Showing posts with label Picnic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Picnic. Show all posts

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Project 365: Days 54 - 60

It's our half term this week - a week later than most other areas.  It's been a week of guitar practise, lost teeth, Minecraft (that game seems to be taking over our lives) and indoor picnics due to the bad weather.  We've also had the obligatory half term project which involves designing a poster for St Davids Day.


Day 54: Another tooth has come out!
Day 55: The books on my bedside table
Day 56: Guitar lesson
Day 57: Playing Minecraft
Day 58: Indoor picnic
Day 59: This dinosaur seems to be following me today
Day 60: The school project is half done! Happy St Davids Day.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Project 365: Days 26 - 32


Day 26: Haircuts - All three boys needed a haircut so we took them to the local barbers.  This was the first time that O has sat calmly in the chair himself, but the look on his face made me laugh.  I don't think he opened his eyes the whole time his hair was being cut.

Day 27: Teeth - E lost his tooth at school today.  Well, to be precise, his cousin dropped it down the drain after school.  It was a shame as it was the first tooth that has fallen out, but we decided that he should write a letter to the tooth fairy to explain what happened.  It was very sweet and really well written.

Day 28: Drawing - Z has been drawing on one of those sketching boards and I was quite impressed with the detail in this picture of a train with lots of passengers.  I thought I should capture it for posterity as soon after his little brother wiped it clean again.

Day 29: Swimming - O has been refusing to go swimming as he said he's scared so I decided that I need to start taking him every week to get him used to the water as I'd like him to start swimming lessons soon, like his brothers.  It took me twenty minutes to actually get him out of the house as he didn't want to go, and then another ten minutes in the changing room trying to get him to undress.  After a lot of bribery gentle persuasion I eventually managed to get him into the pool, and once in, he loved it!  By the end of the hour he was jumping in and swimming with the help of a noodle.  It was amazing and I'm so glad I took him.  We'll be going every week now.

Day 30: Toy box - O has acquired a new Thomas The Tank Engine toy box from my parents house, and is so enamoured with it that he sat in it for ages saying "choo-choo".

Day 31: Bubble wrap - this isn't the best photo as O is moving.  As the weather is so rubbish at the moment we decided to lay out bubble wrap on the floor and pop it by jumping on it.  We had great fun for ages with this.

Day 32: Classics - Another awful weather today so we had an indoor picnic lunch and watched Mary Poppins on Netflix.  E loved it and I sang along to all the songs (he probably didn't love that bit).

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Project 365: Days 125 - 131



Day 125: Gardening - it was a beautiful day so we decided to do some gardening.  The boys planted tomato, broccoli, chilli and salad leaf seeds.  They love doing the gardening and get so excited at the thought of growing their own fruit and veg.

Day 126: A day at a castle - today was a bank holiday so we spent the day exploring Cardiff Castle.  The grounds are beautiful so we took a picnic and sat on the grass.  The boys enjoyed running around playing in the sun.  We did go through the wartime tunnels (which are amazing and ever so slightly frightening) but my youngest got a bit scared of all the noises.  

Day 127: Mealtime - my youngest waiting very impatiently for his food.

Day 128: they're growing! - we were very excited today to see that the pumpkin seeds are growing.  It's such a lovely feeling to see something that you've planted, grow.  

Day 129: windy - we went down to Cardiff Bay for a walk and it was so windy that O wouldn't let go of his hood.  I don't blame him as he had worn his Thomas cap but that blew off his head (a kind workman rescued it for me) so he wasn't taking any chances.  We spent a lovely hour running around and looking at the ducks before going for coffee and cake.

Day 130: a visitor - this was my sight when I went to bed tonight.  I hadn't even heard him go into my bed.  He was so comfortable that I almost left him there.  Almost, but not quite.  I did put him back into his own bed.

Day 131: haircut - he wasn't very happy when we took him for a haircut, but after a bit of bribery from the hairdresser (armed with a bag of Haribo) he finally gave in.  He actually looks like he's enjoying himself in that photo.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

A castle and a dragon hunt

We took the boys to Castell Coch today (Welsh for Red Castle)  Even though it's not far from where we live, I haven't been there since I was a little girl and every time I pass it I want to go inside.  Especially at night as it's all lit up so it actually looks red (the link I've included shows a picture of this).  It's not a real castle, though it is built on the foundations of one, but it is the most magical, fairytale building I have ever seen.  Another reason I wanted to take the boys there was to take them on a 'dragon hunt'.  I'd read about an amazing sculpture trail for children which includes a treasure chest, a fairy tree house and a scary dragon.  The boys were so excited.  Here's our day in pictures.....
Interior




Castell Coch

                           









The inside of the castle is just as amazing as the outside, with walls and ceilings painted with intricate drawings of animals and birds.  I'd forgotten how pretty it was.  The boys were amazed to find a bedroom at the top of a turret, with all the furniture completely intact.
Even the baby loved it

They can't wait to explore



















After we'd examined every inch of the castle, with me having palpitations every time they walked down a steep, stone staircase without holding on, we went out into the grounds for a picnic.  It was bliss just lying on the grass on a beautiful Spring day.  

When everyone had eaten their fill we went off to find the dragon.  Now, this was something I hadn't done before so I had no idea where to look.  I had to send hubby to look at the map (my map reading skills are non-existent) and then off we went on our walk.  It was quite a way, and being quite warm plus having to carry the baby most of the way, it wasn't that easy.  But I'm so glad we did it.  Ethan was reciting verses from "We're Going On a Bear Hunt" (not exactly accurate we we understood the general idea!)  It was great fun.

Ollie having a walk
 
After walking up steep hills and along seemingly never ending paths (can you tell I'm not used to walking?!), we eventually came across the start of the sculpture trail.

Firstly, we discovered a spider.........

The boys were a bit scared as they thought it might come to life!  I blame Harry Potter for giving them a fear of wicked things in forests ;)







Next was a witches cauldron full of toads and creepy crawlies............




We were still on our dragon hunt and Ethan had his mighty sword ready to slay him.


And then we found him....... complete with a giants foot in his mouth.  What was he protecting I wonder?



We found carvings in the trees right by a fantastic treasure chest full of gold (I wish)


We'd found the treasure at last!  We'd hunted high and low, crept past defeated a spider, and slayed a dragon.  Hooray!  The boys were happy but exhausted and demanding ice-cream (erm, not a chance in the middle of the woods).  It was time to go home.

Zac is already looking forward to the next adventure
We're already planning where to go next weekend.  We're thinking dinosaurs....................