hanging out in Birmingham

We love just hanging out doing toddlery stuff locally but it’s nice to have a treat day further afield from time to time.  Tesco reward vouchers made that possible for us recently when we met up with E’s also-2-years-old cousin at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham.  E was more interested in clambering and running than fish gazing but he very charmingly shouted ”Wow, look at that” as he zoomed past! sealife centre e and zac 4B

We lunched afterwards at Pizza Express (food for free when £2.50 in vouchers = £10 towards the meal).  E was worn out by his adventures and fell asleep on my lap much to the delight of Daddy who could indulge in his favourite chocolate ice-cream without having to share.sealife centre -pizza hat 4B

On the way home we pulled into our beloved Hillfield Gardens to stretch our legs after the journey.  E decided my vacated front seat was a much better option and cheerily refused to get out:  ”Euan doing driving”. So the boys stayed in the car and I enjoyed a peaceful sit in the scented garden, lovely.sealife centre - sricinf home 4B

I eventually managed to persuade E out of the car with leftover pizza and the promise of meeting a new doggy friend.  Here he is trying to share with Isla* dog!
Did you know that Euan would have been an Isla if he’d been a girl? sealife centre - pizza leftover 4B

It turns out Birmingham is quite a big word for a small boy to master. 
”Burmigan.  Burmingung. Burminham”.  He soon got in when I broke it down to ‘Birming-ham’.  I later overheard him saying to himself  ‘‘Birming-ham.  Yeh, that’s right.  Burming-cheese too.  Burming-breakfast’.  Burning-dinner’.  What a busy brain!
This on a day when he’d already informed me ‘‘Red light says stop.  Green lights says go go go.  Yellow light says Fix the hoover”.

April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

wordless wednesday

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wordless Wednesday

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darn it!

George’s favourite wooly hat was mauled by a dog.  His head wasn’t in it at the time thankfully.  In true frugal fashion I darned the hole after teasingly asking if he wanted a Fulham Football Club badge sewn over it.  I now suspect he may be giving this idea serious consideration and if you are dearest I’m sure you’d like the privilege of sewing it on yourself?  Here’s some advice if you’re not sure where to start and I know your Dad has darned a sock or twenty in his time so you can compare notes.  On second thoughts I’d happily do it for you – I don’t fancy trading it for any of your blue jobs!

© poster from The Children’s War Exhibition in 2010 at the Imperial War Museum, London, unearthed in my drafts folder!

April 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

wordless wednesday

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April 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

Me and Mine 2014 {March family portrait}

This time last year E had a cold for weeks.  This month it was my turn with a lingering cough that turned into a stuffy nose post swim!  I seem to have shaken it off faster than all other colds in the last 2 years – proof that unbroken sleep really is the best medicine now E no longer wakes at night (hoorah).

The biggest news this month was my Dad turning 70.  We would never have predicted a few years ago that he’d celebrate it by crawling around a soft play centre after these two lovelies!  23-3-14 - zac & euan

The pub lunch was perhaps a bit more predictable and certainly eating lots of birthday cake back at Nana’s was an absolute given.  We had a great family weekend together.  The at-arms-length family portrait snapped on my phone wasn’t intended for Me and Mine (see my last post about never having a camera with me anymore) but it’s the only family portrait we have this month.  23-3-14 - moorey family selfie

It’s interesting to see how the cousins have changed since last year.  For E development appears be measured in hair growth and reluctance to sit for a picture!
boys with birthday grandad 4B
Taking part in the Me and Mine family portrait is proving to be brilliant for year on year comparisons. It’s never to late to join in. For more info and posts by other bloggers see Lucy’s blog Dear Beautiful Boy.

 

March 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm 5 comments

snap, snap, snap and spelling mistakes

I can’t remember the last time I used my camera. My proper camera that is. Since G bought me a smart phone at Christmas I’ve taken all my snaps and videos of E using that. The quality isn’t as good but it’s always to hand and amazing for capturing fleeting moments.  I’m particularly enamoured with a phone app called 1 Second Everyday for making easy peasy movies.  I love the fact that it takes next to no time to mash clips together compared todownloading and editing the conventional way (having had to learn how to use movie making software first!).  And it stops me from being so perfectionist about the process and finished result.  Here’s the first 2 months of what will become a 5 minute 2014 movie. I just love it!

There is a downside to having such a clever phone.  Like discovering today, 12 days after the event, that I accidentally published this Souper Mix post when it was only intended as a memory jogging label for the photos.   A post with no recipe, no links but plenty of spelling mistakes (now corrected) having tapped it out on a tiny touch pad in the dark!  Thank you for all being too polite to mention how appallingly it read.  Just as well the photos were appetising enough. Thank you phone for being oh so helpful!

March 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm 5 comments

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