30 November 2016

Family fun playing Scribble Scramble

As I have mentioned recently, the girls have reached an age where they can play games together now, they can both understand the rules and have the patience to play, wait their turn and win or lose graciously (mostly!). The girls play lots of games at home, sometimes by themselves and at other times we are all expected to join in. Last weekend when Grandad and Uncle M were visiting we tried out a new game that we were sent to test out, Scribble Scramble.

In Scribble Scramble the aim of the game is to try and guess what your team member is drawing before it is sucked into the moving Scribble Scramble unit. In the action packed game the quicker you guess the more points you earn, draw in space 3 and have the least time to guess before the drawing disappears but earn more points by getting it right or play it safe by drawing further down and risk taking longer to reach the 20 point goal.

Scribble Scramble includes 80 game cards with multiple drawing choices and plenty of options to vary the game, play in pairs or teams and even play on both sides of the board at the same time. The compact game unit has storage for its two Crayola Dry Erase pens and a slot to hold the cards while playing so it would be easy to transport and play this Christmas. It requires 2 AA batteries to operate and these are not included.

We had a good first go at playing the game, there were some easily identifiable masterpieces and some truly terrible drawings too, it was good fun and we all enjoyed playing. I like the fact that the playing surface is wipeable with a damp cloth/paper and two pens are included so there is no need to buy replacement parts for this game. It is pretty durable and will be getting a lot of use this Christmas here.

The recommended age range is 6 years and up and Little 1 was able to play rather well (that is her drawing on the video above). Little 2 at 4 and a half years gave it a really good go as well. We did let her choose an easy thing to draw as she wouldn't have been able to draw a lot of what was on the cards like the sayings etc and let her draw a bit before starting the board moving but even she was able to play and join in the fun.

Scribble Scramble is widely available and has an RRP of £20.

N.B We were gifted our Scribble Scramble game in return for this post. All opinions are our own honest views.

28 November 2016

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Last weekend we took a trip to Westonbirt Arboretum to visit their annual Enchanted Christmas event, it was the second time we have been and it was even better than last year. Unfortunately, due to her being rather unwell with a throat infection, we had had to leave Little 1 at home with Nanny and just take Little 2 and Little 3 this year.

The main attraction is the illuminated tree trail, a mile of pushchair friendly magical and innovatively lit up forest designed each year to delight and enchant the whole family. 

Bundled up nice and warm against the wintery weather we arrived in time for our trail time slot, this is a new change to this year in order to spread the flow of people around the trail and prevent queues when everyone stops to admire the interactive displays. 

As we walked around the mile of pathway on the Arboretum tree trail we gazed in wonder at the lighting and which did feel rather magical. There were smoke machines pumping out little 0's in the air disappearing between the trees, bubbles and glittering lights shining through branches and the last remaining leaves silhouetting the trees. It is truly surreal and being there in the dark even with lots of people around you, I still felt like it was just me and the trees admiring the lights.

As well as the tree trail there are Christmas activities on offer for the whole family to take part in. We stopped in a tent at the end of the trail and Little 2 made a card by printing with a piece of fern and decorating it with glitter.

Father Christmas, dressed in traditional green, was there helped by his cheeky elves. Mrs Christmas was there too in a yurt telling Christmas stories keeping the Little ones entertained. As we walked around we saw fairy stilt walkers, listened to Christmas tunes played by a local brass band, and Little 2 hopped on for a ride on a traditional children's carousel.

At the end of the evening we headed back to the food tent where you can find a hog roll, chips, mulled wine, mince pie or traditional sweets and warmed up with a tasty cup of hot chocolate before heading home. We had spent almost three hours there without realising!!

My biggest tip if you are planning on taking a pushchair is to take plastic bags for the wheels, the trail, although pushchair friendly, can get really muddy if it has been raining and we found these prevent the car boot getting dirty.

The event is on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the last weekend in November until 18th December 2016. Due to such popular demand, tickets are advance booking only. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas  for more information about the event, opening times and price information.

N.B We received free entry into this years event in return for this blog post, all opinions are our own honest views.

#MaternityMondays 28th November

Welcome to #MaternityMondays 28th November

I can not believe we are in the run up to Christmas, the last few weeks have gone so fast, the calendar is filling up with the girls school plays, Christingle service, Brownies Carol concert and xmas events, there is something happening almost every day!

Last week a post written by Mummy writes 'The hypervigilant mumma will I ever switch off?' really struck a chord with me. She wrote about how much she worries about her children and how emotionally exhausting it can be being 'mum' all the time. I have been feeling this myself lately, I am glad it isn't just me!

From next week I will be hanging up my hosting hat but #MaternityMondays will still be running with Emma over at www.farmerswifeandmummy.com

As always, please comment on both hosts' posts and as many of the others as you can.

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26 November 2016

Can the Little Ones be too tired for school?

Looking at the girls sat on the sofa watching a Christmas film after school, I can see the tell tale rings of tiredness around their eyes. Little 1 is cuddling her comforter and Little 2 is automatically sucking her thumb and holding hers too, they are quiet and still which is unlike them. They are shattered, completely and utterly spent and they have another three weeks to go until the Christmas break.

We are treading on eggshells here, one or both if them is liable to blow any minute and equally likely to descend into fits of sobbing and tears for reasons known only to themselves. Yesterday Little 2 cried because our cat came and stared at her and she didn't want her to, while her sister has just got really rather angry that her banana didn't peel right! 

As a parent I know these are all signs of tiredness, this isn't my girls, where are they? My easy going happy Little 1 looks pale and tired while her younger sister is terribly grumpy. Unfortunately I have come to know that this is the norm (for my family at least) during the Winter term and the run up to Christmas.

Little 1 is working hard in year 2, the class work had definitely gone up a gear this year, she is practicing for her Christingle service and learning her times tables. Little 2 is working equally hard, as well as learning to read and write she is adjusting to being a school girl and the emotional side of being in a class of thirty, negotiating the dinner hall and the playground etiquette. She too is practicing a Christmas play, no wonder she is tired.

There are three weeks left of term, A Christmas play, a Christingle and a Carol Concert to got through, as well as Christmas parties. The girls are ready for a break already and it is only going to get worse. There seem to be so many bugs around at this time of year we have had 3 colds run through the family and a tummy bug since the start of October and Daddy, Little's 2 and 3 have had a cough for weeks. In order to help them through we are ensuring they get plenty of sleep and have been putting them to bed earlier, but coughs and colds have often caused disturbed nights. We are keeping them warm and eating well plus boosting their immune systems with vitamins too.

The other morning (a school day) after breakfast Little 1 curled up on the sofa with a blanket and was watching tv, she was quiet and for a child who is always hot this sent a warning signal to me. It turned out she had a headache, felt cold and her glands were up, but she didn't seem too unwell, brewing a cold or fighting a virus I thought, she was happy and didn't say anything about not going to school and so I gave her a dose of Nurofen and sent her in although I did feel bad about it. She had eaten a good breakfast and was happy and herself enough for me to know she wasn't that unwell and would be okay. I told her teacher just so that they knew she wasn't right and would keep an eye on her. When I picked her up she was pale and had a fever but she was still happy and her teacher said she had been quiet but okay. I dosed her up again, she ate her tea and we gave Rainbows a miss that night in favour of a bath and an early night. The next day she had come out in a full blown cold and felt much the same, she was still happy and chatty and again ate a good breakfast, she opted to go to school dosed up but I did indirectly give her an option to ask to stay home (So what do you want to do today?, to which she replied I am going to school).

As a parent you know when your child is unwell and even though they are not right you know (most of the time) if they can cope with a day at school. Little 1 had slept well that night, was eating well, happy and acting normally although sitting quietly rather than playing so I made the decision to send her to school with a dose of Calpol in this instance.

So 'Can the children be too tired and rundown for a day at school?' At what point do you decide they are so rundown they need a day of rest? Do you send them in and count down the hours until 3pm Friday when they can have a couple of quiet days or do you decide a day off  is in order at the first sign of illness? I am obviously talking about coughs and colds here not tummy bugs or Chicken Pox, any child who is obviously unwell or infectious needs to be off school for the sake of their own health and others. What do you think?

25 November 2016

TOMY Greedy granny game

Now that Little 2 is a bit older the girls regularly like to play games together, they can often be found in their bedrooms surrounded by open boxes and pieces scattered around the floor, giggling away and generally having a good time. We like to play games as a family too especially on cold, wet afternoons. Around Christmas time we have lots of visitors and the grandparents are often roped into playing games with the girls, we generally take one or two with us to Granny's at New Year to while away the hours with a little entertainment as well.

I teamed up with TOMY again and offered one of my readers the chance to win the brand new mischievous Greedy Granny from the TOMY's legendary games range!

Granny loves biscuits. So much so that she has fallen asleep with the entire tray on her lap. No wonder everyone calls her Greedy Granny! Players are given the mission to take a biscuit of each type from Granny, while she slumbers, one wrong move and you could wake her and send the biscuits soaring!

Perfect for all the family, Greedy Granny is a suspenseful and whimsical game that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. Will you risk it for a biscuit? Or will your swift moves wake Granny?

Greedy Granny (RRP £19.99) can be played by 2-4 players and is suitable for children aged 5 and up, although Little 2 at 4 years has no trouble. 

N.B We were gifted a Greedy Granny game of our own in return for this post. 

22 November 2016

What the Little ones like to watch..

There are two particular times of day that the girls like to watch television, for half an hour after breakfast before it is time to go to school and around 4.30pm when they are tired and waiting for their tea. That said they do not watch tv everyday, they quite often start a game or carry on with the toys they set out the night before that we were asked to leave out for the morning. There is regularly drawing going on with all three Little Ones sat around the felt tips and sometimes homework or test practice too.

When the television does go on, if it is Little 1's turn to choose what to watch she will usually choose Milkshake, cbeebies or cbbc and watch whatever comes on, and if it is Little 2's turn she will usually choose multiple episodes of her favourite programmes from the recorder box while Little 3 shouts out his requests of 'choo choots', 'Sam' or 'Pat' (Thomas and friends, Fireman Sam and Postman Pat) in the background which he sometimes watches with me before naptime or while I am sorting laundry.

We were recently asked to see what we thought of 2 new dvds produced by Abbey Home Media, 'Peter Rabbit, the tale of the Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure' and the 'Milkshake- Fabulous Friends' dvd. Both of these dvds were eagerly awaited by the girls as they contain many of the Little Ones current favourite shows.

Beatrix Potter fans will love the tales of fun, friendship and adventure with Peter Rabbit, Benjamin, Lily and friends, in this 5th Peter Rabbit dvd collection. Join hero Peter Rabbit as he tells a curious Cotton-tail how he and Squirrel Nutkin became friends and how Nutkin lost his tail. Soon Peter is off on an adventure to retrieve Nutkin's tail, even though it means going to Owl Island!

Totally absorbed in Peter Rabbit!
Little 2 loves Peter Rabbit, she watches it regularly and has some of the figurines and books too, she especially loved this dvd as she had only seen one of the episodes on it before and was intrigued to find out about Nutkin's tail and whether it would be found. 

Peter Rabbit- The tale of the Great Rabbit and Squirrel Adventure is over 70 minutes long and features 6 action-packed adventures. The Tale of the Rabbit and Squirrel Great Adventure, The Tale of Old Brown's Feather, The Tale of the Wiggly Worms, The Tale of Two Enemies, The Tale of Fierce Bad Rabbit and The Tale of Mr Tod's Trap. The dvd is out now, so what are you waiting for, hop to it!!

The channel of choice in the morning, is mostly channel 5, as the Little Ones like to watch Milkshake! When I said we were getting a Milkshake dvd to watch the girls were pleased as Milkshake is only on in the morning and there have been a few moments when they have wanted to watch it after school, well now they can.

Little 2 loves to watch Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly while Little 3 loves Thomas and Friends and Fireman Sam as well as a bit of Paw Patrol on Milkshake. Little 3 is funny, as soon as a theme tune he recognises comes on then he dashes in to see what is on the tv.

He was looking at me then Thomas started!

'Milkshake!- Fabulous Friends' dvd is out now and features two hours of entertainment in a compilation of the best children's shows from the long running Channel 5 show Milkshake, including some of the Little Ones favourites.

Featured on the new dvd are-
Peppa Pig- The new car, Thomas and Friends- The Thomas Way, Pip Ahoy- Alan Loses his Bounce, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom- Books, Fireman Sam- Jupiter in the Loose, Lily's Driftwood Bay- Stop That Pudding, Banana's in Pyjamas- Power Cut, Little Princess- I Want my Treehouse, Bob the Builder- Lofty lets Loose, Wanda and the Alien- Starfish, Toot the Tiny Tugboat- Toot's Funny Side, Toby's Travelling Circus- Ribbons and Strings, Wissper- Slow, Slow Loris, Paw Patrol- Pup Pup Boogie.

What do your Little ones like to watch?

N.B We were gifted these two dvds for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are our own honest thoughts.

21 November 2016

Heavenly Tasty baby and toddler snacks review

Little 3 is a funny thing. The first word he says when we walk through the door after the morning school run is 'snack?' and the first word after his nap is 'lunch'. The way to this boy's heart is definitely through his stomach! He eats a healthy nutritious diet and doesn't drink much milk anymore, but with a small toddler tummy he is always hungry and eats regular snacks at times through the day. 

When we were asked to taste test the Heavenly Tasty range of organic baby and toddler snacks I said yes please, Little 3 would certainly give them a thorough try and over the past month he has been doing just that.

Heavenly was created by Shauna McCarney-Blair, mum of four and lover of all things organic and nutritious. Shauna came up with the idea for Heavenly soon after she started weaning her first child, when she was frustrated by the limited choice of healthy, allergen friendly baby food products. Suitable for babies from 6+ months, the range is jam-packed with superfoods including spinach, kale, pumpkin and coconut milk and has no nasties.

Toddler snacks are handy for us, Little 3 naps 11.30-1pm, he won't eat lunch before he sleeps as he is too tired and doesn't sleep long if he goes down hungry and so he tends to have a snacky lunch with a bit before bed around 11 and the rest when he wakes. They also come in pretty handy in the pushchair or out and about as they are easily portable too. 

So what did we try and more importantly what did we think?

Mini Italian Breadsticks 12+ months -Original and Rosemary flavours.
These are a great size perfect for toddler hands and great for dipping into cheese spread or hummous. They don't go soggy or make a mess when Little 3 sucks all the dip off them but they are also easy to eat and are quite filling. They come in a resealable bag which is handy. The rosemary flavour ones are mild and pleasant but that flavour is not something Little 3 is used to, he ate most of them but not as readily as the Original ones which he preferred.

Crispy Veggie Waffles 12+ months -Carrot and Cumin/Sweet Beet and Shallot.
These are a brilliant idea, Little 3 is used to seeing his sisters eating crisps sometimes and these look just like crisps so he was thrilled to have a pile of them on his plate alongside some crudite bits. I was intrigued and had to taste them myself, the Carrot and Cumin ones had a flavour that was quite strong and not unlike curry powder, I wasn't keen but Little 3 ate the lot and asked for more. 
The Sweet Beet and Shallot ones certainly brightened up his plate and tasted good too, they do however give you a fright when changing the next dirty nappy until you remember what you fed him!
The Veggie Waffles made a nice change to sandwiches, crackers and breadsticks at lunch and went well with bits of carrot, cucumber etc.

Happy Halo Bites 10+ months -Apple and Banana flavours
These are little rings of grains and flour blended with fruit and nothing else. Little 3 loved both flavours. He had them in the morning as a dry cereal with fruit and yoghurt and they also made a great snack when I put a few in a pot to keep him entertained in the pushchair as they took him a while to pick up and eat. The packaging is resealable too so they stay fresh and crunchy.

Yummy Wafer Wisps 6+ months -Pumpkin & Banana/Spinach, Apple & Kale.
These were a bit like a crackerbread type of texture and have a mild flavour. They are quite large and there are 3 to a packet, I personally think 2 was enough as I would not normally give Little 3 that much for a snack and one would be plenty for a younger baby. The wafer wisps are great for keeping under the pushchair or in the change bag however the pack is not resealable so you need to take a clipit or something out with you for the one left behind. They were easy to eat and dissolve without making a mess, great for weaning or teething tots.   

Coconut Squishies 6+ months -Strawberry, Apple & Banana/-Mango, Apple & Banana.
We are big fans of fruit puree pouches in our house, Little 3 eats one most days and the girls have them in their lunch boxes at school. Heavenly Tasty Squishies are organic fruit with coconut milk and a dash of lemon juice. One of their 5 a day and nothing added not even water. Little 3's squishy was gone in seconds and he didn't noticed it wasn't his usual flavour. We persuaded the girls to try them (because neither likes coconut) they said they were okay too. I had a taste and thought they were very similar to other pure fruit pouches but with a slightly creamy taste, yum.

These products are available to buy at Ocado, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons Boots and a few others as well as online at HeavenlyTasty.com.

We enjoyed trying out the Heavenly Tasty range, Little 3 is eating the same snacks as the girls in general now but I will continue to buy the Happy Halo bites as they were quite handy and he really liked them. The squishies will be making their way into my basket too as an alternative fruit pouch for us too.

N.B We were gifted the products pictured above for this review, all opinions are our own honest thoughts.

#MaternityMondays 21st November

Welcome to #MaternityMondays 21st November

This week it is my turn to host so I will be commenting on all your linked posts.

Emma hosted last week and says..

We had some great linkers last week. Big shout out to Mummy Writes who linked up for the first time with her brilliant posts about items that will make stopping breast feeding easier. As a mum to five who runs a business from home, she is definitely my new wonder woman and who doesn't love a new blog to follow?

Sticking with the breastfeeding theme but at the other end of the spectrum was Naptime Natter who linked up with her first entry for her breastfeeding diary. She is doing really well so worth a look if you're thinking of breastfeeding your baby or just need some support.

As always, please comment on both hosts' posts and as many of the others as you can.

We are an intimate linky. It is in everyone's interests if you comment on as many as you can. It encourages people to link up again and you get those all important back links-a win-win situation.

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16 November 2016

Surviving the dreaded sickness bug

Recently we were struck down by the dreaded sickness bug, October and February seem to be the worst time of year for them I have found, or in our house anyway. Little 3 got hit first on a Monday morning having picked it up somewhere and I wasn't feeling too well either. He got sick and a fever and I avoided the sickness itself but had a fever and the chills whilst feeling yuck.

Sleepy and sick

Four days on we were both feeling back to normal albeit neither of us really had an appetite and were happy to exist on toast and rich tea biscuits. I hate that period of time waiting to see who, if anyone, will get ill next and I even wrote a post about it. I began to think we were going to be alright, everyone else seemed totally fine. 

In the middle of the night, as we entered the 5th day, Little 1 was the next victim and I also began to feel really rather unwell again, worse than before. Had we had 2 different bugs or was it just that I was in contact with it again and not totally over it. Feeling unable to cope with what lay ahead I did something I have never done before and asked Daddy to look after Little 1 while I went back to bed. They spent a long sleepless night downstairs on the sofa bed, (thank goodness we have a downstairs bathroom) while I had an equally sleepless night in bed.

The following night Little 2 got sick, again at midnight but luckily we had got to her in time. Daddy volunteered a night on the sofa again while I slept really rather well and actually felt a lot better in the morning.

Little 1 and 2 were eating again in the morning, Little 2 was apparently starving and happy to play having bounced back much quicker than the rest of us and after having Monday off school both girls were more than ready to return the next day.

Back to being cheeky!

So what are my biggest saviours for sickness bug survival?

Towels/Blankets- We went through a lot of these that week- I have a habit of covering everything with a towel or blanket where a sicky person is, top of their bed, the sofa, the floor. So much easier to clean than a carpet or sofa and they can go in the tumble drier too!

Waterproof mattress protectors- These are a godsend during sick bugs. Not only do they prevent a dirty mattress but I put one on the sofa where the sick person sits and you know nothing is getting through. Equally useful over my lap/chest when Little 3 was ill and just wanted to cuddle, saved several outfit changes I can tell you!

Rehydration solution- Little 3 was sick for almost 12 hours straight and he couldn't even keep water down, I was really concerned about him being dehydrated and rang the doctors as his nappy was bone dry after 6 hours. I had some of this in the medicine cabinet and was giving him a teaspoon every 10 minutes all afternoon, the doctor said it was the right thing to do even if it wasn't staying down as he would absorb a little, I am glad I had it.

Nappy sanitiser- Being a cloth nappy user we have this for adding to each nappy wash to ensure any nasties are killed. I don't normally add it to other laundry but when the children are ill a hefty scoop goes in each wash and it leaves me feeling confident that everything is bug free after washing.

Rich tea biscuits- I believe we went through about 4 packets of these last week, no one had much of an appetite and when they were feeling a bit hungry a biscuit was generally requested. Little 3 lost his normal ferocious appetite and just nibbled half a biscuit here and there and I ate a fair few myself as I just didn't want anything more. 

What are your sick bug saviours?

14 November 2016

Paw Patrol aquadoodle mat review

Over the years we have had 2 Aquadoodle mats, Little 1 had a Toy Story one and it was so well used we had to get a second one for Little 2 who has a Colour Deluxe one, these have been used so much over the years that we had planned to get Little 3 a new Aquadoodle mat of his own for Christmas this year.

I love Aquadoodle, a mat that reacts with water, easy to use- just fill up the pen and get creative, no mess, no fuss and as soon as it is dry you can use it over and over again.

TOMY kindly sent us their exciting new Paw Patrol themed Aquadoodle to test out. The mat is surrounded by Chase and all his friends and is a good size for Little 3. 

If you soak the bottom of Chase's police truck in water, and run him over the magic mat footprints appear.

There is an easy grip Aquadoodle pen included too and as you colour the mat you discover the rest of the patrol hiding as well!

Once you've finished watch as the drawing dries and designs fade away, ready for the mat to be used over and over again. The mat dried pretty quickly so you can play with it continuously rather than having to wait to be able to use it again.

I liked that there was an elastic bit attached to the side of the mat to store the pen and a tie so you can roll up the mat to store or take out with you too. 

Little 3 loves his new Aquadoodle especially as he really loves cars at the moment and 'brumming' Chase along the mat seeing the footprints appear is great, although he is a bit perplexed at how they get there! 

I love it too as it is easy for him to play with by himself or along with me and there is no mess to clear up, just make sure the pen is empty and the mat and car fully dry before you put it away.

The Aquadoodle Paw Patrol mat is suitable from ages 2+ years and RRP £25.99

N.B We were gifted an Aquadoodle mat in return for this post.

#MaternityMondays 14th November

Welcome to #MaternityMondays 14th November

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week, it was a week for second trimester bump updates. 

Entertaining Elliot has reached the end of the second trimester and told of her latest appointments and pregnancy essentials.

Southern Mummy linked up too and at 22 weeks, she was feeling hit with hormones and emotion. 

This week it is Emma's turn to host so she will be commenting on all your linked posts.

As always, please comment on both hosts' posts and as many of the others as you can.

Grab the badge and tweet us using the hashtag #MaternityMondays and we will share.

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11 November 2016

The Little Ones find fun with leaves...

There is nothing the Little Ones like more than a wander in the fresh air. No matter how tired everyone seems to be these days or how much they might have been squabbling that day, as soon as we set foot outside everyone cheers up. 

They all like to meander along picking up twigs, flowers and in the case of Little 2 special stones. Little 3 Likes to stop, stoop and examine everything he comes across as he explores the world now that he is a toddler and as I watch the children playing and exploring I feel happy that my children are getting some fresh air and exercise and enjoying nature.

Recently, while the weather was still warm enough for tights and a light cardigan, we headed to one of our favourite spots, a small lake with a little play area and a nearby lovely child friendly cafe complete with an upstairs children's play room.

After having a lovely lunch and chat with Nanny while the Little Ones played we started out on our walk around the lake.

First stop was a play in the little park, the girls were climbing on the equipment as asking for photographs to be taken. Typically I had decided not to take my main camera out on this day as I thought we were 'just' going for a walk and not that there would be a photo opportunity but they were in good spirits and demanding an audience. Good job I had my phone on me then, I think it did pretty well as all the pictures in this post were from my phone!

Whilst we were playing we noticed a huge number of ladybirds crawling around on the wooden equipment, at one point Little 2 had about 4 in her hand. We saw a whole host of ladybirds the other week at an animal park too, it must have been breeding season or something! Little 2 went around collecting them and holding them looking at their spots intently, she would really liked to have been able to keep one as a pet but did reluctantly let them go.

We began our stroll and each of the Little Ones collected a stick to walk around with, the girls were energetically sweeping the leaves side to side on the path with Little 3 copying close behind. After walking the lake and coming up the hill the other side the girls spotted a carpet of yellow and orange fallen leaves surrounding some trees and they made a bee line for them.

In seconds they were jumping up and down, throwing the leaves high in the air and at each other, chasing Nanny and myself, making piles of leaves to jump in and kick, they were having a great time. We must have spent a good 20 minutes playing together in those leaves oblivious to the people walking past down on the path, I did see several people smile as the children giggled and screamed with joy, they had a wail of a time in those leaves.

Little 3 really enjoyed himself alternating between studying the leaves intently and throwing great handfuls high in the air. I can tell he was having fun as he either had a big smile on his face or his mouth was wide open squealing or with the effort of the throwing. He didn't want to let go of the leaves when it was time to go and collected a few leaves which he held in the car all the way home.


I love the season of Autumn, the colours on the trees, collecting conkers and crunching through leaves on the ground, the fresh mornings and clear skies. What is your favourite season??