Our first Half term day out!

It’s been our first proper half term with Jenna at school… so thank you to Tesco’s once again for vouchers enabling us to have another fab day out! Gotta love getting something back for something you normally spend anyway!

Picnic packed, bag packed and an extra pair of hands roped in (thanks Aunty Lee Lee) to help we ventured out to Willow’s Farm in London Colney.

We got there pretty early, obviously not early enough though as it was PACKED! At 10am we were ushered into car park 4! seriously, I almost considered turning around then. And then double buggy full of kids and bags we rounded the corner and saw the queue (hate spelling that word!!)… oh my… welcome to half term week days out!

Despite the hoards it actually didn’t feel that busy outside as it’s just so huge!

There is sooo much to do… from farm animals, to a disco, to little ride on cars, sand pits, diggers, carousels, trampolines, play areas, jumping castles, mazes, indoor play area… and the list goes on!

And best of all there is definitely something for ALL the kids! And all ages!

It was such a lovely warm day we spent almost all of it outside in the play areas and feeding the animals.

Carter as usual loved the sand pits and trampolines, Jenna on the other hand loved feeding the animals, the carousel and swings. Tamsin, well, she just enjoyed feeding her face at every chance and watching the world!

Llama fed, children filthy, picnic eaten, carousel ridden, play area escaped without losing a child it was time to make a hasty retreat as over tired children started to melt down after a full 5-6 hours of fun!

It’s a brilliant day out, pricey but brilliant! Good on ya Tesco’s!

Sun, smiles and snacks

Every now and again you one of those almost perfect days!! Sunday was one of those!

We started off at a social event at church with Magic Martin who kept the kids entertained whilst the oldies sat back with a cuppa and some yummy cakes. Which Tamsin slept through most of – my little angel!

Which was then followed by a picnic on the side of the Chess River in Croxley Green. Lovely friends, with lovely children, SUNSHINE, water, food and laughs! Seriously what more could you want!

The kids spent 99.9% of the time playing in the river with nets whilst the wrinklies lay back in the shade. With the occasional mad dash to rescue Carter who was wandering away following dogs!



BLISS!!! Why can’t every day be this good! Great idea Joneses!

Picnics and barges

Our lovely childminder decided to organise a get together for all the parent and children that she looked after to get to know each other and catch up during the summer holidays! So bags packed (with sun hats, suncream and rain jackets – silly British weather) we were off.

8 children, 2 infants and 7 adults climbed into cars to start the journey! First stop was in a lovely little village park for a picnic. Unfortunately we were surrounded by a carnival who decided to start their set up in the middle of the picnic! 8 children running around 16 wheeler trucks is not such a great idea. However the rain decided the matter for us and off we ran to the cover of the cars and onto the next venue!

We arrived an hour early for our barge trip so sat out in the garden enjoying the remnants of our picnic whilst the kids played with pebbles on the drive way (needless to say the manager was not best impressed that we would “break his lawn mower”!) The sun decided to bless us with its presence and the jackets came off – as did the shoes and hats and tops!!!

“All aboard” was shouted and we herded up the children and clambered onto the barge. A bit of squabbling of seats later we were all seated and ready.  The kids loved looking for fish and spotting the ducks, sheep, horses etc along the way – needless to say the captain was only interested in pointing out the houses and architecture we passed!

As usual Tamsin exceeded her nappy’s poop allowance and we had some major spillage! Think this was the only part of the trip she was awake for! Obviously the barge didn’t have a changing station so the tiny bathroom floor had to suffice – thankfully I was not on duty and it was hubby’s turn (I had a baby sleeping on me!)

So excluding the rain, some poop leakage and a couple of meltdowns (from various children at various times) it was a very successful trip. I mean no one fell overboard, we didn’t lose  any children and by the end of the day had exhausted children who slept like superstars!

Another experience ticked off our list! What else should be on it? Anyone got ideas?

You know it’s summer when…

The smell of sun cream is in the air. There are wet costumes and clothes strewn across the floor. The bugs invade through the open doors and windows.  The washing is sun-dried and not tumble dried. My tomatoes and beans are ripe. The trampoline and paddling pool get daily use.  The lounge floor is covered in sand, as is the couch, bathroom and kitchen!

The children are happily and quietly playing outside and not wrecking the house. You are chasing after little boys to try to keep their hat on.

The glass of wine you are drinking has perspiration on the outside and dinner is a picnic on the grass. When ice cream is the dessert of choice every night and salad seems to be the best option to accompany every meal. Braais (BBQ’s) are frequent and trips to the park begged for daily.

When shoulders look a little sun kissed and children’s hair gets golden highlights from the sun.

Lets hope THIS summer continues for just a little longer… I’m not ready to get out my coat just yet!