Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Happy 8th Birthday April!

Gosh, every year it goes by quicker and quicker. April was so excited about her birthday this year, I've been having a running commentary since the beginning of November about how many days it is etc. Being 8 is such an exciting time.

We decided to buy April a bike this year. She never asks us for anything and she is so appreciative of everything we do that I feel she really deserved something lovely. It also makes the 2 mile journey to school more fun for her as well.

We gave her the bike on Sunday so that Stuart could put it together, check the saddle height and tyres and we could go out for a bike ride for the first time without the pressure of having to be at school on time etc. I think it is a winner

Happy Birthday April. You are a wonderful daughter - funny, kind, loyal and generous. We are really lucky to have you in our lives and we love you very much. 

Thank you for all the lovely cards, gifts and good wishes April has received. I'm off to ice the cake that Noel made with me last night.

Lots of love - Jemma, Stuart, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Our 11th Wedding Anniversary

Stu and I walked down the aisle 11 years ago today. Its gone really, really quickly and mostly its been really, really happy. Like all couples we have had our moments but I put our happy marriage down to our shared sense of humour and the fact he works away. Only joking darling...

I have been thoroughly spoilt today with not one but two lovely gifts. I had asked for a cookbook stand as I used to have one years ago and I used it a lot, but then I broke it. I am very lucky as I got this one...

And as an extra special extra, I also got this ...

I know, I'm just a teensy bit spoilt, aren't I. It's a Lady's Favourites hamper - indulging in my love of wicker baskets and all things girlie.

It has some champagne truffles in it, a handmade soap in a little hat box, 1/2 bottle of pink champagne and some sugared almonds. It is all very dainty and pretty.  

Mum and Dad very kindly looked after the children for us today so that Stu and I could go out for lunch. It was such a nice treat, we went to the Harvester and had a really nice time. Mum and Dad gave us some money for our anniversary so we treated ourselves with that - even bigger bonus.

Not long after they had left, we were just sorting out the dinner dishes and bath time etc, when there was a knock on the door. It was my mum. Finally, after all my hinting, they have bought us a house.  

Isn't it cute? It's actually from Lidl. Stu and I went to try and get one last week but they didn't have any. I mentioned it to mum and unbeknown to me, they went to get us one after they left. It's the little thoughtful things that make life special isn't it. 

Isaac is now standing up really well, he pulls himself up on the furniture and as you can see below, on the stair gate. This gate is across the kitchen door to stop the boys sitting by the back door when I have to nip out to the tumble dryer/bin etc.  As you can see, everyone congregates around it when I'm in the kitchen, even if they had been happily playing 5 minutes earlier ...

You will always find me in the kitchen at parties!

And that is all our news for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend

Lots of love Jem, Stu, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x

Friday, 15 November 2013

Children in Need

We have had a real week of it in the Wills household. Bugs have visited every single one of us, resulting in days off work and school and lots of disinfectant and even more washing than normal. Thankfully, we are all on the mend now, and things are getting back to "normal" - whatever that is.

Noel and April have gone into school today in their pyjamas for a donation to Children in Need, and Hermione has gone in dressed as a police officer in return for a donation to the Lucy Rawlings Blue Bird trust. Lucy is a local girl who has cancer and a very worthy cause. I'm not sure if Noel was too enthusiastic but the girls really enjoyed the chance to dress up, especially Hermione who was very excited this morning.

Noel doesn't like to wear pyjamas so he settled for a comfy top and trackie bottoms - I couldn't even persuade him to wear his dressing gown over the top.

Wouldn't you just love to go to school dressed all cosy like this.

WPC Wills - Minus the hat do you can see her face as its a touch too big

Its our 11th Wedding anniversary tomorrow and Aprils' birthday next week, so fingers crossed we are all well to enjoy the celebrations.

Have a good weekend. Lots of love, Jem, Stu, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x

Friday, 8 November 2013

A rare moment of peace!

I went to meet up with my friend today who also has twins. We went to the soft play centre, had lunch in the cafe and then had a walk around the shops. It was really lovely, especially as I don't see her very often.  All the little ones had a great time and as you can see - they were quite worn out afterwards!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Keeping me on my toes!

We have had lots of bugs this last week. April had Thursday off, Hermione was off Thursday and Friday and Noel was off yesterday and he is also off today. Hopefully this is our share for now and things will get better for a bit. Noel felt so poorly yesterday that when I told him he had to go to bed with the little ones at 6.30 he didn't even put up a fight. When April got out of the bath, I decided to make the most of having some time with her and we made some shortbread.

April was in heaven having lots of attention

And she did a very good job of the shortbread - it is delicious!

As well as all the extra work that comes with having poorly children, Samuel and Isaac are really starting to become "partners in crime". Their current fascination is with the cat flap, which up until now has been locked shut and then covered over with a very attractive cereal box.  However, this morning they managed to pull off the cardboard, locate the flippy switch and open it in a bid for freedom. Admittedly I did take a couple of photographs first before I moved them, and then moved them again, and again.... We have a stair gate up in the loft which I will be fetching down later, at least that way I can be certain that they are not halfway down the garden whilst I have taken my eyes off them for 2 minutes.  

Talking of the garden, the lawn is down now and it looks gorgeous, we are just waiting for our path to be laid. It was too wet this morning to do it so fingers crossed for tomorrow. Photos to follow when its all finished.

And on that note, Issac is gnawing on my leg so its time to go.

Lots of love

Jem, Stu, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac x x x x x x x