Sunday, 4 October 2015

Finally Chester witnessed a win at Selhurst Park!

As most of you know, Chester celebrated his 7th Birthday last week, and as my parents live so far away they came up to stay this weekend.

Chester knew they were coming up, but what he didn't know was that my Dad had brought tickets to go and see Crystal Palace v West Brom! His face when he opened up the present and saw the tickets was priceless, he genuinely couldn't believe it. 

So my Dad, Chester and I set off to Selhurst Park quite early. We wanted to go in the club shop first to get Chester the new kit, and Chester wanted to buy some bits with his birthday money too. All the way up there Chester was smiling, it was so cute! 

The match was great, Palace played really well and won 2-0, I think you will agree that this picture sums up exactly how happy Chester was.... 

Chester has been to Selhurst Park a few times now, but this is the first time Crystal Palace have won whilst he was there! My Dad and Chester had seats in front of me, which was probably a good thing. Chester is such a proud Palace fan, he joined in with the songs, and was very passionate about the football being played. I was actually so happy that he was having such an awesome time that I will admit to having a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat more than once. 

It was such an awesome day, and of course, Chester has already asked when we can go back! 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

My baby is now 7!

I can't quite believe it, but Chester is now 7!

The saying time flies when you are having fun is certainly true, I actually can't believe how quickly the last 7 years have gone! 

Chester has grown into a very head strong, but kind, and caring boy. Everyday I am proud of him, but even more so over the last year. He has managed to turn his behaviour around, he is taking school a lot more seriously, learning new things at such a fast pace I can't keep up! 

Importantly, he is enjoying his hobbies in a big way. Football especially. In fact, I think I would go as far as to say Chester is obsessed with football! Both playing and watching it! So he was absolutely thrilled when he not only got a Crystal Palace Membership, but also a card and a gift from Crystal Palace! 

It probably won't be a surprise to most that Chester is still Skylander mad! Needless to say he asked for the new Skylanders Superchargers for his birthday and he is already on chapter 15. Crazy! 

Another giveaway sign that my baby is growing up, was his choice of birthday treat. Rather than ask for a party, he asked to spend the day at Chessington with a friend! Then on his actual birthday he wanted to go out for a meal with another friend. Which I thought was sweet! 

So Happy 7th Birthday to my cheeky Chester, I hope this year brings you lots of fun and laughter, and that you continue to follow your dreams! 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pronunciation of the letter 'L' success!

I saw Millie's key worker from Nursery this evening (she also happens to be Chesters Beaver scout leader) and she excitedly told me all about Millie's progress with her pronunciation of the letter 'L', even getting Millie to demonstrate. It went a little something like this.......

Now you may wonder why I am so excited about this?

Well Millie has never pronounced her 'L' correctly, she replaces it with 'R', and no matter how many times we try and correct her she just doesn't get it. 

Until now.

I had never mentioned to Millie's Nursery that I was concerned, I suppose there was a little part of me that was hoping she would grow out of it. So when her key worker excitedly told me about her achievement this evening I was overwhelmed! She explained that they had been sitting down with her and giving her a stamp if she pronounced it correctly. 

I totally trust Millie's nursery and everyone that works there, and have never doubted their ability to look after Millie. But this has just bowled me over, in my eyes they have recognised a problem and gone that extra mile to help her out. The fact Millie's key worker was so excited to tell me, strengthens my belief that they really do care and show and interest in each child. 

I can't thank them enough! 

Does your child struggle with the pronunciation of a letter? 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

It's my favourite season of the year again!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I don't do summer, and by summer I mean heat. I have to say that this year the heat hasn't been too bad, most days it's been tolerable. But now we are entering my favourite season, autumn and I couldn't be more excited! 

It means lots of jumping in muddy puddles, looking for conkers and kicking leaves. It also means lots of snuggling on the sofa as a family, enjoying a movie and a hot chocolate. 

But most of all, these days, the reason I like autum so much is that I can buy Millie some really georgous clothing! 

As you all know, Millie is a real girly girl. She loves dolls, anything pink and Disney Princesses. Clothing wise she likes to dress in skirts or dresses. She has never worn a pair of jeans in her life, the closest she has got to trousers is leggings, and she only wears them because she wears them with long tops which she thinks are dresses! 

I myself am not girly at all, I feel most comfortable in jeans and watching football! So in a way, it's nice to be able to dress Millie in girly clothes and give her the confidence to wear what she want to.

She really loves to go clothes shopping too, even if it is just on the Internet. I was browsing on a few sites the other morning when a skirt caught her eye, she said 'oh Mummy I really must have that Skirt, it's pink and I love it'! It did make me chuckle, and needless to say she got the skirt! 

Do you have a girl, is she into fashion or is she happy wearing whatever is put on her? 

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Celebrating the release of 'What the Ladybird Heard Next'

The title of this post should really be 'Celebrating the release of What the Ladybird Heard Next, with Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

Because that is exactly what we did yesterday! 

Like many a household we are massive Julia Donaldson fans, her stories are fun and exciting, and she always seems to pair with the perfect illustrators to help bring out the best in her stories. 

Her most recent story is a sequel to much loved story 'What the Ladybird Heard' entitled 'What the Ladybird Heard Next', it's a story about two greedy robbers, who have a cunning plan to steal the fat red hen, but the ladybird has an even better plan and the robbers end up getting a smelly surprise! 

What better way to celebrate the release of a book set in a farmyard, than on a farm?! 

After much convincing (she wanted to be a panda) Millie had her face painted to look like a PINK ladybird! 

We were treated to some lovely cupcakes...

And we got to chat with Julia and Lydia and get our book signed! 

BUT the best part of the afternoon was the play of the story, narrated by Julia Donaldson herself! Looking around the room, the adults were just as mesmerised as the children! Millie was one of the children picked by Julia to play the part of a bee, which she loved and hasn't stopped talking about since! 

Then Lydia Monks took to the floor to draw a funny picture which included all of the animals in the story. She is simply amazing! 

We had an absolutely amazing afternoon. To meet the lady who's books have brought fun and laughter to our bedtime story routine for the last 7 years was simply amazing. Chester and Millie really love story time and came away full of excitement and happiness, having had the story acted out in front of them like that. It has certainly made me realise that it would be nice to take them to some plays and shows suitable for their age group. 

The new book, 'What the Ladybird Heard Next' is out now and available from all good retailers. We have read the book lots already and absolutely love it, not least because it has glitter on every page! So of course we would happily recommend it!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

A fun family day out at Crystal Palace Park!

I feel like I have got so much to tell you about our summer! We have been very busy juggling work and enjoying some quality family time.

But whilst it's fresh in my mind, I will tell you about today! 

I have been wanting to go to Crystal Palace Park for ages, it's about an hour from us and from what I had heard it was a really good, free, day out! 

So this morning we packed a picnic and set off, not really knowing what we would find when we got there! 

The first thing we found was a lovely farm (which was free!) it was part of a college. We saw a pig, with her piglets, some ponies, some goats, llamas, ducks, geese, ferrets, sheep, birds, and lots of reptiles! 

Then we walked round the park hunting for dinosaurs! There were huge models that were actually built in the Victorian era, and it was really interesting to see how scientists imagine dinosaurs to look has changed over the years. 

Chester spotted the boating lake so we thought why not, but of course Millie and I were the passengers! 

We then stumbled across the play park, which was of course dinosaur themed and totally awesome! 

We treated the kiddies to coloured ice creams and wandered over to watch people race their giant remote controlled cars around a track, which both children would of happily watched all day! 

We spent the rest of the day exploring everything else that the park has to offer. It really was a fantastic family day! It was free (apart from the pedalo and the ice creams we brought) and kept the children entertained for the whole day. I really love days like this, and am very pleased that I can add Crystal Palace Park to my list of places were love.

I hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend, what have you been up to so far? 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Celebrating National Doll Day with Zapf Creations.

Honestly, the things I do for my children! I am sure I have told you before, but growing up, I was never in to dolls like most girls my age. I was more into football and scaletrix. I suppose I have my Dad to thank for that! Millie however, is very much in to dolls, in fact she is the exact opposite of me!

So when we were invited to help celebrate National Doll Day at the Museum of Childhood with Zapf Creations, I simply couldn't turn it down! I mean Millie would have never forgiven me!

We had a fantastic time looking at different dolls and doll houses around the museum, discussing how they have changed over the years.

Thank goodness dolls have evolved since the Victorian times, I simply wouldn't be able to sleep at night with those kind of dolls staring at me!

Then it was into a lovely room, that I can only describe as Millie's dream come true! It was full of dolls and doll related items. Ready for everyone to play with them! I don't think Millie knew what to play with first, she was so overwhelmed!

As the morning went on, it became clear that Millie really loved the Baby Born products. From the dolls, to the pushchairs she loved it all.

She became fascinated with changing nappies and clothes. In particular on the boy doll! I think because it had parts that she hasn't got, she really wanted to see how it went to the toilet!

Millie was allowed to choose a doll to bring home with her, and it was no surprise when she chose the Baby Born Interactive boy doll. He has since been named Chester (after her big brother) and he hasn't left her side! She has taken him to the childminders, to the park, around the grandparents houses. His 'cot' which she has made in her bed for him is full of blankets and teddies to keep him company at night, and just like a real baby he had a bedwetting incident the other day, meaning we had to change all the sheets! Millie found this hilarious!

I really love the fact that Millie really wants to use dolls and doll accessories to further her imagination and the way she plays. Its really lovely watching her create her own little world.

Do your children love playing with dolls too? Baby Born have got some fantastic products in their range at the moment and I will be telling you lots more about them very soon, so watch this space!