Sunday, 26 February 2017

Derby Day 2

26/02/2017
Norwich 1 Ipswich 1

Today is the second Derby of the season and I'm pretty confident, after the last few games. My husband's sentiments of owing Ipswich a Derby earlier on in the season are well and truly null and void.

For some reason last night neither of our girls wanted to sleep and we must have been woken up about 8 times by them. So I was a bit of a Zombie this morning and not really in any shape to happily wave my husband off to the football. I think I was too jealous of his hour car journey/potential nap time.

However after he left we did slope off back upstairs for a while so I could feed the baby whilst my eldest played a game based on Disney the Lodge with my sister's old Star Wars toys. She loves playing games with dolls about boyfriends and girlfriends and people getting married. Quite oddly these games often involve the heroine being kidnapped too.

Last night as we were getting ready for bed she had shown an interested in all of the hair care instruments we have in the bedroom. In order to get her to go to sleep,  as you read above that didn't last, I promised I would show her how these worked today. So after she got bored of her game I had to get the hairdryers, curling irons and crimpers out. I assumed one of us would end up with some sort of burn however she was really patience and still and now has lovely crimped hair. I can almost pretend she let me plait her hair before bed to achieve the same result.

Her favourite new game today has been Park Farm. Which we went to again yesterday, thanks to our new, although slightly battered already, season ticket.  She particular likes pretending she is driving / presenting the deer safari. I am very impressed that she has remembered deer only have bottom teeth.

My husband enjoyed the derby game today his highlight was the one minute applause 15 minutes into the game to celebrate Ipswich's 15th consecutive championship campaign, but he was not very impressed with being held back for 40 minutes after the game to let the Ipswich fans go by the police.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Bedtime Tag

Thank you Mummy Seta for the nomination here are my answers.

1. Describe your usual bedtime routine?

I normally start getting ready for bed around 9, I know it's early, as I like to have a bath and then moisturise before getting into bed. I have always preferred to wash the day off at night, as opposed to showering in the morning.

2. What are your favourite Pyjamas?

I actually hate all my pyjamas at the moment. Once I have finished breast feeding and the likely hood of milk accidents are over I am going to treat myself to some new pairs.

3. What is your favourite bedtime reading?

I love reading books, at the moment I am reading Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse as I love the True Blood books. But I am guilty of spending far too much time looking on my phone at night time.

4. What would I find on your bedside table?

A lamp we don't switch on as it's too near the cot. My jewellry and a glass of water.

5. What scents make you sleepy?

I sometimes steal my children bedtime bath bubbles, but I'm not sure it works.

6. What is your usual bed time and wake-up time?

We usually turn the light off between 11.00 and 12.00.

My eldest has been waking us up between 5.30 and 7.00 the last few weeks.

7. What are your top 3 bedtime products?

I love clinque 3 step.

My electric toothbrush.

And due to a pregnancy complication I got into the habit off moisturising my tummy with the slightly medicinal smelling Aqueous cream.
 
8. What is your most common sleeping position?

On my tummy or left hand side.

9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

My husband! 

10. What is your worse bedtime habit?

As I mentioned above looking on my phone.

I now nominate

Mum's diary

A mum full of dreams

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Mart

18/02/2017
Burton Albion 2 Norwich 1

So we have all been looking forward to today for the last couple of weeks, because today we are going to see the Lego Batman Movie and then going to the King's Lynn Mart.

Our eldest is in fact so excited that she has spent the last few days practising for the hour change by waking up at 5.30. Luckily for me after a quick cuddle she went back to sleep until 7am.

When she came through again she decided to put a DVD on for us in our bedroom. I bought the Troll movie for her on Monday and we have watched it every day since, although her Daddy hadn't yet had a chance to watch it. It was a really fun way to wake up, all four of us cuddling up and watching a DVD. And my husband now understands why our eldest keeps chanting "no troll left behind".

After breakfast we headed into King's Lynn and the cinema. My Mother-in-law came with us and as she was driving my husband called shot gun, so I sat in the back squashed inbetween the girls. I didn't mind as we sang along to the Lodge CD.

The film was great we all really enjoyed it even the Bat Girl doll we bought along had fun. My favourite bits were the nod to Arrested Development and the Gremlins.  As a child I was terrified of them.

For lunch we went to Marriotts Warehouse, it was our first time there and I was really impressed. We will definitely go there again.

Our Eldest was really well behaved at lunchtime and very patience considering how much she wanted to go to the Mart. She even refused a pudding as she was saving herself for candy floss.

A brief history of the Mart. The King's Lynn Mart is traditionally the opening of the travelling season and it opens on Valentine's day and lasts for two weeks. They have a children's day every year were the cost of the rides are reduced. My Dad never used to let us go on children's day as he used to say it was half the cost for half the ride. I am sure that's not true. The Mart is a chance for the showmen to try out new rides as well as old favourites. And the history of a moving fair in King's Lynn goes  back to 1204.

I have been taking our eldest to the Mart for the last two years with my Mum while my husband was at the football. But luckily for him he got the chance to take her today. She loved it, her favourite ride was the Helter-skelter and her only disappointment was that she couldn't reach the pedal or the steering wheel on the bumper cars.

It was a lovely family day out, although I have a feeling me and Grandma maybe taking her back to the The Mart next week.

More on the history of the Mart 

 https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca/researchandarticles/kingslynn

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

14/02/2017
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2

My husband and I have been together 15 years. And in the early days we of course always went out for romantic valentine's meals. And as the years passed we started a new tradition of my husband cooking me a special meal. The first time a Norwich game clashed with Valentine's day I even asked him not to go so we could spend the day together.

How times have changed, what with work, the kids and the football game. I think we spent about 29 waking minutes together yesterday.

My mother in law, took pity on me and, didn't go to the football so I wasn't quite on my own last night. In fact she cooked us a special steak dinner and we got to watch a TV show about a wedding rather then listening to the football. So my evening was quite romantic after all. But I think perhaps we need to add a little romance, we have penciled in a date night for Friday, the reasons it's in pencil is because our last two date nights have been cancelled due to chicken pox!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Chicken pox part 2

11/02/2017
Norwich 5 Notts Forest 1

So our poor baby didn't have the best nights sleep, intially we put it down to teething, but during a nappy change at 4 am I discovered a few spots, which this morning have turned into chicken pox. So we have yet another Saturday of lock down.

Luckily I visited storage in the week and managed to find some of my eldest favourite DVDs so that will keep her occupied for at least an hour.

I am disappointed it hasn't snowed properly yet, as although my husband would've missed the football, it would've been fun to play in it. Maybe tomorrow we will get some.

We have spent this morning playing with our eldest's Barbie/ Disney princess dolls.  We have been taking it in turns to put pantomines on for each other. I did Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid. She has done Cinderella and then I had to do Aladdin. The only obstacles we have is that we only have one Ken doll. So some of the uglier barbie have to play men. It's lovely to watch her acting out little plays from memory.

At lunchtime I left my eldest upstairs watching Cbeebies, while her food cooled down, as the football was on downstairs. And when I went upstairs to check on her she was asleep! I felt awful waking her up but otherwise she'll never sleep tonight. And her lunch would have been too cold.

I was really pleased this afternoon as Shrek 2 was on. Our eldest loves the Shrek films, she takes a cuddly Shrek toy to bed every night. We have them on Bluray, but as we don't currently have a Bluray player they are in storage.  Something she is not very happy about. So we were able to watch it and record it, I am pretty sure I will be sick of it by this time next week.

After watching Shrek she announced that she wanted to bake biscuits which was handy as I wanted to try out some cutters I got for Christmas. The biscuits won't win any prizes on the Bake Off, but the thought was there even if sadly the execution was lacking. We did have fun making them.

All told including the result and despite the pox we have had a successful day.  Now off to do a snow dance.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Bin-go

07/02/2017
Wigan 2 Norwich 2

So we have settled back into our routine this week. My eldest had Pre-school and then Ballet. And my baby had lots of cuddle time with me and Granny.

Although it was nice to have a less demanding day. After spending a week looking after my poorly daughter.  I really missed her today. She had a great time back at Pre-school apparently she was as good as gold! And she loved ballet as she got to wear her uniform with wrap around cardi and ballet shoes for the first time.

My mother-in-law has had an eventful afternoon. Today is bin day and after we all forgot to put the bin out last week. While she was at work. We have been on high alert today. The bin was out by 9.00am. However when she got back from popping to the shops this afternoon it was missing. A scout around the village and phone call to the council didn't locate it. And while we were out at Ballet she had a sheepish phone call confirming that their bin had fallen into the bin truck and would have to be replaced.

Tonight while they listened to the game I disappeared for a nice bath with a glass of wine. Roll on Half Term so I can spend all day with my big girl again.

Monday, 6 February 2017

All About Me

Thank you for the nomination Anna Brown here are 10 things all about me

1. My waters broke, for my eldesr, whilst I was at work. I wasn’t due to go on Maternity leave for another week.
 
2. I almost got run over by Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead fame on a bike approx. 12 years ago in Soho.
 
3. My favourite book is Jilly Cooper’s Riders I think I have read it at least ten times and spoiler alert them winning at the Olympics always make me cry.
 
4. My first job was waitressing at weddings and its still one of the funniest jobs I have ever had.
 
5. I have an extensive knowledge of all things showbiz/ popular culture.
 
6. I am really bad at spelling.
 
7. My favourite song is The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel.

8. I'm a twin.

9. I still can't drive at 36. And I need to learn this year.

10. When I was younger I either wanted to be a toy demonstrator in a department store or a zoo keeper.

Now it’s your turn to big up your bad selves!

1. Share 10 things about you the person. Not you the parent, the baker or the business.

2. Name check the person who nominated you.

3. Tag 3- 5 others to share 10 things.

4. Enjoy the tidbits of information we all learn about each other.

5. Voila, job done.

The fellow ‘enthusiasts of the personal knowledge of others’ (or team nosey) I am going to tag are…..

Mummy Here and There
Mouse, Moo and Me too
Fox Fairy Twins

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Treat Day

04/02/2017
Cardiff 0 Norwich 1

As I put my eldest to bed tonight she said the immortal words "Oh mummy I not been a good girl today."  And sadly I had to agree.

Today had so much promise after a week of virtual quranatine due to chicken pox we had decided to take our eldest out for a treat day.

However because she has been poorly this week, against my better judgement, I have let her have our tablet a lot more than normal. As I have been feeling sorry for her and she really enjoys playing on it. The only trouble is, it brings the worst out in her and I have decided now she is better the tablet is going away again. Whilst I was getting ready this morning she asked to use it and when I said no she got very cross and sulky. Which is exactly why I don't want her using it. After we had a talk and an apology we got started on our treat day.

We all wanted to see the film Sing and the Majestic Cinema in Kings Lynn does early showings at the weekends for kids. I booked our tickets online as I am well aware that as a family our timekeeping can be a bit remiss however we actually left the house at the planned 10.15. We gave Granny a lift into town as she was working. We of course made it to the cinema with time to spare. The film was in screen 2 which now has the kind of seat you pay £15+ for in a London cinema so I was very impressed. My husband bought a tub of popcorn that must have weighed as much as the baby. I mistakenly thought we wouldn't finish it but of course it was finished within ten minutes of the film starting.

I had a cunning plan to ensure our baby slept through the film which had been to postpone her mid morning feed and nap until we got to the cinema. My plan worked and I could enjoy the film uninterrupted. Our eldest enjoyed the film too as she only went on one toliet break. I have a feeling that the Sing DVD will be purchased in the not too distant future.

After the film we took her to Old Mcdonalds for lunch, her choice.  But as it was really busy we ended up taking it to go and went and visited Granny at the Corn Exchange where we had a coffee. Our eldest ended up helping out at the box office even issuing tickets.

Of course our 4 year old didn't understand that the cinema and meal out where a treat and she insisted on a trip to the toy shop. Were we of course refused to buy her anything. Her response was to complain that all of her toys were boring and old. Considering she's just had her birthday and Christmas we were not very pleased with her and after a few tears we finally manged to leave the shop. But the journey home wasn't much fun. Her fake crying was a big distraction from the football on the radio.

To be fair once we got home she played really nicely. Helped me cook tea and generally was a good girl. It's just a shame that her behaviour slightly marred what should have been a fun day for her and us.