The Lent Term has official begun here in our beautiful little city. The streets are getting busier and the morning bike traffic is picking up. We are settling back into routine like a well worn pair of shoes: not much to look at but they get the job done.
Jakob was ready and eager to go back to school on Tuesday and I was once again reminded of just how much we are blessed to have him in Sancton Wood. And while Ben doesn’t start lectures until next week he is taking the opportunity to get back into routine as well and is putting in some heavy time at the University Library.
But before all of this, Sunday was the calm before the storm and we were able to all go church together, something which will become few and far between once college placements are assigned and Ben has to go sit in on the College chapels on Sunday mornings. We tried a new place, called Giraffe for lunch. I heard it was very kid friendly but with decent food, and it was just that. Then we hit up the playground for coffee.
|Caution: Contagious smile!|
Monday, Ella had an Ophthalmology appointment at the hospital. Her ophthalmologist in Calgary had checked her eyes in July and said that Ella didn’t need to come back for a year but they like their system here in the UK and insist on being thorough. Fine by me. Whereas in Calgary we would have one long appointment, here they split it into two and we will go back next week for dilation and checking the inner parts of her eyes. But so far, so good. She uses both of her eyes together, is engaged and tracks well.
Today, I am officially exhausted and will finish this post up quick and hit the sack. While the average day in Cambridge involves a moderate amount of physical activity, today was in excess. Do you want to know what exactly life looks like in Cambridge for this body? Well, I cycle 15 minutes to Jakob’s school(including a lovely little cycle bridge that crosses the train tracks) hauling about 75 extra pounds behind me (two children in a bike trailer). Then I cycle into town to have coffee with Ben before either running errands or cycling home. Then usually I will walk or cycle again in the afternoon to pick Jakob up. But today, Ella and I returned home and even though little miss had gotten up at 5am, she was not sleeping yet (like momma had hoped). I decided to walk to the store (10 minutes) thinking FOR SURE she will fall asleep on the way. Negative. Then no more than 20 minutes after returning home it was time to leave for swimming lessons (20 minutes away walking briskly). We arrived only to discovered lessons had been cancelled due to something being wrong with one of the pools, but we were welcome to a free swim in one of the other pools. So we did that. Knowing Ella would completely konk out after swimming I called to see if Ben wanted to meet up for lunch. We met down town at a place we hadn’t tried yet, called Bill’s. Yet another italian chain restaurant but regardless, the decor was engaging with long wooden tables, lounging couches, comfy chairs and rustic appeal.
We went back to pick up Jakob and had a very leisurely walk home. I got the breakfast dishes cleaned up just in time to put left-overs on the table dinner and here we are.
Tomorrow Ella has Music Therapy and Friday our Early Support worker comes.
I am sure many of you have noticed lots of changes here at One Beautiful Life and I would love some feedback. With the change in domain name my blogroll completely disappeared so I am working on putting that back together. If you would like to be a part of it, just let me know.
I have a real goody for Foodie Friday so start thinking of a recipe or food thought you would like to share, although, in other news, my new favourite baby lens broke last friday. It just stopped working, so I am impatiently waiting to get it back from Canon as it is my secret weapon when it comes to food photography.
There is lots coming up including MY BIRTHDAY!!!! And not just any birthday but the big 3-0! I am ready, I am pumped and I want to celebrate with you!