Today we were able to celebrate my Dad’s birthday as a family. We were unable to attend the birthday meal my Mum hosted the weekend of his actual birthday as we had made commitments before anything was planned. So, we took him out for breakfast at the local carvery.
We had to wait until 9am when it opened, so much harder on these light summer mornings, so first the girls chose some hairstyles again :
Isis went for the triple braided tie back.
Shayla had the ponytail bow. I was trying to distract myself as I was very hungry. We packed up all that the children may need and when everyone was ready, off we went out for breakfast.
It was lovely all being out together. Eden even joined in, munching a banana I had brought her and then some toast. She looked so sweet sat at the table with everyone. Judah was amazing considering how tired he was, he kicked off at one point, and I struggled to find somewhere that wasn’t fun for him to sit and do his time-out – this ended up being in the corner of the entrance. The irony as he sat there performing on a mat that said ‘Welcome,’ I would’ve taken a picture but I hadn’t carried the camera with me to perform his time-out, as it’s not usually a moment that he or I would like to capture.
The girls enjoyed their huge breakfasts, we were all set up for the day and didn’t need to eat again (apart from the little guzzler that is Eden) until our evening meal. They enjoyed clinking their glasses fruit shoots together with us, as we remembered that we were there to celebrate ‘Grandad’s’ birthday.
In our hasty dash for breakfast we had forgotten to put the Bugaboo Donkey back in the car boot so we had to go back to my parents afterwards before we could continue our day of fun. Once we had the buggy in the car, we were off again, this time we went to play Crazy Golf.
Crazy golf was hilarious, it was like a massive free for all. They were so excited because they’d not done it before that it was very difficult to get them to take turns or listen to instruction. I had Eden with me so I couldn’t really get on to the course with them. My sister ‘Auntie Jenny’ then arrived to come and spend the day with us, so she watched Eden for me and then I could go and snap some pictures of my little golfers. They started to get the hang of it by about hole 8 of 9, so hopefully if we go again, Crazy Golf won’t be quite as crazy.
After Crazy Golf the girls were going to go water zorbing, on the lake so I thought we could head off the complaining if Judah got to go on the trampolines first. He loves the trampolines bless him, jumping and singing for joy. It’s so lovely getting to watch him do things that he loves.
The girls decided to join in and sing whilst he was jumping.
Also, they made me laugh when they started telling him to leap, which Judah thought was the word ‘sleep.’ As, you can imagine, him lying down to sleep wasn’t really the best way of spending his 10 minutes that we’d paid for. So funny!
Then it was the girls turn to go water zorbing. Isis has been able to go a few times over the years, Shayla is only just old enough and really impressed us last time (which was her first time), so when she asked again, of course we allowed her. This time she didn’t seem to dare stand up though, not sure if that’s because this time she was in a dress instead of leggings. Mental note – bring leggings next time we’re heading to St Annes.
Next we took them to the children to go in the boats on the lake. Isis decided she wanted to peddle with Daddy (although, I’m pretty sure he did most of the work). I sat in the back with Judah and Shayla-Rae and Auntie Jenny (bless her) kept Eden on the shore, as she was ready for a sleep. The girls wanted to play pirates. So funny. This resulted in us playing Bumper Boats with the other willing boaters on the lake, who I think had all wanted to play too but no-one wanted to offend anyone. Our children just shouted at the other boaters ‘we want to crash into you!’ to which people said, ‘that’s what they want to do’ referring to their children. So, a game of bumper boats was enjoyed by all.
We had to go back in after about 15 minutes (you get 45 minutes) as Eden was crying with Auntie Jenny, and a random lady was trying to take Eden off her determined that she would be able to settle her. Why is it that complete strangers do this when it comes to babies? I don’t see anyone offering to settle my screaming toddler when he’s having a paddy. Poor Jennifer, we went back to rescue her. She had sent the lady packing. My sister makes me laugh, she looks sweet and usually won’t say boo to a goose, but if you cross her, she has some bite. Love her so much.
I started to worry about not being able to replenish suncream at this stage, we all have very fair skin and we’d run out after the last application. So, the children were allowed to go on the train and then the play park briefly and then we headed back to Nana’s cafe for a drink.
yummy chocolate milkshakes
sleepy Judah deciding what he’d like to drink
Auntie Jenny, the baby rescuer
We left the girls with Nana, they wanted to join her going food shopping. James, Judah, Eden, Auntie Jenny and I went back to attend the boys hairdressing appointment. Judah’s fringe needed sorting after the lady near us butchering it about a month ago, and James was going for his routine hair cut. I was getting sick of my hair just being flat to my head all the time. With two babies there is no time to be spent styling my hair. I remembered about 6 years ago, the last time my hair was this length I had a block fringe. I asked the barber to chop me a fringe in whilst I was there (he’s a friend) and he gladly obliged.
Judah having his fringe fixed, he never performs for Pete, he must trust him
selfie taken infront of my grandad, I was trying to be discreet hence the serious face
I made a broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake, well, James and I did, Eden started screaming so James took over, for dinner which went along with my Mum’s ‘chicken recipe’ (original title I know) that she was making for my Grandad. The children then had ice-cream for dessert and were in bed for just after 8.
They were thoroughly tired out and fast asleep by the time I got back from driving Auntie Jenny home.
Tomorrow 10 days left start counting down which makes me feel sad, but I will try not to think about it and just enjoy the time that we have left. We’ll be heading to the cinema tomorrow evening to watch ‘The Unbeatables’ in 3D. Only £3.50 in the small St Anne’s cinema ‘The Island‘ which I think is an amazing bargain. It will be Judah’s first 3D movie, I’m really looking forward to his reaction.