EUREKA! Spooky half term Halloween fun

I have been super giddy and excited for half term this year because it meant I could plan loads of fun family Halloween activity to do 🙂

I was even more excited when I realised that Eureka | The National Childrens Museum were putting on a hubble, bubble, toil and trouble event on over the half term 25th Oct – 2nd Nov 2014.

It was prefect for keeping my little ones busy and in the mood for Halloween fun.

The museum is in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Which for us is a bus ride away, as we live on boarder of Leeds and Bradford.
We set off for the bus shortly after lunch and arrived in Halifax by 1pm. Which meant we would have loads of time in museum because they have changed to opening hours from 10am – 4pm until 10am – 6pm.
Because we had decided to go on a Sunday it was only open until 5pm, plenty of time to explore.

We have been to Eureka before but we hadn’t been in over 2 years. So it was nice to see what aspects had changed and what things had stayed the same.

On walking up to the museum there is a large marque with tables and chairs in side for people wanting to have a picnic outside, plus picnic table further ahead. There is a music garden in which the kids can explore and learn about all the different sounds created by unexpected things, plus a large sand pit. That even on a chilly autumn day beckoned the children to play, dig and have fun.

It was great watching my kids faces light up with delight. Specially E because this is the first time she has been since she was a baby.

IMG_1372.JPG
So for her this was all new and she was finally able to explore better then she had when she was younger.

As you walk through the door of the museum there is a queuing system leading to the ticket desk.
The prices are really reasonable at £11.95 for adults and children over 3, £4.95 for children aged 1-2 years old and under 1’s are free.
When you pay these prices though you go in to the museum and there is a desk that you take your receipt and they will give you a 1 year free entry Annual pass at no extra charge.
Also if your a MaxCard holder like me, you and your family get in for free once you show your card.

They gave everyone a dinosaur stamp on their hands (incase you leave and then want to regain entry) and then we went in to explore.

When we got inside we were directed to a notice bored that told you all the different little events they had going on and the times that day.

IMG_4057.JPG
One of the staff very cleverly advised me to take a picture on my phone so I always had the info with. (as by that point my kids were all running off wanting to explore)

They loved town square that has everything in it built to kids size. T particularly enjoyed it in the bank playing on the cash machine making fake money with stamps on paper to spend in the supermarket. (if only it was that easy to make real money).

IMG_1373.JPG

The kids loved it there was a Bank, M&S supermarket, Garage, Post office and even a house with kitchen, bathroom and bedroom for them to explore, and everything had been designed for there height and fun.

As you walked round though there where signs explaining how things worked and the science behind solar energy and a toilet flushing etc
The hard part was trying to get them to stay still long enough to read the facts.

There were also sections about the different types of environment, the animals that live there and where stuff like bread, milk, apples and eggs come from.
The whole museum is interactive and there are games to play, sensations to experience and igloos to build 🙂

IMG_1367-0.JPG

On the second floor is more stuff about the different environments and animals that inhabit them. There is also a few sections for under 5’s only so they can have fun while the older kids explore.
We wanted to let E and baby have a play in the desert discovery but it’s was completely packed full of parents and children all wanting to play in such a small space that it became very difficult to move around with 2 little ones. So we moved on but not until we watch some spooky dancing in the town sq at 2pm.

IMG_1369.JPG It was a right laugh watching the kids learn the time warp and monster mash.

We enjoyed the little show and then went to my personal favourite section of the whole museum All About Me section. I love this area because it teaches the kids about their bodies and how everyone is different because some are tall, can reach far, jump high or look different. They even had a passport in which they filled in as they walk around testing how far they could step or how tall they were. Unfortunately all the pencils that were at the side of the exhibits were broken, so we couldn’t write down the results.

I loved explaining to my kids how everything in the body’s worked and them being able to see how a baby grows inside it mummy’s belly or how your bones, ears, eyes, nose and taste buds work.
It was great fun and I loved all the new equipment had been updated since the last time we had been.

After a very enjoyable learning experience we made a quick pit stop for bathroom breaks. The toilets were clean and very noticeable. They even had a room for nursing mothers if they choose to use it.

We then made our way back downstairs and went into the enchanted forest. So the kids could dress up, meet some witches, ghost and ghouls plus colour in a mask or listen to the Halloween story.
The staff were dressed up and looked great. They were all so helpful getting the boys into the ghost busters outfits. The ghost even joined in running around the room while T and P tried to capture him.
E didn’t dress up because the witches costume she wanted to wear had been taken by another little girl first, but she was happy to play with a witches broom an watch the boys have fun.

IMG_1368.JPG
It very much got me into the Halloween spirit and started off our Halloween half term right

I would defiantly recommend Eureka to all my friends and anyone planning a visit.
The staff are great, really helpful, kind and polite.
The price is reasonable (specially with the year long annual pass)
Events, exhibits and activities are great fun, that really draw kids in.
Is very pram/wheel chair friendly with great amenities.

Unfortunately it gets really busy and some areas get crowded quickly and easily.
The pencils at the exhibits were broken and hadn’t been replace or spare. Meaning we couldn’t take part in that bit of recording fun.
And E was upset at first about the costume until she found the broom.

All in all though the day was great fun and the kids were tired when we got home. (as were we!)

Nikki ❤

Disclaimer…

I was not paid for this review these are my honest opinion of the place and it’s features.

Binky Linky

A walk that turned into an adventure.

As I have said in previous post my boys have recently joined scouts.

T goes to Cubs on a Thursday evening and P goes to beavers on a Friday.

Tonight was P’s turn to go to beavers and because I don’t drive we have to walk.
From my house to the place where the scouts is held, is a good few miles walk away (If you follow the major roads).
There is a dirt road/walking path lead to the estate where the church is, it takes about 30minutes to walk there.

P loves it cause we go pass farms and cross over a level train crossing. I love it cause the views are beautiful. (specially on a clear day)

IMG_5674.JPG

IMG_5675.JPG

It always loads of fun and we tend to talk all the way (normally it’s me explaining why P can’t jump in muddy puddles).

Tonight was different though because tonight we used our imaginations as we walked along.
P had found a stick that and he was pretending to be a knight and was saving me from trolls, dragons and ogres.

IMG_5684.JPG

He took it very serious and behind was jumping behind the bins and creeping round the corners.

IMG_5681.JPG

Jumping out and pretending to sword fight with the cars, bushes and bins.

IMG_5685.JPG

He was super cute with how enthusiastic he was. He kept saying he had to protect the princess (that was me).

We were able to play, connect and have fun. We weren’t just walking to scouts any more. We were on a quest to slayer the dragon and to over come dangerous obstacles as we make our way through the deep dark forest.

It was so amazing listening to his story and how he was making this normally boring walk into an adventure.

I am a little sad though now because that will probably be the last time we go on that adventure for a while. Because now the nights are getting darker, I don’t like walking down the dirt road on a night cause there aren’t any street lights.

I can’t wait for spring/summer to arrive again because we really enjoyed our like adventure.

Nikki ❤

country kids
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Awesome

In the words of the Lego movie

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

This is my word of the week which has been graciously chosen by my boys. (their not lego mad I swear *looks shifty*)

I have to kind of agree with them though because this week have been busy and I have been trying my best to make sure we have been out of house and as busy as humanly possible.

After my post last week about boredom. I made a serious effort to go out with kids starting with a teddy bears picnic at a park near by with the local SureStart group.
I wasn’t able to get pictures 😦
Saturday was a cold, cloudy day but we had to leave the house for the boys swimming lessons. (for some crazy reason I thought 8am swimming lessons were a good idea on a Saturday morning. I was wrong!)
After the lessons we had to go back through the town centre to get bus home and I remember they were holding an annual car show.
The kids loved looking at all cars, getting their faces painted and going on the climbing wall (which was all my favourite price FREE!)

IMG_1134.JPG
Sunday T went to see his day so the younger 3, hubby and I went on a day out to Royal Armouries and had a great day out as the pictures on my post will show.
Monday we went to see my 2 sisters and 4 nephews with my mum at a breeze event and then we chilled out had ice cream and played on the inflatables.

IMG_1135.JPG
Tuesday was the most fun thought because we went on a coach trip to Scarborough with the local SureStart. It was great (even though the weather wasn’t great at first) we played on beach, went on a pirate ship, went to the fun fair, on Ferris wheel and had donkey rides 🙂

IMG_1136.JPG it was pure family awesomeness 🙂 the kids loved it and I enjoyed spending the time with them. (the hubby had to work so it was just me and kids) They loved it too even if P wasn’t handling the coach journey very well.

Wednesday we didn’t do much because I had my dentist appointment to finally sort out my painful, broken tooth 🙂
I was so happy when it when I left the dentist even though she had just told me that I was being referred to hospital to give my wisdom teeth taken out (they are just causing too many problems) and the fact that my face was numbed up and felt huge, because I wasn’t in pain anymore and once they were out I wouldn’t be again.

Thursday the kids had their dentist appointment and I was proud because T had a baby tooth pulled out because his adult tooth was growing off yo the side of it but the baby tooth washing coming lose. He was so brave and was super excited about the tooth fairy. (which he swears he saw leaving his bedroom last night and has been telling his brothers and sisters all about her today)

So yes that’s my week leading to today. It’s been great and full of smiles, gun and awesomeness 🙂

What’s your week been like?
And what’s your word?

Nikki ❤

word of the week

The Reading Residence

A timeline of my day!

I am linking up with Emma at outnumbered as part of the #BEDAoutnumbered challenge.

Day 17: Timeline of your day. (In photos, words or both)

My day started at 8am (sorry no picture I’ll save you the nightmares of me when I just woken up with bed hair)
The kids were all excited as we had a fun day planned and T was excited cause it was his day with his dad.
So after breakfast T left with his dad and we got ready to set off. We left at 10.55am and arrived at bus station for 11.15am.

IMG_3063.JPG
We set off and arranged to meet a friend in the bus station. After what seemed like forever (nearly an hour on the bus) we arrived in Leeds and then it was a short walk before we were at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds at 12.40pm.

IMG_2970.JPG
The kids were super excited. Even more so when P saw the Ironman statue.

IMG_2969.JPG
We were given a little booklet that told us when all the demonstrations were on. I noticed that there was one due to start at 1pm, so we went upstarts to go watch before we had lunch.

IMG_3064.JPGThe kids enjoyed watching the sword fighting (even though they were hungry and wanted lunch, so we gave them some raisins to snack on). Then we went for lunch in the picnic area. Once we finished we went on to look round the museum

IMG_3066.JPGand have some fun 😀

IMG_3067.JPG

IMG_3068.JPG

IMG_3069.JPG By which point it had gone 4pm and we were all completely shattered.

So it was time to go home.

IMG_3051.JPG
We got a bus to Bradford interchange and then waited for our bus home.

IMG_3058.JPG
By which point it had reached 6pm and we where all tired, hungry and the adults needed coffee.

IMG_3070.JPG So I chilled and started my blog challenge for the day, while my hubby started tea. After my break and caffeine injection. I went on to finish tea and pour myself a glass of much needed wine.

IMG_3065.JPG (Tea was yummy by the way!)
We finished eating at 7pm and bedtime rolled around. So once the little one were in bed the hubby and I enjoyed a cuddle and a chill watching TV.

IMG_1127.JPG
Which leads me to this point.

What did you do today? And was it fun?

Nikki ❤

blog every day in August

Returning

My word of the week this week is

20140801-222625-80785231.jpg

As most people will know I haven’t been online or blogging over last few weeks. It was because we where on holiday. So my life was wrapped up with packing an getting everything sorted and last week we where away. (which was great and there is a post to come I promise)

Well on Monday we returned home and it was time for us to return back to normal life. Hubby returned back to work and I returned back to my usual life of hospital appointments and cleaning. We also got the return of my argumentative kids.
With it’s being the summer holidays the kids are bored and restless, they constantly want to do something or go somewhere but there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to get house work done and through the mountains of washing we brought home and go on day trips everyday.

We have had some fun days out this week and visited a few museums through.

20140801-224136-81696407.jpg
And I have even managed to meet up with a few friends.

I have also had a return to my blog and I seem to have a return of my blogging mojo. (which is in full swing tonight this is my 4th post)
So it’s great. And I’m hoping it will carry on as I have enter the blog every day in August challenge.

My word this week is returning 🙂 because life is finally returning back to normal 🙂

Nikki ❤

word of the week

The Reading Residence

Where I have been!

I know I haven’t been been around or blogging much recently but don’t worry.

I’m back!

“Hurray!”

*happy dances*

Oh how I have missed you all.

The reason I haven’t been around is because we have been on holiday recently. Which meant the first half was spent cleaning, packing, making sure everything was covered and ready. Then we had a week away. It was bliss

20140729-202759-73679516.jpg
an we had loads of fun but the only problem was no internet or wifi.
*ahhhhhhhhh*
The only place I could to get wifi in the restaurant and the mobile data signed on my phone was crap.
*SOB*
I couldn’t blog, tweet or update Facebook.
It safe to say by end of the week I was suffering with from serious withdrawals and I was making up any excuse to go to the restaurant or looking for nears cafe or macdonalds. Just so I could use their free wifi to be able to check my profile and uploads my holiday pictures to Instagram.

The holiday it’s self was and just what my family and I needed. We had loads of family fun and reconnected with each other. It was amazing seeing the stresses of work, school and family life just melt away. So I was able to watch my kids grow, explore and have fun. While hubby and I topped up our tans because the weather was beautiful. We had so many fun family adventures and I tried to cram in loads of activities to keep kids busy because I didn’t want to hear the dreaded

“I’m bored!”

sentence escaping their lips.
But there a future blog posts 🙂

Here are some holiday pictures to help tide you all over until I get chance to type them up between the constant washing and unpacking of cases followed my some much earn glasses of wine 😀

20140729-202201-73321704.jpg

20140729-202203-73323618.jpg

20140729-202202-73322652.jpg

Nikki ❤

magic moments

What’s the story

 photo 93142f35-6d39-479f-b3de-d94dbca68162_zps58499252.jpg

The SureStart fun day

This weekend the weather has been great and after the stress of a really Tricky week. I decided that I wasn’t going to waste it in doors, so we were going to have a family day out.

Again this week I was met with the problem as last weekend. Which was how to have a great day at a low cost because I am trying to save as much money as I can for our holiday.

Luckily the local SureStart centre where I take the girls to play group, were throwing a FunDay!

The kid loved it and there was so much to do.

20140713-232648-84408526.jpg
There was a coconut shy
Face painting
Temporary tattoos
Loom bands (I can’t seem to escape them!)
Hook a duck
Craft tables
Circus tricks
Tombola
Raffle
Zumba shows
And loads more.

It was all taking place in a school playground, so there was a climbing frame and a massive sand pit which the younger ones loved.

20140713-234117-85277719.jpg
Even Baby had her first experience of sand 🙂

20140713-234538-85538242.jpg
The sand pit was a bit young (and “boring”) for T so he played basketball while we made sand castles and buried Baby’s feet.

20140713-234726-85646262.jpg

That single moment was complete bliss, as I sat and watched my children play. The amazing amount of pure love and pride I felt was immense. All my kids were happy and we were together as a family. If I could freeze a moment in time and hold it forever that would be my moment. It was great!

Of course we couldn’t play forever and the other kids wanted to play too. So we moved on because they wanted to go on every stall. (especially the loom bands stall)

E got her face painted and 2 snake tattoos (defiantly her fathers daughter), actually all the kids got a tattoo and we stayed and listened to the raffle. But we didn’t win!

20140714-000446-286923.jpg

Then it was time to go. As we left I was just amazed at how great the day was, how rich in fun and love we were and the whole day cost us nothing!
The stalls, the tickets, the raffle and the food was all completely free and funded by SureStart. When we entered the gates we signed in and were hand vouchers to use as we saw fit.

We loved it and I hope they do another one again. If not then we are signed up for their Scarborough trip during the school holidays, but that’s a later post!

Nikki ❤

country kidso
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



magic moments

A Fun day out.

With the weather being so great this weekend I wanted to get out and do loads with the kids. Unfortunately my bank balance hasn’t been to happy with my ideas because we have our holiday coming up soon and I have driving lessons to pay for!

Luckily though there are some great things you can do on a low budget and you can still manage to have a great day out with kids.

Saturday morning after the boys swimming lessons I was debating going to the library and then on to National Media Museum because it is free entry and is a day out with the boy. (we already had bus passes from the swimming lessons) so that wasn’t a problem.
So as I was starting to get ready I got a phone call from a friend asking if we fancied going out “because it was too beautiful to be stuck in doors.” I explained my bank balance problems and we decided to walk from our area to the Bradford Industrial Museum

20140706-214903-78543543.jpg
because it is also free entry and there is a lovely big park just around the corner.
We decided with weather being so lovely and the fact that there was no direct bus to museum and there had been road closures due to Tour De France coming thought Yorkshire. That we would be better walking to 2 miles there and back (luckily it’s fairly level). We made a quick stop off at Morrisons (it was on the way) to buy some nibbles for a little picnic and in no time at all we were there.

Once we arrived at the museum we decide that we would eat our picnic first and then go have a look round and explore. We sat on the wall at the front gate by some cannons because there way a great grassy area that the kids could run around (even though they had walked that far they still had energy to burn). There is a picnic area with picnic tables and a indoor cafe area, for when the weather isn’t as nice, but we chose this spot because the kids enjoyed climbing on the cannons, spinning round on the grass and there was a little black structure that they kept running through and posing under (great photo opportunities)

20140706-220135-79295019.jpg

It was at this point that we had our first problem. The cobbles in the street didn’t agree with my pram to much and one of the wheels came off!

DISASTER!

I don’t know how many people have had that happen to them but when your 2 miles from home with no money, no car with a baby, toddler and 2 older kids. Let’s just say I was so glad I wasn’t on my own when it happened because I would have probably of cried.
My friends held Baby while I took a look at wheel and luckily if was fixable.
After that disaster was averted and I had managed to clean myself up (I had been knelt on floor arguing with the wheels) and pulled myself together. We carried on with our trip.

There was loads to see and the kids really enjoyed looking at all the different things inside the different buildings.

20140706-221250-79970948.jpg

20140706-221249-79969957.jpg
They have house set out like how they would of been when the workers lived there that also show how they changed over the decades from before, during and after WWII. (I didn’t get many picture because it wasn’t very pram friendly) We went round the old stables and the manor house (also not pram friendly as they are not allowed, neither are food, drinks, umbrellas or Large bags). They even had load of old fire engines! Carts and horse buggies. In the main building is the old mill. The machines in the mill are great and most are still in full working order. They sometime have the machine going, so you get a feel of what the mill was like in it’s hay day. When you have finished going through the ground floor mill there is a doorway that leads to a garage full of cars, old street signs and a massive train.

20140706-223257-81177495.jpg (All this area is all ramps and very pram friendly) leading on from there is the printing section which is full of the old printing presses they have used through out history. There is even a store front, post box and a print table with stamps, paper and ink for the kids to have a go.

20140706-223933-81573585.jpgJoining on to that is a room filled with an old bus and a tram you can look at and explore through windows.

There is a lift to go up to the second floor and a member of staff will take you up in it. (it is an old lift. I believe it’s the original on from when they mill was operational that has noisy sliding grate doors). Some of the kids were slightly worried at first while others thought it was cool.
On the second floor is more machines that are also still in working order. (I don’t recommend going if you have a head ache or don’t like loud noises) The machine upstairs are the one they use in the old wool mill. That clean, comb and spin the wool on to spindles.

As I walk though I am reminded that once upon a time my own mum worked in the mill before it closed down and there are picture hung on the walls of people throughout history who worked there.

In the next section there are some benches and more machine. This time though they have child size figures stood next to the machines. On the walls are stories, facts, pictures and reports of when children use to work in the mill in the 1900. (the first time I brought T and P here I emphasised how easy their life is now to what it would of been then. I don’t think it works cause during a meltdown I’m still the worse mum ever and their life is terrible).
We didn’t look around this bit much though because by the benches there were some lovely ladies who were demonstrating spinning wool and weaving on a loom.

20140706-230617-83177339.jpg
They showed the kids and even let them have a go. T loved it, were as P was diving in head first and kept nearly breaking stuff.

E and the other littles played with a toy box full of teddies an blocks 🙂 by the time we had finished with the demonstration it was 4pm and time for the museum to close. We had been there over 2 hours and the time had just flown by and we still didn’t get chance to see everything.

Unfortunately because it was closing time the gift shop had closed because they have some really nice stuff and at reasonable prices. P was very upset by this but a staff member quelled his whimpers with a free Tour de France book mark.
We left an again went back on to the lovely cobbled road. I went as slowly as I could praying my wheel wouldn’t break again.
Luck wasn’t on my side because as we came out of the ground my wheel came off again.

ANOTHER DISASTER!

Once I got the wheel back on I decided I wasn’t going to add extra pressure on to it by let E rude the buggy board. Luckily my friend had been lent a wrap to try and she had it with her. So with attempted to strap a tired E to my back.

20140706-231842-83922677.jpg
(It has to be noted we had never wrapped a child to any of our backs before. I think we did well)
The walk home was long and we did make a short stop in the park but I was packed. So we sat in the shade a while and had a few left over nibbles (the kids ran around on the grass and played football) before I strapped E on to my back again and we carried on.
We finally made it back for just and I had to start on tea.

The kids loved it. As you walk round there are donation boxes for you to give money if you choose to. All the money goes to help pay for the running of the museum.

The museum was great fun and I would highly recommend it to anyone. You can’t complain when it has son much to offer and see. All for the great price of nothing. Unless you decide to donate money. (I gave what change I had in my purse!) during the holidays and summer they have events on it truly is a great museum and a fun day out (even with the wheel disasters) My wheel did managed to hold out until I got home and is fixed now. I honestly believe it would of been fine if it haven’t of been for the cobbled streets that was the only downside really.

So if your looking for anything to do with your kids on a budget this summer. Check out this museum. You won’t regret it.

Nikki ❤

magic moments

What’s the story

 photo 93142f35-6d39-479f-b3de-d94dbca68162_zps58499252.jpg

country kids
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Today’s spontaneous fun

Today has been a fun and surprising day.

It started off pretty much the same as all the others. We got out of bed made a mad dash to get dressed, eat and out the door for the boys to go to school on time (well for my hubby to take boys to school while I dress the girls ready for play group).

Today was a little different though because it was bookstart day at play group. So we got asked to dress up (none of my dressing up outfits are suitable for a morning at play group, so I declined). Earlier in week I went shopping to buy baby a outfit and I had to get E one because she just looked too cute in it.

E loves dressing up, so she was in her element and had great fun. Baby was a little trickier due to the ruffles and layers in her dress. E went as tinker bell and Baby went as Cinderella.

20140613-181303-65583572.jpg Sadly cameras aren’t allowed at play group to privacy of other children. Which I completely understand but it’s a little gutting because I miss capturing so many great and amazing moments. Like E singing, dancing and playing nicely or when she learned to ride a trike.
While I was a play group I had an attempt at being creative with the material they had at the arts and crafts table, by creating a mobile out of straws, wool card and glue.

20140613-182633-66393498.jpg For daddy for Father’s Day.

On the walk home we stopped at the mobile library that stops at end of my street. E loves going and finding books for us to read through day and at bed time. Then it was home for some dinner, a quick change and it was back out again to get the bus into city centre.
We were going to meet a friend who had 2 spare frozen dresses that I knew E would love.
I didn’t realises the date and when I walked into Bradford centre I realised the place was packed due to it being Bradford festival.
Once I managed to navigate my pram and buggy board through the sea of people that just kept coming out of no where. I found my friends. They were going to take their daughter to play in the reflection pool that is in the city centre. I decided I would join them, luckily I had E’s doc mcstuffins bag with her spare clothes in (I make her take it everywhere since we started potty training) because she went in water and head straight for the water fountain and got soaked.
I didn’t manage to get pictures and did want to risk dropping my phone. It was fun watching E play so carefree with another child she just met. She is normally really shy. Baby and I sat on side with our feet dipped in the cool water, watching E run and splash about.

After the kids got out and changed (E’s 3rd of the day!) we wandered over to the little fair and let the girl go on a few rides. It was fun and I love watching the kids on them.

20140613-194432-71072301.jpg

20140613-194433-71073303.jpg

20140613-194434-71074450.jpg
It brings back fond memories of my childhood and all the fun I use to have on similar rides. I will say the price was a bit shocking at £2 per child, per ride. Baby is too young to go on and had fallen asleep by this point, which was good.

I had a pang of guilt that E was having so much fun while the boys were cooped up in a classroom but my purse was really grateful.

It was fun and sitting in the sun watching E have fun. It was a great day even if it wasn’t planned I hope to have another soon.

Nikki ❤

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

The weekend fun

After our week of sickness. I was eager to get out of the house with the kids and have some fun.

On Friday my friend came round with her girls (they were still on half term) and I decided to get the paddling pool out and put it up but found that the hubby had not put it away last year properly and the twist caps plugs that keep it blown up were missing.

oh no!

But with a little in genius thinking (and some Christmas bottle stoppers)

20140609-133649-49009249.jpg
We managed to plug the values and keep the pool inflated. Then started the monstrous task of filling it. I don’t own a hose pipe (might add it to my Christmas list for Santa!) so I had to fill the mop bucket repeatedly and run backwards and forwards. Eventually it was full as much as I could be bothered enough! And the girls could finally get in and have fun.

20140609-134619-49579874.jpg
Unfortunately my cleverness wasn’t a total victory because slowly over time the pool started to deflate. The girls had had enough by that point, so we took the pool down and just sun bathed and ate ice pops until the boys came home and then they play in garden.

On Saturday it was raining but we still had to go out because the boys had swimming lessons in the morning. On the way home we bumped into my friend and her girls on the bus and we went shopping round town and had something to eat.
The boys asked if we could stop off at the library before going home. I really didn’t want to after they had been running around the shops and seriously showing me up by making me have to raise my voice to get them to listen. I decided we could go though, because the weather was poor and I knew they would need something to do once we got home and because I didn’t want to dampen their enthusiasm for books and reading. It is something I have always tried to encourage with my kids.
They started to behave at the library that was when E decided she wanted to make a break for it (it is days like Saturday I wish I had more arms). The boys enjoyed choosing books and T even faced his fear and went to ask the librarian if they had the books he liked. (he was nervous and wanted me too do it but I encouraged him to use his manners and told him I was watching from a distance).
Once we finally got home it was peace.

20140609-140212-50532634.jpgThe boys sat readying their books and I got to enjoy a coffee while E coloured.

Sunday was a lazy day and the weather was lovely to start and I really didn’t want to waste the sun. I decided P, E, Baby and I would go a different park and feed some ducks.
I had read that you shouldn’t feed them bread as it’s not actually go for them. After a quick look on Google and a read later, I found that frozen peas (defrosted of course) and vegetable peeling or chopped up are good. So I sliced up some lettuce and added frozen peas (they defrosted on the walk).

20140609-140926-50966756.jpg
and set off to have an adventure.

About 30 minutes later we made it to the park and the kids wanted to have a play.

20140609-141326-51206418.jpg the heat became too much for Baby though and she fell asleep

20140609-141517-51317658.jpg
on the walk to the park and missed out on the fun.

While they had a run around burning off the pent up energy. I noticed the dark clouds starting to roll in. Threatening to rain on our adventure. We decided it was time to find the ducks and geese and feed them before the rain started. The kids looked so cute walking and running together.

20140609-142143-51703489.jpg

When we got to the little pond, we were disappointed to find all the duck were gone and the water was empty 😦

20140609-144606-53166853.jpg
We fed our mixture to the pigeons in the area and scattered some on grass in case any ducks came later on.
The kids still had fun and it got us out of the house for a while. I am hoping if we go again we can feed to ducks and maybe go buy some proper pellets.

Nikki ❤

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall