0

My favourite humans < 3

We headed out on a little walk around a really quiet area a short drive from our house.
It is somewhere we go quite often as it is very quiet, lots of space for the kids to explore and waste energy and even better is that after the walk around the forest, climbing on the trees and running through the leaves there is a lovely little park with all that you could want in it, complete with gates so Dylan can’t just dart away.
While there this time I captured some pictures which I think are some of my favourite ones that I have. I have recently bought a beautiful big photo album so I am going to make sure to print out pictures to fill it with happy memories for us all to look back on.
Something I wish I had started a long time ago but never the less, on wards and upwards with my picture printing and memory making fun!

img_7960

These three humans really have no idea how much they mean to me, they are my favourites. I would do absolutely anything for them all and can’t believe my luck ❤

 

1

Garden & Park Fun!

img_8929
Dylan has recently got extremely good at writing the letter A, generally with both hands at the same time! As soon as he goes into the back garden he is looking for the chalk and tries to ensure that ever single gate panel has an A on it.
Amellia loves it when he writes the letter A, as she says that he is looking for her when he is doing it. I adore the fact that she is starting to enter his world and accepting that he interacts in other ways, and I for one will not be telling her that he just has a huge love for the letter A and writing it and that it doesn’t mean this!
He can also write a few other letters, but A is in a strong first place at the moment, along with his favourite colour; brown.

We all went to the park the other day and had such a lovely time, Dylan had me going down the slide and climbing up on the cargo net so that I could help him, well by help, he was clung to me like a limpet.. it made manoeuvering him to the slide pretty difficult but with daddy close by we made it safely!

img_8860
We then went on the swing basket, after a while I told Adrian that it was his turn!
Look at this beautiful capture I got! I love it!
Amellia snuggling into him with the most beautiful smile while she held his hand and him accepting it, Dylan playing with her hair and daddy with them both safely beside him with the most loving & happy smile on his face!
Perfection, the three most important people to me, all having a lovey time together and I have this wonderful snap to look back at and smile!
Though I must say I’m pretty jealous he didn’t snap a picture of me with the pair of them.. but he is a man, this is why woman take selfies, otherwise they wouldn’t be in any pictures with their kids! lol!

-WeeOhana

5

Porridge Play!

Today I decided to do another different and fun sensory play for Dylan! This time again using something that was safe to be eaten, just in case he decided to taste it or my dog got some of it! I had thought about putting sparkles in it or dying the porridge oats but then again I thought I would rather leave it safe to eat!

I made this really simply/quickly and very cheaply! We actually had all the things I used in the house already, but if you don’t it can be bought for very cheap or you can use whatever you have in the house!

I started off with a container the same one that I used for the pasta play, got out some porridge oats and filled the container so that the bottom of it had a nice layer on it, then added some diggers and it suddenly looked very cool!
img_2999At the start he wasn’t too sure about the feeling of the porridge oats though he was happy to drive his JCBs through it if it didn’t touch his hand.. though in time as he got more and more used to it slightly touching his hands he then dug in! He absolutely loved it! He was picking it up and burying his cars under the porridge oats, scooping the oats up with the diggers and then he started to used the diggers to scoop up the porridge oats and put them in his mouth! He was using the diggers like little spoons, it was wonderful he was happy chewing on it and feeling it in his mouth! He then proceeded to  sit in the container with the oats and sprinkle it over his legs and his feet, it was simply wonderful to see. He was having so much fun.. Though he then decided to empty the whole lot onto the floor which I wasn’t too pleased about but thankfully with our new wooden floor down it is easy to clean so I left him too it! He was than laying in it, running through it and having the time of his life. It was simply wonderful, I am really enjoying doing all these different sensory play ideas with him! I think I will do a few more dry ones before moving onto squisy/mushy/wet/sticky kinds of things as they are the things he really doesn’t cope well it. I want to keep it as fun and enjoyable as possible!

img_3052

Do you have any ideas of different things I could try or that you have tried? =]

I have also just made a facebook page and and an instagram account where I put things on daily that we do or that have tried out and enjoyed! If you have enjoyed my blog I think you would enjoy them too, please check them out and give me a like and a follow if you want, I would really appreciate it! =] @WeeOhana << Facebook Link! =] @WeeOhana << Instagram Link!

WeeOhana xx

 

0

Time Apart!

I think whenever you have more than one child it is important to make sure they get to spend time with you separately and for things that fit there age or wants as well! Especially whenever one of the children in your family has a special need, as it really does effect everyone’s life in the family. I always find myself feeling guilty because whenever I take my pair out together it is aways known that if Dylan isn’t happy we will have to leave. As much as this isn’t fair on my little girl, it is what has to happen. She is very good and if Dylan isn’t happy whenever we get somewhere she knows that she gets five minuites then it is time to go. Unless I’m  having a day where I want to take on the world and can ignore the looks. I always feel incredibly guilty when we have to leave, especialy if we haven’t been there long.. i think it is hard as a mum as well to accept that your child doesn’t really enjoy what the majoirty of children love. A trip to the local park can be upsetting for both my children, as it could be too nosey/buzy etc for Dylan which then means we have to leave. It is also then upsetting for me as I then feel bad that my little girl has had to be disappointed etc! Though I am very good at keeping a strong front on infront of the kids!

My husband and myself decided that in the new year we would try and do things seperatly at least once a month with my little girl, as she loves things such as going out for dinner, going to the cinema or going shopping for some new clothes! These are some of the top things that my little boy really struggles with, but it isn’t fair for her not to experience these because of that! This month it was my turn, so I decided that I would actually bring her down to see my mum and dads new house in Dublin! Obviously this is something that I wish we could enjoy as a family, exploring a new city/parks/shops/restuarants/musuems but he really wouldn’t be able to cope at all, espeically with staying somewhere unfamiliar too! Hubby had the weekend off so me and my wonderful daughter headed off!

We have had a fantastic time! The drive down is approx two hours long, and she decided to chat the whole drive down. It was wonderful, we chatted about such a range of things, from why there was a tractor on the road to how come they hadn’t  invented time travel yet so that we could just appear at nanny annd grampys without having to sit still for so long! (Sitting still isn’t her strong point!) Once we got to my mum and dads it was bed time really, but not without a tour around the house and some food to fill her little belly!

The next day we all headed out for a walk around the park and to get some breakfast! It was a lot colder than we expected though so we really didn’t get too much of a walk done before everyone thought there hands were going to fall off! We then found a little market and got a crepe for breakfast and picked up some rather wonderful Macarons handmade by a little French woman, they were incredible! I am actually pretty annoyed I only bought one box of them and wish I had got another box to take home with me! They were just super scrummy! 


It was then home time to warm up and let grampy watch the rugby! We spent this time drawing lots of pictures, watching videos on the ipad and chatting to nanny about everything that crossed our minds! After the rugby was over and we were all bathed and ready we went out for some dinner! We went to a lovely little Chinese down the road, which served food nice and quick (perfect for kids!) it was also really tasty too so it was a winner! 

Today we got up and thought it didn’t look as cold as yesterday, so headed off to the beach for a walk.. wha a terrible idea! If you have me on instagram you will have seen how windy it was! If you haven’t you should add me, I would love a few new followers and people to follow! =] ;] (weeohana) << my instagram

After the beech we went to a park and for some lunch! We then popped to a nice little shop and picked up some dinner and Amellia loved looking at all the fish they had there for sale! 


It was then home time and Grampy had more rugby to watch! But not before playing a little!


We then headed to our room and snuggled on the bed while everyone else was busy. I really enjoyed the time just laying there together and relaxing, something me and her never get t0 do anymore! Tomorrow we are heading home and I really look forward to the conversations we have in the car on the way home! Also to get home and give Dylan a really big snuggle,and my hubby of course 😛 

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and have a good week! 

WeeOhana xx 

4

Horse Fun & Sensory Exploring!

Dylan absolutely loves horses. People always say that animals are great therapy for little ones,  but you really have to experience the joys that it brings them to understand! Whenever he is around my horse he is the most vocal, happiest little fellow around. Obviously anything that makes him vocal and making different noises is a very big plus, and hopefully will in time help him to form words!
Normally I only will take him to the horse if my husband is with me so that he can stand with him and walk around whilst I muck out and do all the fun things but as he was working and Dylan was wide awake I thought I would try and get most of the things done with him if he would play ball!

I left him in the car while I put Meg out as I didn’t want to have to carry him and walk her, just incase! It was also raining and no body likes getting soaked! I brought the wheelbarrow round and forks and then got him from the car, I knew he would either love it or hate it straight away, and it went the best way possible! He loved it, infact he seemed to be having the most fun I have seen him have in a long time!

img_2343

Look at that little face! He was so joyful, and even better was that he was touching things and picking up things he would normally go mad at even the thought of it being near him! He was picking up shavings.. and yes I made sure there was no poo in site and he stuck to the clean shavings! I couldn’t believe it, he was picking them up and throwing them into the wheelbarrow and laughing as he did it! He didn’t mind the feeling of the shavings in his hands or shoes! He was having the time of his life, we then walked round to empty the wheelbarrow and he loved pushing it.. although it did take a lot longer than normal to get it round!

img_0883

We then went on to make Megs food, I expected this to be a task trying to keep him in the room while I made them but he loved it! He was helping me mix the foods together, pouring the scoop in and even more amazingly, he took a bite out of the carrot that I gave him to put in  her food! He bit into a carrot, he didn’t start screaming, or licking his hand to get the taste and texture away, he just happily then placed it into her food! How incredible was it that he did this! He is still very much so on 10+month food, and biscuits! I couldn’t believe it! He was making so many different little noises too, of enjoyment! Noises I haven’t ever heard him make before, it was amazing as I’m sure you can understand!
img_2340
We then went onto fill the haynets, and I really couldn’t get over everything that was happening already and hay really does feel pretty spikey and odd, not really something you would feel in everyday situations! He impressed me even more and went on to pull out the hay and put it into the nets, I couldn’t get over it.
It was like he was getting so much enjoyment out of doing something that he loved, he forgot all about textures and everything! I couldn’t get over it and I still cant!
After we had done all the jobs he took me by the hand and walked me down to her field to go and see her. I kept saying to him when we have finished doing all the jobs we will go and see her, and it was almost like he was focused on getting the jobs done (very happily) to be able to go and see her. We then went down to her field, and he was overjoyed! Laughing away, hugging her, stroking her, and every time she sniffed him or even moved he was laughing away! We stood with her for about 30 mins, she was coming over and sniffing then running off, he loved it when she trotted off and did a big roll. I think it was the funniest thing he has ever seen, he ended up with hiccups he ended up laughing at her so much! When it was time to go, he wasn’t very pleased! Though we really needed to get going to get his sister from school!

I am going to make a big point of taking him up to see her a lot more, maybe not quite everyday as it does slow the whole process down and I can’t ride when he is there but it really did the world of good for him, I just couldn’t get over it!
To end this wonderfully happy & uplifting post here is some pictures of my girls! ❤

img_0929img_2448img_2433

WeeOhana xx

0

Mums & Tots!

When I was at my CDC appointment with my little man they recommended a mums and tots group that was just for children who attended the unit as they know how hard it can be to go to other mums and tots with lots of children/noise etc! So I thought I would give it a bash!

When I would go to other mums & tots he couldn’t handle the noise, amount of people, amount of toys.. everything was just a giant sensory over load so he would go into a meltdown. This would consist of him screaming/crying/throwing himself to the floor/hitting his head off the floor/running at walls/scratching at himself.. people would stare, which made me feel extremely anxious, upset, judged and many other things. The leaders of the mums & tots would come over and sing/give him toys/try to help.. but obviously that just made it worse. Obviously they are trying to help and didn’t know what else to try/do.. so I ended up leaving and taking him to the car to settle him down, I would say to myself that maybe he would like a different mums & tots, that I would try others. Believe me, I tried several different mums & tots, I think I went to all of the ones in my area, but in the end I gave up. The longest I managed to stay at one with him was 15 minutes. When we first went in, he hated it, So I gave him my phone and sat him on my knee for him to watch Morph and accept what was going on around him and hopefully join in. A lady beside me made a comment about how he should be off playing with the other children and enjoying himself like a normal child rather than sitting playing on my phone. I didn’t even bother to reply.. I picked him up and left. I made a group decision for him and me, that we wouldn’t go back to a mums & tots for a long time.

Until when I was at my CDC appointment and they told me about the mums & tots I thought it sounded fantastic, it still took me a few weeks to go to it, to get over my anxiety of the looks/ what ifs and so forth! When I went, I couldn’t understand why I had put it off!

Its a fantastic mums & tots ran by a wonderful group. When we first went in, he wasn’t too happy.. so the lovely ladies there got out the bubble machine and then went away from him. He sat on my knee for while watching the bubbles, then he got up and started popping the bubbles then ran off and saw all the other wonderful things they had. The ladies then got me stuff to fill in while chatted to me about what they did and what was going on with my handsome man.
There was only 5 other children there, in a big hall with all the toys spaced out and a wonderful sensory room. It was fantastic, he pottered about by himself happy as larry without a care in the world. It was wonderful to see, and I chatted to a few of the mums, some of them in a very similar situations to me, it was great to speak to others who are going through the same sort of thing, who know what its like to still be feeding your two year old 10+ month food.

We now go every week and when we pull up outside the hall his little face lights up and he starts flapping in the wonderfully excited way that he does! Its great, to get out of the house and for us both to enjoy ourself and relax.

Is there anywhere that your children especially enjoy? Places they really don’t like?

WeeOhana xx

8

Shredded Paper!

Who knew something so simple could bring such joy!
I got a parcel in the post.. which obviously bought me joy, but then after taking out of it what I had ordered I had a great idea.. kind of!
We have been told to try and get our little man to do a lot of messy play/feeling different things.. anything sensory related to try and encourage him to eat better, which personally I thought was an odd suggestion until they told me that your hands and the feelings you accept on your hands is very similar to the way it feels when in your mouth! So we are hoping that if we encourage him to feel as much possible it will help with his eating! It isn’t as simple as it sounds.. as he refuses to touch anything that looks different generally! So when I opened my parcel I took out my things and noticed that the shredded paper felt a bit different, so I thought lets just see what the wee man makes of it!
He loved it! He was throwing it everywhere and by the end of it he was letting me put it on his legs without a fuss and passing it to me for me to do it again for him!
He was laughing, coming to me to engage in play, feeling something different, and trying to make eye contact! It was just fabulous. . and very simple to brush up after!
I really encourage you to use anything and everything for them to play with! Something that you think won’t be fun, or is just going to go in the bin, let your little one have a look at it! (if its safe for them obviously!) You never know what they will enjoy and learn from!

This shredded paper ended up in a fantastic learning experience for him with lots of fun too!img_2175WeeOhana xx

2

Puffy Paint!

Today was a hide inside from the world kind of day. Have some fun with my little ones and to forget everything else that was going on!
We decided that we would start the day with some sensory fun of painting with puffy paint!

Puffy paint is very simple to make, and we had all the things that we needed to make in our house! You make it with Three simple ingredients; shaving foam, pva glue & paint.
img_0607You mix together a shaving foam with the same amount of pva glue, though don’t mix it too much or too fast as it will just turn into a runny mess! Then add your paint and mix slowly again and keep adding the paint until you get it to the colour that you want!
Then thats it done, let the fun begin!

My little princess was straight into it and was having so much fun! So much so that I had to stop her from covering her whole body!
img_0626

My little man wasn’t quite so keen.. it started off fine for the first few minutes.. until he then realized that it was all over his hands and he wasn’t to keen on that! I quickly cleaned his hands then hunted out a paintbrush to try and win him back over to the idea of it!
He started to enjoy it again a bit more again then knowing that he didn’t have to touch it, and with mum stood on the side to clean his hands if he wanted it off!

He then got brave enough to paint his own hands! Though that didn’t last too long, but at least he tried it! =]

After everyone getting cleaned we enjoyed a little dance to some songs on YouTube. His little bum wriggle gets me every time, check it out!

After our dancing and painting it was then time for his nap and me and my little girl made cupcakes!
Then we all enjoyed a little cuddle when he woke up and needed a little cwtch back to sleep!

img_0634
My precious pair and I enjoyed a quiet day at home letting the news sink.

WeeOhana xx

0

Blackberry Picking!

Today I had a lovely morning out with the kiddiwinks! We headed to a lovely little village called Groomsport! Its a little village by the sea, is very peaceful, beautiful and has many things my little ones love!

IMAG1680.jpg

We started off by going for a little walk along the front, counting the boats we saw, blowing the dandelions that we found and making lovely wishes, then we discovered a place that we hadn’t found before! A little National Trust walk called Ballymacormick Point, I don’t know how I haven’t found it before or walked along there before! It was wonderful and even more so because we found some ripe and very yummy blackberrys! My little girl loves all kinds of fruit and veg and was very excited to try some blackberrys that she had picked straight from the bush!

As we carried on our walk I had a hunt in my handbag and managed to find a little ziplock bag, my little girl jumped with delight at the thought of collecting some and taking them all home. We carried on with our walk and kept collecting them while we were discussing what to do with them, a little lady who walked past us stopped for a chat with us as my little one was eager to show her all that we had collected! She suggested that we could try making a pie or some jam and that was that we were settled on making some jam once we got home! (recipe) The hunt carried on and we came across a honey bee! (She loves bugs too :P)

The honey bee was collecting pollen and was fascinating to watch, we watched him as he went from flower to flower and she asked me question after question! She asked me so many questions that she didn’t notice her little brother stealing the bag of blackberries from her hand.. he then decided to squish them and she broke out in laughter as we watched all the juices in the bag go everywhere (thankfully not over anyone!)

We then turned back after picking some blackberries to make our jam and headed for the little shop to grab an ice lolly and a drink then on-wards to the wonderful little park! The park in Groomsport is wonderful, not only do you get to enjoy a lovely view while your little ones are enjoying themselves, a big and a small climbing frame and there are gates all around it so a little one cant wander off. Wandering off is my little mans favorite thing, he loves just tottering about and exploring and wouldn’t have much interest in the park so when it is just me with them both it is pretty hard for either to enjoy! With him not being able to escape and wander off it was perfect as he could just dander around the park while she had lots of fun on the climbing frame/swings etc! He then found his favorite thing and one of the only things he will play on in a park.. a bridge! He loves just walking back and forth across the bridges, he would happily do that all day long if you left him to it!

IMAG1712

After the park we headed to the little paddling pool and she had lots of fun running about in it as she had come prepared wearing some shorts! My little monkey man was safely back in his pram and enjoying the views and after that we headed home to make some delicious homemade blackberry jam! I’ll pop the recipe up shortly for if you fancy giving it a try! Here is the recipe! Very simple/fun and delicious!

WeeOhana x

5

Early Christmas Present <3

My absolutely wonderful husband treated me to the most amazing early Christmas present!

wpid-img_20151102_090910.jpg

Nutmeg. My new beautiful baby! We call her Meg, but I choose Nutmeg as she is the same kind of colour as Nutmeg and it reminds me of chirstmas and she was a christmas present! As soon as I went to see her, I knew that she would be part of my ohana! Infact.. as soon as I saw the advert for her I fell in love! My sister had recently bought Megs foal and I had went up to see her with my sister and she is such a lovely a horse, my sister has called her Cub! When I saw her I thought she was lovely, super friendly and just beautiful! So as soon as the advert for Meg was up my sister tagged me in it, and I just knew straight away I had to go and see her!

This is my sisters horse Cub;
wpid-sam_1942.jpg

Aren’t they both just simply beautiful?

Meg is stabled in a beautiful livery yard just a five minuite drive from my house which is just super! All the people there seem super lovely and I have already started to make friends there which is super, as I am sure that other mums reading this know that it is pretty hard to try and “find” friends whenever you are with them, you always end up being “whoevers mum” and just chat in the playground really! At least thats how I find it!

Getting Meg has already started to really help me, I have had a pretty tough year this year and discovered a few things about myself which are always going to affect me, so having an outlet and somewhere for me to relax and get some “me time” is just fantastic! Not only that but she is so calm and loving! She hasn’t been in my life that long but we have got an obvious bond already! She chases me about the sand-school whenever I run about with her and is always so happy to see me, she is just wonderful! She has only recently been broken, but is very quiet and willing to please! Meg is coming on leaps and bonds and I myself can’t even believe how quickly she is progressing! I think as she is building my confidence I am building hers which is perfect really! The next thing to tackle is jumping.. may wait until my sister is with me to do that though 😛

Meg is a 14.3hh Welsh x Haflinger and is just simply beautiful! Has a wonderful nature and no badness, Well maybe likes to shove you a little, but she will soon learn =D

Here are some more pictures of my beautiful girl!
wpid-imag6934.jpgwpid-imag7007.jpgwpid-wp-1447704170272.jpeg

Do any of you have a horse/pony? I would love to see a picture and hear some advice!
Seems my Wee Ohana, is getting a bit bigger pretty quickly!
WeeOhana xx