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Garden Center & Play Park!

The other day we took the kids to the garden center to investigate the new play area, but we weren’t too sure what we would find! We were really shocked when we walked around the corner and saw the most wonderful little play area!
The first day we went was a weekend so we really didn’t stay that long as there was quite a few older kids and after Dylan being pushed twice I knew he was going to lose his rag soon and didn’t want to push him too far after having already had a good 30 mins playing and everyone else being happy! We let the kids choose one thing each on the way out as they had both been fantastic and who doesn’t like treating there little ones every now and then!

My little girl chose the unicorn and has named it..”Pink Fluffy unicorn, dancing on rainbow.” Not quite sure where she got the name from seeing as it isn’t even pink.. but as long as she is happy! She chose this unicorn as it is just like her little brothers rabbits that he takes everywhere! If we ever lost those rabbits there would be trouble! I am going to have to buy a few spare and swap them about so that he gets used to them.. I had intended for the second bunny to just be used at bedtimes.. but as time has progressed he has now taken a shine to them both. and he would take them everywhere if I let him!
Dylan chose the peter rabbit push along toy! As soon as he picked it up he wouldn’t put it down! I love the selection of toys and clothes they have at Donaghadee Garden Center, lovely little bits! =]

We headed back the next day as we knew there would be fewer people, or at least fewer big people with school being back! Dylan had so much fun!
We had a fantastic time! My hubby and I got a lovely little lunch, he had the stew and said it was phenomenal and I had a lovely painni! What was even better was that Dylan got to happily play while we got some food! He was so happy pottering about and exploring by himself!

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He loved this big wooden tractor a lot! You could pretend to drive it, climb all over it and move the gear stick! He had so much fun driving it, especially with our table where we were grabbing a bite to eat right beside it! He is very much a mummys boy at the moment and doesn’t like me being out of his sight! He even follows me from the living room to the kitchen!

It also has a lovely little wooden barn which has steps up one side with a little bit to explore up the top and then a slide to get down! You can also go under the barn too which Dylan enjoyed! He must have ran up the stairs then down the slide about 50 times in a row before he even started to tier!

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Another amazing thing that they have is a little ball shoot thing! You put the ball at the top and it rolls all the way down,he really loved this! So much so that I’m thinking of making one in my back-garden for him! Its a fantastic thing and so very simple to make as it is made using guttering!

I will be going back here many times, in-fact I think I am going to be a regular! A fantastic little place and undercover for Dylan to play in and quiet! It is also great because even though you get your lunch etc from inside the cafe it is closed off away from here so you aren’t worried about the noise etc annoying others who are eating!

Well worth a visit if you are ever near! =]
WeeOhana xx

 

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Rice Sensory play!

Here is another simple, sensory fun idea for you to do with your little ones!
I bought a bag of rice from the supermarket poured it into our tub from IKEA that we use for our sensory play and dug out some stacking cups that we already had in the house!

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We had lots of fun pouring the rice out of the cups, it made lots of different noises when you changed the speed of the pouring and he had great fun using the other cups to fill up the big one to pour it out!
img_3783He wasn’t so fond of touching the rice even after playing with it for a while. Though he did let me pour it over his hands and he really enjoyed that! He did sit in the other sensory play that we did,but not the rice; I’m not quite sure what was different about the rice to the others that he wasn’t quite so keen on it! IΒ  must try to work it out and then I can try and do a few more like the rice to try and get him used to it more!

So to end this post here is a lovely little video that makes me smile every-time I see it! What a handsome little man I have ❀
WeeOhana xx

 

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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 toΒ  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!

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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

 

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Sensory Pasta Play!

This morning we woke up to a cold and wet day! Horrible, especially when I have two little ones to entertain as school is out for half term!
I was trying to think on my toes of what to do with them that was a little different to the usual coloring or toys that we have! I decided on something sensory to try out, hoping that if my little man didn’t just dive in he would copy his sister and at least give it a try!

I hunted in the cupboards to see what I could find and I hunted out some pasta! Some sensory play, that isn’t to messy and wouldn’t stick to my little mans hands which is something he really doesn’t like! I had some swirly pasta and then i broke up some pasta sheets into a bowl.

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I then put the bowl on the floor and picked the pasta up and dropped it into the bowl so that it made a different noise and he came running out to see what was happening and he dove straight in! I was so happy, he was picking it up and running his hands through it all the time while laughing away. I then found a bigger container so that he could move them about a bit more and sit in it if he decided to.

He loved it, he was putting it between his toes, and even decided to take a little nibble on a bit which is truly incredible with his very strict diet and unwillingness to try anything different.

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A very simple sensory play, but it was very effective!
Next time I am out I am going to buy a few bags of different kinds of pasta and color them all different colors, so it is even more visual for him!
After a week or two of playing with the pasta I may start to put a few bits of cooked pasta in at a time, only a very small number at the start and then slowly building. I know slimy things are not his favorite and is the reason he wont eat several foods (ham,pasta,etc) so I am going to do it very slowly and hopefully he wont notice the change and will accept it very well! =]

weeohana xx

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Candyfloss, doctors, holiday!

I would like to start with an apology! I started off really well blogging every night, then on the weekend I was away on holiday and before that I started to get excruciating pain so was trying to get that sorted and with runs to the doctors and so forth I just couldn’t find the time to blog as was exhausted at the end of the day!

So would you like the happy holiday bit or pain bit explained first?
I think I’ll go for the pain first then end with the happy bit!

I started back to work at the start of September when the kids all came back from summer, I can’t remember if I have said before but I am a classroom assistant! Not the most strenuous of jobs but it has sent me on a downward spiral! I first of all got a pm extremely itchy rash and went to the doctors to be told that it could be my liver and baby may need to be delivered soon, which of course made me painc! Though the doctor told me to keep calm and wait for blood test results.. They came back all clear thankfully minus a High white blood cell count, which is a sign of infection so doctor said the rash must just be a wee viral thing and that’s why they were high. This was great relief, and thankfully the itching has gone away a lot now but still is there, though isn’t affecting me at all compared to my new problem! I have been told I have pelvic girdle pain / symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). To anyone who hasn’t experienced this when pregnant, you are so lucky! To anyone that has.. Hello my fellow penguins! I currently feel so useless.. I can’t even drive or lift my little one onto the toilet which of course for a recently toilet trained little one doesn’t make life too easy! It is such an excruciating pain! I have today been to physio and been given a very attractive large tubugrip to hold me together! It seriously feels like my hip is just gonna fall out of place at times! I am back next week for her to asses how it is helping or not and what next steps to take! She told me the joyful news that they can’t stop the pain, and yes it is going to get worse but they can give me things to help ease it.. Just the news I wanted! At least I’m in the final stretch now, but it’s going to be the longest 12 weeks ever with this pain and being basically stuck at home constantly when the other half is in work! I think it started when I went back to work as you are constantly bending down to small tables, sitting on small chairs, running back and forth to the photocopier etc! So I have been signed off work now till my maternity leave starts! I really dislike the feeling of being so useless to my little one.. I can’t even take her to the park.. And trust me my little one has a load of energy and needs to waste it somewhere so her being stuck in a house with a crippled mummy isn’t to fun for her either! She asks me every morning am I better yet, and feeds me sweets to make me better! Getting fed sweets is awesome.. But still heartbreaking seeing how upset she gets about and how desperate she is to make me better! Anyone else experienced this and care to share a few tips in coping!? I’m open to try everything!!

Onto the happiness and to stop whinging! My parents, me, the hubby and my little one had booked a long weekend away, before all this started and I didn’t wanna change or cancel it, as going away is far more relaxing than being at home anyway! It was a three hour drive and with a couple of stops along the way we all made it safe and sound! We went to a fantastic family friendly hotel, they had a play park, a soft play room and lovely surroundings which is just perfect for little ones! Oh and a swimming pool which she had an absolute blast in with my dad! We went to a little town close by that had an aquarium, and we were lucky enough to go a day that the octonauts were there! My little one adored it as would most two year olds that have seen this program! There was question all through the aquarium, you got to touch a starfish, and finally meet them! Oh and not to forget seeing nemo was a big highlight too! It was luckily enough a lovely sunny day after so we went for a short walk (as that’s all I could manage unfortunately) and got some candy Floss! I’ll put pictures below to show how much it was enjoyed!
Then the next day me and my mum got a lovely wee treatment in the spa and it was super relaxing and very nice as I didn’t have to move to much! Lol! My hubby took the little one to the play park and for a lovely walk too so she had a ball while I was getting pampered so it made it even nicer!

What I love the most about family friendly hotels with lots of family’s in them is that when you are at the restaurant which is done quite fancy with fancy food, and a great kids menu (batman burger, flounders fish fingers etc) there were also lots of other family’s with little ones! So you don’t kind if they are a little noiser, doesn’t put you on edge and super nervous of your little one spoiling someone else’s romantic dinner as they sat the couples and people without kids in a different area! By the end of the meal all of the kids from all the tables ended up sitting in a circle playing with there sticker books and colouring in! We then arranged to see a few of them in the swimming pool the next morning, so it was jut lovely for all the kids! Meant the kids enjoyed dinner and the adults got to chat a bit with who they had come with while they were entertained by each other! Or was a fantastic hotel and a lovely weekend! Just wish I hadn’t have been so sore so I could have enjoyed it a bit more! Amellia keeps asking for Grampy to take her back though so she enjoyed and that’s all that matters!

Here are the candy floss pictures! Sorry it has been a while and going to be back to blogging frequently again, especially seeing as I’m off work now and sitting about a lot! Hope you are all well! πŸ™‚ WeeOhana!!

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