Sunday, 19 March 2017

Soft play and Shopping

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So I dropped the ball. We were meant to be seeing Beauty and the Beast today, but I had left it too late to book tickets and unfortunately the screening was sold out. TBH I am just a bit worried the Beast will scare our eldest and I put off ordering tickets until the last moment. So of course we ended up at soft play again. This time we went to Alive Oasis to see its transformation from fun castle to pirate ship.

We were the first paying customer to try it out and I am sure all the parents reading this will understand how nice it was playing on a clean soft play that didn't smell of wee. I even let the baby go in the big ball pool as it was full of new balls! We only played for an hour before heading to Kings Lynn for lunch and shopping.

We went to Marriot Warehouse first for lunch. Our eldest wanted to go to Old Mc Donalds and put on a bit of a sulk to begin with, but the fish and chips soon changed her tune. Lunch was really good and set me up for shopping. I needed to get the girls some slippers and, as the majority of our DVDs are in storage, I wanted to get a couple of new Disney ones while they are on offer. Our shopping was very successful although I spent far more than I had intended, I blame the Next sale.

When we got home, we of course had to watch both of the new Disney DVDs, Peter Pan and Snow White, luckily they had finished by the time Daddy got home from the football. Although I am sure he won't be able to escape watching them for long.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Harry Potter

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We had planned to go to the circus today at Knight's Hill. We have spent the last two weeks talking about and pointing out the big top whenever we pass by, however during one of our many conversation last week I took things to far. Yes that's right I dared to suggest that the clowns at the circus may throw water at each other. Of course in my eldest's head this translated as the clowns will throw water at me and she suddenly became terrified of the idea of the circus. She spent all of yesterday and some of the middle of last night saying that she didn't want to go. She had worked herself into quite a state, so we decided to give it a miss. 

Instead we did what she wanted to do today. Which was to bake a Carrot Cake, like Tig and her Dad, in Woolly and Tig and to go to soft play.

In order to bake the cake we needed to get a few ingredients and whilst we were picking these up in Sainsburys we happened upon a couple of World Book Day costumes for sale. Little Red Riding Hood and Harry Potter, as I love a bargain I got both of them.

When we got home our eldest tried on the Little Red Riding costume as it was a typically girly princess style dress but as it's size 2-3 it was a bit tight. Reluctantly she agreed it would probably be better for her sister next year and tried on the Harry Potter one. She wasn't to keen on it until she found out that the cape came with glasses, a wand and a spellbook cover and she barely took it off for the rest of the day. I gave her a lightening scar with an eyebrow pencil and she made us refer to her as Harry Potter. She has yet to see any of the films, she is only 4. But as her cousins love Harry Potter so does she now.

She was really helpful making the carrot cake and only lost interest right at the end when I had to grate the carrots. She wasn't very happy to learn that the icing had butter and cream cheese in it instead of just icing sugar and water. So she is now refusing to eat the cake, I don't mind this as there is more for me.

In the afternoon we went to Farmer Fred's. Please remind me never to go to soft play again during a full moon. The kids were crazy, there were gangs of boys going round throwing balls at one another. And for some reason at one stage I was like the Pied Piper I had that many unrelated children following me around the soft play wanting to talk to me. I was quite relieved to leave after an hour and a half.

This evening has been taken up with a nocturnal baby, blog writing and carrot cake eating. Mainly to block out the talk of new managers and whether the board actually has a plan. For once the husband is not even suggesting putting himself forward for the job. I'm off for a shower now, there is nothing like washing the urine off after being at soft play. Night, night....

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hospital Visit

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So tonight hasn't gone exactly as planned. After vague promises that we could watch Broadchurch instead of listening to the football tonight,  unfortunately life had other plans.

Our poor baby woke up just as we were about to sit down to dinner with a rash all over her arms and legs and one cheek.

After a call to 111 we headed to QEH to get her looked at by the after hours GP. He thinks it's a viral rash and his recommended treatment is no medicine and just to monitor her. I feel a bit silly as now at home she already looks a bit better. But it was best to get her checked,  At least we didn't panic and take her to A&E. And my husband got to listen to the game mainly I'm the car to and from the hospital.

Update: this morning she is much better although she seems to have a cold. Lots of cuddles are in order.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Big Smoke

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So we are London bound this weekend. It seems so strange doing the journey we used to make so many times at the weekend to Norfolk backwards.

We are staying with more inlaws this weekend. When our eldest had chicken pox we promised we would take her to see her cousins when she got better, so here we are chicken pox free and ready to play.

Our baby has almost cut her top teeth so she's still not sleeping great at nightime. Therefore we had a broken nights sleep and I thought she had woken her sister and cousins up at 6 but luckily even if she did they did not come into our room and I was able to convince our baby to go back to sleep.

We ended up having a lovely lie in until 9 and then went downstairs to homemade blueberry pancakes. I was only slightly disappointed to learn that one of reasons the girls hadn't woken us up was because they watched the live action Cinderella on Netflix, which I really want to see. Maybe I'll get to see it tomorrow.

After we all got dressed and ready we went to Clissold park.  Islington knows how to do playgrounds, our eldest loved it and I wasn't sure how we were going to get her to leave until her cousin mentioned looking at the animals. They have a herd of dear in the park.

One of the things our eldest has missed most about living in Norfolk is getting a bus. So after lunch we got a bus into Upper st we got off at The Green and walked back through to Canonbury. It was nice to see what was the same and what had changed since we left the area 3 years ago. We went for a drink in the Alwyne Castle and then we took our eldest to the playground in Highbury Fields. Which is even better than the Clissold park one.

For tea we went to Dear Pizza which used to be Stringray one of our favourite restaurants.  The girls loved it. It's been a really nice trip down memory lane today but I'm not sure I could live here with children all the time.  I am already a custom to Norfolk slightly slower pace of life.