Showing posts with label Trains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trains. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Project 365: Days 33 - 39


Day 33: Poorly boy - O is suffering with a bad cough and cold so we had a very unsettled night and he ended up in bed with me.  

Day 34: Swimming - this week it's E's turn as he started one-to-one swimming lessons.  He's been having group lessons for a while but has got a bit stuck so he's having these lessons to help him move on.  

Day 35: Mega Bloks - I came home from work to this Mega Blok monster in the house.  E built it and was very proud of it.  We haven't been allowed to move it all week!

Day 36: Trains - O decided that he didn't want to go to bed and he would much rather come down and play with his train set.

Day 37: Music - O had some friends over to play so we got the musical instruments out.  He's really very good on this little trumpet.

Day 38: Numbers - I've put a few different learning apps on the tablet and O loves practising his numbers.  He spent ages tracing the number 2.

Day 39: Wine - After a day of housework I went to see a friend and enjoyed a glass (or three) of wine and a good chat.  

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Project 365: Days 19-25


Day 19: Guitar - E has been having guitar lessons for a few weeks and is doing really well.  He loves music and enjoys practising, especially since I bought him a music stand.  

Day 20: Pull ups (of the exercise kind) - the boys love watching their father do pull ups on the bar in the doorway, so they all decided that they wanted to try.  Z held on for as long as he could. 

Day 21: Trains - We're having a bit of a break from the wooden train set, and it's now all about the Lego Duplo trains.  O loves building his trains and a tunnel.  He has got a track that it runs on, but his train is so long that it won't fit on it!

Day 22: YMCA - More Lego today; this time some minifigures that Z has made with Zombie heads and uniforms.  I saw these when I went in to check on him in bed and couldn't resist taking a photo as they looked like a strange take on the Village People.

Day 23: Creepy Hand - E loves playing Creepy Hand and I love this quizzical look on his face as he reads out the game card.

Day 24: Chopsticks - O has decided to try eating his food with chopsticks and tonight he has chicken nuggets.  It's all practise I suppose ;-)

Day 25: Daddy's boy - it was my nephews birthday party today and we had great fun. I loved this photo of O with his dad.

(Apologies for the photos being out of order)

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Project 365: Days 153 - 159


Day 153: Guilty! - I caught my little one playing in the dirt.  He looked very guilty when he saw me but I was quite impressed that he'd stayed away from my plants.

Day 154: Little house - O decided that he wanted his cereal in his playhouse.  I suppose we all need some time on our own sometimes,

Day 155: Grow it - I am really pleased with how well my plants are growing. These re my tomato plants and they're looking great.

Day 156: Getting up close - I get photo envy when I look through all the amazing photos in Project 365 so I've been practising my close ups.  I have to admit that it's been taken on my phone because I can't use my camera.  I suppose that's the next thing to master.

Day 157: Train track - O will use absolutely anything as a train track and today it was his seesaw.  He spent ages running his trains up and down it.

Day 158: Say cheese! - It was a beautiful day today so O and I spent most of it in the garden.  He decided to put some sun tan lotion on himself, but most of it ended up on his nose. I wasn't allowed to wipe it off.

Day 159: Another hot and sunny day but the boys were in and out.  On one of their cooling down periods in the house they decided to build some LEGO robots.  This is the police version.


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Saturday, 1 June 2013

Project 365: Days 146 - 152


Day 146: Trains - We spent the day at my in-laws and the weather was so nice that we were able to sit outside for most of the day.  O spent ages playing with the Thomas train track.

Day 147: Pirate Day - we went to Tredegar House for a pirate day and to start our 50 Things adventures.  It was an amazing day and we had lots of fun.

Day 148: Fireman Sam - It rained constantly all day so I decided to get my cleaning and ironing done.  I didn't manage to take a photo until bedtime but I was glad as O decided to wear his Fireman Sam sleepsuit and he looked so cute.

Day 149: Cheese! - O loves having his photo taken at the moment and insists on me taking lots on my phone.  He also tries to take photos of me but they don't turn out so well.

Day 150: Board games - The boys got their games box out and it was great to see them playing together.  It was even nicer to see them playing these traditional games rather than being glued to a games console.

Day 151: Our visitor - Sonic's stay has been extended and we have him until the weekend.  We have to be very careful when we let him out of his hutch as he makes a beeline for all the fruit and veg that I've planted.  He does love to dig!

Day 152: Park fun - we went for a walk in our local park and the boys enjoyed running and jumping around before we stopped to have an ice-cream and look at the ducks.

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Project 365: Days 76 - 82




Day 76: Fireman Sam - O is going through a dressing up phase and is loving his Fireman Sam sleepsuit at the moment. I just adore the toddler phase.

Day 77: My three boys - it's next to impossible to get a decent photo of the boys together but I came home from work today and they were all in a cooperative mood.  It was only when I looked back at the photo that I realised my oldest doesn't look too happy.  I think it was because his little brothers were messing around a little bit.

Day 78: Rock Star - E was trying to develop his rock star slide with the guitar.  He didn't quite get it though and just ended up lying flat on the floor!

Day 79: Thomas fan - O spent most of the day playing with his trains.  He's lined up all of his Thomas trains to go around the track.

Day 80: Driving in his car - the weather was a bit nicer today so we dusted off the battery operated Lighning McQueen car for O. He loved it!

Day 81: Puddle jumping - O took great delight in jumping in every puddle in our driveway. He soaked himself (and me) but it was great fun.  

Day 82: A new belt - My oldest two boys had their kickboxing grading today and they both got new belts.  They are doing so well at kickboxing and I am so proud of them.  They are both little stars.

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Project 365: Days 62 - 68




Day 62: Seaside fun - well, at least it was supposed to be.  We decided to drive down to the Gower in Swansea and stopped at Oxwich Bay.  The sun was (almost) shining so we got a ball from the car and headed down the beach.  It was so cold and windy that the little one refused to walk and the older two complained bitterly.  We lasted about 15 minutes before heading back to the car.  Hubby was told in work the next day that Oxwich is renowned for being windy, hence all the surfing action there.  Hmm, I never knew that....

Day 63: Toddler tantrums - I worked today so not much opportunity to take photos, but I took this one of the toddler after he threw his duvet out of the cot, no doubt complaining about going to bed.

Day 64: Fast asleep -  Again, another day in work so another bedtime photo.  This is my middle boy surrounded by his toys.  He loves all his cuddly toys and can't sleep unless he has them all in bed with him.  One of his favourites at the moment is Luigi (because he's green).

Day 65: Show me the rabbit -  The little one and I spent the afternoon at my mum's and my sister took O out to show him the bunny rabbit.  He enjoyed stroking him for all of 30 seconds before a football caught his attention.  I think the rabbit was quite pleased though as the poor thing was petrified.

Day 66: Poorly boy - O has come down with a cough and cold so asked to sleep in my bed.  I do love having cuddles with him and could spend hours just watching him sleep. 

Day 67: Train-time - Oliver insists on having a train track built for him every day.  He loves nothing more than attaching all the trains together and running them around the track.

Day 68: School work - I had parents evening for my oldest son this week and I was so proud to be told how well he is doing in school.  He really enjoys learning and does a bit of work every day at home.  He's got this book where he writes stories and draws pictures to go with them.  He's my little budding author.


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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Project 365: Days 34 - 40




Day 34: Very happy that he got his 25m swimming badge
Day 35: Reading time with dad
Day 36: My youngest licking the book as Percy is covered in chocolate!
Day 37: Percy is leading the trains on the track
Day 38: The only time he falls asleep in the daytime is when we go out in the car
Day 39: Tickly kisses
Day 40: Loving the bouncy castle at a birthday party

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coombe Mill - part 2

One of the best bits of staying at Coombe Mill was the feed run every morning which my boys thoroughly enjoyed.  But the is more to Coombe Mill than the animals.

On our first night there we went for a wander around the grounds and the children were delighted to find this fantastic play area.  There was a pirate ship and a trampoline and lots of muddy puddles for the little one to jump in (though these are weather dependant!)  It was hard to get the children out of there but as it was getting late, and we were all starving I bribed them with chocolate appealed to their better nature to get them to come back to out fabulous Scandinavian Lodge.

Ship Ahoy!
The Scandinavian Lodges are amazing.  The one we stayed in could sleep up to seven people so there was lots of room.    The living/kitchen/dining area was open plan and the full ceiling height made it even more spacious.  It was like a home from home as the kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance including a washing machine and tumble dryer, making those wet, muddy days so much easier and I could throw it all in the wash.  

The decking outside our lodge
Popping into reception was great as there were lots of things there to borrow or buy.  From bread and milk to homemade meals and desserts to buy.  Wellies, potties, games to borrow.  There's no need to pack your car with everything your little one needs as most of it is available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

I mentioned one of the play areas earlier; well that's not the only one.  There was another outdoor play area right next to our lodge.  The children would go racing off to it at any opportunity.  My oldest just loved the zip wire and the younger two loved the swings and climbing frame.  There's a baby swing here too which my little one thoroughly enjoyed.







If the weather is really bad there is an indoor play area.  We did have a look but never used it as, even though we stayed in October, the weather wasn't too bad, and even if it was raining the kids didn't care and would be outside playing with their waterproofs on.



We had lots of fun at Coombe Mill but we did spend some time exploring the surrounding areas.  It took us a while to get used to the narrow country lanes (though I do think that some of them could have been avoided if we hadn't followed our sat nav!), but we found some absolutely beautiful areas.  From Port Isaac on a drizzly day......














To the amazing Polzeath beach.  Who would have thought that it's October!!  The children adored it here.

 We also found a lovely little model railway museum and my train obsessed 2 year old can't believe his eyes.

We ended our week with a visit to Padstow for fish and chips, followed by ice-cream.  


Rain or shine, there is so much to do whether you stay on the farm, or go exploring.  This was my first visit to  Cornwall (and Coombe Mill) but it certainly won't be my last.
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Sunday, 19 August 2012

A day out with Thomas

My youngest adores trains and has developed a love of Thomas the Tank Engine, so when I had an email to say that Thomas and friends were visiting Dean Forest Railway I just knew we had to take him.  We'd been there a few years back when my oldest son was obsessed with Thomas and had a great day riding on the trains, so was looking forward to going again.

We arrived at the railway and it was a bit wet and miserable, but the squeals of delight from my youngest when he saw all the trains quickly cheered us up.  I don't think he could believe his eyes.  Then, when he saw Thomas, he didn't know what to do with himself.  He refused to leave the platform.  Thomas was pulling Toad the brake van so we went for a few rides on this, and the children got a junior engineer certificate.  Then we went for a ride on the steam train to Lydney Junction.  This was so nice.  We got drinks from the buffet car and enjoyed the ride.  Even my oldest son was enjoying it, though he pretended that he wasn't!








He was so excited when he realised that Thomas was next to us


Pleased as punch to get a sticker













Talking about punch, there was a classic Punch and Judy show being run at intervals on the top platform.  My older two loved it and couldn't stop laughing, though the little one was a bit scared and wouldn't watch it.  I'm not sure that I blame him!  These puppets were also up there and they look very creepy.

There was also face painting on the platform and my older boys just had to get theirs done.  As you can see we've now got a dinosaur and Spiderman with us for the day.

While they were getting their faces done, my youngest was still staring wistfully at all the trains.  All he wanted to do was see Thomas and he wasn't going anywhere until he did.

Much to my relief, Thomas came back out so we had another ride on the brake van.  Everyone was getting a bit tired by this point so we decided to go for one last ride on Daisy the Diesel.  First she raced the steam train, and then there was a story telling trip to Parkend.  The children had a little nap and then woke up all refreshed when we got back to Norchard station.  Just time for a trip to the shop, quickly followed by a ride on this Thomas.  

We all had a fantastic day; it was so nice to ride the old steam trains and to watch Thomas and his friends get up to some antics in the station.  The boys loved it.  There was just one more thing to do before we got back to the car.  Find every single puddle in the car park and jump in it!


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Saturday, 4 August 2012

Planes, trains and automobiles

Well, the trains and automobiles bit anyway. I haven't even seen a plane today.

Today has been a day of ups and downs. Despite feeling rough I have been dragged out of the house by my husband a children. We headed towards the beach in the biggest rain shower I have ever seen but thankfully when we got there the sun was shining. Then came the downs. We realised that we didn't have any money for a car park ticket and it was about half a mile walk back into town to the cashpoint (we didn't want to drive back as we'd found a car parking space and it was really busy). So I decided to walk, leaving hubby with the boys. The baby was fast asleep in the car so not a problem, right? Wrong. I'd just got to the cashpoint when I had a phone call from a very irate husband. The baby had woken up and started crying, and I had locked the car and had the car keys in my bag. I ran back to the car (not an easy feat as I am so unfit), in a state of panic. Hubby kept phoning and shouting at me for being so stupid, as if I could possibly feel any more worse than I already did. I eventually got there to find my gorgeous boy in a bath of sweat, screaming at the top of his lungs. It took lots of cuddles to console him but he did finally calm down. I feel like the worst mother in the world.

So, what to do to make it up to him? Ice-cream! Works every time. All four boys (hubby included) enjoyed an ice-cream on the promenade and things were looking up. The boys were happy, the sun was shining and there was a land train. The baby was so excited. He is obsessed with trains at the moment so we promised him a ride on it before we went home.

First it was time for the beach, as what's the point in a trip to the seaside if you don't actually get to play on the sand? The tide was out so the boys took full advantage of playing and getting soaking wet in the rock pools. The baby on the other hand dragged me back to the promenade to look for the train. I tried to take him to the park but he wasn't having any of it. He just wanted that train. And what my boy wants my boy gets (well, after I've locked him in a car anyway).

The train arrived and we all got on. And what did the little one do? He cried. Typical. I think he realised that it wasn't actually Thomas the Tank Engine. He did settle after a while and enjoyed the rest of the ride.

I didn't take half as many photos as I should have. I still haven't quite got the knack of doing that while trying to stop three excited boys running straight off the promenade. I did manage a few though.