Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Model Making Friday

Father's Day weekend started for me on Friday at my sons nursery school as they held a Daddy and child model making session.

As Mummy was attending BritMums Live I put L-A in her pushchair and we both headed off to TP's nursery school to see what fun activities awaited us.

Once we arrived at his nursery and finally found him TP took us over to an empty space in his playground and disappeared, then all of a sudden he reappeared with boxes, glue, scissors and sticky tape saying "Daddy, Daddy I wanna build a T-Rex, I wanna make a T-Rex Daddy" at this point I thought " God help me, how am I going to do that?".

So I grabbed the boxes and thought very hard about how to make a T-Rex or even something that might even resemble a T-Rex or even something that would look like a dinosaur to be honest whilst I was looking round and seeing other Daddies constructing wonderful looking model dinosaurs.
I began sticking boxes together and attaching toilet roll tubes to the boxes whilst TP disappeared off with his friends, playing and looking at what their Daddy's were making. "A T-Rex is what he wanted" I could hear myself thinking, "it looks more like a bloody robotic spider" I could hear myself saying aloud.


TP finally reappeared with an apple in one hand and a carton of milk in his other, he looked at his model, looked at me smiled and said "Daddy that's awesome thanks" music to my ears.


As well as model making the children had dinosaur related stories read to them, they played games based around dinosaur themes and everyone had a fabulous time right up till it was time to go.


Now was the time I have to openly admit that I enjoyed and enjoyed I did just that lol. I've not gone mad but picture the scene if you can, all morning the Daddy's had been making fabulous models for their little treasurers, obviously although they won't admit it they were competing against each other as Daddy's do to make the best and the biggest models going. Mine was about the size of a standard computer keyboard and easy to carry this is were it go fun.

The teacher pipped up with "the session is now over, thanks for coming, hope you all had fun and please can you all take your models home with you", boom that was like most of the Dads had been smacked in the face by the teacher herself as you could see the Dads thinking "great I made this bloody model big how am I supposed to get it home?" Whilst I just walked past them all with TP happily carrying his model easily home for everyone to see what we'd made at our model making session lol.

Mini Creations
 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

This BritMums Weekend Was Different To The Rest

Since June 2013 Tammy has been attending BritMums Live without fail. In 2013 she was that nervous about going and meeting up with fellow bloggers she took our little princess L-A with her for company. I took the boys down to meet up with her after nursery had finished so she wasn't alone and scared, so she had some company and so she had her loving family around her in the big scary city.

Obviously whilst mummy attended BritMums Live I did take the boys sight seeing round London which was awesome, we did so much and saw so much in those two days, you can read about our fun and interesting experience's here.

Last year she went to BritMums alone, well I say alone she actually roomed with the ever awesome Cathie Boyle, which was great for her because she had company for the entire weekend and wasn't going to be alone and scared staying in the hotel by herself. It also gave me piece of mind that she wasn't going to be alone, that she'd have a fab friend she was rooming with and she was going to be safe.

Well that leads us to BritMums Live 2015, the one I had been dreading for weeks in all honesty, why? I hear you ask, because this BritMums changed everything, Tammy wouldn't be alone anymore instead she'd she had the company of her new boyfriend. Yes I imagined she'd still be scared and nervous but that's how she is but she'd have him to put his loving arms around her, to look after her, to comfort her to protect her in her time of need.

This was the BritMums that Tammy wasn't coming home as my wife but instead returning as my ex wife and more so just the mother of our children.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Not Everything Appears As It First Seems

I would like to go on record and put the world to right about the situation myself and Tammy find ourselves in now.

As many of you would of found out this weekend either via Twitter on Sunday or at Britmums on Friday and Saturday, Tammy and I are no longer together as husband and wife and Tammy is now in a new relationship with another man who some of you may or may not know.

Some of you may find the whole situation shocking and through what's been said to myself some of you found it a little awkward at Britmums seeing them two together whilst I was alone at home looking after our three wonderful children.

I would like to at this point thank each and everyone of you who took time out of your busy days to check in on me and see how I was doing and offer me your support and kinds words, so for that I'm extremely greatful.

The real truth of the matter is 
It's Not All How It First Appears, yes Tammy is now with her new boyfriend and I truly wish them all the happiness that their time together will bring them for many years to come.


At this point I hear you gasp and ask how are you being so nice about the whole situation especially as your wife left you for another man? To answer that question I can only say that for the last two years our marriage has been rocky to the point that even the simplest of things like

"I love you"

Wasn't said enough, instead we argued and bickered about various stuff, dragging ourselves through each day more so for the kids than anything else, leading to the point where my six year old son turned to me and said

"Daddy why do you and mummy argue? Why can't you two be happy together?"

Then at a family wedding my four year old turns to his mummy saying

"mummy you and daddy are never happy like those (point to the bride and groom) were you ever happy mummy?"

Then you realise it is as bad as you thought and you hadn't done a very good job of covering it up for the children.

As for Tammy's new boyfriend his been a solid rock to her helping her deal with TP's autism, something that I couldn't do as I didn't understand it myself in all honesty let alone how to deal with it all.

So yes over the month's they have grown closure together as we have moved further apart to the point we became more like friends living under the same roof rather than husband and wife.

I noticed the signs that he was making her happy before she did in all honesty, the little smile on her face when he messaged her, the twinkle in her eye whenever she mentioned him and strangly deep down in my heart I knew before either of them that they'd end up being together as a couple.

Then came the night we went to bed at 11 and chatted all night long till I got up at 5.30, we chatted about our past, our present and our future, I told her that although it was extremely hard to accept I knew this was the right thing to do for all concerned to call a day on our marriage.

I told her I wished her and him all the best for the future, to not make the silly mistakes we'd made over the years, to tell each other how much u love each other on a daily basis and to be happy for many years to come. 

Then it was like a massive weight had been lifted, we both felt alot happier than we had for quite a while in all honesty.

I think that although it's extremely hard to let go of the amazing lady I fell in love with almost 17 years ago and the only lady I've ever loved, I can stand here today and let everyone know that I'm happy for them both and I have no hard feelings nor bitterness towards them and neither should anyone else, they've done nothing wrong apart from fall in love and as they say

"You Can't Help Who You Fall In Love With"

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Swimming Adventure

Today whilst JR was at school Tammy and I decided to take TP and L-A swimming.

Well when I say we took them swimming what I mean is I took them all to the leisure centre and took some photos whilst mummy took them in the pool as I don't like going swimming.

Today was a special occasion for the children as it was the first time they'd got to try out their new Swimfin, which they loved having with them.






The pool was a bit busy as there was a school swimming lesson going on at the same time which slightly scared my two at first but they eventually began to enjoy themselves and even more so when mummy let them have the Swimfin on, then it was time to go and fetch JR before we even knew it lol.



Monday, 8 June 2015

Peppa Pig: My Daddy Book Review + Giveaway


I like many other Daddies out there love reading stories to their children, whether it be old story books you have read time after time or new stories that none of you have read before.
So when I was approached to see if I would be interested in reviewing a Peppa Pig book from Ladybird for the children I naturally jumped at the chance.

My children love watching Peppa Pig and have a few Peppa Pig books already of their own so when Daddy told them I had a new book to read they couldn't wait to go to bed and have it read to them as much as I couldn't wait to read it to them.

This Peppa Pig book is about Peppa and George's Daddy and all the things they love about him and all the things he does with them they love doing. 

When you read this book with your children you can read the pages and relate to the story and if your like me you can even adapt the things on the page to what you do with your little ones to add a extra bit of extra fun the bed time reading.





 


This book is price marked at £4.99 which I think is a reasonable price for a hardback book which can be used over and over again across the bedtime years. I did however find this book on a few Internet sights priced at £2.99 which makes it a even better bargain for such a fun bedtime book.

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Now is your chance to win your very own copy of this fabulous book my entering my competition below. 



This book was sent to me free of charge and all the opinions and wording is solely mine.


Family Fever

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Outing to the Zoo

Yesterday we braced the rainy weather and ventured to Dudley Zoo and Castle, why go on a rainy day I hear you ask? Well mainly caused we not only pre booked to go but also we had friends coming down all the way from Bingley to visit our little old zoo and castle.

We all thought it was be really lovely for Maft and his two adorable children to come down and visit and we'd all take the kids to the zoo for a fun filled day out.

All week the weather report had chopped and changed from heavy rain to light rain to no rain but typically on Friday morning it read rain most of the day but this wasn't going to stop us having a fun day out and to be honest by the time Maft and his kids arrived the rain had gone away anyhows.

Well we meet up on the car park at the zoo, (once Maft had eventually found the car park after he'd already driven past us once lol) and made our way in to the zoo.

The children we're all so excited and all wanted to go separate ways to see first the animals they'd come to see, "lions first", "no penguin's first" Maft's two shouted, mine however shouted "Daddy I'm hungry, when lunch?". 

Maft and his son decided to make their way to the top of the hill by the traditional way of the chair lift whilst Tammy and I took the remaining children up on the land train, by doing this the children saw flamingos, various owls and two species of monkey.

The rest of the day consisted of us walking round the zoo making sure everyone got to see all the animals they'd come to see, well everyone except poor Maft who'd come to see the black bear and guess what.... Yep no black bear came out to say hi = disappointed Maft.

As well as having loads of fun and seeing many many different animals varying from flamingos to meerkats, from chimpanzees to tigers and giraffes to sea lions we got to do lemur walk, penguin walk and a walk through the wallabies area too.






We also tried out the zoos newest attractive Castle Creatures, this was a walk through exhibit telling you about the history of the castle and what creepy crawlies could be found amongst the castle corridors over the years, before you exit the exhibit you get to see bats flying about which was great to see, we were even lucky enough to see the babies being feed too.



The last thing I had to try before we left the zoo was the chair lift as I knew I'd only moan that I hadn't gone on it once I was home and I'm so glad not only that they've restored this fabulous feature but that I've been on it.



Its a lovely two minute ride up the hill over the monkeys playing below but also the journey back down is great too as you can see out for miles and miles.

Well that brings a close to our fab day out at Dudley Zoo and Castle.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Outing To The Park

As the weather was so lovely on Tuesday afternoon my wife and I decided that instead of just sitting in the garden doing nothing we'd take our youngest two to the park.

As TP is getting better at riding his bike as each day passes we put his  bike in the boot of the car to take with us, as I was doing so I heard "Daddy, Daddy" as I turned round I was confronted by L-A holding her bike and now saying "me too, me too" so hers joined TP's in the boot of the car too.

We took the kids to as park close to where we live which has a junior play area and a big kids area too.

We firstly took them on the junior area where they ran free up and down the climbing frames, whizzing down the slides and learning how to kick their little legs properly to get height on the swings.




After a bit TP got bored in this area and wanted to show mummy the big kids area, so naturally Daddy agreed and we made our way there.

This area contains a cool dragon carved seesaw, individual metal bucket seat round a bout things (which make you feel very dizzy once you get off them), a big hammock like swing which you can lay down in and a awesome climbing frame/assault course which the kids and I loved going on.


Once we'd err I mean the children had finished playing we decided to go and get the bikes from the car and let them have a ride round for a bit. They rode passed a group of men playing lawn bowls which they just had to stop and watch.

We took a lovely walk round the park and it's lovely gardens, the kids whizzing along on their bikes saying hello to everyone and anyone they passed on there way.

We took a pit stop and sat in a lovely little area filled with bright flowers of every kind, also the path here was oval in shape which was great for the kids as they tried racing each other round it, I say tried TP just zoomed off and kept leaving poor L-A behind.


Mars Ice Cream Giveaway

MARS ICE CREAMM

As it's F.A Cup Final time why not kick back and enjoy a Mars Ice Cream whilst watching the game.

 My family and I are doing just that thanks to Mars Ice Cream who has so kindly sent us not only a fabulous new Mars football


but also a box of Mars Ice Creams for us all to enjoy.




I took the kids to the park this morning to enjoy a kick about with their new football and now we'll kick back and enjoy the Mars Ice Creams we were sent whilst watching the match, not that I support either team but just for my mate Rob.... Come on you Gunners.




Who loves Ice Cream? 

Who would like to get their hands on some free Mars Ice Cream? 

Well today's your lucky day I have not a days worth, 
not a weeks worth but a whole months worth of free yes free Mars Ice Cream up for grabs courtesy of the lovely people at Mars Ice Cream.

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is enter my competition below, good luck all.

Mars Ice Cream Giveaway

This products sent to us for this post were sent free of charge and all contains is of my own wording.

Monday, 25 May 2015

In The Night Garden Party

On Sunday my wife, children and I took a visit to Alton Towers but this wasn't any normal visit we'd been invited to attend the In The Night Garden Party celebrating Cbeebies Land being open one year.

The children had no idea where we were going so as we turned on to the drive for Alton Towers they screamed "Daddy, Daddy we're going to Cbeebies Land, YEEEAAHHHH."

Well as we had arrived at the park well before the party was due to start we made our way straight to Cbeebies Land so the children could try out the new Octonauts ride but unfortunately L-A was too short so I queued with the boys whilst Mummy took L-A on some other rides.


We took the children on another couple of rides before making our way to the In The Night Garden Party which was situated in the Hospitality Suite, on our way we bumped in to the lovely Jaime Oliver, (no not the celebrity chef but better still the fellow blogger Jaime).





At this point I must say I had no idea what the party was going be like, but peeking through the open door it looked like it was going to be a fantastic party for all the kids attending.

When the doors opened and we were invited in the children didn't know where to go first there was so much see and to do.


They got involved with making shakers out of baubles, sticky tape and lots of different beads etc. 



They decorated their own party hats and they also painted/decorated their own stone just like the ones Makka Pakka has.



They got involved in various party games and listened to different stories whilst laying on really comfy pillows. 



They also has some fabulous balloon sculptures made for them too.


Then it was lunch time and we were all treated to a fabulous buffet consisting of both normal and veggie burgers & hotdogs and sandwiches and crisps for the kids.

Then we were all informed that earlier in the day Igglepiggle had set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest polar fleece blanket.


The record breaking blanket was made by Dreamtex Ltd, who manufacture the In the Night Garden Home Textile Collection, the record-busting blanket measures in at 98.8m sq.

In comparison a normal children’s blanket measures 120cm x 150cm, so the blanket would be enough to cover 56 standard children’s beds.   It took the team just 8 days to make, weighs 20kg and used 70m of thread around the outside of the blanket. 

After a bit more fun and games and meeting Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy the party was close to coming to an end but before it did the children were gathered together to sing happy birthday to Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy and help them blow out the candle on their fabulous birthday cake.



Upon leaving the party the children were all handed a goodie bag each which contained a plush soft toy, a story book, a DVD and a money pot and a slice of birthday cake which they really enjoyed.


For the rest of the day we went round the park getting on as many rides as possible.

This day out and party invitation was given to us free of charge and the views and photographs are all mine apart from the bit about the Guinness World Record which was supplied by the party organisation team.