Friday, December 18, 2009
This is quite an amazing event for our family. The prospect of a white Christmas at home is sending everyone into excitement overload - including myself and Mr Bee.
It has only been a few flakes, mind you, nothing like what they are getting in the UK but still it has made the build up to Christmas all the more exciting. Someone at school was telling me that the ground temperature need to get to 0*C before the snow will stick; come on you North Wind you little ripper!
I have just checked the current temperature in Brisbane, where we are originally from, and it is 25.2*C at 1.10am in the morning.
It snowed on me as I packed the groceries into the car at 11.47am and then it has snowed again just as we were leaving Crabby Jack's restaurant at 2.49pm.
I took the Bumble B'eers, together with a few friend's families from school, to a Crabby Jack's lunch to celebrate the end of the school term and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
Maybe all our Christmas Cheer will make it snow tonight - fingers crossed!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The cards have been posted this week but I can not say when you will receive them. I just wanted to let you know that you were not forgotten; Guernsey Christmas Wishes are on their way Down Under.
You will receive one of the three Bumble B'eer designs sent with much love and wish we were there and miss you heaps and can't wait to see you all very soon!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
So why were Mr Bee and myself receiving floral gifts from afar? Well of course it made perfect sense that our Best Man and Bridesmaid in Pink should remember that it was our 10 year Wedding Anniversary in a few days time and that I had forgotten! In my own defence I did remember that our anniversary was coming up and that indeed it was our ten year anniversary at that, but Mr Bee and I had agreed that we wouldn't exchange gifts or go out to dinner as next year was the 20 year anniversary of being together; we would save the celebrations for then.
You see I had made it very clear to Mr Bee when we got married that I was not starting back at 1; we had been together for 9 years when we got married and as we were married on the 'anniversary' of our starting to date I said that he could forget me going back to all that 'wood, paper, chainsaw, lemon meringue pie anniversaries' and bring on the 'ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, vintage car and overseas holiday' ones all the sooner.
I do not expect our anniversary to be a noteworthy event for other people, not even our own children; which is why today's delivery was such a lovely surprise.
Mr Bee and I will still wish each other a 'Happy Anniversary' and make a special meal to share, when all the Bumble Bee'rs are tucked up in bed, with a few glasses of bubbles to accompany it.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
She was even kind enough to share them with her brother and sister; she was feeling in the Christmas spirit ;)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Bumble Bee'rs want them worn at all times, sun, rain, hail, sleet and snow.
Monday, November 30, 2009
The new favourite colour of the moment is purple. The sequin masks were actually purchased in Australia two and a half years ago. And yes, if you were wondering, they are the dreaded eye exploding balloons from last year's Princess party. I wore my sunglasses to blow them up this time :P
Now you must understand that before we moved to Guernsey I had only visited the Island for five jet-lagged days, during which time we had only managed to find one supermarket. As a result I had some how convinced myself that we were moving to some sort of shopping wasteland, devoid of all children's party supplies. Before we left Brisbane I went on a stress fuelled shopping spree of epic proportions. Internet, what Internet? What do people in Guernsey do for party supplies? Why did I need all these party supplies? These rational questions never entered my somewhat panic stricken head. But where would I get glitter in the shape of flowers to sprinkle on the table??
You know people actually commented on how well I handled the big international move with three small children. I didn't handle it well at all actually, I just hid it well. They didn't see my 'Just in case' party supply box jammed so full of theme based party bag gifts or sequined masks that the lid would not close without a large amount of force.
Anyhoo, B2's party was a great success, at least she tells me it was. It was an animal party full of animal games 'Pin the Horn on the Unicorn' (designed by and drawn by B2), Pass the Parcel with animal questions asked of each guest, 'What am I?' where people had the name of an animal stuck on their backs an could ask one question of each guest that would result in a yes or no answer in order to work out what animal they were, Musical Statues, Sleeping Lions where they had to lie completely still and were only allowed to blink or breathe (very good game, takes ages and they are all quite!!! - highly recommended to all parents). Mr Bee suggested we just play eight games straight of sleeping lions, feed them and send them home!
Jelly ahh, the jelly. Four different flavours layered in ten little jelly cups and two rabbit moulds (well it is an animal party) - four and a half hours later, after each layer had set before you add the next one, it was finished.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
It has been cold wet and very windy for the last five weeks. One Saturday morning, not too long ago, our trampoline made a bid for freedom into the great beyond. It was lifted up about five metres into the air, carried for fifteen metres across our yard and crash landed upside down on top of our swing set. One of the poles that hold the anti-child-breaking net around the outside was bent so it has been relegated to the patio, behind a wall, where hopefully it will not be able to repeat romp into the great blue, grey and cloudy really, beyond.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
or in the Country (St Saviour)........
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
When Mum last visited the new and improved Le Friquet had not yet opened its doors. Le Friquet at Christmas time is something to behold. I used to visit the old plant shop at least once a week after the 1st of November (this is when they are allowed to start selling their Christmas decorations); eight weeks of Christmas bliss.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm am not entirely sure what an Animal Party is going to entail and every time I ask her it is quite clear that she does not really know either. I am sure we will nail down the finer details as we get closer to the big day.
It is going to be an all girl party (NO BOYS ALLOWED - except for B1 that is).
B2 is home with the dreaded Donkey Fever but managed to rally herself enough to help cut, glue and draw for an hour and a half to create this pretty purple pride of pussycats.
SWINE FLU; ssshhhh but don't tell anyone ok. There have been three confirmed cases in Jersey but I have not heard of any 'confirmed' cases in Guernsey. What does it mean to have confirmed Swine Flu anyway? Do they stamp a massive red rubber stamp on your forehead 'UNCLEAN' and make you wear a cow bell? Is a case confirmed when you take your child to the Doctor and they say they are 90% sure it is Swine Flu but no blood test is done? Swine Flu is no worse than your normal flu, people die every year of boring old normal flu but the media don't give it a fancy name so therefore it is not as dangerous. Swine Flu - it leads to images of Doctor Who pig men with runny noses.
Anyhoo we have unconfirmed Swine Flu at our school. Yesterday there were 106 pupils out of approximately 280 and 5 staff away sick. There is alot of playground talk about the school closing but it seems to me it is like shutting the gate after the horse has already bolted. B3 had it last week on Saturday, Sunday and Monday but was fit and well on Tuesday so she went back to school. B1 had it Tuesday night, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but had picked up by Saturday afternoon so he was back at school on Monday. Other children have not recovered so fast and have been in bed for up to 10 days.
By Tuesday the rules had changed and if your child is displaying symptoms they must stay off school for seven days. I had to go to the office Tuesday morning and there were 12 kids waiting for their parents to come and collect them as they were being sent home. I have heard of three other schools on the Island with a few off sick but our school has been hit the worst. Yesterday afternoon B2 was absolutely 100% fine so we went to dancing. BIG MISTAKE! All the other children at dancing are from the a different school to ours and when I mentioned the dreaded lurgy that was attacking our school all the other Mums looked at me bewildered; no children were sick at their school. 'Had we already had it?' they asked; 'Oh yes, but B2 hasn't but she is fine - no temperature or any other symptoms.' B2 complained of a headache last night at 5.30pm and had a slight temperature. I feel terrible; the thought of spreading this horrible thing to an entirely new school! What an idiot! I don't know what I was thinking or even if I was, in fact. I hope she didn't infect anyone or I am NOT going to be very popular next week.
So there we have it. Is it Swine Flu for sure? Well I guess we will never know as no-one as had a blood test. Is it nasty and highly contagious? Yes definitely; high temperatures, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea. Does it deserve a name of its own? Most definitely; what about the Deadly Guernsey Germ or the Seven Day Sentence or Donkey Fever (as donkeys are the symbol of Guernsey). I think Donkey Fever sounds best as we are going with an animal theme.
Read all about it Donkey Fever hits Guernsey......yes folks you heard it here first!