Saturday, 30 August 2014

Growing up toooooooo quick

Now the summer holidays are nearly over and my own two week vacation is drawn to a end it's finally dawned on me my children are growing up far toooooooo quickly.

We have just moved L-A into her own room and into a bed, yes my little princess is in her own room, some might thank above and say finally bedroom freedom, all it does to me is make me realise my little delicate angel is starting to spread her wings and gain her own independence.


Then over on the other growing up field of play you have my two little boys, well I say little boys more like growing up men.
JR is now ready to start Year 1 and TP is about to start nursery. It only seems like yesterday they were learning to crawl and sit up unaided, now their being measured for school shoes and uniform.


Although they both look very smart and very grown up, there my two little boys, my two little men who play together, fight together, learn together now there both off to school in their nice new school shoes and their sparkly new uniforms.

Well at least L-A aint ready for school ....... Yet, that day will soon be here and ill be a nervous wreck knowing that daddies little princess has now become daddies big princess, god help me lol.

Lollibop 2014

Sunday 17th August we went to Lollibop 2014.

This was all made possible by my wife ( me_andthe_tiny3 ) taking part in and winning a family pass to Lollibop in a competition run by the fabulous TheBoyandMe.

We had been looking into going to Lollibop throughout the year but couldn't really afford it to be honest, my wife really wanted to go so she took part in many different competition to see if she might have any chance of winning. She never thought she actually would, so when the confirmation came through from TheboyandMe she was ecstatic as were we all to be honest.

The day finally came, the day of Lollibop 2014, the day Tammy had been looking forward to more than any of us. The day we got to go out as a family, to enjoy the day together with no one to disturb us, no social media sites, no phone calls no nothing just a fun filled family day out.

We got up at 6am to start off as soon as possible because it was over two hours away from our home and reading some reviews  from the Friday and Saturday Tammy wanted to be there for when the car park opened so we weren't queueing to park plus she had to collect her tickets from the ticket office.

We made it there just around 9am, we were one of the first 20 or so cars parked up so we were right close to the entrance and the ticket office. Whilst I got the pushchair and the days things ready to go Tammy went and queued up to get the tickets.

This seemed to take forever as no one at the desk seemed to know how to issue us with competition winners tickets/wristbands. One good point of waiting for the tickets was Alex Winters, yes the Cbeebies presenter, hugged and said hello to Tammy and JR whilst in the queue which got a few people in the queue asking if it was really Alex Winters once he had gone and how my wife knew him.

Once we we're in, the days fun was about to get underway, who to see first, what to watch first or what to do first. Like many other families the kids wanted to go in every direction possible whilst the parents wanted to check out what was on offer and what would be the least busy to make sure they got everything in and everything done.

We decided to head over to the River Island Kids Design Den so the kids could get to design their own T-Shirts, with our help and input of course lol.


I think the final outcome was very good what do you think?


Once the kids had finished making their T-Shirts and modelled them, we took them over to the Beano stand to show them what proper comics were, the ones daddy grew up reading they loved getting their photo taking in a giant comic page.



After this we made our way round to the main stage where Alex Winters was doing his one of many performances of the day, after his performance he introduced Sam and Mark from cbbc we didn't stop to watch their show as the kids wanted to meet Alex in the meet and greet tent. The kids loved meeting Alex, well to be honest so did Tammy.


After the meet and greet we decided wed just have a wonder about and see what there was to do in all the other tent and stalls dotted about. First off the boys got their face painted, as you can see I think they got a bit confused, they were dressed up as iron man yet they got spider man face paints oh well never mind lol.


We then spotted a rather large teddy bear, well when I say spotted as u can see he wasn't exactly hard to miss was he lol.


Whilst wandering round, I happened to notice mixed amongst all the food and drink stalls a very unusual creche, one that seemed to be a hit with the adults in particular, I thought it was quite a funky creche to be honest what do you think?


On our way round to the Duplo stand we happened to notice a tent showing fireman Sam episodes and inside we noticed fireman Sam himself so this was a great photo opportunity for the boys to have their photo taken with one of their TV hero's.


As I was saying we were making our way to the Duplo stand before fireman Sam distracted us, well we went to the Duplo stand and the boys along with mummy made random shapes which they took into a little dome shaped tent where their creations came to life on a big screen.



After this we took the kids into the Thomas the Tank area, where they got to take part in many different activities to win various prizes including stickers, colouring crayons and magnetic picture frames.


I then took the boys round to the Tottenham Hotspur football zone where they got to got to release some of their energy by kicking a ball into the speed trap goal to see how hard they could kick a football. I also took the opportunity to get a picture of the boys with the Tottenham Hotspur sign for Tom Briggs a avid Spurs fan.


Our next port of call was to go and see Andy Day in his show then go to his meet and greet. Of all the Cbeebies presenters the boys hadn't seen or meet Andy up to this point so they were really looking forward to it, they love watching him on his dinosaur adventure show.

His show was brill, all three kids enjoyed it, they joined in with the dancing and singing, they sat there glued to every word he said and every thing he did.


After the show we queued up with many other boys and girls with their mummies and daddies to meet Andy, our kids loved it they told him what dinosaurs they liked and that they loved watching his show.


After meeting Andy we noticed that the gathering of families in front of the main stage area was insane and I didn't see why at first until I heard a certain Justin Fletcher voice and realised just why the crowd was so intense as you can see in the picture below.



We then queued up to see Chris & Pui, the kids were so excited they love watching show me show me and couldn't wait to tell Chris this.


We then took the kids up to the Vita Coco Kids stand and the Skylander stand where they had lots of fun taking part in different activities they even got to design their own T-shirt at Vita Coco kids, well I say they I mean mummy got to let her creative juices flow.

As the day was drawing to a close and it was becoming less busy we decided to just sit down and watch the last few shows, starting firstly with Alex Winters, which we all enjoyed particularly mummy.


Then the kids enjoyed watching the Poppy Cat show, joining in all the fun activities like 'head, shoulders, knees and toes'.


Then the highlight of the day occurred, my moment of being a proud daddy, my son was chosen to go up on stage to take part in the Sam & Mark part of the show, the only downside to this being my wife had to accompany him up there only joking sweet it was fab seeing you both up there.


The show was hilarious, they were both on Mark's team for a double game of copy cats, it was hilarious because the opposition team were adults and older kids whereas my wife's team was adults and little kids who had no idea what they were meant to be doing to be honest, well guess who lost, yes Marks team which meant ultimately Mark lost over all and got soaked for losing lol.


The day was brought to an end by the ever energetic Alex Winters, handing out sweets and having general fun and laughter with the remaining boys and girls oh and mummy's too lol, they sang and danced until the music was literally turned off by the producers lol.


On the way out we got a picture of the boys with the Lollibop sign which brought an end to our fantastic day out at Lollibop 2014.


I would totally recommend Lollibop to anyone, it was full of so much fun throughout the whole day, look out for early bird tickets and get in for a even better rate.

Alton Towers Day Out

As I am due back at work on Saturday we thought we'd take the kids to Alton Towers.

As Grandma was off work too the kids wanted Grandma to come too so we made extra room in the car and took Grandma with us.

We arrived at the park at about 9 am, by the time we parked up and got into the park it was about 9.30 but thankfully we were let into Cbeebies Land early so the kids got on Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure and In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride before it got busy, yes it got busy indeed as throughout the day the queue time were 40 mins on average for these two rides.

Whilst Grandma and I took the kids on these rides mummy took herself off to the Smiler to get her adult ride done and out of way save queuing later, again another good job as queue time for Smiler was on average 2 hours. 

When mummy caught back up with us she and Grandma took the kids on The Numtums Number Go Round, 


Whilst they were on the ride I was admiring the carp swimming about in the pond next to the ride, as you can see not only was it a beautiful fish but a big fish too.


After this we took them into Charlie & Lola's Moonsquirters and Green drops, all three kids loved this even mummy and Grandma enjoyed themselves playing on the interactive floor with L-A.

 

We then took them into the Big Fun Show Time area where they met and had their picture took with Iggle Piggle


 and met the ZingZillas and we had a family photo took with them, yes a family picture including me which is a rarity lol.


We then made our way to Duel, on the way though mummy and Grandma took the boys on Heave 'Ho' then mummy took JR on Marauder's Mayhem.



Whilst they queued for that ride myself and Grandma took L-A and TP to SharkBait Reef to see all the amazing sea life on show, totally forgetting Grandma doesn't like fish of any kind.


When we all met up again we made our way to Duel, at first the boys were nervous but they loved, they really enjoyed shooting 'the baddies' as they said.


We then got onto the Skyride (our first of many times this visit lol) and headed to Cloud Cuckoo Land.


Mummy and Grandma took the boys into the Ice Age 4D Experience, I sat this one out not only because I needed a recharge break but also cause L-A was fast asleep lol.

When they came out mummy took TP on the Frog Hopper ride


 Then mummy and Grandma took the boys on the carousel ride


   We had a lunch break as the kids were starving, even though they had eaten pancakes and croissants in the car on the way lol.

After lunch we made our way back to Cbeebies Land but on the way mummy and the boys took Grandma on the Runaway Mine Train, as L-A was still asleep I stayed back and looked after her.

Seeing Grandma's face after coming off the ride I think she won't be jumping back in the queue to ride it again lol.

Well we made our way to Cbeebies Land for their kids to have some more fun, firstly they got to meet and have their picture with Tree Fu Tom, L-A loved this and even gave Tom a kiss.


The kids then went in the the Tree Fu Tom Training Camp, all three got to have some relaxing time JR even became a dare devil and climbed to the top of the climbing web climber which terrified mummy.


Mummy and Grandma then queued up and took the kids on  Postman Pat Parcel Post ride, the queue for this was quite long so I went to the Big Fun Showtime area to sit and enjoy the lovely sunshine oh and the ZingZillas show too lol.


Before we left Cbeebies Land mummy and Grandma took the kids on the Tree Top Adventure for one last time, mummy was gutted as the cart she went in with the boys wasn't working right so they had no Cbeebies presenters talking to them whilst on the ride.


As the day was drawing to a close we had time to go on one last adult ride so mummy and I went on Nemesis, a ride that my wife and I first went on together somewhat nearly 16 years ago.

Well after this we ended the day by going on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride, L-A was enjoying this ride waving at the characters along the boat ride, she was OK until we went into the great glass elevator part of the ride and she screamed until it stopped then cheered when it did.

Well that was our day out at Alton Towers full of fun which we all enjoyed.

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