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Delamont Park

Today we had a lovely family day out, and you are from Northern Ireland or are over here visiting I really suggest visiting Delamont Park! It’s just a thirty minute drive from Belfast center and a five minute drive from Downpatrick It’s also a very affordable day out, we have found that many places you will go and visit cost rather a lot of money for a family of four to get in, but to get into Delamont Park was a tiny amount of Β£4. Which is amazing considering all that is there!

There are several different walks and are all sign posted and you also get a map whenever you go into the park which shows you where the routes go, how long they are and what you can find along the way! We opted for one of the shorter walks because we had the children with us, and we didn’t fancy having to carry little miss around the walk when her legs got tired! We went for the 4km walk, there are ones which are also shorter than this and also longer so there is a walk for everyone to do! The only thing I would say is that on the map you are given it doesn’t give you any sort of idea of the terrain, the path was excellent and very easy to push a pram along, though is very stony. I think having our baby jogger GT made it easier to push with the big wheels I’m not sure how easy a pram with slandered wheels would have been to push! My little girl found it a little difficult as a lot was uphill which we hadn’t really thought about, but she kept going with a bit of encouragement! She particularly loved seeing the sheep along the way and stopped at every one to try and entice them over with some grass..this didn’t go in her favor! Along the walk were some incredible views, and things to stop at. Several little stone beaches, a bird watching area, and many more but we were enjoying the walk so much we didn’t stop at these things, though I will make a point of ensuring we do this when we go back!

When we first arrived we started with our picnic, there was so many benches and open bits of grass to sit on so lots of space for whenever it is busy to enjoy you picnic without many around you! My little one was eager to sit on the grass and have hers, so this is what we did and had some lovely little sandwiches before we headed off on our adventure! #

After our walk we went on this wonderful little train which is designed to look like Thomas, it runs along a 1KM track and was really enjoyable! The little ones loved being on a train and really enjoyed it and I took in some of the wonderful views around while really cherishing the time we were spending together!

Next stop was the play park, what little ones don’t love parks right! Well this is one that is truly going to be enjoyed by any park lover. It is just wonderful, lots of wonderful wood climbing frames, slides, puzzles and much more. I really liked that they had a climbing frame for all ages! There was a big and a little one like you would find in more parks, but also a medium sized one too, which my little girl really enjoyed. She likes the big ones but wants you to go up them with her and with it being a bit busy, I wasn’t for climbing up with her and getting in the way of everyone! She went off and enjoyed the big one for a short while but wanted to play with her brother so spent a lot of the time on the little one with him, which was great as there was no one else on it! There was also a zip wire which she really enjoyed. As well as there being some great climbing frames/ balancing things/slides etc there was also a lot of open space to run about. My little boy really liked this as he likes to just potter about and explore the world around him rather than climbing on climbing frames and going on swings etc!

 

Beside the park there was also one of those metal gyms that are becoming increasingly popular, and there are also some of the single gym items placed along the walks too! Just in-case you were wanting to go there to jog/workout ..

We ended our day by then going out for dinner and coming home and having a lovely bath! Both the kids are now fast asleep in bed, and we are just about to settle down to watch a move! All in all we had a fantastic day and will be back to Delamont Park very soon; in fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to get the season pass so we will be visiting it many more times! I will let you know if we find anything else about in Delamont Park that we think is a must see while there.. but for now, you should really go there, enjoy the peace, views, beauty and nature. Oh & the park and the train if you have little ones with you!

Let me know if you go for a visit and what you think! =]

WeeOhana xx

 

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Simple Must Try Fun!

With my little girl just starting preschool we have been trying to find ways to keep her busy but aren’t that strenuous as she is coming out of preschool exhausted and grumpy! She is really enjoying herself which is such a great thing and I’m starting to get used to the afternoon classes rather than the usual ones! This week is her first week of being in everyday! The hubby came home from work and was greeted by an exhausted me (my little man has lost his great sleeping ='[) and a hyper, yet grumpy girl as she was knackered! Until he announced that he had a fantastic idea! I sighed.. expecting it to be something utterly ridiculous, loud and messy… to my surprise it was not!
He looked at me and said “i just need some string and a hanger?” I was a bit suspicious.. what could you do with a bit of string and a hanger? This did not sound like fun.. it sounded like a big old let down! My oh my was I wrong!
I watched as he tied a bit of string from our door handle to the fire place, then ran upstairs and appeared with a hanger and my little girls favorite teddy/puppet who has fittingly been called “Monkey” .. I’m sure you can guess, he is monkey! She was bouncing about the place asking me what it was for and she was getting very excited… and I just was just very confused by it .. he then announced it was a Zip-line! I still couldn’t see how.. until he showed us!

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As you can see by the look on her face.. this was one of the best things she had ever seen! She thought this was so fantastic! Such a simple idea and she had hours of fun! Everyday since she has had the zip-line!

So all you need is a length of string and two places to hang it.. the higher the better and a kids trouser hanger!
Little miss got a bit concerned that it would hurt her lovely toys, so we got them to “hold” on with there hands!
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This is how monkey and how he held on! =]

Such a simple thing, yet entertained my little ones for ages and the dog! She thought it was great trying to catch a moving target.. Little miss didn’t appreciate this too much though so Lilo got a pigs ear and was happy as Larry to let the Zip lining continue! =] Little Miss loved it so much she even had to facetime nanny so that she could see the fun monkey was having!

Do you guys have any simple things that your little ones love?
If you try this let me know what your little ones think! =D

WeeOhana x

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Q&A for 3 year old!

Bit of a random blog, but thought you guys would enjoy it & those of you with children may get a little giggle doing it with them! If you do decide to do it with your little ones I would love to hear what they say!Β  = ]

There is this thing going about on Facebook, where you ask your child a list of questions and write down what they answer unprompted! My little one.. well poo features a lot.. but generally that’s what she says when she doesn’t have a clue what to say, or is bored.. close to the end I had to ask the questions several times to get an answer! Which I don’t really blame her.. what three year old has a good attention span!

Without any prompting, ask your child these questions and write down exactly what they say. Its a great way to find out what they really think

1. What is something mum always says to you ?
Pee in the toilet

2. What makes you happy?
Pikachu!!

3. How does mum make you laugh?
By tickling me!

4. What makes mum sad?
Daddy talking to her angry

5. What was mum like as a child?
Poopy..

6. How old is mum?
Your two .. like me

7. How tall is mum?
This tall!!!! “Shows a random size*

8. What is mums favorite thing to do?
Play arts and crafts!

9. What does mum do when you’re not around?
Go out with Stephen or nanny

10. What is your mum really good at?
Projects

11. What is mum not really good at?
Poo poo

12. What does your mum do for a job?
Going back to the house

13. What is your mums favorite food?
Liquorice

14. What makes you proud of your mum?
You pooping in the toilet …

15. What do you and your mum do together?
Do arts and crafts

16. How are you and your mum.the same?
I’m playing dress up!!

17. How are you and your mum different?
I’m big … I shrank!

18. How do you know mum loves you?
She says it lots! =D

19. What does mum like most about dad?
Poo Poo

20. Where’s mum favourite place to go?
Sleepy town ..

21. How old was mummy when she had you?
This old!! “Shows size with arms”

Without any prompting, ask your child these questions and write down exactly what they say. Its a great way to find out what they really think

1. What is something mum always says to you ?

2. What makes you happy?

3. How does mum make you laugh?

4. What makes mum sad?

5. What was mum like as a child?

6. How old is mum?

7. How tall is mum?

8. What is mums favourite thing to do ?

9. What does mum do when you’re not around?

10. What is your mum really good at?

11. What is mum not really good at?

12. What does your mum do for a job?

13. What is your mums favourite food?

14. What makes you proud of your mum?

15. What do you and your mum do together ?

16. How are you and your mum.the same?

17. How are you and your mum different?

18. How do you know mum loves you?

19. What does mum like most about dad?

20. Where’s mum favourite place to go?

21. How old was mummy when she had you?

So I hope you enjoyed that little insight into my three year olds crazy brain!
Let me know how you get along asking your children! I always find these things funny, with just how innocent and honest they answer!
WeeOhana xx

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Cuties!

I am so excited and loving the connection that my little girl already has with my bump! I thought with her only being 2 (3 in October) that she wouldn’t really understand it at all, though at times I think she has a better understanding than my hubby! πŸ˜›

Most mornings she comes in says good morning to me and then will proceed to cuddle my tummy and say good morning to baby! She is convinced she can see baby through my belly button, and will sing to baby, talk, and ask question to baby through my belly button. It is adorable and always makes me and the hubby smile! She will lay on my bump when baby is Kicking and laugh away as baby kicks her little head, then will tell baby off for kicking mummy in the tummy!

At the moment I am finding it hard when bending down and all the simple things.. So My little girl always laughs and says baby is making you sore mummy, he is growing in your tummy with his blood. I find this a great little understanding she has, as she knows that a baby is growing in my tummy and yes like everyone else baby will have blood inside! She tells me about how she grew in my tummy and that she left her toys so baby can play win them, she finds great comfort in knowing that baby has toys to play with, if you suggest that baby is just floating about she gets quite distressed and upset about how baby will be scared then!

I don’t think I give her enough credit, she will often come off with things or tell me things that I would never expect her to know, like that people have blood in them, baby’s are delicate, she said to my hubby one day about how she would like a construction toy and this blew his mind! It’s not a normal world for such a little character to know right? Where has she picked this word up from, I would say we never say that word in this house because well.. It’s an odd word to use in a daily context, or at least I think so anyway! There is many others but now that I’m trying to think of them I can’t remember, which seems to happen far to much for my liking!

I work as a classroom assistant and find some of the things the kids come off with adorable, and they always know how to make you smile! The kids I work with are in P6 here, so they are 9 coming 10. One of the girls came up to me when we were out in the playground and said to me so seriously “Mrs, I have a question for you, over the summer did you get pregnant?” I felt like replying, no .. I just ate all the pies! Lol! But I did say to her yes I am, she leaped with joy and gave me a giant hug and it made me feel so lovely! She then carried on to say I’m glad that you just aren’t fat now because that would have been embarrassing, but I think your going to be a great mum, I would love you to be my mum. How adorable can little ones be? Obviously this made me smile and made my day πŸ™‚ then the other day a boy in my year opened the door and said “beauty before the beast and obviously your the beauty” how sweet is that? More so because it seemed just like a genuine thing for him to say, there was no back reason to why he said it, he didn’t want anything from me, it was just a genuine compliment πŸ™‚

Anyway; must dash!!
WeeOhana xx

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What its all about!

Hiya,

So firstly I would like to inform you guys why I am starting this blog;

My sister is the one who suggested that I started a blog, she has been doing a blog for quite some time now and really enjoys it. I myself can’t wait to start to get to know the people who read my blog and i suppose to get my ideas wrote and a sort of wee journal of what has happened and when! Our memories aren’t quite as good as we would like to hope some times! πŸ˜› So my sister is the one who gave me a little shove and put the idea into my head about starting a blog! =] I am excited to start my blog as I have spare time at night when I generally sit and twiddle my thumbs, watch rubbish T.V and all the fun things us mums & dads do when our little ones have gone to bed and the housework etc is done! My husband also works at night some times so it will give me something to do whenever he is out at work, playing football, or any of the other reasons he has to escape from the mental house!

I plan to blog about everything and anything, but mainly parenthood. Things you can do with your little ones, from arts & crafts, to recipes, great toys, apps, deals, my life and anything else that pops into my head while I’m at this! If there is something you would like to hear my view on just post in the comments and I will happily write a wee blog about it & so forth!

Oh & just in-case you were wondering where “WeeOhana” has came from; Lilo & Stitch is a favorite movie in our house and the quote;

“Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”

is one that we really love, so I was trying to link into this quote then thought .. WeeOhana though I must give my sister credit for thinking of it! If anyone is unfamiliar with the good old Northern Irish version of the word “wee” it means small.. so WeeOhana means – Small Family, which is what we are!

Signing Off & Out to try and figure out this website; WeeOhana x