Just over 12 years ago, these two girls were born a couple of hours apart. The one, a couple of days after her due date, the other, two & ½ weeks before her due date.
It is quite a funny story. I was on the phone with Noreen on the Monday, listening to her bemoan the fact that she was still pregnant. Only, I interrupted her every once in a while to deal with my ‘braxton hicks’. She sat on the other side of the phone timing my ‘braxton hicks’ which were coming a steady 10 minutes apart and suggested that I get myself to the hospital. 'Why?' I asked, 'I’m not due for ages yet'.
Anyway, long story short. On Thursday evening her husband Jan rang us say that Alannah had been born only to find a message on their answering machine telling him that Cat had been born.
We moved back to South Africa when Cat was about 5 months old and then moved back to Belgium the Christmas after her 4th birthday. So, since their 5th birthday the girls have had a combined birthday party. This year was the first year that they didn’t have one.
To make up for this we had a girls day in Brussels yesterday. Lunch at the Hard Rock where they got free ice cream. Followed by walking around down town Brussels.
Cat & I took them to go and check out the peeing statues which Alannah has never seen before.
|The Manneken-Pis, the Jeanneke-Pis and the canine Zinneke pis|
It was also car free day in Brussels. Once a year the entire city is car free (cept for the free busses and a small number for taxis). Everyone takes to the streets on their bicycles, roller-blades or just walking.
There were all kinds of stands up all around town handing out free stuff... there was a free spin class outside of the Central station, marching bands and girls handing out free hugs etc, etc …
|Car free street|
|One of the Pilgrims shells which marks the route the pilgrims took to Santiago de Compostela in Spain|
|Husband came home early? - one of the many comic strip mural paintings which can be found all around Brussels|
Despite the moody/sulky start to the day (Cat) it turned out great and both girls had loads of fun. I can’t believe how big they are getting.