The week started with Scottish blue skies while it was still quite cool, Lachlan was dressed the part with his sunglasses and penguin mittens as he headed to Milngavie with Super Mum to check in on Juju.
Lachlan made sure that Juju held his hand as they lead the way to the cake. As we are regulars, Lachlan now quickly makes himself at home in the Honeybee playing with all the toys upstairs until his babyccino and cake arrive.
In the evening, Super Mum was off to conduct her first Glasgow Story Collective Interview. Meanwhile, the kids and Liam continued soaking up the Vitamin D. Of course, Eloise brought out her favorite scissors and continued just cutting up random pieces of paper. We are surprised they are not blunt yet with the amount she uses them.
After the kids were tucked into bed Super Mum returned home, the interview had been a success. We will post the link once it has been uploaded so you can all tune into some Glaswegian history.
Wednesday the arts and crafts were in full-scale production, we might need to find something to channel this inner arty creativity before we end up with two more engineers on our hands.
After a week of
nagging enthusiastic encouragement, Super Mum had finally finished Eloise’s new dress. Her first venture away from baby blankets. Eloise was all smiles, skipping about, she could not be happier with how it turned out which was nice to see. Meanwhile, Dad’s groovy jacket falls further down the production list.
After a fierce debate, eventually Super Mum convinced Eloise that her new dress was not suitable for the muddy park walk. Eloise was torn between the love of her new dress and splashing about and settled with wearing it under her puddle suit.
Friday morning, Eloise was keen to join Lachlan at his outdoor playgroup. It was a special Easter edition that involved cardboard egg painting, egg rolling, face painting before a wee visit from the Easter Bunny.
The Easter face painting was a big hit with all the kids. Both Eloise and Lachlan were hopping about pretending to be bunnies.
After the bunny transformation was complete, the kids all went hunting for mini chicks which they could trade in for chocolate eggs. Eloise did a great job helping out Lachlan.
This was followed by Easter Egg rolling which is a big thing in the UK, we have never heard of it before.
Egg rolling, or an Easter egg roll is a traditional game played with eggs at Easter. Different nations have different versions of the game, usually played with hard-boiled, decorated eggs… In the United Kingdom the tradition of rolling decorated eggs down grassy hills goes back hundreds of years and is known as “pace-egging”, from the Old English Pasch meaning Pesach or Passover… Other traditional egg rolling sites are the castle moat at Penrith, Bunkers Hill in Derby, Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, and on Penshaw Hill in Tyne and Wear at Penshaw Monument.
At the end, there was a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Lachlan was not having any of it and was freaking out and trying to get away, poor boy. Eloise was quick to tell him and all the other kids “nooo, don’t worry Lachlan, Lachlan no worry, it’s not real, just pretend, it’s a person”.
At midday, we were looking forward to our secondees’ lunch, always good to catch up and compare holiday stories and trade traveling tips with kids.
The little bunny was particularly hungry and could not wait for his first course to arrive, helping himself to the smorgasbord entrée.
In the evening we received a special video from Jo of Lachlan growing up. Thank you Jo, they are all growing up way too fast.
Saturday morning, we hit up all the stores in Glasgow in search of puddle suit spring sales as the sun starts to come out. Disappointingly there was not much luck in that department, however, Lachlan was quick to throw away his shoes and pick up some dino crocs to match Groovy Dad, although Super Mum was quick to hide them for his birthday.
We have a few Harry Potter-themed adventures lined up over the next few months so Eloise made sure she will be dressed appropriately.
In the afternoon, we had circled back to face painting. Luckily Eloise got a set for her birthday. Surprise surprise, Lachlan wanted to be a Dino, who would have thought? Although he was struggling to sit still for the best part of a minute.
Eloise and Lachlan then turned Super Mum into a half butterfly half dino and Dad become a mixture of Foxie and Hellboy.
After Eloise had found her Harry Potter glasses and the kids were in full character we headed back out to let the kids free near the Loch. Lachlan spotted a wee frog, which was the highlight of his day.
On Sunday we headed to Lomond Shores for Spring Fest, it is lovely that the weather is consistently double digits now. Lomond Shores is always a peaceful place and luckily it was not as wet as last year’s Spring Fest.
Once we rendezvoused with Kirrie and Max we followed our noses around the delicious-smelling food stalls until we settled on some pork belly!
The kids were glad to catch up with Kirrie and Max. They had spoilt the kids with early Easter bunnies, they could not believe their luck!
We couldn’t walk past the Portugese tarts.
Full of sugar, the kids flew along with Kirrie, past the pipe band back to the car to get their bikes.
This was Lachlan’s first real shot out in the wild at riding a bike and he was doing a pretty good job. Believe it or not, he was actually taking it slow and steady with all his focus, one thing was for sure, he was not accepting help from anybody. There were a few tumbles, but he jumped straight back up, determined to master the two wheels.
In the afternoon, the kids were starting to run out of energy when they remembered that they still had some of their chocolate Easter Bunnies left, they did not last long. With the kids distracted for a few minutes, Super Mum took this as her best chance to eat her Portuguese Tarts in peace.
The effect of too much sugar was starting to show.
There was a good turnout at Bounce Back to Netball as the like minded mummas turned out in force, perhaps it is the new complex.