Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The holidays are coming

With less than a month to go before Christmas it's fair to say I'm excited! I love Christmas, I love the build up to it, the atmosphere, the giving, drinking, the family gatherings and parties with friends. I try and contain the excitement for a long as possible refusing to buy or dig a real tree before the 1st of December. 

We have already started the build up with the boys. Polar express is being played and made! The Christmas PJ's are in their draws and our jumpers have been worn already.

I like the buzz of Christmas so you will find me filling our time from now until the big day. This week we have decorated  gingerbread house - although I want a refund due to the subsidence it's suffered. 

Although what I'm really excited about is our trip to the The Victorian Christmas in Portsmouth on Friday. The boy will be at school so it means the young one gets us all to himself and it shouldn't be as busy so we can let him run free and sing along to frozen so if you here a loud almost two year old shouting 'et it goooo' he will be ours.

I've heard really good things about the Victorian Christmas from friends who have been before so I go with high exceptions. I'm expecting to come away feeling very festive with some quirky and unique gifts from the market stalls and maybe a little tipsy. Tickets are still on sale with 20% discount for visiting on Friday so if you pop along and see us say hi.

We also have the local village Christmas Fete on Saturday which is always a good atmosphere and the boys school have submitted a tree into the church's Christmas tree parade. Santa is lead in by a donkey dressed up as a reindeer.

Next week is full of festivities too but I'll save those for another post.

Monday, 24 November 2014

How to build a Polar Express

The boy is obsessed with the film Polar express so much that we watch it all year round and he and I can probably recite the whole film. With us enjoying more screen free time the key is to keep the boys busy before they start jumping off all the furniture or using me as a trampoline. When the boy asked if he could have his own Polar express it sounded like a good pre Christmas project.

One evening when the boy seemed to leave school with an angry head we set to work. I found an old toy box and we proceeded to cover it in black bin bags. The boy was on sellotape duties.

We used some sofa cushions to make the top and front look a little more rounded. Next up was finding a chimney. The boy came back with a disused storage basket which was perfect so it too was covered in a black bag and stuck on.

Next was the snow plough we found a book shelf waiting to be fitted in the new play room which was the perfect shape so it too was covered and stuck on. The light was the lid to the boys threading bead tub.

We used the boys plates to draw tound tissue paper for the wheels & the young ones spare car seat made a great drivers seat too

There you have it folks our home made train, but not just any train the Polar Express. We will be continuing the theme throughout the next few weeks and making golden tickets, a conductor hat and dancing along to the music if the train makes it that long! 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Fun at the beach

It's no secret we love to spend time at the beach but what did surprise me recently was the anount of other visitors to our local beach in Autumn. The car park was rammed much more so than on a Sunday in the summer. 

The reason why I love Lepe so much is because it is more than just a beach. The boys play in the sandy stones, walk along the groynes, play in the park.

Learn about Lepe's part in the D-Day landing and walk on the old road.

There is also a nature walk and lots of puddles when it's been raining. This is the place I took the boy for his very first puddle jumping session when he was 1 and he hasn't grown tired of it.

Boys will boys as they say with the boy trying to splash his brother.

Guess who jumps higher!

There's my world right there.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Big boy bed

The time has come to mark down another milestone for the young one. At 23 months he has decided he no long wants to sleep in a cot.

Three days after he refused to go in his booster seat at the table the cot had the same response. He would cry as soon as we started putting him in it. He would lay on the floor & point saying 'ny nigh' (night night) or desperately try & climb the steps to the boys mid sleeper bed.

I wasn't ready to make the switch & it happened really quickly but he knew what he wanted. He tried to climb out so I watched to see if he could do. Sure enough he went head first & the husband caught him so the decision was made.

We took the side off so he couldn't hurt himself & he climbed straight in. He didn't try & get out which was a result and he was asleep within 10 minutes. In the morning when he woke at 5 he just came into our bed and fell asleep again. This never happens! He always struggles to sleep anywhere other than his cot. 

He's been in bed for five nights and settles really quickly although we are back at the waiting with him holding his head until he is snoozing. He has started waking at around 3 or four the past few nights and refuses to go back to sleep for two hours so we are back at the bleary eyed stage and my baby isn't such a baby anymore.