since being back from visiting j's parents in the lake district, we've all been a bit poorly, especially baby stan. it's not too good being ill on the boat as we only have a sea toilet (that's only supposed to be used when you're out at sea). but it doesn't work anyway. so running to the shower block every 5 minutes, gets rid of the baby fat, but isn't too much fun! we almost took up residence at the launderette too, due to stan's sick bug, and not knowing when and where he might strike next. poor darling. he's on the mend now thankfully.
still, one of the nice things about going away is coming home again. getting back to the routine of your life, and going on a trip to see what mail we've received whilst away is always an adventure! we collect our post from the marina office, and it's always nice when there's a small pile to sort through as long as it's interesting! i love checking the parcel sheet and seeing our names down there. such a treat. being easter we had lots of lovely surprise packages. chocolates from grandma, that we greedily ate with our cappuccinos before i even thought about taking a nice photo. and stan got a cute teddy from great granny and more chocolate eggs for us.
excitingly it also snowed at the weekend, in april would you believe. this time last year we were in shorts. that's english weather for you, crazy. we had great fun showing the snow to stan, but not sure what he thought about it. then while he was napping, like the big kids we are, we built snowmen on the pontoon! mine was supposed to be a rabbit, but i think it looks a bit like that totoro creature. or a cross between the two! there's more pictures of the snow and j's snowman here.
a friend also lent me some great craft books a while ago including a couple of japanese ones about working with felt, and i finally got a chance to look through them whilst convalescing. i love this bird mobile. it's so simple and sweet. there's more of my favourite pages here.
i also managed to embroider some baby vests for our new niece. i made hearts out of vintage and new fabric, and attached them to the vests in brightly coloured threads. i like the way they turned out. i packed them up with some of stan's first baby grows. i like the thought of his cousin wearing the same clothes that he did when he was really little.
lucia is her name and we can't wait to meet her.
Monday, 7 April 2008
a week of treats...
to cheer us up.