Saturday, 31 May 2014

Commonwealth Games Baton Relay visits us...

During the week, mummy saw that the Commonwealth games baton was coming to Congleton, the only town, and not a city, for it to visit...and that the tickets were free, but had to be printed off at home before arrival. Unsure of what our plans would be, mummy got 3 tickets, as Daddy M was on standby. Today arrived, and no other plans had been made, so we decided to head out and see if we would be able to park, and then if successful, we would explore it. Thankfully we managed to find a side street, so we weren't confined to any set times.
After a short walk, we were in the fields with all the entertainment, with the main focus on exercise. (please excuse the poor colours on the pictures, I had the wrong setting on it, turned on!)
 

The first stall we came across, was hosting mini obstacle courses... the girls competed against each other, but with S's little legs, J won...


 As we toured around the various stalls, we came across a Zumba lesson... J tried to have a go... but kept getting stood on, so soon came back for a little cuddle....
 We then got given a orienteering map, and pointed in the right direction from the stall from xplorer the girls love treasure maps, so this was perfect, and little animals on cards dotted around the park, for them to find, and put in the right box. J soon has us heading towards the porta loo's... sh of course she had to have a go in one for the very first time...

...and then it was back on to finding the answers...
 ...on the way around... there was more activities for the girls to investigate... they found the bowls green... so went to explore...
...J managed to have a go, but with the balls being heavy, and it getting busier, she only had a few go's.


 ...it was then back on the treasure hunt for more animal cards...
 ...S found another stick... and realised if she dragged it along the fence, it would make music...
 ....after 2/3 of the trail had been completed, we heard on the PA system, the baton would be about 15 minutes, and right in front of us... so we set up camp for lunch....
 ...it was looking promising with the stewards setting up right in front of us....
....and they played some music to keep the crowds entertained, and the girls danced whilst we waited.....

 ..and waited.....
....and waited... about an hour after we got told 15minutes, we were told they had changed the plans... the baton wouldn't do the tour first... it would stop at the band stand behind us for a speech....

 ...now telling J that she had to wait EVEN longer... for a stick..... it got all to much...
....and then waiting for the singing of the schools choirs.... (sorry to all the mums filming their children, and hearing J screaming!)....

...it was then time for the baton to come... and then it missed us... we were right at the front... and were told it would go around twice...THEN it only did 3/4 of the loop... many people around us wasn't impressed... the girls soon had enough... so we left the arena, to find some more answers to the trail...

 ...J soon perked up when she could go on some stepping stones... as we gave the park a miss, as it was packed... I didn't fancy loosing either of the girls today...
 .... then magically out of nowhere the baton came back again... with out the crowds...so the girls managed to pose strategically to get them and the baton in the same picture.... J finally saw the stick she waited all that time to see....

 ...we then stumbled across some bears enjoying the sunshine...
 ...even Queen bear....

 
....we soon had completed the trail, so went to hand it in, where the girls got a sticker and a certificate...
..with the sun getting stronger, I gave J a choice for the last activity... queue for about an hour to go on the climbing wall, or go on the obstacle course again... thank fully she chose the obstacle course...



 
A lovely day was had again, and made more fun by the xplore trail. I will be looking out for them again, as it took us to all the areas, which we may have missed if we weren't doing the trail. The girls enjoyed getting active, but didn't enjoy the waiting around. Don't think anyone liked that though. The PA man, who did live bits on the radio kept people entertained, sending Mexican waves around to encourage to the crowd. Maybe if they hadn't changed the plans at the last minute, it may have ran more smoothly?
Both girls were tired, and came home with smiles... so more memories have been stored.... we shall be making obstacle courses at home I think... as J seemed to really enjoy this part of the day.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Half term...feeding fun at the farm...

Today we were joined by the Lawless gang over at the lawless gang. So we had 5 girlies to entertain. from 2-8years. Us mummies needed a strong coffee before we decided between the woods or the farm to entertain them. Whilst we woke up a bit more, the two S's decided to play potties.... fighting over the all singing all dancing one. SL won that one....leaving S on the basic potty....
 
 ... a little later...S decided to get serious playing potty... and stripped off her trousers and nappy... so won the big potty... so SL decided to play dolly with the basic potty instead...
We all decided on the farm, as all the girls were acting tired in their own little ways. So we headed of to Glebe Farm which we discovered earlier in the month. And got a fair few bags of feed between us. K1 and K2, were keen on feeding the pony.
 


Whereas, J and S liked the lambs...
 we then moved onto the Alpacas in the outside pens... S enjoyed being out here, as it was quieter. You can definitely tell its half term this week...

S quickly moved onto the goats as they were cheekier today...

 and K2 enjoyed the challenge of trying to feed the 'baby' goat without the other goats getting in the way...

SL was really enjoying it...shrieking with joy as the goat took the feed....





We then moved onto the donkeys.... they were very vocal today, and seemed to be hungry...





S then ran off to see the black sheep... which meant the nursery rhyme then had to be sang....
J really enjoys playing with K1 and K2, there is something about playing with older girls. Unfortunately, she doesn't see them often as they attend school. You wouldn't think there is 2 years between K2 and J from this picture would you?

.... we also managed...somehow... to get a picture of all 5 of them looking the same way.... miracles do happen...


 ... we then realised we missed the tractor ride.. which resulted in J having a tantrum....and turning into a grump...
but that didn't stop S enjoying herself...
...who managed to find the one puddle ....


....and the J wanted to join in too....

... the girls then decided to burn off some energy whilst SL finished off feeding the carrots to the donkeys...


...after an hour at the farm, we then headed back home to a warming lunch of homemade tomato sauce and pasta... with Italian cheese...

...shortly after.... S and SL soon started arguing again, this time over who got to look over the stair gate to watch the mummies eat their dinner.... oh the joys of 2 year olds....

 
All in all.... another enjoyable day with friends this half term... and although the weather wasn't brilliant again, we made the most of it.


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