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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Friday, 31 July 2009

Bon voyage, Dayna

We'll be thinking of you in Korea this week Dayna. I hope it is a fantastic experience for you and lots of fun even if it is work.
Lots of love
Mum and Dad

Happy birthday Trinity

Happy birthday Trinity.

Have a great day.

Lots of love and cuddles from Nanny and Poppy.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Happy Birthday Mum!

aka Mother-dear aka Mummy aka Nanny aka Ann aka Lady Ada aka Ann Of Green Gables aka The Dread-Pirate's Wife!

Hope you have a lovely day! On behalf of all of us, thank-you!!

Have a drink on us.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

I can stay in the country, huzzah!

About 2 months ago my entry/work VISA for the UK expired; two weeks prior I sent it away for an extension. Today I got my passport back and breathed a sigh of relief!

It's hard to believe it takes so long! I mean, they certainly took my money quick enough -- that was taken out of my account before the first biometrics interview. Worse, the application form warns that it can take up to 90 days, and that if you need your passport back before then they will cancel the processing altogether. Luckily for me, I was entitled to stay (and work) for as long as they had it, but with our next holiday coming up I was really quite worried I wouldn't be able to leave the country -- after Wales, we realise it will actually be cheaper to fly and stay in Europe than to drive around Britain. Which is of course ridiculous in and of itself, but what can you do?

I'm still not home-and-hosed yet, as the biometric ID card (which replaces a rubber-stamp in my passport and must be carried along with the passport) is being delivered separately, but at least I can leave and re-enter the country now.

We're "last minuting" our next holiday, as Dee's brother will be with us and we want something cheap and fun -- suggestions? So far I'd like to see Morocco or Greece, Dee is talking about Ireland (although I've already been there!) and Chris (her brother) will take whatever he gets *grin*. Especially since he's doing a 'round-the-world trip in Business Class thanks to about a billion frequent-flyer points.

This has me reinvigorated about a big trip next year, too -- Budapest, Poland, Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Happy birthday Dayna

Happy Birthday to Dayna.

Thought I'd better do this today even if i'm a day early. We're sending love and hugs and best wishes for a great day.
Love from Mum and Dad

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Happy Birthday Daria!

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Dariaaaaaaa,
Ha-appy birthday to yooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuu!!

*big hugz* from Aunty Dayna

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Bendigo and birthdays and baby

Only a few weeks until we head over to Bendigo. Can't wait! :) It will be Oscar's first big trip and we're hoping he'll be alright with sitting in the car for a while. We're doing the trip over two days as we usually do and are prepared to do as many stops as Os needs. We're slowly getting organised... have made a list of things to take and will book accommodation very soon. Os may be eating some solids by the time we go, so we have to pack for that as well as pack everything he needs for his formula.
(I'm reading this out to Oscar as i type to keep him entertained, and he's just staring. Creepy!)
The trip to Bendigo is part of my brithday present from Damien. The other part is this laptop! It was a really nice surprise when Damien gave it to me. I was a bit confused at first because I thought that the "happy birthday cheryl" message on the screen was the present :) Oscar spends most of his awake time in the loungeroom, and now that he is moving around much more it's so good to be able to watch him and check out facebook at the same time ;) It has also been handy to do things like look up information for our trip etc and Damien has also put some shows and movies on there.
Apart from all of that Oscar has been doing well recently. He did a bit of a commando crawl the other night and tends to move around a fair bit when he's on the floor. He has also been sleeping much better this past week. We thought it might have been because of his immunisations, but he's stilll sleeping well so we'll see.
(PS Oscar was staring because he was tired. I put him to bed and he slept for an hour and a half!)