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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!

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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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New Addition!

Meet our beautiful new addition to our little family; Lilo!
She is just so beautiful, cuddly and adorable! We got her when she was 6 weeks old, the poor litter of pups got rejected by there mummy, so we took her on! She has her second injection tomorrow which I’m a little nervous about! As long as she doesn’t throw a strop with me about it then its ok! =]

She is called Lilo because well, we love Lilo & Stitch if you didn’t already know! 😛 She is a Jack Russell x something.. the vet thinks that she is a Jack Russel x Shih tzu! What is your guess? I just love her little floppy ears, her fluffiness, she is just so wonderful! She is so cuddly and just lovely with the little ones! In-fact, my little boy seems to be her most favorite person in the family! Anytime he lays down to go to sleep, she just cuddles into him and falls asleep herself! But look at how just adorable it is when they cuddle!
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Eeek, aren’t they just the sweetest little things! Though she does have a lot of fun with my little girl too! In particular wasting a lot of energy running about the garden and playing tug of war in the living room! Though they both need reminded when it is time to calm down.. or they would run hyper all day and night!
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Though they all do love a cuddle together so that is always a positive!
She seems to be getting a hang of the toilet training business, when she needs to do a poo she barks at you which is just fantastic.. wee’s well we are getting there! Not too many accidents and I am very proud of her! So I won’t do bad to that!

This is her most favorite way to sleep! Look how tiny she is! ❤ Though not to tiny to be a handbag dog! 😛 Fluffy, happiness and beautiful all in one little place!

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Have you recently got a new puppy or got an older dog now with any magical advice that you have for me?  =]
I am just loving having a little bundle of joy in my life! She is also fantastic company for me whenever the hubby is in work, aw she is just so cute & cuddly! =]
Shower me with pictures, advice and everything puppy! =D
WeeOhana x

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Deforestation.

Today we went for a walk, in a lovely forest that we have been too on several occasions. We normally walk around this forest looking for birds,foxes, badgers, squirrels, rabbits and lots of other furry creatures. Sometimes we have seen the Gruffalo hiding in the trees too! Today we were excited to see what lovely creatures we could find, and if we could spot the Gruffalo lurking about in the trees again!

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The trees where we used to love getting lost in, where we would have great fun trying to find animals, we would stand for ages looking into trying to find wonderful animals and making shapes .. all gone, destroyed.. and every corner we turned around there seemed to be more and more tree.. gone! It was just horrible. Trying to explain it to my little girl was rather, challenging! I explained it by saying; “imagine if you were sitting in your house with mummy, daddy & Dylan then someone just appeared with a big digger and knocked it down, you would have to forget all of your toys and everything in the house and just run away and try and find somewhere safe, hoping that they wouldn’t come again!” How would you have described this to your little ones? She seemed down right devastated by the idea, asking all sorts of questions about the wildlife.. where would they go, what if they didn’t get out, are they sad, where will they live.. and every other question under the sun! If only I could provide all the answers! I don’t think I’ll be going back there for a walk anytime soon!

Though on a funny note, going out to nanny’s my little girl decided she needed protection from the rain!

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Swimming goggles are always the best thing to wear in the rain.. you know, just in case there is a urgent requirement to swim through a puddle!

What do you guys think about Deforestation? It made me pretty sad to see a place where 1. we have plenty of lovely, happy family memories in this beautiful forest looking for animals and the such! 2. All those poor little animals! =[

Have your children done/said anything funny recently? My little girl is such a chatter box and is constantly asking questions she shouldn’t be, or coming off with the most randomest of ideas!

Please do let me know! I love a good old giggle!

Weeohana xxx

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Crawfordsburn Country Park!

Recently I have decided that we as a family, will be going out more! As comical as that sounds, you sometimes get stuck in a rut of relaxing, seeing family and the such whenever you are all free. Though we need us time, time to spend doing fun things as a family, making memories, having fun and just enjoying being together! So every time the husband is off work, we are going to do something! Go for a walk, exploring, visiting fun sites! I am going to compile a list of things/places that I want to visit and each time he is off we are going to tick another one off! =] I will put the list up here whenever I have it sorted, and it may give you some ideas of what to do if you’re from Northern Ireland or if you come here on a visit!

The first place that we went to was Crawfordsburn Country Park. It is basically a lovely forest walk, and there is also a beach too, so its sort of like two things in one! If you explore deep enough into the forest you can find a waterfall. Where you park there is also a little visitors center, which on our visit had a great range of stuffed animals, information about sea pollution and little activities to do with the young ones! It was fab! They also had a lovely little cafe which we got some food in and it was rather delicious!

We didn’t get to explore deep enough to find the waterfall, but that is because we first of all went to a field in the park and she ran about like crazy there and then went to the beach! We went for a nice walk into the forest, but we couldn’t find the waterfall and by the time that we were on the right track (or at least we thought we were ;]) she was knackered.. and I was pretty hungry! My little man was also nearing his bottle time, so we headed to the visitors center & cafe. My little girl then got distracted by the activities and looking at the stuffed animals, there was also a badger den that you could crawl about inside! She was eager to do this, but not being very keen on the dark.. she asked daddy to go in with her.. which he did! It was comical to watch, but very adorable! He would do anything for her, and there special little bond is just wonderful! It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside watching them play together, run about, make up stories, cuddle and just be themselves with each other, its amazing! Something I was very worried my daughter wouldn’t get with a man, and now she has! :]

Dylan was in his carrier and loved looking about and seeing the world from a proper view! He was gurgling and smiling away, it was so nice that we could go to a country park, walk about the muddy path and the beach without worrying about navigating a pram! It felt great us all having fun, enjoying the fresh air, running about the beach without having to feel like one of us couldn’t be involved(well two really) because we had to stand with the pram!

After exploring the visitor center we then went and got a bite to eat, my little girl got a giant plate of chicken nuggets & chips, which I was surprised with how much she ate! Me & the hubby got fancy sandwiches.. which I must say were very delicious and some chips which were just yum! The little man… well obviously he enjoyed some milk!

So it was a fabulous day out all in all! Some lovely weather, tasty grub, exercise, fantastic company and bonding with my wonderful family! I do love them so much and they are just wonderful! I don’t tell them often enough! I really appreciate and enjoy days out! They mean a lot and bring wonderful happy memories with them!

Me & my wonderful pair! ❤

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Fambam ❤

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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! 

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Project Life

I am super excited to start doing a Project Life folder. My sister (http://daydreamingfoodie.com) introduced me to it! She sent me a picture of her first page on whats app, and I instantly knew that I had to do this too! So last night I spent a lot of money buying all these awesome things to do this project life! I am now going to be eagerly awaiting the postman everyday for the next week to get all of my bits for it, then I can get started!

Basically its a thing where you can put pictures, quotes, anything at all that you can think of! I’m going to use mine for a bit o everything and to just keep memories in it, be it quotes, photos, flyers or anything at all!

I thought it would be a lovely thing to do, not only for myself but for my kids too, Whenever they are older they will be able to look through it and see all of the fun things that we did whenever they were little. I think that I am going to do a double page spread for ever month.. but knowing me it will probably end up being a double page for each week!

I got myself this pretty little pink 12″x12″ album, I am super excited for it to arrive, but knowing my luck all the other little bits will come first! Unfortunately I couldn’t order it all of the same website otherwise I would have and then I would know I could get started as soon as it arrives, though I suppose it is good it is all coming from different websites as it means that I can get new bits everyday in the post and enjoy the prettiness day by day rather than all at once!

I have ordered rather a lot of the little cards, because… well I just couldn’t help myself once i had seen all the beautiful options!! who could!

At this rate I’m going to need my own little study to put all my paper cutting things in and all this project life stuff that I have flying its way towards me in the post!

I’m really exited to be able to share my project life with you all whenever I have got it all and have made a little start! Do any of you do/have done a project life thing? I would love to see them if you have! Inspiration is always fab! Also what things would you guys recommend to make mine extra pretty or just things that you guys enjoyed using/putting in yours?

WeeOhana xxx

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Guilt & pain

How have we all been?
I’m currently in bed, over joyed that my little one is back to sleeping through the night again rather than her waking at 3:30am fun she was doing recently! Unfortunately not a lot can be said about my sleep.. I seem to wake up every half hour and then try to get comfy for half hour.. Then the same routine again, and again! Which as I’m sure you are aware.. Isn’t fun! It’s leaving me tired and even more down in the dumps with this pain as I’m exhausted and in a great deal of pain try to entertain my nearly three year old!

I have restored to doing a lot of sticker books with her, or just sticking stickers on a page! She loves it, and will actually sit still and do this! She isn’t much of a grade A at sitting still.. But stickers seem to be one thing that she doesn’t mind sitting to do! It’s fab because it means she can sit beside me on the sofa and do it, so I’m semi comfortable.. And she’s not running about like a looney while I sit and feel useless because I can’t chase her about the house and so forth like I normally would have done! I have been quite impressed at how well she is able to find where what sticker goes and how precise she is at putting it down the right way and covering all the white! She will have several attempts to make sure she gets it just right! She’s such a wee star, fingers crossed she keeps it up when this baby comes 🙂

I’m starting to feel really guilty, but I’m sure it’s probably normal.. I’m in a great deal of pain at the moment with this spd, I have constant pain all night and all day, even if I take painkillers. So what’s the point in taking them if they will only make the pain go a tiny bit and will also mean that baby will be dependant on them and I will have an extremely grouchy baby! If they made me pain free I would probably be more willing to take them, but they don’t, I still can’t do much when I take them, so what’s the point! Anyway.. I feel guilty because instead of counting down the days/weeks until baby is here, I’m now counting down until the pain is gone.. I’m feeling more excited about the pain going away than my baby being here :/ I’m sure it’s normal for people who have suffered from this or some other pain … Or at least I hope because I’m starting to feel really mean! I’m really beating myself up about it at the moment and can’t seem to rid the thought from my mind, it’s terrible.. This is meant to be an exciting time where it all slows down because baby is coming soon and because you just can’t wait to have your baby! Time has slowed down for me because if no one comes round, I’m stuck in the house all day, I’m sick and tired of this pain, I literally am tired of this pain because it is preventing me from sleeping and I am constantly exhausted.. I’ll probably get more sleep when the baby is actually here and this pain has gone!

Also walking about like a flipping penguin and getting people looking at me funny isn’t the nicest of things.. Went to the shopping centre today to get some food and so forth.. Took me nearly triple the time to walk through the place than normal! Ahh!!

I have been signed off work, so there is so much I want to do around the house… Nesting is really kicking in! Wanna know the worst part about it… I can’t blooming do anything! Putting a wash on/sorting a wash is a very long processes at the moment as I have to stop several times because of pain! A task that would normally take 2 minutes now takes about an hour… An hour to sort and put a wash on.. Joys. I want to be sorting my little girls room and going through all the baby stuff to see if we need anything more and going out to buy all pretty paints and getting excited about painting new rooms… But I just can’t get excited about it.. Infact, it upsets me even thinking about doing those things.. Because I physically can’t paint, or sort.. And with going to choose the paint, hey that will be another trip out with pain involved! Though j suppose sitting in the house in pain, or going out isn’t much different!

I think it’s quite hard for someone who hasn’t been in this position to understand what it’s like .. To be going from being able to do everything, to near enough nothing. It’s actually really upsetting, and if I beat myself up about it and blame myself much more.. I’m gonna end up locking myself in a room till this baby is here and hiding from the world! I have a funny feeling though it’s going to make me even more protective of the baby and letting people hold him, just because it will have been such a long awaited thing to get him out so I can be pain free and because *fingers crossed* I’ll finally be able to do stuff again and will want to do it all after having felt so useless recently!

.. Anyway I’ll stop ranting as I can hear my little girl awakening and seeing as it takes me a long time to get it of bed.. I may as well start before she starts shouting!!
I hope your all better than me!
Love; WeeOhana x