My Sunday photo of Baby and I on a bear hunt with the kids, down the woods. We clearly aren’t scared!
My Sunday photo of Baby and I on a bear hunt with the kids, down the woods. We clearly aren’t scared!
After being inspired by the children’s new favourite book.
I decided that this half term we would go on our own little bear hunt. This meant us going on a walk down into the wood near my house while reciting the story repeatedly and while I tried to snap as many picture as I could. Plus it meant I got to final test out the back sling I brought to carry Baby in.
The weather has been very bloody beautiful this week and has been a welcomed changed because it meant that our walk wouldn’t be put on hold. I arranged a day out with a friend and her children, but the original plan was changed and we instead decide to packed a picnic and go on a adventure.
We were all really excited to go for a hike around the woods. Even Baby was excited and was loving her new carrier. So off we set, with our picnic packed the kids raring to go and everyone excited for the fun.
“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.”
“We’re Going To Catch A BIG One.”
“What A Beautiful Day!”
“We’re Not Scared.”
We had great fun and we ticked most of the books adventures, like mud, forest, a little beck (almost a river). Lucky for us there wasn’t a snowstorm or any dark caves.
Sadly we didn’t find any bears but we saw sheep, cows, horses and a cute family of donkeys.
We managed to get round our walk and at end we worked out that we had all managed to do about 4 miles and were completely exhausted. But like kids do they some how managed to find loads of energy just as we got home to sit down.
It was then that the boys asked if they could have a camp out. I thought why not the weather is lovely and I knew our tents needed to be aired out soon. (It had been a few years)
So we got out a tent and put it up in the garden.
The boys wanted a camp fire to roast marshmallows but that wasn’t possible, instead we managed to talk them into a BBQ for tea.
They seemed happy with them.
Soon it was time for my friend and her girls to leave, Hubby and our girls went to bed. Which left me and the boys to try to snuggle down and get comfy in the tent in the garden.
As you can tell they were very happy and really excited.
When I first agreed to the idea of camping in the garden I had seriously thought that they would have been happy to sit in tent, tell ghost stories and then realise it was cold, uncomfy (my air bed bust a few years back, so we were sleeping on just hard ground) and that they would want to crawl back into their own beds in time for me to curl up on sofa and watch Scandal.
I was very wrong and we stayed out there all night. They even stayed out there this morning when I had finally decided I could pretend to sleep anymore an I needed the loo and then a coffee!
I was happy to see they loved camping as much as I normally do. Hopefully next year when baby is a little older we can look into booking a family camping holiday.
Do you ever acted out your kids books?
Have you ever camped in the garden?
Ps, sorry it’s such a photo heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it.
Easter is a holiday that as a child I quickly over looked. But now I’m a mum and my children are growing up, Easter is slowly starting to become one of my favourite of the holidays.
I love the fact that it marks the start of spring, I love the fact the damp an miserable wintery showers are replaced with brighter, sunnier days and of course I love the fact that we can indulge in loads of chocolate.
Every Easter we have a certain lot of traditions that we follow. We always do some sort of baking, we wear silly Easter mask and of course we have a Easter Egg hunt, this year was no different. That is why I thought I would share my tips on how to have a fun Easter egg hunt.
Do you have a egg hunt or any Easter traditions in your family?
Happy Easter everyone! 🐰🍫🐣
This week has been a fun and busy week. The best thing about it is that I have been snapping loads of photo the worst thing is hard it is picking my favourite out of the many pictures, but I have given it ago.
So here is my week 10 in pictures.
This was a #WIDN tagged photo that I snapped of Baby waving out the window to her invisible adoring fans. She has really perfected here waves and even has a few different styles. She has her Happy wave, her Bye Bye wave, her I’m Shy wave and she is now working on her royal wave. It is completely heart melting to watch how adorable she looks.
On Monday I got into spring cleaning mode. I decided that while baby napped and E was happy watching TV, I would wash the windows and wipe all the muck finger prints off my walls. E thought that cleaning was more fun then her TV and wanted to give me a hand. So together we did the spring cleaning of the house.
Asleeping baby who was completely tuckard out after a busy morning playing at the Down’s syndrome early intervention group that we attend every 2 weeks.
I love the sisterly love between these too makes me burst with pride. That is until 2 minutes later when Baby is eating E’s face and pulling her hair, while E screams and pushes her away.
It was world book day and the kids all dressed up. P was the only one actually from a book but no one at the school argued and the kids all enjoyed themselves.
After the Morning school run we stopped off for a quick coffee and some cake before we did the weekly shop. This was the only day that I didn’t manage to get many pictures but I still managed to snap a few.
The boys had great fun at the Beano Grand Opening event that we were invited too at Brewers Fayre, Old Brickworks. We got a few snaps off the inside but the boys also wanted to explore the outside play area too. I must say we had a great time and they were all worn out from the excitment of the day.
So there is our week and all the fun we had.
How was your week?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This week has been half term, so we have been trying our best to get out and have fun.
Doing our version of ” The Railway Children” by waving at the trains as they pass by on they level crossing. The kids love it because the train conductors will beep their horns and wave back. So do some of the passengers.
It also a lovely walk that I’m going to put up on the blog.
Where your lot on half term this week?
What did you get up?
I can’t wait to see
Week 7 has been a fun and better week for us. Even if there have been some ups and downs with the tantrums, but hey that kids for you!
How was your week?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over last few days I have been right well but this morning I decided that even though I felt horrid still I was going to make some fun for my girls.
I decided I was going to leave them in their pj’s and let them have some messy play. That way they only had to get changed once and it saved my washing pile from expanding even further.
So after the older kids left for school I got some shaving foam, a towel and some toys. I say Baby and E on floor and then squirted the foam straight on to my laminate flooring.
I did think about put plastic sheeting down or their messy mat but my floor needed steaming and the foam worked as a extra layer or soap.
The girls loved it. E got out her plates and made some impressive foam pie and cappuccino. She the proceeded to try and feed me it repeatedly. After lots of “hmmmm” and “yummy” she finally gave in when I said I was full to burst.
Baby just kept trying to eat it. Every had full of foam went straight to her mouth. It became a fun game of catch her before she managed to eat it. (She did a few times)
After a good 20 minutes of this game. I decided it was time to clean up and to get E ready for nursery.
Also it was almost time for Mr Tumble on CBeebies. I was so shocked that Baby really got into it today and watched to whole show.
She was transfixed which really made me happy because it will really help her to pick up makaton signing and language.
So this morning was a busy, fun and messy morning. It was great.
What do you do for messy play fun?
When I woke up on Monday morning I wasn’t sure about what the day was going to hold. For the last few weeks I had been nervous and worrying about what was going to happen because E had her follow up appointment with her surgeon.
This was the first appointment I was going to have with him since she had the Surgery in June to correct her Vesicoureteral reflux.
This is because the first appointment we were sent for 6-8 weeks after was canceled because it was in the wrong hospital (we didn’t find this out until we turned up to said appointment at the wrong hospital. I was fuming!).
We were told to wait for another appointment, which would be sent out to us. So we waited and nothing came for a while. So I brought the issue up with her Consultant Doctor when we went for her check up on her duplex kidney. Within a week I had an appointment thought the post and finally I was going to be told how everything went. (Over 6 months later)
We would also finally be able to find out if E could come off of her daily dose of antibiotic, that she take to help prevent UTI (urine track infection).
We arrived at the hospital early, like we normally do. That way they nurses can do the measuring, weight and blood pressure beforehand and I have time for E to give them a water sample. (This is the normal routine at appointments, so E knows the drill)
E has become a bit of a pro at all this, although she doesn’t like the weighing scales. (I don’t blame her I don’t like them either but for a different reason)
She sat really good and shows a maturity that was far older then the normal 3 year old. Even the nurses commented on how well behaved she was and how great she sat. Where as most of other children had the normal reaction of being scared and crying when it came to noise and squeeze of the blood pressure machine. E just sat and watched it.
I put this completely down to her obsession with Disney’s Doc Mcstuffin. I may have made the program seems really exciting when she was a baby because I knew she would love it as she grew up and it would help keep her calm with her assortment of hospital appointments in future.
After all her checks, we waited to be called in to see the doctor. E ran off to go play as I basked in the proud glow of my amazing little miss.
A short wait later and we were called in. E walked in the room and head straight for the toys as Baby and I sat and talked to the doctor.
I was scared about what he was going to say but I answer all his question about her health and if she has had any more UTI recurrences. When I explained that it had all been fine. He seemed please and scribbled down notes before checking her ultra sound scan results.
The wait was intense and what felt like forever was probably less then a few seconds. But he turned to me and said all was well her scan looked great and the surgery has been a success as far as he could see.
This meant she could come off her medicine and he didn’t want to see her again for another year. 😄 he did arrange for her to need have a scan between now and then which isn’t anything to worry about they just need to keep an eye on her to make sure things don’t change as she grows, plus the scan will help her Consultant Doctor check that her duplex kidney is working properly too.
So even though the appointment went well we still have loads of appointments in the future but the time period between them is getting longer. Which makes fitting Baby’s hospital appointments and groups in easier too.
I left the room beaming and we got ready to set off home. E asked if we could walk into town, so she could jump in puddles and stop at Gregg’s for a sausage roll before we got the bus home. (I know easily pleased)
At such a fun request and given how well she had behaved I couldn’t refuse.
So even though the wind was blowing wildly and it was pouring it down, we wandered off to jump in puddles and have some fun.
It was made even more fun when the rain stopped and we arrived at the water feature in that sits in Bradford City Centre. She really enjoyed jumping and running through the water. (It was a good job I had put her in her wellies and waterproof all in one suit, under her coat)
After all the fun we walked up to the bus station and got some lunch, so we went to Gregg’s. She got her requested sausage roll and I brought a pasta for the girls to share and a sandwich meal deal for me.