Monday, 23 November 2015

Pizza Hut and a mega melt down :)

We had a nice chilled weekend, no rushing around here and there.

With the cold weather setting in on Saturday we made cakes, watched a few films. Noah made his Minecraft Lego set he got last Christmas.

Saturday also saw 3 out of 4 boys have the biggest melt down they've ever had! 
All because they couldn't share the iPad nicely so I had to take it away. 
Bad mummy I know! 
If had them screaming for an hour at least! 
By the time they had all finished screaming the house down they'd forgotten why they were upset in the first place!!

**note to self.....must drum this in to them even more.....'sharing is caring!'

On Sunday we took the kids to Pizza Hut for lunch over in Sittingbourne. 
The boys all loved it. The staff were lovely and I have to say it was probably the nicest Pizza Hut I've been in. 

Noah decides he reallllllllly likes beetroot!

After the boys had had their fill we went over to look at the little fur balls in pets at home.
Bad idea really as Noah now wants a hamster and the twins want a TMNT fish tank just because they thought it was cool! 

We were going to go for a walk along the beach, but all the boys are pretty snorting and Ru has a chesty cough so it made sense to just head home and snuggle up.

Here are some more snaps from the weekend X 

What did you get up to over the weekend? 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Book Advent Calendar!

Being a family of book lovers, I'm really excited about our second year doing the Book Advent Calendar.

I started this tradition last year, It worked so well and all the boys loved being able to unwrap a different book each night before bed.
It really got them into the swing of Christmas.
The excitement of not knowing what story they were going to get was great fun! 

As I got so many new Christmas books last year I'll only be purchasing a couplw more this year. 
After last year I put all the books away so they will still feel new to the boys and give the same excitement as it did last year.

The bear who had never seen Christmas 
Santa's sleigh is on its way to Kent 
Norman the slug who saved Christmas 
The gruffalos child
Stick man 
The Nativity 
How many sleeps till Christmas 
The dinosaur that pooped Christmas 
The polar bear who saved Christmas 
Bear stays up for Christmas 
Aliens love Panta Claus 
Father Christmas really needs a wee
I love you Father Christmas
   One snowy night

The idea is:
You wrap up 24 books and then you  either number them or let your child/children open them at random.
It makes a change from the usual chocolate advent calendars and it's more fun.
They don't all have to be Christmas themed they can be some of your favourite stories.

I still have a couple more to get and then I'll add a couple of their normal favourites!

Then I shall begin the wrapping and hiding them until December 1st when they will appear along with the Scout Elf.

Is this something you do already, or something you may consider doing now? 


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Norman The Slug Who Saved Christmas • Book Review •

"Norman the slug is very excited when a huge sack of presents lands THWACK by his stocking!" 

Sue Hendra is the wonderfully funny, award-winning author and illustrator of some of our favourite picture books, like Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell.

Sue was hugely fortunate enough to hone her skills as an illustrator whilst she worked for the likes of Bloomsbury, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Macmillan etc, illustrating and writing picture books. She has now been working as an illustrator and author for fifteen years and still loves it.

The boys really loved having Norman the slug who saved Christmas read to them, not only was it a great story it got us all feeling rather festive. 

We are big fans of Sue Hendra and Barry the fish wish fingers and Supertato are some of our favourite bedtime reading books! 

The twins have a bit of a thing for slugs and snails at the moment so Norman really was a hit! 
They got really worried the children wouldn't receive their presents but when Norman set about saving the day they were over the moon. They loved Norman's slimy wrapping skills! 
Boys and slime go hand in hand.

Noah enjoyed reading it to me before he got into bed, he has even asked if it can be part of his book library rather than being left in the twins room! 

Norman the Slug who saved Christmas would be ideal for putting inside a Christmas Eve box to read before the kids go to bed or part of a book advent calendar,
(stay tuned to the blog to see me prepare the boys book advent calendar, in the next few days) 
A great stocking filler, 
Or it would make fab book just to read over the festive period. 

If you fancy buying Norman the Slug who saved Christmas, why not head over to Amazon now!