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Police = Good

Published July 3, 2014 by thefamilyof5

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We went to a police fun day recently, I specifically sought out such an event as I wanted my girls to see that the police are good, they’re there to help us and keep us safe. Their experiences of the police in their past have not been positive ones.

It was a great day, busy but great and babygirl impressed us all by confidently asking a policeman why he needed a tractor!

I’ve linked this up with #MemoryBox over at The Adoption Social 

Photographic Memories

Published May 19, 2014 by thefamilyof5

I take photo’s, lots of them, far too many in fact. I currently have 3500 that I need to move from my memory card and on to a separate hard drive, then I have to file them in to folders for each month, then I have to go through them and decide which ones should be printed, then I have to put all the prints in to the albums.

I have lacked the time to sort/organise/print and display the photo’s lately, but I’ve not stopped taking photo’s. I really need to get on top of things because my girls love photo’s and they enjoy looking back through our albums and remembering special times.

Big girl said to me today ‘we have lots of lovely memories in our heads now don’t we mommy’ and they do!

Below are some of our lovely moments from over Easter.

Feeding the ducks with cousins after a lovely sunny picnic in the park.

Feeding the ducks with cousins after a lovely sunny picnic in the park.

Testing out their skills on a climbing wall!

Testing out their skills on a climbing wall!

Hungry Hippos with Daddy!

Hungry Hippos with Daddy!

Exploring the woodlands and following maps!

Exploring the woodlands and following maps!

They love a trip to the hair salon!

They love a trip to the hair salon!

Watching films and eating Easter Eggs, Epic!

Watching films and eating Easter Eggs, Epic!

Baby girl and Auntie checking out their ability to see in the dark!!

Baby girl and Auntie checking out their ability to see in the dark!!

Admiring the stain glass windows of a beautiful church!

Admiring the stain glass windows of a beautiful church!

Their favorite pass time, posing for photo's!

Their favorite pass time, posing for photo’s!

I’ve linked this post up with Memory Box over at The Adoption Social

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My budding bookworm!

Published September 21, 2013 by thefamilyof5

Big girl is feeling very proud of herself, and I’m feeling very proud of her!
She’s just finished her first ‘proper’ book!

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3 years ago she would strop and sulk at the mere thought of reading. I won’t deny it’s taken her some time, I think she started this book around Easter time but she’s finished it, understood it, enjoyed it and is excited to read the next in the series!

Early days but I’m secretly hoping she’ll become a bookworm just like her mummy 🙂

The ToucanBox

Published August 21, 2013 by thefamilyof5

A few months ago I saw an offer on Groupon for a ToucanBox Activity Set: 3 Months’ Subscription for £29.99.

I figured with the school holidays looming and the typical British weather, being typically wet, it seemed like a good idea.

So i ordered it, and then forgot about it.

A few weeks later the box arrived……………

Example of a ToucanBox

Example of a ToucanBox

A bright and colourful briefcase style box!

I placed it on our dining room table without comment. There was lots of looking, touching, poking and finally some asking. ‘Whats in the box mommy’, they said. ‘Your going to have to wait and see’ I replied. They actually loved not knowing, they tried guessing, they talked about it between themselves and asked me a lot.

Is it cake? asked baby girl

I think its not a new bike! Said Big girl

Maybe its a frog!? wondered middle girl

I simply replied with ‘one day in the holidays, we’ll open it, but until then, your just going to have to keep guessing’.

It wasn’t long before the rain arrived a couple of weeks later and the box was moved from the table. Excitement filled the air and I tortured them a little longer by slowly and dramatically opening the box before revealing its secrets.

Inside there was 4 more boxes and some other bits and bobs. I prompted them to choose a box each and open them.

Middle girls box contained everything needed to make 2 spiders and a web,

Baby girls box contained everything needed to make a glow worm, that actually glows.

Big girls box contained everything needed to make a bug observation jar complete with ventilated lid and magnifying glass.

The remaining box conveniently contained everything needed to make the 3 different stages of the butterfly transformation process.

The girls were eager to get on with their projects. True to its word, each activity had everything (except scissors and pencil) needed to complete it with really easy to understand instructions to follow.

They all thoroughly enjoyed their activities and were very proud of their final creations. They shared the final activity in the remaining box and each made a  butterfly to show its different stages of growth.

Big Girls Bug Jar If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right :)

Big Girls Bug Jar
If you look closely you can just about see Sofia the spider to the right 🙂

They really enjoyed looking around the garden for a victim bug to torture observe in the bug jar. They set about with binoculars and magnifying glasses to find a beast for the jar. They quickly located and named, ‘Sofia’ the spider and promptly tried to get ‘her’ to sleep by singing Baa Baa Black Sheep to ‘her’.

The next box arrived today, Im going to make them wait a while again before we reveal the contents, although I wont deny that I’ve already had a quick peek and it looks super exciting. The next box has a ‘colour’ theme and if you hadn’t guessed the box I’ve blogged about was the ‘Bugs and Minibeasts’ themed box!

The boxes are ordinarily, in my opinion, quite expensive, but with this offer our 3 boxes  will have worked out to just £10 a box. Taking into consideration the whole experience of having a mysterious parcel arrive and then enjoying its contents, I’d say they are well worth the money and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more great offers from ToucanBox.

ToucanBox also have a great online blog with lots of free crafting idea’s, take a look here.

Disclaimer: no bugs were harmed, well aside from being held prisoner and wailed at for a few hours, Sofia was released with only the scars of her mental torture, back into our garden at the end of the day.

She needed my cuddles.

Published August 8, 2013 by thefamilyof5

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I love it when they NEED me. It doesn’t happen often sadly but when it does, I enjoy every nano second.

Baby girl got a little overwhelmed in the park yesterday, after a bump we had giggles, strops and then she finally let down her barriers a few minutes later cried and fell in to my arms. I don’t think the tears were for the bump, although I’m not denying it would have hurt a bit at least, but I think the sudden rush of emotions took her by surprise. Pain, fear, embarrassment, panic, hopelessness, and probably more.

Her sister came to cheer her up by giving her a caterpillar to hold. Her smile returned, her confidence did not. She clung to me for most of the day after that, unsure, exhausted and wanting to be held.  I enjoyed being needed.

We went to the zoo, zoo, zoo…….

Published June 30, 2013 by thefamilyof5

We went to the zoo today. They’ve never really been much of a hit in the past. Today was no exception.

Each animal/display/event was glanced at for no more than 3 seconds before a chorus of ‘I want to see something else now’ was heard.

However…..

We’ve all smiled, giggled and enjoyed being with each other. No one moaned about the heat, no one nagged or whined, no one got told off (well except daddy but that’s nothing new), and no one cried, ok well perhaps I secretly shed a tear or two in the car on the way home over my aching legs and sore feet and I sure daddy filled up when he found out how much we’d spent, but over all, even though the zoo was naff and the girls really had very little interest in anything other than the ice creams we ate, we’ve all shared a lovely sunny family day!

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