Wonderful Chaos does DisneyLand

For Christmas, we decided to treat Luca to a trip to Disneyland. Luca is an only child and has more than enough toys so we opted for experiences this year over toys.

We gave Luca his “tickets” as a final present on Christmas day. I had my video camera rolling ready to catch his reaction, but what a disappointing reaction it was. I think he was just too overwhelmed by everything “Christmas”, and he didn’t really understand what was happening.  The closer it got to the holiday though, the more excited he got until eventually, it was time to go.

We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the airport in time for our flight. Luckily Luca was more than happy with his early start and the travelling and airport waiting was really painless. I thought he might sleep on the flight but he was wide awake the whole time, which meant none of us got a little nap on the way there. Continue reading

Annual Pumpkin Picking at Farmer Copley’s

Autumn is in full swing, Halloween is just around the corner and this year I have my very own house to decorate for the occasion!  Skeletons, cobwebs, witches and pumpkins.  Lots and lots of pumpkins.  And we know only one place for pumpkin picking. Farmer Copley’s.

It’s become a bit of a family tradition for us now to visit Farmer Copley’s every year and pick out our pumpkins to decorate the house for Halloween.  It’s a good excuse to get outside in the fresh air and tramp through a field for an hour or so.   Continue reading

Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading

Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s

It’s no secret that we lovely a good family day out.  Whether it is a trip to the beach or a museum we are often found exploring new places and doing things together.  Recently we added a new favourite to our repertoire.  We went to the circus. Paulos Circus to be specific.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been to the circus before, even as a child.  Luca definitely hasn’t. So when we were invited to Paulos Circus at Farmer Copley’s we couldn’t say no.

It worked out to be the perfect activity for the day we picked to go.  It was a gloriously warm day but it was also a day full of thunder storms and lots of rain. Continue reading

Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

A Family Day Spent Exploring Temple Newsam Woods

I’ve been so quiet on here recently for so many reasons but I promise I am still actually here. I’ve been so busy training new therapists at work and if you missed it we are in the process of buying a house, so all of that has been pretty much taking up all my time.  Added to that both Ant and I have worked extra hours meaning I’ve had no time for anything but eating, sleeping and working really. Anyway, at the weekend we got some family time together for the first time in what feels like forever. I was really craving some family time too so it was very welcome when it finally arrived. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – 2016

2016. What a year!

It’s been a funny old year.  Mostly because this year has seen some crazy highs and equally crazy lows, both for us and for the world.

However, I’m an optimist. I definitely like to view my glass as half full and so I wanted to round up our year with all the good things that have happened. Our 2016 in a Nutshell.

January

At the start of the year I signed up for a free, year long photography course ‘A Year With My Camera’ and I’ve loved every lesson and really learning to play and use my camera to it’s full potential.

One of my biggest highlights in January was our snowy day, we spent a good hour or so playing and wandering around in the thick white stuff. Continue reading

The Christmas Tag

I’m crazy about Christmas. I swear I was an Elf in a previous life. I absolutely love everything about Christmas and eagerly await it’s arrival every year. So when the lovely Lauren from Dilan and Me tagged us in The Christmas Tag I knew I was going to take part.

 

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? 

I’m not really sure what mine is, there are so many good ones. I love Home Alone and The Grinch though.

Have you ever had a white Christmas? 

Yes, I think I’ve had at least two. I remember one year we weren’t supposed to get any snow and when we woke up on Christmas Day there was loads outside. That was a very special one as it was such a surprise. Living up North has its advantages.  Continue reading