Monday, 26 January 2015

Family life is...

Buying loads of nappies while they're on offer (Aldi nappies are the best I think).

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Winter fun at the park, a weekend photo

Hasn't it been freezing?  It doesn't really matter what the weather's like, we always need to get out with the kids and get some fresh air.  Otherwise they go crazy!

We headed off to the park pretty early in the morning.  One of our local parks is sandy and has so much to do for big and little kids.  I was amazed it was completely empty; even though it was cold, the sun was shining through.  My two kids loved having a good play, here's our son checking out the 'pools' of sand.  We had great fun, but were all glad to get back in the warm after an hour or two.

I don't normally do multiple link ups, but I'm joining in this week with Country Kids at Coombe Mill, My Sunday Photo at One Dad 3 Girls, and the new Image of the Week at Truly Madly Kids.

Truly Madly KIds

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Friday, 23 January 2015

Tennis #WotW

Our son has been playing tennis for a while now.  He first picked it up in reception year at school, and then we started going on a Friday night for a lesson.  Over a year later, this week he had his first proper tennis league match.

We've resisted previously because we didn't want to put him under pressure.  But he was keen to be a stand in player this week, and loved playing three matches.  Although he didn't win, he definitely tried hard and held his own with every player that was at least a year older than him.

I'm sure he'll keep it up, and being a tennis Mum inside a warm-ish gym is much better that being a football Mum in a cold field!

Linking up with The Reading Residence for word of the week.

The Reading Residence

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Favourite toddler bedtime stories

I love putting our kids to bed, it's one of my favourite times of day.  Each night they both have at least one story each and we have so many books.  Books for us are on free-vend, and I never stop either of them having, or reading what they like.

I thought I'd share just a few of toddler girl's bedtime favourites, which we read together with her snuggled into her most favourite taggie.

On Safari
This is a lovely simple and colourful book, which opens down the middle.  A real novelty for toddler girl!  The book has a picture of the animals you'd see on safari and a nice rhyme about them all.  She loves to count the stars and knows all the animal's names.

Elmer's Colours by David McKee
A favourite of our son when he was younger, and toddler girl, Elmer's Colours gives a wonderful introduction to colours and Elmer's world.  On each page a colour is highlighted - 'yellow is a lemon', 'black is the darkest night' - toddler girl loves to point them all out.  Our copy is an ex-library book and is very bashed, but we still love it!

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
A wonderful lift the flap book, where the narrator writes to the zoo for animals.  Lifting the flap reveals an animal - 'The snake is too slippery, so I sent it back'.  The last page has a lovely touchy feely picture, and toddler girl always says "again, again" at this stage.

Tractors, an Usborne touchy feely book
This lovely touchy feely book has textures to feel on each page, and a lovely picture and description of a tractor in a different farm scene.  Toddler girl loves the bumpy wheels and gritty hay bale in the snow picture.  She always counts the rabbits in the picture too.

Do you have any favourite toddler stories for bedtime?  I'd love to hear about them - we are always looking for inspiration.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

My Sunday Photo

Sometimes in life it's the ordinary moments that pass us by.

Husband and I take it in turns to bath the kids, so each night we read a story to just one of them.  Tonight, it was my turn to give toddler girl her bed time milk and read a story or two to her.  This was tonight's book, and her milk. 

It's one of my favourite 10 minutes of the day; she's calm and loves her story, and I get a quiet snuggle before she goes to bed. 

And then the house is calm.

Linking up with One Dad 3 Girls for My Sunday Photo.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Carpe diem - #wotw

Ok, so carpe diem is two words, but I'm still having it as my word(s) of the week :-).

Seize the day

I was reminded today that life is so very short and precious.  While I don't think we can live each day like it's our last (planning for retirement anyone?), we really should remember to try and enjoy each day and rejoice in the lives we lead.

It's been a strange week settling back into routine, bracing the cold and hugging the kids.  Carpe diem, seize the day.  I will try and remember not to go through the motions again.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Family life is...

Our son's favourite Ted looking folorn waiting for him, while he's at school.

Very often toddler girl goes in our son's room and says "night night teddy" when she sees him in bed.  Very cute.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Bowling fun

At our new year Center Parcs break we took the kids bowling.  We've been before and they both love it.

At nearly two, you'd think toddler girl would be too young to have fun bowling, but she had a great time!  She loved to try and pick up the balls, and pushed them down the frame.  Her first bowl resulted in the only strike of the game from all four of us.

I'd love to say she won the match, but our son and husband were joint winners with the same score.  Toddler girl and I were only a few points behind, also with the same score.

Do you take your kids bowling?  I'd love to know what 'grown up' activities they enjoy.