Saturday, 30 November 2013

365 Project Days 328 - 334


Day 328 - We moved Miss C's bed to give her more room to play
Day 329 - Wee Z had just finished school. You can tell cause his shirt is hanging out!
Day 330 - Wee Z was giving Miss C a lesson in LEGO
Day 331 - Having a cuddle on the couch
Day 332 - Out for lunch at our favourite cafe
Day 333 - Had my nails done
Day 334 - Ready for to go to the party


Wellies in the Puddles #CountryKids


Wellies are best for puddles
Don't you know?
Wellies are the best
For the rain and snow


One of Miss C's favourite things to do
Is go splashing in the puddles when it has rained
She had me joining in with her too
Nothing like a spot of puddle jumping to keep you warm

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Friday, 29 November 2013

Flashback Friday - First Smiles

At around 5 weeks old, Miss C started to smile at us.


Seeing your baby smile at you for the first time is just the most amazing feeling in the world. It makes the sleepless nights and the monstrous nappies all worth while.

It melts your heart.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Peppa Pig's Fun and Learn Tablet - Review

We received the Peppa Pig's Fun and Learn Tablet recently to review. This toy is suitable for ages 3 and over and requires 3 AAA batteries which are included. It's made of plastic but feels quite sturdy and I think it would withstand a drop to the floor or two.


When we first brought the tablet out of the box, Wee Z said it looked like a giant calculator with letters on it. I thought this was a pretty accurate description for it. It's not a touch screen tablet or anything fancy like that but it is the same size as a tablet and it's a good size for young children to carry around with them. It's light too. It has a small LCD screen for use during game play. There is an on/off button on the front of the tablet and it also comes with a volume button.


Once you've turned the tablet on, Peppa Pig appears and says "come and play with me!" Miss C couldn't wait to play with Peppa as she loves Peppa Pig. When you first turn the tablet on, you can go to the setup mode and enter your child's name so it personalises the tablet. Your child can choose their favourite object, sport and activity so their favourite animations can be displayed during game play.


There are 4 game modes you can play; Math, Language, Logic and Games and Music. There are 21 games you can play. Games will be played with either the letter keys, number keys or the arrow keys. You can get Peppa to repeat something by pressing the space key.

Language has games like Spell, where a word will appear and you have to watch it before it disappears and then you spell the word back to Peppa using the letter keys. You can also play Discover, where you can press a letter key on the tablet and Peppa will tell you the letter.


Math has games like Plus, where you will be asked to find the total of a sum from the different objects that appear on screen. You can also practise Counting, where Peppa will ask you to count out a certain number of apples.

Logic has games like Pairs, where you have to match shapes and Memory, where you'll be shown an object before it disappears and you have to pick the object out from a selection of 4 objects.


In the Games and Music mode, you can play music using the number keys and play games such as Maze, where you have to help Peppa find her Teddy.

Miss C loved playing the Maze game to try and find Peppa's teddy. She also enjoyed playing Pairs and practising her numbers.


The Peppa Pig Fun and Learn Tablet is a great toy for practising your letters, numbers and memory skills. The games get harder so I think the tablet will keep Miss C challenged and entertained for a while.

We received Peppa Pig's Fun and Learn Tablet for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


A Girl and Her Daddy


I love this photo of Miss C and her Daddy. I love the way she is looking at him with complete admiration and love.

When Miss C was a baby, she was definitely a Mummy's girl. Of course, I was feeding her so I think that was a big reason for her being so attached to me. I loved that she just needed me for a cuddle. No one else would do.

As she got older, she started to sway more to her Daddy. She spent a lot of time with him when I was working and Wee Z was at nursery. They'd spend the mornings together doing lots of fun things and their bond grew and they have become really, really close.

She definitely has him wrapped around her finger. Don't get me wrong, when she's naughty her Daddy can definitely tell her off but within a few minutes and some hugs and eyelash batting, her Daddy melts and they are best of friends again. Mummy isn't so easy!

I love seeing Miss C and her Daddy together. Their relationship is so amazing to watch. I hope that it stays like this as she grows up. Complete and utter adoration for her Daddy. And of course, he has complete and utter adoration for her.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

November #TheGallery


These are some of my favourite photos from this month. I love November because it's the last month before December begins! I love the frosty mornings, (although not so much when I have to drive!) the low sunsets, (again not so much when I have to drive!) the golden leaves in the trees and the blue skies. I love that we have to wrap up warm and we can cuddle together on the couch to keep warm.

November is also the month of Bonfire night and the kids had a great time seeing the fireworks at the park.

I can't believe we're almost at the end of November. This year has flown in!


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Playmobil Advent Calendar - Review

Miss C was super excited when she received a Playmobil Advent Calendar in the post as part of the Playmobil Playologists programme. She adores her Playmobil just now and has a few sets on her Santa list, including the Pony Farm, so this Pony Farm Advent Calendar is perfect for her.


She ripped the box open and was almost opening door 17 when we took it off her and explained that it was for December to countdown to Santa coming. "I can't wait for the chocolate ponies!" she said and she almost burst with excitement when we told her that, actually, there was no chocolate in her Advent Calendar but Playmobil toys instead.


There are 5 different Playmobil Advent Calendars to choose from: Police, Pony Farm, Princess, Pirate and Winter Wonderland. They are priced at £17.99 on the Playmobil website. Of course, compared to a £1 chocolate calendar from your local supermarket, this isn't a cheap Advent Calendar however, it's got a great product inside, with a toy behind each door and it's something that a child who enjoys Playmobil will play with for years.


Miss C's Pony Farm Calendar comes with three people, 2 ponies, a foal, chickens, two dogs, farm accessories and a farm backdrop to play with her figures on. Once the Advent Calendar has been opened completely, she'll also have a mini Pony Farm puzzle and some stickers for her horses. Santa told me he's bringing Miss C the Playmobil Pony Farm so this will be a great set to add to the collection.

We received this Playmobil Advent Calendar for the purposes of a review as part of the Playmobil Playologist Programme. The opinions expressed are my own.

Vertbaudet Winter Coats - Review

It's definitely that time of year when we start looking out the hats and gloves and scarves. It's getting really cold and frosty so we were happy to review some of the Winter coats available to buy for boys from Vertbaudet.

The trouble with this weather is, although it's most definitely cold, you don't know from one day to the next whether we're going to have rain or just chilly winds with a bit of sunshine. This is where this reversible coat in navy/blue comes in handy. On one side you have a lovely suede-like material that looks really smart and could be worn with a hat, scarf and gloves on those sunny yet frosty days. The hood is also reversible so every part of the jacket matches the side you are wearing. It has pockets, a zip fastening and popper-style buttons up the front of the coat.


If it starts to rain whilst wearing the jacket, you can quickly take it off and it turns into a padded jacket with showerproof treatment so it keeps you dry. It also has pockets and a zip fastening at the front of the jacket. It comes in two other colours; grey/charcoal and orange/light brown.

I've yet to wash it although the jacket is machine washable and I'd be interested to see if a wash decreases the effectiveness of the showerproof treatment and also how the suede-like material will fair after being wet. The other thing I would worry about is the stitching on the showerproof side as it has already started to allow the fluff from inside the jacket to come through. It could just be this particular jacket though as it did come in the post like that.

Wee Z really liked this jacket and has been wearing it to school to keep him warm at play time and on the walk to and from school. Size wise, it's a good fit for him. This jacket is an age 7 and will definitely last him right through Winter.


The second jacket is this lovely 3-in-1 parka. The colour is described as Brick Red however, I think it looks more orange when you see it infront of you. It has a warm fleece lining to keep you extra warm. You can remove the hood and the faux-fur lining on the hood can be removed from the hood too. I'm not a fan of faux-fur on a hood as it sticks to your head if it gets wet! It also comes in two other colours; charcoal and taupe.

This parka also benefits from a showerproof treatment although it doesn't feel as showerproof as the navy coat does. Wee Z loved that the parka came with a pair of fleece gloves that can be attached to the jacket with a popper button so they don't get lost. The parka also has pockets, a zip fastening and loop buttons up the front.


The parka comes with a reflective safety armband which I think is a great idea for walking to school on those darker mornings. Mind you, this orange parka wouldn't be missed in the dark so I'd probably use the safety armband on the navy jacket instead. There is also space inside the parka to write your child's name and class so if it does get lost, it can be found again. I've yet to wash the parka but it is also machine washable. I think this one will fair better in a wash than the navy one.

The parka was a bit longer on Wee Z as it is an age 8 but again, it will last him right through Winter and possibly into next Winter too. The bigger size means he has room underneath to wear a jumper and he will still be able to move around freely whilst wearing the parka.

For Winter use, I'd say the reversible jacket is the best jacket overall because you can switch between a normal winter jacket to a showerproof jacket. Wee Z said it feels really warm and he likes that he can change how it looks.

Currently both jackets are priced at around £45.00 so they aren't cheap however, they look and feel well made and durable. The added benefit of being able to wear them different ways makes them versatile too.

We received these jackets from Vertbaudet for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, 25 November 2013

What's the Story? #12


I love finding old photographs. This is a photo of me as a baby so it's a good 25+ years old. People say Wee Z looks like me but I still don't see it. 

I'm not sure how many months old I am here but I do know I'm in my Mum's bed. Apparently I spent a lot of time there. I was a terrible sleeper. I don't think I slept right through until after my first birthday. My poor parents. Sleep is another thing that my kids didn't take after me on. They love their sleep!



Barefoot Books - Review and Giveaway

We love Barefoot Books and we've reviewed for them before so we were delighted to receive some new titles in the post recently to review. Wee Z still reads his World Atlas book!

The first book we read is called The Little Red Hen. This is written by Mary Finch, illustrated by Kate Slater and, as the book comes with an audio CD, is narrated by Debra Messing (of Will and Grace fame!) This book is about a hen who finds a grain and asks her rooster and mouse friends to help her plant it so she can make bread. They refuse to help her, giving her lots of excuses, and so she makes the bread all by herself. As soon as the bread is ready, she tells the hungry rooster and mouse that if they want bread, they need to make their own.


As I read this book to Miss C, I had a feeling I had heard a similar story before but couldn't remember where from. This is a great book for teaching the importance of helping others and if you do, you'll reap the rewards of being helpful. The book is beautifully illustrated; really colourful and fun. It's available to buy in hardback and paperback. We haven't listened to the CD yet however, I love the audio books as we can use them in the car when we're travelling to visit my Mum.

The second book we read is called Cleo the Cat. You can buy a collection of Cleo books and read about her adventures. These books are aimed at children aged 1 - 4 years however, I think babies would love them too for the colourful pictures and the fact that they are hardboard books. The books are written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Caroline Mockford. Miss C loved reading the Cleo book because she loves cats! Each page has maybe 3 or 4 words so this is the perfect reading book for Miss C to start learning to read.


The third book we read is called A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. This is adapted by Jessica Law, illustrated by Jill McDonald and the audio CD is sung by The Flannery Brothers. That's right, sung. This book is a song book. Miss C wanted me to read it to her and as I started reading it, I could hear myself taking on a tune with the words. Miss C stopped me and told me just to read. That was hard but I did manage it. It is quite repetitive, as you can imagine for being a book of a song, but it's fun and there were parts that made us laugh. We also enjoyed the fun facts about the ocean and the sea creatures featured in the song at the back of the book. This is also available in paperback or hardback.


I have a fantastic giveaway with Barefoot Books where the winner can choose a book from the Barefoot Books website as their prize. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Also, from Monday 25th November until Sunday 1st December, you can get 25% off any order you place with Barefoot Books by quoting Yummy at the checkout.

Good luck!

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

What We Did Last Week #Week46

Last Sunday, we got up at 11am after a late night the night before. The kids and I played a few games after breakfast, including Frustration. Wee Z wanted to play his LEGO Harry Potter game however, the instructions proved too confusing for me so Husband played with him instead. My friend came over for a chat and a cuppa and then I took the kids to swimming lessons. Miss C did great swimming on her back and Wee Z was showing his class how to do the front crawl and turning his head to the side to take a breath.


On Monday, it was back to school and nursery and back to morning shifts at work for me. In the afternoon, Miss C played with her Disney Princess dolls. When Wee Z came home from school, he did his homework and then we read some books together.

On Tuesday, Miss C and I had a quiet 45 minutes before we had to pick Wee Z up from school. It was really cold when we walked to school and even colder on the way back. We cuddled up on the couch after dinner to watch some TV.

On Wednesday, Miss C played with her Playmobil whilst I caught up on my emails and had my lunch after work. We walked to get Wee Z from school and the sun was so low in the sky, it was pretty hard to see! I'm not so keen on the low sun in Winter...makes it hard to drive!

On Thursday, my friend took Miss C to soft play with some of her other friends from nursery. She said she had a great time which was good to hear. I had to take Wee Z to the Doctor as he'd been complaining of a sore chest when he was breathing. Thankfully, he just has a virus.

On Friday, my friend came over for lunch with her baby. Miss C enjoyed watching the baby play but wasn't too impressed when baby tried to grab her sparkly top. After school, we had dinner and then Wee Z went to his Friday club. Miss C and I had a bath and watched Despicable Me.


On Saturday, my Grandma came to visit. After watching Miss C and Wee Z at karate, we went for lunch at our favourite Italian restaurant. The food was delicious as always. After lunch, we went for a walk around the shops and then we took my Grandma for her bus. We had a Chinese for dinner and then had an early night.


#SilentSunday



Saturday, 23 November 2013

365 Project Days 314 - 327


Day 314 - All set for a birthday party
Day 315 - Some Jacquline Wilson characters at the library
Day 316 - Wrapped up for a cold, windy day
Day 317 - Tomato and red pepper soup
Day 318 - Miss C had me try on her sunglasses
Day 319 - Miss C made some cupcakes
Day 320 - Little fashionista

 

Day 321 - Playing the Harry Potter LEGO game
Day 322 - School photo
Day 323 - Wee Z has been practising his plank
Day 324 - A beautiful day
Day 325 - Playing his DS before his DRs appointment
Day 326 - Chicken curry for dinner
Day 327 - Out for lunch when GG came to visit


Cold and Frosty Mornings #CountryKids


The Winter is coming
You can tell by the ground
The cold and frosty mornings
Are definitely coming round

The walk to school is quicker
We're trying to get a heat
We're trying not to slip
On the ice that coats the street

It's time to don the hats and gloves
And keep wrapped up warm
Winter is a coming
On a cold and frosty morn

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 22 November 2013

Flashback Friday - A First Trip

Our first trip as a family of four was to visit my cousin in Aberdeen. She lives there with her partner and their two children who we refer to as Wee Z and Miss C's cousins to keep things simple for them.

Husband was still banned from driving (tsk tsk) so I had to drive. It took us about 2 and a half hours and I was shattered. Miss C did quite well on the journey, sleeping for most of it. Wee Z also fell asleep so we didn't have to listen to nursery rhymes and The Gruffalo audio book for too long.

We were travelling to Aberdeen as it was my nephew's 1st birthday. The kids hadn't seen each other since my nephew was born the year before and all of the family on my Dad's side would be there. This would be a chance for them to meet Miss C if they hadn't already.


My niece and nephew were so excited to see Wee Z and they took him straight into their bedroom to play. Miss C had a few cuddles before I had to feed her. The party was fun and we got to eat lots of yummy party food.


The next day, we headed to the beach in Aberdeen where they have a small funfair with an indoor arcade and soft play and some fun rides outside too. Wee Z and my niece went on the caterpillar ride and they had fun playing in the soft play. We went to the local Chinese for our lunch which was yummy and Wee Z and my niece enjoyed sharing their prawn crackers.


After feeding Miss C, we headed back home to our house. Another 2 and half hour drive for me and everyone else was zonked.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tikkers Kids' Watches - Review and Giveaway

Wee Z recently received a very cool looking Tikkers watch to review. Tikkers offer a good selection of watches for both boys and girls. Stockists include Debenhams, H Samuel and John Lewis and they are available to buy online from watchshop.com and watches2u.com


Wee Z has been able to tell the time for awhile so we decided that a proper clock watch would be great for him instead of a digital watch. He loves pulling up his sleeve to have a look at the time even if it hasn't been more than five minutes from his last check.

The watch strap is rubber and it has the belt style fastening so it can be a bit tricky for Wee Z to put on himself however, he's been practising and is getting better. There are plenty of holes along the strap for fastening, so the watch should grow with him as he wears it quite tightly just now. The watch seems pretty well made and quite robust too.


The fun part of the watch is the skull on the clock face and the bright green bezel breaks up the otherwise fully black dial and strap. The numbers on the dial are also green so you can see them quite clearly on what is a small clock face. It's a funky watch that boys will love.

This isn't an expensive watch so it would make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas or as a birthday gift too.

I have one Tikkers watch up for grabs in my giveaway. The winner can choose any one of the watches from the Tikkers range which the winner will be able to see in full once selected or you can have a look at the above mentioned stockists. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below.

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Good luck! 

This giveaway will close on Sunday 1st December at 12:00am. UK residents only. No cash alternative. The prize is a Tikkers watch of the winner's choice from the Tikkers range. The winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Entries will be checked and all invalid entries will be removed. By entering you agree to have your details passed on to the PR sponsoring the giveaway for them to contact you and arrange delivery. 

We received a Tikkers watch for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Nature #TheGallery

I love nature. I love the colours, the smells, the sights, the animals, the birds singing from their treetop nests...I love it all.

When we were in Disneyland, as well as all the amazing things to do, there were some really gorgeous sights to see. This is one of my favourite pictures:


It was about a week and a half before Halloween when we went to Disneyland and they had all their Halloween decorations out. I thought this Mickey Mouse pumpkin was so cool. It's the colours of the flowers I love though. They just scream out Autumn to me which is one of my favourite seasons to see nature and all the amazing things nature can do.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tarragon Chicken - Recipe

Tarragon chicken is one of those meals that I don't make very often. It doesn't actually take that long to prepare but, because it tastes so good, I make it for very special occasions so we don't tire of eating it and so we can really, really enjoy it.

I usually serve the chicken with potatoes and vegetables but I think it would also go lovely with some rice and salad. Or, if you have a Husband like mine, chips! The kids love it too.

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tbsp of dried tarragon
300ml chicken stock
125ml dry white wine
175ml double cream
1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped

Let's cook it!

Season your chicken breasts with the salt and pepper and then place in a pot. Add your garlic, dried tarragon, chicken stock and white wine and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and gently poach your chicken until it is cooked through.

Remove the chicken from the pot and place on a plate. Wrap in tin foil to keep the chicken warm. Sieve the cooking liquid into a clean pot and bring it to the boil. Let it reduce by about two-thirds. Add your double cream and bring it back to the boil. Again let it reduce by about two-thirds. Add in the fresh tarragon and arrange your chicken on warmed plates. Pour the sauce over and enjoy!


Monday, 18 November 2013

Turbo Super Stunt Squad Xbox 360 Game - Review

Wee Z was delighted to receive Turbo Super Stunt Squad to review on the Xbox 360. He loves playing the console now that he has the hang of using the controller. Having recently seen Turbo the movie, he was excited to play as Turbo and find out what the game was about. The game is suitable for ages 3 and over and can be played as a single player or as a two-player with a split screen.


You can play as any one of the five characters from the film; Turbo, Whiplash, Smoove Move, Burn and Skidmark. There are two ways to play the game; timed mode or free play mode. Wee Z got a bit frustrated with timed play as he was running out of time on the missions so we switched over to free play so he could practise getting used to playing the game and completing the missions before moving back on to timed play.


The idea of the game is to complete each level by collecting items such as flags or the letters from your characters names. You gain points by performing stunts and tricks such as jumps in the air followed by a 360° turn. How you land is important too as a bad land can lose you points or not count at all. There are six levels to play, all of which can be played in timed mode or free play mode however, you have to complete a level in timed mode before you can unlock the next level.


Wee Z quickly figured out how the controls worked for game play. He enjoyed playing with a friend on the split screen as they were able to play against each other. I do think the age 3 rating, although probably content suitable for that age, isn't accurate for the actual game play. Wee Z did find some of the game difficult especially in parts where he had to try and get Turbo on to a high up level to reach flags that he needed to collect. Even I had a shot and couldn't do it. It is a fun game though, and we liked the idea of being able to customise our characters by changing their shells and adding to their own abilities such as increasing their speed. The difficulty could also be a good thing as it means he won't complete the game and be fed up quite quickly too.

We give this game 3/5

The game is also available to buy on the PS3, Wii, Wii U, DS and DS3.

We received Turbo Super Stunt Squad for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


What's The Story? #11


This isn't the best photo. One of our guests took it at our wedding as Husband and I took to the dance floor for our first dance. I love the photo though as we are completely in the moment and it really did feel like we were the only people in the room, enjoying our moment.

Everyone had bets on what our first dance song would be. Some thought it would be Lonestar's Amazed while others thought we'd have some Westlife, Boyzone or Celine Dion. We had none of those. Our first dance was this:



Husband loves Hootie and the Blowfish and when we listened to the song together, it just made us smile because it was such a fun and sweet song. No one expected it at all and we had a great time dancing to it. We did follow up the song with a slow number, Shania Twain's You're Still the One which also meant a lot to us as when we got together, I think a lot of people never expected us to get to the marriage point. In fact, that song is probably even more significant now we've been together for 10 years this year.


Sunday, 17 November 2013

What We Did Last Week #Week45

Last Sunday, Miss C had a birthday party to attend. She was very excited as it was the first one she'd been too with just her friends from nursery. She loved wearing her faux fur coat too. After the party, we took the kids to swimming lessons.


On Monday, it was back to school and nursery. I picked Miss C up from nursery, we had lunch and then we had a bit of a clear out in her room. We got rid of some stuff that we decided to donate to the nursery and to Miss Baby K.

On Tuesday, some more clearing out was in order and this time it was the old games and puzzles. Miss C didn't want to part with many but she did get rid of some of her things.

On Wednesday, I picked Miss C up after nursery and we went to get some milk and wine. As is always the case whenever we go shopping, we always end up leaving the shop with more than we actually went in for.

On Thursday, it was PJ day at nursery for Children in Need. Miss C wore her onesie and, as I was helping out, I wore my PJs too. It was a fun morning. The kids had a story then they went to the gym hall and played. Husband took the kids to karate in the evening.


On Friday, Miss C and I did some baking. I was making some naughty cakes for an Ann Summers' party I was going too and Miss C made some pretty cakes with sparkles and butterflies. We picked Wee Z up from school and headed in to town to collect his Star Wars advent calendar from Tesco and then we headed to the local shoe shop to get Miss C some new boots for Winter. We went for a lovely black patent pair of Lelli Kelly boots. Wee Z had his karate class in the evening and I went to the Ann Summers' party which was a lot of fun!


On Saturday, I had to work in the morning. After work, I came home and did the ironing whilst the kids played on their bikes and Husband cleared out the hut. He took the trampoline down to keep it from being damaged in the winter. We then got ready to go out for dinner with friends. We had a lovely meal and the kids were keeping us amused all night with their stories from school.



#SilentSunday



Saturday, 16 November 2013

Walks With Clear Blue Skies #CountryKids


Clear blue skies
Are often very rare
As soon as Autumn comes
And the trees start to bare

But we love our walks
When the sun is shining low
The breeze is blowing gently
We've anywhere to go

Enjoying strolls with a buggy
Or skipping holding hands
Clear blue skies are perfect
For exploring outdoor land

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Friday, 15 November 2013

Flashback Friday - Meeting Bella and Pops

A week after Miss C had been born, Bella and Pops came to visit. My Sister had come up to stay a few days before they arrived and she'd been a great help to us but there's nothing that can compare to having your own Mum there when you have had a baby. They've been there and done that and are happy to do the things you really need or want done, like the ironing.

Miss C gave Bella and Pops lots of cuddles and coos but Wee Z was in his element having them there. He got to show them all of his toys and they were more enthusiastic about playing with him than his two parents who were sleep deprived. Of course, Husband and I were giving Wee Z plenty of attention but it's not the same as having your parent to yourself when there is a new baby to look after too.


One day during the visit, Bella and Pops offered to take Wee Z out for the day. He had never been away with anyone before so I was feeling a bit anxious about it. I knew he would be fine but I still made Bella call me when they arrived at their destination. They took him for a walk through the City and took him to Pizza Hut for his lunch.


Husband, my Sister and I were all asleep when they arrived home. Miss C managed to give us a few hours rest and it was great to be able to close my eyes for a few hours without having to worry (too much) about Wee Z. Bella and Pops needed a rest when they got home though!

All too soon it was time for Bella, Pops and my Sister to go home. That's the one thing I still hate about them visiting; how far away they live. They don't visit often but when they do, it's great. Maybe that's a good thing though as we appreciate the time we have together more.


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