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

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

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

In a Nutshell – December 2016

Well December was a crazy crazy month. We squeezed in so much and life threw us a bit of a curve ball. So I won’t waste anymore words on introducing our December in a Nutshell.


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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

24 things to do at Christmas – Our alternative advent.

It’s November, which means it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas.  I’m not known for being very organised but I’m starting to come around to the idea that preparation is key to prevent being a quivering mess under the tree by Christmas Eve.  With that in mind I’ve already started shopping for presents and I’ve got together our list of 24 things to do at Christmas for Luca’s alternative advent calendar.

Luca is super lucky that he has two grandma’s and three great grandma’s.  They always spoil him, meaning he is never short of advent calendars when December comes around.  It also means that the beautiful advent calendar we bought him to fill each year is a bit redundant.  I mean how can a wooden tree full of sweets beat a spiderman advent calendar full of cheap chocolate?   Continue reading

#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – October 2016

Well didn’t October fly by in the blink of an eye?

Our October has been pretty full on.  There has been so much going on, both in the way of family fun and proper grown up stuff too.  I much prefer the fun but some of the grown up stuff has been pretty exciting.

So here is our October in a nutshell. Continue reading