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Exploring with growing confidence.

I can’t wait for the good weather to start being a bit more constant… hopefully. I love nothing more than getting out and about exploring places around us with the kiddos, hubby and pup. Something about being out in the fresh air, enjoying each other’s company, throwing stones, building towers, climbing trees and just ignoring everyone else around us and forgetting everything that is going on just makes me feel so refreshed and like a weight has been lifted for a while.

My pair are both full to the brim with energy and love running free, Dylan has started to be a bit more adventurous when we go to places he is familiar with now and often heads off the path so I’m glad that we have many walks around us that are away from the roads and that he is safe when he does charge off in a random direction. Not so great for me because I’m then having to chase after him dodging tree stumps and everything because he doesn’t respond to his name or have danger awareness but also it is so amazing to see him actually enjoying something and looking forward to it when you tell him where we are going.

 

I have looked into those things that you tie around the child’s waste and then around yours, but I’m really not sure Dylan would tolerate it at all and we would end up going opposite directions around tree or clothes lining some other innocent person out on the walk. I’m hoping that over the summer we will be able to help him learn to respond to his name by doing lots of fun games but for now we are just over the moon that he is actually enjoying being outside.

Another favourite place for us all is the beach, if you get up nice and early like my pair do then the beach is empty so they get the run of the place without having to keep a close eye on them as they all go different directions. Lilo charges off to smell every single bit of seaweed, Amellia normally hightails it straight for the sea no matter the weather or how cold it is and discards her shoes and socks while running down the beach and Dylan plonks himself down on the sand right by the step to dig holes and draw in the sand. Sometimes Dylan will then run to the water to wash the sand off his feet but quickly comes back out to start his drawing in the sand again.

The beach always reminds me of my childhood, growing up with the sea as my back garden was incredible. We would always be out climbing on the rocks, hunting in the rockpools and seeing who could find the biggest crab; then as I got older, I started to really appreciate the beauty of the sea and taking in the view. When times get tough, I always go and sit by the sea, it’s my happy place.

I’m really looking forward to this summer and spending quality time with my kids and as a family, I live for the holidays from school.

 

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Learning to ride a bike!

We have been trying to teach Amellia how to ride her bike for the past few days, at the start I thought it was never going to happen! She couldn’t stop nervous laughing, singing and just messing about!
img_8790-1We started off with the being really nice, patience, singing along and joining in with all her jokes. Keeping on the flat and slow pushing to start with.. until we realised this was getting us no where apart from a little girl who just couldn’t stop laughing!
We told her that she had to take it seriously if she wanted to learn and we were a little tougher, though reassuring, giving her all the compliments and the encouragement. This seemed to be the best way forward! By the end of the first day she had so nearly got it, but she had got tired and was asking if she could go and play in the park so we decided to call it a day and try again tomorrow!

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The next day she more or less had it! But it was very apparent that her bike was pretty tiny for her and was making it more difficult to pedal! We told her if she would like, we could get her a bigger bike as an early birthday! She was ecstatic and just couldn’t wait to get the cycling down really well so she could head out to find a new bike!

img_8899This is the bike she picked and as you can tell by her rather excited face that she really loved it! We went round all of the local shops and typically she had her heart set on this one from the very first shop. It is based on one of her much-loved Disney movie The Descendants, we even managed to get her a matching helmet and bell, she couldn’t wait to pick it up the next day! Lucky for her though, the lovely man called me when she had just gone to bed to tell me he had already built it and if I wanted to pop over and get it I could, she was completely over joyed when I produced it the next day without having to go to the shop to pick it up!

img_8904She couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin, and we couldn’t wait to see what difference it made being on a bike that wasn’t for tiny little ones!
Off she went, with daddy by her side and the bike that was the right size made all the difference!!

 

Super proud mummy & daddy right now! =]
Look at her go!

So my advice for teaching your little ones how to ride the bike;
-Be Firm
-Encouraging
– Let go when they think you are still holding on!!

Hope you are enjoying your summer, I’m loving having both my kiddywinks together! =]

-WeeOhana

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Places to visit in N.I

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It’s summer time! Amellia is now off school for summer and I am trying to think of a few places to take her & Dylan. I thought I would share them here so that those of you who are close by can get some ideas, and if you have any other ideas please let me know so I can add them too!

Tayto Park
Belfast Zoo
Mount Stewart
Armagh Planetarium
Sileve Gullion Forest Park, Giants Lair
Airtastic
Castle Espie
Seaford Butterfly House & Maze   –  Find out what we thought here!
Giants Causeway
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park
Tollymore Forest Park
Marble Arch Caves
Belfast Museum
Wallace Park
Lagan Vally LeisurePlex
Watertop Farm
C & Js Animal Park
Drumaway Junction
Clip N Climb
W5
Castle Ward

I have added the link to the website for each one, so if you want to find out more information you can simply just click on the place! =]
I will update this list as we visit and add the link to my blog post where I will tell you what I honestly think of the place, suggestions for if you visit, pictures and whatever else I think is relevant!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and are now full of places to visit!
I will be doing a few more posts about summer fun, activities in the house for when its raining and some baking! =D

-WeeOhana