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Half Term Fun – The Little Mermaid

 

Many of you are now halfway through the week, and halfway through half term. G has not reached school age yet, so we are still free from the term time scheduling, but if you are one of the many parents out there who have to find plenty to do and entertain your little lovelies then I know just the treat for the end of your half term week!

 
After a long and possibly fraught week of half term “fun”, an end of the week treat could be just the incentive your little angels might need. And the thought of a little time sat down is surely and incentive for us tired out parents!
 

An incredibly talented young cast from The Talent Shack, Shelley Norton Stage School, are bringing this classic story to life and taking us on a journey under the sea with a fantastic performance of The Little Mermaid. With all the well loved Disney classics, you’ll all be humming along and are guaranteed to leave with that happy Disneyfied fairy dust feeling.
 

The cast are aged only from 7-18 which is lovely for your children to watch, and relate even more with the cast and their characters. Their age does not, however, put a limit on their talents though! You’ll be in awe of what these young performers can; adults and children alike will be entranced by their energetic and enthusiastic production.
 

There’s one performance Friday evening, one Saturday afternoon and one Saturday evening. With only a few performances I’d recommend booking your tickets soon!

 
Do you have plans to visit the theatre this half term? What shows would your littles most like to see?
 
Mrs H xxx

G’s First Swimming Lesson

 

Hurry up Mum! I need to go splash!

We went for a free taster lesson with Water Babies and G had a brilliant time! I wasn’t sure what to expect, what we’d be doing or whether G would enjoy a structured lesson rather than just splashing about.

I thought maybe we’d splash about on the sidelines and watch what a lesson was all about but we were encouraged to join in straight away. The instructor was really friendly and welcoming, and assured us to just join in as much as we could or as G wanted to. No pressure to ‘fit in’ straight away at all. There’s lots of songs and movements to join in with and swimming ‘actions’ to learn, kicking legs etc and G started to pick things up much sooner than I was expecting. Because the lessons are so relaxed and fun it’s more like joining in with a toddler play group but in the water.

Not too far into the lesson we had to stand at the side of the pool and let our littles go whilst they swam to the instructor. It was only a distance of about 2-3 feet and I thought we’d be told to miss it out because we hadn’t been before, but our turn came and I struggled not to have a complete mummy break down, letting my precious baby boy go in the water. Of course he was fine and had a big beaming smile on his face when he swam back to me.

locking everything up safe

I was so surprised at how much he joined in, solo swimming, ‘diving’ off the side, running over a large float and jumping into the pool. The only thing I couldn’t get him to join in with was using a hoop weight as a car steering wheel! Why steer when you can launch it across the pool and make a big splash! At 45-50 minutes long it’s the longest time he’s ever spent in the swimming pool, and I think he’d have stayed even longer. He enjoyed it so much. He cried a little when we had to go get changed, “more splash Mum?” It was so good to know we were right about swimming lessons for G!

new ‘monster’ pouches are a great size for toddlers!

The most important thing to remember for post swim (apart from a warm fluffy towel of course) is a big snack! G was ravenous waiting for me to get changed. He inhaled a pouch of raspberry yogurt and a pot of raisins. Thankfully our favourite NomNom Pouches have released a new design and bigger size, they’re perfect to fill up with lots of delicious smoothies and yogurts for a post swim snack. They’re also fairly mess free and G can hold it and control it, meaning I’m left alone for 2 minutes to get myself dressed. Handy when you have to actually leave the building. No one wants to see a half dressed parent wrapped in a towel trying to hold it up one handed and juggle a toddler to the car!

We’re going to have lots of fun practising all of the new songs and skills when we start lessons soon!
 

Have you taken your toddlers swimming? What’s their favourite post swim snack?

 
Mrs H xxx

First Trimester…2nd Time Round

 
It’s nothing that hasn’t been said before, many have written, tweeted, blogged about it. First trimester is frigging hard!! Even doing nothing is hard. Your body is growing a person and its bloody tiring! Even a walk up the stairs can leave you out of breath and needing a quick sit down. It can be so frustrating being that tired out all the time. But first time round, apart from when I was in work, I could have a little nap, a lie down or just chill out for half hour. 
This time it’s a bit different. Toddlers don’t understand resting and unplanned naps. And they still expect to be fed and bathed at the right times. Selfish little sods!

Talking of being fed, trying to plan G’s meals has been a lot harder the last few weeks. Its hard making and planning lunch when you’re not sure if you can stomach chopping up chicken or smelling peanut butter. Cue lots of retching and a confused and worried toddler! Poor little dude looks so worried and all I can do is try and swat him away until it stops and then give him lots of cuddles when it’s over. 
When you’re just two it must be a weird thing to watch and not understand.

Talking of retching (pregnancy is soooo glam isn’t it!?) I can’t brush my teeth without having a major retch attack. It’s frustrating because it’s not exactly something you can stop for a few weeks. Seriously, I can just about manage my front two teeth but any more than those and I can’t stop! 
Pregnant with your first you can endure these little annoyances in peace. This time? I know have an almost two year old stood next to me brushing his teeth and making very loud fake retching noises. 

Brilliant.

I’m looking forward to the second trimester promise of more energy!

 
Mrs H xxx

Happy 2nd Birthday G!


Never has there been a truer quote about parenthood. 

There are days when I wonder how I can do this. How much longer the “phases” last. When is it bed time and I can stop the watching, following, repeating myself 3 thousand times a minute. 

But then there are other days when I don’t know where all the time has gone. Why there isn’t more time for laughing, cuddles and taking in how miraculous and perfect G is. 

And that’s what being a parent is. A complete mix of perfection and tiredness. 

Today I’ve thought about how fast these 2 years have gone. How short 731 days can be, even when some of those days have felt longer than the rest! How much has changed since you entered our world, and made it better. And as bad as some of those days were, I don’t want to change them. But I do want to remember to keep filling the future days with as much laughing and cuddling as possible! 

You are so clever and funny. I never thought how much you could learn in such a short time. You’ve got all these words an you’re talking to everyone all the time. Sometimes they’re not clearly understandable, but we’re learning what you mean and they get clearer all the time. 

You love colours, naming them and pointing them out. You love cars, trains and spotting airplanes in the sky. You love Thomas the Tank and you know them all. You get cross if I don’t name them correctly straight away. You get so excited when you spot someone you know or a favourite character in tv.

You are so strong and physical. You love sprinting around, jumping and spinning. You love splashing in the swimming pool. You love being outdoors in sun or rain. Puddles are made for you, and if there’s sand or mud or a stone to be thrown you’ll find it. Even if mum says no! 

You are funny and love laughing. You like tickling and making us all laugh too. 

I can’t list everything you know and do because there’s just too much to say. 

You are our world and you are so special. 
Love you millions beautiful boy! 

Lots of love, Mum & Dad xxx

Birthday Trip to Folly Farm

 
Our nephew turned 3 last month, and what better place to celebrate than in Folly Farm with G and of course my nephews parents! Mr H was unable to get away from work…we’ll just have to arrange another trip soon!
The Herniman House loves visiting Folly Farm, so we were really sad to miss out on meeting the rhinos when they arrived last year, as I was unwell at the time. 

This trip we were all looking forward to seeing the rhinos for the first time, and also the newly arrived sloth and fruit bats. Of course this was on top of the excitement of seeing all of our favourite animals. 


I was pretty tempted to leave G with my brother in law, sister in law and nephew and could have stayed at penguin coast all day long! We visited them twice and for ages but I am yet to fulfil my dream of sitting inside the pen all day long. Ah well maybe one day! 

There was no doubt which animals the boys were waiting to see. At least three and a half viewings of the Lion King in the caravan before hand, and lots of (very loud) practising of their best ROARS on the way meant visiting Hugo and the rest of the pride was very high up on the list.


But first we had to go through the Jolly Barn! As a long time visitor (4 years old feeding lambs and taking hay filled tractor rides) means I always want to visit the ‘traditional’ side of the farm first. Despite the amazing new additions in the zoo, and the fantastic play areas AND the vintage funfair, the Jolly Barn is still just as interesting and exciting. There’s a great program of meet and greets scheduled throughout the day meaning everyone can get up close and personal with lots of the animals, lots of chances to cuddle or learn to milk them. It’s a fantastic chance to for children (and adults!) to see and touch animals that you may not get a chance to usually, especially in city life. It was also a good chance for G to yell out all the animal noises he knows.



The lions were next, but after a visit to them we made our way to the new attraction we were keen to check out. The rhinos!


It was fantastic to see them, especially when you remember that you’re in west Wales too. They’re so big but gentle, and it really made G giggle to know that carrots were like a chocolate treat to them.

It was really sad to find out that the major cause in the near extinction of the rhinos is the human race. They’re not hunted by any other animals as you may think, such as lions or other big cats, but it’s the human hunters and poachers that are constantly depleting the rhino population. 

It’s another fantastic reason that the rhinos are being looked after in Folly Farm and they are able to contribute the conservation and possible breeding to help the species.


A birthday day out wouldn’t be complete without a special lunch and the chance to run wild! We were treated to lunch at the Carousel Burger Bar, though the boys were much more interested in trying out all the soft play areas. Speaking to the farm in advance let us know that they could have left a birthday cake with one of the restaurants who would store it until needed and even till we’d be ready to take it home! It was decided not to bring the cake in the end but it’s great to know that they’d be able to do this for you. It’s a popular day out and I can see even more family birthday trips being planned for the future so it’s lovely to know you can take a cake if wanted.


Even though we’ve been before, there always seems to be something new we haven’t seen or done before. The rhinos were of course the main new attraction, but there was also a new friend in the discovery centre, a beautiful sloth. The boys were slightly less impressed, after all it doesn’t roar or race around, but I could’ve watched it slowly wander about its new home all day. I feel that I currently have a lot in common at the moment. Or at least I’d like to have more in common but that lovely sloth doesn’t have an energetic toddler bouncing off the walls! Just as well really.


G hasn’t been big enough on previous visits to check out any of the fairground rides, but this time got to drive around on the vintage car ride. Even though it’s a very quiet time in the season, almost all of the rides were working, just in rotation, so if there was a particular ride you wanted to go on you just had to ask a staff member and they came to man the ride.


But the little car ride wasn’t a patch on G’s first go on a go kart! Mummy wasn’t able to go (not best advised to go-kart whilst pregnant!) so he got to drive round with his Aunty Lu whilst big cousin M got to race around with his Dad. 

We’d checked G was tall enough, and they queued for a while, but it wasn’t until they’d sat down and buckled in that I suddenly had a mini panic. He was tall enough, but was he old enough!? But one look at his beaming face going round the track was enough to tell me he was more than ok with it! I was sorry to miss have a race too but it was great to watch the boys smiling and waving as they went passed.


With so many animals and a ton of different play areas I don’t think our family will ever tire of trips to folly farm! We’re already thinking about our next visit in September, and I think maybe season tickets might be an idea for next year.
 

Mrs H xxx
Disclosure: we were given entrance tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are honest and my own