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Treat Day!

We try to ensure that Amellia gets to go out at least once a month with one us to do whatever she wants. Sometimes she picks swimming, other times clothes shopping but something she always picks is to go out for dinner! She loves her food and unfortunately going out for dinner as a family is something that we don’t do very often at all as Dylan is not a good eater, and all the noises, bright lights, people and smells just send him into meltdown.
Before Dylan was even born this was something that we had decided we would make sure we did, I think its important for all children to get a chance to do whatever they want for a day, have all the attention on them and be made to feel as special and wonderful as they are!
It is even more important to us now with everything that we are going through with Dylan as I don’t want her to miss out on all the typical “kid” things that he wouldn’t particularly enjoy. I also don’t want her to grow up resenting her brother because she didn’t get to do things she wanted to because of him. We try our best to do things as a family but it is tough, and I don’t like taking her out and having to say her to her that if Dylan doesn’t like it we have to go. She is wonderful with him though because if I take them to the park and he starts to get  upset she will come over to me and say “ok mummy time to go!” As much as this is wonderful, it’s not fair on a five-year old.

On our day out she decided she wanted to start with lunch at Little Wing Pizzeria! What a wonderful little spot, I love it. I am simply a huge pizza fan and they make exceptionally delicious ones! When we sat down she was super excited to pick off the menu herself and then get to colouring it in! She chose the minestrone soup as she liked the sound of it coming in a cup! When it arrived it was super cute in a teeny tiny cup, and she dove right in. Unfortunately though she wasn’t a big fan of this soup but to make it an even better experience the girl serving us then got her dough sticks  instead which she quickly devoured! Not only was this fantastic customer service but when she brought her over the dough sticks she told Amellia that is was great to try new things and that she was a super girl for trying the soup!
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whilst we waited for our mains then we got a chance to colour in the menu, it was wonderful! They had little bits for you to draw what you thought certain things would eat and a picture for you to find other items in and colour them in, she had a lot of fun doing this and got really excited when she found the things we were looking for in the picture! She had lasagna for her main and she really loved it, she ate it all up and enjoyed it so much!


One of her favourite parts of the dinner was getting an ice cream and a little mini hot chocolate in another tiny little cup! Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of these but they were just adorable! She also loved the fact that she got to have coke with her lunch and thought it was super special that it was in a glass bottle and not a little plastic cup!
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She then wanted to do a spot of shopping, so we popped into a few of her favourite shops and picked up a few bits and pieces. We then headed home and told her daddy and brother all that we had been up to and how she can’t wait to go there again!

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Ohh, I forgot to also tell you how wonderfully delicious my dinner was from Little Wing too, one of my favourite things that they do is there spicy cheesy bread for starters! I then had one of their pizzas for main which was just super as always.. I can’t remember exactly what one it was..doh.. but I do remember that it was yummy! We will certainly be back soon, I can’t wait for my next day out with her.
She is simply wonderful and really does not get enough credit ❤

Do you try to take your kids out on their own if you have more than one?
What do they love to do?

WeeOhana xx

 

 

 

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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 £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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Ulster Folk Museum

This is a lovely place just outside Holywood! I would highly recommended giving it a little visit if you live near, or come here on Holiday! It is a little old village from the early 20th century, kept just how it was, with the old types of streets, houses, churches and even has a little old bank, police station and many more! One of my favorite places is the little old sweet shop, it is just fantastic, all in jars with loads of different sweets! They also use the old weighing scales which really adds to the experience, especially for little ones! We left the sweet shop with far to many sweets.. though they were all simply delightful!

We all had a fantastic day out! My daughter was amazed by all that they had to offer! She was constantly quizzing us about everything that she could see and asking the famous “why?” question! We tried to explain everything the best we could and explained it in way that she would understand! For example when looking at the bed rooms we explained saying that “thats where mummy and daddy would have slept and that where you would have slept” this seemed to help her understand things a lot easier! After a few houses she would then be asking “is this were I would have slept/ate/went to the toilet” and such forth! She really couldn’t get her head around the idea of having to go to the toilet outside or in a pot! It is a great place, lots of open space to run about and a great place to help little ones brains grow and be educated! We got to explore in an old bank, coal bunker,police station, and then after we had explored enough and needed a little break there was an adorable little cafe!  My little girl and hubby had stew, which they both adored & a fantastic big thing of chips, they were particularly tasty chips!

Yummy Strew!

Yummy Strew!

We then carried on with our journey! There is a walk there that they say takes 2-3 hours! we were going to attempt it, but after we had walked about 15 minutes my little girls legs just wouldn’t carry her any further, do we decided to turn back and we would go one day and just go for the walk rather than going round all the houses first! We had walked around the houses for about 3 hours mind you, so for a mini me.. thats pretty long! Especially when its all so exciting!

In the police station she had great fun going into the cells and seeing what it would be like if you had done something bad! They also had a little museum type idea up the stairs which had lots of information about the police back then, how they got about and what they had to wear! She particularly liked looking at the penny-farthing! Amazed by how anyone could get onto them!

Trying to escape from the jail!

In one of the old houses they also had things to show you how they washed the old clothes and dried them! She tried out how they used to dry them.. then said “mummy you could have done this” … Thanks chick!!

After all the exploring and learning we found a big hill, and she got to have a new experience… one that I’m sure a lot of us did when we were little! Rolling down it! She didn’t quite get the whole idea of it, or how to do it, but she did have great fun trying to do it and so did daddy! They are a great pair! ❤

It was a fantastic day out and we cant wait to go back and do the big walk, and also to go to the transport bit of this museum! We took her whenever she was a lot younger, but she loved it then so I’m sure she will love it whenever we get to go to it again! It has old cars, trains, buses, emergency, carts, boats and lots of other fun things! It is great because you get to get onto the trains and explore them and pretend to drive them! My little girl has a fantastic imagination and role playing is one of her favorite things.. so I am sure we will spend a very long time there!

WeeOhana :]