Meanwhile, Lachlan was occupied exploring every nook of the house with his favourite ball in hand.
In the afternoon Dad was given the usual run around the backyard, dangerous when the hose is involved. Lachlan was showing off his walking skills, he had no choice while there was water flying everywhere.
Back in the house, while keeping a close eye on the three of us, Super Mum was at it again, baking a puppy-themed cake for Emma.
High on sugar, Lachlan was not interested in his pasta tonight.
Tuesday, was Emma’s Birthday! Eloise is well drilled in how birthdays work and after wrapping up Emma’s presents, she made sure to tell Dad how it all works. It was a hop, skip and a jump to Emma’s house to deliver her puppy cake and for a day of fun.
We pushed on heading north to the Loch Lomond Aquarium, where the kids had so much fun a few months ago, they could not wait to return.
The girls were wandering about when all of a sudden their hero appeared, Peppa Pig herself. Peppa was also out and about enjoying the fishies. Eloise was a bit unsure about mega Peppa Pig, it was all a bit too much for her. Eloise was happy with a photo, but she was not getting any closer to Peppa. The big brave 3-year-old, Emma was excited to hold Peppa’s hand.
In the gift shop, Jo shouted everyone a wee gift. After deep contemplation while wandering about the shop, Eloise was very happy to choose some bubbles for herself and Lachlan. Thanks Jo.
It was then home after a big outing celebrating with Emma.
Once recharged, it was straight outside to play with the bubbles. Lachlan was trying his hardest, copying Eloise, but could not quite work it out.
Eloise is getting good at her catching and Lachlan is now happy enough to walk about in his sleeping bag. There is no stopping these two now.
On Tuesday, the world was watching as “Joe Biden [released the] first James Webb Space Telescope image showing early universe warped by giant galaxy cluster SMACS 0723”.
Wednesday morning started with a big happy 70th birthday call back to Grandpa DAVE! Looks like you all had a great time celebrating last weekend. Good job with the speeches Liv.
We then went for Lachlan’s first proper walk around the local loch. Although it was a bit tricky as Eloise took him hiking up the high track and made sure to celebrate his hard work.
Liam must be putting too many bowls on Pope Lachlan’s head, he is starting to think it is the norm.
There were big plans for Thursday. Lachlan was ready for action, he has been woken up that many times by an enthusiastic Eloise climbing into his cot, today was payback.
It was then the usual fast-paced exit out the door and down to the train station to rendezvous with Emma. Everyone was buzzing as we made our way to Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever UK Tour at King’s Theatre.
We arrived just in time for a couple of theatre selfies before the kids first theatre show began.
The kids had a great time, Eloise and Lachlan happily sat on Super Mum’s lap bopping along to the music. Lachlan wated to get up and dance but Emma luckily grabbed him on her lap. After a terrific show we made our way home to see how Dad was going. Eloise was excited to tell Dad all about it and show off her sweet merch.
Lachlan managed to get his hands on his new favourite toy. We are not going to lie, now that he is up, mobile and now weaponised, it is a bit scary when he charges at you.
This week was the first time in three years that Liam’s team were all in the same hemisphere, country and city, a well-overdue celebration was had. There was so much to catch up on and it was nice not seeing everyone as little skype photos.
At home, Eloise was enjoying a relaxing ride when all of a sudden Lachnado entered stage left.
Now that Lachlan can walk about carrying things from room to room we tend to lose everything. Lachlan’s favourite past time is ‘posting’ things down through the railings in the staircase. It is common for us all to be going about our day upstairs when we hear bang, boom, crash and Lachlan has managed to chuck something else downstairs. Super Mum thought it was time to make a Royal Post Box to keep them busy.
Thursday also marked the start of the 150th The Open Championship at St Andrews Old Course. The spotlight has been on St Andrews all week with the big names in golf getting their eye in on the famous course. It is a bit strange seeing the greats walking down the fairways and to think Eloise and Lachlan were tearing them up only a month ago.
Friday morning, the kids rushed downstairs to see if their Royal Post Box was operational. Eloise was quick to install it in the living room and set about sending some of her art pieces back home. There was only one problem, Lachlan had nabbed all the pencils and was already posting them himself. Turns out dominos and a Royal Post Box are all you need to keep Lachnado in one room, Super Mum almost got the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes.
Although it only lasted so long before he continued his mission on climbing up as high as he can.
In the arvo, the word of the week, with the Aussie reinforcements flying in, there was another catch-up. With the Aussie and Glaswegian movements picking up, it certainly feels like these are starting to feel the calendar up. Lachlan threw on his kit and we were off to the West End.
After meeting a few new fresh faces, Eloise gave Bill one final poke and we ran off to find some dinner. Lachlan’s first prawn cracker did not last long.
It was well past all our bedtimes when we got home, Eloise quickly had to wash Baby before tucking her in to her wee bed under Eloise’s bed.
It looks like all the Aussies have brought the weather with them. In England and Wales “a national emergency has been declared after a red extreme heat warning was issued for the first time, as temperatures could hit 40C... It means there is a risk to life and daily routines will need to change”. with “a number of schools closing next week and others are ditching uniforms, as temperatures in parts of the UK are predicted to hit 40C”.
For Scotland “an amber warning for extreme heat has been extended to southern Scotland early next week… The latest forecast is for temperatures to reach about 29C (84F) in parts of Dumfries and Galloway… The Scottish government said it had held a resilience meeting to prepare for the potential impacts of extreme heat in Scotland”. On Monday the office was unbearably hot with the Aussies trying to play it cool and pretend it was not affecting us. Missing that sweet AC.
Meanwhile, over in heaven, “The Open: Tiger Woods misses cut as [Aussie] Cameron Smith leads 150th Championship at St Andrews“.