Monday, 18 July 2016

Stumbling across lots of fictional character fun!

So as you may have already read, we headed up to London at the weekend for some Pizza Express and Ice Age fun.

But on the way to that fun we stumbled upon something epic! 

A BFG fun day in Leicester Square! 

Chester is so excited about the release of this movie, he loves the book, so you can imagine how excited he was when we stumbled across this free fun day! 

As soon as we walked in we were offered free ice creams

We then were asked if we would like to have our photo taken on The BFG's hand! Both children were super impressed by this and it is their prize possession from the day! 

We then wandered around further to find some of the Dream Jars that will be scattered around London this summer for everyone to find, and Chester and Millie even got to make their own! Chester's is filled with a dream about Monsters in his room and Millie's is filled with a dream about a baby going down a slide?! 

Chester was very impressed with the snozcumber (is that even how you spell it?!) and the fact you could climb in it! Although he did say it was a little slimed, eww! 

It really was a fantastic start to our day trip to London! 

To top off our day we also managed to spot Stay Pufft AND a ghostbuster in Waterloo Station!! It certainly was an awesome fictional character kinda day! 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Kayaking fun with the Beavers.

For a while now Chester has been part of an awesome Beaver colony. 5th Sittingbourne. He is a funny little boy so sometimes he doesn't always want to join in with the activities, and he won't even entertain the idea of camp! But over the last few months the leaders have manage to coax him out a bit more.

This weekend it was arranged for the Beavers to go Kayaking! Chester woke up and said he didn't want to go (what a surprise!) but we took him anyway and he had an amazing time! 

They all got a quick lesson on how to use the paddles (that's probably not the name, can you tell I am not down with the boating language?!) 

Then they all had almost an hour on the water! 

They even got to play some games, which were lots of fun and great for their confidence! 

I am so pleased that Chester gets the opportunity to take part in these kind of things. It's really great for his confidence and his social skills. He really had an amazing time, and I think we are super lucky to have found such an awesome Beaver Colony! Millie is on the waiting list too, she is counting down the days until she is old enough to join. I suspect she will be the exact opposite of her brother as she is really looking forward to Beaver Camp! 

Pizza Express and Ice Age Collision Course come together!

Yesterday was one of those really memorable happy family days!

We had been invited up to London to check out the collaboration between Pizza Express and the new Ice Age film, Ice Age Collision Course. (A huge thank you to Ruth and Katy for organising!) 

We found our way to Pizza Express on Dean Street, to see what all of the fuss was about! Chester and Millie instantly noticed the additional activity sheets on our table, and happily got stuck in whilst we waited for our food! 

One of the activities on the sheet was to draw your favourite Ice Age Character along with your favourite pizza, for a chance to win a family trip to Hollywood and a VIP tour of the world famous Fox Studios! How amazing is that?! 

Well Chester and Millie love the Ice Age films so happily discussed their favourite characters, Chester loves Diego, the tough as nails Saber Tooth Tiger. Millie loves Sid the happy go lucky Sloth! This kept them entertained until our food arrived. 

As a family, we really love Pizza Express. The Children's menu is amazing value for money at £6.95 for 3 courses, it always makes my two feel really grown up that they get to have a 3 course meal. Especially as their choices can mostly be found on the adult menu in some form or another. 
Both children had dough balls to start. Chester had the American pizza, Millie went for the Margherita. Then for dessert they chose the sundae with fruit sauce and strawberries. Of course they also had the famous Bambinoccino which they both love, only so that they can pretend to be drinking coffee like the grown ups! 

Of course, I didn't miss out. I was treated to my favourite starter Brushetta con Funghi and then the amazing new summer main of Hawaiian Pizza Express, which was a perfect balance of salt and sweet flavours. With an amazing pineapple chutney and salty prosciutto, on a white bechamel base! I am not always a fan of tomato bases so this is now my new favourite pizza, I hope it stays on the menu for longer than the summer! 

With very full bellies we walked round to Twentieth Century Fox where we were greeted by Sid and Scrat. The children couldn't believe their eyes! 

We were then very privaliged to be treated to a special showing of Ice Age Collision Course complete with drinks and popcorn! 

We all absolutely loved the film. It was very funny and had the adults laughing as loud as the children! It managed to keep my two sat in their seats and glued to the screen the whole time, with both of them declaring it was 'awesome' at the end! 

On our way out we managed to sneak another cuddle with Sid and Scrat, which really topped the day off nicely! 

A big thank you to Pizza Express, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ruth & Katie for organising our fantastic day! If you are stuck for plans in the summer holidays, I would totally recommend Pizza Express and a visit to the cinema to see Ice Age! Both my two came home very happy! 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Chester's Football poem

From an outsider looking in Chester seems like a really confident child. He happily plays with other children, and will voice his opinion in most situations.

However, put him in a class full of 30 children and ask him to read something out loud, and he becomes a totally different child. 

Over this last School year his confidence in the classroom, where is learning is concerned, has come on. It's been a very slow process, but he is getting there. 

On Friday, he came home with a letter from School about this years Spoken English competition. I asked him if he would like to take part, as I do every year. To my surprise, this time he said yes! 

I didn't want to make a big deal out if it, so gently asked him what he would like to read. Well, it was a day of surprises as he said he wanted to make up his own poem! So over the weekend we sat and experimented with different words and ideas, and eventually he settled on the poem below, which he has called 'Football'!

Today at School as part of the 'audition' process he had to read this out to his class! I presume the results will come out over the next couple of days, only 4 get to go through to the final and from what I hear lots of Children in his class were very good! But whatever the outcome, Chester came home so happy today because he had managed to read this out loud! That to me is a big fat win for his confidence! 

I am so proud of him and I really hopes this experience encourages him to be more confident with his public speaking! 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Baby Born - imaginative play fun for Millie

Millie loves imaginative play, she especially loves imaginative play that mimics 'grown ups'. So her dolls often play a huge part in her play.

Sometimes though the dolls are not enough and that is where accessories come in to play. 

Recently Millie was sent a Baby Born My Little Bathing Fun Doll

and a Baby Born Comfort Seat

As you can Imagine, these have both provided great fun in her imaginary games! The My Little Bathing Fun doll is the perfect size for our sink, which is very good news as Millie regularly likes to 'bathe' her! As you can see, underneath her lovely soft all in one baby grow she has a waterproof material body. Millie found this to be a bit strange at first, as she couldn't understand why the baby would have 'such a funny looking tummy'! I explained that it's simply her very own baby swim costume and she soon got used to it, as you can see she now loves bathing the doll at every opportunity! 

My Little Bathing Fun Doll is available from most big retailers and has an RRP of £20, it has provided Millie with a lot of fun (and wet!) play times! 

Of course Millie doesn't just like to imaginatively play at home, and this is where the Baby Born Comfort Seat come in handy! It's small enough to not take up loads of room in my car (and light enough for me to carry if Millie needs me too) yet it's big enough to fit a wide range of dolls. Which is good news for Millie, who changes favourite dolls as often as she changes clothes! It also has an ajustable handle and a safety harness. Millie loves these features as she associates them with 'real life' car seats. She spends a lot of time strapping her dolls in and going for a 'drive' to try and get her baby off to sleep! 

The Baby Born Comfort Seat can be purchased from many major retailers and has an RRP of £22.00, I think that this is a fair price. It is sturdy, well made and has provided hours of fun for Millie. For her the little details that make it look so much like a real baby seat are what makes it so great, and one of her go to props for imaginative play!