28.6.16

Rome.


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Colin and I were lucky enough to get away for a child free long weekend last month, while his parents took the boys to a caravan we jetted off to Rome. The city itself is absolutely breathtaking, everywhere you look there are amazing sculptures, cute shutters on the windows and quaint little restaurants. We were incredibly lucky with the location of our hotel, we were just around the corner from the Colosseum and walking distance from most of the sights. We actually managed to see most of them in one day, just wandering from place to place (Thank the Lord for Google Maps!) and we were in a prime location for daily naps once we had got tired!
The Trevi Fountain and Colosseum were absolutely incredible, definitely worth the visit, we waited in line for the latter rather than paying for a guided tour and the line didn't take as long as we'd thought. We used the audio guides which were interesting and made a morning of it. We did pay for a tour of The Vatican City sights, which I'm not sure was completely worth it because the line wasn't as long as we'd thought but the guide was lovely and informative.
We spent our days walking miles and miles, eating more carbohydrates than should strictly be allowed (but oh, my, the pizza!) and gazing at the spectacular sights. A beautiful place for an adult holiday, probably too much walking for most children though we did see quite a few families! I would definitely recommend.

Bee.

27.6.16

Ten on Ten, June 2016.

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Nine on nineteen for the eagle eyes, but it's the thought that counts. I've been really uninspired to blog recently, the last few months have been hectic as ever but now I've finished university for the year my evenings are free again (for a couple of weeks at least!) This idea is one I always try to do, I have a reminder set in my phone for the tenth of every month and alarms ready to go. It's such a simple thing but I love the way it fits our crazy lives into a nutshell. This particular capture was a Sunday, I shared a few of these photos on my Instagram but kept the rest in the hope I would one day put this post together.  Joshua got a new scooter for his birthday so he was desperate to ride it, even if it was only to the car so we could drive to swimming. Daddy's treat, a big breakfast was in order after a night out out, before a nap and a quick trip to a new park. There are so many parks near where we live, we are so lucky, the boys spotted this one while we were running/biking the week before and were desperate to go! It didn't disappoint, the big climbing frame and seesaw were definite wins. We had to pretend we were a family of pirate otters (these kids' imaginations, seriously!) Here's to the next ten on ten! Inspired, as always, by the lovely Rebekah Gough.

Bee.

20.6.16

Joshua Reg is FOUR.

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A super celebration of my little superhero. Minimal pictures as I pulled this off in a week, single-handedly entertained a dozen children in the morning and sorted a second party out with only an hour break in between. The bouncy castle went down well, as did the abundance of Marvel memorabilia that now fills half of our toy room. A massive thank-you to everyone who came to celebrate our boy turning FOUR, now forgive me while I go and sob in a corner.

Bee.

13.5.16

Ten on Ten, May 2016

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A standard Tuesday; a day in Oxford for Uni, grey weather and drawing.
Yes, I am a Queen.

Bee.

4.5.16

Paradise Wildlife Park.

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Last month we visited Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. We stumbled upon it after a quick Google the morning of Colin's birthday, the boys were desperate to go to a zoo and we fancied a change. Despite the fact we hadn't heard of this particular park before, the prices were reasonable and the reviews were good so we decided to take a gamble. It definitely paid off! It was the perfect size for our boys, we managed to walk around the enclosures twice, going back to see our favourites once we had done a circuit, before the boys got tired. They also have an incredible play area and a huge open space wild area which we didn't even see! The Big Cats in particular were awesome, such a variety of our favourite animals, I wish I had taken my big camera but I guess that just means we'll have to go back another time! Daniel's favourite animals were the ocelot and otters, Joshua couldn't choose! Bags of food are available to buy at the entrance, the amount of animals you are allowed to feed amazed me, the ones you can't are clearly signed, which was an amazing experience. We bought food at the on site restaurant which was fairly priced and pretty tasty, I believe there were a few options including hot dog carts in the mini fair by the entrance. We'll definitely be visiting again. the boys had a blast!

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