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Big boy

Since before Christmas Rhys has been climbing up on the bookshelf to get to the top of his dresser. He then chooses a top, climbs back down and gets a pair of pants and socks and then shows up in our room.

Mostly he wears adiadas track pants and a shirt with a dino or superhero on.



Rhys singing: oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how old are you, I am three

R: daddy I want a baby sister

T: you already have a sister

R: but I want to be a baby sister

T: ok then you will you be a baby sister?

R: yes I’ll be a baby sister.

Rhys singing

Last week Mrs Hunter said: Who would have ever thought that little Rhys, who came here with a quiet voice, would have such a loud voice for singing?”

And I found out how loud it was!

Hubert’s wedding 

It was a nice weekend spent at an old French farm house. We shared the house with a few other families and since it was on the middle of nowhere, all we did was hang out and take it easy.

The kids got along really well with the French kids. As soon as we got to the pizza party, an older girl, Elza, wanted Ella to sit on her lap. Two boys patted Ella on the head and soon enough, Simon, the 6-yr-old red-haired boy wanted to play with Ella. 

The whole weekend they played together and the day we left, when he disappeared for a few minutes, Ella asked “where’s the boy with the orange hair?”


Kids were looking for Johnny. 

“Who’s Johnny?,” I asked.

“He’s green and small and he’s a ball.” Then Rhys pulls out a green golf ball from underneath the couch.

“Here’s Johnny!”


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.”