Who doesn’t love a Family Churros Platter?? Definitely not Fin! Elsie surprisingly wasn’t keen on them, but the rest of us got stuck in without hesitation, as you can see.
Another lovely afternoon with the fam, once again including plenty of walking (with a reward of tasty treats half way through!), but no arrival of Baby Mac. I’ve been told, light heartedly, of course, that I’m clearly not walking enough or I need to get climbing the stairs, bouncing on my ball or eating spicy curry, and everyone’s asking on a daily basis if there’s any news of Baby Mac. Believe me, I’m doing the best I can! If there was a button I could push to get them out, I’d have pushed it weeks ago! However, Baby Mac will come out when the Lord has planned for them to join us. We just need to wait patiently! And, we will let you know!! It is really wonderful to know so many people care, and are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our little bundle. They are already so dearly loved, clearly!
Calum and Maggie are away for the weekend, and Matthew headed off to Edinburgh today for his first Youth Conference Committee meeting, so Bindi had the pleasure of spending the day with Jasper and me!
We headed round to the Morrison’s in the afternoon and took a road trip up to Falls of Shin to see the salmon jumping, and have a scrumptious piece of cake and a coffee in their cafe. Elsie was super excited that Bindi was coming along for the adventure! She loves her, probably because she’s so calm and fluffy and is like a little Ewok Princess dog. Bindi may look a bit grumpy, but she was having a great time, I assure you…Perhaps not when she was stuck in the boot with the top Canine Wrestlers of the world, Darcy and Jasper, but she enjoyed her walk and snuggles, and we made sure the other two saved their wrestling match for the back garden.
HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, indeed! Who doesn’t love licking the spoon when you’re making brownies?! Mmm mmmm mm! We made brownies for 60 people this afternoon in preparation for our beautiful cousin’s engagement party tomorrow. We may have cut off some of the edges and kept them for ourselves…quality over quantity!
I love movement in photographs! Elsie’s outfit was so perfect for twirls in Mum’s back garden this afternoon so I pulled myself out of my food coma and off the sun lounger to snap a few photos. It’s always wonderful having my muses back in town!
It’s so good having these guys in town for the week! Jasper had an appointment at the Groomers up in Cove at 12 o’clock so I dropped him off then headed down to the beach to join them for a game of bowling…which Sarah won, despite having to use her left hand because her right wrist is injured! Not only did she win, she got three strikes in a row. Bonkers! I rushed back up to Cove afterwards to collect Jasper, only to discover he wasn’t ready yet, because he was so matted it had taken the groomer longer to brush him out before clipping him *face palm* Here was me thinking I was doing a good job keeping on top of his brushing, apparently not! Think it might be time to start clipping him more regularly, and therefore clipping him myself; we already spend more money on his hair than we do on mine! Once he was done we headed to Duthie Park to meet this happy bunch for a cuppa, and more hugs! Jasper had to stay in the car because the cafe still isn’t dog friendly…
The Morrison’s are in town! Yay! We had fajita night at Mum’s and it was wonderful to sit around the dinner table and still have floods of natural light coming in the window. You’d think we’d be used to this by now, it happens every year, but every year we’re in amazement when the nights get longer! It was also wonderful to have the old gang back together, and being bombarded with hugs from the littles. I love love love hugs, and usually I’m the one forcing Fin to give me a hug, but he was just laying them on me all evening. Long may that continue! But it probably won’t.
Gloves are an essential part of constructing the best ice cream cone, did you know? Haha. I brought the kiddos gloves that Granny had bought them and Elsie didn’t take hers off the whole afternoon. This girl really loves pink! Turns out it’s difficult to roll a dice when you’ve got gloves on. It’s also difficult to put together an ice cream cone…sorry, I was lying at the start, she definitely needed help from Mummy.
I love that we’re half way through February and I’ve already seen these guys three times this year, I hope we continue to see them this often!
Have you met Inverness’ next top model? Sporting the finest of bright red snow suits, wellies and a wooly hat that continuously fell over her eyes as she splashed along the runway. I don’t think there was a puddle left untouched on our walk along the Canal in Inverness, and every photo I took of her mid splash, half her face was covered by the hat. Very happy I got this cracker, between splashes, as the sun broke through the greyest of skies.
We got mighty wet and windswept on this walk, but Elsie rocked it.
We managed to squeeze in one last hang out with the Morrison’s this afternoon. Yay! Elsie ran up to Matthew and asked if he’d like to play “The Make Up Game”, thinking this meant plastering make up all over his face he quickly said “Eh, eh…maybe Trina would like to play!”, but I said we’d both join in the fun. Turns out the game is actually called Party, Party, Party! What you have to do is collect five accessories, and one present, on your way round the board before you can go to the party. Very thrilling, and also quite tense, as there is risk of your bag falling over and dropping an accessory, or a friend calling you up and forcing you to remove an item from your bag. Serious stuff! Matthew actually ended up having loads of fun, despite being last to the party.
It was short but sweet, and we’ll hopefully be back North again soon for more of the same fun 🙂