A caravan by the sea

We recently spent a long weekend away in a caravan. We booked our cheap and cheerful break with Haven and chose to stay at their Mablethorpe site. Our drive to the park took us over the Humber bridge which was nice as the area holds lots of memories for me.

                                     
We had anticipated we would need to make a stop during our journey but luckily both Little Mr and Little Miss slept most of the way – bonus! We were given an upgrade when we arrived and were pleasantly surprised with our caravan. We unpacked and then headed out for something to eat.
Unfortunately Little Miss had come down with chicken pox just before our break but only had a couple of spots until our second day when she was covered from head to toe. This meant we had to plan what we could do a little more carefully. On the Saturday we woke super early thanks to Little Mr, had a breakfast and were all out of the door by 9am. We walked to the beach and spent a lovely morning building sandcastles, flying a kite and combing the beach for shells. We found lots of star fish which Little Mr was extremely wary of for some reason. Little Miss slept most of the time and once out it took her ages to want to touch the sand with her feet. We the went back to the caravan for egg sandwiches at Little Mr’s request. In the afternoon the hubby took Little Mr swimming whilst I stayed with Little Miss. The joys of chicken pox hey, I am just glad it was quiet so we could go for walks and to the beach.
            
                          
                          
                                                      
We had a terrible night with Little Miss on the Saturday, she couldn’t settle and was feeling so sorry for herself. As we had had very little sleep we had a much lazier morning and woke for 7am (yep, that’s a lie in in our house, or caravan in this case). We had breakfast and then headed out for a drive to take in the scenery and also find a pharmacy that was open on a Sunday! I had planned to take some pictures on my ‘proper’ camera of the children and us as a family making the most of the scenery however my efforts were mainly focused on Little Miss.
We ended up finding ourselves in Skeggness. Once there we parked up and walked along the seafront. We stumbled across a deserted crazy golf that Little Mr was desperate to have a go of, who didn’t love crazy golf as a kid??
                     
                     
By lunchtime Little Miss was flagging so we grabbed a quick bite from MacDonalds and headed back to the caravan. Back at the park Mr H took Little Mr to the amusements and the park whilst I stayed with Little Miss and tempted her with bi-carb baths in a washing up bowl.
                                             
On our last morning we packed up ready to head home but not before a quick play in the sand pit park. We had a lovely time even though Little Miss was not 100%. 
                                             

Little Mr Turns 4

I can’t quite believe it but this week Little Mr turned 4. How can that be?
Some how this Birthday made myself and his Dad more reflective. Perhaps its because its because 4 means he will start school or the fact that at 3 he was still our baby. To us 4 just seemed so much older. the age at which he really was a little boy and no longer a toddler or preschooler.

I have been planning Little Mr’s Birthday for months, well years really. It was his first proper party as we have previously held smaller tea parties at home. This year however he had asked to celebrate with a party, especially as he has been to many of his friend too. I knew straight away that we wouldn’t be having his party at home as the prospect of 20 plus children plus parents was too much so settled on a local village hall. Since the day Little Mr arrived I have been planning out (in my head at least) what his parties would be like and I am so pleased with how his Birthday went. It was just how I had imagined.

We had Little Mr’s party the day before his actual Birthday. Lots of his friend came and he had a marvellous time.

It was fair to say following the party we were pooped. We came back to the house with family and had a well deserved cup of tea and slice of cake. Little Mr had been very spoilt by all of his friends and received an overwhelming amount of presents.   Once the children were settled for the night we finished we marked the occasion with a bottle of Champagne and reflected on the last four years. On how Little Mr entered the world, our first thoughts bringing him home, how we were using garden chairs as indoor furniture!! We wouldn’t change where we are now but it would be lovely to steal one more snuggle with our new born little boy.
Before bed I snook in to Little Mr’s room for extra cuddles on his last night as a three year old, one last kiss and of course a photo.
Little Mr woke early on his Birthday, 5.30am to be precise. We even had to wake Little Miss which is a rarity. We spent a few hours opening presents and playing with new toys before heading to the coast. we visited the amusements, walked the beach, had fish and chips and ice cream. During our trip Little Mr said that it had been his wish when he blew out his candles that we come to the seaside for the day which was sweet.


Our Easter

On Easter Sunday we headed to one of our favourite places for a family day out, Piglets Farm. It has recently just opened up for the season which is music to our ears. We love it there!


We started our Sunday with a lazy breakfast. By lazy I mean later than usual. Whilst I was busy getting Little Miss and Mr ready for the day we had a very special visitor. The Easter bunny came and decorated our garden with lots of little eggs and left two Easter buckets to collect them all up in. Little Mr was eager to find the eggs and made sure he left some for his sister to find too which was really sweet. 



                                 
                                 
                                 
                                   
                                               


                                   
                                  


They were both very lucky and reviewed lots and lots of chocolate from family and friends.



After our egg hunt and of course some chocolate testing we got ready to head to Piglets. Both Little Mr and Little Miss were excited to see some animals. Little Mr had requested to see the donkeys of all things. Little miss was rather infatuated with the smaller animals especially the chicks and the rabbits.
Our first stop on the farm was the event gazebo for the Easter Eggstravaganza. This was a hive of activity where children were decorating eggs and excitidely receiving their egg hunt prizes. We had recently decorated our own eggs at home so they were both keen to do the egg hunt and quickly sat down to listen to the instructions.
They each received a basket and had to find six different coloured eggs hidden around the park behind some large chickens. This was a great egg hunt and kept both of the children engaged and excited to find more. Plus they looked really cute with their baskets.  


              





One of our favourite parts of the farm is the petting shed. A particular favourite as always been the cow that can be milked. Little Miss loved the rabbits and stood watching them for ages. We are currently thinking about getting some rabbits I just need to convince the hubby a little more.



                                            




                                       

When we finished the egg hunt we explored the rest of the parks activities. First stop was the barrel rid before heading into the sandpit. We spent an age here digging, tipping and burying objects. There is also a digger come slide which Little Miss loves as did her brother when he was her age. We then headed to the bouncy pillows. I stayed with Little Miss on the smaller one whilst Mr H took Little Mron the bigger one. We even had a go too, well it would be rude not to.

In the middle of the park is a crazy golf course. So we had a round of golf here, of course Little Mr won. Little Miss completed the golf shoeless and wellie less as she had decided that she didn’t want to wear anything. Luckily it was a lovely dry day, however if it was wet I am sure she would have changed her mind. My favourite part of the day had to be the large chicken sumo suits which I just had to make Mr H try on. We ended the day by going on the tractor ride before heading home 
                                  
 

Autumn Days

Little Mr loves being outdoors and a current favourite activity of his is to venture out on a nature walk. It is rare that we all get the opportunity to  go together though and this weekend Little Mr requested a nature walk so we made the extra effort to go. We are lucky where we live as there are lots of different woodland areas within a short (unless accompanied by a toddler) walking distance.
We had great fun collecting sticks, conkers, leaves amongst other things. Little Mr is a typical little boy and loves sticks, wherever we go he has to find a ‘new’ one to add to the ever growing collection in our back garden.
Today we were our Autumn walk was inspired by Julia Donaldson books with lots of Gruffalo hunting, and broom stick riding. Never would I have thought I would be flying on my broomstick through the woods but its amazing what you do to inspire weary little legs to keep going.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the afternoon. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

 

 
  

A Family Weekend!

We have had a super busy weekend. with a family wedding on the Saturday and a Birthday meal to celebrate Grandma’s ‘special’ Birthday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
of course each new wedding deserves a full set of new outfits. Here we are in our glad rags. Little Miss is wearing a fab super girly pink dress all the way from Macy’s in New York and a cardi from Ted Baker. Little Mr is wearing a next suit and a great navy tie with dogs on. He is in his socks in these picture as he was refusing to wear his shoes, he ended up going to the wedding in his red canvas shoes. They did look cute and though!
 
First stop was the church for the wedding ceromony. I didnt take any pictures outside as unfortunately it was throuwing it down so we were dashing to the car with toddler, baby and all the pariphanlia that acompanies them too.

 

The reception was held at a quaint village hall that had been decorated to perfection. It looked amazing and was a true testemant to all the hard work and attention to detail that had been put in.

 
 
What wedding is complete without your own Oscar Style family selfie.
 
 
 
We thought that the tash and eyebrows rather suited Uncle Ben and would be rather suited to 70’s ‘adult’ films!

 
 
Since Little Miss was asleep when we took the first selfie we did our own mini one with her.
 

 
 
We were also treated to a visit from an ice-cream van, it was delicious. Little Mr absolutely adored the photo booth too. I think he must have been on most peoples pictures. We had a few goes ourselves too.

 
 
 
The beautiful Bride and Groom during their first dance.
 
On the Sunday we headed to a lovely restaurant for a family meal.
 
 

 
If Carlsberg made weekends…

 
 

 


Our week that was!

We have had a lovely week even though it has rained and rained. This week was a blank canvas as our usual classes and play groups were cancelled because of half term. Weeks like this are my favourite type, lazy mornings, late breakfasts, endless games at home and seeing friends and family without the need to dash and clock watch.

Saturday
We met one of my oldest and bestest friends for a spot of lunch and catch up in town. We don’t see each other that often so iris always great to catch up. I then headed out with her later minus the kiddies and husband for more drink, this time lots of adult ones. Oh and a spot of dancing too, we had such fun which was long over due.
 
Sunday
Today started with a small (huge) hangover, I am not sure I can party like the old times any more. However  I found myself overcompensating for my hangover so probably got more accomplished than I may have otherwise. A high light of the day was heading to the cinema to watch Postman Pat the movie. Well the movie was pretty lame if I am honest but Little Mr loved it. So did Little Miss though she had a snooze mid film, oh how I wish I could have done the same. 
 
Monday
On Monday we headed over to my In-laws for a Birthday Buffet. They are both having birthdays over the next week but will be away on holiday so we took our presents and the card that Little Mr and Little Miss made for their Grandma. We made her an extra special card as she will be having a milestone Birthday.
                                        
                               
Tuesday
Today we headed to Sheffield. We stopped for a spot of lunch with friends from my university days. We are all getting married and having babies now so there is always something new and exciting to catch up on. This time it was a friends engagement proposal in New York. It took me back as that is where me and the hubby got engaged.  After lunch we headed to a soft play as there is only so long you can expect toddlers to sit nicely for. I love watching our children play together.
                                
Wednesday
This was our lazy day of the week, well lazy morning anyway. We had a lie in, well I class 8 am as a lie in don’t you?! We were awake but we just stayed snuggled under the quilt watching TV. Later I had an appointment with my health visitor to discuss Little Miss’s allergic reactions and see how she was. So I dropped Little Mr off at my Mums. The weather was pants yet again so we got caught out in a down pour mid journey from the car to the childrens centre. On our return we were greeted with some fabulous post on our doormat. Our Merlin annual family pass from Kellogg’s had arrived. We are so excited to start using it.
                        

Thursday
                       

We started today building a fireman/camper small world. Little Mr loves creating his own stories with the figures. At the moment he seems to love being the hero whilst I get to be the monkey/dragon/monster *delete as appropriate. We then headed to my Dads for a cuppa and a catch up. We spent the afternoon den making and ‘mountain’ climbing in the living room.

                                    

Today was also a big day for Little Miss. We put her in her own room in her cot for the first time on a night. She only lasted a couple of hours but still it’s a start.
                                     

Friday
We visited a local petting farm today called Piglets. We love visiting as there is always loads to do. We were a little worried about the weather but it stayed dry albeit cloudy all day. Our highlights were Little Mr Miss and myself all jumping on the bouncy pillows, riding the blue tractors and Little Mr’s favourite, seeing a sheep get a ‘haircut’.
We have had a lovely chilled week with little clock watching, but we have missed all our usual groups so will be looking forward to them next week.
Have you had a good week? What have you been upto?

A nice day for a white wedding

Last weekend we travelled all the way to Sunny Suffolk for a family wedding. We travelled down on the morning of the wedding arriving in plenty of time to get ready changed into our glad rags.

The weather was perfect and the sun shone brightly the whole day long. Little Mr and Little Miss were just fantastic all day as weddings can be a long day for all involved. There were quite a few children at the wedding and it was lovely to see them all run around together and enjoy the day.

 
 
I love weddings, from the ceremony to the food to the disco, but I think once you have had your own no one else’s compares really.
 
What is your favourite part of a wedding? Do you have any coming up?