As it's the Easter holiday we took my niece and Luca out for the day (post to coming soon). They adore spending time together and loved their little ride on the miniature railway.
14 April 2014
12 April 2014
Everyone in our family get presents at Christmas and, as I've mentioned previously, because Lilah is part of our family she is no exception. Lilah was well and truly spoilt this year thanks to Swell Pets. She got a Mikki Dummy, Sharples 'N' Grant Smart'y'Ball & a Kong Fetch Stick.
10 April 2014
For my birthday we went to visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the second time. We went on a Thursday during term time so apart from a few school trips it was pretty quite and after 3 we were pretty much the only people there.
If your an animal lover and you've never been to YWP then you simply must. Located just outside of Doncaster, it is a really friendly place with lots of rangers around to answer any questions you may have. They have scheduled talks throughout the day too, when they feed the animals and you can see them even closer. They have 3 enclosures that you can walk around with the animals roaming around you. There is Lemur Woods, South American Viva and Wallaby Walkabout. The Wallaby Walkabout is definitely my absolute favourite as you can get really up close and personal with the Wallabies and they even let you stroke them. This time of year is even more awesome though as they have their little babies poking their heads out of the pouches. Luca absolutely loved this part, he even managed to sneak a little stroke of a joey when I wasn't looking! I was only a little jealous!
He also managed a very close encounter with a squirrel monkey in the South American Viva Enclosure when one of the adolescent monkeys took a liking to his little fingers and grabbed him for a bite of one (which Ant managed to catch on camera). Luckily Luca pulled away pretty quickly and no damage was done but he keeps telling everyone about it. So if your going with little people keep them in your arms and be a vigilant of the cheeky monkeys and their finger fetish. There are also Mara, Capybara, Agouti and Rhea wandering around this enclosure.
We then wandered back to the Monkey Play House & Cafe for a spot of lunch and a little play in the indoor play area which in comparison to some indoor soft play type places is epic! It's huge and over looks the baboon enclosure which is a nice little touch, there isn't much food to choose from in the cafe but what they do sell is delicious and not cheap tasting at all. There are plenty of other food outlets around the park though
We then spent the remainder of our day wandering round the rest of the park, seeing the camels with their new baby, the cheeky zebra chasing the poor Lechwe, the tigers, giraffes and leopard plus lots of other animals before another quick visit for one last stroke of the Wallabies. We also stumbled upon a beautiful hollowed tree, which I thought would make a great picture. When I asked Luca to stand in there for a photo he wouldn't. Ant asked him what was wrong and he told him "Gruffalo get you". Once Ant had shown him the Gruffalo wasn't home he was happy to stand and pose.
Just as we were heading towards the exit we heard the amazing noise of the lions calling for their tea. It wasn't a roar but I can't quite describe what it was, the noise was astounding and so chuffing loud, it gave me goose bumps all over. We had another quick visit to them to see them eating as it's on the way to the exit before jumping in the car and heading home after, as I'm sure you can tell by our happy faces below, an amazing day.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is currently having some work done, making it bigger and better so we were given an 25% discount voucher as an apology for any inconvenience caused. We will definitely be making use of it again soon.
Linking up with Honest Mums brilliant blog posts & Country Kids from Coombe Mill.
8 April 2014
It was my birthday last week and we took the week off work and spent it as a family. The 9 days we spent together were awesome. We don't get to spend that much time together as a family as Ant works such long hours so when we get more than a day together we try pack it full of fun. So here is our fun filled family week.
Our week was kicked off in style with Mothers Day, it was a really lovely day full of being spoilt by my boy and spoiling our Mums, Grandma's and Aunt too.
I was naughty and opened all my birthday cards that I'd already got and went shopping with Ant with the money inside. We stopped and had a spot of breakfast in a riverside cafe and I truly spoilt myself for the first time in absolutely ages. I ended up with 3 pairs of shoes, some trousers, jeans, 2 cardigans, 3 tops, a t-shirt, new LBD, and some Liz Earle moisturiser, eye cream and shampoo & conditioner. When we got home we picked Luca up from the childminder and went for a walk and to play in the gardens opposite our flat. We also treated ourselves to ice creams from the ice cream van!
7 April 2014
This was taken on our way home from swimming last week. We'd gone with Daddy rather than to his usual lesson and spent a whole hour splashing and having fun. He was absolutely exhausted and slept for an hour and a half before waking up for his lunch. What is it about sleeping children, they are just so perfect!?
2 April 2014
March has seen the beginning of Spring, the weather has turned fairer and we've managed to pack quite a few days out in the sun into this month.
Luca seems to have grown up so much these last few weeks and is definitely not a baby anymore, we are well and truly into toddler territory and he is making it known we are only a few months away from the terrible twos. I love this age though, I love the mischief and cheeky streak he is showing and he is getting funnier and funnier.
This picture was taken at Temple Newsam right at the beginning of March. It was a beautiful day spent looking at all the newborn lambs in the farm and admiring all the flowers that had raised their pretty little heads.
We had a few photos taken but as usual only a few were usable, this one however, is my absolute favourite despite not being able to see us face on it shows us at our best, having fun and laughing together.
1 April 2014
Mothers Day in our household, as I hope it is in most households, is celebrated with gusto. We are quite a matriarchal family so Mothers Day means a lot to us. We celebrate and show our appreciation for our Mothers, Grandmothers and even my Aunt, showering them with gifts and cards and generally showing them our love.
When you are married with children finding time to visit all 7 ladies (not including finding time for my men to spoil me) is tough. So this year, myself and my fabulous Mum, decided the best way to solve this problem would be to have a family get together, inviting both sides of the family.
We arranged the party at my mums but as it was quite a last minute decision, some people couldn't make it. There were a fair few of us who did make it though, and we chatted, ate and drank all afternoon. Luca showered myself, his Grandma's, Great Grandma and Great Aunt with presents and little bunches of flowers (which were greeted with plenty of awww's and ahhh's) and we generally just had a good time together. I definitely think we will do this again next year but plan it a little better so we can have all grandparents present. All in all we had a fabulous time and it took the stress of having to visit everyone that weekend away.
31 March 2014
Yesterday was my second Mothers Day and was an amazing day spent celebrating with all the wonderful Mothers that are a part of our huge family. As there was a family party going on all afternoon it was pretty chaotic and After the initial showing off and lapping up of everyone's attention Luca got a bit fed up with it all. He went a found a pile of books and took me into a corner to read with him. I love the power and magic of books and we were soon in our own little world oblivious of what was going on around us. When I saw this picture that Ant caught of us, it reminded me that childhood is about these moments, moments of escapism, moments of togetherness, affection and needing nobody but your mummy.
27 March 2014
As cheesy as it sounds I'm not sure I can pick one thing. I love every aspect of motherhood bar the sleep deprivation. I didn't imagine for a second it would make me more confident though. Being a mum is one of the only things I think I'm good at so maybe that's one of the best parts.
So there you have it, a little bit about me. Anything that surprised you?
I know I'm massively late to the party but I tag -
Hannah from Make Do and Push
Vicki from Honest Mum
Katie from Pouting in Heels
Sorry if you've already done it ladies!
25 March 2014
Luca loves baking which is awesome as I like an excuse to make delicious treats. My mum recently bought the I Can Cook (of Cbeebies fame) cookbook and we have already put it to good use. The recipe we chose to begin with was the recipe for Banana Bread. It is super simple to make and little ones can do it pretty much all by themselves. Luca needed a little help as he is only 20 months old but older children would be able to do it unaided.
You will need:
3 ripe bananas
6 dessert spoons of sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little for greasing (we used corn oil and olive oil on our two attempts, both worked fine).
100g golden caster sugar (granulated works as well)
220g plain flour
2 level teaspoons of baking powder
6 rounded dessert spoons raisins
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
(These quantities make a whole loaf, if you want a kiddy sized one half the ingredients)
2 mixing bowls
Here's what you do....
1: Brush the inside of the loaf it with the oil and put it on the baking tray .
2: Peel the bananas and put in one of the mixing bowls. Use a fork to mash the banana up, then add the oil and mix. This is the wet bowl.
3: Put the sugar, flour and baking powder in the other mixing bowl and stir together. This is the dry bowl.
Add the raisins and vanilla extract to the wet bowl and stir all the wet ingredients together. Tip the wet bowl into the dry bowl and give it all a good stir.
5: Pour the mixture into the loaf tin. ADULT BIT - Place in a preheated oven, 180oC fan, 200oC, Gas Mark 6 for 40-50 minutes or until completely cooked through.