Wednesday, September 27, 2006

On Tuesday morning, I climbed all the way up the stairs to see if Aunty Ceri was still in my new room, but she wasn't. I was a bit dissapointed, but I soon cheered up when I remembered about hiding from Dad in the cubby hole (it's a very funny game: for some reason, he can't see me in there at all and he's always very surprised when I jump out at him). Tuesdays are always madly busy but great fun and this one was no execption: Tots in the morning followed by Swimming in the afternoon. Me and Mum are usually wiped out by the end of the day!

Today was also really busy. Mum and me went to Gym Tots in the morning and I had a great time running about and falling over on purpose. Then the teacher made us do forward-rolls on an angled cushion thing which I thought was hilarious! I was very tired after all of that, and Mum had a rather tricky time trying to keep me awake on the way home. It was worth staying up though, as I had a really yummy but rather messy lunch of baked beans on toast:

After lunch, Mum and me did Gardening. I had a lovely time pushing the new green wheely bin around while Mum gave some of the plants a haircut (I wasn't allowed to play with the big green scissors for some reason though). And after that, we made Banana Muffins again: they're really yummy!

Monday, September 25, 2006

I went to my Childminder's on Thursday and Friday as normal (I had a lovely time as usual). But I had a nice surprise after tea on Friday evening: Aunty Ceri arrived! I was very excited! When Dad got home, I showed her my new room (where she was going to sleep), and then she helped put me in the bath and read my bedtime story.

After breakfast, I climbed all the way to the top of the house to see if she was still there. She was! It was very exciting. Once we were all up, we went off to Roath Park to feed the ducks and to play on the swings. The weather was lovely and we all had a super time. I even went on the Big Slide in the playground (although Dad had to help me down it a bit)

Then we all got back into the car and we went off to a pub to meet Aunty Cheryl for lunch. I had some pizza, but I thought the playground at the pub was the best thing of all:

After that we all came back to my house and we played in the garden for the rest of the afternoon. I had a lovely day, and I was very tired by bedtime.

Sunday was even more exciting as we went to the beach for the day! It was beautifully sunny (even though we all expected it to rain), and I had a lovely time playing in the sea, digging holes, eating sand and generally having a great time:

Aunty Ceri even managed to get some video of me playing in the surf (funny Aunty Ceri made it go all sideways!)

We had a picnic lunch, and then we all had a bit of a snooze on the sand. When I woke up, we went to Cowbridge for some coffee and and a piece of cake. I found a bridge to play on and some ducks to shout at, but I couldn't find any cows anywhere (I was a bit disappointed). I was absolutely shattered and completely covered in dirt by the end of the day, but I'd had a great time. I like going to the beach.

After climbing all the way up the stairs to check, I was very pleased to find that Aunty Ceri was still here this morning. Dad had to go to work, so we went swimming so that I could show her all the new things I can do. We had a great fun: I played with the snakes by the side of the pool and practised splashing in the shallows.

Afterwards, we went to see Carys, one of Aunty Ceri's friends from a long time ago. We didn't stay too long though, as I was very hungry and my tummy was saying it was Time For Lunch. Later on in the afternoon we went to a shop with funny rolls of paper in it and then we went to Roath park again for a run around (it's one of my favourite places). Then all too soon it was teatime.

Aunty Ceri had to go home after my bath. I was supposed to be settling down, but Dad held me up to the window so I could wave goodbye from my bedroom. I love Aunty Ceri very much and I was very sad to see her go. I hope she comes back soon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday was very exciting as I learnt how to do Floating and Kicking My Legs at swimming. The floating bit is very tricky as you have to stay very still, something I'm not very good at even when I'm asleep. Even better, after the lesson was over we stayed in the pool for a bit an played! I love playing on the slide, and I like running about and splashing in the shallows. I was very sad when we had to get out because I started to go blue with the cold (the pool was freezing!).

We went to "Gym Tots" this morning on the reccomendation of my friend Nate. It was great: a bit like Soft Play, but much bigger and with a bouncy floor and songs. The bouncy floor was very funny, and I couldn't help testing it out evey now and again by throwing myself around on it. I was a bit tired after all the running around, so we went to see Bella for a short while to calm down.

After visiting Bella, we went to get some new shoes! Well, Mum tells me we went to get new shoes. I dom't remember all that much, on account of falling asleep just as we arrived at the shop (I woke up at the cash desk with Mum paying for something in a box). Mum says that we tried on three pairs of shoes with me flat out on the floor, and that they had quite a bit of trouble getting me to stand up long enough to try out the pair we came away with. I think she's making it all up myself. But I do have a rather cool pair of shoes:

Later on in the afternoon, Mabli and Ella came round to play. I've not seen Mabli for ages, and it was good to spend some time with her again. She's coming along really well, and we had great fun colouring with my crayons and chasing each other around my play room.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

After my day of accidents on Monday, you might have thought I might have learnt to take things a bit steadier. I did try to be more careful (I even started come down of the sofa backwards instead of head-first), but it somehow didn't stick. I went to the Wacky Warehouse on Friday with my lovely Childminder, and I was having a great time chasing the big children around when I slipped and managed to hit my head on the only bit that didn't have a soft covering. It hurt a lot and it took a whole Gingerbread Man to make it all better again. Dad puts my clumsiness down to a growth spurt; we all hope it sorts itself out soon!

On Saturday, we went to Thornhill Farm; we went there with my Childminder last week and I think it's great. Dad and me bought some nice things to eat while Mum chatted to the owner (it turns out she used to work at Mum's school: I think Mum knows everyone). Then we went out and had some yummy William Dribble Cake in the coffee shop and I played with the toys in the playground:

I saw lots of animals at the farm: donkeys, horses, sheep and a huge dog (he said "Arf! Arf! Arf!" and was very friendly). Mum said they have Reindeers at Christmas time, and that she would organise a Tots trip to see them.

We had a very quiet Sunday. I went to Church with Mum in the morning and had a lovely time running up and down, playing with Bella and trying to give my truck to the people who sit on the ends of the benches. Then later on I played on my slide with some of the big children from over the road: they helped me roll an apple down it, which I thought was very funny. And after that we all went out to the park to play on the swings. Lots of other people must have had the same idea as it was very busy and I met some of my friends from Tots.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bella was One on Monday. We went round to her house after Playgroup, and had a party in her back garden. I had a lovely time running about and had loads of party food (Bella's Mum is a great cook). Bella had a great time too, although she did insist on stripping off when we were playing in the garden (insert your own joke about "wearing nothing her birthday suit" here).

Bella had another party and some more cake at Tots on Tuesday too. Aunty Aimee was feeling a bit poorly, so Uncle Mark brought her to Tots all by himself; they both seemed to have a good time. Mum is now helping to run Tots, which is great as I get to play with all the toys before everyone else gets there.

In the afternoon, we went off to my swimming lesson. I really enjoy going swimming: I was so excited I had to shout "Rah!" at regular intervals throughout the entire lesson. Swimming now starts at 2pm, and I usually crash out afterwards as it's pretty hard work. However, after this lesson I was still so hyped up that I forgot to have my nap and I managed the entire day on just 45 minutes of sleep! (Mum says I'm "No Nap Neddy")

That didn't stop me from waking up at 6as normal am on Wednesday though: I was starving and I have to get up when I'm hungry (well, I have to get Dad up so he can go make my breakfast). Later in the morning, the Health Visitor came to do my 18 Month Checkup. She talked to Mum a lot and asked me to do lots of things like pick up a ball from the floor and draw on some paper. In general, she was very pleased with me, although I'm slightly behind with my talking. Most 18-month-olds can say between 4 and 20 words; I can manage about 4 but noone is too worried as I'm not really 18 months old. Anyway, she's going to come and have another look at me just after my birthday to see how I'm doing then.

In the afternoon, Mum and me made muffins! We sat at the table at the end of the Kitchen and I helped Mum do the making: I helped make sure the raisins and the bananas tasted OK, and I helped with the stirring and with the playing with the flour on the table while Mum made a sticky mess. It was just like Big Cook Little Cook! When it was all mixed up, we put the sticky stuff into funny paper things and put it all in the oven (which was "hot, hot, hot!"). A very long time later, someone had taken the sticky stuff away and in its place was some Muffins!

They're really yummy!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I went to my Childminder's on Thursday and Friday, and I had a lovely time. I love spending time with my Childminder, because we always do loads of really fun things. As an example, we went to the Llanishen Farm Shop on Friday where I played with some sheep and had some yummy "Lemon Drizzle Cake" to eat (although Mum calls it "William Dribble Cake" for some reason).

Mum and Dad spent a lot of time up in my new room on Saturday (well, Mum and Dad think it's going to be a room for guests, but I know better). It was really exciting to start with as I'm not allowed to go up there very often and I like to play hiding in the Big Cupboard. Mum and Dad were playing with Dad's tools and a big pile of bits of wood and metal bits, so I decided to help by with the bashing. The pile of wooden bits got smaller and eventually we were left with two bedside tables. I was very impressed.

Saturday was also Aunty Ceri's birthday. We all sang "Happy Birthday" to her over the phone. I hope she had a great day.

We'd spent yet more time in my new room on Sunday morning, filling the Big Cupboard with boxes and things. They put all sorts of strange things in there (including Dad's old Trombone, which makes the funniest noises), and I'm going to have a whale of a time digging through it sometime.

In the afternoon, we went out for a walk round Llanishen Reservoir. I went in my back-carrier, and it was wonderful (I love being in the back-carrier). We saw lots of doggies and birds, we ate blackberries and we went through secret holes in hedges. I was so happy I sang the whole way. It was great.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Monday was a day of accidents. Dad stayed home in the morning to look after me (Mum had to go to School), so we went to Soft Play with Bella. I was having a lovely time showing Dad how clever I am at climbing up things when suddenly I fell over backwards and hit my head on the only bit of Soft Play that wasn't Soft. I wasn't very happy: it took at least three Gingerbread Men to calm me down. I've got a bit of a sore lump on the back of my head now.

Mum returned after lunch, which was just as well as Dad was feeling a bit poorly and had to go lie down on the sofa for the whole afternoon. I think he must have been feeling a bit cold, as he was wearing his warmest jumper and he was wrapped in one of my blankets, but he was still shivering. I helped look after him by taking him lots of cuddly toys and going in to pat him on the head every now and then.

Bella came back later on, and we went out to the Park to give Dad some peace and quiet. I was a bit dissapointed to find that the fire-engines had all gone home, but I had a lovely time playing on the swings with Bella. However, it all started to go wrong when I wanted to go on the slide.

As it was raining, Mum thought it would be a good idea to put on my rainsuit to stop me getting mucky. It took a long time to get me into it as I wanted to be on the slide and I get wriggly when I don't get what I want. Eventually, I was all dressed and so I set off to climb to the top of the slide. I'm really good at climbing now: I can get to the top of the slide and launch myself down it headfirst all by myself. Unfortunately, the combination of the wet weather and my rainsuit turned the slide into a bit of a friction-free death-trap and I went down rather quicker than anyone expected. I zoomed right past Mum and shot right off the end, landing heavily on my nose. Needless to say, I wasn't happy! (Thankfully, no lasting damage was done).

Since Monday, I've been suffering a bit from a nasty cold (I blame Dad). But it didn't stop me from going to my new swimming class on Tuesday. I'm with the big children now, and things were a bit different but it was still great fun. For example, we started the lesson by jumping up and down in the shallow end (very splashy!), and then we had to walk out to the Big Red Ball (I had to swim the last bit though, as I'm a bit short). We did lots of things I can't do yet (like push off from the wall and float like a star-fish), but I think I'm going to enjoy them when I learn how.

Today was pretty quiet, which was just as well as I'm still feeling a bit poorly. We went to Roath Park this morning, and I had a lovely time playing on the swings (I took it easy on the slide though!), and I helped Mum eat cake in the cafe. And in the the afternoon, I played with Aunty Jenny in the garden. Mum says that I'm going to my Childminder's for the day tomorrow as she has to go back to work now. I'm really looking forward to seeing my Childminder again, although I'll miss spending time with Mum.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Friday was very exciting! We went to see Nate in the morning, which was lovely and we ended up staying for lunch. In the afternoon, we went to the park with my mate Ewan. Then while we were playing football, a little boy got his head stuck between the railings round the park. Lots of Mums tried to get him out with vaseline and pulling but nothing seemed to work so Aunty Clair phoned the fire brigade! Two fire engines, a police car and an ambulance turned up to try and get him out, and one of the fire engines had to drive all over the grass to get to the railings. It was all very exciting! In the end, the firemen cut the boy out with a big pair of scissors. Everyone was very relieved.

Saturday didn't start out in a promising way: the weather was terrible and as soon as we'd finished breakfast I was bundled into the car and we set off to Ikea, again. However, things didn't turn out too badly: we started off in the cafe, where I played with some toys and had some yummy cake to eat. Then we wandered round the shipo for a bit and I played with all the doors and cupboards I could find (there are lots in Ikea). Mum was very happy though as she was finally able to get the sofa she's been after.

After lunch, Mum and Dad put the sofa together (I helped by hiding the screws and waving bits of wood about), then we went to George's birthday party. It was great: there was loads of yummy party food (including crisps, biscuits and cake!), and George let us play with all of his toys (other people's toys are always more interesting than your own). Mum said you could tell I'd had a good time at the party by the state of my clothes: I was filthy! When it was time to go home, I was very proud of myself as I managed to walk all the way home.

We went to see Uncle Pete and Aunty Liz on Sunday. They live with lots of doggies that I thought were very funny, especially the small one (she tried to lick my face when we arrived, and she tried to run off with my blanket when we were leaving!)I had a lovely time posting my toys through their windows. After lunch, we went off to the beach where I played with some stones and tried to eat sand (it's crunchy and it tastes a bit salty). All the sea air made me very tired, and Dad had to break out the Emergency Sweets on the way home to keep me awake. It was a good day.

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