Saturday brought the long awaited Disney Princesses on Ice Show at the SECC in Glasgow. The girls got new dresses to wear (Cinderella and Belle) and off we went. It was amazing. The opening sequence gave me a real emotional rush and I actually had tears in my eyes - the music was so powerful, and that combined with Ellie and Rebecca's faces just got me. Ellie was awe struck by it. She kept hugging me and at one point out of nowhere said "I love you Mum" - I think she was enjoying herself :-) Rebecca sat with her eyes peeled the entire way through it. Not sure she knew what to make of it, but she definately enjoyed it.
Mike's Mum and Dad joined us for dinner on Saturday evening which was lovely. The girls were still very excited from the show and enjoyed telling Gran and Grandad all about it. For us, it was nice to have a decent chat with them. We both felt we'd had a better chat than we've had for ages, and Mike felt this was maybe because there was very little alcohol on the go!!
On Saturday evening, I noticed a Freecycle email offering free cinema tickets for Sunday morning and I managed to obtain 4. The film was Hoodwinked and although we might not have opted to go see it had we been paying, we all really enjoyed it. Also, because it was shown in the cinema near my Mum and Dad, we popped over for an hour to say hello. That was really good. I feel the girls don't really get to spend any "real" time with my Mum and Dad despite being there every week . That's because, on Tuesday's when we go there, all the grandchildren are there and it's crazy. Poor Mum spends the entire afternoon cooking and tidying after the kids and Dad usually does a disappearing act to escape the madness. We really should make an effort to get over there more often on our own, I just don't like to intrude as they've got Bethany so much already, and their own lives to lead.
Yesterday, Ellie had to have her pre-school booster jabs. Oh dear, that wasn't fun at all. she was not a happy bunny, and how bad did I feel having to hold her down - twice!!? Thankfully that's that done now.
Got a load of Christmas shopping done yesterday morning whilst the girls were at playgroup and nursery. Was chuffed with what I got in Woolies Sale and I also got Abbie's birthday gift and an extra little thing for Ahren and Brody. Must go post their parcels today as they're all wrapped and ready to go now.
Have sent draft copies of our visa application forms to George in Sydney this week and he's happy we've got everything covered. Couldn't believe how much information we needed to provide, we had to try and remember stuff covering 10 years which wasn't easy. Just got to get a few new photos, and a couple of more docs to get certified and we'll be ready to courier it all off to DIMA. We are hoping to hear from ACS within the month and as soon as that comes back, our visa application will be made. Following that, we should get a visa within 7 months - yaa haa.
Mike's got Andy's stag do this weekend but other than that the rest of the week should be quiet - ah bliss.