gan’da & nanny – 50 Anniversaries and counting

26 12 2010

GM eats her meal cold.  That’s why she had ordered scampi.  It didn’t matter. Crap Dad & Grumpy Mum had been on kid patrol since they arrived.

For the best part of an hour they had been following the kids around the family pub, before the food had even arrived.  Other family members helped out periodically, which was helpful, although sometimes a bit too overwhelming for  them and they soon retired. Everybody coped really well though.  Especially the girls.

As they were leaving, CD’s Dad (gan’da to LML) approaches GM, with Lolly in arms.He gives them both a huge hug.

“I love you all” He says, “You’re great”.

“Thank you!”

“Really” he continues.  “I think you’re really great.,  ALL of you. Great” a big heart felt hug follows “I love you all”.

GM, CD and the kids head for the taxi feeling the glow of family love





Jingle bells, jingle bells…

26 12 2010

“Daddy look!” says LML as she spots the stockings placed by their grandparents by the fireplace.

“Look Daddy!”

“They look interesting, what do you think they are?”

“Ho, ho, Ho!”

“You think Santa has left them?”

“Yes” say both the girls, Lolly nodding her head vigorously.

“Do you want to have a look?”

“Yeeees!”

They delve in the stockings, Pulling out torches, bags of chocolate coins, masks… It’s not long before a range of small objects have been explored, played with and explored again.

After a few minutes LML comes up to Crap Dad and kisses him on the cheek and says, “Thank you Daddy”.

Crap Dad says, “You need to thank Nan and Granddad when they get up. Though that’ll be a few hours yet, as it’s still the middle of the night.”

 





Joyfull and triumphant

24 12 2010

“Mummy, there.” says LML as she points to the cooling towers in the distance with their white / grey steam drifting in the wind.

“Yeah, they’re cloud makers.”

Later.

As bath time finishes and LML and Lolly are dried Grumpy Mum says, “It’s traditional to have new PJ’s on christmas eve.” and reveals new pairs of christmassy pyjamas that have been warming on the radiator.

“Wow, we!” exclaimed LML

 





Oh come all ye faithfull

24 12 2010

The mostly functional parents sat having a drink with Crap Dad’s parents at the end of a long day

It had started early, as usual. Grumpy Mum had spent the previous evening packing so they were organised and proceeded through the morning routine without much of a hitch.

The taxi to the train station arrived a few minutes late but they had plenty of time. As they were almost at the station Crap Dad realised that he hadn’t picked up the train tickets. “Turn the taxi around please, we need to go back” said Crap Dad laughing at his stupidity. The taxi driver laughed “Two things you can’t leave without,” he says “the tickets and the kids.”

Despite travelling during their morning nap time both LML and Lolly are on their best behaviour. Which isn’t to say that they are the best behaved kids travelling on the busy train, just that for them they were reasonably well behaved.

Crap Dad’s parents meet them at the station. LML shouts out ‘Nanny’, ‘Granddad’ runs towards them and gives them big hugs. Lolly follows behind arms stretched out, beaming her big smile.

The mostly functional parents exchange a look and smile.

LML asks instantly, “Where Pippa?” Pippa is Nan and Granddad’s dog. It is a refrain they will hear repeatedly over the next half hour as the travel to the grandparents home.

For the rest of the afternoon “Pippa” is just about the most exciting thing in the world. Chased, stroked, patted. The dog is in constant demand. Both kids are beside themselves when the dog licks them or comes to sits beside them.

After the kids have gone to bed, LML asking to go to bed early, hardly touching her snack or milk, the dog collapses in a heap exhausted from an afternoon with Lolly and LML. The mostly functional parents know how she feels.





Sick Note.

19 12 2010

Spotty, snotty, smelly. LML and Lolly have been ill for the past two weeks.

If there was a market for snot then the mostly functional parents could have made a fortune.

The sleepless nights are now starting to take their toll. Dispositions are becoming frayed and fractious – and that’s just Grumpy Mum and Crap Dad.





Good morning

7 12 2010

GM lays in bed, drifting, LML sleeping against her body, warm and relaxed.  Her hand is lightly resting on LML’s ribs, and she can feel the soft breathing.  LML turns a little, and her hand moves to GM’s face.  For a few seconds she strokes and caresses GM’s cheeks and mouth, then sighs and turns away, snuggling into the warmth of her mother.








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