February Half Term

For most of us the last week has been half term.

While I do love normally love school holiday, I completely despise them over winter. The weather is crap, the kids don’t want to play out cause it’s cold and quite frankly I can’t blame them. I know most winter days I would much rather curl up in my pj’s in the warm.

For us our half term has been spent going on days out or playing at home in tents and doing arts and crafts when the weather was bad.

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You see instead of telling you about our half term in 1 post, I planned to tell you about all the stuff we got up over multiple posts. I was going to tell you about the day I met up with my sister and we took the large brood of kids to the Media Museum in Bradford. It was a fun day but because they had a Shaun the Sheep exhibit on the place was completely packed and we didn’t really get chance to enjoy it or do everything they had to going on. It was completely manic and with 2 pram and 9 kids you can imagine how much fun was to be had. We did manage some but I wasn’t able to get many photos. The kids loved it though, especially E.

By the time Saturday had rolled around I realised the kids hadn’t really played out. Of course we had been out and about to museums, play areas etc but they hadn’t gone outside to play except for a bout 5 minutes, when they ran through water fountain in
City Park on the way home from the Media Museum.

Because of this I was really happy when one of my mummy friends messaged to ask if I wanted to join her and kids for a walk to park and then down to local farms to see the animals.

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The kids loved the park and I enjoyed watching them all play nicely. T really impressed me by being so grown up and helping the younger ones on the slide or pushing them on swings. It was amazing to see how grown up he was becoming.

We only stayed in the park for a short time because we wanted to go see the animals, plus I wanted to go an take some photos of the wild flowers and views for my #BWphotoproject and #MySundayPhoto. There really are some beautiful sights to see where I live and I got some great shots.

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IMG_1783 although I wish I could have found and done more. But when you have kids running round that are wanting to explore, sometime you have to miss the taking picture to gain memories instead.

We carried on down the dirt road marching in a line, as the boys pretended to be soldiers and exploring their surroundings. We spent ages looking at the sheep and horses.

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E was super excited saying “Just like Shaun the Sheep The Movie”. It’s funny how excited she gets about the movie, as we haven’t actually seen the film. I guess it going to have to go on the “must see list”.

After some fun and giggles we carried on down the path until we reached the level train crossing.
It’s one of my favourite places to walk with the kids because I get to talk to them about all sorts of things. Telling them about my adventures at the same spot as a child and explaining why you only cross when the light on green. Why you should always close the gates and why you should never play on the tracks.

Every time I take the kids to the crossing. We always stop and wait to see a train pass by.

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Sometimes we would be stood there for quite a while just waiting and talking. But that doesn’t matter because as soon as the crossing light turns red and starts making a beeping sound to warn the a train is imminent. You can see the excitement that spreads across the kids faces as they giddily clamber up the gate and the furiously waving at the approaching train.
It’s like a modern day image from The Railway Children.

And this trip was no exception and the smiles lite up their little faces when the train eventually came along and sounded it’s horn as and the driver and some of the passengers waved back.

After wards we turned back and walked back towards the park. So the kids could enjoy some more time playing in the park.

It was a great afternoon that was filled with lots of fun, exploring and excitement. It was amazing adventure that has left me with some fond memories to keep me going, until we head out on our next expedition.

How did you spend you half term?

Nikki x

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Outdoor park fun

This weekend I have wanted so badly to go on a day out with the kids. This urge was made even greater by the fact that all weekend it has been lovely and sunny. (It was still freezing though)

Unfortunately I have still been feeling really run down and plain awful, add that to my lingering ear infection that is still bugging me and now Baby and E developing a lovely dry cough. So you can see why we didn’t really make it out.
Even with all that I was still desperate to get out of the house. I knew once I went for a walk or just got some fresh air I would feel better. I would blow way the cobwebs and soak up some vitamin D (even if it was only my face on show).

On Saturday I ended up cancelling my plans to go to a frozen fun day because I just could face the crowds of people with the kids on my own, while I felt this horrid. On Sunday I was planning to go for a walk down woods with the kids. That way we could all have some fun and explore. But with Baby and E’s chest I decided against that too.

Instead we went for a walk and then to the park. As soon as I stepped out of the door, I was hit by that bitingly cold breeze and I could feel myself waking up, an the fogginess in my head slowly blowing away.
The kids were happy to be running about and having fun, even though E was coughing all the way.

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We soon got to park and found that a piece of the equipment that had been broken for over a year had finally been replaced and fixed.

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It an amazing seesaw that spins round as well as bounces up and down. It great for little kids …

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And big!

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I was itching to have ago but I decided to wait until I was feeling better and because a line of excited kids was forming, they were waiting to take their turn on the new seesaw.

Instead the kids went off and played on other equipment and I went to go push Baby on the swings.

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She really does love the swings and so does E.

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All the kids had great fun and Baby even had a go on the slide with E and T

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Unfortunately the cold was creeping in more as the winter sun began to fade, E’s cough was getting worse and Baby was getting fussy and wanted to go home. So I called the kids to tell them we have to leave. The kids all groaned out loud and wanted to stay and play but poor Baby was ever so upset and just wanted to go home to for her nap.

We soon walked home after “one more go on the roundabout.”

I was glad we had managed to get out of the house and I felt much better for getting some fresh air, even if we were all much colder. I know the kids had great fun and would have played for hours and if had been summer I would have let them.

As I told the kids now the weather is turning brighter we will go back again soon or maybe even try a new park or too.

Nikki x

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Bike riding fun!

Last year when P learned to ride his bike without stabilisers and ever since I have has a little E begging me for a bike. As she was only 2 at the time I put it off until I thought she needed one. This Christmas though she took matters into her own hands and outsourced for her bike by asking Santa!
She was thrilled on Christmas morning when she saw what mummy and daddy had brought her.

2015/01/img_4727.jpg We chose a bike that had a parent handle so we could help if and when she gets tired.

Since Christmas she has bugged and asked to go out on her bike. We did take her out a few times but no where that she could really have a go at peddling the bike herself.
So at the weekend I promised her and her siblings that we would go for a walk and they could take their bikes.

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They were so thrilled and rushed off to get their bikes (A took her scooter because she can’t ride a bike yet and gets scared when trying). My hubby helped me round to grandma’s house and then went off to work. We did this because it was going to be too difficult pushing a pram and the bike at same time.

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I did give it a go though just to be sure but E kept swerving into parked cars or the pram. So grandma pushed Baby while I pushed E and held my mum’s dog Bella.

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We decided to walk up to the park so The kids could ride their bike along the paths, on the grass and around the fields. The area is also enclosed which meant I knew E would safe as well if she all of a sudden dashed off on her bike.

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The older kids sped off I. Front and we’re having wail of a time. Poor E was itching to ride off with them but her little legs weren’t use to peddling yet and she wasn’t really able to keep up.
We all rode up to the football pitch and the kids had a run about (and so did the dog) before we rode back towards the park and started making our way home.

It was at this point E’s determination kicked in and she was ready to give it another go. Her big brother T gave her a few pointer and showed her what to do.

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Next thing I knew she was off and peddling all on her own.

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I was so proud of her and I could tell she was proud of herself.
Before I know it she will be wanting the stabilisers off her bike too.

Nikki x

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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)

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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.

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

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

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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 ❤

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