For Listography this week Kate is asking for a quick run down of how we’ve amused ourselves this summer. We’ve had a fairly quiet summer mainly because me being on maternity leave means we’re skint but here are some highlights:
1 E’s Birthday
This was E’s third birthday but first proper party. He’s a massive Fireman Sam fan so we had a fireman theme including the fab fire engine cake (not my work, I’m afraid, but the ever reliable M&S). We had 15 kids coming so I chickened out of having it at home and hired a local church hall, booked a bouncy castle, packed some party bags, wrapped a pass the parcel and hoped for the best. It all went swimmingly on the day bar once boy getting a bit upset at having to give away a present he’d obviously got a bit attached to. They came, they bounced until they could barely stand and then we filled them with sugar and unpronounceable additives just before we sent them home. What more could you ask for?
We’d planned a trip down south to see my sister for the weekend and decided to spend the first night in a hotel so we could take both the boys swimming which they loved (the fact that we could then have a decent meal without requiring a baby sitter was an added bonus). The next day we headed over to Eastbourne and found a couple of square feet of sand for E to play in along with my sister and one of my oldest friends. E had a fab time and the adults actually enjoyed themselves more than this picture implies.
After Eastbourne we transported the kids and our mountain of stuff to my sister’s flat in Brighton. She lives right on the seafront and yards from this really well designed playground so again E was in his element. The sun was out by this point and we had a lovely afternoon tiring out the boys so that we could enjoy some tasty fish and chips and a glass of wine that evening.
Listography – My 5 Guilty Pleasures4 Hatton Country World
Hub and I grew up very close to Hatton Country World but we hadn’t been for years. They’ve got a great combination of farm animals, mini rides and loads of room to run around safely. E loved feeding the goats but would jump back in fits of giggles every time their lips tickled his hand. He was also very brave, going up the huge inflatable slide all by himself so we were very proud.
5 Hub’s Birthday
I mentioned Hub’s birthday in my last Listography but thought I’d show you the hamburger bun sized whoopie pies. We made sponge ones with jam and buttercream in and chocolate ones with cream. As you can see not all of them lasted long enough to be in the photo. Yummy!
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