Luca is 6!

At the start of July, this little poop face turned 6.  I mean, bloody six, that means we are creeping closer to double figures now.  I’m not sure I can deal with this.  I want him to stay my gorgeous, loving, cuddly little boy forever.  Not turn into a grotty teenager.

This last year, in all honesty, has been a tough one.  He went through a phase of really not listening to what was being asked of him and both myself and Ant have shouted a lot more than we would like to at him.  He also started to backchat, developed a HUGE attitude and a temper to match it.  But over the past few months, this seems to have slowly sorted itself out and as I type this we are back to affectionate, funny, cheeky Luca.  The best version of him. Continue reading

There’s a party in the woods.

Luca turned six at the start of July and for months beforehand we spent hours searching for birthday party ideas.

I hate soft play and we go to enough soft play parties that I knew I didn’t want to add our own into the mix.  Some of the other ideas we had turned out to be ridiculously expensive for what you got and so we got a bit stuck.  Being pregnant I didn’t really want to host a party at our house this year either.

Then a friend of a friend suggested Greenman Learning.

Greenman Learning is a forest school local to us who hold all sorts of classes for both children and adults, and holiday schemes, but they also host parties too. It sounded perfect as we love being outdoors and for a summer party where better to be than in the woods?

We invited 15 of Luca’s friends to come and join us on the Sunday before his birthday and the weather was absolutely glorious for it. 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

Luca is 5!

5 years old, that’s come around quickly. How on earth did Luca get to five years old already? It’s madness I tell you. I can hardly remember him being a baby anymore.

newborn

At five years old Luca is pretty awesome.  I’m so proud of him and the little boy he’s turned into.  He’s kind, caring and shows lots of empathy towards his friends and others.  He’s doing well at school and really seems to enjoy going and learning new things. His reading skills are fab and recently we started to read some Roald Dahl books together at bedtime, which he loves.  So far we’ve read George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Magic Finger. 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

Sneaky Experience Hidden Christmas Market

Last weekend was the start of the Christmas holidays for us. Luca broke up from school on Friday and so we decided to kick our time off together in style with a  visit to the Sneaky Experience Christmas Market in Leeds. Unfortunately Ant was working so we took my friend, Steph with us.

All we knew was that the market was going to be Narnia themed and hidden inside the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Sounds pretty magical already doesn’t it? Continue reading

The Dreaded Working Mum Guilt

When I fell pregnant I never realised that for the rest of my life I would be riddled with parenting guilt.  From telly watching (does he watch too much) to tooth-brushing (we’ve all forgotten to brush them a few times right?) and everything else in between.  Parenting guilt creeps up in the strangest of places.  I didn’t realise that everything I did as a parent, I would end up questioning. Every decision I made I would second guess. I certainly didn’t realise how guilty I would feel for being a working mum. Working mum guilt is the worst for me. Continue reading

Simple Kid Made Santa Hat Christmas Card

As you can probably tell by the last few posts I’m trying my hardest to get organised well in advance for Christmas this year.  We always make Christmas cards to send to Grandma’s and other special people, and this year will be no different.  We usually go for some good old handprints or footprints but this year we will more than likely be making them after school.  With a very tired four year old I wanted something really simple that he could do without very much effort on his part.  With that said I thought I would share with you a really easy, quick, minimal mess, simple kid made christmas card idea. Continue reading

14 tips to help your 4 year old cope with school

When Luca started school in September I added a reminder to my editorial calendar to write a post once we got to half term.  You know the kind, a little update on how he is getting on.  Well in all honesty, it’s been tough for all of us.   Luca loves school, he’s thriving in the learning environment, asking loads of questions about letters and numbers and pointing out shapes wherever we go. He’s doing really, really well.  He has even started to bring books home with words in already!  I couldn’t be prouder of him to say he is a July baby.  I’m so happy that, so far, he is enjoying learning. Continue reading