Manchester Children's Book Festival 2017

Sunday, 25 June 2017

We love books in our house and we have so many children's books so when I saw that there was a Children's Book Festival taking place in Manchester this weekend, I knew it would be a great thing for us to go to.

After driving in ever decreasing circles trying to find the right university and car park in Manchester, we arrived at the Festival and got a programme to work out a plan. The fun day was spread across different Zones at the Manchester Metropolitan University. One of the nice volunteers took us over to the Family Arts Network Zone where the activities were taking place that were aimed more at Little Miss A's age group.

The room was filled with arts and craft activities for all sorts of things so Little Miss A got involved with a couple. Then we decided to go to a reading of 'Masha & The Bear'. It's not a story I am familiar with but it was a really lovely reading of this old Russian folk story as there were musicians playing authentic Russian instruments - balalaikas and domras.

From here we visited a few more stalls including meeting 'Little Worm'. Little Miss A made a plasticine worm to add to the collection.



We then headed outside for a wander and were just in time to join in an Elephant hunt for Maharajah the Elephant from the book by Jane Kerr - The Elephant Thief. Characters brought this hunt to life and it was really fun. When asked for her favourite thing, Little Miss A says 'the elephant hunt'. We were successful in finding Maharajah who was beautifully made and decorated.



On the hunt we had passed some inflatables so Little Miss A really wanted to go on these. There were also lots of games scattered around and Baby R really enjoyed the Connect 4 rings! We paused for a few of our sandwiches and then I treated Little Miss A to an ice-cream (our only expense for the whole day as all the activities were free!).

We also managed to catch Peppa Pig who was making appearances throughout the day. Little Miss A loves meeting characters and Peppa was no exception!




It was then time to head back to the Family Arts Network Zone to go on another hunt, this time for a bear. A series of rooms had been set up as the different scenes from 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. It was good fun.

Our last activity was to make designer football with the National Football Museum. Who knew you could make a ball with a balloon, a nappy sack, string and lots of paper!!

At this point I was absolutely shattered so it was time to go home. Luckily Little Miss A was happy to go. Baby R fell asleep before we even left the car park!

There were lots of workshops and book readings that we didn't go to. Plus a whole Zone we didn't do at all as it was aimed at older children and teens. However, we packed as much as I could manage in as it was just me on my own with the kids.

Some of the events were ticketed with tickets bookable before the day. The tickets were free so I think people just booked them and then didn't show up as we managed get in without tickets. The reading of Masha & The Bear was supposedly a sell-out from pre-booked tickets but the room was practically empty which was such a shame for the musicians.

This was a really fantastic family fun day. Mr MoaB couldn't believe that it was all free when I described what we'd been up to. I'm definitely putting next year's date (24th March) in my diary!

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Father's Day 2017

A quick post to record this year's Father's Day. It's an emotional time of year and we don't go in for big over the top celebrations anyway.

We only had the morning with Mr MoaB as he was working in the afternoon. When asked what he would like for Father's Day, he said a 'Lie in' and a 'Full English Fry-up' so that's what he got.

There were a few handmade gifts and cards for him. The nursery staff had done some fab crafts with Baby R including a really lovely canvas. I didn't think Little Miss A had done any at pre-school because we were on holiday the week before, but this week she came home with some crafts for him.



The big surprise for Mr MoaB was a photo taken by a professional photographer of his two kids with a special sign. It saved me having to try to get a picture of them this year!


As an extra bonus I won a Father's Day competition on Facebook for a meal voucher at a local pub. We went this week on Mr MoaB's day off and had a really lovely family lunch, Mr MoaB was really chuffed!





Mr MoaB is a fantastic Daddy to our kids. He works really hard to ensure we're well provided for and can always be relied upon to be a great climbing frame, ninja warrior or whatever the kids want him to be! So a massive Thank you to him for raising these kids with me.

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My Sunday Photo 25-06-2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Little Miss A and her Daddy were eating limes and this is her 'sour face'! Just so cute!

I'd won a meal voucher for a local pub in a Father's Day competition so we enjoyed a family lunch out this week as a belated Father's Day treat for Mr MoaB as he was actually working that day.

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Happy 1st Birthday Baby R!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Baby R turned one last month but his birthday plans didn't quite go to plan!

As with the post about Little Miss A's 4th Birthday, I'm late writing this but it's important to me to have a record for the kids to read in the future, so I'm writing it now.

I love the photos that I took each month of him. They really do chart the amazing changes he's been through from dinky dot to little man.


Baby R's birthday fell on a nursery day so off he went with a cake to share with his little friends. His first taste of chocolate cake and from the picture they sent me, he definitely enjoyed it! When I picked him up from nursery, they mentioned they'd spotted a couple of spots on him. Chicken pox had been doing the rounds of the nursery and Little Miss A had it a few weeks before. We thought maybe Baby R missed it, but these spots looked very suspicious. He actually only got a few more spots so not a full bout. I think it means he'll probably get it again in the future!


We had a big family party planned on the Saturday with all of Mr MoaB's family. I'd done loads of party preparations for the theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and had bought tonnes of food for everyone. However, we couldn't risk infecting any of the relatives with chicken pox so we unfortunately had to cancel the whole thing. I was really upset at the time, but there was nothing we could do.

So all we could do was have the party anyway, just with the 4 of us. Baby R really didn't mind. We had an awful lot of food to eat! In the end, Mr MoaB took a load of food to his work for his staff. I was so chuffed with all the party decorations I had put together and our dining room looked really good. You can read more about Baby R's Hungry Caterpillar Party in this post. There was a mad dash to the supermarket to get a Birthday cake as Baby R's Great Aunt was making one for his party. I was just relieved the supermarket had a caterpillar one to fit our theme!





Baby R chose his Birthday weekend to start walking! He'd taken a few tentative steps before then he just walked across the room and now there is no stopping him! It's such a milestone. He was just a week behind his sister in the walking stakes as she started a week before her 1st Birthday. Well done Little Boy!

Baby R is such fantastic addition to our family. It's hard to remember a time when he wasn't part of it. He hasn't had it easy as we've been through a lot of really tough times over the last year. Through it all he can always be relied upon to provide a big smile and cheer us up. We're so proud of him and how he's developing so well.



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Siblings - June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R. 


This first picture was taken by a professional photographer (Tabatha Johnson Photography) at a Messy Play Event we went to. I had the forethought to take some spare clothes with us! I'm amazed that she managed to get these two both looking at the camera AND smiling!


I also had this picture taken with a special sign for Daddy for Father's Day. He was so chuffed with it.


They are starting to play a lot more together. I think now that Baby R is on his feet and walking, he's more fun for Little Miss A! This is proved by this picture. After riding the car together, Little Miss A was pushing Baby R around and there was lots of giggling going on.


This photo was taken at the Geronimo Festival I took the kids to. I braved taking both kids on my own and although exhausting, it was a really fab day with so much to do. I loved seeing Little Miss A and Baby R drumming together. They both love playing music and dancing around to music with each other.


This last picture was taken this week on our holiday to Center Parcs. The kids were in the bike trailer we'd hired for the week. They both enjoyed being transported around by Daddy. Baby R looked so cute in his new helmet. They were both so good all week and we all had a really fantastic time. It was so lovely having time away as a family. We are so lucky to have this cheeky pair in our family.

The Me and Mine Project

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My Sunday Photo 18-06-2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was a difficult decision to pick one photo this week as we've been away in Center Parcs so there have been lots of highlights. We have had a fab time, spending some much needed quality family time together. This photo was taken on day one of the holiday when we picked up the bikes we'd hired. Luckily the smiles continued all week and the kids loved getting into the trailer each day for our adventures.

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My Sunday Photo 11-06-2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


Another proud Mum moment. Little Miss A got her first badge at her new gym class. She loved her gym classes where we used to live so I was keen to get her enrolled again when we moved. From day one she just walked in to the class with bags of confidence and she's getting on so well and starting to make friends which is so nice for her.

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