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Went to Devon last Saturday (was supposed to take 3.5 hrs, but traffic was awful and it took us almost 8 hrs, including a lunch stop). We almost gave up and went back home after the first 4 hrs, but we’re glad we pushed through.

Our cottage was very cute and had great amenities. The kids really enjoyed being outside, watching the sheep (Rhys tried to pet them many times, but they always run away), feeding the horses and alpacas, going on walks, catching tadpoles and fishing with nets and watching the wild ponies that roam the moor. The moor was breath taking, and the remains of Iron Age villages were amazing as well.


On farting

One day I farted. Ella stared at me seriously and said: “mommy, if you fart again, I will copy you.”

Rhys’s first day at rainbow 

The big day finally arrived this week! Rhys was going to start at Under the Rainbow. He always rushes into Ella’s classroom, as if he belonged there, sits down and starts playing with the toys there or play dough (I’ve seen a rainbow kid completely ignore him and actually sit ON him, and another kid yank him out of his seat).

His teachers told me right before class started that this week would be a settling in period, and I should pick him up at 10:45. I said fine, but deep inside I wanted to ditch him and go for a swim. I went for a swim anyway. While in the locker room changing back, I noticed the school had left a message. I called back and was asked if they could feed him biscuits and milk and that he was doing well and could stay until 11:30.

At 11:30 I showed up and collected him. Katrina said he was “just brilliant” and he could go all morning from now on.


Little sister 

So Tim out an end to the little sister story. It was quite sad, but Ella had been telling her swimming teacher and other people and she told me “eu vou falar pro daddy que eu quero irmã, bem alto!”

We erre laying in her bed and Tim started.

T: Ella you’re not having a little sister.

She got very very sad and cried, like she really cried and said: “but I already told it to Bernie!”

Rhys’s sentences

Like I said, the boy’s talking has exploded in the last month. He now talks in 3-4 word sentences and knows words I never even knew he did.
You ok mommy? (When I sneeze)

I want this one.

I want Rena (his reindeer socks).

Mommy help


Calca (pants)

Pipa (kite)

Fante (elephant)