Friday, November 30, 2007

Male Bonding

The duration: 1,5 hours
The cost: approximately £15
The expression on their faces: Priceless

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Back with the barbarians

We came, we saw, we snottered.

First of all a disclaimer: I humbly apologise for ever suggesting that my brother does not read my blog. I stand corrected. He does follow my blog, apparently, because he is a caring, lovely human being with an attention span longer than 6 minutes. Who knew?

(Actually, the Elder Gods gran t him infinite knowledge as pertains to my blog, in exchange for the sacrificial offering of innocent infants. So he doesn't have to read it. Shhhhh...)


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So now it's only Marilena who still hasn't read the post of shame.


The trip to Greece was as good as could be expected. We managed to see everyone (even if it was brief and hectic) and we didn't end up in hospital this time. We saw lots of Andreas and Gianna. Matilda is absolutely smitten with Gianna -she adores her and now that we're back she still says "I had a good time with Gianna" at random times.


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I got to spend lots of time with my baby brother too...


My baby brother I said! Who is this hairy person?


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(Notice that grim looking chap on the wall behind him? It's supposed to be an oil painting of Beethoven. Yes, I had THAT looking down at me when I was practicing the piano... Talk about a guilt trip. Peter said "I see he hasn't cheered up since we saw him last.")


Andreas had to revise his UNSUBSTANTIATED, I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE GOT THE IDEA FROM comment that Philip looks like the Gollum... There was lots of mushy gushy "isn't he so beautiful? Isn't he so clever?" from the loving Uncle.

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He wasn't crazy about Philip's food though:


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I also managed to spend a decent amount of time with Evi... We even went out together a couple of times, when Peter was babysitting.


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Matilda getting back at Evi for Last Year:


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On the last weekend, we went to Attica Park (thank you Andreas!) Ok, FINALLY a reason to not be ashamed be proud to be Greek.


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Andreas pointed this out to me: "Does this remind you of someone we know?

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Katerina, Les and Maria Lorna came to see us, driving all the way from Thessaloniki especially for us... Unfortunately they hit the worse of Matilda's illness (that night she had a temp of 40C) so we didn't get to enjoy eachother... But we got to see what a cute pickle Maria Lorna is growing to be:

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And we also managed a brief meeting with Elita (sorry about the crap picture)

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Matilda learns that babies don't grow under cabbages:

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Comfort, the job of motherhood:

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Matilda and Alexandros:

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Matilda found half a lemon in the kitchen and started licking it and saying "Yummy! Lemonade!"

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My loves:

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Cuddly baby:

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

A brief Message For Our Sponsors

Yes, I am starting to sound like a broken record, but this is a very dear cause for me.

http://www.reecesrainbow.com/ is an adoption charity fundraising and facilitating the international adoption of children with Down Syndrome. This Christmas they're trying to fundraise through their Christmas Angel project. Basically, they have a page with photos of their waiting children and invite people to make a paypal donation for the child of their choice. We're doing it this Christmas as a present for all our family and relatives (and getting cheap presents to supplement.)

Kasia (4 years)
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David (5 years)
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Reece's Rainbow was created by a mother of a little boy with DS. It has been working for only 17 months and 12 children are already home with their families, with 13 more expected to be home by Christmas... A total of 40 children expected to be home by March!

Roma (2 years)
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Nikoloz (6 months)
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Here's the testimony of a mum I know personally (well, from the mailing list... But these are her words, not part of the fund- raising.)

"I just wanted to share with all of you that we personally know the impact the money raised at Christmas time can make. Our little guy came with a grant of a little over $800...a lot of which was donated(from my understanding) at Christmas time last year. And guess when we first saw Xander??? Christmas Eve. So if you ever want to see the impact this program can have on the life of a child, all you have to do is go and look at our family photo.
Just thought I'd share my "testimony". If you want a living breathing example of the power of a donation....he's sitting right beside me on the couch :)
Shelley http://chroniclesofhousehold6.blogspot.com/"


Alex (3 years):
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Slava (2 years):
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Please consider helping these little children!

The Smashing Pumpkins

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