Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

... Cousins, Beach Walks and The Funfair ...

Last Thursday Kelly and the girls came to stay.
It was a bit of a spur of the moment plan and it was lovely having them all here.

Esme slept in the twins room, as the twins share a bed normally so Esme got a whole bed to herself, Kelly took Ru's bed as that's usually empty and Isla shared with Noah on the first night then the next two nights shared with her mum in Ru's room.

Our table was full and it was nice to see all the kids happy and together.


Friday.

We headed out early to soft play getting there for when it opened in a bid to miss the mad rush but thankfully it wasn't too busy and the kids had two hours of running around like crazy loons.
Afterwards, I tried to get a nice photo for my mum of all the kids together but as you can tell from the picture about they really weren't feeling it!



After lunch, we decided to walk to North beach and let the kids run around and have an ice cream.


I bought them some bucket and spades after the ice creams and they all ran off to build sandcastles, the tide was out so they had plenty of space to run around on and try and build a sandcastle village.
Ru gave up pretty quickly but then ordered me to build him a sandcastle rainbow...





As the weather was nice and we had no real rush to get home we decided to attempt to walk along the beach to Hunstanton.

I had told Kelly it would only take 10 minutes....even though I had never done it before.
Thinking about it now, it takes 10 minutes in the car so I should have known it would have taken longer.

...... It took about an hour or so.



The kids were actually really good and hardly moaned at all!
Esme, Isla and Noah ran along the sand collecting shells and bits and bobs as they went, Ru was in the stroller and I knew he wouldn't walk from our house to the local beach let alone all the way to Hunstanton, and the twins both walked beside me looking at all the lovely holiday houses along the seafront.


They were all really impressed that they'd walked to Hunstanton and can't wait to go back to school and tell their teachers!



As a treat for the kids being so good, we took them into the funfair, we all went on the caterpillar roller coaster and everyone enjoyed it, though Ru is still a little unsure if he liked it or not.

His favourite was the car merry go round and he went on those a couple of times.
Everyone apart from me and Ru went on the bumper cars ..... turns out Noah's a bit of a dangerous driver!

Before we left Isla and Noah went on the twister and from the ground, it looked as though Noah was going to cry but apparently he loved it.





Saturday.

We spent the morning lazing around at home, letting the kids do as they pleased.
After lunch, we took them back over to Norfolk Lavander and went into the Animal Gardens and Play Park, hoping they would get the rest of their energy out there.

On entry, they were all given a little quiz and a sheet to use in the maze to collect stamps so that they'd win a goodie bag on the way home.


They all ran around looking at all the animals and trying to find the answers to the questions, we let them loose into the maze by themselves.... to which I'm pretty sure they all cheated as it didn't take them long to find all the stamps and they all came back out the way they went in.


Their best bit was getting to handle some of the animals, the boys all loved holding the snakes and Noah made friends with a bearded dragon.
Ru loved the Tenrec as he had a wet nose that wriggled around!
I tried to get a good photo but it was just too wriggly.

After they had finished looking at all the animals they went and played in the play park.

The girls and Kelly headed back to London on Sunday morning. 
It was lovely having them here and the house felt rather empty once they'd left.
It was really nice having a few busy days and we all felt better for it.
We are all missing them now and Rupert keeps asking when they are coming back.



Sunday, 4 March 2018

... Snow Day Fun With University Games ...

Saturday was another Snow Day, the boys had pretty much the whole week off due to the snow, so they were starting to tire of it.
Thankfully the post was delivered on Saturday and in our big pile of bills, we had an exciting parcel from University Games.


We had already planned on a pyjama day so with the arrival of some brand new games to play we decided it would be a pyjama party!

The boys have seen Googly Eyes all over Kid Tube so were desperate to play it.
We even dragged Daddy into the mix.



We split into two teams
Me, Ru and Noah Vs Daddy, Alex and Oscar

Rules Of Play

Be the first team to successfully make it around the board.
Players take it in turns drawing challenges for their teams to guess.
Get it right move on, get it wrong stay where you are.
Each different coloured spot on the board represents the different lenses you have to use.
Blue = Hard,
Yellow = Medium,
Green = Easy.
For each different lens, you have a different time to do the drawing in.
45 seconds for the Hard lens, 30 seconds for medium and 15 seconds for the easy lens.
You have 54 cards (162 challenges).
Players 7+ for up to 18 people.


As all the boys minus Noah are under the recommended age, we thought they might struggle but they all gave it a good go and we were all still able to guess what they were drawing.
To help them I would tell the twins what they were going to draw so daddy could guess and Jon would do the same for the Ru on my team.


We had such a laugh playing Googly Eyes, and even though are drawings were all pretty shocking we all still managed to understand what they were.
In the end, My team won!!



RRP £19.99 available from Amazon, Toys R Us and Argos.

After we had finished playing Googly Eyes Jon and Noah gave up on game time and just left the little ones to play, so we opened up Don't Rock The Boat.


This really is a perfect game for little ones.
It's super easy to set up and its great for them to learn balancing skills.

Rules Of Play,
Take it in turns to place your Penguins on the boat without them falling off.



They each had 5 penguins and took it in turns to place them on the rocky pirate ship.

It's not as easy as it seems and it took them a good while to figure out where the best places for the penguins to stand without falling off.
The boys all played really nicely and I was able to get some Uni work done without them fighting over the Ipad.

Ages 5+. For 2-4 players. RRP £14.99, available at Amazon, Toys R Us and Argos


Both games kept us busy for a decent amount of time and made our pyjama day even better and the best part was that Ipad was left well alone and everyone had fun, having fun as a family!

x








Monday, 27 November 2017

... Feeling Festive ...

So I know its only November buuuuuuut we've put our first tree up!
I know, I know its early!
I'm usually one of those people who mock the people who put up their trees in November but I just couldn't help it.

We went out to Next last week to have a coffee and a browse around the Christmas decks and check out the Christmas PJs and whilst walking round we saw this light up star and the thin tree.

We were thinking we weren't going to be able to get a tree in the lounge this year as we had a move around in the summer and there was no longer the space for a tree but seeing as this one was thin we decided it would fit perfectly beside the fireplace.

We went home and measured the space first to make sure it would fit and then ordered it for next day delivery and because it was Black Friday we got free delivery :)


It fits perfectly and I'm completely in love with the star.
We've also decide we probably won't decorate this tree aa it looks nice enough with just the lights on.
We do however need something to cover the bottom of it, as I'm not really a fan of the stand.

We'll buy our real tree the second week of December, we're hoping to get an 8ft one this year.

Whilst in store I couldn't find any Christmas PJs but thankfully online they had a good range to pick from.

The twins & Ru got gifted some from Mothercare for a piece of writing a did for them about Noah's first Christmas (I will be sharing it on the blog v.soon) so I only had Noah to buy for.

So now all the boys have their new Christmas PJs for Christmas Eve, I also have a very sweet Christmas Eve box which was gifted from Mothercare to fill up with goodies and everyone including Jon and myself have Christmas Jumpers/t-shirts for Christmas Day.
I also couldn't resist buying Christmas PJs from Primark for Jon and I.

I feel this year my Christmas spirit has tripled and I just can't wait and everything festive I see I want!
The boys are all writing their letters to Father Christmas tonight and we have decided that this year we are going to have a little more self control over presents, as usually we go OTT and they get far too much and they never know what to do with it all.

So Santa will make them something they want and fill up their stockings then Jon and I will get them 
something they want, something they need, something to read and something to wear.

This will save us a small fortune and hopefully they won't be overwhelmed by having too much. 
As everyone in the family spoils them and there really is no need for us to buy them 10+ presents each.

We've told them this and they all seemed more than happy about it and have all been thinking hard about what they really really want.

I'm not sure I'll be sharing any Christmas gift guides this year, I've just come to the end of my big to do list of reviews and I have a couple more to arrive but other than that I think I'm done with reviews for the rest of this year.

I want to focus more on them having fun in the run up to Christmas and not being in undated with toys to review as last year made it hard for family members to buy for them as they already had so much.

So I think I'll just be sharing festive fun posts with you such as writing about all the boys 1st Christmases, What's going inside their Christmas Eve box, Festive bakes, Festive makes and family time.

Have you got a tree up yet?

Monday, 6 November 2017

Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Set



Hot Wheels Roto Revolution will test your skills in a head-to-head face off with friends. 
Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set. 
With perfect timing, you’ll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent’s cars in no time! 
Last man standing in the loop wins! 
Launch into action with this interactive, strategic, skill based track set with the fast action you expect from Hot Wheels. 


Key Features;

  • Battle your friends and test your skills in this EPIC rotating track set
  • Challengers strategically launch their Hot Wheels cars into the rotating set
  • Time your launch and you'll be looping around the set and crashing and smashing into your opponent's cars in no time! 
  • This interactive, strategic, skill-based boosted set delivers speed and in-your-face action
  • The last car racing wins! Start over again and sharpen your launching skills to secure your victory
  • Batteries required: 4 x D (Not included)
  • Ages 5 and up
Whats in the box;

The Roto Revolution™ Track Set includes 2 launchers and 2 Hot Wheels® cars.



As soon as this track was the built the boys were eager to get racing!
The track really took no time at all putting together, I'm sure Noah could have done this with his eyes shut it was that simple!

It really is the perfect entertainment for the twins, they love nothing more than challenging each other to find out whose the best!
So this track really is perfect for them.

Oscar picked the Pink Hot Wheel and Alex picked the blue & orange Hot Wheel and they each took their place behind their launchers.


It took them both a few goes, as they just couldn't get their timings right, and would end up missing the slot as the track rotated.

After a few goes Alex seemed to get the hang of it which annoyed Oscar, so much so that he really focused and ended up slamming his launcher just at the right time to get his car shooting around the track and knocking off Alex's car right off the track!

Tears, tantrums and laughter were all part of the experience of playing with this track!
Once the frustration was over the fun began and they sat and played happily whilst I cracked on with Sunday dinner.

After the boys were finished even Ru tried to have a go, but he just couldn't get the car onto the track, but to be fair he was just happy with hitting his launcher and watching the car crash into the track.

I was surprised both twins managed to get their cars to loop the loop without falling to the floor mid loop!



Another toy that would be perfect for twins, as they each get a car and each get to play it at the same time!
This track would make an awesome Christmas present.
Available from Argos for £49.99

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Monster Smash-Ups Raptor Remote Control Truck!

race, smash, eject and rebuild these rechargeable, high speed radio control monster trucks. 
When crashed, the front bumper activates the ejector seat, sending the driver flying across the room! The realistic monster truck suspension makes these trucks incredibly fun to tilt-turn, race and swerve.


The twins are really into remote control cars at the moment, but I'm always running around after them telling them to be careful they don't crash as the car will break, with this monster truck I don't actually have to do that!
Mum win!!

They can crash the truck to their hearts content!


Features
  • Monster smash ups: Race, smash, eject and rebuild with a monster smash ups RC trucks
  • Ejector seat and re-buildable: Crash your truck and watch your driver get ejected; quick rebuild and back to action
  • Radio controlled: 2.4 GHz radio controller with 20 m range, allowing multiple players to battle at the same time
  • Tilt-turn movement: Realistic, exciting, tilt turn suspension combined with high speed capability
  • Rechargeable: Includes rechargeable battery with 20 minutes run time and also customisable stickers, cones and flags; 
  • requires 2 x AA batteries (not included) for remote control
  • Ages 3 and up.

The truck is nice and easy to assemble which means the twins can quite happily do it themselves without my intervention, which is always a bonus.
As otherwise I'd be constantly being asked to re-build it, as they crash it A LOT!

They always giggle with delight when their little raptor dude gets flown out of the truck and across the room.
 They have a little competition going to see who can get him to fly the furthest.
I'm not 100% sure whose winning, but I have a feeling its Oscar.


I like the fact it has a rechargeable battery as we have a lot of toys that eat batteries and they are always so expensive to keep buying so another mum win!
The boys all find the controls easy to use even Rupert can get the car to drive around the kitchen without a helping hand!

These monster trucks come in 3 designs
Raptor, Rhino and Viper!

They'd make awesome Christmas presents!
Available from Argos for £34.99



Sunday, 29 October 2017

John Adams Pixelo Neon

The boys all take after me and love anything arty ... especially colouring in.
I find it extremely relaxing and its the one activity that I know all the boys will happily join in with.

I was recently invited to do some reviews for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

On the Facebook page John Adams features craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.

For our first review the boys picked Pixelo

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Go dotty with PIXELO! Create vibrant, colourful artwork with a twist. 
Choose a colouring sheet, then use your PIXELO pen to colour with incredible dotted effects! 
With 7 different colour markers to choose from, simply swap them in and out of your electronic pen to create magical dotted drawings. 
You can also use the markers as normal pens to doodle, draw and colour your sheets.

Includes
 electronic 1 x PIXELO Pen, 
7 x colour markers
 10 x colouring sheets. 
Requires 1 x AAA battery

Recommended age is 6+


The boys all really loved the look of the colouring sheets, but of course they all wanted the same one to start with.  
So rather than them fight over the skull, I decided to copy a few so they could all do it, and whilst copying a copy for them I decided id have a go too, so I did an extra one for myself.

So now we still have the original colouring page incase they want to do it again.


With all the boys sat at the table waiting for me to add the battery to the Pixelo pen so they could get going. 
We decided we would have two goes each and then pass the Pixelo pen on to the next person.
Surprisingly they all - even Ru very nicely took it turns to have a go and didn't moan whilst they were waiting. 
Whilst they waited to use the pen they coloured in the other bits by hand.



Being a big kid, I went first - just so that I could show them how to use the Pixelo pen.
It was pretty easy, the pen clicked in nicely and then all you had to do is hold it nice and straight then guide it across the paper so it can go dot crazy!

Noah went next and took to it like a pro, the results were very pretty.
After Noah had finished his go the twins each had a go, with me helping them, they did ok but they  needed a lot of help.
Ru had a go and he did alright for someone who has no proper pen control.

This is not something I would have typically picked out for the boys but seeing how easy and fun it was and how much they all enjoyed it,  it's definitely something I would buy for them in the future.
Or even as a present for one of their friends!


We all had a fun filled afternoon doing our colouring and everyone really enjoyed using the Pixelo pen to make their picture extra special.
Each of our colourings turned out differently, even though they all started off the same.

Noah's is the first fox, Oscars is the second fox and Alex did the Candy Skull.

In the manual there is a web address to where you can download extra colouring sheets once you have used up all the ones that the box comes with.

You can buy Pixelo Neon from Smyths Toys for £18.99