Sunday, 27 November 2016

Taking your child to the wrong party

It was the girls' joint birthday party yesterday and lots of fun was had. I thought you'd appreciate this little story though.

The party was just getting started when, about 15 minutes later a little girl and her dad came in.  She was about the same age as my youngest and I didn't recognise the dad (no surprise there as I still don't know all the parents from her class).  She was dressed as Spiderman and although it wasn't a dressing up party, you know children like to wear what they want, so we didn't bat an eyelid.  She plopped her present down in N's pile and went straight off onto the bouncy castle. None of the children thought this odd. She was in full Spiderman mask after all.  She was up and down and having a great time, finally taking her mask off as she was hot.

After about 15 minutes of playing, she came over to where a friend was face-painting and was choosing her design when her father walked in. It turns out he had dropped her at the wrong party!  So, not only was she supposed to be at a superhero party (none of our girls were dressed like that), she didn't know anyone (didn't stop her joining in) and none of our lot knew her (but were happy for her to join in anyway).  Don't you just love children?

I bet the poor dad got it in the ear from his wife when she found out what he'd done.  We did wonder why N's present was addressed "To Leo" though!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Wisdom, Justice and Love

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight
Because my conscience leaves me no other choice
A true revolution of values will lay hand
On the world order and say of war
"This way of settling differences is not just'"

This business of burning human beings with napalm
Of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows
Of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins
Of peoples normally humane

Of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields
Physically handicapped and psychologically deranged
Cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love

(Parts taken from the context of a speech by Dr Martin Luther King)

Friday, 18 November 2016

Longacres Open Evening

My friend J and I popped along to Longacres Open Evening yesterday. It is always a nice event with lots going on and a good atmosphere.  First thing that struck me was that, although the car park was busy, there were nowhere near as many cars queuing for spaces.  Perhaps as the event was a little longer this year, people were a bit more spread out.  Not as packed inside either which was good for us shoppers.  Santa greeted us with a chocolate to start our wander.

I decided to pick up a few bits of the girls’ Christmas stockings today, along with a gorgeous table runner (I’ve never really had things like that before).

 I tried on one of the ‘hats’ by the Christmas trees. I was surprised to see only one left. Who would wear a hat like this? ;)

Nora Batty eat your heart out!
After a bit of shopping, alcohol and mince pies beckoned J, so we headed over there to have a drink and listen to the Salvation Army band playing carols.

Back to the Christmas decorations for a few more little bits. We loved the cute little mice and string people so a few of them were purchased, along with some ‘wobbly’ decorations.

Another smashing evening over at Longacres.  As usual, bought far more than I planned – yes, including a lemon drizzle cake (it would have been rude not to).

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Flying, Ski-ing and Surfing

We were down at i-Fly again today.  S and J were doing another indoor skydive and N was having her first ski-ing lesson (not that we're going away ski-ing - she just wanted to do it). As usual, S and J did really well. J got a 'high-fly' this time but the instructor was not qualified to take S up.   Bit disappointing we thought at first....but he really made her day in other ways - he got her doing flips and spins, and let her fly up halfway on her own! How awesome was that?  Thanks Jesse!

S flying high alone!


N loved her ski-ing lesson with SkiPlex.  Hubby and I thought that she would be near the 'bar' the whole time but no, within minutes, she was halfway up the slope and learning to snow plow, stop and turn.  She was a natural.  The instructor said she could move on to normal lessons now (this was a total beginners session).  She was really hot and sweaty after 15 minutes but fortunately they have a break of 15 minutes while the  next group go on, and then swap again.  Good idea.

After all the fun of that, we headed downstairs for S and J to have a go a brush-boarding. A bit like surfing on rotating shoe cleaner brushes!  Very bizarre as you seem to wear a ping-pong bat on your hands as well.  They both enjoyed this too.  


All-in-all, another very successful trip to the i-Fly location.  There is so much to do under one roof. We've booked our return trip already.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Oh Christmas tree

Decided to pop down to Longacres this morning and get a new artificial tree. We've had our existing one for over 13 years, and apart from one year when we had a real tree, it's been used every year since.  It's still ok but hubby and I decided that a new one was in order.  It's certainly looking very Christmasy down at Longacres now!

They had a great range of trees but I think I hadn't anticipated just how pricey artificial trees were. The one I was immediately drawn to was nearly £200. OK, lower the expectations a bit.  Found an Arctic Spruce that was nice (and, most importantly, within budget) so bought that. 

Collected the tree from the Click & Collect area. The box is a lot smaller than that of our current tree so will be a lot easier to get into the loft!  Girls were excited about it when I got home so that's a good sign.  

I noticed that Longacres are already taking orders for real Christmas trees too!  Order before 20th November and you get 10% off your real tree.  I've made sure I've passed that message along to friends who have real ones.  I'm also looking forward to their open evening which is in November.  Just awaiting the date!

Oh yeah...I also bought cake.  

Sunday, 30 October 2016

18th birthday weekend

Teen and her best friend over for the weekend. Bit of a celebration as she's 18 next week. Wow! How did I come to have an 18 year old daughter?  She opened her presents on Saturday morning as hubby was working all weekend but was around then. We got her a few bits and pieces but her main present from us was a lovely (black - naturally - with a little gold) watch.  I also wanted to get her something memorable so decided a Zombie Bunker Survival experience was the way forward.  Can't wait to find out what she thinks of it!

Me and my girl
We went out Saturday night for a girls' Chinese meal at a local restaurant. The food was amazing. Everything beautifully cooked and not in the slightest bit greasy (which you can get with a lot of Chinese food).  We really enjoyed the meal.  Even S had something to eat!

Today we chilled out and had the brother-in-law and sister-in-law over for cake (yes, we got her a birthday cake) and they bought her a mermaid tail blanket.  Really nice it looks too. Don't tell the youngest two but they've got one each for Christmas (shush).

All-in-all a lovely weekend. As teen started her job last week, it was an ideal time for her to get a watch as she can't look at her phone all day now ;)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

iFly (formerly Airkix) fun

Today we went down to iFly (formerly Airkix) in Basingstoke for S to have a birthday flight. She's always wanted to fly so when she saw the video of the teen and I doing it, she said she'd love a go. She was a natural.  She did 3 flights and loved every minute of it.

We booked a return set of flights for her before we left, along with another set for the teen and indoor skiing for the youngest.  I think we could be here quite a bit!