Monday, 31 October 2011
We've had a quiet halloween today, we have done some halloween colouring in and the children have decorated these haunted houses from Activity Village (a fab site for themes!) and they also did some halloween riddles which were fun. I made them some biscuit dough to make some spooky biscuits and then we set off to singing with the girls dressed up! By the time we got home the dough was ready to roll and shape. They chose to do gingerbread men zombies and for some reason Ruben did star shapes? I mixed them some halloween colours up and they went crazy on the icing! We got the sweets ready for the trick or treaters and then Daddy came home just in time to take them trick or treating, or at least the younger two-A Vampire Girl and Luke Skywalker have gone, Piper and Bailey are apparantly too old for such nonsense! Happy Halloween to all my lovely blog readers, hope you've had a spook-tacularday!!
Last night we took the children for a walk just as dusk was approaching. It was so much fun and a little bit scary. We bought a couple of new torches and Daddy put red tissue paper over the front, as apparantly this helps not to scare the animals. Sadly, we didn't see anything too wild! But we did see a good few bats and heard two different owls, who sounded like they were callling out to each other, which was very cool. Its amazing how disoreinated you can actually get when its dark and you are away from street lights/houses, even though its somewhere we have walked as a family lots of times it had such a different feel to it. If nothing else, none of the children will be running off into the woods by themselves anytime :/. Daddy also helped the children carve their pumpkins this year too. We were lucky to get some from just up the road, and they were locally grown which was lovely. Cordelia and Ruben went for green ones this year which I think was because of the green pumpkins at Clumber Park last weekend. They all had a lot of fun anyway. Feeling a bit sad I haven't done a party this year, last years was a lot of fun but there has been a lot of things going off here and I haven't been well so not really had the energy for parties. Think we will have to do one again next year though as the children really enjot Halloween and trick or treating just doesn't quite cut it for me.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
We haven't managed a visit before now to the YSP, although we did go many years ago when it was a small farm and riding school. Cordelia had her very first horse riding lesson here when she was 4. It was for her birthday. She loved it. It has changed quite a lot since then though and it quite expensive for a family of 6. Daddy was working away, Bailey was over at his friends so I bought a ticket from Groupon which meant all four of us could go for £15. It was open until late as it was a firework special too, but as Cordelia had a pamper birthday party for her friend we didn't get there until 4pm. So had to rush around a lot of it before it got too dark!
Here they are checking out the map
Last weekend we had a lovely autumn walk through the National Trust's Clumber Park. Its a really beautiful place and well worth a trip. It attracts so many people every day and is always very busy, in the summer you can BBQ there and even put your tents up for the day too! Its great for cycling but have to admit not to trying that as yet. Would be quite stressful with all of us I think. I did a 10k run there a few years ago at this time of year and really love all the autumn-ness about the place! The church is beautiful too.