Jacob is at that age now where it feels like he asks 500 questions a day, about anything and everything. He is such a curious little person, and with his brother wanting to do everything he does, he is closely following in his footsteps. We do a lot of learning activities and crafts at home but one thing we don’t really focus on is science.
Of course, we encounter science absolutely everywhere in our everyday lives and unless we start teaching our children about it from a young age, they just think things “work”. Obviously there is science behind how everything works but I must admit, science wasn’t my favourite subject at school and I have limited knowledge so I’m not the best equipped to teach my children about it. Read more
At the beginning of the week we were lucky (though some might say not so) to have had snow in our part of the country, which after disappearing on the first day, settled on the second! It was both boy’s first ‘proper’ snowfall, though I wish N was walking already so he could have experienced it that way too.
We were venturing out on Tuesday to Fit Tots (every week there is soft play, a sensory activity, and healthy snack time). The sensory activity this week was playing with ice & snow to tie in with the weather. J spent ages playing with it, he absolutely loved it. Before we all left we had five minutes of fake snow, it was wonderful seeing the children get so hyped up about it!
Then he decided he wanted to walk home in the snow as he was really excited – he didn’t get far before he jumped in the pushchair though, then a minute later he got back out again! When we got home
I made a little snowman but I never managed to get a photo of it before we went inside because N was tired and then it melted before I got around to it.
I love the snow, as long as it only lasts a few days!
What about you? Love it or hate it?
On Monday we visited Brigg Garden Centre as they now have their huge Christmas shop open and it was a tradition we had to visit with my mother-in-law before she passed away. I wanted to take J & N to see all the Christmas pretties (okay, maybe it was me who wanted to see them) and they have recently had a new play area built so we though we could make a little afternoon of it and J could have a play after we’d had a (long) wander around.
They usually have some kind of magical display in their Christmas Land and I couldn’t wait to see what it was this year. It really was magical this year…
I think we must have spent about an hour just looking around the Christmas stuff, I just have to look at everything and wish I could buy the whole shop! I found an amazingly beautiful tree if anyone can spare £999 to buy me it? No? Never mind…
Once we’d finished there, we had a quick look around the main shop then went outside as they have a polar bear band which is fantastic; we also got our photos taken with a polar bear! (Though husband is rubbish at photos so he chopped his head off!). You can also visit Santa (but we’re waiting until December for that) and they have a train ride, but J wouldn’t have wanted to stay on it so we didn’t bother.
We had some fun with the magic mirrors… (I want that skinny one at home – I can be slim every day then!)
We also met some dinosaurs living among the plants… I thought J would be terrified but no, he wanted to stroke them!
We then nipped outside to the new play area which I knew J would love as he loves being outside and it’s very difficult to drag him away from a play area! We told him he could have a ‘special juice’ (Fruit Shoot – I know, I know) which did the trick though! Best of all, it’s all free (except Santa and the train ride). We’ll definitely be back more in the summer though it will be mega busy then – I usually just visit for Christmas Land!
Today we had an impromptu visit to Normanby Hall Country Park. We were originally going to a farm park but when we got there, it was closed (doh!). We decided that we weren’t just going to head back home so we thought we’d go there and let J burn off some energy. As it back to school week, it was pretty quiet apart from a few older people having a stroll and parents with babies/toddler. I like quiet, so I was pleased!
There is so much to do at Normanby Hall for both children and adults, including a play park, nature trails, tree climbing, a farming museum, walled garden, sunken garden, a tour of the Hall itself, and much more (including beautiful photo opportunities)! We headed to the park first, though I wish we’d gone on the way out as we couldn’t drag J away!
I left Daddy with him and went for a wander with N (who I was wearing). We came across this gorgeous peacock and of course I couldn’t resist some photos.
After Daddy had managed to drag J away, we headed to the main country park so he could have a run around. We should have taken a ball if we had known we were going (we really must keep one in the car for occasions like this) but J befriended a little girl who he played ball with for a little while! When he left her he decided he would keep taking a few steps and then roll around on the floor. He nearly had his first go at climbing a tree too after Daddy showed him, but he chickened out!
Once again I left Daddy & J to it, and headed for a wander around the sunken garden. All the times I have visited here I have never actually been in there and had a proper look. There are some gorgeous flowers and colours so I had to take a few photos. It is a lovely place for just sitting and taking in the scenery & fresh air. Also for feeding hungry babies!
We would have wandered further but it was getting on and we wanted to be home for tea. Next time we will plan in advance and take a picnic, and make a day of it. We did have to stop for an ice cream on the way out though!
As hubby works 6 days a week and doesn’t know very far in advance when his day off will be, we usually do things as a family on a spur of the moment. Today was the day for this week so I was hoping the weather would be nice so we could go to the local park for a picnic and a fun afternoon. It was sunny when we woke up but then black clouds were looming – we thought we would risk it anyway!
First things first we had our picnic – I just popped to the supermarket beforehand and got a few items to nibble on (sausage rolls, mini sausages, chicken bites, cheesy puffs and jam & custard Jammie dodgers, yum!). It was still a bit cloudy so we managed to find some shade under a tree. N was in the pushchair and just enjoyed having a good look around whilst we all ate.
After our picnic J & Daddy had a kick around with the football that we took along, before we headed to the play area with a sandpit and water area. I’m not totally sure who had more fun though!
We then headed over to the park where J had his first go on a roundabout, though I don’t think he was very keen as he didn’t stay on it for very long. He was more interested in the huge slide and we could barely drag him away!
In the park there is a water fountain which has been there for years, but it was out of action for a while. It has been restored a few years ago and this is the first time we have been to it. J loved dipping his feet in the water for a cool down.
Whilst the boys were playing I did a bit of flower spotting.
N slept pretty much the whole time so I think the fresh air got to him straight away! (And the sun popped out again in the end!).