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A letter to my nephew

15 Apr

To my nephew, Harris,

Welcome to the world. You’re now a month old and I haven’t met you yet. Last month was probably the most trying time for me since I’ve been in Korea. The day you arrived, the 13th March, was a bitter-sweet day for me, made worse by the fact that my big bad school didn’t grant me the holidays to come home for your arrival.

Harris Robert Thomas Calder

You won’t know this yet, but I am besotted with your big brother Lyall, and even though I haven’t met you yet, I’m already equally besotted with you. In fact it’ll be hard to hide my favouritism towards you since you’re child number 2, like me.

I was delighted when my mum, your gran Patsy, excitedly alerted me of your safe arrival at a healthy 7lb 8oz, and that your mummy, my big sister, was doing great as well. But the fact that I know I won’t meet you for another 5 months is hard-going.

You won’t even know what Skype is yet, but you’ll know all about it soon enough. Your big brother is a pro-skyper these days! It’s the best invention ever, and it means that I never miss a thing in you and your brother’s short little lives – I just wish you would be awake one of these times when I Skype you.

I hope you’re being a good boy for your mummy and daddy. You have been blessed with a huge family who have nothing but love and adoration for you. You and your big brother are going to grow up to be the best of friends and cause lots of mischief together and I can’t wait to watch you every step of the way.

I can’t wait to meet you, see you in 159 days little man!

All my love,
Auntie Lauren

He's the little brother

Great Scot!

17 Feb

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle
when the sun comes up you’d better be running.” (Anon)


In an attempt to regain some kind of fitness level whilst in Korea – I’ve signed up for the Daegu 10k in April. It just so happens my cousin is visiting from down under at the same time so, being the avid triathlon participant that she is, I signed her up too! Team name: ‘Great Scots’ (before anyone questions my cousins authenticity – she was an Ayrshire lass originally).

Note to future prospective visitors: If you come and visit me, running a 10km is not mandatory! Honest. Please come visit me!

It’s now the middle of February and the race is 7 weeks on Sunday. Thankfully, I’ve already started training, I joined the gym at the end of January and have been building up my running on the treadmill, I’ve also just started swimming again, and as soon as the weather picks up I’ll get back out onto the road and start pounding the tarmac Liz McColgan style!

I would love to run it in under an hour, but realistically I don’t think I’m going to get my PB in this race. I’m more worried about the sweeper bus catching me after 1 hour 30 minutes, or worse still being overtaken by an ajumma!

A gaggle of ajummas

Note: An ajumma is a Korean granny – they are legends in their own right.

And he’s off!

10 Feb

The biggest downside to living abroad and away from your family, for me, is missing my nephew’s milestones as well as the impending arrival of nephew number 2 in March! My first nephew, Lyall, will turn one next Sunday (February 19th) and it’s his first birthday party on the same day. Since I’ve been away, he’s said his first words AND he’s just started walking. It’s killing me to miss these major triumphs in his little life, but thankfully Skype and my sisters iPhone make sure I never miss a thing!


A few weeks ago I received an invite to his party , I’m not going to lie, it nearly set me off! But I was the proudest auntie showing it off to all the Korean teachers – one of them even asked if she could photocopy it – I think that’s because it’s unusual for kids to have birthday parties in Korea, and even more so to send out invitations.

Lyall's 1st Birthday Invitation

More baby chat…..

24 Mar

I’ve always hated they people that can only talk about their child/ niece/ nephew/ friends baby etc so I promise my next post won’t involve anything about my nephew or babies.

I just wanted to show the nursery now that its finished and the thank you cards that I designed for my sister for all the lovely gifts they recieved when Lyall was born.



Meet Baby Lyall!

9 Mar

I am offically the proud Auntie of my brand spanking new nephew, Lyall Calder. He arrived in the early hours of Saturday 19th February 2011, and not that I am in the least bit biased, but he is the cutest little mite I have ever seen!

I suppose I better get his nursery finished now!

The Baby shower

19 Jan

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, i’ve been busy preparing for auntie-hood (serious business!) , scouring shops for baby supplies (mainly Baby Gap on my lunch), looking for nursery ideas and organsing the baby shower!

I hosted my first baby shower for my sister on Sunday, a yummy buffet, competitive games and too many presents sums up the day. I designed and, thanks my sister, made the invitations and bunting for the day and a friend of my mum’s made the themed cake.

Baby Shower Invition - Option 1

Baby Shower Invitation: Option 2

'Baby Shower' Bunting

It was a great success, my sister was completely spoiled and sent well on her way into motherhood.

My gift to my sister was an ‘Arrival & Survival Hamper’ (I have to thank my friend Kim for this idea). It’s fairly self explanatory – full of essential items that the mother needs to survive when the baby arrives.  It consisted of wine, chocolates, painkillers, big pants, santitary pads, nipple cream, new-mother vitamins (suitable for breatfeeders), hand lotion, fake tan, moisturiser, a voucher for a nail salon…. you get the idea.

'Arrival & Survival' Hamper

'ABC' Cake