Monday, 31 March 2014

Quick catch up!

Wow.... what a busy 2 weeks it has been.
1st week we were house hunting, and got let down on our house we fell in love with, but got beat to the finishing line, and it slipped away. The very next day, we were on our hols, and as you can see by the previous posts, was a very busy holiday. We returned home on the Thursday night. Daddy M was browsing rightmove, and found a very big property in an area slightly out of our search radius, I wasn't showing any interest until the next day, to see if it was still available. Friday morning came, and after phoning the estate agents, we were slipped into the back of the queue of that morning in 90minutes. The journey itself would take 60minutes, and none of us were dressed with it being the first morning home. Busy rush, would have loved to have been a fly on the wall that morning as a very tired J did not want to co-operate which led to me pinning her down in the car to get her seat belt on.
Once at the house, J perked up, and both S and J were running around the huge spaces, we were all smitten. So a quick dash to the estate agents to put cash down to hold it, and it was secure. Finally we have a house.
So its all systems go to pack up the house, and over Easter term too. Plus all the calls for J's new school for September, and a nursery place to find, plus all the utilities... busy, busy, busy!
I also may have a TV interview on the Lorraine show, about the very glamorous subject 'Varicose veins'. Should find out tomorrow if I'm the one they want, and then I'm off to London the next day for my slot on Thursday. I'm taking the girls if I get it, so I can show them a little bit of London for free. But it means showing my vein off to the nation.
The girls have also had their ears rechecked, and little S has come back with fluid in her left ear, so we have to go back again in 3 months time for a reassessment. J has got the all clear again so I'm going to have to push her harder with her words.
Oh and my car has its dreaded mot tomorrow, which I know will cost a small fortune, as its so loud it gives me a headache when ever I go over 30mph.
But for now, im going to relax with a pizza, a vodka and coke, and a film with daddy, and look forward to my spa session tomorrow, which I got for mothers day...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Day One of hols.... play day with cousins

Saturday was our first full day of the holiday. We decided very early on in the planning, that we would spend it with my sister L and her family, as it was the only mutual convenient day. We discussed many options to fill the day, but when the day came, it was forecasted showers. We opted for a play in the new forest at Boltons Bench in Lyndhurst, followed by lunch at the tea rooms, then for the kids to explore the New Forest Museum when the rain was forecasted. My sister is a blogger, and you can read her blog about the day here.
When we arrived at the car park, the girls were thrilled to see the ponies roaming free. Their cousins O and L have been brought up around the forest, so it was nothing new to them, but for J especially it was magical, and a good 10minutes was spent having strokes and explaining to stay away from the back legs.

After seeing the ponies, we headed for the tree at the top of the hill, but not without a quick stop at the map. After crossing the road, we let the kids race up.
Where are we?

The race is on.

At the top, S then proceeded to run down the other side in the search for more ponies.

O brought his remote control car, and all the kids had great fun running after it, and they all took turns in who was in control, it was great fun watching the kids burn off the energy up and down the hill.

Just having a little break!

They even had a quick game of hide and Seek. O is much better than J and S, there is 3 hidden in this photo!

Found you!
 On returning to the cars to head off for lunch, the ponies fancied a nosey in Auntie L's car.

We had lunch at the Lyndhurst tea rooms, and the girls had cake for pudding. The staff were more then happy to split the "princess cake" (Red velvet cake) in two so the girls could share with no arguments. The cakes were worth saving some space for... delicious.

We then headed off to the museum. Daddy M was very bored here, but the girls enjoyed being hands on.

After the museum, the sun was still out, so we decided to risk it, and let the kids run free again, so we all headed for a small circular walk in Totton, very close to where we used to live as young kids. J had her balance bike, and S decided to walk so she could go in puddles, O took his scooter, and L was napping for some of the walk. Auntie L brought some bread for the ducks, and we taught the kids how to play poo sticks.

After our walk, the day was almost gone. All the children were tired, and so we headed off for one last stop as a treat, something I did with my parents. Headed to "Sweet thoughts" an old traditional style sweet shop, the exact same one we visited as kids. It was very busy, and we only just squeezed into the small shop. The children were allowed to pick their own, under supervision. And mummy and daddy got some too.

It was a perfect end to a lovely day. The cousins don't see much of each other of the year, due to the 260+ miles between them, but days like today, sure helps them bond. There were no arguments or tantrums the whole day, by any of the kids, considering their ages (4,4,2, and 1) so they must have enjoyed themselves too.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall