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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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Gruffalo Trail

The other day we set out on an adventure, to find The Gruffalo!

First of all we had to start with a little drive in the car.. and the Sat Nav trying to make us actually drive through the forest.. but we figured out where we were really meant to go and got parked and ready to head out! We had went on a week day, and it wasn’t overly lovely weather so it was a bonus that the place was quieter than we had expected! We had also taken a picnic with us.. but with little grass space and it being a bit chilly we ended up eating in the car! There was picnic benches for if it is a bit of a nicer day whenever you get a chance to visit!

The Gruffalo Trail is by the Colin Glen Visitor Centre, which has toilets and a cafe in also which is very handy when traveling with little ones! I would made a suggestion of reading the book the night before too.. we decided in the morning to go so we didn’t really think of that! We had forgotten what order all the creatures come in though we still enjoyed, but with a refresher for little minds and yours it may make it even more enjoyable!

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This is the entrance to the very exciting Gruffalo Trail, when we first saw this we thought they may have snippets of the book throughout so thought it would help refresh our minds, but this is all the words there is!

As you are walking if you keep a look out in the trees there are little picture signs that show you and your little ones which animal is coming up next and what to keep there eyes peeled for! It also adds extra things too look for, so keeps the excitement for the whole walk! We found that the walk took approximately thirty minutes, that includes stopping at all the figures for pictures, picking up sticks, looking in the river and all the things little ones enjoy to do while out on an adventure! You can carry on walking but we decided to turn around once we had met The Gruffalo, as it was a little chilly and she was already saying her little legs were getting tired. She was also highly disappointed that we didn’t meet the real Gruffalo in the deep dark wood.. but when we explained that he had been and that this was where we had stood etc she then loved it again!

The first stop was the little mouse
dsc00498.jpgI say little loosely as the figures were all of fantastic size, quality and detail! They looked exactly as they are pictured in the book and in great condition seeing as there will have been lots of children clambering over them all! My little girl just loved the fact you could touch, poke, climb on and do whatever you really wanted to do with them!

Anyway.. I wont show you pictures of all the animals you met along the way, its good to have some sort of surprise, right? 😛

I would recommended the Gruffalo Trail, but I’m not sure it would be a whole day trip even if you did keep walking, as after that it is just forest and I’m not sure how long you can walk or how far little ones who like the Gruffalo could walk! Even so, it is a great little trip for half a day or the such with the walk and then some food! It is close enough to Belfast, so it depends were you come from for how long the drive is really! I can imagine this would be very busy on sunny days, especially weekends or when the children are off for Easter/summer!

Here are my favorite two with The Gruffalo!

dsc00526.jpgYep, Little man slept the whole time while the other ran about thoroughly enjoying the fresh air!

If you are ever near Belfast and have a few hours to kill, now you have a new place to explore!

WeeOhana

 

 

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Baby Wearing!

Who baby wears? I have recently discovered how amazing it is! For starters its like having a constant cuddle from you baby, Who doesn’t love that!? A few people on my birth board baby wear, so this is where I first really got the idea from seeing there pictures and thinking it looked great and babys all seemed so happy! Also with having a hyperactive three year old and a baby who has started to want to interat too.. its pretty tiring and hard trying to keep on top of it all! Having him in the baby carrier enables me to be able to do arts and crafts with her with both my hands, rather than having to help my little man sit up and try and help her.. which just doesn’t work! Now he is happy talking away to me in his carrier and feeling feathers etc, while I aid her in doing the task at hand!

Do any of you baby wear? Does it make your life easier and whih one do you us? Mine is a Connecta! I looked through all the designs that they had and instantly fell in love with one that was out of stock, I was rather disapointed and was sure no where else would have it.. but took to google and found it here! I was so excited that I Imediatly ordered it, I couldn’t have been more ipressed with how fast it was recieved!  I ordered it late on Tuesday night, so it was posted Wednesday and I recieved it today! (Thursday) and look at just how awesome it is! 

   

How could I resist that awesome design right! I’m so in love with it and he is so happy in it! I know my love for it will just grow.. though im sure the hubby s hpoing it doesn’t grow too much so that I want another one ;] Another Connecta that is! Not another baby! 

This is his cheeky little face ❤ he adores it! Well does so far ;]

 

I’ll keep you guys up to date with how we get on with it! I’m rather excited for the summer time and to be able to go out for walks and exploring with them both! Colleting leaves and the such for some art and the such! 

Other baby weares, does he look like he is in it right? What type of expiditions have you done with your little ones in them? =]

WeeOhana .. excited for some adventures!