Apologies for the little break from publishing a new post. To (hopefully) make up for it, this is another bumper edition, with birthday photos galore!
Eliza and William woke up to a fabulous pile of presents...
Unfortunately this distracted them quite a bit from their breakfast - lesson learned for future: keep presents out of sight until it's opening time! In addition to the walker carts you can see in the photo (we decided to not try to wrap them) they got some books, some wooden slot games, and a couple of cuddly toys. We were really touched with how generous our friends have been - we didn't expect so many presents (with more to come, apparently!) Thank you to everyone who gave them something.
|William and Bill Bear (thank you Granny Viv & Grandpa John!)|
|Wooden slot puzzles (thank you Anna & Nick!)|
|New books (thank you Emily & Steve!)|
Our carefully crafted plan for the day was thrown a little bit out of whack - E&W slept longer than we expected, then fussed, fought and dawdled over their food, while the rain relentlessly fell outside. Just before three, we decided to risk it and headed off to Millets Farm Centre, as planned. First stop was the cafe to give E&W their afternoon milk (and for Kate and I to have what felt like a very well deserved hot chocolate and shortbread biscuit...or two) - we found ourselves in the middle of a coach-load of senior citizens. William immediately went into full-on Charm Mode, grinning and giggling and hooting at anyone who looked at him. When it came to milk time, he latched on to the bottle and chugged it down very smoothly, with no playing up at all. We think he was trying to show what a lovely little boy he is. I'm thinking we should always have a Nice Little Old Lady on hand to encourage him to be on his best behaviour. Perhaps we could set up a network of them, dotted around the country, on call when needed (like the assets in the Bourne movies). We could set up a company. We could go on Dragons' Den. We could make millions...ahem...
Millets Farm Centre is a really nice place to spend an afternoon (thankfully the rain had stopped by the time we got there, and it stayed dry for the rest of the day): comfortable cafe, well-stocked farm shop, lots of green open spaces, lots of cute animals to look at, and swings!
Then it was home for cake - Kate made a fab ladybird cake (I helped with the stirring and the licking of the icing spoon) which was a big hit with everyone.
We rounded off the day with a bath (them, not Kate and me) and a story - they were asleep in minutes!
Kate pointed out that we can now say "This time last year..." and be able to talk about Eliza and William, which is quite something.
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