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My Sunday Photo 27-12-2015

Sunday, 27 December 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It is this photo taken on Christmas Day of Little Miss A with her new train set which she received from her Nana & Pops. She was so chuffed with it. I loved that during the day she got each and everyone of us involved in playing with it with her! I know we're going to have hours of fun with it.


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My Sunday Photo 20-12-2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken this week when we went on the Santa Express at thecentre:mk. It certainly was an Express as it was over as quickly as it had begun, but never mind, Little Miss A enjoyed it!



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Santa's Grotto at thecentre:mk

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Today Little Miss A met Father Christmas!

We took her to the Santa's Grotto at the thecentre:mk. I was fortunate enough to win free entrance to the Grotto through a Facebook competition.

The experience started with a craft workshop with the friendly elves where we made a Christmas Eve pack. This included mixing magical reindeer food and decorating a Santa key.



Then we were led through to meet the man himself. Not known for her shyness, Little Miss A kept hiding behind our legs and didn't want to talk to Santa! Typical! We managed to have one photograph taken with him so we had to purchase it!


The whole experience lasted about 20 minutes and when we came out I decided to take Little Miss A on the magical train ride which goes through a wintery forest. Little Miss A had a ride on the Santa Express train last year with her Nana. It was very similar and I must admit I was disappointed again by the fact that you just go round the track once. It's over so quickly for £2 per person!



We did a bit of shopping in the centre before heading back as Little Miss A really wanted to go on the Carousel. It was absolutely beautiful and actually a double-decker Carousel. I've never seen one of those before! And of course, guess where Little Miss A wanted to ride - on the top level!

Before we left, we grabbed a hot drink and a gingerbread man for Little Miss A. Lesson learnt, don't break any part of the gingerbread man off for her to eat - major tantrum! She calmed down by the time we got to the car - just! 

We had a fun festive time this afternoon. Maybe next time she'll actually talk to Father Christmas!



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Baby Announcement

Monday, 14 December 2015

There's going to be a new addition to the MoaB family! Coming May 2016.

Little Miss A can't wait to be a Big Sister!


This photo attempt didn't quite go to plan!


And this picture is just typical of her cheeky nature!




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Festive Family Fun in Aylesbury

Yesterday we went to another fantastic event organised by Aylesbury Town Council and all for free! Brilliant!

We had great fun last at the Festive Fun event last year so I was keen to take Little Miss A along again this year. A friend suggested we meet up which was great, always nice to do these things with someone and her son is the same age as Little Miss A.

After a quick catch-up over coffee, it was time to entertain the kids. Some of the activities were taking place inside Friars Square whereas there were fairground rides outside. This is where we spent most of our time. There were 5 different rides, 3 of which were suitable for little ones. Little Miss A started off on the swings with her friend, then had a go on the merry-go-round (she's braver than me!) before a quick spin on the teacups. She really doesn't have any fear.

Despite the town centre being really busy, there wasn't a queue for any of the rides which was great.



Inside the shopping centre, there was more of queue for the activities so we didn't really take part in any of these. There were crafts, games, balloon modelling and face painting. A big highlight was the Giant Inflatable Snow Globe which you could go into and have your photograph taken. We experienced some Snow Fun in the Snowglobe last year at a Garden Centre and got some great family pictures!

We watched a bit of the entertainers. Surprisingly both the kids were really taken with the penguins! To the point that we had to go and find them and say 'goodbye' before we went home!

We've been spoilt with free events organised by Aylesbury Town Council that we've been able to take advantage of! Thankyou to the organisers! Look forward to more of the same next year - please!

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My Sunday Photo 13-12-2015

Sunday, 13 December 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken yesterday at the Ashridge Estate when we went on their Christmas Trail. We had great fun despite the rain!

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Christmas Grotto at Penns Flower Nursery

Friday, 11 December 2015

Wow! What an amazing Christmas display we saw today. It was lovely.

The Grotto is located at Penns Flower Nursery in Longwick, which took us about 20 minutes to get to.

It's really obvious where the Grotto is as you park up with lots of lovey lights outside. There's a festive train set outside the door and then you enter into the wonderland.

There's so much to look at and take in with lots of figures and characters, large and small; a great use of different lighting and of course some Christmasy music!

It must be a real labour of love for someone to put this together each year as they do it all for charity.


We all pointed out different things to each other that we spotted. Little Miss A enjoying roaming up and down the aisles commenting on things.

At the far end is a sleigh and 4  reindeer which we all took a turn to drive!




I think this is where Santa makes an appearance at the weekends. I can imagine it's a lovely place to see him. He's there from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Grotto is open daily from 10am to 4pm except Wednesdays. 

I'm so glad we popped along to take a look and it'll definitely be on our list to visit again next year! Entrance is free but charity donations are welcomed for the Rennie Grove Hospice at Home.


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Animal Sculptures in Tring Park

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

We've visited Tring Park several times over the last year or so and on our last visit we tried and failed to find the wooden animal sculptures that they've introduced there.

So last week we set-off with the specific intention of finding the sculptures. It meant we bypassed the usual parts that we see including the Obelisk and the summerhouse, but we're so glad that we found the sculptures.

The carvings are an echo of Tring Park's past and Walter Rothschild's collection of exotic animals. There are sculptures with turtles, a zebra, a moth, wallabies and a cassiowary.


It's a bit of a walk uphill to get to them and it was pretty muddy in places, so be warned if you're visiting at this time of year.



When we found them, Little Miss A was in her element as you can climb on them. We went round them all to investigate but she spent the most time on the largest sculpture which was the best for climbing. There are a few posts dotted around as well with Did You Know? facts, plus an owl in the trees to spot!


There's not that information on the Woodland Trust about the carvings and they're not marked on the maps in the Park (presumably at some point they will be). So they're almost a hidden secret of the Park but well worth finding.

I'll try to describe how we found them:
  • - If you go over the footbridge from the car park and keep to the right of the Park.
  • - Follow the path, through a gate and keep heading up (this is where it was particularly muddy). 
  • - You'll join the path which is King Charles Ride.
  • - You'll come to the wooden archway on your right which I've previously described on our Autumn Walk in Tring Park last year (there's pictures of what it looks like too). 
  • - Go under the arch, up the bank and there will be the wooden carvings.
We've always enjoyed our walks in the Park but now there is the added bonus of these sculptures. It's definitely worth finding them!



It just started drizzling so we decided to leave. Good timing as the heavens opened just after we got back to the car. I'm sure we'll be back to these sculptures again soon for more fun with this crazy one!





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Winter Wonderland 2015 at World's End Garden Centre

Monday, 7 December 2015

It's becoming one of our family traditions to visit the Winter Wonderland at World's End Garden Centre in Wendover.

We took Little Miss A late on Wednesday afternoon. It was a good time to visit as it was very quiet so we could wander around at our own pace and retrace our steps to see it all twice. You always spot different things the second time around.

Each year the themes of the displays in the Wonderland are different and they combine animated figures, music and lighting.

The first section is a Winter scene with lots of animals including penguins, polar bears and reindeer.



Then there was a bit of a surreal part based on Star Wars before seeing displays based on Cinderella, Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, The Snowman and more.





The price this year to go Walking in a Winter Wonderland is £3 per person. You can also visit Father Christmas but this is quite expensive and I've heard mixed reviews about this part of the experience.

This year we let Little Miss A have a go on one of the funfair rides. She's now old enough to go on her own and enjoyed going round on the choo, choo train!


There was just time for a quick stop in Costa for a hot drink to warm up before heading home. I really like that this has become a family tradition. It's a great thing for Little Miss A as there's so much to look at. She was pointing out things that we hadn't even noticed!

It's fun to have pictures at the same place each year and see how Little Miss A has changed!




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My Sunday Photo 06-12-2015

Sunday, 6 December 2015

This is my favourite picture of this week.


It was taken today when we went hunting for reindeer on the Reindeer Trail at Black Park. With a lot of persuasion I managed to get Little Miss A to pose with all of them. The highlight was Rudolph of course!


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Reindeer Trail at Black Park Country Park

We're just back home from a really enjoyable morning at Black Park Country Park making the most of their Christmas activities.

The main thing I wanted to do with Little Miss A was the Reindeer Trail. I thought it was going to be like the Dinosaur Hunt that we did back in October, but it was actually set around a different part of the Park and instead of just pictures attached to the trees, there were reindeer sculptures to find which were brilliant! I loved their holly antlers!

First up was Dasher, Dancer and Prancer.


Then we found Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. We also managed to do a bit of tree climbing and carry a huge stick as we made our way around the Trail!









Before finally finding the one with the red nose - Rudolph!


There was a Trail Map with instructions and you had to write down the names of the reindeer along with the lines to a Reindeer Poem posted on a tree next to each reindeer. Once this sheet was complete, we went back to get Little Miss A's prize!

I'm amazed I managed to actually get a photograph with each one, but I kept telling Little Miss A that Daddy wanted to see the pictures of them all so she actually posed! Therefore our next stop was to pay Daddy a visit at work to show him the photos and share the prize.

Along with the Trail, there was also a Santa's Grotto, petting zoo and a few stalls. We didn't visit Santa in his Grotto on this occasion unlike last year but instead I took Little Miss A on the horse and carriage ride which she really enjoyed.



Unfortunately the activities were only on at the Park this weekend and last weekend, but it's worth making a note for next year!


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Me & Mine - November 2015

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Joining up again with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project. Here's November's photo of our little family!


It was taken at Bletchley Park when we visited with Mr MoaB's Mum.


November Highs:
  • Mr MoaB is loving his Daddy/Daughter mornings. They have so much fun together and are always exhausted when I get home at lunchtime from work!
  • Little Miss A got to spend lots of time with her Grandma (Mr MoaB's Mum) as she came to stay for 5 nights. She lives up North so we only see her a few times a year.
  • We took advantage of Mr MoaB's Mum staying to enjoy a rare date night. Dinner at Wagamamas and then we saw Spectre at the cinema. So nice to go out for the evening and Little Miss A had no idea as she was asleep the whole time we were out!
  • Green Dragon Eco Farm - Little Miss A, Grandma and I visited the Farm for a few hours. It wasn't the best of weather but we had a little wander around the animals outdoors before heading under cover where Little Miss A got to groom the ponies. Then we went into the new Soft Play Barn which was great for Little Miss A to just run around in. She was having so much fun that we had lunch there too.
  • Bletchley Park - this was our third visit. We were making the most of our ticket which was valid for a year and runs out in early December!  
  • Waddesdon Manor - for the first time we actually ventured into the Manor house itself and I'm so glad that we did as it's beautifully decorated for Christmas with a Lights and Legends theme. 
  • Mr MoaB had a great weekend away in Portsmouth with a friend he's known since primary school. They went to Pompey Rumble to see lots of Psychobilly bands. He tells me the highlight was King Kurt.
  • I enjoyed being involved with another very busy and successful NCT Nearly New Sale. Thankyou to my Mum and Dad for coming to look after Little Miss A for the day. She obviously had lots of fun as she cried when they left!
  • Little Miss A's confidence in the water when we go swimming goes from strength to strength. She loves putting her face into the water and it's such fun taking her swimming. 
  • A really fun family walk in Tring Park where we found some brilliant wooden animal sculptures that Little Miss A could climb over, sit on etc. We'll definitely be back to visit those again.
  • Little Miss A and I spent a lovely weekend with my Mum & Dad to celebrate my Mum's birthday. 

November Lows:
  • Little Miss A has got quite particular about who does what for her. Most often it's 'Mummy do it!' and Daddy doesn't get a look in. He's trying not to take it too personally as it's only over the mundane things like getting dressed etc. that she gets picky. It's just frustrating really.
The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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