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My Sunday Photo 27-08-2017

Sunday, 27 August 2017

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


Just love Miss A's smile in this picture!

It was taken today at Grosvenor Park in Chester. We'd just ridden on the miniature train and then Miss A wanted to drive the little tram. £1 well spent as she clearly loved it!

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My Sunday Photo 20-08-2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

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


Master R looks so cute in this picture from this week when we visited the Anderton Boat Lift. I was surprised that he actually kept the hat on in the dressing up area.

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Siblings - August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Miss A and Master R. I'm surprised by how many I've managed to capture in the last month. 



These first ones were taken on our weekend trip down to Brighton. The place is significant as it was where Mr MoaB and I first met! Happy memories of that night. We never could have imagined that we'd been returning to the bar 8 years later, having moved four times including our latest relocation over 250 miles away from Brighton to Cheshire and now with these 2 gorgeous children! 



We had a fun family day out at Jurassic Kingdom and took these photos of the kids playing in the T-Rex head. I love the look of affection that is passing between Miss A and her brother in the top photo.


Every time we go to the local supermarket Miss A wants to sit on the rides outside. I never put any money in but she still always wants to do it. Now Master R has started to want to join in. This picture just makes me giggle but it's just lovely when they'll actually do something together.


Our cheeky monkeys monkeying around! Their expressions peeking through just make me smile in this picture!

And finally this picture which was taken when we went to see a show recently. I knew Miss A would enjoy the show as it had Moana in it, but Master R really seemed to like it too and was bopping and clapping away to the songs. I didn't think Miss A would want Master R in the picture but she did.

They are playing so much more together now and it's so fun to watch. Most of their games involve chasing each other around or they love tumbling around on the floor making each other laugh. There's nothing better than hearing their giggles.

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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My Sunday Photo 13-08-2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

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


A family shot this week that was taken on Monday when we tried out the new Nets Kingdom at Go Ape Black Park. It was so nice that we could all go on these trampolines up in the trees together. There's not that many activities like this where a 1 year old can join in the fun!

OneDad3Girls

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Gym Stars with Total Gymnastics

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Little Miss A started gym classes in April in the Gym Stars programme which is operated by Total Gymastics, a company set-up by Olympic Bronze Medallist Beth Tweddle MBE.

She used to go to gym classes in Aylesbury where we used to live and always enjoyed it. It's good for her to have a focused weekly session that uses up some of her unending energy! The classes appear much more structured than her previous ones but this hasn't daunted her despite her only just turning 4 when she started.

Working towards badges has definitely taught her about the need to practice and patience. When she first started classes she used to constantly ask when she'd get a badge so we used to talk about trying really hard and practicing what she was doing in class. Now she understands a lot more that she's working towards getting each badge. It helps that with Gym Stars each child has a booklet with what they need to do for the next badge and they get ticks and stars when they achieve them.

This was her getting her first badge with Gym Stars.



Little Miss A took part in her first gym routine recently as well. It was great to see her really concentrating on each move and being part of this as a group. Proud Mummy moment!

At the end of each term the kids get to show off their skills to the parents on the equipment. It gives us the chance to see what they've been working on and take photos!




I recently did an interview with Total Gymnastics if you'd like a read. Their Gym Stars programme is aimed at children aged 2 to 7 years and classes operate throughout the North East. Take a look at the Total Gymnastics website for more details.


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My Sunday Photo 04-08-2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

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


It was taken when we went hunting for Forest Fairies in Delamere Forest. Little Miss A looks so happy with her special fairy crown. We had a fun time despite the torrential rain!

I try to just pick one picture each week but I can't resist also including this picture of Master R wearing the fairy crown. It's just so cute!



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Finding the Forest Fairies in Delamere Forest

Thursday, 3 August 2017

We went hunting for Forest Fairies with Forest Explorers in Delamere Forest, in the pouring rain!

There were lots of tasks to do and these started straight away as the children were all given bark plates to collect items to offer to the fairies. The items Little Miss A found included a variety of different small flowers, feathers and leaves.



Once we arrived in the woods, there was a Trail set by the Fairies to follow. This took the children around to find some of the fairies along with various items like little fairy doors, signs, furniture etc. They had a checklist to tick off what they found.



Next it was time to make fairy crowns and wands. Using some of the materials collected earlier on the bark plates, we decorated Little Miss A's crown and wand.



Finally, the children were set the challenge of making a small fairy house somewhere in the wood. Some of these were really impressive. Our efforts were a bit rubbish but then I had to keep a close eye on Master R who had found the biggest puddle to splash around in. He threw a strop every time I tried to get him out! He had been couped up in his pushchair under the raincover for most of the morning so I let him just get on with it. Everything (including him) is washable!!


The weather really wasn't on our side as it was absolutely chucking it down with rain for our morning. Just when we thought it was easing off, it poured down more so we moved to the forest shelter. We really needed some proper fairy magic to stop it raining and surprisingly, right at the end it did stop raining.

It was a really well organised activity morning. The weather didn't stop us from doing any of the activities and Little Miss A enjoyed it. Forest Explorers host various family events in the school holidays so it's worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page for details.


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Dinosaur Themed Toddler Activities

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

In the lead up to our Dinosaur encounter at Jurassic Kingdom, I thought I'd get us in the mood by doing lots of dinosaur themed activities with the kids.

The pound shops were great for finding themed things! They provided most of the things we did.

Some of the activities were just for Little Miss A but I tried to include Master R were I could. One of the best joint activities was definitely the edible messy play! I made up some green jelly and chocolate Angel Delight. Then added some meringue nests and their toy dinosaurs. Of course, it was long before the toys were removed and it descended into proper messy play with the kids getting in with their feet!



One of the finds in the pound shop was an Excavation kit. This proved quite challenging to get in to so it took Little Miss A and I quite a while to find the two dinosaurs! The kit came with the small tools. I did most of the chiselling whilst Little Miss A did the brushing. Team work! Be warned if you try one of these kits, it does get quite dusty so we did it within a plastic box to try to contain the bits!



I bought each of the kids a small wind-up dinosaur so we had some dinosaur races. Of course, Little Miss A's invariably won but there was definitely a bit of cheating going on! Luckily Master R doesn't mind at this age. Don't look forward to the time when he wants to win as much as Little Miss A!

Again from the pound shop was a hatching dinosaur egg. This was really great fun to watch hatching. Similar ones were on sale at the Jurassic Kingdom event for a lot more money so I was glad we'd got our for £1! Little Miss A would give us a daily report on it hatching. When it did, it had quite a strange feel to it! 

I had also found a dinosaur ball popper for a few pounds (it says dinosaur on the packet although I have to agree with Little Miss A that it actually does look more like a crocodile!!). We used our tunnel as the target. It actually fires quite far. We kept losing the balls under the sofa which was the downside of the doing this activity indoors! 

Finally, I also got hold of as many story books about dinosaurs as possible from the library so we had a whole week of themed bedtime reading too!

So we were well and truly immersed in dinosaurs for a few days but I think this did help build up the excitement for Little Miss A before we met the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom. Even Master R now does a great dinosaur 'Roar'!



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Our Dinosaur Encounter at Jurassic Kingdom

A close encounter with dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom in Manchester.

Recently we went to see the life-size dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom in Philips Park in Manchester. We'd seen a few of these on a local news programme a few weeks ago. Little Miss A does love playing with her toy dinosaurs so seeing some big ones was going to be quite an experience for her.

When we arrived, it was obvious we were in the right place as straight away there were dinosaurs before we'd even been through the ticket entrance. It's good that everyone can see a few without actually paying to go in. A good advertisement.



It was great to see Master R getting quite excited at seeing these large creatures. I wasn't sure how he would react and was worried he might be scared if anything, but he was absolutely fine.

I thought there would just be a few dinosaurs including the obvious favourites which would make sounds and move, but there were so many more. Each has a small board next to it with some information. There were lots of dinosaurs that Mr MoaB and I hadn't heard of so an education for us too!



We stopped about half way round to have our picnic lunch. There were some food stalls at various points but these did seem quite expensive. I'm glad we'd taken our own lunch.

Our favourite section was where there were a few more interactive elements. There was a large sandpit for excavating dinosaur bones. It was a shame there weren't any tools like brushes etc. for the kids to use to do this but Little Miss A still enjoyed playing in the sand. There was a moving ride which we paid for Little Miss A to have a go on. There was also a tent showing an educational film.

The most fun we had were at the big T-Rex head that you could go into and on the ride-ons. At first we didn't realise that you could ride them around, we thought they were static but then we spotted someone else riding around and that was it. Little Miss A wanted to have a turn riding each one.










It was a good experience particularly if your kids are really in to dinosaurs as there are just so many to see. I did a lot of dinosaur themed activities with the kids in the lead-up to us going to get us in the mood. Master R definitely has learnt that dinosaurs 'Roar' from the experience as he now picks up a toy dinosaur and says 'Roar'!



I was fortunate enough to win tickets through the Manchester Family Facebook page to the Jurassic Kingdom event at Philips Park in Manchester. Jurassic Kingdom is on tour around the UK at different parks so take a look at their website to see if it's going to be near you.

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