2020 · Days Out · March 2020

Light up Leicester – 07.03.2020

Tonight we took the girls into Leicester to attend the Light Up Leicester Festival.

DM, Carla and I saw one of the displays on Thursday night but hadn’t realised just how much there was to see or how much fun was to be had!

There are seven displays located at various points around the city centre, all no more than 5 minutes walk between each one.

It’s a completely free event running from the 5th – 8th March.

Our first experience tonight was The Wave at St Peters Square. This was a beautiful experience of hanging lights playing music; it was so romantic and colourful. Following on from this we went to Jubilee Square to see Unexpected Connection.

The photo’s of this does not do it justice. The colours are so vibrant. I had a bit of a play with my camera at this one on Thursday…..

We then went on to Humberstone Gate to the display that gave us the most giggles, Wave Field.

The girls took it in turns to have a go on the light up seesaws 😍

Our next venture was over towards the Curve Theatre to see the screen display aptly titled Youth Culture…

We then walked over to the Market Square to see Traces (no photo). This was a net of lights suspended from the ceiling of the market that once you had scanned the QR code, you can change the colours and patterns of the lights. Just behind the Market was my favourite, Shadowdance…

The girls had so much fun playing with their colourful shadows.

We left this and then moved to the final display of Shoefiti.

This city was buzzing with lots of families, couples and friendship groups taking part in all of the displays.

A huge well done to all involved in organising such a fun and creative display around the city centre!

There is one more day left of the festival. It’s on from 5pm to 10pm. If you have the chance, I really would recommend that you give it a visit.

2020 · Days Out · February 2020 · School Holiday’s

Rebound – 21.02.2020

Secretly I spent the morning trying every website possible to get tickets to see Lewis Capaldi at The O2, London in October. I have tried for the past three days, to no avail. I had O2 priority presale access on Wednesday, I had Live Nation presale access yesterday and then the tickets went on general sale today and sold within 10 seconds 😲

This afternoon, Peach managed to get home early and join me in taking the girls to Rebound Inflatable Park in Ashby. It was one of the treat that they had requested at the beginning of the week. 2Tone suffers with motion sickness and therefore struggles with trampoline parks, so we thought we would give this a try. We paid for the hour, but you can opt to pay a little bit more and stay for two hours. As you can see by their sweaty faces, most of them had a thoroughly enjoyable time. In hindsight, it may have been a better option to do this at the beginning of the week, as I personally think the girls are a little bit tired and got tired very quickly.

We had family night with Nanna T tonight and she arrived with a wonderful treat of ice-creams for us all to enjoy and the most amazing Apple & Cinnamon Tray Bake!! πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ˜

2020 · Days Out · February 2020 · School Holiday’s

School Holiday Fun – 18.02.2020

Oh to be a 10 year old again!!

Today I took the big girls for a beauty treatment, while my friend took the little girls off to Twinlakes. We met them there after lunch and they all had fun running around in the indoor play area. We ventured out of the play area and took the girls on a few rides. At first complaining that it was too cold and then once they had been on one ride, it was a race to get to the next one. I personally love it at Twinlakes, they have so much for children (and adults) of all ages to get involved in. They have indoor activities as well as outdoor activities and in the summer have a water play area too! The first photo was taken as the girls prepared to go on the go karts together; challenging each other to do 10 laps each. DM was lapped 4 times and one of those was with another person running alongside and then in-front of her πŸ˜‚

We got home and the girls friends have slept over. It was so beautiful to see the big grins on their faces as I tucked them all in πŸ₯° (hoping they’ll get some sleep 🀞🏻)

2020 · February 2020

Day of rest – 16.02.2020

Apparently, Sunday is a “day of rest” PAH!!

We were up and out of the house just after 9am today to join my brother and his family at the local leisure centre for some swimming fun. It was great fun, lots of splashing about and a fab start to the half term holidays.

We then took the girls for an arts and craft session at 4KidsonKanvas. They were offering free arts and craft sessions over the week of the half term (sessions still available). Sarah was so welcoming, she had kindly set the table up with the girls names in place. The room was full of inspiration for the girls to get their creative heads on. For an hour, Sarah encouraged the girls to be as creative as they could, guiding them with using the tools and equipment available. The girls absolutely loved their time with Sarah and were very proud of their achievements at the end of their session.

Peach and I sat outside the room and came across some fantastic other facilities available at The Artisan Centre: Piston Rings and Things, The Pottery Pit, The Bakewell Tart and KJ Interiors.

We then came home to watch the final of The Masked Singer, which was amazing! We have thoroughly enjoyed watching the series with the girls.

An afternoon dog walk and a quick visit to see my Mum and the smile on her face when having her family visit her 😍

A busy “rest” day and setting the plans for the week of fun ahead ☺️

Days Out · February 2020

Climbing fun 09.02.2020

Finding an activity that suits all and is affordable can sometimes be quite challenging. The girls have been asking to go Rock Climbing for a while. I follow a page called Ape Index It is a rock climbing, ninja warrior, activity centre.

They had scaffolding with ladders, ropes, hoops and nets to climb.

There were different heights to jump and swing from.

Pops even managed to find herself a lovely resting place high in a hammock…

With 11 of us going, we managed to walk away with only 3 injuries – and two of those were adult ones!

For Β£8 per child, we had two hours free play on everything there. They offered refreshments and food at a very reasonable price.

I felt the staff were welcoming, the venue was great value for money and the girls absolutely had a blast! I personally would like to see more cushioning/padding.

What made the whole occasion even better, was being thanked by TwoTone before even leaving the building ❀️

2012 · September 2012

Twinkle Fairies – 30.09.2012

This morning I was the expecting to wake up with the “morning after the night before” feeling. Fortunately for me, I know my strengths and can still hold my own with vodka!

We had a fabulous evening celebrating a very good friends 40th Birthday. We partied till late and a fresh crisp evening (early morning) walk home aided a sound nights sleep.

DM has had an action packed day today, starting with an extra dance class for 3 hours this morning. I collected her early from the lesson, as she had a very important academy booked with her Fairy Godmother and Fairy Blossom.

DM received a phone call yesterday from her Fairy Godmother, inviting her to a specialΒ Fairy Academy. The session started with a story about how the fairies became good friends and how they know the fairies. We were running a bit late and unfortunately missed the first 10 minutes. They were extremely accommodating with us and settled DM and her friend straight away. DM enjoyed making her own fairy dust, decorating wings, creating a wand and other magical activities. When we went to collect the girls, we were shown a beautiful dance they had learn’t and viewed an official presentation of the Fairy Godmother giving all the little fairies their wings and a certificate! DM was so chuffed, and loved that she had glitter in her hair. DM and her friend were very excited to learn that Fairy Blossom had been to the fairy house that they had built together. She had eaten some of the food that they left out and loved the little home they had made. It was an extremely magical experience and one I would recommend for anyone with little fairy lovers.πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

It was a nice treat for me too as I got to be a lady of leisure for an hour and was treated to Cream Tea at Beaumanor Hall. My friend and I held a lovely conversation without the interruptions of toilet duties, petty squabbles or an urgent need if attention πŸ˜‰

We rushed straight from the fairy academy back towards home for DM to be at a friends birthday party. DM was fortunate to arrive just as her friend was being given her birthday cake. We stayed for the final hour and then it was home to Daddy and his little ladies.

R&P were full of excitement as they had had one of their best friends round for the afternoon. I was home for a minute before Aj hear my voice and started a mini melt-down. She is becoming particularly clingy around me and I’m finding if difficult to ignore. Whether it is psychosomatic; in the sense that she’s my last baby, there’s only one this time and I’m being over attentive with her, I just don’t know. But I do know it’s very draining when you have three additional kiddies to attend too. I know it’s me she’s crying for as the minute I pay her attention in anyway, she’s all smiles and almost full of glee! When I walked down the stairs with her, I talked to her reflection in the mirror and said “look at beautiful little girl – what was all the crying for” and Aj just took to looking round as if to say “Where? Who? Why would they do that?” Little pickle!!

I’ve had an evening of ironing and now a moment to myself to write today’s blip. I’ll be back in track very soon & back on full form 😁

2012 · September 2012

Fun at Bottom Smackington – 02.09.2012

Ashleigh had a better night last night -thankfully!
We all had a lovely lazy Sunday morning. Peach took the girls downstairs at 7am for some Sunday Morning Cinema Club; watching a DVD with all the curtains closed, staying in pyjama’s and having breakfast down from the table. The girls loved it. Ashleigh & I got up at 7.45am 😊
My Mum and step-dad invited us to a country fayre in a village where their friends lived. The village is called Sutton Bonnington, but in typical Mum & Pete style they have renamed the village Bottom Smackington. We took some friends with us and all had a wonderful afternoon!
DM had a go at Archery, she had 6 attempts and managed to get two arrows on the target 😊
The girls got to stroke a cow, see some birds of prey, watch some jousting and have a go on a couple of fairground rides.
I’m really cheeky when it comes to fairground rides now. I’ll get the girls on the ride and then when paying, I ask for a group discount πŸ˜‰ it worked today, instead of paying for 5, we paid for 4 😁
We had a lovely day and spent some wonderful quality time with some fantastic friends. Our girls all get on really well and are crazy about each other. It’s wonderful to watch them play and care for each other. Ruby has an element of silliness about her when she is with her friends. She gets extremely excited and becomes daft. It’s lovely to watch her.
The two daddies are like peas in a pod and very often have their own language……. Well, the words they use are English but we pretend not to listen as we don’t want to encourage them πŸ˜‰
The two mummies are also very alike; we gossip well, multi-task well and are very good at containing the gaggle of girlies 😊
We finished our day at an OK Diner and had some delicious food. It does make me smile when we all arrive at a restaurant; so many times we get there and are greeted with a smile that soon falters when we ask for a table for four adults and six children!
All in all a wonderful day with great friends. It’s days like these I wish would never end 😊