Friday, 8 August 2014

The LeapFrog Games

I have been reading snippets recently of a new Gaming Device being launched by Leapfrog. It is advertised as an activity tracker with the tag line "Fit Made Fun". Both J & R love games and technology and this was very appealing as it also brought in fitness.

We were very fortunate to win a competition on FaceBook to attend the launch of LeapBand. We had to recreate a picture of an iconic sporting moment...we went for the final furlong at the Grand National!

The event was to be held at ZSL London Zoo, so we decided to make a day of it! The event was due to start at 11.30am, but we arrived for 10am and had a lovely stroll around the Zoo...and even bumped into a camel!

We arrived at the designated point for 11.30 and were greeted by the friendly LeapFrog staff. Immediately, J was allocated his team, given a team t-shirt and was off having his face painted - Team Cats! I was a bit worried about how to keep R occupied for 3 1/2 hours...but I need not! LeapFrog had brought along a collection of large beanbags and LeapPads! I can see what might be on the Christmas list this year!

The games started soon and the kids had great fun. They started with a relay race, then a running race and a beanbag throw. The children all stopped then for lunch (a very healthy one, generously provided by LeapFrog). After the children had been re-fuelled it was back on with the games. The tug-of-War was next and to finish a Crab Walk. The children had a brilliant time, there was a real team spirit and the parents cheered on everyone. At one stage, the team J was in won the Tug-of-War and they all started hugging and congratulating each other.

The day ended, as in all good sporting events, with the medals. It did make me laugh, when the podium was being put together, one of the team asked Greg Rutherford in which order to put the stands...and even he had to mentally put himself back on the podium at the Commonwealths a few days before. It was wonderful to see the pride on the children's faces as they went up to collect their medals. 
All in all it was a fantastic day, superbly organised and everyone had a great time! We had the rest of the afternoon to spend in the Zoo, however, J didn't take his eyes off his new watch!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Woolly and Tig "Songs For Wobbly Moments"

We have been asked this week to review a new CD, by favourites Woolly and Tig!! (We also received a Woolly toy to help us!)

We started watching this show when it first aired and it has remained a firm favourite in our house. It is a fantastic programme which highlights how children cope in different experiences and helps them to understand their feelings. It is great therefore, to have a CD that does the same.

The title of the CD says it all - Songs For Wobbly Moments. From washing hair to grumpy days, there are lots of songs to help with those 'wobbly moments'

We have played the car in the mornings on the school run, and it has cheered us all up when stuck in traffic. The songs are quite catchy and in no time you find yourself singing along.

I overheard my two in the bathroom the other night, and they had adapted the 'Rubba Dubba Rock' to help them clean their teeth!

I think that this CD will become a firm favourite in our house...we've already adopted the 'Give a Smile' song for any grumpy moments we have...both for the children and the adults!

The CD is available from 7th July and can be purchased from iTunes:

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Just getting everything ready for Father's how he 'rocked out' with the Kids at Legoland recently!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Boy or Girl?

After all the congratulations following the announcement of pregnancy...begin the questions...boy or girl?

We are in the blessed position of having one of each, but for practical reasons wanted to find out. J thought boy, R wanted a girl, but then changed her mind to boy and Rob thought boy...I had a feeling it was a girl!

The night before the scan, I baked some cake batch of blue and one batch of pink.

I then covered them in chocolate and decorated them...just hope I remember which is which.!

On the day of the scan, the sonographer kept tight-lipped and whispered the gender just as we left the room. As soon as we got home, I gave J&R each a lollipop for the big reveal:-

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Center Parcs Family Blogger Club

We have just entered to become part of the Center Parcs Family Blogger Club. This is the first big adventure we have entered into. We had a  great time filming the video...think it only took us 7 tries! I've posted it on Twitter...fingers crossed.

I'm hoping that the more we do this...the better we get! It would be great to be picked. I know that I am very new to blogging, but this would be a great start and introduce us to so many people.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Missing Words

They say that  picture speaks more than a thousand words. I would agree, but sometimes, they miss those words.

I took this shot on my iphone, and just as I was lining it up, R looked at the screen and said "Look, that is us...we are all best friends".

Thursday, 8 August 2013

First Big Rollercoaster

Today was a memory to be recorded! J had his first turn on a big Rollercoaster. He's usually quite hesitant on fast rides, but today he conquered the Vampire ride at Chessington!

We'd spoken about it a few times in the last couple of weeks, since J realised that he was tall enough. We had to queue for a bit, and J was very quiet. I kept asking if he was alright and he kept smiling and saying "Yes".

We were next in the queue and J had gone very pale! I checked 1 last time and he assured me he was fine. When we sat down, got strapped in and J and I held hands. As we started moving, I could feel J's grip tightening...we climbed up the slope slowly...the grip tightened a bit more...then we were off! J was screaming...but I wasn't sure if it was in fear or elation!

2 minutes later and we were back in the station. As we climbed out J turned to me and said "That was fantastic...can we go again!"