Saturday, 18 February 2017

The Mart

18/02/2017
Burton Albion 2 Norwich 1

So we have all been looking forward to today for the last couple of weeks, because today we are going to see the Lego Batman Movie and then going to the King's Lynn Mart.

Our eldest is in fact so excited that she has spent the last few days practising for the hour change by waking up at 5.30. Luckily for me after a quick cuddle she went back to sleep until 7am.

When she came through again she decided to put a DVD on for us in our bedroom. I bought the Troll movie for her on Monday and we have watched it every day since, although her Daddy hadn't yet had a chance to watch it. It was a really fun way to wake up, all four of us cuddling up and watching a DVD. And my husband now understands why our eldest keeps chanting "no troll left behind".

After breakfast we headed into King's Lynn and the cinema. My Mother-in-law came with us and as she was driving my husband called shot gun, so I sat in the back squashed inbetween the girls. I didn't mind as we sang along to the Lodge CD.

The film was great we all really enjoyed it even the Bat Girl doll we bought along had fun. My favourite bits were the nod to Arrested Development and the Gremlins.  As a child I was terrified of them.

For lunch we went to Marriotts Warehouse, it was our first time there and I was really impressed. We will definitely go there again.

Our Eldest was really well behaved at lunchtime and very patience considering how much she wanted to go to the Mart. She even refused a pudding as she was saving herself for candy floss.

A brief history of the Mart. The King's Lynn Mart is traditionally the opening of the travelling season and it opens on Valentine's day and lasts for two weeks. They have a children's day every year were the cost of the rides are reduced. My Dad never used to let us go on children's day as he used to say it was half the cost for half the ride. I am sure that's not true. The Mart is a chance for the showmen to try out new rides as well as old favourites. And the history of a moving fair in King's Lynn goes  back to 1204.

I have been taking our eldest to the Mart for the last two years with my Mum while my husband was at the football. But luckily for him he got the chance to take her today. She loved it, her favourite ride was the Helter-skelter and her only disappointment was that she couldn't reach the pedal or the steering wheel on the bumper cars.

It was a lovely family day out, although I have a feeling me and Grandma maybe taking her back to the The Mart next week.

More on the history of the Mart 

 https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca/researchandarticles/kingslynn

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day

14/02/2017
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2

My husband and I have been together 15 years. And in the early days we of course always went out for romantic valentine's meals. And as the years passed we started a new tradition of my husband cooking me a special meal. The first time a Norwich game clashed with Valentine's day I even asked him not to go so we could spend the day together.

How times have changed, what with work, the kids and the football game. I think we spent about 29 waking minutes together yesterday.

My mother in law, took pity on me and, didn't go to the football so I wasn't quite on my own last night. In fact she cooked us a special steak dinner and we got to watch a TV show about a wedding rather then listening to the football. So my evening was quite romantic after all. But I think perhaps we need to add a little romance, we have penciled in a date night for Friday, the reasons it's in pencil is because our last two date nights have been cancelled due to chicken pox!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Chicken pox part 2

11/02/2017
Norwich 5 Notts Forest 1

So our poor baby didn't have the best nights sleep, intially we put it down to teething, but during a nappy change at 4 am I discovered a few spots, which this morning have turned into chicken pox. So we have yet another Saturday of lock down.

Luckily I visited storage in the week and managed to find some of my eldest favourite DVDs so that will keep her occupied for at least an hour.

I am disappointed it hasn't snowed properly yet, as although my husband would've missed the football, it would've been fun to play in it. Maybe tomorrow we will get some.

We have spent this morning playing with our eldest's Barbie/ Disney princess dolls.  We have been taking it in turns to put pantomines on for each other. I did Rapunzel and the Little Mermaid. She has done Cinderella and then I had to do Aladdin. The only obstacles we have is that we only have one Ken doll. So some of the uglier barbie have to play men. It's lovely to watch her acting out little plays from memory.

At lunchtime I left my eldest upstairs watching Cbeebies, while her food cooled down, as the football was on downstairs. And when I went upstairs to check on her she was asleep! I felt awful waking her up but otherwise she'll never sleep tonight. And her lunch would have been too cold.

I was really pleased this afternoon as Shrek 2 was on. Our eldest loves the Shrek films, she takes a cuddly Shrek toy to bed every night. We have them on Bluray, but as we don't currently have a Bluray player they are in storage.  Something she is not very happy about. So we were able to watch it and record it, I am pretty sure I will be sick of it by this time next week.

After watching Shrek she announced that she wanted to bake biscuits which was handy as I wanted to try out some cutters I got for Christmas. The biscuits won't win any prizes on the Bake Off, but the thought was there even if sadly the execution was lacking. We did have fun making them.

All told including the result and despite the pox we have had a successful day.  Now off to do a snow dance.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Bin-go

07/02/2017
Wigan 2 Norwich 2

So we have settled back into our routine this week. My eldest had Pre-school and then Ballet. And my baby had lots of cuddle time with me and Granny.

Although it was nice to have a less demanding day. After spending a week looking after my poorly daughter.  I really missed her today. She had a great time back at Pre-school apparently she was as good as gold! And she loved ballet as she got to wear her uniform with wrap around cardi and ballet shoes for the first time.

My mother-in-law has had an eventful afternoon. Today is bin day and after we all forgot to put the bin out last week. While she was at work. We have been on high alert today. The bin was out by 9.00am. However when she got back from popping to the shops this afternoon it was missing. A scout around the village and phone call to the council didn't locate it. And while we were out at Ballet she had a sheepish phone call confirming that their bin had fallen into the bin truck and would have to be replaced.

Tonight while they listened to the game I disappeared for a nice bath with a glass of wine. Roll on Half Term so I can spend all day with my big girl again.

Monday, 6 February 2017

All About Me

Thank you for the nomination Anna Brown here are 10 things all about me

1. My waters broke, for my eldesr, whilst I was at work. I wasn’t due to go on Maternity leave for another week.
 
2. I almost got run over by Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead fame on a bike approx. 12 years ago in Soho.
 
3. My favourite book is Jilly Cooper’s Riders I think I have read it at least ten times and spoiler alert them winning at the Olympics always make me cry.
 
4. My first job was waitressing at weddings and its still one of the funniest jobs I have ever had.
 
5. I have an extensive knowledge of all things showbiz/ popular culture.
 
6. I am really bad at spelling.
 
7. My favourite song is The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel.

8. I'm a twin.

9. I still can't drive at 36. And I need to learn this year.

10. When I was younger I either wanted to be a toy demonstrator in a department store or a zoo keeper.

Now it’s your turn to big up your bad selves!

1. Share 10 things about you the person. Not you the parent, the baker or the business.

2. Name check the person who nominated you.

3. Tag 3- 5 others to share 10 things.

4. Enjoy the tidbits of information we all learn about each other.

5. Voila, job done.

The fellow ‘enthusiasts of the personal knowledge of others’ (or team nosey) I am going to tag are…..

Mummy Here and There
Mouse, Moo and Me too
Fox Fairy Twins

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Treat Day

04/02/2017
Cardiff 0 Norwich 1

As I put my eldest to bed tonight she said the immortal words "Oh mummy I not been a good girl today."  And sadly I had to agree.

Today had so much promise after a week of virtual quranatine due to chicken pox we had decided to take our eldest out for a treat day.

However because she has been poorly this week, against my better judgement, I have let her have our tablet a lot more than normal. As I have been feeling sorry for her and she really enjoys playing on it. The only trouble is, it brings the worst out in her and I have decided now she is better the tablet is going away again. Whilst I was getting ready this morning she asked to use it and when I said no she got very cross and sulky. Which is exactly why I don't want her using it. After we had a talk and an apology we got started on our treat day.

We all wanted to see the film Sing and the Majestic Cinema in Kings Lynn does early showings at the weekends for kids. I booked our tickets online as I am well aware that as a family our timekeeping can be a bit remiss however we actually left the house at the planned 10.15. We gave Granny a lift into town as she was working. We of course made it to the cinema with time to spare. The film was in screen 2 which now has the kind of seat you pay £15+ for in a London cinema so I was very impressed. My husband bought a tub of popcorn that must have weighed as much as the baby. I mistakenly thought we wouldn't finish it but of course it was finished within ten minutes of the film starting.

I had a cunning plan to ensure our baby slept through the film which had been to postpone her mid morning feed and nap until we got to the cinema. My plan worked and I could enjoy the film uninterrupted. Our eldest enjoyed the film too as she only went on one toliet break. I have a feeling that the Sing DVD will be purchased in the not too distant future.

After the film we took her to Old Mcdonalds for lunch, her choice.  But as it was really busy we ended up taking it to go and went and visited Granny at the Corn Exchange where we had a coffee. Our eldest ended up helping out at the box office even issuing tickets.

Of course our 4 year old didn't understand that the cinema and meal out where a treat and she insisted on a trip to the toy shop. Were we of course refused to buy her anything. Her response was to complain that all of her toys were boring and old. Considering she's just had her birthday and Christmas we were not very pleased with her and after a few tears we finally manged to leave the shop. But the journey home wasn't much fun. Her fake crying was a big distraction from the football on the radio.

To be fair once we got home she played really nicely. Helped me cook tea and generally was a good girl. It's just a shame that her behaviour slightly marred what should have been a fun day for her and us.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Chicken Pox

28/01/2017
Norwich 2 Birmingham 0

We have decamped to my mother's for two days to give my in laws a couple of days/nights off. And for them I think the timing maybe perfect, as after discovering a couple of spots last night on our eldest, and following a sleepless night as she was hot. We have realised that she has broken out in chicken pox today. After a Boots run, I never new chicken pox could be so expensive. I have stocked up on medicine, and she is now having a duvet day on my mum's sofa.

She is obviously not feeling well as she has started talking about her old friends and nursery for the first time since we moved. Apparently she is really missing them. Hopefully we can arrange a visit to London to visit some of them when she gets better.

We have spent the afternoon with Cbeebies on the TV chasing our 8 month old across the floor. My step dad is a saint for letting us take over the TV. I have also attempted some arts and crafts projects inspired by a Peppa Pig magazine. Although my polar bear marshmallows look more like mice than bears, but they taste just as good in a hot chocolate. Especially with some whipped cream.

My eldest is already in her PJs at 4.30 and we are now watching 101 Dalmatians. I loved the book by Dodie Smith as a child and the section below has always stuck with me "But during the many happy hours that Cadpig was to sit watching it in the warm kitchen she never liked it quite so much as that other television, that still silent television she had seen on Christmas Eve when the puppies had rested so peacefully in that strange lofty building. She often remembered that building and wondered who owned it. Someone very kind she was sure for in front of every one of the many seats there had been a little carpet-eared puppy-sized dog-bed."

My Mum is cooking us a special recipe from the new Rick Stein book Long Weekends tonight which should be good.

And hopefully she won't feel too bad tomorrow.