing that the entire time as well, bless him!

Mid afternoon Bryan escaped from work, and then my parents arrived for their 2 night stay. It was the first time they have stayed away from Creagan at Christmas, and the first time Dad hasn’t cooked Christmas lunch since he was about 16 he thinks! It was the first time I’ve spent Christmas Day with my parents in quite some years, and the first time Owen has had all his Grandparents in the same place. Bryan’s Dad and Sasina joined us for lunch on Christmas Day – and obviously a good amount of playing with someone’s new toys afterwards. All this added up to a special occasion, but back to Christmas Eve! My folks and I took Owen to our local church for their Carol Service (first time Dad has been in a church for anything other than a wedding or funeral since he were a lad!). It was a lovely service, and Owen was so excited when he recognised “Away in a Manger” and was able to join in with the singing. The wee girl in front of us made everyone laugh as we sat down after the first couple of songs by saying, just as it went quiet: “can we go home now?”.

Once we got home it was a case of putting out the stocking, a carrot for Rudolph, a mince pie and water for Santa, some Santa dust in the garden with the reindeer food we’d made at the Jo Jingles party and, the magic key so Santa could get in as we don’t have a chimney. Finally boy went to bed, an hour late but completely zonked as soon as his head hit the pillow!

Christmas Day was a glorious blur of wrapping paper, spoilt boy smiles, grandparents, turkey, crackers, giggles and yet more smiles. Although my parents met Bryan’s Dad for our wedding, they hadn’t met since so hadn’t met Sasina. It was nice for them all to have a chance to get to know each other a bit more – and of course Owen loved having them all together. We did miss Uncle Lee but he was down south with his children so we didn’t grudge him that! Of course Bryan’s Mum is no longer with us but I made sure she was included by using a gorgeous table cloth she’d given us, set off my table setting perfectly.

On Boxing Day we let our chef have a much deserved lie in then we all went out for a walk – and took the kite again. Owen and my Dad both had fun flying it, and it was a gorgeous day to be up on Perwinnes Moss. Think we all needed the lovely hot home made Butternut Squash Soup Bryan gave us for lunch once we got back though! Next we left Bryan at home to play with his new photography software he got for Christmas (worth every penny if you ask me, ever seen his photos (2 in this post are his)? http://www.flickr.com/photos/bry_robertson/ ). Mum came with Owen and I as I tried to keep up with Dad in his Christmas pressie of a new (to him!) Jag, down to Stonehaven, where we all visited my Great Aunt Dorothy. From there we split to go home but Owen and I took a wee detour to visit our friend Noreen and say thanks for Owen’s Cars Busy Book – she knows him well!

Since then its been play dates with friends and family, a very cold but enjoyable walk on the beach, a lovely walk at Bennachie with Nicole and family..

Bennachie Walk

…and lots of playing with spoilt brat’s new toys. Santa gave him Thundercats figures and sword, just as he’d requested when he phoned him at the North Pole, as well as more Gruffalo stuff, a jigsaw, Disney CDs, and a kilt for playing King Fergus from Brave (for some reason he’s been calling me Merida a lot since we saw the film at the cinema). Our lovely neighbour brought over a wooden fort her grandson didn’t need so that has become the Brave castle, with Lego furniture we’ve styled for the purpose, and we’ve been fighting off the Clans and the baddie bear. We got the figures with a Brave Busy Book he chose from Tesco with some Christmas money he got, and it has a mat with the woods where the witch lives and where Angus the horse can run. So much fun! The wee man’s imagination is really good so he’s quite happy using things out of context to suit the game he wants – he’s also recently discovered Lego so Uncle Lee, cousins Lucas and Maya and Grandda and Sasina all got him some of his own. He’s so proud of “my own Lego” as opposed to Mummy’s cast offs that he’s been playing with!

I’ve included a couple of Bryan’s photos but mine are available here if you need more!

Hope you had a good Christmas too, here’s hoping 2013 is good for all of us!

2012 round up

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Still being naughty and not blogging much (yes I said the same last year!) so thought I could share the letter I sent with Christmas cards as a bit of a round up of last year (may edit it a bit to allow for public consumption):

Time to recap our year, and looking back it’s been a good one on the whole! Hope 2012 was good to you too?

After 14 months of living with us Lee moved out in January, Owen found it hard to get used to his uncle not being around all the time at first but now just enjoys the visits when we do see him – plus Owen moved into the bigger room once it was free again so that’s much better for him. Unfortunately Lee is probably moving to England next year to be closer to his kids, can’t blame him but we will all miss him.

Our main news really is that our house is on the market – fancy it? http://www.aspc.co.uk/cgi-bin/public/SINGLE?ID=302308 After almost 6 years in Bridge of Don we’ve decided it would be more practical to be on the south side of the city (and I’m hoping for sea views!). The plan is to be closer to various important people in our lives, although we will miss our BOD friends and hope they won’t be strangers once they do finally get rid of us!

Our decision on location hasn’t needed to be affected by the location of good schools as we also made the huge decision to send Owen to Gaelic School once the time comes. The research into bilingual education shows amazing results and we want to give him the best opportunity we can, plus the unit has quite small classes and a community feel with the families all getting together for various social events throughout the year. Also they provide transport so it doesn’t matter where we live he’ll get safely transported.

Owen is now 3 and a proper little chap, no more ickle baby that’s for sure! He still loves pirates, his cats and Snow White and the 7 Dwarves (luckily that’s Aberdeen’s main panto this year so we went to that on the 23rd!).
Excited party boy!

He had his first proper birthday party in October, insisted on wearing his suit for it – the photo above that I took of him appeared in the Press and Journal in a feature that won us a canvas version of it! We took him to his first football match at Pittodrie – Manchester United v Aberdeen. I was a bit worried as it started at his bedtime but he managed fine, was lovely watching him with his Dad and Grandda enjoying the game. He is in the Pre School class at nursery and loves helping the Ladies, and us, with things like laying the table. His manners are also very good – I have been told off for having my elbows on the table, and even Granny was told off for eating with her mouth full! Down point of the year was chicken pox, but at least that’s over with, oh and a trip to A&E when he tripped at nursery and cut his forehead, luckily they were able to just glue it back together.

Fabulously 2 concert photographers now ask me to write reviews for them so I’ve managed several concerts without denting our finances (saving for a bigger house obviously!). My parents got me tickets to see Madonna in Edinburgh so that is one big name off my Need To See List, I have also seen this year: The Wanted, Steps (urgh!), Hue and Cry, Charlie Simpson, Twin Atlantic, The Proclaimers, Lionel Richie and Jools Holland with KT Tunstall.

Work wise we’re both at the same places, I have had an article and a blog post published this year and I presented a seminar at my work on Social Networking, which went well. Next year I am going to be a speaker at the big Law Librarian’s conference I go to every year (this year was Belfast, next year is Glasgow). Not sure why I thought that was a good idea to apply for but will look good on my LinkedIn profile if it goes well! I’ve waitressed at a couple of events too, good to keep my hand in, and I do miss the team work and yummy food associated therein! The wages for that help me justify my now 6 monthly habit of a weekend away with 3 special gal pals, this year it was Aviemore where we fed reindeer and Pitlochry where we enjoyed the Enchanted Forest – oh and both cabins had hot tubs – lush!

Through my work, and networking efforts with Aberdeen PA, a lovely hotel called Fairmont St Andrews gave me a voucher for a night’s bed and breakfast so we decided it would be rude not to use it. It was the first time we’ve left Owen somewhere over night and I’m not sure who enjoyed it most – him or my parents! Luckily they had no problems – and we had a lovely evening with a superb meal in the Fairmont’s Esperante restaurant. We did the taster menu which seemed to have a high wine to food ratio, good we didn’t have far to go afterwards! Waking up seeing the sea from our bedroom was good house selling motivation it must be said.

Family wise – my parent’s house/business is on the market and they celebrated 40 years married in July! Quite an achievement. Talking of marriage, my wee cousin Sarah emigrated and married a Texan, we managed a family get together at Creagan before she went and a historic photo was taken of all the cousins, their parents and offspring. Not very often we manage that!

So all in all, a good year for me I think!  Roll on 2013…and fingers crossed we sell our house soon!

How Do You Find The Time?

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I’ve been tagged by Mrs Browlee in this #meme started by Sex, Drugs, Rocker and Stroller.

RULES

  • Please post the rules.
  • When answering the questions, please give as much detail as possible.
  • Leave a message on Sex, Drugs Rocker and Stroller, baby, so we can keep track of the meme and I can totally steal your routine tips to make my world a happier place.
  • Also if you want (and I’d really like you to) add a little paragraph at the bottom to give a general summing up about your weekly routine.
  • Tag 3 or more people and link to them on your blog.
  • Tweet tweet tweet #howdoyoufindthetimetomeme

Righty-o. Lets crack on, shall we?

How and when do you find the time to…

… do your laundry?

I tend to do little bits of preparation here and there (ie take my clothes off, turn them inside out and put them in the correct laudry bin and try and grab hubby’s as he throws them at the pile and do the same).  When Owen is in the bath/shower that’s kinda his time with Daddy so I sort more throughly then and put a wash on most evenings.  Sometimes I get another wash ready so its in the machine for the next morning when we get in from work/nursery so its finishing about his bath/shower time and I can get it hung up then.  We don’t have a tumble drier so everything has to go on a clothes horse then rotate round radiators to finish off before going away, that tends to be done in the evenings.  Recently its been so hot that 24 hours on the clothes horse has been plenty and away it goes!
 

… write a blog post?

Well I don’t do that as much as I’d like but before I start work or during my lunch hour is usually when I do blog if I’m going to.  Hubby drives us to the nursery in the morning and then goes to his work which he starts at 8.30 so I then have an hour before I start to: check Owen into nursery, walk or bus to work, maybe do some shopping for work on the way, read the paper, check facebook etc, blog, do my teeth and straighten my hair if I didn’t do before leaving the house.

… look after yourself (ie; wash your hair, paint your nails, take a bubble bath etc)?

Ok should admit firstly that I’m not very good at being a girl so don’t tend to do make up or skin care type stuff that take up time.  I get up before the guys do to wash my hair, or at weekends I don’t get my shower until hubby is up and can take over with the wee un.  Bubble baths happen very rarely, usually on a Thursday night from 8pm as that is hubby’s xbox time so if I’m not going out to a chums that’s my time to do whatever I like (often laundry catch up of course!) 

… spend time with your other half?

We have good chats in the car on the way to nursery/work most mornings, around “yes dear that is a nee naw”, “no sweetie I don’t want your bogie”.  Then some evenings we mark as ours and make an effort to sit on the sofa together, have dinner and watch something we both enjoy on tv (usually until I fall asleep in his arms of course..).  I recently got given a voucher for a night in a hotel and we’re really looking forward to the thought of a night away..just need to chat up my brother in law to look after Owen for us…! 

… do fun stuff with your LO?

I get Mummy and LO time on our bus home, I always have something to entertain him in my bag.  We usually have almost 2 hours together before Daddy gets home.  Then at the weekends early morning is our time as Daddy gets his lie ins that he needs (don’t feel bad for me, I get frequent early nights which are what I need!)Weekend mornings are chore free, just time to read books, chill out together, play cars or jigsaws.  We never put the tv on, its just our time to be together.  Obviously once OH gets up its family time, although chores have to get done too.  Now LO is getting older he can help with some stuff which seems to excite him anyway so that’s great!

… spend time with family?

My parents live a distance away so it is hard to get to see them, especially as they own a hotel so weekends are their busy time but that’s the only time we’re not working.  We do go down now and then for a visit and sometimes they come up and stay a Tuesday and Wednesday night and Owen and I take the Wednesday off work/nursery to spend the day with them.  Bryan’s Dad and brother are both a lot more local so we can pop in to visit or go round to watch the football, or they can come to us for dinner or whatever.  Bryan is very close to his cousin Ray and they have 2 wee ones so we get together when we can which is great.

  … socialise with friends?

Oh that’s easy, Owen goes to bed at 7pm so that leaves every evening free!  My job involves a lot of socialising anyway, plus there’s lunch hours, and weekends – if they like spending time with Owen too.

… prepare an evening meal juggling a baby/toddler routine?

I don’t, my husband is in charge of shopping for, and cooking of, food.  I do make dinner for our son on work nights as he and I get in first but its often reheating last night’s dinner or boiling some pasta. 

… deep clean your house?

Now and then I take a day off work and let hubby take Owen to nursery on his way to work.  Then I get down and get scrubbing.

… do the food shopping?

As previously mentioned this is assigned to hubby, we either all go at the weekend or he goes whilst Owen and I play at home.  Occassionally he and Owen go and I get some cleaning time – useful to get rid of them to hoover the house or mow the garden.

… bulk ironing?

I just don’t.  I dry everything flat.  Life is just too short.

Weekly routine – get up 7am, shower, get boy up and dressed, breakfast.  If week day get off to work, dropping boy off on way, work, spend lunch time doing chores such as checking finances or organising new insurance policies or shopping for himself’s next size of pants, then more work, collect son, bus home, dinner, bath and bed for him, then eat dinner, do dishes etc and get to bed.  If weekend day then dressing is often after breakfast, accompanied with playing and reading.  Days vary a lot depending on plans, visiting, shopping, fun activities etc.  Always try and get back home in time for his dinner, shower/bath and bed routine.

Allllllrighty then. Who shall I tag…?
Hmmm, will add some as I find willing victims!!

“Granny and Granddad coming, not chickens”

Friday, June 1st, 2012

So Owen said over and over again, before they finally arrived, having left their chickens at Creagan!  They arrived on Tuesday afternoon, collecting me from work and Owen from nursery and driving us to the beach.  There we played on the sand and went to the amusement arcade whilst we waited for Bryan to finish work and join us.  We introduced Owen to slot machines, the ones you put 2p in and hope it knocks more 2ps out.  We also showed him how to go round and check for fallen money.  Granny bought him £1 of 2ps when we got home he had £1.05 and we had played for quite a while!  Good lad!  Once Bryan arrived we met up and had dinner out, which was lovely.  There’s a place on the first floor at the beach called Captain’s Table where you get lovely views of the sea and lighthouse…and on this occassion some folk dressed as animals…no idea why but they waved at Owen lots!
Corrupting their grandchild
Animals wave at Owen
Grandad and Owen enjoy flakes

Wednesday Owen and I were booked off nursery and work respectively and we spent much of the day at Storybook Glen exploring which was a good laugh.
My Dad hated every minute..obviously
High 5 for Tinky Winky
Granny, Grandad and Owen in a train
Nee naw!

That night Bryan cooked us a lovely dinner and we sat and chatted till bed time, then in the morning the Robertsons went back to “normal life” and the Gunns headed back south to tend the chickens!  Fun times and happy memories!

Pox Boy

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One week to the day after the Tuesday afternoon call from nursery about Owen having a head injury comes another call from them.  This time he had chicken pox and I was to take him home.
'I so so sore'

At least we have now got that over and done with, before he’s at school age.  Also apparently it gets worse the older you are so its better to get it young.  Hopefully he won’t have it again, although I believe that is possible!

So we had 2 weeks of juggling jobs and Pox Boy.  Luckily he seemed to like being green when smothered in Aloe Vera cream, and enjoyed many bicarbonate of soda baths which also seemed to help lots.  He was such a good boy with it, there was only 1 night he didn’t sleep well, and he’s admitted he had a “little scratch 2 times”.  It’s so hard watching your wee one in pain or discomfort though.  Mostly I stayed home with him although he had one day of Daddy, one day of Uncle Lee, and even one day of coming to my work and helping me!  I actually got a lot more done than I thought I might and even he did some work, sorting out my white and red rubber bands into seperate piles. He really enjoyed a picnic lunch on my office floor complete with tea party with our lovely cups etc.
Picnic lunch and pretend tea party at Mummy's work

Once he was over the worst, and no longer contagious, we even had a trip out.  I probably could have put him back to nursery but he still wasn’t himself and I didn’t want to rush things and make him worse.  He went back last Friday for one day so he had the weekend to recover as nursery is tiring and then he’s been back full time this week.

Our trip out was even more sucessful than I had hoped.  I’d told him we’d go to the Disney Store and Maritime Museum and he seemed excited about both.  We got a lift in with Bryan so were in town super early and went straight to Disney.  They hadn’t opened yet but when they did the ladies asked Owen if he would like to open the store, so he got to help turn a huge key and then watch all the lights come on and the animations around the walls start, with the sunrise first.  They then gave him a replica of the key to take home!  So exciting!!
Opening ceremony
Disney key in pride of place on new bedroom door

He wasn’t quite so taken with the Maritime Museum, not enough pirates apparently…!  Although he did like seeing the huge model of an oil rig as that is where Grandda works and I showed him where all the helicopters that fly over our house land, so that was good.
We think this one is a pirate ship - it even has treasure!

It was quite nice that we got to spend lots of time in his new bedroom just after he moved in as well. He had been in the smaller of our 3 bedrooms with a Finding Nemo theme. However whilst Lee was staying with us Bryan got used to not having a big “den” so when his brother moved out we redecorated that room with a Toy Story theme and moved Owen into it. The smaller room is now a spare room/computer room. Of course not all the time that Owen spent in his new room was spent appreciating our decorating efforts bless him…
This might be why he didn't come when I called him for lunch

Happily the pox marks are now fading and I’m not aware of any scars remaining so we may have got off lightly, and the scar on his head seems to be healing up nicely as well.  More excitingly, yesterday (Tuesday) passed without any phone calls from nursery!