We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson tales here and Florence’s absolute favourite book is Room on the Broom. As we enter the season of magic and with Hallowe’en coming up I’m busy planning a host of spooky toddler friendly activities to keep Florence & […]
Category: Family Life
With Christmas coming up and space in our house limited I’ve been having a bit of a toy overhaul over the last couple of weeks, taking a look at how to effectively store them as well as selling, donating and bagging some up to put […]
After a particularly miserable week plagued with illness here I was determined that this weekend would be filled with memory making and quality family time to end a rather lovely summer.
The first weekend of September was always marked off in our calendar before we had babies. From the very first year Sean and I got together it became a bit of a tradition that we’d spend the day at The annual Hops & Harvest festival at Kent Life.
This year, for the first time since we had the children, we attended the festival as a family and met up with Sean’s Dad & my best friends and William’s God parents.
There were over 20 different beers, ciders & ales on offer in the beer tent which the others sampled at leisure while I sipped on a glass of Pimms. Though there were lots of food stalls there, We took a picnic of sandwiches & Jaffa cakes & cocktail sausages – all Florence’s favourite lunch snacks.
We spent the afternoon relaxing and chatting and playing in the sunshine to the sound of the live bands playing on the main stage. Florence talked Auntie Issie into blowing bubbles and they were at it for ages while William lapped up all the attention from Uncle Charlie.
Once we had eaten all of our lunch and blown the last of the bubbles we headed to explore the rest of the farm. We painted a pig in the paint-a-pot shed and headed off to feed the animals while it dried. The cheeky goats ate all the animal food AND the paper bag! Florence thought it was very funny and very cheeky!
After a quick visit to the ‘piggies’ and ponies we went to say hello to the rabbits & guinea pigs. According to Florence They were ‘soooo cute!’.
It was nearly time to go home as by now everyone was getting a bit tired – especially William as he’d skipped his afternoon nap because he was too interested in everything going on around him but We couldn’t leave before having a bounce on the bouncy castle. Thankfully, it’s not timed or charged or anything as it’s all included in the entry fee to the farm, because Florence would have stayed on there all evening If she could have! We ended up having to bribe her with ice cream to get her off and took a wander back to the car via the ice cream hut. By the time we reached the car William had finally given in and fallen sound asleep and it wasn’t long before Florence nodded off on the way home too.
It was such a lovely day spent with our friends and the perfect end to a fun filled summer. We are very much looking forward to returning to Kent Life in October for more family fun at their Hallowe’en festivities.
We’ve reached one of my favourite stages of the baby days. The squishy newborn days are behind us for now and now that William has reached 6 months we’ve moved on to weaning! In truth, we started weaning a little earlier than 6 months – […]
One of the things I was most worried about when it came to having two babies so close in age was the logistics of getting out of the house. I don’t drive and Sean works all week so if we want to go out Monday […]
Hey little man, these weeks are just flying by since you were born and you’re already 5 months old. It feels like you’ve been here with us forever and yet at the same time I can’t believe so much time has passed since I held you in my arms for the very first time.
My once tiny newborn squish is now a super chunky (and extremely cheeky) little boy. You have outgrown most of your 3-6m clothes and your little bouncy chair and when I had you weighed a couple of weeks ago you were already 18lb!
Your little personality is really beginning to shine through and you are such a delightful little thing. You are chilled out just like your Dad and super smiley. You seem to already have a good sense of humour and find your big sister hilarious – especially when she’s throwing a tantrum. You love to be tickled and playing ‘Row Row Row your boat’ and smile the biggest smile when mama says ‘ready… steady…’ and lifts you up In the air. Your little laugh is just infectious.
You are so inquisitive and really play a lot more than I remember Florence doing at this age. You love to fiddle with your toys especially the little bits on your jumperoo and on your favourite little Lamaze butterfly which goes everywhere with us. Most recently though, your favourite play thing is your feet! Because it’s been so hot you’ve mostly been in rompers or just a nappy but if ever I put you in a sleep suit you get very confused as to where your feet have gone. It’s very very sweet.
You have cut your first two teeth which made you a little grumpier than usual in the evenings but that just gave us the perfect excuse for extra Mama snuggles!
You have had your first taste of ‘solids’ and it’s safe to say you LOVE food. I’m so excited to be starting this little journey with you and to cook up some new flavours for you.
It seems that despite Mama being in total denial about how fast you’re growing, you’re already keen to be on the move. You can travel around your play mat at warp speed on your back and kick off with your legs when on your front to get to where you want to be. Honestly, I’ll be surprised if you’re not crawling by this time next month.
You and your sister are fast becoming a right little double act. You think she’s hilarious – especially when she’s mid tantrum – and she adores you. Anywhere you are, she has to be too and she loves playing with you and ‘checking weewoo is okay’. When you’re wriggling next to her and kick her she calls you a Cheeky Boy and of ever you start to cry she tells us that you’re a bit grumpy!
Now that the weather is brighter and dryer we have been getting out and about a lot more and you’ve had your first trip to the sea, been to the carnival, been on loads of picnics and even started joining in at play group.
I can’t believe that you’ll soon be half way to a year already! I’m trying to soak up every second of these baby days.
You really are a little ray of sunshine. Love Mama x
I’m back talking about our favourite toy brand, Hape, again. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with them to help showcase their awesome range of sustainably made wooden baby and toddler toys and today I’m taking all about the Hape Scoot Around toddler […]
Ahh I am so excited about summer finally being here! This weekend we made a start on ticking off some of the things on our summer bucket list. SATURDAY Sean was working on Saturday morning so I decided to get myself and the littles out […]