February Half Term 2018

 

This half term we have been busy bees. I love having all of the children at home and not having to do nursery, preschool and school runs.  We started the week with a lovely road trip to the coast which you can read about here.

On the Tuesday we were going to have a lazy day at home but by 10 I was going a bit crazy. I don’t know about anyone else but I can’t just sit in with the kids I get bored and so do they. Plus we needed to go out to get a few toppings for our pancakes so we headed to Tesco and then made our way to Beningborough Hall.

We are lucky enough to have National Trust passes and try to use them as much as we can. Lots of their properties have lovely parks and walks to do.  When we arrived we wrapped up warm and collected some owl masks as they had an owl sculpture trail. The weather was pants, but like they say there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing!! I wasn’t sure that Charlie and Mila would be too enthused by the trail, but I was wrong they loved it, Mila wouldn’t take off her mask and kept count of how many we had found and Charlie wanted to decipher what each sculpture was made from.

We then walked to the park and Bell woke up in time to play. Charlie and Mila had talked all the way in the car about what games they were going to play at the fort. Charlie was Pokemon and Mila was Mummies and Daddies.  The park is great it has a huge wooden fort, various different types of swing, a little house and small boat. There is also an area to build dens. Usually we would spend more time den making but it was a little wet and slippery today.

After a good couple of hours play we headed home cold and tired. But not before our mammoth walk back to the car. It’s not far to be honest but took ages as Bella insisted on jumping in every single puddle “screw you Peppa Pig”. I didn’t have the heart to stop her to be honest as she was having so much fun, and we weren’t in any rush.

Once home we had hot chocolates and cream to warm up. They are becoming a bit of a cold weather tradition on our house.

On Wednesday we headed into York on the bus with some of Charlie’s school friends to visit the National Railway Museum. The bus is a big excitement in our house because in all honesty I just find it much easier to drive. The kids loved it though and Mila even said it was one of her favourite parts of the day at bedtime so I think I need to do it more.

 

 

We actually visit the NRM quite a lot as it is pretty easy and near for us but today was different because they had loads of amazing space themed activities. The museum is currently home to Tim Peakes space shuttle which according to Charlie will be in York a little while longer before moving to Manchester (I missed that part of the talk, I was too busy chatting oops!). We visited the planetarium which mesmerised all three of my children, even Bella who really doesn’t do sitting still. After this we had our picnic lunch and moved onto a fantastic stall by Technology in Play, specialise in providing activities to engage curious minds. The crazy dough activity was a big hit for us.

Next stop we headed to see the space shuttle and meet some more friends. There were lots of other space themed activities to take part in. We had a lovely day but the journey back to catch the bus home reminded me why we don’t really do buses too much. the kids were all tired and grumpy, and so was I.

On Thursday we headed to Temple Newsam which is near Leeds. I have written more about our day here.

After such a busy week we had a quiet lazy day on Friday and stayed home. I think once in a while its nice for us to have a pj day, although I did get dressed as we had lots of workmen outside our house sorting out the fibre optic broadband. I planned to get a few jobs around the house but I ended up playing Playmobil, Pokémon and Barbie along with baking cakes and biscuits.

 

These quiet  days are often some of my favourite, just being together.  I am going to miss the holidays roll on Easter.

 

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Easter Baking

 
There is rarely a week that goes by in our house without baking some cakes. It is a favourite activity of ours.
 
 
Today we had a special helper in the kitchen. Little Mr recently reignited his passion for lightening McQueen since my cousins little boy gifted him a car.
 
 
For any messy activity in our house we ALWAYS have a bowl of soapy water and a towel on standby for sticky fingers.
 
 
I try to involve Little Mr in as much of the process as possible. Activities like this are great for numeracy skills e.g. counting and measuring. They also develop his confidence in the kitchen and knowledge and understanding of diet and food choices.
 
 
Little Mr’s favourite job by far is to count in the cubes of butter. He even likes to sneakily eat a few when he thinks I am not watching.
 
 
Little Mr is a confident counter and likes to count the bun cases out. He hasn’t yet completely mastered the art of spooning the mixture into the cases so I do that part.
 
 
Lightening and the gang overseeing procedures.
 
 
Yummy! The best part of cake making has to be licking the spoon and bowl.

 
Our Easter baking.
They have all already been eaten too!