Saturday, 6 February 2016

No Day for Divis

"Sure, if you let the weather stop you, we'd never go anywhere" is what I said this morning when I looked out the window to see dark clouds and grey sky. I'm well and truly sick of winter weather now, and every Saturday is turning out to be rubbish. Well, I got us all hopped up into some warm and waterproof gear and decided we would brave the rain and head to Mount Divis.

I thought it was mild despite the drizzle, but once we got up there and the rain was beating sideways against our faces, and on the higher exposed ground, it turned out to be pretty cold. Jack and Noah hated it. Jack wanted to turn back. So, we did. Fail. 

"My face is cold, Mummy"

We cheered ourselves up with a gravy chip on the way home, and when we got back we were pleased to find the postman had left us a little gift from The Magic Door Store. 

This turned out to be the perfect rainy day activity. 
What's the story behind the door? It was created by Sarah, who loved to hunt for fairies at the bottom of her garden when she was a child, and now found herself having just as much fun creating make-believe worlds for her own two kids. The door encourages kids to use their imagination, and create their own stories about elf and fairy friends that might visit us through the door.

We were also sent some magic 'Fairy dust' and a stencil to create some elf footprints. Jack enjoyed this, but with lots of fairy dust left over he might have just had more fun becoming an elf himself, and using the dust to blow at us to 'grant wishes'. He asked what I wished for. "Better weather next weekend" says I. PUFF! Glitter everywhere!

Daddy wished not to be covered in glitter- wish denied!

We were also sent some numbers to personalise our door. Our elves live here. What a cute idea.

Thanks so much to The Magic Door Store for this fun activity which would make a great little gift for any kids you know that might like to invite some elves and fairies in to their bedroom!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Much Ado about Nothing

I thought it was about time for a wee update, even though I've got nothing notable to say. January flew in, and it was nice to wake up to a blanket of snow this morning, instead of the usual dreary Saturday morning rain that seems to haunt us at the minute. 

So we took a cold trip to a nature reserve this morning. So beautiful - Jack and I loved it. Noah, not so much. He really doesn't like the cold. Last weekend was a soggy one. We checked out the Gruffalo trail in Colin Glen Forest.

Fishermans Jacket  £24 Marks and Spencers          /          Lollypop Kids Rubber Boots £29 Aigle

It's behind you! 
Hope you and your family enjoyed January. Now, on to February! What adventures will it have in store?

1. Emigrating 
2. Gift of a plane
3. Barry's french toast
4. "Let me go, you beast"
5. Bros
6. Beautiful sunrise
7. Family walk
8. Squishy window face

Saturday, 9 January 2016


Happy new year, folks! I hope 2016 brings you joy, health and happiness. The first week of January saw my handsome husband turn a year older - he's like a fine wine. He ages well.

"Here- Noah's welly just fell into that schuck!"

Getting back into a routine wasn't as bad as I thought, except peeling ourselves out of bed in the dark is proving difficult! Jack enjoyed his first week back at school, despite being so down on the holidays ending!

I am pretty much only inspired to take out my camera when the sun shines, and that is not very often at this time of year. But when the sun comes out, boy, is it worth capturing. The low sun and sunsets are spectacular at this time of year. But I sure am looking forward to it sticking around for a bit longer every day. I notice the days are getting slightly longer every week. Hurrah!

Way back in September I won an Annabel Karmel back-to-school photo competition with a photo of Jack on his first day of school. We were so chuffed, and Jack and Noah won loads of lovely goodies, ranging from toys, clothes, food to lunch boxes. They also won a voucher from Zoobug London. I chose a pair of the Square Walnut Sunglasses for Jack (although Noah is tres jealous when Jack puts them on, which usually causes a headache, oh the fighting...) They are so incredibly cool. Top quality. They're nicer than any sunglasses I have ever owned and Jack is well versed as to how to treat and look after them. Haha. I'll be as cross as a bag of weasels if these bad boys get broken! 

See y'all soon!