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.