The boys have gone to school today decked out in red, white and blue clothes (right down to their underwear) to celebrate the royal wedding tomorrow. The school is hosting a party for all the children and parents this afternoon and sent our a request for food for the party. So as we had been sent lots of things for baking over the Easter Holidays by Kellogg’s and Disney, which we hadn’t used as we were making the most of the fine weather, we decided to make patriotic Club Penguin Rice Krispy Puffle nests.
This week with Prince William and Kate Middleton getting married my mind has been cast back to the day that Prince Charles and Lady Dianna Spencer got married, which was 29 July 1982. I vividly remember where I was nad what we were doing as a family.
We are lucky to have Newby Hall just a short drive away and when we were invited to an Easter event there courtesy of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we thought it would be a great way to spend Easter Sunday. Especially as it is the first one without mum and she would help me organise the Easter egg hunts, plus mum loved Newby Hall and we had taken the boys there together.
We were also lucky enough to receive a cop of the movie on Blue Ray and DVD and have to say the boys have watched it 3 times since receiving it and we have watched it as a family too. It is a great movie with fantastical special effects and we loved the previous movies.
The boys were super impressed with the Ben 10 Chaos Coaster. What is it with children, especially small ones, they always seem to want to go on rides that are far too scary or just safe for them to go on. My boys have no understanding of fear. I am not sure they have yet learned that emotions. So were delighted to find out that you can go on the ride as long as you are over 90 centimeters and can go on independently sans adult once you are 1.1 meters
It is a really super ride and Pippa has an explanation of the techical name for the ride on her blog A mothers Ramblings and she has a great video of the children and their verdicts. We also managed to get a phot of Sally and Flea from Who’s the mummy? on the coaster.
My boys verdict? Well the fact that they have asked everyday since if they can go back again, I would say it is a big huge thumbs up.
Disclosure: we received free entry to Drayton Manor Park and access to the Ben10 Ultimate Alien Mission ride for the purposes of this post. The boys also received a great goody bag including a Ben10 jacket . MadDad and I recei
The boys school holds a Scholastic book fair twice a year (They used to just send Red House catalogues home) and last week Maxi and Mini were exposed to the sort of retail pressure that no child should ever experience and I encountered the worst sort of emotional blackmail.
This week I have been spending time with the boys and we have had some pretty long road trips, which has took me right back to the time I used to spend in the car with my mum and dad as I was growing up. we often travelled to Devon, Cornwall or Dorset on family holidays with the touring caravan and we would listen to dads cassettes in the car. Back in those days you didn’t have to wear seat belts and I have vivid memories of the back seat being turned in to a bed with the foot wells being filled with a cool box and then all the bedding, so that we could sleep as we travelled. I also remember winding the windows down and not being able to wind them back up again.
They also had a great time making some Easter chicks which we had also been sent. They looked at the image on the box and managed to make them all themselves. I love the fact that they are getting older and want to do their own thing and all I need now is an Easter tree to hang them on.
Do you make Easter bonnets with your children?
I started this blog as a record of my time with the Minimads. I started it as I wasn’t sure how much longer I would be with them and I wanted to leave them with an online journal of my thoughts, the things we were doing and a small window on my life. My blog has evolved over the years, as have I. I am no longer so scared that I am going to die, but I do still want the blog to be a window to my soul and give them a small insight in to the person who is their mummy.
I started this blog as a record of my time with the Minimads. When started I wasn’t sure how much longer I would be with them and I wanted to leave them with an online journal of my thoughts, the things we were doing and a small window on my life. My blog has evolved over the years, as have I. I am no longer so scared that I am going to die, but I do still want the blog to be a window to my soul and give them a small insight in to the person who they call mummy.
Sally has tagged me in the Fridge of a bad parent meme, eeeek….., but the good news is I am not alone, Pippa, Vic and Emma have to do it too (insert evil cackle)
I have to say that Sally’s fridge looked rather fuller than I have seen it in the past and I am hoping that there is still bear in it when we go and visit next week. My fridge is chockablock with food, although that is due to the fact that I managed to go shopping with the minimads yesterday evening.
I am very proud to say after lots of hard work and a few late nights (not mine mind you) the the second MAD Blog Awards are open and taking nominations. You may remember last year I was a finalist in the Best MAD Family Fun Blog, I didn’t win, no that honor went to Pippa at A Mothers Ramblings, but in some ways I got something much better, I became a partner in the company that runs the awards, along with the Tots100 with Sally Whittle from Who’s the Mummy.
I didn’t know whether or not to do The Gallery this week. It is something that I pop in and out of when it suits my blog and I have to admit the prompt of mother love had me all of a quiver this week, as I so miss my mum and the mothers love that she provided.
We may not have agreed on everything and over the years we certainly had our ups and down, but I did feel protected in her cape of mothers love. She was there for me when I had my operations and held my hand through countless miscarriages and nightmares about dead babies when the last thing I wanted to do was close my eyes. She was there for me when I spent most of Maxi’s pregnancy in hospital, traveling the 350 miles by bus to come and sit by my side in hospital for the week before he was born, even sleeping there.
I was asked by innocent to be their Queen of H in honor of their new selection of magnets. Our h was a very shady character and decided that we had to play a game of hide and seek to find hin. Me and the boys hunted high and low around the house trying to locate him. Could he be in the laundry hamper, no. What about the homework book, no. In the end we decided to take our hunt outside and finally we found him hiding in behind the boys hair on the heads!
We have wood floors downstairs and cream carpet on the stairs and upstairs (yes silly mistake, but the house came with cream carpets, we replaced them with wood downstairs). Now up until recently this had always been an issue for me when it came to vacuuming the floor. I had an upright hoover and it was a nightmare, it didn’t pick up the crumbs or dust bunnies and I ended up sweeping everywhere or getting the boys to sweep everywhere.