Introducing…The Jallie Band!
Featuring: Jake on metal gazoo, and Ellie on mouth organ! And Daddy banging rhythmically on whatever is to hand. (Sounds of wild applause and cheering)
They were pretty good too!
Who remembers space hoppers?! (It’s OK; you don’t have to admit it if you don’t want to.)
The good news for those of us who do – whether we’ll admit it or not – is that they seem to be making a comeback!
And for those who don’t – read on! (Hint: they’re great.)
I was delighted to receive from the fine people at confused.com not 1 but 2 great space hoppers – complete with natty pumps – as part of their #Jumponit campaign.
Jake and Ellie were very excited about this, and also were determined, as ever, to do as much as they could themselves.
So, first step: Pump it up!
It was fun! but then we had a bit of a surprise:
Even so, we were pumped and ready to go, so there was nothing else for it but to head out & test-drive our new bouncy toys!
Fair warning: some of this was filmed by a 5-year-old boy. He did his best…)
I love how Jake tried to make his hopper smaller by trying to let some air out! And I’d forgotten just how much fun a good bounce in a space-hopper is!
Also: I’d like to point out, please, that there was a storm here the night before. My garden is messier than usual, honest…
As you can see we had a lot of fun, thanks to confused.com: Jump on it!
This is guest post by Alex Johnson
The LEGO Company are no strangers to allowing people to see what goes on inside their organisation. With the hit LEGO movie released in February 2014 and their new ‘Brickumentry’, the LEGO group are bigger than ever. While their gender neutral playsets has been developing since 1974, LEGO has reached a peak of their gender neutrality with their new playsets of female scientists.
Most recently they allowed Channel 4 into their head offices and factories in Denmark in a documentary called ‘The Secret World of Lego’, a programme that showed millions of viewers how the LEGO brick has changed the lives of many children and adults.
It was ‘back to the future’ yesterday, when there was a vintage car show and fair here. Of course the car I was most interested in was the only one there that wasn’t actually a real car. Isn’t it great? You can’t see it here but it had all the flashing lights working as well! Jake and Ellie haven’t seen the films so I had to explain it all to them, which prompted a discussion (from Jake) about the possibility of time-travel.
There were also many other amazing cars here: Mustang, Jaguar, Rolls Royce and my other favourite a 100-year-old mint condition Model T Ford.
There were also bouncy castles and other fun things for kids – including free lollipops! – and in truth I didn’t actually manage to spend all that much time with the cars. But we all had a great time.
Now, all we need is 1.21 Gigawatts of power. Anyone got any going spare?
It may not be immediately obvious from this photo, but this is from Jake & Ellie’s first horse-riding session!
We have been taking them to dance (ballet & tap), gym & music classes. They went over the age limit for Monkey Music, they seemed a bit bored with the gym classes as they didn’t seem challenging enough, & although Ellie enjoyed the dancing Jake seemed less keen.
So when they turned 5 we decided that they were old enough to decide what they wanted to do, rather than what we thought they should do.
Jake chose Tae-Kwon-Do! I’m not sure how we found out about it, but there’s a great session at our local YMCA, & they’re both loving it. (There’s a funny story about that: ask me later…)
Ellie was mad to do horse-riding. So we did.
It was great! Sadly my ‘phone’s battery ran out just before they got on their horses, so I couldn’t get any more photos.
It took a long time to get going, which is OK as you’re dealing with animals & you have to get the health & safety right. Then they all lined up in the field on their magnificent ponies, our 2 first-timers especially looking very pleased with themselves.
We thought they’d just plod around the field, but they took to the streets! They all rode around country lanes for nearly an hour, & even broke into a trot!
Jake & Ellie both loved it; they were so happy when they came back!
We’re definitely planning to it again; the main problem of course is that it’s not cheap. Great fun though 🙂
It was a difficult time, for all of us, when Ellie was so sick & in hospital with her nasty infected chickenpox.
The Mummy was talking to her about it, saying “It was really hard seeing you so sick in hospital, Ellie”
She straight-away replied: “But Mummy, remember the fun we had in the playroom there”.
Such wisdom from a 4-year-old!
We can definitely learn a lot from even very young children 🙂
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Related: The Story Behind the Photo
It’s the best place for it, in my experience. ‘Outdoors’, that is. The clue’s in the name: Messy Play. It’s messy!
It all started with an old tin of Smash* I found in the kitchen cupboard.
It was spotted.
“What’s that, Daddy?”
Such innocent little faces. Such a loaded question. Continue reading