Sunday, July 27, 2008

Too hot to trot today

We were going to have a great day out today.......see if it was feasible to go to church (definitely a no-no with Hannah at the moment) then go for a picnic. The heat today around Stanmore was hovering around 29 degrees and the girls wouldn't have been too happy with a drive to a park that would inevitably have been packed. So we decided to have a picnic in the garden. Inspirational!! They both loved it, and it was relaxing for me and Sharon as well!

Anyway, I thought I'd leave this picture of Emily. It has to be my favourite photograph of her.

I'd taken both Emily & Hannah on a 5 mile walk in their pushchair and both sparked out after the first mile. This is a picture of them both together...

Emily looks like she's strapped in like a Riverdance dancer, but she wriggles around so much that they fell down around her arms!

Here's Hannah's first attempt with a dodo...and the last for a while! She looks so weird with it!

We'll no doubt go somewhere this week. We'll start posting on where's good to go with two bambinoes.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Update on Emily & Hannah

I've been a bit preoccupied recently with my daughters. Gosh - so strange saying that! I never really thought I'd see the day when I would have a family of my own.

It was so nice when Emily was born - Sharon and I were so proud when she was born. Proud parents of an undeniably beautiful baby girl. We'd have been so happy with our lot and didn't hold up much hope to be blessed again. When Hannah came along, we felt that our little imprint on the world has now been fulfilled.

Five years ago, we'd given up hope of ever having children; let this be a message of hope to those who have despaired!

So, here's a couple of pictures of Hannah.....

look at the size of her little hands!

....Hannah with a very tired dad........

........I still think it's weird that she's blond and (still) blue eyed with pale skin while Emily is Brown haired, chocolate eyes and olive skin. What a difference! The reason I think Hannah's eyes won't change much is that Emily's changed to brown within a week. Hannah will probably be blue or grey.

Emily has taken to Hannah really well, much to our relief! She's always giving her cuddles and kisses!

Emily is still a happy little soul & loves her garden....

......she's one chilled out dude.......

..........with a sense of humor!!

We're going to continue our travelling around with the kids now, so I'll be posting another entry soon.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The new addition to the Longworths


Sharon & I are extremely proud to announce the birth of our second daughter, Hannah Louise Longworth!! Both Sharon and Hanna are doing well, but they have to stay in hospital for a few days. The staff want to do tests on Hannah as we have different blood types. She's absolutely beautiful, isn't she?

A very tired but proud daddy.....

.....Sharon introduces Emily to her sister. She has really taken to her, thank God......

.....& here's our happy clan.......

I'll put a better blog entry on in a few days; just had to share these with you all now though

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I love this Cartoon

I just find it really funny, it appeals to my warped sense of humor.

A day out in Ruislip

Last weekend, we went to another great park in London. It's called Ruislip Lido and it's located in...errr..Ruislip, North London. It's completely free and has loads of walks through woodland, around a pretty large reservoir that has a sandy bank on one side for a beachy type of thing.

There's a pub there, but there's also a beautiful area near the water that's great for picnics

As you can probably see, Emily absolutely loves picnics. That's hardly surprising when you think that she went on her first picnic when she was only 10 days old!

There's also a little train (£2 per adult return) that takes you on a 1 - 1.5 mile ride from the free car park, around the reservior, to the 'beach'.

Emily loves all sorts of transport. She's been on planes, trains, boats, buses, cars...daddy's shoulders...
She loved this little train because it's so open and noisy, and there is lots to see.

Once around to the beach part of the park, there are loads of things to do. There's all the things you'd normally find in a good play park - plus rope bridges, play houses and a myriad of other activities are spotted around the place.

The sand is clean, but I didn't have enough trust in it to let Emily take her shoes off. She loved running about and trying all the different activities. In fact, she cried her wee eyes out at home time, even though her eyes were closing and there was the promise of another train ride to get back to the car.

The facilities around the beach area are pretty good & there is a cafe and an ice cream shop.

Be warned that the toilets are pretty basic. That's all I'll say on that!! The staff around the park are all friendly.

All in all, it is a fantastic day out for the family..and it's such a bonus that it's a free day out in London!! It seems strange that the next outing to a park in London will have Emily sharing the experience with our new addition to the family! As this blog started out with her birth, I'm pretty excited to continue it with the next new Longworth and the adventures we get up to!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A quick note

You know when you're just looking around the net and you find something that bizarre that you just have to watch?

I was looking at what Google found on Stanmore, and discovered that someone had actually filmed a London tube train arriving at Stanmore station at night.

I don't want to take the micky out of someones hobby, but is it just me, or is filming a train arriving at our little outpost of a station at night a bit freaky??

I'll be looking over my shoulder a bit more often now I think!!