H and I didn’t really have a plan when we sat down on Friday morning surrounded by craft materials. She decided she wanted to make some bees, which we did, and then we thought it would be fun to put them on a hat, and if you have bees you need flowers right?
This was the final result. A flower crown with bees.
I know I say the same every week, again this isn’t the best photo, but it shows a moment that me smile.
Here are my two girls talking and singing to their plants to make them grow and keep them happy. They seem to have conveniently forgotten that they each picked 3 of the pretty flowers before we even planted them.
We haven’t really taken the kids to many cities as we live a bit out in the sticks, but are near enough to London to visit for the day occasionally. It’s always very exciting for the kids, even the train and tube are a novelty. When they were little London with kids was a nightmare, lugging pushchairs, changing bags and three small children around, but now everyone is a bit older it’s much easier. One of the best things about London for us is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a brilliant day out.
London has something to offer for kids of all ages, there are wonderful museums, amazing shows, fantastic shopping and of course sightseeing, London is full of history. When my 6 year old was studying The Great Fire of London a lot of his friends went to Pudding Lane to see where the fire started.
These are our favourite places to visit in London with kids.
The Science Museum
You know we love Science, so no trip to London is complete without a quick trip to the Science Museum.
The London Eye
We were lucky enough to have a go on the London Eye a few years ago and it was AMAZING!! definitely a must see if you don’t visit London often.
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Dora is one of those TV shows that my kids come back to over and over again, and I Iove hearing them speak bits of Spanish as they watch it. We’ve never actually had any Dora the Explorer toys before, so before checking out the Argos catalogue I had no idea what was available. I browsed online with the girls to get some ideas for what they would like and then headed to our nearest Argos to do my shopping.
I sometimes feel like all I ever do is attempt to tidy the house, it’s an endless and thankless task. My kids can destroy even the tidiest house in a very short space of time and the kitchen is a mess again after just one meal.
I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like this as the infographic below shows, it seems a bit sad that we spend more time cleaning than playing with children. What do you think?
I’m continually surprised at how fast technology and especially mobile phone technology changes. It doesn’t seem that long ago that phones had tiny screens and the most you could do was text or call. It would’ve been hard to believe back then that soon we’d be using phones as cameras, to watch movies and even as a remote control.
Did you know that you can control your heating through a phone app now too? Let me paint you a picture. We returned home from a lovely holiday in sunny Florida last year to a FREEZING cold house. I don’t like to leave the heating on when we’re away and it was April so I knew the pipes wouldn’t freeze. It wasn’t the lovely welcome home I had in mind. If we’d had the Hive heating system we’d have been able to turn the heating on from the car on the way home from the airport and returned to a warm, cosy house. It seems like a small thing, but would’ve made a big difference to five, very tired, cold people.
I had a really lovely day with H last Friday. We started out making a bee crown, then she decided she wanted to make a bee paper chain and then found she could make the pipe cleaners into numbers so we made numbers 1-10 and did a bit of learning together.
It’s not often I get to spend one on one time with any of my children, and it really is so precious and special. Each of them are so different on their own than when part of the group. I know I need to make time to do it more often. H is at home with me three days a week when Z and S are at school, but even then mostly we are out and about or seeing friends. Time at home, just doing whatever we feel like really doesn’t happen very often at all.
This isn’t the greatest photo, but it made me smile. I love her cheeky little face.
I’ve spent a large proportion of this week trying to write an essay about crowd theory. I say TRYING, I am easily distracted. Suddenly I just had to do some research on the new season of 24 coming soon, then there was a lot of action on Facebook, and then YouTube became quite appealing. It’s REALLY hard to turn off all those fun distractions and concentrate on something slightly less interesting.
I found myself reminiscing about years gone by, when writing essays involved a trip to the library, dusting off old journals to find information and sitting down to handwrite an assignment. As much as I love technology I do miss the simplicity of an actual book, pen and paper. I have a romantic notion of opening up a beautifully bound scientific journal to read about new discoveries and research. It just seems so much more special than opening an article on the internet. If I ever manage noteworthy research I’d like to see it in a leather bound book, even if it’s stored that corner of the library no one ever visits. Continue reading →
We love BEAR snacks in our house. Z and S generally take a yoyo to school when they have a packed lunch and Z always brings the cards home to add to his collection. I like to imagine the fun facts add some extra giggles to the lunch table.
Last year we were sent the MANGO flavour to try, which everyone loved, so were super excited to hear about the new Blackcurrant flavour.
Have you spotted the new round-the-world collector cards recently too? Z is loving the new facts and we’re all learning things we didn’t know.
For me, part of being a Mum has been learning to embrace the outdoors in ALL weathers and the extra washing that comes with that. Last weekend was no exception, we took a trip to our local pond, put on wellies and waterproofs, jumped in the mud, collected sticks and generally had a lovely morning together.