Sunday, 31 January 2016

Homework Project - My slightly iffy poem

Homework for you or the kids???
My slightly iffy poem.

Yippee it's Friday the working week is done
I love saturday and sunday to chill out & rest.
But hold on what's this
A project to be put you to the test.

Please can you make a statue this weekend
A shoe or a rainforest perhaps an igloo.
I'm not really crafty I hate bits and bobs
A trip to the pound shop for felt, paper & glue.

The project gets of to a good start
Then moaning commences and contains to rise.
Creative differences start to emerge
Should it be blue or what sort of size?

You end up sticking bits on by yourself
Cursing the teachers for the mess.
Eventually the task comes to an end
The project looks OK you have tried your best.

On Monday your child is full of smiles
Proudly taking the project glue thankfully dried.
You pray on Friday it will be a simpler task
Or someone else might do it & you can laugh.






Friday, 29 January 2016

Top 5 Annoying Kids Programmes

Over the last 9 years I've been subjected to lots of annoying children's TV.

My Top 5 annoying programmes are:

Topsy & Tim Cbeebies
The voices, the terrible acting the goodie goodieness. It is all deeply irritating.

Jessie Disney Channel
American comedy about a Nanny living in New York. The main character is soooooo annoying. I can't stand it but the kids love it.

Fireman Sam Channel 5
Norman Price!!! Enough said.



Gigglebiz Cbeebies
I find Justin Fletcher irritating in most programmes but the endless awful characters drives me mad in this show especially Rapids Johnson. I can just about cope with Mr Tumble.

Sam & Cat Nickelodeon
Another American comedy the kids love. I just cannot bear Ariana Grande's voice. I've no idea how old the characters are supposed to be but they basically seem to live alone & run a crap babysitting service.

What children's programmes irritate you the most?

Emma xxx





Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My sugar rant!!!

Recently there has been lots of talk of banning or restricting sugar from your diet. Davina McCall is an advocate of this lifestyle change and whilst I  can see benefits I've 100% had enough of being told what to eat!

My children have a balanced diet but do eat chocolate, sweets and their favourite is iced doughnuts. I restrict sugary drinks as feel these are not necessary.  I know this is not perfect but strongly believe in everything in moderation.

They eat loads of fruit and veg for example peas, carrots, sweetcorn, runner beans, mangetout, apples, satsumas, bananas, grapes, all melon varieties, mango and pineapple.

Most of these also contain sugar.  I was checking some food labels & sugar is actually in most products. Some I would consider healthy but the sugar police would slap my hand.

Rumoured to contain 1 teaspoon per pot but great in calcium and vitamin d
Healthy or not healthy? 
An example is baked beans they are high in fibre & count as one of your five a day but contain sugar. The same for honey cheerios they are high in fibre have added iron and vitamins and calorie wise are green but contain sugar. Are they good or bad?

Does the 14% sugar in these make them a no no?
If sugar really is the new food devil I believe food manufacturers and brands need to invest serious money in labelling and clear guidance. Telling me something contains 10% sugar is fine but is that bad? Telling me how many teaspoons would make more visual sense and I could make a more informed decision. The traffic light system does help but is not used on all food items.

Plus how much sugar is too much?!? Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 5 teaspoons of sugar per day, children aged 7 to 10 6 teaspoons , children aged 11 years and upwards plus adults 7 teaspoons.

I've no idea how you are even supposed to calculate this. How much is in pasta sauce or bread for example it's just ridiculous.

I have decided to continue as I am. I'll have a cake when I want one & continue to eat baked beans!

Next year it will probably be some other food product anyway.  Haven't we already been told restrict red meat, salt and dairy AND don't get me started on the carbohydrate police. Argh!!!

My children are healthy, active and eat well. Their teeth are good and they are happy so sugar is staying in my house.

Emma xxx


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sunnyside Restaurant Northampton Review

Recently the Sunnyside pub has under gone a make over & is now a Generous George. On Sunday we went for a family meal as it was my daughters birthday.

We had been several times when it was a Hungry Horse but did sometimes find the food a little hit or miss.  It is a large family pub in a good location.

The restaurant looks newer, fresher and modern following the changes. The indoor play area has been changed & is now more suited to tots although there is a computer on the wall for the older children.

We found the food was much improved and the roast dinner looked amazing. I had serious food envy and will definitely try next time.
Yankee burger
Roast dinner with turkey 
It is the usual pub grub but now has a large pizza section which was not included previously. The link below will take you to menus, address etc.
Sunnyside Menus & Info

The service and staff were great and it felt much friendlier.

A negative for me is that we were unable to book a table. We were a large group (16) and did manage to sit together but this was in a haphazard style around 4 tables pulled together. I emailed the pub and they advised they are trailing table booking Monday to Thursday and may extend to the weekends.

The only other point I'd make is if the outdoor play area could be extended. It has been brightened up and has a safe spongey floor but the apparatus is quite small. This is purely because having 2 children this would make an excellent venue for us & in the warmer months sitting outside with the children playing would be perfect.


The new Sunnyside suits us as a family and we will definitely return.


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Being a mum! Ultimate things that happen/change.

What's my name again? Oh that's right Emma not mum, mummy, mother or mumma.

Here's my list of the ultimate things that happen/change as a mum:

  • Never going to the loo alone.

  • On the subject of loos at every theme park, restaurant, indoor play area etc always having to locate the nearest loo as a matter of priority.  A new place can be an epic fail based on its toilet facilities.

  • Play areas are the new big thing in life. Especially if it has a decent basket swing according to my daughter.

  • Buying children's clothes not adult clothes.

  • High heels look nice but converse are oh so much more practical & make me feel a smidgen more trendy.

  • Trendy is such a lame word!

  • Waking up to a child not your partner with a face millimetres from your own.  

  • The chorus of "I'm hungry!" can be heard day & night.

  • The chorus of "I'm bored." can be heard day & night.

  • Alone time is a thing of the past apart from the precious half hour your child can be fobbed off with YouTube.

  • Although YouTube can be a double edged sword. I now have an irrational hatred for FGTeeV & have to share my Kindle.

Emma xxx


Friday, 22 January 2016

5 Facts about me

I thought I'd share a little more about myself as I've recently upped my blogging activity and am hoping to link up with other mummy bloggers (although I'm not so keen on that desription).

1. I have Crohns Disease. I was diagnosed 7 1/2 years ago & have so far had no relapses.

2. I used to wear glasses but had laser eye surgery nearly 3 years ago. I wish I'd done it years ago.The only drawback is at night I do get additional glare from headlights when driving.

3. I have 2 children who were both born by caesarean.  One was emergency and the other elective. I had hoped to have my son naturally & was booked in for an elective at 10 days overdue.  I never thought I'd get to day 10 but I never even had a Braxton hick let alone a real contraction.

4. I didn't pass my driving test till the sixth go!  I had 2 tests when I was 18/19 and failed and hated every second of it.  I didn't start lessons again until I was 28/29 as I figured now I had a child I really needed to be able to drive.  My lessons always went really well but on test day I'd fall to pieces.  Nerves always got the better of me.  One test was enormously irritating as I only failed for being 1 car length instead of 2 away from the car in front of me on the dual carriageway. Aside from that I only had 4 minors and was so annoyed. I finally passed on my 6th go which was lucky as I vowed to give it.

5. I have 4 happy hens and 2 cute rabbits. I'm not really a pet person but these are all outdoors.  The hens are lovely and have so much character. Two seem to want to be house hens & if they see a open door they make a run for it.  The rabbits are my daughters & she mostly feeds and looks after them although I get the dirty job of cleaning their hutch and litter tray.

I actually found this task difficult but hope you've found it interesting.  What interesting facts would you share about yourself?

Emma xxx  





Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happy birthday! I can't believe my daughter is 9.

Today my daughter is 9.
For me this feels like a milestone.
It feels grown up.
I think this is largely due to the fact in Northampton we used to have a 3 tier schooling system & at 9 you would change to middle school.

At 9 years old I travelled by bus or walked to a new school a couple of miles from home.
Would I let my 9 year old do this now. No way!!!
Society is different & we worry more about our children.

Luckily for me the schooling system changed and it's now 2 tier.
My daughter won't change schools until she's 11 and I might be ready by then :)

She is growing into a beautiful, clever and caring little lady and makes me enormously proud.
She is sometimes a little too serious but this is balanced out by the times she is painting her nails & singing to Justin Bieber.

I honestly can't believe it is 9 years since she came into the world.
Where has the time gone?
I remember coming home from hospital & shedding a tear. Wearing flips flops in winter as my feet had swollen & the next day realising I'd lost my trainers. They'd accidently left at the hospital & I never saw them again or found some I liked as much!
Her birth story was long & resulted in an emergency caesarean.
It took me a little while to get over it but I wouldn't change a thing.

Happy birthday my most wonderful gorgeous Lily-pop ( she doesn't like pants anymore!).


Love you millions & you are amazing.

xxx

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Family Days out in Northamptonshire

Sywell Country Park NN6 0QX

There is a large reservoir, signposted walks and areas to fish.  There is a nice small café, toilets, lovely enclosed sand and water play area and a woodland themed area with carved animals, tunnels and slides.
Irchester Country Park NN9 7DL
Fabulous children's play area as well as trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. My kids love climbing up the hills although we did get stuck once and had to double back on ourselves. There is a cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum.

Brixworth Country Park  NN6 9DG

You can go cycling, sailing, fishing and there's loads of lovely signposted walks.  There is a nice children's play area with stuff for most age groups. There's also a café, bike hire and toilets.

Salcey Forest NN7 2HX

This is as the name suggests a large forest. They are lovely walks, a large bridge so you can see the tops of the trees, small play area, café and toilets.  You can also cycle, horse ride, walk the dogs and there's a new adventure rope course.

To book, or for more information about the new rope course, please visit the TREE NINJA website at www.treeninja.co.uk

At the moment The Stick Man trail is in operation. Your children can follow a signposted walk, spot the stick man characters and take part in activities on the posters.



Stanwick Lakes NN9 6GY

At Stanwick Lakes there are loads of activities. The central adventure play area with climbing tower and water play appeals to all age groups. On 2 of the walks you will find assault courses, tyre swings and zip wires.
There is a bird hide and feeding station to watch the wildlife. You can use the café or picnic sites dotted about the site.
I think this maybe my favourite.  We have visited loads as the play area is so good and walk manageable with young children. This is popular with cyclists and has bike hire.

Please note the above operate parking charges of about £3.

Abington Park NN3 3HN

Abington Park is Northampton's oldest and most popular park. It contains a museum, sports facilities, a cafe, lakes, and a garden for the blind. There is a band stand where live music is played on Sundays during the summer, a large play area and church.  Race for Life was at the park this year and Fun Fairs appear throughout the year. It is also home to the Family Fun Day held during the summer holidays. 
I love Abington Park and it is my local but am finding the play area could do with a few larger pieces of equipment for the older children like a zip wire or larger climbing frames as my 9 year old is outgrowing a lot of the equipment.

Castle Ashby NN7 1LQ

Castle Ashby is a very posh house and gardens. It is beautiful and for a small fee you can wander around the gardens, visit the small selection of animals, play area and tea rooms. It has summer and winter opening times. During the winter you pay £4 to park and can still use the gardens but tea rooms and other facilities are closed. In the summer adults are £5.50 and children under 12 free.
The scones here are delicious and its a lovely place to escape for a few hours. Even with children in tow it seems peaceful although the tea rooms can get very busy.
It has themed events throughout the year and we recently enjoyed the Halloween pumpkin hunt although wellies were essential as it had been very wet.





Wicksteed Park NN15 6NJ

Theme park & play area.  Over 30 rides, lake, picnic areas and food outlets.  Prices vary depending on time of year and whether you have wristbands or tickets so it is best to check the website http://wicksteedpark.org/

We went here for my son's 4th birthday and the kids loved it. For their age group there was loads to go on and we had a brilliant day. The food wasn't too expensive and you can take picnics.  Most queues were quite short so you could fit a lot in and not have moany children waiting to go on things.  My then 7 year old went on almost everything.

Gullivers land MK15 0DT

This is a theme park designed for children aged 2-13 years.  Prices vary depending on height, time of year and whether booked online or on the doors so definitely check the website https://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/milton-Keynes

The park is in zones and easy to navigate.  It is a bit dated but brilliant fun and very good value.  We've been 3 times and always had fun.

Rookery Open Farm NN12 7SJ

This is a small farm, with a large indoor play area and lovely large outdoor area for when the weather is nice.  You can pet the baby goats and enter the pens which my kids love.  There are not a lot of animals but is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours.


West Lodge Rural Centre NN14 2SH

Check website for prices' as can vary but as a rough guide about £5 per person under 2's are free.
http://www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.uk/admission.php 

Lovely farm with animals you can pet, talks, walks, play area, barrel rides which are very popular, pig races and pony rides. The barrel rides are free but pony rides have an additional fee.  They have themed events throughout the year which are fab. We went during October half term for Halloween and the kids loved it although the spooky tractor ride was a little too scary for my son.



Woburn Safari Park MK17 9QN

Lovely large safari park that you drive through & then park up and see the smaller animals, play area, food outlets etc.  There are different price structures and they do family tickets which are cheaper. They also do winter rates if you fancy visiting now.

Check website http://www.woburnsafari.co.uk/plan/tickets-prices/

We've only been once but loved it and would definitely go again.

 








Hope this has given you some inspiration for days out with your children & you've enjoyed the pictures.

Emma xxx










Saturday, 16 January 2016

Dogs vs Tots

Whilst chatting to a friend the other day we got onto the subject of dogs.

"I'm not really keen on dogs." My friend said wrinkling their nose and staring adoringly at her small tot.  Whilst I'm not a huge dog lover quite a few of my friends have pooches & to say you dislike them would be like them saying they dislike your child!

It got me to thinking that there's actually a lot of similarities between dogs & tots.

1. Both require attention especially when you are settling down to eat. Queue the whine/ cry.

2. Both destroy your house in seconds & leave you unsure what tornado just whizzed through your home.

3. Your washing increases. Dog hairs/ slobber/mud/baby sick/ orange coloured food stains(why is it always orange!)/snot.

4. Your walking increases which is a good thing except when its freezing and/or raining! Although the tot/dog doesn't seem to mind the weather.

5. Strangers talk to you whilst on said walk. This can be odd/friendly or creepy!

6. Outings take on a different meaning. How long will you be out? Is it pet/child friendly? Do you have food/drink/lead? The lead could be for both although you may get a few frowns. Try child reins instead they were a must with my son.

7. You are rarely home alone!

8. Without realising you adopt a silly voice whilst talking to said dog or tot.

"Who's my little cutie-pie?" (Or similar gibberish).

9. Potty training & house training. Both seem like impossible tasks & you have an enormous sense of relief when the job is conquered.

10. Discipline. Both dogs & children can wrap you around their little finger & require love, attention and consistency. Easy right!?!

These phrases sound familiar (dog or child!?) -

"What do you have in your mouth now?"
"No... No... I said NO!!!"
"How did that much poop come out of such a little thing?"
"Come here... come HERE... COME HERE!!!"
"Don't move. Stay.  I said stay there a sec!!!"

Any of the above sound familiar? Hope you have a fab week,the sun shines & your dogs & tots behave ;)

Emma xxx








Friday, 15 January 2016

Top 10 Family Films

Obviously having 2 children I've watched a few family films. After consultation with the kids our top 10 (in no particular order) are:


1. Elf - Absolute favourite Christmas film. Can watch it over & over with or without the kids.

2. Descendants - This is a new favourite. Its a Disney Channel movie based on some best loved fairy tale characters e.g. - Maleficent, Snow White and Cruella de Vil and good vs evil. My son loves the song Rotten to the Core.

3. Rise of the Guardians - Another new favourite & DreamWorks production.  Jack Frost was our fav but we loved all the fairy tale characters.  Loved that Santa had tattoos!

4. Cinderella - It was a tough choice for my daughter between this Sleeping Beauty or Snow White but Cinderella won. I think the decision was helped by the fact she loves the castle and has recently got the Cinderella Lego set.

5. Wreck it Ralph - Another Disney film we love about arcade characters.

6. Lego Movie - My children especially my daughter are Lego obsessed so this was an obvious favourite.

7. Despicable Me - Love Love Love it!!! Firm family favourite that even me & the kids dad will watch over and over again.

8. Frozen - My son loves Frozen however my daughter hates it! At school they called her Elsa for a while because she has blonde hair & it annoyed her.  She didn't want this on the list but my son insisted. Bless them.

9. Toy Story - We couldn't decide on 1, 2 or 3 so we are cheating and including the whole series.

10. Croods - A DreamWorks film about cavemen. Its a really lovely film and not at all fairy tale orientated.

What are your favourite family films?  Do you ever find you end up watching the end alone?
I watched Tangled by myself the other day.  I could have changed the channel but quite like it.

Emma xxx


Monday, 11 January 2016

Disneyland Paris - Rides, Tips for first time travellers and Review

I have just returned from Disneyland Paris. We went for a surprise holiday for the kids aged 3 and 7.  We went Friday to Monday which I think is about the right length of time.


We had an amazing time.  Below I'm going to list the highlights and some disappointments and will then give some tips for any future first time travellers -




Highlights-

1. Seeing the Disney castle is amazing when you walk through the gates.

2. The 5.30pm parade is fantastic.  This was one of my children's favourite bits. My children were mesmerised especially the 3 year old.  We watched it twice. We also caught part of the springtime parade which was during the day which was colourful & fun.  It seemed to have more of a Mary Poppins theme although some of the main Disney characters were also there.  The main parade starts at the castle and comes down Main Street.

3.Stand out rides for my children were "Its a small world" which we went on 3 times!!! Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast which we queued 90 minutes for but managed to do again the next day in a lovely short 15 minute queue.  Dumbo the flying elephant, the Carousel, Mad Hatter's Tea Cups and Autopia were also favourites..

4. The light show was amazing but very busy.  We were at the back because my son isn't keen on fireworks so couldn't see the fountains but the lights on the castle are brilliant.  My son wasn't that bothered but my 7 year old loved it and wanted to see it again.

5.  The walk home is lovely around the lake and is a nice respite from the music, crowds and queues. Our hotel was Newport Bay and was enormous. The rooms were nice although quite standard.  I'm not sure how it compares to the other hotels but I would happily recommend.

6. We travelled by Euro star and it literally takes you right to the park. A quick shuttle bus to your hotel and you are checked in quickly.  We chose to go to the hotel and have a quick look about but you could have gone straight into the park as your suitcase is taken to the hotel for you if you have Disney Express service.

7.  The entrance is amazing.  It looks soooo Disney and gives a brilliant first impression.

8.  The park was very clean.

9. I loved the appearance of the Cars and Toy Story section in Walt Disney Studios.  The rides looked amazing and the giant Buzz is great.  Unfortunately that was the morning my son refused to go on any rides (more on that later) so we didn't sample much and didn't have time to go back.

10. The food at Annette's was lovely I would definitely recommend.  We were stuffed so only ordered one cheesecake but regretted it as it was the best one I've ever eaten and I could have easily managed a whole one myself.  The evening meal we had at our hotel was also great with lots of choice.  However other meals were more hit & miss. I would recommend the Disney Village for food rather than the main park.

11. The Lego shop. My kids loved it and the Lego Woody & Buzz are amazing as is the Mickey Mouse in the window.  I wish we had a Lego store in Northampton.  I'm wondering who I can recommend it too ha ha!!!






Disappointments  -

1. I had expected characters to be walking around the park often but we didn't see any.  The characters do appear for scheduled photo opportunities at specific places but the queues are enormous and you need to make sure you are there at the correct times.  If you are elsewhere in the park or queuing somewhere you miss it.  Luckily my children weren't bothered about having their photos taken.

2.  The staff uniforms. Might seem an odd niggle but I had expected the staff to be wearing Disney outfits.  They were all wearing rather odd drab uniforms that had no Disney relevance.  Most had large navy trousers, beige, blue or green over sized shirts and long cape type things.  I thought they would have a basic uniform of navy/black trousers and a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt/Shirt/Jumper and on specific rides they might be wearing a costume e.g. - Jessie & Woody cowboy clothes or Disney Princess dress.

3.  I think some of the rides need updating as it seems very focused on the old traditional characters and not the newer ones that young children know and love e.g. - Disney Junior characters such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Also some of the rides didn't seem to have any Disney relevance at all and could have been at any theme park. They seemed to be more to fit in with the themed zone than Disney eg - Orbiton & Autopia. My children did like both of these rides & weren't bothered but I think as an adult I expected Disney to be everywhere. The only thing my daughter was disappointed about was the lack of Tinkerbell & the other Fairies especially Silver Mist.  I thought there might be a Pixie Hollow section or ride.

4.  Some restaurants were closed with no poster or sign stating when it would reopen.  We had a problem at Casey's twice, Buzz's Pizza Planet and Pizzeria Bella Botte.  We also found a lot of the snack food in the park was sweet based e.g.-ice cream, pop corn, waffles and not many places served normal sandwiches or savoury snacks.  There is a lot of food choices but most are sweet or main meals.  We found one place that served sandwiches but they looked horrible and didn't suit our children.  It was ham & cheese that looked quite plastic, grilled vegetables or curry chicken.  This isn't a massive issue but something to be aware of.

5.We felt it could benefit from a few more signs especially for the toilets. Twice we struggled to find one which is a pain with a 3 year old in tow who is busting for the loo!


Tips -

1. If you can I would study a map before you arrive so you can plan which rides you really would like to go to and roughly were you are going.  This will save you a lot of time.  It is available on the website.

2. You can head straight into the park from the train station and your suitcase will be taken to your hotel for you. This is the Disney Express service you will be told if you have this. Likewise on the way home we checked out and left our case at the hotel & enjoyed a few more hours in the park and collected our case at the train station.

3. Meal vouchers.  We had free half board as part of our holiday but the vouchers were not explained to us fully and we did not really get full use from them.

Breakfast is hotel only and allocated slots. 

Dinner -  We were told you had to book but we found out you could use the vouchers almost anywhere in the park without the need for booking.  To get the best value it is best to choose  places like Walt's, Plaza Gardens, your own hotel, Annette's and Café Mickey.  We used ours one day in Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost. It was quite confusing to start with as the server did not speak English but a manager explained we could use them but they are worth approx 30 euros an adult and no change is given.  Our meals were only 15 euros so we were not getting our monies worth and she was concerned however our son really wanted pizza/pasta 2 other restaurants we'd tried were closed and as it had been a free upgrade when I booked we weren't bothered but you may want to bear this in mind.

Tea Time Treat - Again these vouchers were not explained to us.  We thought you could only use them at the hotel between 3-7pm.  However on our last day we found out they could be used in the park.  We didn't use any of them but as I said earlier it was a free upgrade so I wasn't too worried.  However if I'd paid for the upgrade I would of been annoyed.

4.  We travelled by Euro star but our route home was via Lille. We thought you still needed to be at the train station an hour before departure.  We didn't have time to queue for a final ride so actually arrived at the train station 1hr 30 mins before departure.  It was only after collecting our suitcase & speaking to someone at the station we realised as it was a French train to Lille and we only needed to be there about 15 mins before so we could find our platform.  At Lille we had to show our passports etc but the process was quite quick and the journey pleasant.

5. Take some very comfy shoes.  You will do ALOT of walking. We had serious feet ache but it was worth it.


6. Make sure you know what you are queuing for! On Friday we arrived had a quick whizz round the park & then dinner at the hotel. When we returned to our disappointment Fantasyland was closed (we later found out this is due to the light show & closes early quite often) so we wondered about & then I saw a train so we decided to queue.  It was dark by now & we hadn't consulted the park map.  I had assumed it was just a gentle train that would go round in a circle. However it turned out to be Thunder Mountain which was fast & dark & both kids hated it.  My son refused to go on anything Saturday morning as a result. Luckily "It's a small world" and a present from the Lego shop resolved the situation.  To be honest I'm surprised we were allowed on the ride as my son is only 3. The height restrictions in France seem to be  lower than our own & I'm sure a similar ride at a theme park here would have different restrictions. It is a funny story though & we joked about taking them on the Space Mountain:Mission 2 for the remainder of the trip.
 7. We stayed for a Friday to Monday trip & Saturday was by far the busiest day (90 min queue for the Buzz ride) so if you have a pass for early entry use it on the Saturday.  This allows you into Fantasyland before 10am so smaller queue's & less people about.  Sunday was quieter & Monday was packed again but I think this was due to the bank holiday. If you are able I would suggest travelling midweek to avoid Saturday.

Hope you have enjoyed this post & some of the information is helpful to any newbie Disneyland Paris travellers.

Love

Emma xxx





Saturday, 9 January 2016

Life before & after kids


Life before & after kids
Without children : I've run out of milk. I'll just pop to the shop. Buy milk 
With children: I've run out of milk. Deep sigh. Right kids get your shoes on. Where's your coat? 10 minutes later leave the house. End up buying milk, kids magazines with brightly coloured plastic crap on the front and a kinder egg also full of plastic crap!

Without children : Have a doctors appointment. Bit of a nuisance getting appointment to fit in with work. Get there chill out with magazine before seeing doctor & getting health issue resolved.

With children : Have a doctors appointment. Have to schedule it around work & school pick ups. Have to take kids. Very deep sigh. Spend 20 fraught minutes in the waiting room constantly saying shh & dishing out snacks. Discuss health issues in code whilst entertaining/distracting children.

Without children : Get ready for a night out. Have shower/ bath at leisurely pace. Apply make up carefully. Select outfit. Maybe have a glass of wine.

With children : Get ready for a night out. Skip shower you'll be fine you had one this morning. Spend 5 minutes applying make up whilst children try to steal your lipstick & mascara. Throw on your one trusty outfit that hides a multitude of sins & looks vaguely trendy.

Without children : Ah Sunday morning lie in.
Doze. Read. Relax.

With children : Ah Sunday morning lie in. Oh wait I forgot they don't exist anymore. 6.30am rudely woken. 7.30am if you're lucky. Oh well at least we haven't got to rush anywhere.

Good job we love our kids :)

Emma xxx

Day in the life of a mum

Day in the life of a mum

6.15am son wakes up & climbs into my bed.
YouTube is distributed with only 1 eye open so I can doze. I'm so not ready to start the day.

7-8.30am shower, dress, breakfast.
Tell my son 6 times to get dressed. End up helping whilst inwardly cursing myself for giving in. With 30 seconds to spare leave the house.

8.30am mini argument getting in the car as kids can't decide who's go it is in the front. Argument settled pull off.  Have mild road rage as traffic horrific & takes 9 minutes to travel 50 metres!

8.50am drop kids off & with a sense of relief the school run is complete drive to work.

9.15-2.30pm at the day job. Boring but necessary and nice to have some adult conversation which is mainly about holidays, reality TV and possible office desk moves.

3.15pm collect kids.  Try not to lose book bags, lunch boxes, coats, children and sanity!
In the car "What did you do at school today?"
Answer "Nothing."
Brilliant.

3.30pm literally just opened the door keys still in the lock. "What can we have to eat?" Shouted multiple times.

4.00pm snacks dispensed and days things put away. Have a much needed cup of tea.

4.10pm "I'm bored."
"He's got my Lego."
"Can I play on the PlayStation?"
"I'm hungry."
Want to hide.

5pm Children sorted. Make a start on dinner. Empty dishwasher. Maybe sort out some washing. Generally multi task.

6pm Everyone eats. This is usually the time my son remembers some gem from school & my daughter will tell me about her lunchtime clubs of which there are many.
The latest school oddity from my son is the most bizarre song about a man named Joe who works in a button factory!

6.30pm bath. This is either a joyful happy time listening to the children talk & laugh or hell on earth.

7pm Pj's & usually Simpsons or You've been framed.  In the summer they'll both go in the garden for speed hair drying. My daughter reckons trampolining helps.

7.30-8pm bedtime for little one. Story read & cuddles given.
Depending on the day my daughter will either read, go on YouTube or watch a bit of telly.

8.30pm Relax!  Watch a bit of TV whilst mentally checking everything is sorted for the next day. Suddenly realise need school trip letter & money and scrabble about searching for a biro that works and £10.

10pm go to bed spend over an hour faffing about on social media whilst yawning head off and berating self for being too interested in latest celeb tweet rather than much needed sleep.

11.30pm sleep before it all starts again!

Emma xxx