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Long overdue update

Posted on 04.04.2013 at 14:16
Not sure anyone even still reads this! This is the update I was going to make at new year. Um. Oops?

In my defense, I've been pretty busy! ;)

There's still a lot of issues to deal with regarding my mother in law, my late father in law and the house fire. They now think she won't be back in her home until late summer. The flat she's got isn't bad, but it's not home.

I've also been working hard on my chocolates, trying to promote my business and build my customer base. I am now getting some repeat customers outside of friends and family, so that's pretty cool. It's on hold for April though, as we're moving house next week.

I didn't want to move, but our landlord has decided to sell the place. We had a hard time finding anything within walking distance of Aedan's school. We did eventually find one, but there was a pretty big scarifice - they don't allow pets. I've spent the last couple of months trying to find a home for the cat where I'll still be able to see him. In the end my uncle agreed to take him until my sister moves - her new place is pet friendly. My sister and I don't really get along, but she's the only one who actually seemed to WANT him. Still, I have a lot of guilt over the whole thing. Smudge has always been MY cat - this breaks my heart. But we ran out of options.

The boys are doing well... Aedan got an excellent report from his teachers at parents evening and I'm impressed at how much his reading and writing has improved. He finally got his birthday party in Febuary - I think he thought it was worth waiting for!

Marcus is being rather difficult at the momebt but I think it's the age - he talking but can't express himself properly yet and gets very frustrated. He's still as clingy as the day he was born, not sure when that's ever going to let up! But he's bright and growing well, so I can't really complain!

They're sharing a room in the new house - we have 3 bedrooms, but Aedan wants to share. Which will be great if it works, as we'll have a guest room.

We'll also have a larger garden for them to play in.. if the weather ever warms up!

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phyncke at 2013-04-04 19:40 (UTC) (Link)
That is too bad about the cat. Poor you. I could not do it but I guess never say never. But I cannot imagine it.

Great pics. They are so big!

I read your journal!
inwe_saralonde at 2013-04-04 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely photos! They do grow up so quickly. Liam turns 15 on the 22nd; it seems only yesterday when he was starting school.

A shame you can't take your cat with you, but at least you've managed to find the best solution possible where you still get to see him.

Minuial Nuwing
minuial_nuwing at 2013-04-04 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Tux! Good to see you. *g*

Both your boys are adorable, but I have to say - I honestly think Aedan may be the most photogenic child I have ever seen. He is absolutely gorgeous.

Sorry to hear that Smudge will have to live away from you. I know that will be tough - it is good that you will be able to see him, though.

Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:17 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Min! How's life?

Hehe thanks! I agree, he almost always comes out well in pics. Poor Marcus takes a bit more effort lol.

I don't really get on with my sister but who knows... maybe Smudge will be the thing that smooths over the cracks in our relationship.
Arandil Yáviëre
arandil13 at 2013-04-04 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
Hello there! The pictures are great! The boys are cute!
Sorry about the cat. That must be hard on the kids. I know how much my boys are attached to our dog. But at least he'll be with family and you can all see him.
Mistress Minx
mistressminx_13 at 2013-04-04 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, sorry to hear about the cat. I'd hate to have to get rid of my animals too! Of course, with cats its easier to be sneaky and keep them. :)

Aeden still has such a great smile! He's gotten so big. Does Marcus look more like his dad? They look similar and yet different. Both are adorable though.

I wish I lived close enough to order chocolate. Though with my new diet, I probably couldn't have it anyway. :( Still I love the castle cake! I want one for my birthday. :)
Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:09 (UTC) (Link)
Honestly I would have been sneaky with the cat, if only thelandlords daughter didn't live next door. :/

I get told a lot that Marcus looks like me... I don't see it though lol.

That cake took hours, lol. Now I'm trying to decide what to make Marcus for his birthday. How the hell can he be nearly 2 already?!
el_esteleth at 2013-04-04 23:42 (UTC) (Link)
*huggles* I read your journal. *huggles more* I'm sorry about the kitty. That's really sad. Do you get to keep your fish?

*huggles more* Marcus and Aedan look so cute. :)
Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:10 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, we can keep the fish. Better than nothing I guess. But giving Smudge up breaks my heart.
perkyandproud at 2013-04-05 03:22 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know which looks sweeter, the boys or the chocolate! :-)

I am sorry that you are having to move and that your kitty will have to live elsewhere :-( *hugs you lots*

Please continue to do well, okay? *more hugs*
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2013-04-05 05:30 (UTC) (Link)
WOW! Marcus looks so different! I think the last pics of him that I saw were still showing a baby... now he's a real little person! (Well, of course he is. He's older than Felix, after all.)

Adorable pictures of the boys, and your chocolates look really yummy and pretty.

What a bummer about your cat, though. *hugs* Over here, it's recently been decided that it is illegal for landlords to ban pets; that makes me happy even though I'm not looking for a place to rent!
Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:12 (UTC) (Link)
I've started planning his *second* birthday. How the hell can he be nearly two already?!

That is an excellent law and one I wish we'd adopt here! Giving him up is heartbreaking, though I'm glad he's staying in the family.
keiliss at 2013-04-05 09:24 (UTC) (Link)
Aww, they just grow more gorgeous, both of them. Marcus looks so serious there, lol. I love the cake!!

So sorry about the cat, sweetie. You must feel awful, but it's how it is. We had to give a dog to Ray's cousin once - she had a wonderful life but I always felt bad.

Good luck with the move! *hugs*
Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:14 (UTC) (Link)
He's a grumpy child, lol.

It's heartbreaking. I lost sleep and cried over it. But as much as I love him, I *had* to put the kids first. We needed to stay near the school for Aedan's sake. At least he's staying in the family, even if not my preferred part!

New house IS amazing though.
ani_mama at 2013-04-06 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
Your babies are adorable! Amazing how fast kids grow.
Tuxedo Elf
tuxedo_elf at 2013-05-04 08:14 (UTC) (Link)
I'm planning Marcus' second birthday already. O.O
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