Well, we’ve had an active, busy time over the last week’s half-term break!
That’s partly why I’ve been inactive here & on twitter: busy or out & about during the day, tired by night! I’ve become very good at falling asleep on the sofa in front of TV.
We’ve been out to the country park, soft play, fun farm. playground, gym & swimming pool, as well their usual Saturday morning dance class and just mucking about at home.
Friday though was probably the highlight: a trip out to Folly Farm – an hour & half’s drive, but worth it! We tried to pick the driest & least cold day so they could enjoy some outdoor as well as indoor fun, but the weather again let us down.
Because of that we headed straight for the barn where, after milking the plastic cows, Ellie somewhat nervously said hello to the kids. Continue reading
We were buckling Jake & Ellie in their car-seats. It was wet & windy & I had my coat on with the hood over my head.
The hood doesn’t quite fit – a hasty purchase! – and the wind had blown it off.
“Daddy, your coat has given you Batman hair”, Jake informs me.
I have no idea where this comes from. It’s become 1 of those silly little sayings that families can have, & it means your hair is messy & sticking out at odd angles. As far as I know Batman seems to be quite nicely quaffed under his mask so it’s quite baffling!
“Actually Daddy”, he continues, “you always have Batman hair” (true enough) “but I love you anyway”.
Something of a back-handed compliment, but I’ll take it!
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We were at soft-play. Jake & Ellie were having fun, but had been up & down the night before with coughs & so had a bit less energy than usual. This, as it did today, often results in their being a bit more clingy, & wanting to sit or play with me more than usual.
I’d got roped in to going down the slide with them, 1 one each knee: they thought this was a great wheeze!
We were heading up around for our 3rd go; I was in front, then Jake, who plonked himself on my right leg.
When she arrived Ellie wasn’t having it!
What a strange day it was yesterday!
For the first time in months, a) it wasn’t raining, b) there wasn’t much wind, c) it wasn’t too cold, & d) there was that strange stuff about that I remember referring to as “Sunshine”!
We had a ton of things to do at home but we knew that the weather wasn’t supposed to last so we made the most of it & headed out for the some Fun in the Sun!