Sunday, 20 August 2017

Days Out : The Gruffalo Trail

Last week we went to High Lodge at Thetford Forest.  We're only 20 miles away but we haven't been since E was a baby.  

We went for the Gruffalo Trail, which I've been thinking about taking them to for a while but with the weather being SO hit and miss (mostly raining) we've not got round to it until now. 

Having only been once before, I'd forgotten how much there was for the kids to do and because we had such a nice day out, we actually purchased the annual Discovery pass so that we can go as many time as we like.

The girls loved following the clues and using the spotter app when we found the different characters and having their photos taken with them! We then went for lunch before setting off to explore again.  

We did a LOT of walking, playing in the parks and musical forest. But what we all enjoyed the most was making dens in the forest. We were amazed at how much effort they put into choosing the different branches and, as E kept telling me, 'collaborating' together.  E would find a branch and T would help her bring it to me and D to put into place.

It was somewhat disappointing though to see a small group of people purposefully knocking smaller trees down, almost for sport, when felled trees and broken branches are left where they fall. 

(the finished den!)

It was a really nice day and because they had been on the go the whole time, even better was that they both slept really well that night!


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Silent Sunday

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Monday, 7 August 2017

A tale of two donkeys

I've wrote before about T and her Donkey. She absolutely adores him and I can't remember when she started to want him with her all of the time but I can't remember her not wanting him.

Recently, we went to my in-laws for dinner and we had a small panic - ok, major panic, when we couldn't find Donkey. I hadn't seen her take him out of the car but suddenly I couldn't remember seeing him in there when we had got out at my in-laws. So I looked through the car and so did D with no luck. I had a quick look in the house and couldn't see him so I drove home and checked the living room and the blanket she's started carrying around, incase he got caught up. With no luck, I checked the driveway and car again before heading to Tesco.  Luckily, as I walked across the car park in Tesco, D phoned me to say he had found Donkey at his Mums.  

Honestly. The fear was real. T hadn't realised I couldn't find him but all I could think about was how would I settle her that night without him. She's had him with her in bed every night, long before she started taking him everywhere. Whenever I think of T, I think of her carrying him around and he's in many pf the pictures we have of her so when I thought he was lost, I felt like I might cry.

So that night D got online to look for a second one. Made by Jellycat, we soon found out his name was Furryosity Donkey and that he was no longer made. Typical but we soon found a couple of second hand ones on eBay and quickly purchased one

I have to admit, I wasn't sure how T would react to him when he arrived and I think this photo shows why.  New Donkey (ND) looks far too clean and, well, new compared to Old Donkey (OD), who shows all the signs of being so well loved - he's threadbare in patches, his mane is clumped and thinning and his neck has lost the vast majority of his stuffing.

My sister in law had a similar situation arise with my niece and she took the new toy out of the washing machine and managed to convince her it was the same toy. It wasn't until she came across the second toy a few months later that she realised. So, we hid OD, handed over ND and told her he'd just come out of the washing machine having been washed so he was nice and clean. Needless to say, she didn't buy it and was completely unimpressed. So much so, she actually threw herself onto the sofa and cried, telling us that she didn't like ND and just wanted OD. And cried some more.  So that went well.

We've been working on getting her to take to him but its been slow progress. I've been telling her ND is a friend for OD and that they want to play together!  To start with, she wouldn't even keep him in her bedroom but we have progressed to him sitting on the side in there now.  Every other night, I pop him in bed with her, like this:

And each time, the following morning, she'll come into our room saying that she didn't want him in her bed and she didn't know how he got in there... so I tell her that ND and OD obviously wanted cuddles in the night!  

It all sounds a bit silly but it'll be worth it if she takes to him as I can then relax a little if the worst ever does happen to OD!  

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

monthly roundup : July 2017

Ahhh, its the summer holidays! We're only a couple of weeks in but, touch wood, so far I've found it easier than I anticipated. 

We had a busy few weeks before school and nursery finished for the summer, most of it at E's school. We had a PE session, sports day, a Teddy Bear's picnic and, of course, E's graduation from reception. I'm really sad to see the end of reception as Year 1 sees the classes changed and the class they had for reception was a really nice mix of children.  

I have to say that I was really quite worried about the school holidays and keeping the girls entertained. Now, I don't want to jinx it too much but... so far, so good!  One of the things I really struggle with is the lack of routine. I quite like knowing what I'm supposed to be doing on different days and at different times so we've had a loose routine going - I have 1 day a week at work (kids at Nanny and Grandad's), we have another day at Nanny's with my niece and then D has been taking one day a week off for us to do something.  It has made a real difference to how I've felt about the holidays. We also had a birthday party at the end of July, which was something else to break up the days.

We had a nice day at Banham.  After a few days of patchy weather we struck lucky with a dry day.  It was the first time we've ventured without a pushchair - we would rarely need it, but I liked knowing we had it just in case (plus, it means I can chuck everything on it rather than carrying it all!).  Luckily I didn't regret it and T walked the whole thing with minimal complaining or tantrums.  We spent a good chunk of time in the soft play and by the time we left, both kids were shattered. 

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July saw a bit of work taking place in the garden too with a summerhouse going in. I've had to take some plants out and move some others but its been worth it for having somewhere to sit whilst the girls play outside.  I'll definitely be sharing some pictures once its all up and 'done'!

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