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

Friday, 13 December 2019

- Portugal -

Back in August, the younger three minibeasts all had their very first trip abroad.
We flew off to Portugal, for a massive family holiday. 
We went with my parents, my brother and his family and my cousin.

We re-booked a villa that we had hired 10 years ago and surprisingly nothing much had changed, apart from we took up more space this time thanks to the additions of all the new children.


The villa was in Moledo,  which is in the North of Portugal.
Filled with beautiful beaches and friendly people


Having our own villa meant we could do what we liked and when we liked. 
The boys all need feeding pretty much non stop or they get hangry, so not having to wait for set meal times worked for us.

As I'm talking about Villas, did you know that Clickstay has 75,000 Villas worldwide to choose from!
Amongst those 75,000 there are some amazing villas in Portugal, which could help you plan your very own Portugues villa holiday.

There was a local supermarket that we all enjoyed visiting, especially the boys as they loved looking at all the fresh fish on offer and all the different sort of sweets and snacks Portugal had compared to back home.

Moledo had lots of different bars and restaurants which we could walk to from our villa, a couple of mornings as we were up before everyone else the boys and I would walk down to one of the favourite bars and they'd all have pancakes for breakfast whilst I enjoyed a nice strong Portuguese coffee.
The bar also had a very long Gin list that Kelly, my mum and I tried to work our way through.
Pretty sure we nearly succeeded too. 


Being within walking distance of two different beaches we thought we'd probably spend most of our time down on one of them, but the kids loved being by the pool and playing hide and seek in the garden.

The kids pretty much took the lead on how the day would fold out and we were all pretty happy with that, if the kids wanted to stay by the pool there were enough adults to keep an eye out if some others wanted to go into town and do a little bit of exploring.


One of the best things about the villa was that the wifi wasn't on and the TV didn't have any signal which meant the kids couldn't get sucked into screen time and they actually spent most of their downtime colouring in or making up games to play together.
It was great to see them all having fun together without the aid of a console or iPad in their hands.



Towards the end of the holiday, we heard about a festival going on in a nearby town, so we packed up the van and headed over to Viana Do Castelo and witness their amazing Feasts of Nossa Senhora da Agonia.


The Feast of Senhora da Agonia is probably the most famous pilgrimage in the region.
 It is celebrated over the weekend after 15 August (day of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin), and usually includes ethnographic parades, processions on land and processions on the River Lima with decorated boats. The streets along which the religious procession passes carrying the image of the Virgin are decorated with carpets of flowers.

The cult devoted to Senhora da Agonia dates back to the 18th century. It is associated with the devotion of the people engaged in fishing, who gave thanks or celebrated the graces received in times of trouble during storms and shipwrecks.






We all loved the drumming and the boys loved watching the groups dance around the square.
The drumming was so loud we could hear it even when we were down by the river.
It was an amazing day out and one I'm sure the boys won't forget any time soon.






The boys spent two weeks perfecting their dive bombs and learning to swim in the sea, eating fancy fish meals that my brother who is a trained chef lovingly cooked up for them.
They learned little snippets of Portuguese which Rupert loved showing off to the locals.
They spent two weeks with their cousins who they hardly see since we moved away from London.
We had midnight parties where they all showed off their very amusing dance skills.

We left our normal day to day routine back at home and the boys took a while to adjust but it was lovely to be stress-free and soaking up the sun rays whilst the boys all had a blast just being kids!




I definitely feel villa holidays are for us, as we just wouldn't even fit into one hotel room.
I feel there's more freedom with a villa holiday.


Do you prefer a Villa holiday or are you an all-inclusive holidayer?

Friday, 18 October 2019

... Pumpkin Patch Fun ...

Hellooooooo.

Yes, I know I've been away for well over a year, but I'm back now!

I had a break from the blog as life got a little bit hectic with work, Uni and family life.
A lot has happened in the past year and I will write a proper catch up about all of that in another blog post.
But for now, this is just a short one about our fun at a pumpkin patch over at Undley Farm in Suffolk.



The boys have always enjoyed visiting Pumpkin patches and we did it a few times when we lived in Kent but have never done it since we moved to Norfolk.
Last year we grew our own in the garden so there was no real need to go and buy them.
 This year however only two grew in the garden, and after seeing a friend post some pictures I knew the boys would enjoy it. 


It only took an hour for us to get there, most of the drive it was chucking it down, but fortunately for us, the weather dried up as we arrived.
The inflatables weren't on as it was too wet but the boys weren't really too bothered by that, as there was plenty of other things to do once we had finished pumpkin hunting. 




We each picked a pumpkin each and then we decided to get a massive white pumpkin for the whole family.
I think it will look pretty awesome once it's carved.


In total we spent just under £30 on a ridiculous amount of pumpkins as Ru sneaked in some diddy ones towards the end.

I now need to think up lots of uses for the pumpkins we aren't going to carve.
If you have any good pumpkin recipes I would love to know.


Happy Pumpkin Picking if you're heading off to a patch this weekend.




Sunday, 4 March 2018

#MySundayPhoto - Snowy School Run.

It's been so pretty with the Snow around and I'm a little sad that it's all starting to melt away :(




Photalife

... 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








Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snow Fun

I thought I'd share some photos from the snow.
We haven't really been up to much lately, so I don't have much to report.
I have completed my first TMA and I'm about to send it off to be marked and the boys all had their first ever snow day!

Monday


Tuesday



Tuesday school run








Wednesday

No School!!!
I'm really enjoying having this as my view!
Every time I come into the kitchen this is what I'm greeted with and it fills with me joy, I'll be sad once it all melts away.
I'd love to live somewhere where it was constantly snowy.






Have you been having fun in the snow?