Well well well, what can I say? ‘Trouble two’ is definitely here, for the better and for the worst…
Over the past couple of months, I experienced a taster of what ‘trouble two’ was. Well, for me, it’s ‘Trouble Two’ x two…. equal to ‘TROUBLE FOUR’!!!
To start with, my daughter Annabelle is usually the one who will listen to Sue or I and just be that ‘nice’ daughter’. But this month, she really did a 180 degree turn. First, she would do exactly the opposite to what you told her to do. She would pretend she didn’t hear what we said and looked away. Then she wouldn’t eat her proper meals but only snacked on crisps and biscuits. For some strange reasons, she started to wake up at night which caused us so much troubles because of her twin brother was such a light sleeper (you get the idea). The only thing she did better was that she now drinks more water!
Ashton is becoming a monster and an angel at the same time. When he behaves, he can be sweet as ever, with a smile that will melt your heart. But things turn against him, he will just cry his heart out that you can barely endure it and soon lose patience. Both together can be a big challenge for any parents. Even with help from mothers from each side, we just couldn’t help but sometimes shout at them. I lost control a few times and really, this is not easy!
But this is a stage that every single mom and dad will go through at some points. Just like when I spoke to other dads and moms at kids parties, they all told me similar story. Having twins means that things are much tougher at the beginning, and not trying to lie, I am bragging for the days that Sue and I can have a good night sleep!
Being a photographer father can be a bit tricky sometimes because I am usually busy during the weekends when many fathers usually spending time with the family. As a result, I do feel guilty sometimes. So I guess, whenever there’s a free day, we will head out somewhere. This month we went to Stonehenge. There isn’t much to see apart from a few pieces of large stone standing on the ground. Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite intriguing and fascinating. But having a long drive out with the family can sometimes be a good thing. Kids falls asleep in the car and my wife and I can have some quiet time together in the car.
This is my fourth visit to the Stonehenge and this time we are visiting the new tourist centre too! In the past, we parked out car in the gravel parks, then buy our tickets at the tiny wooden hut, walked through a small narrow tunnel that went under the carriage way above to the Stonehenge. It was very basic and simple. No creature comfort whatsoever. It’s a totally different story now. As its popularity soars in recent time, the local government and also the lottery funding gave help to transform this simple history site into a tourist attraction. It kind of works and now it’s definitely a much better place to visit with a proper visitor centre, a large and organised carpark and shuttle bus service that ship visitors from the centre to the site.
The major difference between the old and new site is how it has now sectioned off the Stonehenge from the visitors. We are now seeing the giant stones from afar. In the past, I was able to touch it and get up close and personal with these big stones. But I understand the necessary protection before some idiots start carving their names on it or scrapping some stones out for souvenir. I know they exist. Anyway, it was good to take them out to see the stones but then they probably won’t remember a thing. It was super windy and cold so we only walked around it once and headed home. Since we are the members of English Heritage, we didn’t have to pay a thing for the entrance and it’s been great with the membership so far and we have taken our kids to many magnificent places over the past few months.
So to end this month’s blog, we are exhausted as usual and for next month, more kids trouble! This is definitely the joy of parenthood!
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