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.



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.

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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.


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.

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 Simple Sautrday

Today we have had a simple Saturday, no big plans as such so it was great to spend the day together at home. Well half of it at least as the hubby headed to football this afternoon. So our simple Saturday went a little like this:

We started with a lazy morning breakfast and showered and at Little Mr’s request time to just play. We set up and played with his Fireman Sam village which is one of his favourite toys at the minute.
Over the last couple of weeks I have really been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends and family. My Little Mr has really been spoilt rotten for his birthday. It may have been a week ago now but he is still receiving gifts now. One of my oldest and best friend popped round with yet more presents for the little man. We don’t get to see each other as often now and with children on the scene a night our for dinner and drinks is long over due but hopefully it will happen again soon!!

The lucky man received a pirate boat and figures along with a two books. One of which I have read to him three times today. We had a cuppa and a good old chinwag. I’m not at all jealous she is getting glammed up tonight and painting the town red, honest!!  It was lovely to see little Miss snuggle in for cuddles and fall asleep.

We had a quiet afternoon the hubby bought us lunch and then headed off to football. We played games and read stories. We even created a boat made from the sofa cushions, the boat later became an aeroplane which Little Mr piloted across the ocean. It never ceases to amze me his wonderful imagination. We do play a lot of role play activities but it still impresses me.
All set for the bedtime routine. Now I do like having help with this but will freely admit it is much easier on my own as I have a certain way and find it runs super smoothly (I am ignoring the fact little Mr wouldn’t get in the dam thing at first).
We ended the day with lots of giggles on the bed, then headed downstairs for milk and stories. As a treat I let Little Mr sleep on his Daddies side of the bed and moved him before he got home but shhhh don’t tell him. Let hope tomorrow brings lots of simple pleasures it will be our first Sunday together just the four of us in months!

A day at the farm


We love taking Little Mr to the local farm and took him numerous times over last Spring & Summer. We usually go to the local farm which includes all the general petting farm animals, along with play equipment and the cafe too. However we are fortunate enough that my best friends new Beau works on his parents farm so when we recently visited we were lucky enough to go to the farm too.

This was very exciting for Little Mr. Our friends live in Derbyshire which is nearly a 2 hour drive from us however we hit bad traffic and roadworks which meant for one hour of our journey we only travelled 2 miles!!! Luckily both Little Mr and Little Miss were on great form. Little Mr did discover the button to unwind his window now which until then had remained a  mystery.
When we arrived at the farm it was a little different to Little Mr’s expectations. The cows were bigger, smellier and louder than perhaps he was used to. We were lucky enough to see all of the newest calves, some born only just 3 or 4 days earlier. It is amazing how they are standing and walking in hours when Little Miss at 20 weeks has only recently mastered holding her head completely.

We were visited all of the pregnant cows, one of which had just had a calf, the calf was yet to stand. If you look closely at the picture you can see the cows placenta, she decided to eat this whilst we were here. Apparently a cows pregnancy is extremely similar to that of a human.


We met the bull of the farm!!

Little Mr’s favourite part of the day was definitely visiting the tractors. He was a little perturbed that they didn’t own a green one at first (we are having a few colour selection issues at the moment). However was overjoyed when we reminded him his favourite colour is red and they had a big red one. Little Mr was overjoyed at being ables to sit in the tractors and even ‘drive’ one too.

Little Miss got in on the action too.
We had a fantastic day with friends, it was brilliant. I just wished we lived closer to visit more often. We love city life but the countryside lifestyle looks so appealing especially with a young family.


Remember the small things #1

In attempt to remember all of the small things that make a happy family we are going to make a record of them here. We will include a picture and a short caption with each. Short and sweet.

So our first post will start right here right now.
Remember the small things #1
The lingering gazes from Little Miss to her big brother.

Spring is on its way!!

Recently we had some visitors for a play date. One of my oldest friends from university and her little girl. It’s not often we get to meet up as we live over 70 miles apart but it is always lovely when we do. It’s great to see our children play together – very different to our party hard university days.


As it is officially spring I thought I would used springtime as the theme for the days activity table.  


Little Mr has a cute yellow suitcase that was perfect for making a spring treasure chest. It actually belongs to Little Miss as we received an outfit in it when she was born. The case is just as great as the outfit and I have used it for many many things.
I made the case up the evening before. Filled it with shredded green paper, fluffy chicks, soft multi coloured balls and some plastic eggs which ad hidden surprises inside. I bought some daffodils too to add a delicious springy smell.


Little Mr picked out these two teddys before bed to add to the spring time theme (with a little help as we may have ad Buzz and Woody from Toy Story).


I also laid out a sticking activity using some Easter from stickers. Little Mr loves stickers at the moment but still needs a little help with these as the back are tricky to get off. So not a great independent activity.

After a morning full of fun and play we had set of lunch and then headed to the park.  It had been. A lovely day when we set off but started to throw it down so we took shelter in the local shop. A great idea with two hyped up children (NOT, see photo evidence, ha) but still better than getting soaked. It was a great day  and lovely to catch up with old friend especially when they have very exciting news to share 😉 I haven’t got many pictures of the actual day, I am always too busy enjoying the moment I forget half of the time.

Here Little Miss as with all the excitement with the older two she missed out on her usual activities and play. We had lots of cuddles to catch up later though which was great.